We have received a few questions regarding the publication of the conference archive and some asking for details on a possible future publication. Here is a short post hopefully shedding some light on these issues.
Work on the conference archive is proceeding and we’re planning on publishing the presentations in the coming weeks. Due to limits in uploading to Vimeo, we are publishing content in two batches, first the keynotes and after this papers and videos. As mentioned earlier, along with the recording we will publish the papers, presenter videos and the conference backchannel log. So stay tuned by following this blog or our Twitter feed.
We are also looking into the possibilities of publishing the papers as conference proceedings. We are still mapping publishers and channels for this so the possible publication will in any case extent to the next year. We will let you know about developments as soon as they happen.
In the meantime, have a nice holiday and a great New Year!
Thanks for all the participants of OPEN 2009 from the Media Lab organizing crew. It is safe to say that the event was a success. Here’s some data about OPEN2009 gathered from various sources:
- 4 keynotes and 16 papers and videos presented
- 1200 hits from 32 countries during the two days of the event
- peaks of 40 simultanious stream viewers (Thu only)
- 94 pages of discussion at Qaiku’s #OPEN2009 channel
- plenty of international interest using Twitter’s #OPEN2009 hashtag
We’re starting work on the conference archive and will publish it as soon as possible. However, with plenty of other work piled up because of the symposium arrangements it might take some weeks to get it finished. Please follow this blog or our Twitter account for further updates.
PS. There’s a small collection of blog entries on OPEN2009 at Qaiku here. Please contribute if you find any of your own.
An important part of OPEN 2009 is the social media dimension of the event.
Video – All sessions will be streamed live on this website making remote participation possible. Edited clips from the sessions will be uploaded to Vimeo after the event.
Backchannel – Every presentation will have its own discussion thread on the #OPEN2009 channel in Qaiku.com microblogging service. We prefer to host the discussion at Qaiku due to the lack of character limits for comments. Qaiku also supports discussion threads with permanent urls, which can be used to archive the discussions for later view. However, if your prefer Twitter we are also using the #OPEN2009 hash tag for discussions.
Social media host - @juhana2 will be reporting from the event to Twitter and Qaiku. He will also collect questions from remote participants to the panel discussions at the end of every session.
Sketch about a session summary on this website after the event.
Session archive – Every presentation and discussion will have its own discussion thread in Qaiku. After the conference videos, academic papers and Qaiku threads will be linked together on this website as illustrated in the picture above.
Help in documenting – We encourage conference participants to create Qaiku-accounts as it will be used as the primary backchannel of the event. Contributing to the discussion threads is also a way for everyone to help us in documenting and enriching the event.
We have a new addition to the keynotes of OPEN 2009 Symposium. Massimo Menichinelli is interested in studying how openness affects the design practice.
Massimo Menichinelli is a designer working and researching on open collaborative projects (Open Design/Open P2P Design) and the systems that design them since 2005. He’s interested in the relationships between design, localities, communities and complexity, learning from Open Source, P2P and Web 2.0 software and adopting their principles and practices. He has worked as a designer and also at the Politecnico di Milano where he has given lectures about the relationships between design/locality/community/complexity and he has been interested in the organization of the design community of some courses. He has participated both as participant and as organizer of Design and Open Source related conferences and events both in Italy and in Spain. Recently he was invited as facilitator for a workshop about Open Innovation at UrbanLabs 08, an event organized by Citilab-Cornellà (Barcelona) dedicated to the use of new technologies to generate social innovations for the city and citizens. He was also invited as a co-facilitator for a workshop about Post-Industrial Design at I Realize 09 (Turin) organized by TOP-IX and aimed at researching disruptive innovations.
He collaborates with the P2P Foundation and publishes articles and books within the openp2pdesign.org project, an under construction network for the research and design of open and collaborative projects, systems and processes for communities and localities.
Massimo will present his keynote on Friday 6th November. In the mean time, you can find out more on his ideas from the blog Open Peer-to-Peer Design and follow him on twitter as openp2pdesign.
PS. Don’t forget that on Wednesday 14th of October is the final deadline for short paper submissions.
We’ve secured two more keynote speakers for the symposium.
Professor Saara Taalas is the Chair of Media Business and Director of the Media Futures Network at Turku School of Economics. She has been studying emerging ways of organising within the new media landscape and is currently, among other research, interested in the phenomena of fandom and fan-generated content. To my experience, professor Taalas is also a great presenter and never fails to make her point known in a seriously entertaining way. We are really lucky to have her on board.
Jiri Räsänen brings us the latest from the Electric Cars – Now! movement. These guys and girls have taken on the challenge of creating affordable electric cars. The catch is that new cars are built by replacing the engines of old cars and by doing this using open source as the main form of operation. In July they published their first concept car – the eCorolla. Check it out on this video.
Based on a few synopsises we’ve received in response to our call, some of you have noticed our experiment on the form of academic contribution, namely contribution via an audiovisual production. We’ve received some questions regarding what we mean by synopsises or videos. In this post, we would like to explain what we’re trying to achieve through this and to let you know that the deadline for synopsises is extended until the end of September.
During the initial planning of the symposium and scouting the field for open practices we started discussing about dr. Michael Wesch’s video “The Machine is Us/ing Us”. The video manages in just under 5 minutes to explain how the adaptation of digital technologies as tools for communication is affecting our lives. In artistic terms the video looks great and gets its message accross very efficiently – I recommend it to anyone interested in digital culture. What is even more interesting is that in some ways it can be considered as an academic essay.
Inspired by this video, OPEN 2009 welcomes academic audiovisual productions and video works that use audiovisual means to communicate research findings, results and process. Also remember that it has to be made of original content or, if made by someone else, with the author’s permission. Under these clauses we also welcome compilations and remixes of works. The accepted videos can be used in the symposium as stand-alone presentations, they can be part of your own presentations or we can use them as part of the symposium talks or panel discussions. Of course, you as the author will make the decision on its use. They don’t have to be similar in form, structure or content to dr Wesch’s, but you can decide these factors yourself – please just keep the length between 2 and 10 minutes. Just for inspiration, here are few possible forms of videos:
recordings from presentations
documentaries, testimonials or interviews
concept or scenario videos
Prior to sending a completed video, please submit a written abstract or outline (synopsis) for the proposed work. If accepted, you can produce the video for the event. So you have nothing to lose if you participate. Now you have time until the 30th of September do it.
This information concerning the video submissions can also be found on the new Submission info page.
We are happy to inform that we have confirmed our first keynote speaker. Professor Yrjö Engeström will deliver his keynote address on the 5th of November.
Yrjö Engeström is Professor of Adult Education and Director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at the University of Helsinki. He is widely known for his theory of expansive learning and his work in the field of Activity Theory has been adapted to different contexts ranging from organisational development to interaction design. Currently he is interested in co-configuration as a new way for organising work.
He’s the author of several books, including the most recent From Teams to Knots (2008). The book outlines the shift from fixed teams into fluid collaboration across organisational borders. We’re all very excited to hear his thoughts on openness.
We’re opening this blog as the main communication channel for the OPEN 2009 Symposium we’re organizing at Media Lab Helsinki during 5th and 6th of November.
We’ve co-written a Call for Papers in which we ask you to contribute to event. In this first post we try to briefly shed light into the nature of the event and theme of openness, and why it matters.
The OPEN 2009 Symposium is meant to be an academic forum for the doctoral students of the Media Lab to engage with students and researchers from other institutions around topical research subjects. This year’s topic, openness, originated from discussions among our doctoral students, in particular among people interested in the themes of social media, peer production, and new ways of organising activities. We’re witnessing a trend of increased demands on transparency on the public and private levels by individuals who are themselves interacting in open ways by using tools available for them through networked digital media. There has been a lot of buzz around all of this, but we feel that much of it has been on the societal level of laws, policies, values and ideologies. We want to bring the discussion closer to home, to discuss the phenomenom as it unfolds before us in our daily lives. Therefore, we’re asking from our keynotes and contributors to bring up concrete examples on how openness is affecting our lives and the opportunities or conflicts it creates. What do you think?
You can engage with us throughout this fall on the comments section of this blog, in Facebook through the Aalto Openness Interest Group or by sending us email at mlabsymp at taik dot fi. It would please us the most, however, if the discussion would encourage you to participate our call and attending the Symposium, face-2-face or virtually.