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Ordering, Information and Navigation

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Date: Friday 22nd February 2002
Time: 2.30pm to 6pm
Venue:University of Wales, Bangor
Partner: Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC) | www.teledwyr.com
Partner: Centre for Advanced Development of the Creative Industries, University of Wales, Bangor | www.bangor.ac.uk/english/ccpa/creative.html

This seminar will ask whether the process of classification ever allows for flexibility, enabling users to initiate a personal enquiry through complex and established information without having to conform to conventions.

Outline:

Information is formed knowledge and its digitisation allows for ever-increasing complexity as well as a conundrum – how should it be ordered and accessed? Computer dataĆ»s non-linearity means there is no correct means of entry and exploration. Patterns can offer a visual connection between various strands of data – interfaces or metaphors for the information they represent. However, systems of any kind predetermine activity and, as such, can limit or influence an enquiry.

Contributors:

Sandra Green | Head of Information Architecture, Amaze Ltd
http://www.amaze.com
Rolland Munro | Professor of Organisation Theory, Centre for Social Theory & Technology, Keele University
http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/stt/
Damian Abbott, Adam Scrivener, and Paul Claydon | Inventory, a collective enterprise set up by a group of writers, artists, and theorists
http://www.inventory.mcmail.com
Graeme Harper | Director Centre for Advanced Development of the Creative Industries Centre for the Creative and Performing Arts
http://www.bangor.ac.uk/english/ccpa/creative.html

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Content Strategy for Convergent Media

12:00 am in Seminars by bloc

Date: Friday 12th October 2001
Time: 2.30pm to 6pm
Venue:Valleys Innovation Centre
Partner: Rhondda Cynon Taff Arts Development Unit |
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This seminar asks crucial questions: what are the implication of producing sound and visual content for combined data and communications technologies?

Outline:

This seminar will explore the convergence of traditional and new media with emerging technologies. The union of digital and communications technologies aims to streamline operations for a working environment, bringing together apparently discrete technologies such as television, radio, computers, telecommunications, video, sound, and the net. This convergence of separate technological devices and new formats in a single platform necessarily affects creative production.

`Information architects` are considering the various contexts in which users will employ convergent media. Whilst attempting to create a consistent `user experience`, creative practitioners need to offer content appropriate to context such as `where` and `when` do users browse or transact?

Despite the constraints on the quality of output on UI (user interfaces) there are a number of projects that have begun to address the implications of creating electronic art-works in the context of convergent media.

What are the implications of creating work for mobile technologies – will creative practitioners need to be convergent in all media or will a standard format eclipse the existing range, offering a unified output suitable for all technological devices? What are the challenges of creating work within the existing UI limitations? Should creative practitioners be considering the content or the context?

Contributors:

Matt Jones | Information Architect

http://www.blackbeltjones.com/work

Manu Luksch | Ambient Information Systems Ltd
http://www.ambientTV.net
Andy Stamp | Director, The Culture Company
http://www.theculturecompany.co.uk
Nicholas Tresilian | founding Director of GWR Group plc, the UK`s biggest radio company

Sponsors:

Hosted by the New Media Digital Arts Project

– a three year project financed by Rhondda Cynon Taff Arts Development Unit and the European Regional Development Fund