Adventures in Community Media


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  • The tools I employ in this work are largely open source and free.
  • Image Collections
  • Digitizing the experiences with blogs
  • Adventures in Community Media

    1. 1. Steve Thompson Adventures in Community Media (Measure This) I explained at the beginning of this presentation that none of the things I will show have happened yet. These are projects just beginning. To measure their success will be something for the future. However on one level their success is easily quantifiable and this is measuring up to the funders required outputs. However in most instances I wanted to explore new ideas and approaches that offer added value and potentially new solutions for future projects.
    2. 2. Any URL’s I mention can be found here: I also explained that the slides might give the impression that I am in league with Google but as the next slide shows I use a who range of free, open source and web 2.00 applications
    3. 4. - a new project 12 former mining villages in County Durham. It all starts with the initial discussion. To discover what the participants need/ want and to introduce them to things the didn’t know the needed/wanted “
    4. 5. Digital Photography Field Trips - resources and guides to doing community media – past present and furture
    5. 6. - a Google Apps account Education Edition with unlimited accounts. Provides the ability to pre-create multiple accounts for users in advance of sessions.
    6. 7. The ability to pre-create multiple accounts for users in advance of sessions makes for smoother first experiences. This may be time consuming to set up but the time is well spent as users without email accounts or the ability to get email verifications anywhere but their homes can bring a session crashing down. A common, memorable yet unique password is used throughout.
    7. 8. Adventurous ICT Google is enabling Google+ and therefore Hangouts (video conferencing) for Google Apps Education Edition opening up possibilities for distance learning and support. “Hangouts with extras” offers document sharing and collaboration but it’s not yet known if “extras” will becoem a premium product
    8. 9. 12 Rural former coal mining villages joined by a network of (disused) railway tracks – now walking routes
    9. 10. 1 Real visitors to the walking routes 2 Design for virtual visitors 3 Virtual visitors may become real visitors 4 Real visitors may re-visit virtually at a later time
    10. 11. QR code scanning may be used to enhance traditional signage on walkways
    11. 12. Geo-located media from Smartphone adds to the experience.
    12. 13. - “Occupy Stanhope 1819”
    13. 14. 4libpub a project to introduce new users to ICT in unusual locations. The intention is to provide added value by using experimental approaches that may make libraries more viable.
    14. 15. Google Apps = 50 users
    15. 16. Friends of ******* Library – Affiliate Schemes
    16. 17. A project from 2001 we intend to adopt for the libraries
    17. 18. An online quiz when Skinninggrove beat the Trimdon Team which featured the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
    18. 19. This then led to a Euro-Challenge quiz.
    19. 20. And then led to ”Challenge The Nation” where 52 UK Teams across the UK competed
    20. 21. Possible online cultural exchanges With other countries and communities Proof of concept – Google Hangout
    21. 22. Using connections as a resource for cultural exchanges -Vikings and Pirates from Finland
    22. 24. And in a Library – obviously – Google Books
    23. 25. - a network of 11 North East Community Radio Stations, a community of practice. Seeking to make stronger network ties and provide a way to share news items across the network. Excitingly this means that other community groups could provide items for broadcast
    24. 26. Groupspaces – free up to 500 members. At basic level an email list with sublists, but when logged on added functionality – forums, wiki, file sharing, archived messages. Seeking to use this assist with networking Obscured for privacy
    25. 27. The means for sharing audio files is the Soundcloud “drop box”
    26. 28. Collaborating on Audio Austria, Finland Lithuania – the following two media examples show distant collaboration and the outcome
    27. 29. First there is an audio file recorded by Franz in Vienna And then the completed collaboration using his voice
    28. 30. So, how will we measure how these projects shape up ? ………… Follow the projects on the CIRN Wiki.
    29. 31. “ Technology helps me do things that would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible” “ And in the virtual world: I CAN EVEN FLY“ Mike Findley MBE “ THE FLYING MAYOR”