International School on Digital Transformation a Great Success!

The International School on Digital Transformation wrapped up a few weeks ago in Porto, and by all accounts it was a great success. The program featured five days of discussion among 50 students and professionals and presentations by 30 academics and practitioners. Students came from places as far as East Timor and as near by as Porto itself.

Some of the highlights from the school included:

  • The formation of a Free Culture Portugal working group
  • Plans for a wireless mesh network workshop in Lisbon
  • An ISDT group on Facebook
  • Lively discussion on Twitter and Meebo
  • New friendships and enthusiasm for future instances of ISDT

Many of the sessions for ISDT have been documented on the school’s wiki, which you can view here. Many thanks to all of the ISDT students, faculty, and organizers!

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Summer Institute Classes Winding Up

We have had a very busy summer so far. The Summer Institute once again conducted classes in Lisbon and Porto for enrolled graduate students, individuals associated with our industrial affiliates, or interested individuals meeting the course qualifications. We offered two-week, intensive courses in the areas of Online Journalism (Rosental Alves), Screenwriting (Richard Lewis), Convergent Hollywood (Bryan Sebok), Technology and Culture (Craig Watkins), and Digital Documentary Production (Nancy Schiesari). This blend of production and theoretical course topics provided people with a broad range of instruction and research opportunities.

The Summer Institute courses in Porto are still ongoing. Subjects have included Online Journalism (Rosental Alves again), Advanced Animation (Geoff Marslett), Collaborative Documentary (Karen Kocher), Film Preservation and Historiography (Caroline Frick), Sound for Picture: Production and Post (Andy Garrison), Screenwriting for New Media (Stuart Kelban), and Creating and Designing Interactive Media (Bruce Pennycook). We anticipate that this training will lead to interesting projects and establish the foundation for some longer and more complex content creation and research investigations.

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6th Sound and Music Computing Conference 2009

SMC 2009 is the 6th Sound and Music Computing Conference. After previous editions in Paris, Salerno, Marseille, Lefkada and Berlin, it will be held between 23 and 25 July 2009 at the Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal.

The Sound and Music Computing Conference is a privileged forum in Europe for the promotion of international exchanges around Sound and Music Computing. The 2009 edition is organised by the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC Porto), the Research Center for Science and Technology in Art (CITAR) of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto, the School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Casa da Música, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. This edition also has the support of several institutions, including the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, the Catholic University, the University of Porto and the UT Austin | Portugal program.

The conference consists of 3 full days of music and science, featuring world-class speakers, oral and poster presentations of the latest SMC “inspirational” sessions and an exciting music program, specially compiled by 4 invited music curators (Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Nicolas Collins and Robert Rowe). There will be eight concerts in total featuring the state-of-the-art in electronic music performance.  The full conference program can be consulted here.

Join us in Porto at  this exciting event!

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CFP: International Digital Media and Art Association Conference

The International Digital Media and Art Association has a call open for papers for its annual meeting this year. Abstracts are due September 1, 2009 for the conference that will be held in Muncie, Indiana November 5-7. You can view the full call at the IDMAA site.

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Global Fusion

UT Austin is hosting the Global Fusion conference this October. The theme of the conference is “New Directions in Global Media and International Communication.” The Digital Media Program encourages communication and media studies scholars to submit papers or proposals to by the July 1 deadline. The conference will take place October 16-18, 2009.

The full text of the call is below.

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SXSW Now Accepting Panel Proposals

The South by Southwest festival and conference is now accepting panel proposals through its online panel picker system through July 10. Potential presenters can submit proposals for panels for each of the three conferences, Interactive, Film, and Music. The Digital Media program has hosted presenters at SXSW for the past two years, and we encourage you to submit your idea for the events in March, 2010! If you have an idea for a panel, but could use some help finding co-panelists, write up your idea in the comments, and we’ll see about finding you partners.

Submit your proposal here.

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ISIMD Invites Proposals

The seventh annual International Symposium on Interactive Media Design invites proposals for the event hosted by Yeditepe University in Istanbul from October 13 to 15 2009. Proposals for papers, workshops, and art must be submitted in English and are due by September 14, 2009.

The full text of the call is below the fold, and you can learn more about the conference at its Website.

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DM-CoLab Blog Supports Word 2007

Many users have tried to post to the DM-CoLab blog using Microsoft Word. Generally, this is not recommended for formatting reasons, but it turns you can post to this blog using Word 2007. If you use this word processing package and would like to post directly to the blog with Word, you can follow these simple directions or get help from one of your friendly blog administrators.

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Application deadline for the International School of Digital Transformation is Approaching!

Our deadline for people to apply to the ISDT is April 30. If you are interested in this unique experience and want an intense week of thinking about nothing other than new digital tools to improve governance, democracy, and communication, please apply now. This program is available to students as well as nonstudents. Please see this blog’s material (under the International School tab) to learn more.

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Registration Now Open for U.Frame

U.Frame, an international academic film festival sponsored by U.Porto, has opened registration for competitors. The festival will take place from September 30th to October 4th 2009 in Porto. Registration will be open until May 30th, 2009, and submissions of competition works will continue until July 30th. The festival accepts entries in four categories, Documentary, Fiction, Animation, and Experimental. You can download the registration form here or learn more at the U.Frame site.

Last year several UT RTF students competed in the festival, and each of the students enjoyed the experience. We encourage students from UT and around the world to submit their film.

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