The Microsoft Rich Interactive Narratives (RIN) research project combines traditional forms of storytelling with new visualization technologies to create compelling interactive digital narratives. The RIN project is an undertaking by Microsoft Research India in collaboration with the Interactive Visual Experience group in Microsoft Research Redmond and the Microsoft Research Connections.
The RIN technology has its origins in the Sri Andal Temple project in 2008 (video). The temple demo featured an application that led users through an immersive, interactive, narrated walkthrough that included Photosynth and HD View stitched images of a temple in Tamil Nadu. Several core RIN concepts such as Experience Streams originated in that project.
The Rich Interactive Narratives (RIN) technology consists of:
- The RIN semantic representation— a structured, extensible, and platform-independent data model with execution semantics. The representation specifies the orchestration of multiple nonlinear "stories" that thread through multiple experiences. The representation is defined at a fundamentally higher level than presentation markup languages such as HTML and CSS. We have defined equivalent XML and JSON versions of this representation.
- Plugin libraries called Experience Providers, each of which brings a specific visualization experience (such as maps, panoramas, paginated documents and various forms of data visualization) into the realm of RINs.
- Authoring tools to create RIN content. Authoring RIN content is decoupled from rendering content, much as authoring of HTML content is decoupled from rendering content. In fact authoring RIN content is an open-ended affair.
- Kenji Takeda, Graeme Earl, Jeremy Frey, Simon Keay, and Alex Wade, Enhancing research publications using Rich Interactive Narratives, in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A , The Royal Society, 10 December 2012.
- Naren Datha, Joseph Joy, and Eric Stollnitz, RIN: A Declarative Specification for Interactive Narratives over Rich Media, no. MSR-TR-2012-78, 7 November 2012.
- Kenji Takeda, Graeme Earl, Jeremy G. Frey, Simon Keay, and Alex Wade, Enhancing Research Publication using Rich Interactive Narratives, September 2011.
- neeharika adabala, naren datha, joseph joy, Chinmay Kulkarni, Ajay Manchepalli, Aditya Sankar, and Rebecca Walton, An Interactive Multimedia Framework for Digital Heritage Narratives, in ACM Multimedia 2010, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 25 October 2010.
- Aditya Sankar, Ajay Manchepalli, Chinmay Kulkarni, Joseph Joy, Naren Datha, Neeharika Adabala, and Rebecca Walton, An Interactive Multimedia Framework for Digital Heritage Narratives, no. MSR-TR-2010-101, 24 July 2010.
- Aditya Sankar, Archana Prasad, Joseph Joy, Naren Datha, and Ajay Manchepalli, Digital Heritage Video Showcase, in ACM CHI 2009, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 4 April 2009.