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Maker Faires and More!

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire 2013

Last weekend, I attended the Ann Arbor Mini-Maker Faire, and it was AWESOME! What is a Mini-Maker Faire? A small Maker Faire. What is a Maker Faire? OK, brief aside.

I found this on LinkedIn in the Horizon2020 group (locked):

“The aim of this discussion is to bring together scientists, researchers, engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, organizations, business leaders, consultants, policy makers, new grads, students, and others from all fields of study (applied sciences, formal sciences, natural sciences, earth sciences, life sciences, interdisciplinary sciences, social sciences/humanities) … ”

Maker Faires are kind of similar to this, EXCEPT you have to add in parents, teachers, schools, kids, community leaders, artists, crafters, and more. They provide an opportunity to share information about things you like to make, with a special focus on opening doors to people, and especially to young folk before they learn the idea that math and science are supposed to be boring. Which we know is absolutely not true, so let’s get the idea out early!

In the words of the original Maker Faire folk:
“Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” OR “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.” OR “Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.”

Maker Faire:

I’ve been hearing about Maker Faire Detroit coming up through many of my groups. A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to attend a meeting of GO-Tech (where I also finally got a tour of Maker Works

GO-Tech Meeting at Maker Works

… and met the famed plasma cutter dinosaur).

GO-Tech Meeting at Maker Works

That was where and when I learned that Henry Ford Museum supports the Maker Faires and even have a couple people designated as liaisons to the maker communities. Kind of like our own liaison librarians, they go to various maker meetings, talk about their services, provide education / reference / support / information / outreach, and try to become engaged with the community. Why? Well, because it is part of the Henry Ford Museum’s mission to support environments that foster the development of future Henry Ford kinds of people.

Ford, Tech Shop partner to nurture future Henry Fords:

Good stuff! (By the way, there is a GO-Tech meeting tonight at 7pm at Maker Works, in case you are interested.) (And a microcontrollers build night on Thursday at All Hands Active.)

So who was there at the Ann Arbor Mini-Maker Faire?

Book binders & paper crafters & paper makers
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Wood workers & architects
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Robot games & creative game controllers
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Wood carvers & bone carvers
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The public library & other librarians
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Legos & Baubles
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Bees & Plants
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Lights & Lock picking
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Crafts & Minecraft Chess
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Loads of 3D Printing
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Art Clothes & Recycled Clothes
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Wood sculptures made with many pieces of wood, and with a single piece of wood (laser cut and folded)
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And PEOPLE! Interested in citizen science, motorcycles, circuit boards, soldering,

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Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Health Data Palooza, Doctors 2.0, & More (Week of June 1, 2013)

This was one of those weeks (and there are many) where the challenge is how to keep this post from going on until the middle of next week!

I was tracking the Health Data Palooza (blogged here earlier in the week), so I HAVE to talk about that. It was followed by the Health Privacy Summit and the MedCity program on Patient Engagement through Innovation. Doctors 2.0 was going on immediately after in Paris, while these others were DC-based. Then I was coincidentally asked a reference question about AED information on Twitter just as AED/CPR Awareness Week was rolling out (which is going to have to be a separate post). So this is a big week, with so much to share. Think of this as four posts in one.

Highlights from #HDPalooza

Beyond the core topics of health data and open data, there was a lot of conversation around apps, how to design a better challenge, crowdsourcing, and blending government and hospital health data with data from the self-tracking or quantified self movements.

Highlights from the Health Privacy Summit

Highlights from MedCity ENGAGE

Highlights from Doctors 2.0

First posted at THL Blog:

Cheap and Easy Ways to Make Comics or Cartoons for Digital Storytelling

Another one of last week’s Enriching Scholarship Sessions, this one in partnership with John Beals.

Cheap and Easy Ways to Make Comics or Cartoons for Digital Storytelling:

Digital storytelling, also referred to in educational circles as digital media assignments, often centers around making videos, but there are many other ways to tell stories. Comics and cartoons offer an attractive alternative approach to storytelling. In addition to uses for storytelling, they can also make engaging images for slides, presentations and illustrations. With the many online tools and software packages now available for creating these, there are many options to choose from for all levels of skill and expertise. This session will provide a survey of some tools, with illustrations of educational uses.

Even though the slides say “Part 2,” I actually started off, because I had to run across campus for another session right after, and John was gracious enough to be flexible. The slides were a rush job, because I was out sick so long with bronchitis, and I actually have a lot more content than is shown here. It worked out that this was just the right amount of content for the session. Lucky me!

Cheap and Easy Ways to Make Comics or Cartoons for Digital Storytelling:

This is an abbreviated set of the links and tools I’ve collected for doing this. What inspired me was a webcomic idea I have and want to do, but not being the kind of artist who can draw my own comic, I have been looking for … alternatives. I started out with some of the ways in which I use comics in my work already, with examples; then highlighted just a few of the many tools available. Last but not least, I also touched on using smartphones with photo filter apps or added word bubbles to generate images to tell your stories.

The session ended with John talking about real world educational uses of comics in the classroom, tips and tricks for how to design assignments, books for more info, and similar excellent content. John is FAR more expert than I in this area, which made for a great partnership. He used no slides this time, so these are from another session he did on a closely related topic earlier in the year.

Johnathon Beals: Comics in the Classroom:

You know you’ve done something right when you hear from people after the session who want to share what they’ve done with the tools you discussed! And what could be better than being one of the first to see new comics? This was such great fun to do, and had such a great response, I hope we do this again next year.

Unchained: Finding Free eBooks for Pleasure and Learning

Well, it’s Enriching Scholarship week again! Today had the amazing keynote session, then I also attended the Third Century session (more on those later), and I had my first session on finding free ebooks.

From: Unchained: Finding free ebooks

“With the increasing availability and use of ebook readers and mobile devices with apps for ebooks, it makes sense to incorporate them into the educational process where possible and feasible. With the high cost of education in general, and textbooks in particular, it can be attractive to students to offer options to facilitate use of free resources. This session will showcase sources of free educational ebook content and tools for integrating them with standard ebook reader devices.”

I want to get the information out from today’s session for everyone who attended, because (since I was getting over that evil bronchitis) I didn’t have any handouts. This will be the ‘handout,’ and hopefully acceptable to all.

All the links discussed were included in a Pinterest board, with a reaction from one audience member, “But I don’t take my Pinterest class until tomorrow!” Pinterest organizes boards in reverse chronological order, and does not allow custom sorts or organization. For my board, that means the most important content is mostly at the bottom, sort of like email conversations where you need to read from the bottom up.

Brief overview of what to expect to find:
– ebook search engines
– ebook forums
– free ebook review blogs & subscription services
– how to add downloaded ebooks to your device
– search tips for finding ebooks in Amazon & Google
– free ebooks from other countries and languages

Unchained: Finding Free Books
“Resources for finding free ebooks. Please note, sites and site ownership may change. While I have tried to not include sites providing illegal copies, I cannot guaranteed the legality of any of the books you choose to download.”
All links:

But there is so much there! What is the BEST?

Here are two blogposts I did early on in my explorations, which include several of my favorites that I still use.

Unchained: Where I Get My Free Ebooks:

Cool Toys Pic of the day – 5 ebook search engines:

We also had some phenomenal insights from Kathleen Folger about the phenomenal range of ebooks available from the University Libraries! Now, while these are not the usual “free ebooks” available to the general public, these are books available to the University of Michigan community members. Here are a few resources from the UM Libraries about these.

MLibrary: Guides: Electronic Books (e-Books):

MLibrary: AAEL: How do I find ebooks?

MPublishing: Books:

Now, for the winners!

Best general reader alerting service:
A tie between Pixel of Ink and Books on the Knob. Slight edge to Pixel for their email subscription service. Significant edge to Knob for having more than Kindle!

Best source for accessible formats:
The Internet Archive: Ebook & Texts Archive

IA beats out Munsey’s with 4,498,390 items even though Munsey’s supports more formats.

Internet Archive:
HTML, PDF (color), PDF (B/W), EPUB, Kindle, Daisy, ASCII, DjVu

Munsey’s formats:
DAISY, eBookwise, EPUB, Isilo, Kindle, MOBI, MS-Reader, PDF, Plucker, Rocket, Sony, Zipped

Best free audio books source:

Best non-English language ebooks discovery tools:
Carnegie-Mellon’s Universal Digital Library

UDL beats out the anonymously produced “Free Literature” collection of sources with a full service search engine for over a million books in many languages.

Best free ebook search:

Best ebook management tool:

Most influential:
Project Gutenberg

Best overall!

Drumroll, please.

Cute baby plays drums

The Internet Archive

At the Movies: Think Local (TEDxUofM mini, Part Four)

OK, following on the heels of videos from the TEDxUofM speakers, here are a few related but not quite so specifically focused. Here was part one. And part two. And part three.


They did something new this year, trying to take the TEDx conversations away from the stage and into the audience. There was a side room set up with cameras and backdrops where they videotaped people who felt they had something interesting to share, and then they combined it into this wonderful little video.

Spotlight Project from TEDxUofM on Vimeo.

Spotlight Project:

“I had to fight and fight and fight, and push and push and push against these preconceived ideas people had about me as a former prisoner.”

“There’s this one moment when the SAME chill goes through everybody at the same time.”

“Before people became literate, they told stories.”

“Untapped is all those voices we’re not listening to.”


Of Remnants from Nicholas Pilarski on Vimeo.

Of Remnants, from Nicholas Pilarski
via TEDxUofM: Of Remnants by Nicholas Pilarski & Julia Smith-Eppsteiner

“We both continued to grow and accomplish and dance. And I continued to admire her. We had the blessing of ending up at Michigan a year apart from each other. She is doing great things, to say the least. I know you’ll share my feelings of awe and pride to attend our school when you press play. Watch my best friend perform on screen with her serenity, her curiosity, her body knowledge.”


2013 Intro Video from TEDxUofM on Vimeo.

TEDxUofM: 2013 Intro Video:

“TEDxUofM really pushes us to be interested and interesting.”

“TEDxUofM is the dam that allows the rush of brain juice that fills you and reminds you of what is possible.”

“I think of TEDx as a family that set out to influence others to be the best that they can be.”

“To me, today is about three words: inspiration, initiative, and innovation.”


Not from this year’s TEDxUofM, but a speaker in an earlier one. His TEDx video is here.

Ghostly International presents Matthew Shlian from Ghostly International on Vimeo.

Ghostly International presents Matthew Shlian

“Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.”


Ora Pescovitz also spoke at a prior TEDxUofM. This is a somewhat less sober video she has done recently in support of last weekend’s Dance Marathon.

Dance Marathon is Almost Here! (with Ora Peskovitz)
via I’m Not a Rockette, But I Played One “For The Kids”

“Later that day, I participated in a video shoot with members of the Dance Marathon at University of Michigan team. DMUM is one of the largest student-run non-profit organizations on the U-M campus. We taped a PSA to promote this year’s Marathon – an event where hundreds of students stand on their feet for 30 hours to show their support for pediatric services at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Beaumont Hospital.”


This is a bit more tenuous of a connection to Ann Arbor and UofM, but it is a great story and a great video, with an open source script.

Free Pie from Caleb Slain on Vimeo.

Free Pie:
“Dave was a philosophy major in Ann Arbor, MI, and he had driven across the state to join family and friends at the hospital, but over the course of the evening his role as “older brother” slowly dissolved into that of crowd control: answering the same questions that every new grief-stricken visitor arrived asking. After many emotionally draining hours of monitoring his post by the door, Dave was surprised to see his philosophy Professor suddenly walk through. Noticing his student’s mixed state of fatigue and social obligation, the Professor went over and sat beside Dave in complete silence. After a few minutes, he leaned over and simply said “It’s exhausting taking care of those who come to comfort us.” The Professor sat with Dave for the next two hours without saying a single word…he was just there.”

Storytelling for Health

I am WAY behind on my getting livetweeting sessions into the blog. I’ve been asked in particular for this one, so the first installment of catching up, I hope.

UN SPH Storytelling event opening slide

Last month I was lucky to attend one of the most splendid short workshops I’ve ever seen. Or it might be that I appreciated it so much because it was so timely, dovetailing with a project we’re just beginning but which I’m really excited about. The focus of the session, “Tell me a story: Designing narratives for health behavior change,” was on storytelling for health behavior change and was held at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

It was a phenomenal gathering of speakers and thinkers on storytelling, leaving me inspired and almost over-charged with excitement. The presenters included professionals from the film, television, and comics industries, sharing personal experiences and best practices, then opening up with a dynamic and helpful question and answer session.

Here are the videos, which I’ve rearranged in the actual order of the presentations.

World-Class Storytellers: Designing Narratives for Health Behavior Change (part 1 of 4, Monte Montgomery)

World-Class Storytellers: Designing Narratives for Health Behavior Change (part 4 of 4, Mike Mosallam)

World-Class Storytellers: Designing Narratives for Health Behavior Change (part 2 of 4, Kody Chamberlain)

World-Class Storytellers: Designing Narratives for Health Behavior Change (part 3 of 4, Q&A)

Here are the tweets, lightly edited for typos, links, minor fixes, and such.

pfanderson At @umsph for #storytelling Excited!!! (@ University of Michigan School of Public Health w/ @wnderingglutton) [pic]:

KodyChamberlain RT @pfanderson: At @umsph for #storytelling Excited!!! (@ University of Michigan School of Public Health w/ @wnderingglutton) [pic]:

Monte Montgomery

pfanderson With @2020science at #storytelling “Tell me a story: Designing narratives for health behavior change”

KodyChamberlain About to present to tge University of Michigan School of Public Health #storytelling good crowd.

pfanderson Presenters at #storytelling @KodyChamberlain @mikemosallam and @BestcatMonte Intros from Vic Strecher

pfanderson Tip fr @BestcatMonte “Never let someone else tell your story” #storytelling

pfanderson Tip from @KodyChamberlain “Always choose the image that happens a split SECOND after action.” #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy A story should be 4 things:engaging, understandable, memorable, and engaging. #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling Stories should be: Engaging, Understandable, Memorable, Actionable @BestcatMonte 3 act structure for films

pfanderson RT @MLibraryHealthy: A story should be 4 things:engaging, understandable, memorable, and engaging. #storytelling

YMazloomdoost RT @pfanderson: With @2020science at #storytelling “Tell me a story: Designing narratives for health behavior change”

pfanderson Three acts as building of story arc & tension. Leveling the story. Wizard of Oz as example, Jerry McGuire. #storytelling.

YMazloomdoost Why is #publichealth always hard to communicate? b/c we’re trained as healers, not communicators & we’re always telling bad news #storytelling

pfanderson Watching Murray & Ava, a Love Story as example of #healthcomm story arc at #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy RT @pfanderson: Watching Murray & Ava, a Love Story as example of #healthcomm story arc at #storytelling

pfanderson “So, whaddya think? You wanna move?” “No. Leave me alone. Help someone else.” #storytelling

pfanderson “Virtual coaching sessions will not really include Ava. Sorry about that.” #storytelling

pfanderson HRA – Health Risk Assessment also using the “three-act” structure #storytelling

YMazloomdoost Stories should be: Engaging, Understandable, Memorable, Actionable. Write them simply and with a punch! #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling @KodyChamberlain Act 1 + Act 2 = Act 3

MLibraryHealthy How long do you get to tell your story? Usually it’s decided for you. #storytelling

pfanderson Look for opportunities to use 3act structure, but don’t force content into it. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Is the three act structure relevant for all public hlth communications? No don’t force it, just look for opportunities 2 #use it. #storytelling

pfanderson Now up @mikemosallam for #storytelling UM Alum in musical theater

YMazloomdoost Stories have 3 acts that build on each other. Hint at things in act 1 for act 3- audience’ll feel like they’re in on a secret =) #storytelling

pfanderson MM: “What is MY story?” Internet says top associations with the word “Arab” are terrorist, violent, bombers, etc. Hunh? #storytelling

pfanderson “Where I grew up Hassan & Jonathan played football together. The McDonald’s serve Hallal.” #storytelling

pfanderson “What if that was what I thought of myself?” Yep, that’s why I changed my name. #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling “I went to grad school, because that’s what you do when you’re depressed.” @mikemosallam

MLibraryHealthy Mike Mosallam: Then I went to grad school cause that’s what you do when you’re depressed. #storytelling #truestory

pfanderson “Tell me about your experience after 9/11″ Grad advisor to Arab film grad student #storytelling

YMazloomdoost Lol, yup– I went to grad school because that’s what you do when you’re depressed. @mikemosallam #storytelling What’s your grad school story?

MLibraryHealthy RT @YMazloomdoost: Lol, yup– I went to grad school because that’s what you do when you’re depressed. @mikemosallam #storytelling What’s your grad school story?

pfanderson That question became “Muslim the Musical” bridgebuilder gatekeeper boundarspanner @mikemosallam #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling @mikemosallam

Mike Mosallam

MLibraryHealthy @mikemosallam 3 goals: Create dialogue, build bridges & humanize the Arab-Muslim experience #storytelling

pfanderson Put a face to the experience, the Arab-American experience, the Arab-Muslim experience All American Muslim #storytelling

pfanderson All American Muslim trailer #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy All-American Muslim trailer #storytelling

YMazloomdoost Great point @mikemosallam: The reason why there’s so much stereotyping, it’s because we don’t put a face to “others”- humanize #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Focus Group: Most critical response and most negativity was from the #Muslim community. These people do not represent me. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy @mikemosallam Create your own story. The #road has been paved. #storytelling

YMazloomdoost @mikemosallam: Create your own story. Don’t let someone else write your narrative. #storytelling

pfanderson Q fr @KodyChamberlain Did telling yr story promote change? A: Dialog was certainly created, more questions were asked, answered #storytelling

TypeONEderful “Don’t let someone else define your narrative” @mikemosallam #storytelling

pfanderson First person narrative, even told badly, is often more powerful than 3rd person done well #storytelling Find the humanizing factor.

pfanderson “I chose people who had a built-in story. Newlyweds pregnant with first child. Football team of Muslim players during Ramadan.” #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling @mikemosallam quotes Gandhi “Be the change you want to see in the world”

YMazloomdoost RT @pfanderson: First person narrative, even told badly, is often more powerful than 3rd person done well #storytelling Find the humanizing factor.

TypeONEderful RT @YMazloomdoost: Stories should be: Engaging, Understandable, Memorable, Actionable. Write them simply and with a punch! #storytelling

pfanderson Q: What abt privacy in real stories? A: @bestcatmonte lawyers’ll tell U what 2 do. U have 2fight them every step of the way #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Film making is lying in the service of a #greater truth. #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling @mikemosallam “Let the subject direct the narrative” @bestcatmonte “Filmmaking is lying in the service of a greater truth”

MLibraryHealthy RT @pfanderson: #storytelling @mikemosallam “Let the subject direct the narrative” @bestcatmonte “Filmmaking is lying in the service of a greater truth”

pfanderson RT @TypeONEderful: “Don’t let someone else define your narrative” @mikemosallam #storytelling

pfanderson Now up #storytelling @KodyChamberlain full time artist. Sits quietly in his studio for hours at a time

MLibraryHealthy @KodyChamberlain impressive list of credits: Warner Bros, Dark Horse, Marvel, etc. #storytelling

pfanderson Young reader adaptation of Beowulf ;) @KodyChamberlain #storytelling Yay! He’s also Cajun. #storytelling

pfanderson So excited that @KobyChamberlain is from Lafayette. So much of my family there and in Eunice. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy @kodychamberlain #AWESOME set of Indiana Jones cards! #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy @kodychamberlain If you’re anything like me you are wondering why would Ronnie from Jersey Shore need a desk. #storytelling #hairgelstorage?

pfanderson #storytelling @KodyChamberlain

Kody Chamberlain

pfanderson #storytelling @KodyChamberlain silhouette

Comic artist in silhouette (Kody Chamberlain)

pfanderson <3 New Orleans fiction. Check out Sweets by @KodyChamberlain #storytelling

TypeONEderful “One of the things I love about creating comics is finding a new audience” @kodychamberlain #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Go to MTV Comics and search #Punks. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy RT @TypeONEderful: “One of the things I love about creating comics is finding a new audience” @kodychamberlain #storytelling

YMazloomdoost Just learned- conceptual art/drawing storyboard for scripts to work out visuals before u start filming w/actors @kodychamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson Interesting. Kody talks about photo collage techniques for non-artists working in comics #storytelling Outline > index cards. Screenplay format

pfanderson Reseller market for original artwork sold to fans #storytelling. Ink on top of pencil, erase pencil #storytelling

pfanderson Punks | | #storytelling

pfanderson “When you catch a butterfly, stop swinging the net” @KodyChamberlain at #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy “When you catch a butterfly, stop swinging the net”. #storytelling

pfanderson There’s a difference between creativity (the idea generation) and the process of making #storytelling

YMazloomdoost When do you know it’s done? When you catch a butterfly, stop swinging the net. (Stop when the project’s working) @kodychamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling @KodyChamberlain at MTV

pfanderson Sequential art: Scene 1, scene two, your mind fills in the egg or person falling #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy #Sequential art. Our minds fill in the space. @kodychamberlain #storytelling

TypeONEderful Sequential art is a powerful tool that is underutilized. Your mind fills in the gaps with all these ideas #storytelling

pfanderson Cave art as the first recording comic in history. Next the Egyptian pictograms #storytelling Logos became symbols, symbols became letters

YMazloomdoost @KodyChamberlain: Our memories add context (fills in gaps) for sequential art. Just like it does for symbols. #storytelling

pfanderson Comics in daily life are for life and death situations, Heimlich maneuver instructions don’t really work in written words #storytelling

pfanderson @ssieg I volunteered to do a comic tool session for #es13 Thinking I might have gotten myself in over my head #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Comics are an efficient way to teach important concepts e.g. #heimlich maneuver @kodychamberlain #storytelling

TypeONEderful sequential art can provide instant understanding of complex ideas #storytelling

pfanderson I have got to find the comic on peeling a crawfish to show my mama & daughter @kodyChamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson I used to have a corkwall. Have been REALLY missing it in my nice plasterwalled house #storytelling

pfanderson “Sketching is not a gift. It is a process.” #storytelling

pfanderson RT @TypeONEderful: sequential art can provide instant understanding of complex ideas #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy RT @pfanderson: “Sketching is not a gift. It is a process.” #storytelling

pfanderson RT @MLibraryHealthy: Comics are an efficient way to teach important concepts e.g. #heimlich maneuver @kodychamberlain #storytelling

rubymoons RT @pfanderson: “Sketching is not a gift. It is a process.” #storytelling

pfanderson “Professionals rarely show their early work Bcuz it’s often terrible. The result is the assumption they create w/o it. Not true” #storytelling

rubymoons RT @YMazloomdoost: Stories should be: Engaging, Understandable, Memorable, Actionable. Write them simply and with a punch! #storytelling

rubymoons RT @TypeONEderful: “Don’t let someone else define your narrative” @mikemosallam #storytelling

pfanderson “Sketching is not about good drawing. It’s about good thinking.” #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Might be 30 pages of #junk until I get that 1 image. @kodychamberlain #storytelling

YMazloomdoost KC: Professionals rarely show their early work; it’s often terrible. Result: assumption they create it w/o it. That’s not true. #storytelling

pfanderson “Bad sketches by brilliant creators” Hitchcock, Spielberg, Scorcese. And so what? Storyboards actually match film “on point” #storytelling

pfanderson RT @MLibraryHealthy: Might be 30 pages of #junk until I get that 1 image. @kodychamberlain #storytelling

32_Boards When @Lightskin04 @EazyB_3 @iBelieveN5 and i get together. #storytelling

pfanderson If idea is good, execution can come later. Dig into patent drawings for some really bad but clear drawings #storytelling

pfanderson Edison: “Make good drawing” added note to early sketches #storytelling

pfanderson Saul Bass as brilliant logo designer, storyboarded the shower scene in Psycho #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Pop Culture Philosophy: Bob Ross, The #Happy #Accident. #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling Popculture lessons. Bob Ross. Happy accident. “Wet on wet.” Use the mistake to inspire something new.

TypeONEderful Bob Ross’s “happy accident”, using an accident to create something new that you may not have thought of before #storytelling

pfanderson “Computers don’t make mistakes. (unless you include crashes)” #storytelling Pixar’s Renderfarm

Lightskin04 RT @32_Boards: When @Lightskin04 @EazyB_3 @iBelieveN5 and i get together. #storytelling

pfanderson We NEED mistakes & random things to happen in the early stages of develop concepts #storytelling

YMazloomdoost RT @TypeONEderful: Bob Ross’s “happy accident”, using an accident to create something new that you may not have thought of before #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Pop-Culture Philosophy: Computers don’t make mistakes. But, #Pixar still storyboards despite the technology. #storytelling

TypeONEderful “We want mistakes to happen in the creative process, great ideas are born from that” @KodyChamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson RT @TypeONEderful: Bob Ross’s “happy accident”, using an accident to create something new that you may not have thought of before #storytelling

ReginaHolliday RT @TypeONEderful: Bob Ross’s “happy accident”, using an accident to create something new that you may not have thought of before #storytelling

pfanderson #storytelling @KobyChamberlain uses Bruce Lee philosophies “Be water, my friend” “Use what works”

pfanderson QUOTE: @KobyChamberlain Inspiration is a placebo. The feather was a placebo (Dumbo). #storytelling

YMazloomdoost Inspiration is a placebo. You don’t need it to create. @KodyChamberlain #storytelling “Inspiration is for amateurs”-Chuck Close

pfanderson Chuck Close “Inspiration is for amateurs” @KodyChamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson Darn it! I’ve been mistyping Kody’s name as Koby. Grrr #storytelling “Increase yr capacity before you hunt the shark” ???

pfanderson @strnglibrarian @lorireed #storytelling is a workshop on using storytelling to create health behavior change

MLibraryHealthy Make sure your capacity is big enough before you do the thing you need to do. @kodychamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson Drink and Draw clubs @KodyChamberlain #storytelling

TypeONEderful RT @YMazloomdoost: Inspiration is a placebo. You don’t need it to create. @KodyChamberlain #storytelling “Inspiration is for amateurs”-Chuck Close

pfanderson @strnglibrarian @lorireed Yes, at @UMich #umich School of Public Health #storytelling

pfanderson Thinktanks!!! #storytelling Social networking for artists @KodyChamberlain

pfanderson Times when people telling their own stories … that’s what works. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy There is just something about someone telling their own story that works #storytelling

pfanderson Take the real original story, then carve out the parts with power to tell the story @bestcatmonte #storytelling

rivenhomewood RT @pfanderson: Take the real original story, then carve out the parts with power to tell the story @bestcatmonte #storytelling

pfanderson “A project I’m drawing can be empty because there’s no passion. That changes when everyone gets involved.” @KodyChamberlain #storytelling

pfanderson “Just because you have a great story doesn’t mean you can tell it.” @BestcatMonte #storytelling

pfanderson Assessing your audience can balance drive toward authenticity if unsure #storytelling Talking about actors as patients

MLibraryHealthy Know the objectives of your audience. E.g. Playing a patient, interesting to know which doctors I would never go to. #storytelling

fastfwdhealth RT @pfanderson: With @2020science at #storytelling “Tell me a story: Designing narratives for health behavior change”

pfanderson Vic Strecher on Veterans as source of powerful stories for comic artists, storyteller as midwife of story #storytelling Trauma narratives

rubymoons RT @pfanderson: Assessing your audience can balance drive toward authenticity if unsure #storytelling Talking about actors as patients

MLibraryHealthy Now, how to make things #actionable…#storytelling

pfanderson RT @MLibraryHealthy: Now, how to make things #actionable…#storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Strecher: A lot of artists are unemployed during a piece of time. Almost every artist I’ve ever met has wanted to do good things #storytelling

pfanderson Someone asked my question – how to do things on the cheap. Vic says he just asks. Uh, yeah, sure. #storytelling

rivenhomewood RT @pfanderson: “Sketching is not about good drawing. It’s about good thinking.” #storytelling

pfanderson Teaching in front of 300 kids. “Gee, it sucks to be here” vs “INSPIRED!” #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Mike: What do you want to do?…working on lecture slides with a comic book artist #storytelling

pfanderson RT @MLibraryHealthy: Mike: What do you want to do?…working on lecture slides with a comic book artist #storytelling

ElinSilveous Can Buckeyes follow along #storytelling ? It sounds/looks so interesting…

pfanderson Recommendation? Ask the students and departments, engage locals with talent #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy You have great ideas, now how do you implement those ideas? This is where most people stop, but keep it simple. #storytelling

pfanderson @ElinSilveous Livetweets are open! And I think they are recording it. Hopefully later? :) #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Immerse yourself before #networking. #storytelling

pfanderson Immerse yourself in comic art B4 you start. That’s what Vic Strecher did #storytelling @KodyChamberlain says he overcommits to force deadlines

MLibraryHealthy @Marissa_M_ #storytelling is part of a Symposium today

rivenhomewood RT @pfanderson: Young reader adaptation of Beowulf ;) @KodyChamberlain #storytelling Yay! He’s also Cajun. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy RT @pfanderson: Immerse yourself in comic art B4 you start. That’s what Vic Strecher did #storytelling @KodyChamberlain says he overcommits to force deadlines

pfanderson “We all have ideas that are fleeting. But the ideas that STICK … ” @mikemosallam #storytelling All Artists overcommit. It comes from passion

YMazloomdoost RT @MLibraryHealthy: Comics are an efficient way to teach important concepts e.g. #heimlich maneuver @kodychamberlain #storytelling

ElinSilveous Cool. Thank you! RT @pfanderson Livetweets are open! And I think they are recording it. Hopefully later? :) #storytelling

pfanderson Dr: Myths of healthcare. Blaming the victim. “two pounds overweight” Propaganda counter w/ art. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy First thing to ask yourself, “Is there a story in it?” #storytelling

pfanderson Instead of taking on the world, think of ONE person who has this problem. Tell THAT story. #storytelling @BestcatMonte

pfanderson RT @MLibraryHealthy: First thing to ask yourself, “Is there a story in it?” #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy RT @pfanderson: Instead of taking on the world, think of ONE person who has this problem. Tell THAT story. #storytelling @BestcatMonte

pfanderson Tips for converting 3d to 2d through photography & lighting positioning #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy Technical questions: Scanner or photos used to transfer drawing to computers. Have to use photos for work with depth. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy @Kodychamberlain Approach instructors to find artists. #storytelling

MLibraryHealthy World-Class Storytellers Symposium was #great! Check out #storytelling for more info!

Oh, Irony! The Future is Unplugging

Today is Future Day. Today is the National Day of Unplugging.

I find it completely appropriate that they are the same day. I will explain why, in a moment, but first, some housekeeping. What is Future Day? What is National Day of Unplugging?

Future Day

Future Day – Conversation with Ben Goertzel:
Ben: “The idea of Future Day is simple. It’s to celebrate the future.”

Future Day – John Smart Interview
John: “My focus is accelerating change, so I like to understand where things are going, and which things are going faster every year.” “We start to see the transformative solutions that are at hand for all of our problems.” “Future Day helps us to foresee both our personal potentials, and to acknowledge that we have the power to pull together and really push forward the whole global system to a whole new level.”

National Day of Unplugging

From Connected (the film).

Yelp: With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”


Future Day | Sabbath Manifesto

For Future Day, people are having parties, events, speakers, lobbying and more, to get folk together THINKING about the future, what it might be, what that might mean for us as individuals and as a society. For National Day of Unplugging, people are trying to get folk to put away connected devices and focus on each other as human beings and communities, to get outside or cook or make crafts, focusing also on personal health and calm that comes in a way impossible while searching the Internet. The background of NDP is from the Sabbath Manifesto, which gives you a richer context. And YES, I am going to do it!

National Day of Unplugging | National Day of Unplugging

My Thoughts

So why does it seem so appropriate to me to have these two together? To explain that, I need to use a parable of sorts, and go back in history.

Three Graces, Tripoli Museum, Libya

When I was a child, I was fascinated by the old Greco-Roman myths and stories, and especially fascinated that the Eleusinian Mysteries were indeed mysteries that no one knew anything about. A religious order that lasted for around two thousand years as the dominant religion, and we knew NOTHING about it other than a few statues and myths that cloaked as much as they revealed. Then, when I was a young woman, important discoveries were made. It turned out that someone at the very end of the religion had actually written down information about the rites.

Ergot su Triticum sp-1

Super briefly, the idea of the Eleusinian Mysteries was this. Life had changed from hunter-gatherer to agrarian. This was a HUGE shift, and made all later technologies possible, probably also including ideas like, oh, I don’t know, writing? Cities? All these new blessings were credited in part to the Goddess Demeter who had taught the Greeks how to farm. The core celebration of the Mysteries were designed to help people remember and appreciate what life had been like before they had agriculture. They would go out for a week on the plains and the grasslands, live in tents in groups, slaughter a pig, roast it, throw the carcass into an abyss to keep the predators away, and tell the stories (more and more ritualized) about life before agriculture.

Fast forward.

University of Maryland Brain Cap Technology Turns Thought into Motion

I’ve lost track of how many science fiction books I’ve read in which there is a future where all of us have implants that connect our brains directly to the Internet, and we filter the perceptions of our bodily senses through sophisticated tools that enrich and enhance and expand our own capabilities. The way things are going, I put that maybe 20 years away? Crude prototypes already exist.

AltParty09 implants_02

Then, in those stories, there is some crisis that shuts down the net. People have never used their minds, never perceived the world, without the filter of the Net and its associated tools. What happens? All of them feel crippled. Most of them go catatonic. Very few minds have the strength and training to even understand how to THINK without the tools that extend thought. Of course, the Amish are just fine. It’s not a crisis for them. And there is some special survivalist scouting group that has, once a year, gone for a week without, just to practice and prepare for exactly this sort of situation.

Now do you see why it makes sense to me to combine unplugging and thinking about the tech future in a single day?

My Actions

I’m doing BOTH. I’m going to try to make it to an event for makers to learn more about soldering wires on circuit boards. Conversations will, I am sure, abound. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll do some crafts and try to engage folk around me in conversations about the future. I’m going to watch movies with the kids, go to the Farmer’s Market, and go see an opera. I will put away my personal internet devices for 24 hours, and write about it later. I’ll take notes on paper. I’m not planning any pictures, for obvious reasons. And with that, I’m going “dark” for 24 hours, folks. Headed offline.


Future Day:

National Day of Unplugging:

Sabbath Manifesto:

Josie Parker on Libraries and Librarianship

Josie Parker of @AADL Presents at #UMich #UMLib

This morning at the bus stop, a young woman started chatting with me, and the conversation quickly veered to books. We like the same ones. Eventually, it came out that I am a librarian and she is in library school at Wayne State. There is a certain glow of mutual respect and admiration when two booklovers and librarians meet for the first time. She wants to be a children’s librarian. My eyes got wide, and I said, “Go for it!” I also wanted to be a children’s librarian, but it didn’t work out.

I told her I was on my way to hear Josie Parker, the Director of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) and former children’s librarian, talk on campus. I try to hear Josie talk whenever I can. I love the AADL, and tell people it is the most innovative public library I know of, that it is utterly phenomenal the things they do when they are just a library from a regular sized town, not New York or Chicago or Detroit or Los Angeles. I see Josie, her vision and policies and personality, as being what makes that possible, what enables and empowers her staff, and through them the library, and through the library the community. The library student was so sad that she couldn’t make it. I thought I should try to take good notes, which for me, these days, means livetweeting.

Livetweeting means more people see the tweets, more people think about the ideas, more people share them. The ideas Josie talked about (and which I tweeted) that were most popular (retweeted, favorited, commented on) included little free libraries, the benefit to the community of diversification of services, designing library space, beauty in libraries, patrons as responsible persons, gaming to engage the public, transparency and honesty and privacy in staff communications, and (most popular!) the ethic of public good. What stuck most in my mind was Josie’s oft-repeated phrase “a culture of generosity” and her emphasis on service.

Upon leaving the event, someone from the Hatcher Library asked me, “How are things at Taubman?” I told them how lucky I feel to be in what I believe to be the most innovative branch library on campus, and for many of the same reasons that AADL is exceptional. But there are so many cool things going on in my library that it is hard to have a clear sense of what all is going on. Even when I talk to the managers, I find the interesting activities I’m doing doesn’t always percolate up, and the interesting activities my peers are doing don’t always hop over the cubicle walls to where I sit. I told her, “I go to work, and sit in my cube. I stand up and see the cube farm. But the cubes contain galaxies.” I had the feeling that Josie might feel a bit like that in her own library.

So, closing my thoughts on that note, here are my tweets (minus retweets) from Josie’s excellent and passionate presentation. Remember, as tweets I might have gotten numbers or specific words not exactly right. I go for what I remember, and hope that the general gestalt, the sense of what was intended is hopefully close to what was actually said.

pfanderson At Librarians Forum waiting for Josie Parker from @AADL to speak. They are one of the finest libraries in the country. Excited! #umlib

pfanderson Interesting. Most states pay more for #education than for prisons, but the opposite is true for #Michigan. #umlib

pfanderson Josie starts her talk by praising librarians who have graduated from #umich and stayed here, then greets her MANY friends #umlib

pfanderson The #AnnArbor public library has connections to >30 units on campus. Wow! #umlib

pfanderson #umlib “Public libraries operate differently in proximity to major academic centers” Millage as funding diff from what academic is used to

pfanderson #umlib Josie Parker “What we needed to do was recreate trust in the public library” ” We developed a culture of generosity” @aadl #libraries

pfanderson Circulation has gone from 1 million to 9mil in a decade. Internet traffic, door counts, program attendance (< gets them in trouble) #umlib

pfanderson #umlib “Whatever their reason for being there, I can’t imagine that more people in the library is a bad thing”

pfanderson #umlib Lifelong learning, communication, access to the public … “Our goal is to be where we need with tech BEFORE our patrons get there”

pfanderson There’s been a large increase in college student use of the public library, probably due to wifi and beverage policy #umlib

pfanderson I can’t keep the bugs out of the public library! There is no way I can do that! (laughter) #umlib

pfanderson Rule book cut from 6 pages to 2. “The can’ts and the won’ts and the nos. … We try to get to the Yes.” #umlib

pfanderson You cannot lose what you never had. You can lose good will. #umlib

pfanderson It’s a real challenge to stay ahead of people with technology. Especially in the 21st century. #umlib

pfanderson Q abt @AADL ‘s free books. Withdrawn, Friends of the Library, given to jails, doctor offices, then put out for free. #umlib

pfanderson little free library versus recycling Would you rather give a book, or pulp it? #umlib

pfanderson RefUSA discussion @AADL also has Overdrive #umlib

pfanderson Asking if Freegle Freading have sustainable model. Zinio for libs $$ #umlib

pfanderson Book Power!!! Data from Amazon showed in Ann Arbor 4th in purchasing books from Amazon; @AADL ranked fourth in lending books #umlib

pfanderson Josie Parker on library space: “As much square footage as we can apply to public space, we do. They’re beautiful.” #umlib

pfanderson Lib space: “Most people don’t have access to space as beautiful as these libraries. When you give it to them, they take care of it.” #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “To have 120 children in a storytime as ROUTINE. Routine? And 7 or 8 times a week? But we do it.” #umlib

petelg RT @pfanderson: “little free library” versus recycling Would you rather give a book, or pulp it? #umlib << I love these

pfanderson Q: How do we keep the library inclusive w/o alienating the more well off people? A: Josie tells wonderful stories about real people #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “The conversation abt poverty is a rly hard 1 in #AnnArbor. We deal w/ troublemakers the rt way. They aren’t allowed 2B there” #umlib

pfanderson Agree 1000% > Josie on poverty among library patrons: “It’s a poor excuse not to vote for [a new library].” #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “We budget from staff UP. That’s why we’ve re-orged twice in the past ten years. It comes from the strategic plan.” #umlib

pfanderson Q: Where do you see new tech going in public libraries? A: Ppl said we don’t need more tech, so we don’t need a new building. #umlib

pfanderson We have iPads at storytime. Not everyone can buy them. Not everyone understands how they can be used. Introduce tech in subtle ways #umlib

pfanderson We allowed people to pay fines online with credit cards online, and our fine revenue jumped to a quarter of a million dollars. WOW. #umlib

pfanderson Summer game had 10,000 people play last summer. WOW. 9 folk in IT for the public library and R&D. Everything open source. #umlib

pfanderson The @AADL geeks blog for what’s in development and open source #umlib

Leighbra @pfanderson enjoying your tweets so much! #umlib

pfanderson Can’t pick things up? They’ll check it out to you, put it in a locker w/ door on outside of bldg, and you can pick it up after hours. #umlib

pfanderson @Leighbra I love hearing Josie Parker’s visions, always. She’s amazing, and makes the local library amazing @AADL #umlib

pfanderson The Channel is staff IM system to chat and ask questions. Boss doesn’t listen (per @ulotrichous) A culture of being able to ask #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “Always telling the truth. That’s something I do. If I can’t answer a question, I tell them that.” #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “Young staff PRESS us to be good, to not be complacent. Spices it up. I like that.” #umlib

pfanderson Q: Data-driven library, impact on programming? A: We report to the state lib. Collect required data. Survey program attendees. #umlib

pfanderson People always tell us there’s no parking, so we ask them where they parked. 85% of patrons PAY to park. #umlib

pfanderson We’re the only public library … allowing staff to speak online directly with public without intermediation. Only 2 asked to change #umlib

pfanderson Patron comments database. < awesome. #umlib

pfanderson Anonymous comments logged, but not replied to. Reply wanted, tell us who you are. Ditto, ID req for computer use. #umlib

pfanderson Public library involved in NIH grant via Taubman Library @MLibraryHealthy Partners important. #umlib

pfanderson #umlib Threat to the fundamental mission of public libraries by making information available freely.

pfanderson #umlib For the 1st time ever, information is being made available to the public that is NOT available for purchase to public libraries.

pfanderson #umlib This is a threat to the existence of public libraries. A threat to those have-not’s. An ethic of public good that is being lost

pfanderson I grew up with that ethic of public good. We help other people. The public library was a way for that to happen. #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “We’re not just losing public good. We’re losing the idea of it. And we are, as a society, complacent about this loss.” #umlib

pfanderson Josie: “It has to be the interest of the public in the FRONT of the issue that brings this to the attention of Congress.” #umlib

pfanderson We’re not asking for handouts. We’re not asking for something we don’t have now. We’re asking for this to be part of our service. #umlib

pfanderson Josie Parker’s presentation now done. I will blog the tweets. It was recorded. I don’t know if it will be available. #umlib

pfanderson Update. I asked. Josie Parker’s presentation was videotaped, but is not currently planned to be accessible to the public. #umlib

Debrief: Atkins Symposium #UMAtkins

Monday I was lucky enough to make it into the Atkins Symposium.

Dan at the Atkins Symposium Panel One at the Atkins Symposium
Panel Four at the Atkins Symposium Break at the Atkins Symposium

Learning and Discovery in the Connected Age: A Symposium Honoring Professor Daniel E. Atkins in his 40th Year at the University of Michigan:

The structure was a series of panels on critical topics, with each panel including several notables. I kept it quiet, but my heart was pounding with excitement, going, “I can’t believe! [thump] I’m in the same room! [thump] with Vint Cerf and Stu Feldman! [thump] and Clifford Lynch (again)! [thump] And ..[insert name here].. all at the same time!!! [kathump!]” I wished with all my heart that Manfred Kochen could have lived to hear all this. Oh, this is exactly the sort of future he predicted.

The panel topics were Cyberinfrastructure for Academic Enterprise; The Information School Movement; Collaboratories, and Digital Libraries; and Cyber Enabled Learning. Because of the overwhelming response to the event invitation (over 500 registered!) they had to relocate the event at the last minute to a space which, while very lovely and appropriate in so many ways, lacked adequate power and networking to support the techy crowd gathered in the audience. For that reason, I tried to take good notes and planned on live-blogging, then discovered that I have grown so accustomed to livetweeting that my notes aren’t up to my usual standards at all! Luckily, Ken Varnum and others livetweeted, all in a glorious public stream, and Ken (as the lead and most vocal live tweeter) gave me permission to archive the #umatkins tweets here.

The tweets are lightly edited. If I noticed an obvious typo or misspelling, I corrected it. I removed retweets unless they added a substantive comment. I tried to find links and activate them (unless it was yet another link to the symposium homepage). I thought about deleting the hashtag itself, in the interests of space, but some people made it a grammatical part of the comment rather than just a tag, so I left them all it, just it case it was needed to make sense of the statement. I have a complete spreadsheet in a Google Doc, which I can easily share if you want to see the originals. So, without further ado, here are the 400+ tweets from the day long event. (400? Really? Under the network constraints at the event, that is absolutely PHENOMENAL! Editing whittled it down to around 350. Be grateful. )

pfanderson: | Here for the Atkins Symposium! #UMAtkins (@ Michigan Theater) [pic]:
kennedy2: | At the Atkins Symposium.Never been in the State Theate before. It’s nice! #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | @pfanderson Are you on Biggby Wifi? Can’t get internet, just Tweetdeck. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | @pfanderson Nevermind. Got it. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Wish I could livetweet #UMAtkins but no network and no power. Will take good notes on multiple devices & liveblog from home later
bagabot: | Hot damn, the @michtheater is full of brains right now. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Dan Atkins takes the podium #umatkins

mcburton: | RT @bagabot: Hot damn, the @michtheater is full of brains right now. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | RT @britain Right on. “The real opportunity is not in the technical details, but in the extreme connectedness it provides.” #umatkins
britain: | Oh, it’s #UMAtkins. Thanks as always to @pfanderson for knowing the hashes.
pfanderson: | @britain Settled it down right before it started ;) #umatkins
epuckett: | Shout out to #oer & NETP 2010: #umatkins
kennedy2: | This is where I am. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | Cloud computing: the technology is nebulous. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | Someone should tell Dan Atkins that Moore’s law is no longer true. #UMAtkins
varnum: | “Cloud computing: the service is nebulous.” Dan Atkins, quoting a colleague. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Tweeting today from the Atkins Symposium: #umatkins
epuckett: | Atkins: “the most exciting stuff happens between disciplines, working at edge between what is and what is possible.” #umatkins
kennedy2: | @britain looks like #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | @vint_cerf and Stu Feldman are talking soon. Kinda excited. Never heard a Googman talk before. #UMAtkins
carolbean: | Nebulous computing? Sounds about right RT @varnum: “Cloud computing: the service is nebulous.” Dan Atkins, quoting a colleague. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Dan Atkins gave a fast but dazzling list of strategies- last was to let many share in the ownership of successful projects. #UMAtkins.
stevelonn: | For more info on panelists: #umatkins
mcburton: | TIL: Stu Feldman was the creator of unix make. That’s pretty legit. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Panel 1: Farnam Jahanian, Dan Reed, Vint Cerf, Francine Berman, Stu Feldman, & Alex Szalay. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Cyberinfrastructure is recognition of importance of technology to research. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Cloud is timesharing on steroids. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Cyberinfrastructure is more than equipment; it’s the environment. Needs persistence of software to work w/data we create. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Need to move away from physical-only university so that we can learn over a lifetime, not just 4 years #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Doing things is the most powerful way of learning. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: So much of what we do depends on Internet; need to make sure that infrastructure continues to exist and stays open. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: OpenFlow — goes beyond standard routers. Move toward connecting processes & digital objects, not machines. #UMAtkins
britain: | Vint Cerf just said we could run “Avatar” on the theater screen if this gets boring. Doubt it, but I appreciate having options. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Vint Cerf – ecosystem > systems, “digital vellum” is needed- ways to preserve digital info beyond systems. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Higher ed overdue for a revolution; 10 years past normal 50-year cycle. Digital has yet to have biggest impact. #UMAtkins
britain: | Cerf says the next evolution of the Net is connecting processes rather than just addresses. Shout out to OpenFlow routing tech #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | First panel: Francine Berman, Vint Cerf, Stu Feldman, Alex Szalay, Dan Reed, Farnam Jahrhanian #umatkins

varnum: | Feldman: Giga’s not the end; get ready for terra and peta. Infrastructure is leading us there. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Universities need to figure out what you do with all this data, how to interact, work with it, preserve it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: We are now at similar point to invention of microscope — we have whole new world to explore. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: Narrowing of focus in sciences has broadened similarities of computational needs across divisions. #UMAtkins
britain: | OpenFlow switching, as mentioned by Cerf #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Cyberinfrastructure challenges are found in policy and socioeconomic affairs; technology is “easy”. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: How do we sustain infrastructure over time? Issues of provenance, privacy, security very real. #UMAtkins
yardi: | big data has come out of a non-physical sciences context. Dan Reed (MSFT) on diffs btwn high performance computing and big data #danatkins
lmclaug: | Vint Cerf on coming changes in how we find/preserve things- instead of connecting endpoints, connect processes & physical objects #UMAtkins
mcburton: | What if instead of speeding up we tried to slow everything down? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: If we’re going to enable creativity in our systems, we need to figure out new funding models. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: Big Data not just from CERN, etc. Reality — most science generates very large data sets. How to aggregate diff. sets? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: How to build an agile system that is big enough to enable economies of scale? Big challenge. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: How do we build trust in such a common/aggregated data store? Who manages? Are they trusted? #UMAtkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins Dan Atkins….father of cyber infrastructure
varnum: | Cerf: Having right metadata is critical. Not just data, but knowing what it is, how it was gathered, how to mix it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Social model induces single researcher to work on data until next research project. After that, interest fades. A shame. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Some critical datasets aren’t “big” — we need to preserve research data. #UMAtkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins. Data has become a first class object….
varnum: | Feldman: We should talk about “big information”, not “big data” #UMAtkins
lmclaug: | Vint Cerf shout out to well-structured metadata as critical to big info manageability. amen. #umatkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins Stu Feldman I wish we were talking about big information and not big data
varnum: | Feldman: Concept of “sharing” is still evolving in scientific circiles. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | Metadata can be anywhere from 25-100% the size of the data it describes. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Big Science gives Big Data. But *all science* yields data. Don’t forget it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: more need for community activism to make big things happen in data. Research Data Alliance will be formed in March 2013 #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Research Data Alliance will help facilitate patterns for data exchange, discovery, that can be done NOW. #UMAtkins
yardi: | “Big data isn’t about size but about complexity, purpose, community, scale.” -Francine Berman #danatkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins Research Data Alliance – footholds in the data mountain, outcome oriented, turn the road blocks into building blocks
varnum: | More on Research Data Alliance: #UMAtkins
britain: | What will replace the Internet, Vint? “I suppose if I knew, I’d be off doing it right now.” #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: We’re moving beyond internet of things to something more. A digital object won’t be passive data but an interactive process #UMAtkins
yardi: | Vint Cerf is working on an interplanetary extension of the Internet. Yep. (to the question, what’s next after the Internet?) #danatkins
varnum: | Cerf: TCP/IP doesn’t work well with 40-minute delay (for Internet in Space). New protocols being developed… #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q: What are challenges for cyberinfrastructure on campuses? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Academia dramatically underfunds sustainable infrastructure. Need to do better across institutions & nations. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: The bigger the infrastructure the more complex the privacy issues get. Most privacy concepts rooted in person & place. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Those roots don’t make as much sense in digital world — need to develop new thinking. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: How do we integrate/balance/harmonize on-site and on-line? The new blended university will be different. But how? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: How do we evaluate quality in online education? How to know what you access is good (overall or for specific purpose)? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: How to deal with overhead of teaching a class with 100,000 students? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Cyberinfrastructure needs people to manage it long-term. Need to create career paths for this. Not in place now. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: Is there a categorical difference between data & metadata? Does this distinction make a difference? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Info should be included in a structure to make it self-interpretable, independent of software that created it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Don’t save on storage now to throw away stuff that seems non-useful now; it could be critical in a century. #UMAtkins
yardi: | On the difference btwn data and metadata. Metadata is interpretable (by something). -Vint Cerf #danatkins
britain: | ISS has its own network protocols for communication, because TCP/IP doesn’t fare well over a 40min. round trip – Vint Cerf #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor (@pfanderson): What are your thoughts about a more nuanced approach to privacy & transparency? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Privacy & security are not binary settings. Involve stakeholders in conversations. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: People have intense, often unexpected, responses to new uses of existing data. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Stewardship of research data needs to address these questions. Stewardship not government’s job; it’s ours, too. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Hard technical questions, unpredictable psychological reactions, predictable problems (security). #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Correlation issues make privacy very hard. A few thousand characters of written text can identify you. #UMAtkins
britain: | “Privacy and security are not binary, as anyone who has configured social network settings can attest” – Dan Reed off @pfanderson #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: Issue of usability of technological interfaces is growing. What are effects of cyberinfrastructure? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: technology is cause and cure. Now you can do lots of stuff, but you have to learn how. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Doing a good interface is computationally intensive. Well, we now have that computer power to work with. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | How do we integrate when Twitter locks down their API and the titans of tech battle over stupid patent disputes? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: What comes first, cyberinfrastructure or applications? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: bad apps come first, leading to better back ends, leading to better apps. #UMAtkins
amelia_acker: | RT @mcburton: How do we integrate when Twitter locks down their API and the titans of tech battle over stupid patent disputes? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: If you don’t know what’s out there, how can you glue it together? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: I don’t understand Angry Birds, but clearly it was an important step forward. @AngryBirds #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | Found an outlet in the lobby! #UMAtkins #discreet
varnum: | Getting ready for panel 2: The Information School Movement Panel #UMAtkins
DharmaAkmon: | They need to turn the lights up in here. It’s putting me to sleep. #UMAtkins
lovesthesox: | #umatkins day is very interesting so far… but where are the women on stage? only 4 slated all day. seems like a #missedopportunity.
DharmaAkmon: | RT @lovesthesox: #umatkins day is very interesting so far… but where are the women on stage? only 4 slated all day. seems like a #missedopportunity.
varnum: | Panelists are: Jeff Mackie-Mason, Cliff Lynch, Gail McClure, Robert Schnabel #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: ischools focus on social, economic, and information studies. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: When infrastructure becomes cheap, revolutions follows. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | Time to discuss the future of “the i-Schools Movement” at the Learning and Discovery in a Connected Age Symposium #UMAtkins
eaj6: | MT @lovesthesox: #umatkins day is interesting so far… but where are the women on stage? only 4 slated all day. #missedopportunity.
pfanderson: | #umatkins panel two: Clifford Lynch, Gail McClure, Bobby Schnabel

varnum: | Lynch: ischools grew out of sense that the landscape was shifting between library & computer science, among other disciplines #UMAtkins
yardi: | Kellogg Foundation made early investments in the iSchools. Later, @umsi became resource for Kellogg’s new investment directions #danatkins
varnum: | Lynch: In 90s, recognition that society was changing its way of using/interacting/creating information #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | I graduated from Umich SILS just before it became SI. Now there are about 38 I-Schools worldwide according to Jeff MacKie-Mason. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischool pushed back on librarianship to explore preservation/archives & what scholarly record should look like #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools have done well as judged by success their grads have in getting jobs in broad areas. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischool students are doing interesting social science research in corporations, work we can’t do in academia. #UMAtkins
britain: | Can one of you LTE speed demons help a fellow out with a slice of hotspot? I’m just tweeting Ustreaming this in HD is all. #UMAtkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins @sarahb thanks for asking the question, never stop….but the % of women on the panels likely outweighs that in reality
crfarnum: | Cliff Lynch- I-Schools are a mix of masters students & doctoral -> interesting tensions btw professional training and research. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools were a uniquely American phenomenon. Starting to internationalize, but slowly. Reasons bear thinking about. #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: technologists now need to understand social scientists better, reversing the past trend. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | i-Schools were about social researchers learning tech. Today the technologists need more of the social side and social science #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: ischools allow you to have technology & humanists equally together. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: Employers equally interested in “information” and “computer science” graduates. Both are valued; combo is killer. #UMAtkins
yardi: | Oops. s/#danatkins/#UMAtkins.
crfarnum: | At IU’s I-School, the focus is on informatics + computing. Their I-school is merging into engin. Includes HCI, but very broad. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischool students do interesting social science research in corporations, work we can’t do in academia. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | Employers need more people who understand tech but can handle dealing with people. They need staff at interfaces. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: Changes at Indiana U have been welcomed both on campus and within community. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: ischools are in their teen years; they’re not done yet & have a ways to go. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: Easy to tell provenance of ischools (did it start in library or computer science)? Still need to blend more. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: As all science becomes information science, what is role of ischools? #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | JMM says that after 20 yrs, there is still no common understanding of what an I-School is. Each carries its roots, maybe too much. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools are tackling problems with multiple dimensions, fostering interdisciplinary work. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: This mix improves diversity, in many different dimensions. #UMAtkins
yardi: | eg Tribal Council’s digital network #danatkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools are taking on problems with multiple dimensions, fostering interdisciplinary work. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Lynch & McClure – multi disciplinary programs very appealing to students. Faculty/researchers need to move beyond pecking orders. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Interdisciplinary schools make promotion harder; people are broadly expert, not narrowly. Academia needs to adjust. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Is it a discipline if it’s by definition interdisciplinary? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor (@msbonn): What role do publishers & publishing play in this interconnected role, & do ischool have a role? #UMAtkins
niftyc: | Why are there only four people tweeting #UMAtkins …? Is this an i-School event or what? Maybe this means twitter is dead.
varnum: | McClure: Yes, a clear role. If we don’t guide creation of content, we lose ability to organize and manage it down the road. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | RT @varnum +1: Interdisciplinary schools make promotion harder; people are broadly expert, not narrowly. Academia needs to adjust. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: MOOC movement is one place we’re influencing thing. Will establish a new model. Courses will become books. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel — we’re involved if we mean to be or not. #UMAtkins
yardi: | There are 5 universities that have information+computing programs says Bobby Schnabel: CMU, GaTech, Irvine, Indiana, and someone. #danatkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools can expand the currently narrow view of publishing. How to organize content for long term use & access? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor (Vint Cerf): I think disciplines are crap. Can ischool lead an effort to eliminate these discipline-based barriers? #UMAtkins
yardi: | Disciplines are crap says Vint Cerf, the guy who’s working on interplanetary Internetz. :) #UMAtkins
drchuck: | Disciplines are crap. — Vint Cerf at #danatkins
varnum: | Cerf: the path we’re taking will lead us to know more and more about less and less, until we know everything about nothing. #UMAtkins
drchuck: | RT @yardi: Disciplines are crap says Vint Cerf, the guy who’s working on interplanetary Internetz. :) #UMAtkins
varnum: | Will interdisciplinary lead to nondisciplinary? And will that happen in ischools first? #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Vint Cerf- suggests that “disciplines are crap” – too much abstraction. Need to break down barriers and focus on applications. #UMAtkins
britain: | First round of applause for audience question goes to Vint Cerf on the folly of discipline and specialization. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: Successful ischools should be graduating generalists. What will happen to PhD students’ foci? #UMAtkins
mcburton: | RT @niftyc: Employers need more people who understand tech but can handle dealing with people. They need staff at interfaces. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | . @vint_cerf asks: Can the i-Schools lead a movement to eliminate disciplines? #UMAtkins // (Good luck with that.)
varnum: | Schnabel: are there distinctions in disciplinarity between undergrad and graduate students? #UMAtkins
epuckett: | Not really impressed by the #umatkins panel response to @msbonn’s question about #publishing.
varnum: | Q from floor: Is an ischool a fundamental part of a great university? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: Are ischools standalone or integrated? Esp. in connection with computer science programs. #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: Universities need to envision a future not dependent on place, discipline, person. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: How do we attract women, when ischools tend to inherit challenges of independent schools? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schabel: we need to say & make happen: this field is about helping people in world of information. #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: If diversity is what you want, you need to fund it. It doesn’t happen by accident. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | @crfarnum me, too, another SILS grad. Hated that name, still resent it. changed right before my graduation #UMAtkins
lorcanD: | .@varnum re dev of #ischool see UNC collection Full txt at #umatkins
varnum: | Lynch: Diversity starts at undergraduate level for sure, possibly even in high school. No awareness of field until too late. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: State a ‘grand challenge’ problem to inspire people to join the field. #UMAtkins
drchuck: | CLiff Lynch postulating that the information-school movement needs to move to the undergraduate level and high schools – #agree #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: Effective human use of the tools we create. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: Understanding how to structure & record large bodies of complex info with preservation in mind. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: in field of health — how does information help change health care provision? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: Social problems are harder to encapsulate in a grand challenge. But… Change education system into learning system #UMAtkins
mcburton: | Why can’t “Help make people better citizens in our technologically interconnected age.” Be a grand challenge for iSchools? #umatkins
yardi: | “What are the grand challenges?” Hal Abelson asks the panel. I think we’d like to know what you think Hal! #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: Diversity starts at undergraduate level, possibly even in high school. No awareness of field until too late. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | No flat surface to set my pop on! #UMAtkins #firstworldproblems
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Cerf: Cyberinfrastructure more than equip; it’s the environment. Needs persistence of software to work w/data create. #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Szalay: Big Data not just from CERN, etc. Most science generates very large data sets. How to aggregate diff. sets? #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Great question! RT @varnum: Szalay: How do we build trust in such a common/aggregated data store? Who manages? Are they trusted? #UMAtkins
drewpaine: | Damn I wish I were at this symposium! MT “@betsyrolland: @drewpaine” #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Small Data also powerful when combined. RT @varnum: Big Science gives Big Data. But *all science* yields data. Don’t forget it. #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Yes! MT @varnum: Reed:Academia dramatically underfunds sustainable infrastructure. Need to do better across institutions & nations #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Feldman: Cyberinfrastructure needs people to manage it long-term. Need create career paths for this. Not in place now #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Q from floor: Is there a categorical difference between data/metadata? Does this distinction make difference? #UMAtkins @mbietz
betsyrolland: | @pfanderson @varnum By any chance, is this symposium being recorded? Would LOVE to watch! Thanks for tweeting about it! #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @niftyc: i-Schools were about social researchers learning tech. Today technologists need more of social side and social sci #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | I’m giving up the ability to take pictures in favor of A POWER CORD! God bless the CARMA folk for sharing power (and more). #umatkins
kennedy2: | Like a spectre in the night, the organ rises from its pit. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | @betsyrolland @varnum It is being recorded, & they shared audio fr 1st session so I can validate the quotes I want to use :))) #umatkins
betsyrolland: | MT @crfarnum: Vint Cerf- suggests “disciplines are crap” – too much abstraction. Need break down barriers, focus on applications. #UMAtkins
umsi: | The Atkins Symposium takes over Michigan Theater! #umatkins #danatkins | ????
stevelonn: | Both morning panels had perspectives about data curation & breaking down barriers of diff varieties – what afternoon panels add? #UMAtkins
AnnArborBuzz: | Michigan Theater mentioned again: – RT @umsi The Atkins Symposium takes over Michigan Theater! #umatkins #danatkins…
pfanderson: | @kennedy2 For those #umatkins folk who <3 this organ, you should check out Redford Theatre in Detroit area
varnum: | Michigan Theater, the venue for the Dan Atkins Symposium #UMAtkins

britain: | For the afternoon’s #UMAtkins tweeting, follow @varnum and @pfanderson for salient points, and me for What’s Vint Cerf Doing?
varnum: | Ready for the 3rd panel, Collaboratories and Digital Libraries, w/Gary Olson, Paul Courant, Tim Killeen, Gerhard Klimeck. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: 600 projects being tracked that fit under ‘collaboratory’ umbrella. Remote collaboration becoming routine. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Digital libraries are critical underpinning of this collaborative research. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Gary Olsen “Working together when you’re not in the same physical location has become standard operating procedure in science.” #umatkins
pfanderson: | @britain @varnum So, what IS Vint Cerf doing? :) #umatkins
pfanderson: | Wow, I wonder if @2020science is aware of the visit of Gerhard Klimeck for #umatkins
pfanderson: | 3rd panel for #umatkins , chaired by Gary Olson, with Gerhard Klimeck, Paul Courant, & Tim Killeen
varnum: | Killeen: Networked collaboration moving far too slowly. Need to accelerate it. Much more cross-divisional collaboration needed. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: As a rocket scientist, created networks of observation tools. Barriers to sharing were largely social, not technical. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | The “not invented here” NIH syndrome is still a major bottleneck to discovery & innovation, says Tim Killeen #umatkins
varnum: | Not a single panelist has read off a digital device so far — all their talking notes are on paper. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Not just interoperability, but interworkability — not just share data, but let systems truly work together. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Tim Killeen: “insufficient cross-coupling across these arenas. Beyond interoperability, we discussed interworkability” #umatkins
crfarnum: | Tim Killeen continues the interdisciplinary theme- advocates study of natural and social sciences – sociotechnical problems. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: NSF could act as convener; if you come we’ll build it rather than, if we build it, you’ll come. Community owned wins. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Not “if we build it they will come” but “if you come, we will build it.” Time Killeen #umatkins
pfanderson: | Gerhard That is the fundamental aim of technology, making things small. #umatkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Moore’s Law will end soon. Current technology is so nanoscale, we can’t divide it in half anymore. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Klimeck “Supercomputers are utterly useless for engineers.” #umatkins His Boss: “You might change your mind.”
varnum: | Klimeck: We can’t focus on capability of computing, but focus on people who use it. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: You need to focus on connected people, not connected technology #umatkins
pfanderson: | RT @varnum: Klimeck: We can’t focus on capability of computing, but focus on people who use it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Systems must be usable. And must be developer-friendly — so code for one machine can easily work on grid. No recoding. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Stability of software is inversely proportional to number of papers you write about it. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: The workability of the systems varies in inverse relationship to the number of papers the inventor has written about it #umatkins
varnum: | Klimeck: You can translate research code to desktops in 6 months. Compare to textbook development timeline. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: Hosting, NanoHub has become a publishing platform for certain types of science, data, and tools #umatkins
crfarnum: | Gerhardt Kilimeck – discussing importance of making computing useful and easy to use rather than faster. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Speakers have been talking about being “pi” shaped (deep knowledge in a few areas, broad knowledge in a few). I heard “pie”. #UMAtkins
lmclaug: | + 1 klimeck: hardly any funding for reaping outcomes & making them usable” short-sighted obsession with new discovery #umatkins
varnum: | Courant: Librarians are insufficiently imperialistic. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: In other words, librarians don’t exert their influence broadly enough across the campus. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Cyberinfrastructure for research can’t exist without libraries & librarians. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Need to build libraries so they’re robust for uses you didn’t initially imagine. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: The challenge of building library systems that are very robust for unintended uses. #umatkins
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Librarians have been “insufficiently imperialistic.” Digital libraries are necessary to info studies workflow #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Google not equal to a library. Missing pieces- consistent retrieval, preservation #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: The challenge of building library systems that are very robust for unintended uses. #umatkins
varnum: | Courant: Libraries are different from Google because they’re designed to be able to find the same thing again, far in the future. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Hathi Trust has more of the pieces of the library def- scholarly focus. AND it supports computational linguistics. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: The academic record is a piece of cyberinfrastructure. (Particularly if it happens to be digitized.) #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Humanities faculty say “the library is our laboratory” but when is library not lab, but cyberinfrastructure? #umatkins #digital #humanities
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Libraries are the equivalent of a laboratory for the humanities. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: If you are building something big as a piece of cyberinfrastructure, have lunch with a librarian first. #umatkins
pfanderson: | GO: “Project that included collocated participants were more successful than those that were geographically separated” #umatkins
pfanderson: | GO: Collaboration success wizard #umatkins #cooltoys
epuckett: | Olson: Managing geog. distributed projects is harder than managing collocated projects; must be more proactive in engagement. #umatkins
frankrd: | the best way to herd cats is to move the food. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: 95% of the folk at NSF retreats don’t know what nano is. Uptake is too slow. If NSF wants to herd cats, then move the food. #umatkins
varnum: | Olson: To be a good manager of a distributed project, you need to know what they’re doing. Need to be more remotely proactive #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Difference was communication and management. Social aspects of technology-mediated projects can’t be underestimated. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Projects involving co-located members more successful than distributed. Successful distributed projects better managed. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Incentive to participate in collaborative research is too low. To herd cats, move the food. NSF needs to do more. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: The big issues are social and legal. A lot is invested in having the system change slowly, one might say glacially. #umatkins
varnum: | Courant: The more you digitize, the greater the effect of having done it. It becomes part of the academic environment. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Big issues are social and legal. The more people discovery they can’t do without digital libraries, the more is possible #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: To build a digital library, make sure contributors want to share their info, and build it with sharing in mind #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question from Olson: Should we be moving faster? If so, what should we do? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Today’s students have internalized the technologies faculty talk about adopting. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | +1 RT @varnum: Courant: Need to build libraries so they’re robust for uses you didn’t initially imagine. #UMAtkins @M_Publishing
varnum: | Klimeck: Most difficult is doing work without worrying about who gets the credit. Systems that push ego aside could help. #UMAtkins
open_michigan: | RT @varnum Courant: To build a digital library, make sure contributors want to share their info, & build it with sharing in mind #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Using a collaboratory doesn’t give you credit; creating one does. #UMAtkins
yardi: | Made Dan Atkins a (long overdue) WP page. Needs work if anyone has some editing time. #UMAtkins #UMSI @umsi
varnum: | Klimeck: We don’t admire the decathlete as much as we admire the one-sport star. True in sports, true in academia. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Reward system must reward excellence more than depth; breadth has a place. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: It’s not basic vs. applied; both matter. Excellence should be measure, not type of research. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Find champions, discipline by discipline, for digital collaboration. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question (Wendy Lougee): Will social tools play in a serious space? #UMAtkins
varnum: | How do you get social tools to work in academia, where it may not be a natural instinct? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Once you show momentum, it’ll keep going. Hard to build momentum, though. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Look at European Networks of Excellence as example. Nimble management is important. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question from floor: Has culture of interdisciplinarity taken in academia? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Evaluation structure doesn’t always value shared work. That’s slowly moving toward a change. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Open access to executable code, even if you don’t share the codebase itself. Open interface, not open source. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Agencies and institutions need to recognize the clock will run out on “proprietary” rights. Things move toward open. #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Amen!! RT @varnum: Courant: Cyberinfrastructure for research can’t exist without libraries & librarians. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | Tim Killeen: Agencies & institutions must recognize there’s a time dimension here when the clock runs out on proprietary rights. #umatkins
varnum: | Question from floor: What constitutes authorship or participation in collaboratory? Contributing a piece or sharing the whole? #UMAtkins
varnum: | True cross-institution cross-discipline cross-border collaboration is really hard. Part of what makes it fun! #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | @2020science GK’s still on stage for ~ten minutes. They are videotaping, but focus is on strategies for cooperation in science #umatkins
varnum: | 4th panel: Cyber-Enabled Learning: John Seely-Brown, Dan Russell, Cora Marrett, Connie Yowell. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: half-life of a skill is now 5 years. You need to constantly retool & retrain. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: Entrepreneurial learner has a question, connecting, making & doing disposition. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: To meet challenges of the future, we need a new tool set. Essence of this tool set is in cyberinfrastructure. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: Materials science is gone in the garage. We have access to tech that lets us do new stuff on an individual scale. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | John Seeley Brown: “we make context as much as content” #umatkins #education #learning “How do we move from sensemaking to world building?”
varnum: | Seely-Brown: Context is as important as content. What is selected for sharing vs. what could be shared? #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | JSB: Building the tools to build the what-ifs #umatkins
pfanderson: | @varnum I thought he said materials science has returned to the garage? #umatkins
yardi: | Cyber-enabled learning panel w/ @dmrussell @Connie @jseelybrown Cora B. Marrett. Good end to a symposium. #UMAtkins
varnum: | @pfanderson “done” is what I meant to say, not “gone”. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Panel 4 #umatkins Cora B. Marrett, NSF; Connie Yowell, Dir Educ, MacArthur Foundation (macfound); and Dan again
niftyc: | @jseelybrown / @Connie / Dan Russell (@google) / Cora Marrett (@NSF) speaking on Cyber-Enabled Learning at #UMAtkins
rbaier: | Dan Atkins: “the connected, rather than digital, age.” #danatkins #UMAtkins
britain: | Bring together peers, deep interests, and academics — the “greatest learning” occurs with these 3 together, online – Connie Yowell #UMAtkins
rbaier: | Vint Cerf: concerned about the “digital rotten,” deterioration of data and ways to recover it. #danatkins #UMAtkins
rbaier: | .@yardi I think Cornell was the other i+c program #danatkins #UMAtkins
niftyc: | @Connie says: What’s at stake in Digital Media & Learning? In 1 word: Children. 2 words? Democracy. 3 words? Revolution. #UMAtkins // fiery!
mcburton: | “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins
britain: | Kids like Yowell’s value the potential for remix and enhancement of his work more than protecting his rights to that work. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | Last quote by @connie, who is killing it at #umatkins symposium right now. “School is just one node in children’s learning networks”
niftyc: | Re: “systems thinking” … Isn’t it weird that cybernetics c. 1971 is back in fashion? Feel the ‘cyber-’ ! #UMAtkins
bagabot: | so why keep them around? “@mcburton: “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins”
niftyc: | @dmrussell at Google says we built the first #MOOC in 6 weeks. #UMAtkins
bagabot: | Why am I working in higher ed when I could be working with kids? #UMAtkins
niftyc: | @dmrussell says: How many profs usability test their courses? (No one.) #MOOC #HigherEd #UMAtkins
Vaguery: | RT @mcburton: “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins
yardi: | .@dmrussell and team @ Google built a MOOC in 6 weeks and now his MOOC (code) is birthing new MOOC’s. #UMAtkins
yardi: | >50% of @dmrussell’s students in his MOOC are from India. Says traditional classrooms aren’t going away but something new is here. #UMAtkins
CoreyLordCPA: | RT @mcburton: “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins
britain: | Cora Marrett, NSF: We need to forge networking not just for the privileged, but across populations. #UMAtkins
britain: | JSB: The real question is “how are we going to clone Dan? We need 20 copies… maybe 40.” #UMAtkins
britain: | Vint Cerf back at the audience mike dressed to exit. Is he going to start a conversation and then leave? #UMAtkins
britain: | “Overheard at break: “Where is Vint Cerf’s office?” “In the Cloud.” #UMAtkins”
mcburton: | Gary Olson point out how MOOC students are getting together for co-located discussion. MOOC Guilds, like WoW Guilds #UMAtkins
britain: | Dan Russell has been refused invitation to “Power Search with Google” FB groups? Did none of them Google him? #UMAtkins
britain: | In intro to session 4, JSB noted that the half-life of a skill’s relevance is ~5yrs. I just reviewed my 2007 job description… yup. #UMAtkins
britain: | @clluke2edu if I weren’t here at #UMAtkins, I’d love to hear Lessig. Too many good talks on campus.
bagabot: | “the holy grail for scaling is context.” @Connie in other words, remixing IS scaling. Stop trying to duplicate. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | In focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine we forget the Arts. STEM to STEAM. Steam power! #umatkins
umsi: | Thanks to all our livetweeters at today’s Dan Atkins Symposium – 90 pages of tweets! Check out the brain trust (and pics) @ #umatkins
pfanderson: | @amyewest @smiff @vdglenn The #umatkins GK was Gerhard Klimeck, Director, Network for Computional Nanotechnology, Purdue University
pfanderson: | @britain @clluke2edu Boy do I know that feeling! And Lessig is a great speaker! #umatkins
varnum: | Yowell: Findings from Macarthur Foundation studies. Wanted to study how youth were using digital media to learn. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Kids have those experiences online — in interest-driven communities. Not Facebook, but in multiplayer games, many-to-many #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: This kind of learning doesn’t happen off-line, in real world. Huge disconnect between online and real world institutions. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Finding: Most robust learning happens w/simultaneous use of peer culture, their passion, and their academics. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Is the digital revolution we are seeing at stake? Participation is fragmented. What does that mean for next generation? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: there’s a participation gap between school and online communities among youth. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Only kids recognized that they were learning elsewhere. Adults in all roles did not. No connecting of the dots. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: 4th finding: kids said learning happened in school, but also elsewhere. School not the critical place for learning. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Lifelong learning is another part of the whole process. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: “Dumb luck” is a strong force for creativity and discovery. Don’t discount it. Give students access to data & tools. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Education should foster connections to world of creativity. Not just what has taken place, but to future, too. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Real learning is not just from several generations ago. It’s from now. Connectedness matters. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Learning is not being received from what teacher presents. It comes from fellow students. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question from Gary Olson: Is there still a need for in-person meet-ups with MOOCs? Seems there is. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Vint Cerf refers to David Brin’s “Practice Effect” for how to build good systems: use them (and fix them) and they’ll get better. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | My profound gratitude to @varnum for his wonderful tweet coverage of #umatkins (especially since I couldn’t get stable network connection!)
varnum: | @lorcanD Thanks for the #ischool links! #umatkins
stevelonn: | I am attempting to crowdsource and compile events from the #umatkins symposium — please share! Here’s mine:
djpoptart: | Interesting MT @stevelonn: Attempting to crowdsource and compile events from #umatkins symposium – please share! Mine:

Games, Girls, Tech & Teaching at #UMTTC

Using Social Media to Teach Engineering Process:

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Last week at Enriching Scholarship, one of the sessions I took was called Using Social Media to Teach Engineering Process. The project was led by Bruce Maxim with Margaret Turton and Wassim Nahle. I was multitasking, so I took lousy notes, and then tweeted a little but not much. I want to blog this one before I forget what it was that excited me about it so much, since I can’t count on coming back and figuring it out from my nonexistent notes.

From the title, I thought the session would be about using blogs, wikis, Twitter and similar social media tools to enrich engineering education and expand the audience. I could not have been more wrong, and the session was far more interesting and engaging than I originally expected. Remember, that I was interested in the topic I thought was being presented, but this was just plain BETTER! The focus was instead on a strong argument for the need to have more women in the engineering professions (as well as STEM in general). Dr. Maxim (Bruce) described the process by which his team conceived, designed, and constructed a proof of concept for a game with Facebook integration which is intended to reach a gender neutral audience. The subtext is that if you can interest women and girls in playing games that include engineering concept and processes, perhaps, just maybe, you might be able to interest them in engineering as a possible profession.

I find it absolutely appropriate that I am multitasking writing this post while I watch the webcast of Secretary of State Clinton’s Summit on Strategic Dialog with Civil Society, part of her Digital Diplomacy channel. If you go look at the the map (PDF) of the strategic plan and targeted initiatives, you’ll immediately notice that Women’s Empowerment is one of the five foci for this initiative.

State Department map for Strategic Dialog with Civil Society

Indeed, this has been a focus of Hilary Clinton’s entire tenure as Secretary of State. So discovering that Bruce’s presentation was rooted in the need for women in science and engineering, special qualities and skills that women can bring to STEM, and creative strategies for addressing the relative lack of women in engineering, especially software engineering and game development, … powerful. Good stuff. The slides hint at it, but the content presented was more interesting than the slides, or the title, or the abstract.

It was fascinating listening to the rich thought Bruce has given to these issues and how the research behind women’s interests and personal dialogs shaped the structure of the project, which was to design an online game targeting teens (both men and women) to engage them in gaming and discovering engineering process management skills. It is actually quite an interesting game, despite being developed by a small team on a shoestring primarily as a proof of concept.

The other unexpected delight I took away from the presentation were insights into the game design and development process. Bruce presented this as rather matter of fact background information, but the process, background research, evolution of thought, justification of game elements, risks of decision points along the stream, the thought process behind game play choices, and mid-design corrections was all completely a revelation to me. Wow, it takes a lot of time and effort to come up with a game, even a small one. There is a huge intellectual process behind the game, and it is impressive. I was particularly fascinated in the research behind how women and men engage very differently with their avatars or game personas, and how these different styles impact on game design choices.

The game design was developed around the idea of “Let’s build a spacecraft.” What sort of skills and equipment do you need? What sort of team? How do you develop the necessary team, recruit the skills, learn the skills, acquire the components, etc, etc, etc. That sounds kind of dry, and I’m not doing it justice, but I’m not a gamer. I’m struggling to describe it better. I “play” Tweenk, which is a great game for me because I don’t have to do anything different from my usual workflows. But things I do generate skill levels and new skills, new collaborations and partnerships with other gamers in my guild. So with building the spacecraft, as you play the game, you earn various skills or the money to buy equipment and components in the gamestore. There are strategic decisions in the path you negotiate. You see? It really is a game.

Why build a spacecraft? Bruce had conversations with several of his women friends and colleagues about things that interested them and gaming women friends of theirs. I was one of the people he talked with, I was surprised to find out (but I now remember that conversation, and how prominently EVEonline loomed in my thoughts then). Space was one of the themes that came out, so they focused on that.

At that time, spacecraft probably was a good hook to catch the interest of the sort of young women you might want to recruit. I am thinking now, it might be something different. Perhaps something related to wearable computing, like these.

The gal’s POV:
Limelight, a Student Designer’s First Wearable Technology Garment

The guy’s POV:
Fashion Startup Betabrand Pairs Quality with Quirky

With wearable tech, you see people like Diana Eng:

Diana Eng

Diana Eng, Fairytale Fashion / Eyebeam Open Studios photo by See-ming Lee from New York, NY, USA

making incredible outfits like this:
One of Diana Eng's designs at the Fairytale Fashion show with EL wire sewn into the dress

One of Diana Eng’s designs at the Fairytale Fashion show with EL wire sewn into the dress from Wikimedia Commons

with tech like this (the Arduino Lilypad):
Wikimedia Commons: File:Lilypad Arduino with fading LEDs.jpg

Wikimedia Commons: File:Lilypad Arduino with fading LEDs.jpg

Now, I would LOVE to play a game that helped me learn how to do this!

Wearable tech is such a fascinating area, and I could see this being a really effective hook to interest teens. Gals making dynamite gowns and guys making superhero costumes or headgear?

It is probably almost impossible to stay ahead of the curve of what will be interesting to teens at the end of the game design process. Last year, a great idea would have been a team approach to developing technologies to keep your community safe from vampires or zombies. This year, that is SO last year! ;) So now I am thinking, how to come up with an idea that stays ahead of that curve? I am sure I don’t have the answer, but I am pondering the potential future roles of women in settling Mars (per Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy) or in addressing the social and technological issues of responding to the Singularity (per Ballantyne’s Recursion trilogy or Sawyer’s Wake, Watch, Wonder trilogy or Gibson’s Neuromancer trilogy). Or maybe something about nanotech and its integration in cosmetics and skin care products?


pfanderson @ Preso on #socmed in #engineering #education > Kids usually come into computer science & programming through coding #umttc

pfanderson Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

pfanderson Game design now largely team based, project oriented. The cool part of engineering is doing cool things that matter in real life #umttc

pfanderson “Why is CompSci a good field for women? That’s where jobs are, and for another, pay is better, easier to combine career & family” #umttc

pfanderson Toby Saulnier of 1st Playable Productions how to change game design for girls #umttc

pfanderson Girls: customize avatars, don’t destroy them; relatable dilemmas; no sequels; RL variations; social issues. Look at books girls read #umttc

pfanderson Gaming girls like: accomplishments, overcome obstacles, solve real probs, independence, friendship probs, pesky sibs, boys as friends #umttc

pfanderson Bruce Maxim observes: Boy scouts teaches leadership; Girl scouts teaches service. Ahem. #umttc

pfanderson Game mechanics are rules, user actions designed to produce gameplay. Compare a museum trip to a scavenger hunt as VW vs games. #umttc

pfanderson Immersiveness in simulated environments increase leaning speed & retension. Stdts play games for hours, class attention = 15 minutes #umttc

pfanderson Game Motivation: competition, challenge, social, diversion, fantasy, knowledge, control, skills, motor skills #umttc

lavika RT @pfanderson: Bruce Maxim observes: Boy scouts teaches leadership; Girl scouts teaches service. Ahem. #umttc

pfanderson Collect analytics during game play to find out what is most interesting to people #umttc

pfanderson Engineering as game, collaboration: creativity, vision, leadership, teamwork, planning, management, design process #umttc USEFUL Artifacts

pfanderson Game: trading, auctions, customization, FB integration, persistent data, team mgmt, time mgmt, budget mgmt, marketplace, design/test #umttc

pfanderson Girl engineering game: level up, build colony, increase STEM knowledge, complete projects under budget/time #umttc

pfanderson AI players allow single player, focus> multiplayer gameplay. Space colony, space ships. Economy. (reputation, experience, leadership) #umttc

pfanderson Core engineering concepts in game: storyboard, salvage, rework, training, skilled upgrade, inventory. Online friend actions visible #umttc

pfanderson Session on game to recruit girls to engineering #umttc (@ Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library w/ 2 others) [pic]:

alalibraryval RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

navi RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

HealthyNJ_UMDNJ RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

seekimafone RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc