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Treading out Technology  theory meets praxis during athousand mile walk round Wales             Alan Dix   Talis& Universi...
University of                           Birmingham  TireeTiree Tech Wave            Talis 14-18 March ’13 (full!)      nex...
today I am not talking about …• intelligent internet interfaces• visualisation and sampling• situated displays, eCampus,  ...
… or even lots of lights http:/www.hcibook.com/alan/projects/firefly/
… let alonehttp://hcicourse.com/
what I will talk about ...... Alan Walks Wales ...    context    vision    inspirations    baseline    challenges    invit...
context  Wales coast path
Welsh Coast Pathopened May 2012linking existing pathsa single way marked routewith Offa’s Dyke encircles Walestwo full tra...
vision – the walk   Alan Walks Wales   why and what for
Alan Walks Wales18th April – 28th July 2012complete peripluswith IT focus
visionpersonal  encircling, encompassing, pilgrimage, homecoming,practical  IT for the walker & IT for local communitiesph...
inspirations   Tiree   the amazing cycling programmer   a childhood globe
About Tiree 750 residents 20,000 summer visitors                          poor mobile                          phone      ...
Tireeat the edges ...   750 people, 20 square miles, 4 hour ferryTiree Tech Wave   for the attendee and for the communitym...
the amazing cycling   programmer     at TTW 3 after  10 months on the road  sorry no piccies
and my childhood globe
baseline  paths and patches  marginality and the electronic village shop  mobile connectivity and data synchronisation
paths and patcheslinks between:• spatial cognition        and concept formation• stories and journeys• boundaries and thre...
at the marginssocial marginality:           poor, old, ruralinformation marginality:           poor connectivity, old devi...
IT in the marginslessons from the developing world           hole in the wall,           simple SMS                       ...
connectivity & synchronisation
challenges  technical  interactional  social
mapsreclaiming the local map within technological spacemapping never easier ... so long as it is ‘standard’      “Post-Ren...
linear maps too
linear maps too
maps – issuescoordinate transforms – rubber sheetingtransitions – morph or discontinuouslinking trails and localitiesautho...
always connected?mobile signal absent or weakbroadband ...  not so broad=> offline access  and synchronisation            ...
data synchronisationwell studied in early 1990s  for disconnected operation and synchronous editing... but still poorly im...
syncing heterogeneous dataproblem of lossinessone solution – create the über format :-/                                   ...
data integratonmashups, APIs, RDF,linked data, schema.org                          https://developers.google.com/maps/visu...
P.S. is Welsh coast fractal ...         coast length          (log miles)                        ruler length (log miles)
P.S. is Welsh coast fractal ...                  oops!
invitation   community connections   walk with me   living lab
Treading Technology Feb 2013
Treading Technology Feb 2013
Treading Technology Feb 2013
Treading Technology Feb 2013
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Treading Technology Feb 2013

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Slides from talks about the research aspects of my walk around Wales given at Birmingham, Brunel, Southampton, Nottingham and Aberdeen in February 2103.

For more see: http://alandix.com/alanwalkswales/

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Treading Technology Feb 2013

  1. 1. Treading out Technology theory meets praxis during athousand mile walk round Wales Alan Dix Talis& University of Birmingham http://alandix.com/alanwalkswales/
  2. 2. University of Birmingham TireeTiree Tech Wave Talis 14-18 March ’13 (full!) next Oct’13
  3. 3. today I am not talking about …• intelligent internet interfaces• visualisation and sampling• situated displays, eCampus, small device – large display interactions• fun and games, virtual crackers, artistic performance, slow time• physicality and product design• creativity and Bad Ideas• modelling dreams and regret
  4. 4. … or even lots of lights http:/www.hcibook.com/alan/projects/firefly/
  5. 5. … let alonehttp://hcicourse.com/
  6. 6. what I will talk about ...... Alan Walks Wales ... context vision inspirations baseline challenges invitation
  7. 7. context Wales coast path
  8. 8. Welsh Coast Pathopened May 2012linking existing pathsa single way marked routewith Offa’s Dyke encircles Walestwo full traversals in 2012 (one running)
  9. 9. vision – the walk Alan Walks Wales why and what for
  10. 10. Alan Walks Wales18th April – 28th July 2012complete peripluswith IT focus
  11. 11. visionpersonal encircling, encompassing, pilgrimage, homecoming,practical IT for the walker & IT for local communitiesphilosophical reflections on walking and space, locality and identityresearch personal agenda and living lab
  12. 12. inspirations Tiree the amazing cycling programmer a childhood globe
  13. 13. About Tiree 750 residents 20,000 summer visitors poor mobile phone coverage
  14. 14. Tireeat the edges ... 750 people, 20 square miles, 4 hour ferryTiree Tech Wave for the attendee and for the communitymaking a difference Tiree Mobile Heritage App. Tiree Connect
  15. 15. the amazing cycling programmer at TTW 3 after 10 months on the road sorry no piccies
  16. 16. and my childhood globe
  17. 17. baseline paths and patches marginality and the electronic village shop mobile connectivity and data synchronisation
  18. 18. paths and patcheslinks between:• spatial cognition and concept formation• stories and journeys• boundaries and thresholds• trans-articulation
  19. 19. at the marginssocial marginality: poor, old, ruralinformation marginality: poor connectivity, old devicesIT deepens the divide ... but can IT help in the margins?
  20. 20. IT in the marginslessons from the developing world hole in the wall, simple SMS www.hole-in-the-wall.coman old dream ... the electronic village shopwhat now?
  21. 21. connectivity & synchronisation
  22. 22. challenges technical interactional social
  23. 23. mapsreclaiming the local map within technological spacemapping never easier ... so long as it is ‘standard’ “Post-Renaissance maps cover the surface of the world with an homogeneous Cartesian grip” Barbara Bender local maps – local concerns
  24. 24. linear maps too
  25. 25. linear maps too
  26. 26. maps – issuescoordinate transforms – rubber sheetingtransitions – morph or discontinuouslinking trails and localitiesauthoring and data
  27. 27. always connected?mobile signal absent or weakbroadband ... not so broad=> offline access and synchronisation https://explore.ee.co.uk/coverage-checker
  28. 28. data synchronisationwell studied in early 1990s for disconnected operation and synchronous editing... but still poorly implemented e.g. Apple iOSalmost always items are: homogeneous independent
  29. 29. syncing heterogeneous dataproblem of lossinessone solution – create the über format :-/ fexploit neo-Galois connectionsfogof = f gofog = g g
  30. 30. data integratonmashups, APIs, RDF,linked data, schema.org https://developers.google.com/maps/visualize ingest ... or relate? ... heterogeneity
  31. 31. P.S. is Welsh coast fractal ... coast length (log miles) ruler length (log miles)
  32. 32. P.S. is Welsh coast fractal ... oops!
  33. 33. invitation community connections walk with me living lab

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