eat, dance, play @ Çatalhöyük

April 26, 2010

Location: Okapi Island

(You must have the free Second Life browser)

Join us for eat, dance, play @ Çatalhöyük, a project led by Professor Ruth Tringham of UC Berkeley that explores the intricate life practices of a Neolithic village in Turkey. Okapi Island, which has been in development since 2006, offers individuals the unique opportunity to explore reconstructions of Çatalhöyük, visit our virtual museum, and take guided video walks through the Island. In this demonstration you will join in authentic cooking lessons, dancing by the firelight, and canoeing down the river of Çatalhöyük. We will present student work and changes we made to the island over the past semester. Don’t miss the chance to explore the unique multimedia exhibits of Çatalhöyük research data and come connect with us on Okapi Island.

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eat, dance, play @ Çatalhöyük Activities

2:00- 2:15 PM (PST)

Introduction to Okapi Island by Ruth Tringham (Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, and Principal Investigator of Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük). Join Ruth as she explains the background of the project, current projects, and future goals.

2:15– 2:30 PM (PST)

Tell Tour/introduction to the changes on the Island by Colleen Morgan, including a brief presentation about her 2009 Archaeologies publication.

2:30- 3:00 PM (PST)

Student demonstrations of their work this semester, including cooking lessons and an lecture about archiving cultural heritage in Second Life.

3:00- 4:00 PM (PST)

Extemporaneous Machinima Creation, directed by Ruth Tringham. Dress up in Neolithic clothes and flintknap, dance, and join a feast!

4:00- 4:30 PM (PST)

Film Festival – Showing of movies and machinima associated with the island.

4:30- 5:00 PM (PST)

Chat and dance next to the fire with the creators of Okapi Island.

What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world created entirely by its residents. Okapi Island is owned and build by the OKAPI team (that’s us below!) and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk.

Getting Started
To visit Okapi Island, you will need to create a user account and download the client software–both free.

To create an account, visit www.secondlife.com, click on Join (in the upper right corner) and follow the instructions. Note: You do not need a premium account to use Second Life or visit Okapi Island.

Next, download and install the Second Life client for your computer:
http://secondlife.com/community/downloads.php

Launch the Second Life client and enter your password. You will likely begin in Orientation Island. To visit Okapi Island, click Map, enter “Okapi” in search field and click Search. Alternatively, you can click on the following slurl (second life url) in your browser, and you will be transported there:

SLURL:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0

See you there!

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Okapi Island featured in SF Examiner

January 11, 2010

Our Okapi Island virtual archaeology project was featured in the December 28 issue of the San Francisco Examiner:

http://www.examiner.com/x-32230-Archaeology-News-Examiner%7Ey2009m12d28-Cyber-archaeology

More information about OKAPI Island in Second Life:

https://okapi.wordpress.com/projects/okapi-island-in-second-life/


OKAPI Island News

August 5, 2009

okapi-fall09
Over the past two years, OKAPI Island in Second Life has supported the research, teaching, and learning of dozens of scholars. OKAPI Island has also hosted numerous public programs and outreach activities. This post highlights key accomplishments and updates.

Awards
2007 Open Archaeology Prize
2008 NMC Virtual Learning Award

Public Programs
Burning Catalhoyuk Day. December 10, 2008
Presidio Teacher Night. October 1, 2008
iSummit Keynote Webcasts. July 30-31, 2008
Cal Day. April 8, 2008
Remixing Catalhoyuk Day. November 28, 2007

Second Life DeCal Courses
http://www.decal.org/784 (Fall 2008)
http://www.decal.org/930 (Spring 2009)

Anthropology 39B: Serious Games for Archaeology and Imagining the Past (Fall 2009)
http://anthropology.berkeley.edu/programs/courses/course_details.php?id=313

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (offered for the fourth consecutive semester)
Sharing a Sense of Place: Constructing a Neolithic Village in Second Life
http://research.berkeley.edu/urap/projects/detail.lasso?-Search=Action&-Table=pub_details&-Database=urap_web&-KeyValue=508

Interview: “Second Life as an Archaeological Tool”
An Interview with Berkeley Archaeology Professor Ruth Tringham
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. June 18, 2009.
http://www.ncptt.nps.gov/second-life-as-an-archaeological-tool/

Journal Article
Morgan, Colleen. “(Re)Building Çatalhöyük: Changing Virtual Reality in Archaeology” Archaeologies. July 2009.
http://www.springerlink.com/content/k254u1q4tt357918

More Info
https://okapi.wordpress.com/projects/okapi-island-in-second-life/

Machinima
“Basket Weaving at Catalhoyuk” by Colleen Morgan
more:  http://middlesavagery.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/basket-weaving-at-catalhoyuk/



Burning Çatalhöyük

December 5, 2008

burning

Burning Çatalhöyük: A Virtual Public Archaeology Event hosted by UC Berkeley Students and Faculty
2PM-4:30PM Pacific Standard Time (10PM-12:30AM GMT or Universal Time)
December 10, 2008
Location: Okapi Island
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0
(You must have the free Second Life browser)

Join us for Burning Çatalhöyük, a project developed by OKAPI, the Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük, and the UC Berkeley DeCal program. Çatalhöyük on OKAPI Island, in development since 2006, is an exploration of the past and present of a 9,000 year old site located in present-day Turkey.  In this demonstration we intend to burn the existing models down in order to better understand the use of fire in Neolithic settlements.  In consultation with fire experts Karl Harrison and Ruth Tringham, and architecture expert Burcu Tung, a team of undergraduate apprentices have replicated the burning sequence of Building 77, a structure excavated in the summer of 2008.  OKAPI island also hosts reproductions of modern developments present at the site, including a water tower, Sadrettin’s café, the Chicken Shed and the nightly bonfire.

Remixing Activities:

(2-2:15)
Guided Tour of OKAPI Island by Ruth Tringham, (Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, and Principal Investigator of Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) and the Remixing Çatalhöyük team.
(2:15-2:30)
Niema Razavian will introduce the work that the Fall 2008 Decal class has done on the island, and how this fits in with a broader UC Berkeley education.
(2:30-2:45)
Roland Saekow will demonstrate his teleportation system, to guide new visitors around the island.
(2:45-3:00)
Kira O’Connor will show the site datum she has constructed, and talk about how datums are used at archaeological sites in general.
(3:00-3:15)
Clark-Rossi Flores-Beyer will demonstrate the skeleton model he has managed to manipulate into a crouch position, in accordance with how people were buried at Çatalhöyük.  He will briefly discuss burial practices in the settlement.
(3:15-3:45)
Garrett Wagner and Raechal Perez will discuss their own reproductions of the interiors at Çatalhöyük, and how they decided to configure the space on their own.
(3:45-4:00)
Colleen Morgan (UC Berkeley PhD Candidate, excavator at Çatalhöyük) will wrap-up the program with a discussion of why virtual reconstructions of archaeological sites are important, and what Second Life can do to increase our understanding of the past.

What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world created entirely by its residents. Okapi Island is owned and build by the OKAPI team (that’s us below!) and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk.

Getting Started
To visit Okapi Island, you will need to create a user account and download the client software–both free.

To create an account, visit www.secondlife.com, click on Join (in the upper right corner) and follow the instructions. Note: You do not need a premium account to use Second Life or visit Okapi Island.

Next, download and install the Second Life client for your computer:
http://secondlife.com/community/downloads.php

Launch the Second Life client and enter your password. You will likely begin in Orientation Island. To visit Okapi Island, click Map, enter “Okapi” in search field and click Search. Alternatively, you can click on the following slurl (second life url) in your browser, and you will be transported there:

SLURL:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0


Student Course Wins Virtual Learning Prize from New Media Consortium

August 19, 2008
The New Media Consortium recently selected a UC Berkeley student-run class for the 2008 Virtual Learning Prize (US$5000). Designed and run by undergraduate students as part of the Program for Democratic Education at Cal (DeCal), this Fall 2008 course will explore the use of 3d virtual environments  for representing ongoing archaeological investigations. Students will examine questions about real, virtual and imaginary worlds as they learn about Catalhoyuk, a 9000-year-old Neolithic site, located in present-day Turkey. The class will have access to archaeological research data and an international team of scholars led by Berkeley Anthropology professor Ruth Tringham. 
 
This class builds upon several semesters of work by students, faculty, and staff to construct virtual models and public archaeology programs on Okapi Island in Second Life.  Co-managed by Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI) and the Berkeley Department of Anthropology, Okapi Island offers 65,000 square meters of virtual real estate for exploring new forms of research, education and public outreach.   
 
DeCal Course Information:
http://www.decal.org/784
Visit Okapi Island:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0
About Okapi Island:
https://okapi.wordpress.com/projects/okapi-island-in-second-life/    

Student Lead: Niema Razavian, nrazavian[at]berkeley.edu
Faculty Sponsor: Ruth Tringham, Department of Anthropology, tringham[at]berkeley.edu
Technical Advisor: Noah Wittman, Open Knowledge and the Public Interest, wittman[at]berkeley.edu


OKAPI Island to Host iSummit Keynote Webcasts

July 24, 2008

iSummit

OKAPI Island in Second Life will Webcast the live keynotes from the global iCommons Summit, which will take place in Kyoto, Japan, from July 30 (July 29 PST) to August 1 (July 31 PST), 2008. The iSummit brings together free culture communities from around the world. Visit OKAPI Island at times indicated below to participate in live events. Please note time zones!

Location of Okapi Island in Second Life:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0

More about iSummit ’08:
http://www.icommonssummit.org

Schedule Day 1 (July 30)

July 29 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time (July 30, 9 am Japan Standard Time): The Future of the Global Commons
An introduction to the commons, the iSummit and how you can help by Heather Ford

5:20 pm Pacific Standard Time  (9:20 am Japan Standard Time): The Future of Open Search by Jimmy Wales
Watch Jimmy broadcasting from Second Life

5: 40 pm Pacific Standard Time  (9:40 am Japan Standard Time): The Status of the Commons by Joi Ito

6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time  (10:00 am Japan Standard Time): The Commons in the Corporation: The challenge of raising awareness within media corporations by Mohamed Nanabhay

6:20 pm Pacific Standard Time (10:20 am Japan Standard Time): Housekeeping by James Cairns

7 pm Pacific Standard Time (11 am Japan Standard Time): Fun and engaging: Labs promote their sessions to participants by Lanon Prigge

July 30 at 2am Pacific Standard Time (Jul 30, 6pm Japan Standard Time): Ready to Share: Fashion and the Commons by Johanna Blakley

2: 20 am Pacific Standard Time ( 6:20 pm Japan Standard Time): Expanding Boundaries Of Fair Use Protection Under U.S. Copyright Law by Anthony Falzone

2: 40 am Pacific Standard Time (6:40 pm Japan Standard Time): Language as a Commons by Erin McKean

3 am Pacific Standard Time (7:00 am Japan Standard Time): Housekeeping by James Cairns

OKAPI WebcastingSchedule Day 2 (July 31)
July 30 at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time (July 31, 10 am Japan Standard Time): No License for these territories by Jamie King

6:20 pm Pacific Standard Time (10:20 am Japan Standard Time): Social Movements on the Commons by David Bollier

6:40 pm Pacific Standard Time (10:40 am Japan Standard Time): Collaborative Creativity -How innovation together has stood the test of time by Rishab Ghosh

July 31 at 3 am Pacific Standard Time  (July 31, 7pm Japan Standard Time): Free Culture and Free Speech- Why strong and vibrant free culture communities are important for freedom of expression by Rebecca MacKinnon

3:20 am Pacific Standard Time (7:20 pm Japan Standard Time): Enclosing the commons – for dummies- Creativity, Citizenship and Media Ownership by Adam Haupt

3:40 am Pacific Standard Time (7:40 pm Japan Standard Time): The Literacy Project- Encouraging Best-Practice Sharing in the Non-Profit Community by Jessica Powell

Schedule Day 3 (August 1)

July 31 at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time (August 1, 10 am Japan Standard Time): Keynote by Hiroaki Kitano by James Cairns

6:20 pm Pacific Standard Time (10:20 am Japan Standard Time): Collecting Societies- Mars Landing by Paul Keller

6:40 pm Pacific Standard Time (10:40 am Japan Standard Time): Open Content: The first decade by David Wiley

10:40 pm Pacific Standard Time (2:40 pm Japan Standard Time): Closing event- Farewell remarks and group photograph, with light refreshments by Kerryn McKay

More Keynote Information
http://icommonssummit.org/programme/keynote.html


OKAPI Mashups

April 26, 2008

Below are some of the mashups (hybrid web applications) we’ve been working on as part of Raymond Yee and Rick Jaffe’s Next Generation Campus Information Services workshop.

Research DashboardResearch Dashboards–Bringing Together Widgets for Research and Teaching
by Noah Wittman and Townsend Lab Team
http://www2.netvibes.com/townsend/
This Netvibes Portal contains a library of widgets of interest to arts and humanities scholars. Many of them were pre-existing. Some we configured ourselves using HTML and RSS feeds. The Townsend Lab team will be working with research groups on campus to better understand how such a resource might be useful.
Slickr
Slickr–Importing Flickr Photos into Second Life
by Shawna Hein and Aylin Selcukoglu (iSchool Students) in collaboration with Noah Wittman, Ruth Tringham and the OKAPI Island Gang
The 3d virtual environment of Second Life is a fantastic venue for educational programming. Unfortunately, Linden Labs makes residents pay a small fee for each image uploaded to their server. This workaround allows free use of Flickr photos–Fantastic!
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Okapi/128/128/0

Don’t Tread On (or Eat Me): The ‘Invasion’ of the Burmese Python
By Lizzy Ha
http://lizzyh.nextgencampus.net/python.htmlpython map

We cannot completely blame Florida for this. Although irresponsible Burmese Python owners have been releasing their giant, non-native, ‘pets’ into the Florida Everglades for years now, Floridians will not be entirely responsible for this coast-to-coast invasion of these giant pythons. The US Geological Survey recently released two ‘climate maps’ which highlight areas where Burmese Pythons will be able to live and thrive in the United States; the Bay Area is included. USGS and various newspapers have led us to believe that these pythons are moving out of Florida, northward and westward, slowly taking over this country. However, extensive research shows that one need not worry about these Floridian Burmese Pythons; one should be more worried about the Burmese Pythons that are already in one’s backyard. Burmese Pythons are already living all over the country, posing as ‘pets’ elsewhere. This project examines the areas outside of Florida in which Burmese Pythons currently exist. Hopefully these python owners are more responsible than those in Florida.