- Video of my talk
- Slides for my talk
- Tinyurl to this talk
- Google Maps in Flickr
- Current state of geotagging
- Bricolage authoring
The ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Virtual Conference, to be offered April 20 - 21, 2006, offers a forum for an energizing exchange of ideas focusing on technology and academic librarianship. The conference theme, “Innovate and Motivate: Next Generation Libraries,” will explore how revolutions in technology impact academic librarianship and higher education. Conference programs will explore the possibilities for the future, as well as the role we can take to shape the course of the technological revolution.
LIVE SESSION: Working with Remix Culture: A Fad or the Future?
Presenter(s): Raymond Yee, University of California, Berkeley
Theme Track: Transforming Teaching and Learning
Event Description: The reuse or "remix" of digital content is one of the hottest topics in web development today. Not a day passes in which there is not some new "mashup" or novel combination of data or services. Although many of these developments are faddishly entertaining, the potential for transformative development for teaching and learning is profound. (Is it too much of a vulgarization to argue that scholarship itself is a form of remix?) This session will provide an introduction to remix culture using two primary examples: 1) mixing Flickr and Google Maps and 2) mixing art imagery and data via the Scholar's Box, a tool that gives users gather/create/share functionality, enabling them to gather resources from multiple digital repositories in order to create personal and themed collections and other reusable materials that can be shared with others for teaching and research. Consider the longer term implications of remix for education and research and hear about a strategy for constructively engaging with remix culture: how we can educate the next generation of librarians to understand remixing and how we might make library content and services reusable to facilitate new educational and scholarly uses.
Learn what remix and mashups are in general through studying a couple of specific examples.
Learn which aspects of remix culture transcend fads and have educational implications.
Learn how the library community might constructively engage with the deeper aspirations of remix culture.
Video of my talk
Slides for my talk
Tinyurl to this talk
Google Maps in Flickr
Current state of geotagging
GeoTagging (Wikipedia) offers a good overview.
Geobloggers.com, the real pioneer in this area, is no longer running. See figuring out the future of geotagging now that geobloggers.com is officially gone.
Reasoning classically has been concerned primarily with deductive, abstract types of reasoning. But what I see happening to today's kids as they work in this new digital medium has much more to do with bricolage than abstract logic. Bricolage, a concept originally studied by Levi Strauss many years ago, relates to the concrete. It has to do with the ability to find something—an object, tool, piece of code, document—and to use it in a new way and in a new context. In fact, virtually no system today is built from scratch or first principles—like the way I used to build systems—but rather from finding examples of code on the Web, borrowing "that code," bringing it onto their site, and then modifying it to fit their needs. Today's systems are built up through an extensive sense of bricolage—by cobbling or "wiring" together code fragments and extending or modifying such fragments when necessary. The catch, however, is that if you are going to become a successful bricoleur of the 21st century, a bricoleur of the virtual rather than of the physical, than as you borrow things you have to be able to decide whether or not to believe or trust those things.
Burdened with tasks, deadlines, and their accompanying frustrations, Bach often relied on recycling his own compositions or borrowing music from his predecessors or his contemporaries. The practice of parodying as commonly practiced and accepted then would often qualify as plagiarism under the copyright laws of today. Without such laws to hamper him, Bach was a master of recasting, merging borrowed materials with his own ideas to produce works melodically more subtle and rhythmically more exciting. At times, Bach did just copy from other composers, though presumably only when the music suited his own refined taste.
Int: And yourself — how have you contributed to the ideas that had already been developed by Dewey, Wittgenstein and Heidegger?
Rorty: Not at all. I don't think I have any original ideas. I think that all I do is pick up bits of Derrida and bits of Dewey and put them next to each other and bits of Davidson and bits of Wittgenstein and stuff like that. It's just a talent for bricolage, rather than any originality. If you don't have an original mind, you comment on people who do.