Intro to Networked Collaboration

Lost in the process

Hi my new delicious account is “waysouth.” I had to change the two previous ones because I just kept on have problems.

February 28, 2008 Posted by | tools and methodologies | | 2 Comments

Social Protocols, Tools and Methodologies for Online Collaboration

What are some of the tools that are used?
Self-organizing mesh networks that create societies of cognitively cooperating devices
Community computing grids that support emergent swarms of supercomputing power
Peer production networks that build a constantly expanding commons for innovation
Social mobile networks that foster the collective action of “smart mobs”
Group-forming networks that integrate social and technical networks
Social software that enables the management of personal social webs
Social accounting tools that serve as trust building mechanisms
Knowledge collectives that extend the nature and reach of knowledge economies

After reading through Technologies of Cooperation, I find the community computing grids fascinating. It’s pretty brilliant for a group of people to use network computers to “share” CPU cycles for the greater good. This seems like such a simple way of collaborating and making a difference in research, more people and large companies should get involved. 

CPU cycles, unlike disk space, have the power to compute, to do things to data—which translates into the power to analyze, simulate, calculate, search, sift, recognize, render, predict, communicate, and control.” “millions of people and their PCs are not just trading music, but are tackling cancer research, finding prime numbers, rendering films, forecasting weather, designing synthetic drugs by running simulations on billions of possible molecules”.  

How are processes of collaboration affected in a virtual environment? 
Virtual Collaboration allows people from around the world the flexibility to “work” together at any time without many restrictions. Drawbacks may be few but two I thought of are the lack of human interaction but that perhaps could be remedied by a webcam and the technology, does everyone have the same expertise and tools to collaborate online?

February 25, 2008 Posted by | collaboration, tools and methodologies, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Blogging on Wikipedia

I have been checking my wikipedia column all week and no one has made further changes. I knew anyone could post, but I had no idea it was so easy. I did like how they (wikipedia) asked what I added. It seemed as if they were going to do a little verifying of the information. Maybe I’m totally wrong, but this was kind of the impression I was under. Does anyone know?

February 25, 2008 Posted by | tools and methodologies, Wikipedia | | 14 Comments

Transmedia Convergence

When Jenkins talks about convergence culture, he’s also talking about the convergence of different kinds of media — “transmedia.”

For instance, we might watch a movie, like The Matrix, then play the Matrix video game, and then we might download some animated shorts from the Matrix website, and so on.

In Jenkins’ book, Convergence Culture, he states that The Matrix is an example of transmedia storytelling, which refers to an aesthetic that depends on the active participation of knowledge communities. It is an art of “world making,” infused with a sense of play. Consumers chase down bits of the story across media channels, comparing notes with each other via online discussion groups and collaborating to ensure that everyone who invests time and effort will come away with a richer experience. (Convergence Culture, pp. 20-21)

The process may start with any media channel but a successful product will flow across media until it becomes pervasive within the culture at large — comics into computer games, television shows into films, and so forth. (from Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars?: Digital Cinema, Media Convergence, and Participatory Culture)

This kind of transmedia intake is fairly common these days. Just take a look at the recent political party campaigns. We might have read about candidates in the papers, watched some of the debates on tv, then checked out videos on websites.

This kind of convergence represents a shift in our relations to media. We are enframing our experiences through popular culture and play, and the skills that we acquire along the way collectively impact the way that we participate in the process and connect with others on a global level.

February 10, 2008 Posted by | convergence | , , , | 3 Comments

Convergence Culture

I use LinkedIn and use (but usually don’t post to) comments on Amazon, BestBuy, etc. LinkedIn is an incredible way to network for business — hugely convenient and saves a tremendous amount of time. I didn’t grow up with cellphones, e-mail, texting, Facebook, etc. It seems that the introduction of all of these is both a great advance, and yet in some ways a burden because we have the ability to be constantly connected. The benefit of being able to conduct business at anytime–anywhere, for instance must be significantly increasing our productivity, but aren’t we losing something in the process?Also, I think it’s fascinating to see the large number and wide range of web communities. I’m a gardener and there are forums on the most esoteric topics. Again, I think this presents positives and negatives. How great to be able to converse with someone, in England about ferns (if that’s what you’re into), but are we spending so much time communicating about ferns that we don’t have time to be out there planting them?

February 7, 2008 Posted by | culture, social networking | , , | 4 Comments

Convergence Culture

In the Henry Jenkins reading, he is quoted as saying “YouTube is the fullest embodiment of convergence culture.” What is meant by that?
YouTube is the most widely used network for gathering and sharing videos. Everyone “converges” there for information. YouTube permits everyone, everywhere to share information and create content of any kind to be shared with anyone around the world. You can access any type of media: news, music, interviews, classic commercials etc. It can also be used by students, companies and political parties who want to share a message. It allows everyone and everything to have their “15 minutes of fame”.

What is “participatory culture”?
A participatory culture is people sharing ideas, creating projects, getting involved in community affairs and knowledge sharing. This culture makes you feel like you are part of something bigger and facilitates making connections to those around you who may share the same ideas and interests.

What are some of the social networks you use and why do you use them?
Honestly, I created a Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn page for past courses and rarely if ever use them. While they all facilitate networking, I find that I don’t have the time to post daily or connect with people in that way. I prefer simple email and the phone. My colleagues who do use them, do so for photo and music sharing, networking, dating, advertising, party planning, and catching-up with old friends.

How have technologies like sms/text messaging, youtube, and myspace changed the way that we interact?
SMS & Texting: These technologies have taken away face to face time. Sure they have made life easier and perhaps more interesting, but I miss the “real” interactions.

Youtube: I absolutely love it. Being able to watch old music videos, relive my youth with vintage food/toy commercials is simply amazing. The community of Youtube is a special breed, someone is always posting new content for the most obscure subjects.

Myspace: Don’t use it.

February 5, 2008 Posted by | convergence, culture | , , , | 9 Comments