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Networking Knowledge: Sharing is Caring

We are reaching the end of our journey(s) and now we want to extract our experience in a constructive way. You have worked to tag your posts and we can already reflect on the topic trends in the tag-cloud and through the (often somewhat obscure) “Possibly Relevant Posts” feature. In these coming two weeks we will all work together to make sure this knowledge travels even further beyond the doors of this class. For those of you who are fishing for a better grade, this is your bonus round, so leadership and good work on this class assignment will be appreciated and rewarded.

Wikipedia, here we come!

This one is a group assignment. And by group I mean the whole class. At this stage there is much we learned that others can benefit from. While Wikipedia has been a great reference for us now is the time to give back. During the next two weeks you guys will become devoted contributors to Wikipedia, basing your contributions on the knowledge you have gathered in this class through the reading we did, the travelogues you conducted and the discussions around them. Some Wikipedia pages that should expect to hear from us (just suggestions, you are welcomed to come up with other ideas):

  • Topics we discussed through readings: trust, community, CBPP, open source, social software, network theory, interface, fun, representation/simulation, control, remix culture, game theory, copyright laws, biomedia…
  • Topics we discussed in class: video mash-ups, Twitter, digital identity, Ushahidi, corporate responsibility, e-waste, transparency, iTunes store, Kotex…
  • The author pages for the individuals we’ve been reading in class this semester
  • What does “New Media” or “Digital Media” stand for anyway?
  • Some new pages that are not there yet.
  • You name it…

To get started:

  • Sign up to Wikipedia (if you haven’t yet)
  • Send me your username so I can start following your changes (I intend to combine them into an RSS feed, maybe Leslie can help me)
  • Learn the MediaWiki syntax (if you don’t already know it)
  • To start a new page simply write its name after the wikipedia.org/wiki/_______ and then, when it says the page does not exist yet, edit it to bring it to life.
  • Make sure to link between the pages using this syntax [[Page_Name]] or link to external links using [http://www.somesite.com the text you want to be linked]
  • When saving, write what was the content of your change, so others can easily track it
  • Use the talk pages to coordinate when it makes sense.
  • Use the class blog to mobilize others to help you edit specific articles or to consult  and share tips
  • Track changes through the new sidebar on the blog or through RSS feeds.
  • Enjoy…

Some Tips:

  • Feel free to link to currently non-existing pages like that: [[Eyewriter]] if you think it makes sense for someone (maybe even you, but not necessarily you) to write them, and then for someone else to help edit it.
  • Work on pages together, start something, learn how to use the talk pages, make some subheadings that you think should be filled by someone, invite them to help you, even comment on their posts with something like: “Hey Jimena, I am working on this page concerning the way art organizations use social media and I thought you might have a lot to add to it” – that way this assignment will be a collaborative class effort that draws on what you’ve guys been doing together.
  • Check out the History pages to see what edits have been made on a page.
  • Follow the feed of changes so we can track what’s going on through the week

* I’m expecting each of you to make at least 20 edits this week, or in other words, make sure you edit so much that you stop counting.

More Topics in Digital Media

In the line of next week’s topic, I want us to also challenge my own decisions as the professor leading this class. Through this 14 week course we’ve been trying to cover many “topics in digital media” both those introduced by the weekly readings and those you brought up with your travelogues. But 14 weeks is not much and I am sure there’s only so much my limited selection can cover.

For next week, each one of you would recommend another “topic” and propose materials for it (recommended/required). Try to think about it as a “What if this was a 25 rather than a 14 weeks course?”. To make sure there are no repetitions please comment on this post with your topic as soon as you choose it. Some of the topics can be extensions going deeper into some of the things we have talked about (for example: user generated content).

So the way it would work is:

  1. Comment on this brief with the title of your proposed topic (soon before someone else grabs it)
  2. Write a post in the new “More Topics” category using this format:

Next week: Education is not what it used to be

Required Reading:

Recommended Viewing:

For Dan:

  • Read the articles and view/listen to the presentations
  • Summarize it for us in a nicely accessible post to be published by Sunday 4pm, ideally running some threads between them.
  • Be prepared to present the article and lead the discussion in class.
  • Think of questions to lead off the discussion
  • Post to del.icio.us some links that expand the discussion either about the text or about key themes in it.

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  1. ElzbthMllr 20:30, Apr 13th, 10

    For my “More Topics in Digital Media”, I’m going to choose “New Media and the Future of Journalism.” I wanted to post this early, in case it is a fairly popular topic. For suggested readings on the issue, stay tuned!

  2. Ryan 18:08, Apr 15th, 10

    I would like to choose “AUGMENTED REALITY” for my topic. This was something that I stumbled upon recently and was amazed at it. Stand by for now > “If I’m not back in 5 min… wait longer” – Ace Ventura

  3. Jimena 18:37, Apr 15th, 10

    I’d like to focus the relationship between new media and space– ‘Intelligent’ architecture, interactive buildings, screens as walls, etc.

    Another topic that I’d love to learn about is new media and OUTER space… beyond Google’s April Fool’s “Virgil” gag (where supposedly Google and Virgin would partner to create the first human colony on Mars by 2020)–what is happening with new media beyond Earth?

    Do you think this is too sci-fi, or worth giving a try? Feedback appreciated :)

  4. mushon 20:15, Apr 15th, 10

    Not sure what does new media supposed to be doing in outer space but that might be the reason to learn more about it. I think it would also fit better as the new media / architecture subject might be at least partly covered by our Internet of Things readings and by Ryan’s focus on Augmented Reality.

  5. Leslie 21:48, Apr 15th, 10

    I’m torn between two choices. What do you guys think?

    I’d like to look into new technology tracking devices, such as RFID & RTLS.

    I am also interested in looking into whether new media/technology makes us any “greener” than in the past? Ex, is using the Kindle more “green” than buying books?

  6. Leslie 22:01, Apr 15th, 10

    Jimena- the new media & outer space sounds really cool to me- I’d love to hear more about it!

  7. mushon 09:05, Apr 16th, 10

    @Leslie: Surveillance as a theme is definitely relevant and can extend our discussion of privacy. I feel it is more of a core issue than the effect of new media (rather than new technology in general) on the environment.

    But that’s just me…

  8. Leslie 16:29, Apr 17th, 10

    I’d love to learn more about surveillance & RFID myself, so taking on that topic sounds good to me!

  9. Juliette 11:00, Apr 18th, 10

    What about the new media and the community that they provide cultural institutions with?

  10. nadine 22:30, Apr 18th, 10

    Ok, up to you to vote:
    1) copyright in the digital age (well Ryan explored the topic in his travelogue, and we have discussed it a little bit during Harris’ presentation, though the topic would deserve a proper class)
    2)Network neutrality and censorship
    3)The digital divide (beyond post nationalism)
    4) Digital media and collective memory

  11. mushon 07:20, Apr 19th, 10

    I vote for #3 – the Digital Divide as this year (next week) we would not be talking about it specifically that much. (btw, the other subjects are really worthy as well, if any of you are still searching)

  12. HoniehLayla 08:45, Apr 19th, 10

    I think I might steal one of Nadine’s ideas – Copyright in the digital age.

    I also have been researching the idea of what a “digital native” and digital “citizenship.” I will finalize my topic later today.

  13. mushon 09:03, Apr 19th, 10

    (Not sure I’m legible to vote but if I would’ve been) I would vote for the digital native question or how are we (and the way we construct individual/group identity) gradually changed in evolutionary psychology terms by all these new communication technologies.

  14. nadine 11:50, Apr 19th, 10

    And who said that one vote doesn’t have power to impact? ;-)
    Ok, I will explore the digital divide.
    @Honieh: The Berkman Center has a very nice section on the topic of digital natives: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/digitalnatives

  15. HoniehLayla 12:48, Apr 19th, 10

    M – Sounds good.

    N – Thank you, I will definitely look into it.

    I think I am addicted to editing pages on wikipedia.

  16. DanJee 13:28, Apr 19th, 10

    Hi All,

    I will be doing “Next Topics” on Mobile Applications. (Overlaps somewhat with Augemented Reality topic Ryan has, but I am thinking about making it more general, and about mobile shopping.)

    Or about 3D technology.

  17. Alexandra 15:49, Apr 19th, 10

    What’s left? How about cyber crime?

  18. Jimena 11:53, Apr 20th, 10

    Just wanted to share with you guys my experience with my first page from scratch in Wikipedia. After several long sediting sessions, I suddenly received a “copyright infringement” notice because the text I was using in the page was too similar to my own Eyewriter blogpost here. It also cited two other sites: Eyewriter.org and Notimpossiblefoundation.org as possible copyright violations.
    I did as they asked me to–stated on the Talk pages that I had copyright over that content (I do, at least on my own blog post). I obtained info. from the Eyewriter.org site, but the Notimpossiblefoundation I was only citing as an external link.
    The page was taken down and a copyright infringement notice was posted instead. Needless to say, I am frustrated.
    After this much needed rant, I’d love to hear your feedback/opinion in class. See you in a little while.

  19. Jimena 13:28, Apr 20th, 10

    Nadine, this might be interesting for you on the Digital Divide topic:
    Google’s Vint Cerf on the fact that only the 20% of the world’s population has internet:


  20. Harris 15:14, Apr 20th, 10

    I’m going for… yes… Sex and the Internet. It’s something I’ve worked on and I think needs more attention that it gets (I mean academically) :)