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Mar 9, 2012
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Great guerilla marketing stunt for Museum of Design Atlanta.

For Museum of Design Atlanta’s new exhibit opening, WaterDream, we pulled a guerilla marketing stunt in the midtown Atlanta area to create buzz and attract attention to MODA’s new location and exhibit.

Tip from @alexdenhaan


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Feb 22, 2012
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VI Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology “Mediating Camera”

September - October, 2012 

M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University & N.N.Mikhukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences are happy to invite everybody to VI Moscow International Festival of VisualAnthropology “Mediating camera” at the end of September – beginning October 2012.
All films of relevant thematic and shot after 2008 can participate in the Festival Program.

Though the main purpose of the festival remained the same - it’s propagation of ideas and products of visual anthropology in humanitarian and pedagogical media and demonstration of its capabilities to the students, scholars and everybody engaged in various socio-cultural activities, organizers realize highest importance of the man behind camera who form the image of the culture on the reel and with special warm welcome movies uncovering this emotional & ethical connection between a man with the camera & culture under his investigation.

Besides screenings of experienced and famous authors there will be a special debut competition for those authors who’ve done their first movies. All screenings will be accompanied by discussions with directors & anthropologists. Besides festival program you will be able to participate in thematic seminars and science conference where directors & scholars will be able to share experience of using visual anthropological materials in studies & cultural practices.

The deadline for applications and films: March 1, 2012. But we always appreciate your ability to send them as soon as possible. Selection results will be announced not later than on June 1, 2012, we hope this will allow most of selected authors participate in the festival personally. All submitted materials won’t be return, but we promise to keep them in our archive for non-commercial usage only.

The Festival Organization Committee is considering the opportunities of partial covering of the participants’ expenses. Please, find technical requirements for materials & registration form on our sites.

Contacts:
E-mail: mediating.camera@gmail.com


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Feb 17, 2012
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#Europeana releases an animation to explain Linked Open Data

Press Release
 
What is Linked Open Data?
Europeana releases an animation to explain - and a pilot dataset

The Hague, 16 February 2012
For Immediate Release
 
Linked Open Data is gaining traction in the information world right now. Europeana has just launched an animation to explain what it is and why it’s a good thing, both for users and for data providers.
 
Europeana is facilitating developments in Linked Open Data by publishing data for 2.4 million objects for the first time under an open metadata licence - CC0, the Creative Commons’ Public Domain Dedication.
 
Europeana is making data openly available to the public and private sectors alike so they can use it to develop of innovative applications for smartphones and tablets and to create new web services and portals. This support for commercial enterprise in the digital sector is central to Europeana’s business strategy.
 
Metadata that is openly available is re-usable by anyone. Linked to external data sources, such as GeoNames, it’s enriched and can also be re-used by its providers as the basis of improved services to users.
 
The concept of Linked Open Data is attracting Europe’s major national libraries: the Bibliothèque nationale de France recently launched its rich linked data resource, while the national libraries of the UK, Germany and Spain, among many other cultural institutions, have been publishing their metadata under an open licence.
 
The World Wide Web Consortium has also put cultural Linked Data high on its agenda, notably via the reports of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group, co-chaired by Europeana’s Antoine Isaac.
 
Support for Open Data innovation is at the root of Europeana’s new Data Exchange Agreement, the contract that libraries, museums, and archives agree to when their metadata goes into Europeana.
 
The Data Exchange Agreement has been signed by all the national libraries, by leading national museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and by many of the content providers for entire countries, such as Sweden’s National Heritage Board. The new Data Exchange Agreement dedicates the metadata to the Public Domain and comes into effect on 1 July 2012, after which all metadata in Europeana will be available as Open Data.


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Feb 2, 2012
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The Art of Pho, Interactive motion comic based on the graphic novel by Julian Hanshaw
artofpho.submarinechannel.com
8 interactive episodes

Submarine Channel recreated Julian Hanshaw’s graphic novel The Art of Pho for the web, adding the dimensions of sound, music, animation and poetic interactivity to Hanshaw’s exquisitely drawn artwork. 

The Art of Pho is a moving and surreal story about a lovable creature named Little Blue and his friends. An extraordinary sequence of events brings Little Blue to Vietnam’s bustling capital of Ho Chi Minh City, where he learns to master the Art of making Pho (Phở) – Vietnam’s ubiquitous national noodle dish. The adventures that ensue set him on a marvelous path of self-discovery. The Art of Pho is a story about friendship, love and discovering your roots. 

The graphic novel is available via rbooks.co.uk.

The Making Of features interviews with Art of Pho creator Julian Hanshaw, and Animation Director Lois van Baarle. Also appearing: Animators Danne Bakker, Nele van Haegenberg, Ferda Surensoy and Alice Eigenraam, Pastelle Music and voice actor Sebastian Prose (Little Blue).

CREDITS
Art of Pho “Making Of” directed by:
Submarine Channel editors Geert van de Wetering & Remco Vlaanderen, Line producer: Coen van Oostrom, Camera: Robijn Voshol, Editor: Niels de Roos. Many thanks to Holland’s best comic book store Lambiek.nl, and “Welcome Vietnam” restaurant Amsterdam (best Pho in town)

Submarine Channel is made possible with the support of
OC&W – Ministry of Culture, Education and Science and The City of Amsterdam (Dienst Maatschappelijk Ontwikkeling).


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Jan 11, 2012
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Nice idea for your exhibits!

There’s no need for pencil and paper, chalkboards, or sticky notes when you have Native Union’s Play video memo pad. The small gadget has a magnetic back so it can stick to anything made out of metal.


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Jan 9, 2012
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Nice: OLPC (=One Laptop Per Child) netbook!

OLPC XO-3 http://www.netbooknews.com One Laptop Per Child — a Santa Clara, California-based company — is showing their latest product, the OLPC XO-3 tablet at CES Unveiled, and we have a hands-on video.

It has an 8-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio display, which is actually larger than most 7-inch, 16:9 ratio displays. OLPC took great pains to get the largest display while keeping the tablet a manageable size for young users.

The OLPC XO-3 features several ports: USB OTG for connecting peripherals and charging the device, headphone, mic, and a full-sized USB port to transfer files via “sneaker net”. It also has both a front and rear-facing camera.

The XO-3 runs Linux, and typically has the Sugar interface running on top of Linux. However customers can choose to run other distributions of Linux and even Android.

Since internet connectivity isn’t always available, OLPC preloads the XO-3 with a lot of educational content like Wikipedia “slices”, subsets of Wikipedia for offline consumption. OLPC also makes it easy for 3rd-party developers to create their own offline, pre-loaded educational content.

There are several interesting accessories for the XO-3 tablet. A simple silicone cover protects the screen when the tablet is stored, and can be placed on the back of the tablet for storage when the tablet is in use.

There was also a prototype case that they plan to equip with a 4-watt solar panel and a thin battery pack. The battery pack can be recharged via the solar panel, and provide power when the tablet is placed in the cover via the 4 screws on the outer edge of the XO-3. Not only are the screws holding the tablet’s case together, but they are also electrical contacts that the external battery cover can take advantage of.


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Dec 28, 2011
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Nice project: Fade Away

More information here: http://mattrichardson.com/Fade-Away/


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Dec 16, 2011
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Great! “I went to MoMA and…” is back

MoMA: “Last week, we launched version 2.0 of “I went to MoMA and…”, which began life as an impromptu experiment to see what would happen if we gave visitors an opportunity to share their experiences at the Museum—whatever those might be.  We simply provided pencils and note cards and offered to display all the responses in the lobby, and “I went to MoMA and…” exceeded our wildest dreams, yielding an amazing range of beautiful, clever, and heartfelt hand-written and hand-drawn responses. So amazing, in fact, that they soon covered our lobby, filled a website, and became a very popular ad campaign in The New York Times, magazines, and posters throughout the city. People even started to share them online, with cards popping up on popular websites and blogs.   

Building on the original project’s success, we have relaunched “I went to MoMA and…,” incorporating a new digital and social platform that will make discovery and sharing an even bigger part of the experience. Of course we realized the project itself was inherently social, but we wanted to improve the submission and sharing process while retaining the simplicity of pencil and paper, which visitors of all ages had so easily embraced.


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Dec 16, 2011
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#Google gift to develop Global Science Gallery Network

Inspiring project:

It is with great excitement and appreciation today that we announce a gift of €1m from Google.org to support the development of a Global Science Gallery Network. The gift is part of over $100M in total charitable giving from Google in 2011.

Since opening in Dublin in February 2008, we have welcomed over 800,000 visitors to 18 multidisciplinary exhibitions, ranging in theme from contagion to the future of fashion.  GSGN will be modelled on this successful approach to engaging young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Dr. Michael John Gorman, Founding Director of Trinity’s Science Gallery said: “By offering this transformational support, Google is helping to take Science Gallery to the next level and allow it to scale its impact internationally.”

“Our vision is to share Science Gallery’s unique approach to public engagement at the interface of science and art .  We’re planning eight Science Gallery hubs around the world by 2020, developed in partnership with leading universities in key cities such as London and Moscow. In each city, we tap into a vibrant local creative community of researchers, designers, artists and entrepreneurs to engage and inspire the next generation of innovators,” said Dr. Gorman.

David Martin (Director, Geo Operations at Google) with Michael John Gorman (Director, Science Gallery)

David Martin, Director, Geo Operations, Google said: “It is fantastic to be able to point to Science Gallery as a very vivid and engaging example of the innovative spirit that we often talk of as critical to Ireland’s future.. Having seen the success of Science Gallery in Dublin, we recognise the potential for other cities and we are very pleased to support the work of the Gallery with this gift.”

“Google has been a visionary and dynamic supporter of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, from the outset and this very generous gift is further testament to their commitment to supporting initiatives which will help us to inspire and engage more people across the globe with science and technology,” added Dr. Gorman.

GSGN will be officially launched in July 2012, during Dublin’s tenure as European City of Science.

Check out the other organisations that Google.org have gifted this morning at http://www.google.com/landing/givesback/2011/ and find out more about our 2012 programme here.


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Dec 15, 2011
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#Europeana’s first user-generated exhibition online

The Hague, 15 December 2011

For Immediate Release
 
Europeana’s first user-generated exhibition online
 
Today, Europeana launches its first user-generated virtual exhibition “Wiki Loves Art Nouveau”. Divided into four themes, the exhibition features photographs of Art Nouveau monuments that were taken by people across Europe for the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest.
 
The contest was organised by the Wikimedia Foundation in over 15 European countries in September 2011. Europeana was an official partner and sponsored the competition’s Art Nouveau category.
 
From 2,700 entries, the Europeana team shortlisted 343 finalists based on quality and composition. Users then voted for their favourites on Flickr, after which the fifty most popular photographs were assembled into a new virtual exhibition.
 
“It’s great to win an international competition and have my photograph displayed in a virtual exhibition, but it is even more rewarding to see that it’s a Hungarian building”, the winner of the contest Csaba Attila Kontár says.
 
The new exhibition complements the existing Art Nouveau virtual exhibition on Europeana that showcases thematic content from different cultural heritage institutions around Europe.
 
“‘Wiki Loves Art Nouveau’ is a great example of how contributions from private individuals can enrich resources held by heritage organisations.  In the digital environment, they can take their place alongside the traditional offerings of the institution”, Jill Cousins, Executive Director of Europeana, said.