PARTICIPATORY CULTURE

In the first lecture for this new topic (digital media environments) we were introduced to a few new concepts:

  • WEB 2.0:

I previously wasn’t aware of this idea as I have grown up with the internet so I don’t remember a time when it was any different. The idea of Web 2.0 is that it is interactive, it allows people to update the data available. So the more people use it the better it becomes as more and more data is continuously being added by multiply sources. All of which comes together to provide a better user experience.

  • WIKI: SOCIAL SOFTWARE:

Wiki is a big part of Web 2.0 as it is all about multiple users adding and interacting with the software. ‘Collaborative modification’  which allows for the development/deletion of content. There is an undefined owner of the network which is what makes it so different from any other kind of network. Wiki is essentially an open source software.

This simplistic structure really helped me to visualise the architecture of the network and how the social software worked: Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 14.26.23

  • DISTRIBUTED PARTICIPATORY DESIGN

A new approach to design to ensure that the results meets the user requirements. This term is not only used in the field of digital media design but also architecture, product design and urban design to name a few. Its aim is to have people more involved in the design process, it takes into consideration the medium of design as well as the objective of the people.

  • THREE TIER SYSTEM

To make an open architecture for collaboration:

  1. DATABASE – where you get the information from
  2. ‘BUISNESS’ LOGIC – request from the server “submit”
  3. INTERFACE – the interactive web browser the the client inputs the forms

EXPERIMENTING WITH OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE: After creating an account with OpenStreetMap I found my current address in Bournemouth and added the House of flats that I live in.

Once I found the building I edited the address to show: Cardigan House.

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 15.30.45 Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 15.31.16The screen shot above shows the final view of OpenStreetMap which now comes up with the symbol for apartment block and when you click on it it shows more details of address and building information, such as stories.

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