The Influence and Impact of Web 2.0

The Influence and Impact of Web 2.0 on e-Research Infrastructure, Applications and Users.

The number of Web 2.0 services and applications, widely used by Internet users, academics, industry and enterprise, are growing rapidly, which demonstrates Web 2.0’s solid foundations. These technologies and services are based on the open standards that underpin the Internet and Web, and are used in many forms, e.g. blogs, wikis, mashups, social websites, podcasting and content tagging. This field is having a significant impact on distributed infrastructure and applications, and on the way users and developers interact. The area needs to be thoroughly investigated and understood to encourage the development of new services and applications for e-Research.

Target Audience

We wish to engage the e-Science, and e-Research community, as well as those in the arts and humanities, and other researchers who have not been funded under the e-Science Programme.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:30 Monday 23 March 2009 and close at 17:00 on Friday 27 March 2009.


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Updated Terms of Service from Facebook

Facebook have just recently updated their Terms of Service. Facebook are claiming ownership to your content, even after you have removed it from the site. In more detail,Amanda L. French, Ph.D. who writes about “Digital humanities, poetic form, 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish literature” on her blog, has neatly summed up some of the issues that arise from this change of the TOS. You can reead the full post on her blog at Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter

1. Facebook apparently wants to keep all its rights to your stuff after you remove it from Facebook, and even after you delete your Facebook account; they just removed the lines that specified that their rights end when your content comes down. Nobody else (of those I looked at) would dream of that; mostly they specifically state that their rights to your content end when you remove the content from their site or delete your account.
2. This one kills me: Facebook claims it can do whatever it wants with your content if you put a Share on Facebook link on your web page. Unbelievable–and unique, as far as I can tell. People can post links in Facebook to your content just by copying and pasting the URL, but if you want to save them a few keystrokes by putting a link or a widget on your site, Facebook claims that you’ve granted them a whole mess of rights. Count me out.
3. Other sites point out in their terms of service that you still own your content: Facebook doesn’t mention that little fact. Facebook also neglects to remind you that you’re giving other Facebook users rights to your Facebook content, too — YouTube, for example, makes it clear that other people besides YouTube have a right to use and spread around the videos you upload. In general, other sites’ terms of service just have a more helpful tone.

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Jock McQueenie

Last Thursday at ICE, we had Jock McQueenie come in and present to us, and afterwards hold a workshop for students. Jock has been working in Australia for many years now, engaging business and the creative sector (creative sector/industries: discuss) in working on projects that are mutually beneficial. Artists who perceive themselves as being ‘pure’ and having no truck with industry (afterall, that’s part of the reason they didn’t go into industry in teh first place: it’s not for them) often struggle with the notion of engaging and seeking funding through industry. However, it’s a reality that for most work-a-day creative folks, this will be at least one source of income for them.

Part of Jock’s talk was about projects that he has been involved with, and it certainly got us at ICE:cubes thinking about how we go about presenting the ICE folks through social networking channels.

Jock McQueenie has previously published a paper on his work so far. This quote was relevant to my own thoughts:

The emergence of concepts such as the “triple bottom line” – or “quadruple”, god help us – identify social and environmental outcomes as being as important to good corporate citizenship as purely financial ones. The social, political, economic environment is more complex than it has ever been. The greatest demand from those who need to navigate this complexity is not for art or finished cultural product but creativity itself – and it is the creative sector to which the economic and social sectors are turning to supply it.

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Stewart Home on web2.0

The writer Stewart Home is a complex, intelligent guy who has always played around with perceptions of identity and dissemination of cultural ideas through both print (his novels use genres such as Bovver Boy/Skinhead culture to then critique and discuss ideologies of marxism etc) and the Internet (he has blogged on MySpace and plays with Facebook accounts). I’ve tried to summarise what he’s about on my own blog previously, but never really succeeded. In a recent post he talks a little about artists using web2.0:

when I first looked at MySpace a little before O’Reilly published that text, rock bands clearly knew how to promote themselves to a new (as well as their existing) audience via this site, but writers and artists on the whole didn’t. The later two categories of would-be culture industry ‘professionals’ tended to use the internet as a means of advertising (largely ineffectively) what they were doing, rather than integrating their activities into it.

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ICA Feedback Series

Peter Greenaway

The ICA in London are currently running a series of talks within their Feedback program, that allows attendees to record and document, then distribute the content on the Internet.

Last night on an extremely wet Monday evening, I attended the Peter Greenaway talk, The New Visual Literacy. In the talk, Greenaway discussed his own evolving use of cinematic tropes and presentation. There were a lot of people photographing and making notes during the session. I’m yet to see any result of all of this on the Internet and on the ICA’s own feedback pages, but it’s still early perhaps. What was of interest, was the fact that Greenaway showed some of his film clips and I’m wondeirng what the copyright

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Digital Research Tools (DiRT)

The Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki is definitely a valuable resource for anyone trying to do a number of tasks using digital technologies in the Humanities. It has sections on qualitative data analysis and staying current with research as well as a number of more hands-on creative digital tools.

Taken from their About page:

Reports on digital scholarship have called for a resource like DiRT. For instance, participants in the 2005 Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities found that “the most valuable aid for collaboration would be a clearinghouse to inform and educate digital scholars about useful tools” (17). DiRT aims to serve as a central “clearinghouse” for information about tools useful to scholarship.

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Mamajules: Stitching Blog

Julia Negus is one of the directors of Theatre Absolute that she runs with Chris O’Connell

Along with Chris o’Connell, Julia Negus is a director of Theatre Absolute, based in Coventry. She has also recently finished her degree in Surface Decoration (graduating in November 2008). Julia has been keeping a blog where she talks about her stitching and the stories that evolve from the process of creating. Her blog tracks some of the ideas and themes of the work that she has produced. There are some great pieces there with stories that do what good storytelling should, leaving their mark on you.

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