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The Maker Movement in a Rural Context.

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The Maker Movement is a world wide movement, of Hacktavists, Craftivists and Activists, who come together in an informal setting, a Maker Space, either virtually and in reality, to create. Unused, discarded or broken electronic, plastic, silicon, thread or any raw material and/or product, is reused, assembled and re-made. Associated with urban movements, future research will show that the possibility of setting up a community of practice in the form of a Makers Space in a rural setting, can provide rural communities with new and exciting technological opportunities.

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Where ART meets Digital

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I came across this little website, made by RFI Studios,  ‘Create Your Own Piccassohead’, and had great fun designing a self portrait to use as a new avatar for my social media. This is a great simple, yet effective tool, that combines digital and creativity.

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“If everything is a network, nothing is a network”

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I was researching open source and advocacy when I came across an interesting blog post about networks on the Visualising Information for Advocacy website. Written by Mushon Zer-Aviv, just a few weeks ago, it is a discussion exploring our concept of networks, and how the current trends in the visualisation of networks are missing important factors, such as flow, narrative and directionality.

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Critique: New York Public Library

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The New York Public Library has just released a Mecca for graphic designers, artists, researchers, designers, digital artists, fabric printers, scrapbookers, students, visual browsers and many, many, more.. The no holds barred online publication of over 180,000 digitized public domain images, that include manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, etc.

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Review: Database, Data Stream and Timeline: forms of social media

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Reading Data-stream, Database, Timeline: the forms of social media by Lev Manovich, it struck me how little I know about the organisation and methodology of social media interfaces. We have become so accustomed to either not having to think about it, or a style of certain social networks, that the digital mechanics of what goes on behind the screen are invisible. Formulating critical descriptions, assessing cultural implications and re-adjusting according to the constant changes in technology,  is what Lee Manovich, Director of the Software Studies Initiative is analysing.

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Video Essay

The second part of the Editing Skills module (read about part 1 here)

MADC Visual Essay from stitchlily on Vimeo.

In my video essay, I am exploring my role as I unconsciously edit in my arts practice, and edit my community practise. I am very interested in the process, the difference between arts practice, and other work. The experience of editing a Wikipedia page, has made me not just appreciate but be excited by the concept of open participatory projects.

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Editing Wikipedia

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For the Postgraduate Editing Skills Module, we were asked to edit a Wikipedia Page,  write a  critical review of the editing experience, acknowledging the theories and methods of digital scholarly editing and post it to a class blog Edit4Credit

I chose to edit the Wikipedia Page ‘Irish Lace’, to look at a few key areas the page was missing: mainly sources, citations and more in-depth history. There was only one paragraph on the origins of Lace in Ireland, and it was inaccurate. I added in 2 paragraphs on the origins of lace, with citations, sources and internal links.

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PechaKucha

PechaKucha on 'What is a Text' from stitchlily on Vimeo.

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Comhrá

Comhrá, is the Irish word for conversation. I was trying to think up of a category name that I could file blog posts that include any thoughts or opinion pieces I write, but I couldn’t think of a suitable English word.

I am learning Gaeilge at the moment, and trying to use it everyday, in order to lose the eagla (fear) of speaking bad Irish, whilst living in a Gaeltacht area (Irish-speaking area). I like this term, comhrá. So I’ve decided to file any posts which contain discussions, research, thoughts, conversations with myself, or others, under the category Comhrá

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How do we read? From Svennson to Hayles

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Reading Patrik Svennson’s ‘Envisioning the Digital Humanities’,¹ I found his article slow to read and heavy, but exciting in the end. His thoughts on collaboration, interdisciplinary work, the uniqueness of the situation that Humanities now finds itself in, with evolving digital technology. His discussion on the academic side, of its recognition by universities, the current graduate system, and also funding initiatives, seem to be the major fence, digital humanities must climb.

What I found most interesting is the uncertainty of Digital Humanities. Is it human or technologically pushed? In the future, will it be sponsored by philanthropy or by corporate businesses? Can it expand, to

“a well-designed and conceptually grounded space, whether mainly physical, digital or necessarily mixed, can help bring people together, instantiate technology, be clearly invitational, support collaborative and processional work practices, and allow ongoing, cross-sectional, and profound dialogue”?

Following on from this we were asked to think about how we ourselves read now, has anything changed because of technology?

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