Around The World Symposium On Digital Culture
These notes will be written after the fact about the Around the World Symposium. I'm tweet thoughts live.
My opening comments covered:
The Around the World Symposium on Digital Culture is an experiment in global dialogue.
The Kule Institute for Advanced Study is committed to sustainable research on a global scale. We are experimenting with ways of using the internet to connect Alberta to the world.
This is, I hope, the first of an annual event. We are thrilled by the partners from Japan to Ireland that have taken the leap and organized speakers and panels for this symposium. We hope to build on these founding partners to create a symposium which is inclusive of different voices.
Today's event started at 6am with a live presentation from Virginia about the Neatline tools and using the internet to create visual arguments. Then we went to Ireland where were heard a panel of scholars talking about fascinating projects in cultural heritage and analytics. We are learning a lot already from this experiment and what works in this medium. It is interesting to listen to streaming video and respond over Twitter. And I have learned a lot about international time zones.
There are many people to thank. First of all, I want to thank our Arts Resource Centre who did all the difficult work. Clare Peters organized and managed the video conferencing - we've had over 200 hits on the stream with an average of 25 to 35 people listening in at any time. Grant Wang shot our prerecorded videos and edited them. Dr. Justine Gill has been the project manager of this project. Without her there would be no partners and no dialogue. She has tirelessly worked in the background building up the web site, corresponding with people and gently nudging them. Melania Ru'Aini did a lot of technical work on the web site.
Next I would thank Oliver Rossier, who just started as the Coordinator of KIAS in January and had this along with all sorts of other project dropped in his lap. He has embraced this project with all its details.
I should also like to thank Kamal Ranaweera of ARC. He helped set up our web site and add the plug-ins needed. Last night around 11:30pm we noticed that the server was down and called him.
Now I would like to say a few words about the format.
The panel here at the University of Alberta includes three colleagues interested in different aspects of digital culture. They will speak for about 10 minutes each and then we will have a conversation. I'll be asking questions that we developed together so there are no surprises. I'll introduce our speakers once.
In short we have speakers interested in identity, space and organizations in the digital age.
Identity, Privacy and Expertise
people quantify aspects of their life and publish logs?
expertise on the net?
and interactions? For example, what do you think of Google Glass and do you think it will change how we interact with others?
culture and is there culture on the net?
on (the engineers and programmers) to engage with those who study culture (the humanists and social scientists)?
culture? How can we do a better job of conceiving it?
been deliberately enabled?
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