Framework for Crossmedia Interaction Design

One of my core interests is how the convergence of communication media will impact the way eParticipation projects are shaped in the future. Little research has been done on this, that's why I'm closely following other fields, where the art and science of crossmedia interaction design is more advanced.
So I just found this great roundup posted by Christy Dena on her research blog, laying out a framework that addresses some of the following questions, that also apply to our daily work:
How are audiences moved between platforms, and how can one make this traversal a part of the entertainment
experience itself? What is to be considered when designing for movement between platforms? How are audiences moved between platforms? What influences the choice of traversal? This paper provides an introduction to multi-platform and multi-format entertainment and then outlines the factors that influence cross-media interaction design.
When doing the research for my last publication, I found that we still need to do a lot of exploration and research in this direction. Hope to see some of Dena's insights being transfered over to the eDemocracy realm.

Dialog and deliberation via online video

Youtube added it's video response feature a couple of months ago and from my outside perspective, the feature became widely used, though in an often very unfocussed, if not rude way. At last weeks SWSX conference a new video service has been showed off to public that potentially brings more structure into the dialogue-through-online-video realm - Socialsaga.com. As Rafe Needleman from Webware.com blog describes it:

Socialsaga.comSocialSaga,is a site where video clips ask questions, to which users upload theiranswers. The site currently is used to build pass-along stories, andfor people to debate issues. As you watch watch a clip, you can see thetree of the video replies to it. It's like a threaded message board,but in video.

I really like the idea and am curious to see how this is going to be used. But considering our fast-paced online world, I still can't quite picture, who would take the time to follow all relevant parts of a conversation neccesary for meaningful deliberation - scanning through written content is by far easier and speech recognition tools that would create written transcripts by far not good enough to solve this shortcoming.

On a private note...

I recently moved back to Denver, CO and started a job at the University of Colorado as Director of eParticipation Initiative, in collaboration with PlaceMatters.org.

iCommunity.TV - local video news

A couple of days ago I rolled out my latest project. iCommunity.TV is a collaborative broadcast network for local news, built with the intention to promote video as a media for citizen reporting.

As an aggregation platform iCommunity.TV ties into the popular video-sharing service Youtube.com, extends its offering by letting a broad audience georeference and sort video clips in news categories and offers multiple convenient ways to watch and subscribe to these custom channels (e.g. "Politics in Berlin, Germany").

I'm excited to see where it is headed to, now that it's public. All feedback is welcome!


Net Neutrality

Nice roundup...

Denver showcase for new GE4 features

The beautiful city of Denver, that I'll soon be moving to, was selected by Google to showcase new features of the recently released Google Earth 4 and high quality 3D buildings that come standard with the integrated best-of-3D-Warehouse link

Google has crafted a fantastic collection of 3D building models for thecity of Denver, Colorado. This collection was obviously created to showof GE 4's ability to show high quality photo textured 3D models, and isa part of the new "Best of 3D Warehouse" layer found under the "3D Buildings" layer in GE. This ONLY works with the latest GE 4 - so go download GE 4 if you don't have version 4.0.2722 or greater.

(from Google Earth Blog)

GUI thoughts...

Designing graphical user interfaces is key to building successful websites for citizen engagement. Over the rise of the internet patterns and behaviours have evolved, that seem unthinkable to ignore, like navigating a website without using mouse clicks. Would it work? Here's an answer, explore dontclick.it...

Convergence Culture

Just stumbled upon this book, seems like a must read...

Convergence Culture maps a new territory: where old and newmedia intersect, where grassroots and corporate media collide, wherethe power of the media producer and the power of the consumer interactin unpredictable ways.

Henry Jenkins, one of Americas mostrespected media analysts, delves beneath the new media hype to uncoverthe important cultural transformations that are taking place as mediaconverge. He takes us into the secret world of SurvivorSpoilers, where avid internet users pool their knowledge to unearth theshows secrets before they are revealed on the air. He introduces us toyoung Harry Potter fans who are writing their own Hogwartstales while executives at Warner Brothers struggle for control of theirfranchise. He shows us how The Matrix has pushed transmediastorytelling to new levels, creating a fictional world where consumerstrack down bits of the story across multiple media channels.Jenkinsargues that struggles over convergence will redefine the face ofAmerican popular culture. Industry leaders see opportunities to directcontent across many channels to increase revenue and broaden markets.At the same time, consumers envision a liberated public sphere, free ofnetwork controls, in a decentralized media environment. Sometimescorporate and grassroots efforts reinforce each other, creating closer,more rewarding relations between media producers and consumers.Sometimes these two forces are at war.

Jenkins provides ariveting introduction to the world where every story gets told andevery brand gets sold across multiple media platforms. He explains thecultural shift that is occurring as consumers fight for control acrossdisparate channels, changing the way we do business, elect our leaders,and educate our children.

Added that to my reading list.

Panorama Viewer for Google Earth

DigitalUrban just announced a neat new viewer for panoramic views in Google Earth.

Until now to view a panorama you had to use hotlinks to a html browser,now you can view high resolution panoramas directly inside of GoogleEarth.

(be prepared to turn the music off...)

The viewer will be made available free of charge alongwith a tutorial detailing how to import any panoramic views at thecorrect location. There are a few issues to iron out with a release aimed for early inJanuary 2007.

A .kmz example can be found here...

You (tube)

So Time magazin recently decided that You, I mean we the ordinary netizen are the person of the year 2006.

But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story,one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story aboutcommunity and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's aboutthe cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channelpeople's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's aboutthe many wresting power from the few and helping one another fornothing and how that will not only change the world, but also changethe way the world changes.

Over at the Civicactions Blog I found this wonderful video, providing a unique view on this years winner...


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