OKAPI Spotlight- September 2008

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Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access
South Hall 107, Fridays 3-5 pm
Focused on the theme ‘Information Access,’ The Friday Afternoon Seminar will occur every Friday from 3-6 in 107 South Hall, beginning August 29. The seminar will include guest speakers and presentations, and is open to everyone- including the general public. Each week the seminar will focus on a variety of topics that relate to information access.
Click here to see the schedule.

We’re Just Getting Started – The Mobile Revolution Yet to Come
September 2, 2008: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, the Maria & Dado Banatao Conference Room, UC Berkeley
Bob Iannucci, Nokia’s worldwide Chief Technology Officer, will be discussing the rapid improvement and potential uses of mobile devices. As seen in recent years, mobile devices are no longer used as just a phone. Iannucci will focus on “how these devices, sensors and information will mesh, and the amazing society-transforming capabilities that they will usher in… Challenges around security, privacy and scalability will abound, but the global scope of the opportunity makes this an incredibly exciting area for those with the imagination and drive to develop it.”

New Media Documentary: Technology for Social Inclusion
September 10, 2008: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building, UC Berkeley Campus

Sharon Daniel, Professor of Film & Digital Media, at UC Santa Cruz will be on campus to discuss her topic- ‘Technology for Social Inclusion.’ This discussion is ‘part of the Citris Research Exchange at UC Berkeley,’ and it is open to the public to attend or to view live here.

‘Art and Discipline’ – Steve Kurtz
September 18, 2008: 7:30-9 pm
Location: Berkeley Art Museum, entrance at Durant St.
Part of the UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media, The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium will begin with its first lecture on September 18, 2008 with Steve Kurtz, Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY, Buffalo and a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). His “lecture is built upon the following premises: First, any action within the cultural landscape performed from a minoritarian political position will be perceived by authority as contestational act; and second, once challenged, any or all of a variety of disciplinary agents will be sent to restabilize the discourses of the status-quo through the managing or silencing of resistant cultural production. Over the past two decades, Critical Art Ensemble has encountered many of these agents. Police, FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, corporate lawyers. politicians, church officials, and government bureaucrats have attacked, threatened, or denounced CAE for acting against the authoritarian tendencies of Western societies. This lecture chronicles the reasons why our work has elicited such responses, and how and why the violence against cultural resistance has escalated and intensified over the past five years.” All talks are free to the public. Click here to view the Fall 2008- Spring 2009 schedule.

Free Culture Conference 2008
October 11th and 12th, 2008
International House, UC Berkeley
Organized by Students for Free Culture (SFC), ‘a diverse, non-partisan group of students and young people who are working to get their peers involved in the free culture movement,’ the Free Culture Conference will focus on technology, remixing, copyright, open source and free software, and of course, free culture. The keynote speakers are Professor Lawrence Lessig, Professor Pamela Samuelson, and John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla. The conference will also comprise of “talks, workshops, activism, and parties.” There will also be a video and photo booth. Anyone interested in or is a part of the Free Culture movement is invited. Registration is based on how much” attendees think the value of admissions is worth.”


Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge
“Cyberlearning offers new learning and educational approaches and the possibility of redistributing learning experiences over time and space, beyond the classroom and throughout a lifetime” –2008 Report of the NSF Task Force on Fostering Cyberlearning

Published in June 2008, this six month study was conducted by the Task Force on Cyberlearning. The purpose of this report was to encourage the National Science Foundation to invest in cyberlearning, which “will make new kinds of learning possible in all disciplines.” Cyberlearning is defined in the report as: “learning that is mediated by networked computing and communications technologies.” Already, the NSF “has invested heavily in cyberinfrastructure technologies, such as high-performance computers and telecommunication networks… Cyberinfrastructure has become central to the NSF vision as a means to conduct new kinds of research and to foster new frontiers of learning by society in the sciences and all other disciplines,” but there has been no investment in cyberlearning itself. With the new participatory web culture, advancement in technologies, and open education movement, traditional ways of learning, teaching, and interacting have evolved and will continue to do so. As a result, this new system of learning and teaching needs to be supported. The reports states that  “it is imperative that NSF establish a coherent approach to cyberlearning to enable the transformational promise of technology for improving education opportunity.”

Zoologists capture first photos of okapi in wild
By Nancy Zuckerbrod, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Okapis were recently photographed for the first time in the wild, showing that these creatures have been able to “survive war and poaching in a park in a lawless swath of Congo, ” and showing that these “animals are more widely distributed in the park than was previously believed.” Believed to be unicorns by Victorian-era explorers, Okapis were unknown to scientists until a century ago. Okapis are believed to exist only in the Congo and are threaten to become extinct due to poaching and regional conflicr. Conflict in the region has also hindered conservation efforts.

2008 Pachyderm Conference
September 22, 2008 – September 24, 2008
at San Antonio, Texas hosted by The New Media Consortium

The New Media Consortium will be hosting the third Pachyderm Conference in San Antonio. The conference will be from September 22-24.  Similar to previous years, this year’s conference will serve as a space to continue the “ongoing conversation about how to communicate effectively with digital media.” This year’s theme will be the ‘power of story.’ Museum experts, educators, students, content creators/developers, and members of the open source communities are invited to this conference.

The Fifth Annual Open Education Conference
September 24-26, 2008
Held in Logan, Utah, this year’s Open Education Conference will focus on two classic themes: “are we supporting meaningful learning?” and “do we have a sustainable model for continuing to support learning?” These questions were first asked 10 years ago, when the open content movement first began. In these 10 years “we’ve seen the emergence of incredible collections of open content like Wikipedia, open course materials like MIT OCW, open e-learning like Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative…” Even with such successes, sustainability remains an important problem that still needs to be discussed.


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