10
Jan
2012

Peer-production of culture: Independent film making in the Wreckamovie community - Isis Hjörth

It is often claimed that networked media, and in particular the internet, has democratized the production of information and culture. The  online encyclopedia Wikipedia is repeatedly used to exemplify how new open models of production, notably peer-production, are radically changing the the way we think about content producers and consumers. In this talk, I will critically examine definitions of peer-productions suggested in scholarly literature. The examination will draw on a range of published empirical research on peer-production providing evidence suggesting that the openness of peer-production is not unlimited. On the basis of this, I will present preliminary findings from my study of independent film making in the Wreckamovie.com community. More specifically, by discussing the trajectory of the crowfunding struggles of a feature length Wreckamovie production, I will question the ideas of peer-productions as being non-proprietary, and existing in an open non-market driven sphere independent from traditional cultural industries.
Bio
Isis Amelie Hjorth is an AHRC funded doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. In her PhD research, she examines the emergence of cultural peer-production in the domain of independent film making. Questioning some of the utopian visions of the transformative powers of peer-production dominating discourses in new media research, she seeks to contribute towards a more nuanced understanding of distributed forms of cultural production. Alongside her studies, Isis is engaged in an NESTA/AHRC/Arts Council UK funded research project investigating the consequences of the uptake of digital tools for theatrical production. A firm believer in interdisciplinarity, Isis holds a MSc in Technology and Learning (University of Oxford), as well as a BA and MA in Rhetoric from her native Copenhagen. Before embarking on the route towards an academic career, she worked in the media sector as a journalist at a Danish TV production company, and made a debut as a playwright.
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11
Apr
2010

Getting BBC News Online - Mike Smartt

Mike was the founder and editor-in-chief of BBC News Online, the BBC’s Internet news service. He led the team which launched the service in 1997, and held the post of editor-in-chief of BBC News Interactive until 2004. During this time News Online won all four interactive news BAFTA awards and most of the world’s online news prizes.

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16
Mar
2010

Fighting Cancer with Control Theory - Olivier Haas, CTAC

The work carried out in Coventry within the MAESTRO European project on Methods and Advanced Equipment for Simulation and Treatment in Radiation Oncology (MAESTRO) has demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the amount of radiation dose delivered to healthy tissues during radiotherapy treatment by compensating for organ motion using a standard treatment couch. The Coventry team led by Dr Haas, coordinator of the Medical Technology group within CTAC (The Control Theory Applications Centre), has been working in close collaboration with the staff at the Radiotherapy Physics Department within the University Hospital in Coventry for more than 15 years.

In the last 5 years the Coventry team has been working on improving the accuracy of current closed loop control of radiotherapy treatment machines as well as developing algorithms to model and predict organ motion in the thorax and the pelvis. The work involves many branches of engineering and computing including the image processing for the localisation of the cancerous tissue and tracking of surrogate motion, signal processing for the analysis and modelling of organ motion, artificial intelligence for the prediction of the evolution of the organ motion, systems engineering for the modelling of the medical robots used and last but not least control engineering to improve the performance of the medical equipment and robots.

To find out more about the project visit http://www.coventry.ac.uk/maestro

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9
Mar
2010

Google Us for the Future - Peter Barron

Peter Barron’s digital incarnation might surprise those who know him best as the man who steered Newsnight for four years. His move to Google last September caused a stir.

Since his arrival he has had to deal with controversies such as privacy issues in Google Street View and more. Here he discusses his first 18 months.

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19
Feb
2010

The Internet and Social Change in China - Professor Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter is Professor of Asian Studies at Coventry University. In this talk he discusses the social, cultural and political impact that the internet has had on China- exploring a number of interesting case studies of web-enabled activism within the People's Republic.

To find out more about Professor Alan Hunter's work you can visit the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University http://www.coventry.ac.uk/peacestudy

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2
Feb
2010

The Intelligent City - Towards Informed Personal Travel

The Intelligent City project has been developed as a way to help manage congestion in Birmingham. It demonstrates how the exploitation of technology can be a cost effective and innovative route to increase the usage of public transport during the morning peak and subsequently reduce levels of congestion.

Coventry University has developed this project with Birmingham City Council, Centro, Microsoft and Shoothill.

25
Jan
2010

The Future of Multimedia Journalism at the BBC - Pete Clifton

Pete Clifton is the head of BBC News Interactive and the BBC’s head of editorial development for multimedia journalism. He has been in charge of BBC News Interactive since 18 October 2005 - first as Chief Operating Officer then as controller.

The News Interactive department includes BBC News Online, the BBC News website, CBBC Newsround, the Ceefax teletext service, the digital text service, On This Day, BBC’s Interactive TV, the Action Network and a variety of news services to mobile phones and other mobile devices.

Here he discusses the future of multimedia journalism at the BBC.


Find out about the Digital Media BA (Hons) Degree at Coventry University
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10
Dec
2009

What’s happening with Gaming? - Andrew Oliver, Blitz Games

Andrew Oliver is from Blitz Games.

Here he discusses what is going on in the games industry as part of the TV graphics day at Coventry School of Art and Design.

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4
Dec
2009

Press Play - A Teaching Experiment in Creative Computing

A documentary about a six week experiment in teaching and learning carried out by the Creative Computing Team in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University.

To find out more please visit Creative Computing at Coventry University

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21
Sep
2009

Using wireless Sensors in Bomb Disposal Suits - Cogent Computing

The Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre, based at Coventry University, UK, is at the forefront of British research in the field of pervasive sensing. The Centre was established with the aim of becoming the West Midland region's premier facility for research in Pervasive Computing.

In this project Dr James Brusey discusses how Cogent are working on using wireless sensors in bomb suits, in partnership with NP Aerospace.

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