Submitted by kentbye on Wed, 2006-03-22 19:00. Collaboration | Communications | IntelAnalysis | Journalism | KM | newmedia | Theory
Using new media technology to make the filmmaking post-production process more collaborative has uncovered some interesting theoretical insights. It has introduced some constraints that have allowed me to abstract some broader concepts that can be applied to journalism and collaborative sensemaking.
Below I explore some of the parallels between Collaborative Filmmaking, New Media Technology, Journalism, The Intelligence Cycle, Knowledge Management Pyramid and the Scientific Method...
Interview Audio: Peter Morville, Information Scientist, Information Architecture Pioneer & Author of "Ambient Findability"Submitted by kentbye on Wed, 2006-01-25 15:12. findability | informationarchitecture | Interview | InterviewAudio | KM | opensourceintelligence
Submitted by kentbye on Wed, 2005-11-09 12:50. Collaboration | Editing | Folksonomy | Journalism | KM | New Media | playlist | Theory
When the timelines of edited film sequences are exported, then they are flattened into an "Edit Decision List" that is somewhat analogous to a musical playlist and an academic syllabus or H20 playlist.
You can think of H20 as a way to share a college class syllabus. It's an ordered reading list that can be used to aggregate knowledge from experts. They describe it as an "open source, educational platform that explores powerful ways to connect professors, students, and researchers online."
H20 tracks derivatives made from playlists as a way to track the relative authority, expertise and reputation of a given author -- much in the same way that academic citations in peer review journals are a way to measure these same metrics. But the H20 playlist format decentralizes this process from the normal gatekeepers and allows for a much more grassroots and bottom-up approach to this concept.
So as Krause says in the interview, you can think of these playlists as a way to provide guided maps to particular fields of study.
My understanding is that playlists have gained a lot of popularity because it is a way for people to create sequences of songs to play on their computer or mobile devices. Because more and more individual songs are being digitally distributed and separated by the order in which they usually play on an entire music album, then playlists have been able to recreate these musical experiences much in the same way that DJs have done.
So Harvard has expanded this playlist concept from music to academic information, and I would like to expand it even further to a journalistic and filmmaking context.
Netflix is already using the playlist concept for distribution of DVDs with their "Netflix Queue." You select videos that you want to see, and then you determine the order in which you receive them.
This can be extended to the actual generation of films because filmmakers are essentially doing the same thing except with multiple video and audio dimensions synchronized by timelines and smaller nuggets of information (i.e. a sound bite vs. an entire DVD).
When the timelines of edited film sequences are exported, then they are flattened into an "Edit Decision List" that is analogous to a musical playlist and an academic syllabus or H20 playlist.
Edit Decision Lists can be generated with a web browser interface, and then dynamically translated into online edits by using the SMIL open standards -- or into offline edits by using Final Cut Pro XML interface that I've described before. I've been able to successfully accopmlish both of these in the tests that I've done.
Most people get completely lost by this point, but I'm basically exploring the idea of using playlists for the collaborative generation of media much in the same way that Harvard is exploring playlists for the collaborative distribution of knowledge.
I was very happy to discover that H20 backend has been open sourced, however the code was a bit too complex for me to parse.
But I'd love to catalyze an effort to port some of these concepts from H20, and into Drupal.
I've been in contact with the two Drupal developers of the playlist module, and I hope to talk to them more about it soon.
I also happened to meet "playlist maven" Lucas Gonze of WebJay.com at the Open Media Developers Summit, and may pick his brain about the function and culture around playlists -- as well as best practices for tracking related and derivative playlists.
Submitted by kentbye on Tue, 2005-03-22 14:14. Evolution | KM | Podcast | Status
What is the best way to manage personal knowledge when you're in the middle of a project that is rapidly evolving? I'm trying to solidify my lessons learned from the SxSW Interactive Conference while still moving the project forward.
I'm am going to experiment by recording some of my thoughts into a audio file, save it as a MP3 and try using Ourmedia.org to save it to archive.org and link it to my site as a podcast. Not sure if I'll have time to figure out all of the nuances of a RSS enclosure to make it a full-blown syndicated podcast, but I hope to figure out how to utilize the free bandwidth of the Internet Archive.