The day kicked off with a keynote by Martin Purvis on the emergence of complex and dynamic organisational structures enabled by the growth of social media in the online environment. Martin compared the objectivist and interactivist views. A few dot points covered:
- people are not looking for facts, they want to know how to do something
- Semantic web will never be built because humans will not bother to encode all the pages with everything required to create such a web.
But people like to interact.
- semantic web will be useful but only in certain parts of human knowledge
- People have a fundamental urge to share (eg. hence the open source movement)
- wikipedia is the modern interactionist view of Intellectual property - no concept of ownershiip of an article. It is easier to delete vandalism than it is to create it.
- Social Networking is the process not the documents or content produced by it
Other presentations today were on social networking and creativity, new functionality proposed for social bookmarking services to provide awareness information about other users by presenting data on who's browsing whose bookmarks. This project developed additional functionality built onto Connotea's base code.
Michael and I also presented today on the use of social media at Bond University, One paper, presented by John Downes, explored the feasibility of using commercial digital photo frames as message boards in domestic situations. Household members and friends could send a message to the board rather than to specific people. The kinds of messages used as examples were pragmatic examples focusing on logistics of households - someone needs picking up from station, instructions to get the oven turned on, someone running late.
Arwenna Stardust (AKA Clare Atkins) showed us her 'holiday snaps' from Second Life, Malcolm Shore's discussion of SL led to some interesting comments about broadband access in New Zealand and there are more SL presentations lined up for tomorrow.
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