Collaborative notes from final afternoon (updated 21/5)

by matthew on May 18, 2011

We wrapped up the DNA symposium with an open conversation framed around four themes suggested by the participants: What next; How; Funding/grants; Academic outcomes. The notes were created on the fly and are pasted here more or less as written.

1. What next?
- Tools/resources for ‘DNA’ humanists: Processing, Twine, Celtx, (Scalar (not yet released), Vue (Tufts), Popcorn, WebGL, Will Luers’s HTML5/CSS/WebApp resource page, Sophie,, ubuweb, Vertov (cf Zotero), OVC (Open Video Conference), Korsakow, CombinInformation (Interface Ecology Lab)
- DNA2.0? Festival? Workshops?

2. How?
- Literature/references/citations including usability
- Skills: production, programming/computation, Google Analytics, APIs, RDF (backend for semantic web, eg tvtropes), Periodic Table of Storytelling,
- Methodologies – iteration, process, ideas, prototyping, usability, testing, metaphors,
- Borrowing from gaming – audience attention

3. Funding/Grants
- Examples: TFI New Media Fund, NEA, IDFA DocLab; Media (?); ITVS; Chicken & Egg; Bell New Media Fund; Creative Capital; Cine Reach
- big shift towards telcos as sources
- range of sources available + content/language of applications for grants
- Kickstarter (source of support for innovation), Indiegogo
- unusual, unexpected outside sources possible? ie. Canadian Wildlife Foundation; other non-profit agencies; not nec structured ‘grants,’ but available funds; sometimes related to partnering.
- Projects available nested within other existing digitization programs (pairings/partnering)
- new spaces of funding for web-based projects unrelated to broadcasting, ie. Arte; Radio-Canada; NFB;

4. Academic outcomes

- Self-publishing? Conference Proceedings (edited, standardized processes)
- Banff New Media Institute example: Bio Apparatus Project (750 word questions and pieces, interspersed w/ keynote essays). Or Video Vortex
- allow peer review credibility with innovative referee processes, using available software tools (ie. Scalar, supports multiple authors, etc)
- create working group (Matt, Monika, Kim, Will, David, Adrian, Abigail, Chris) to make proposal
- focus on key questions from L-talks as entry points, and pushing forward discussion of these.
- Use Scalar?

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