Interactive Documentary

Here is a fantastic interactive documentary dealing with culture, architecture, geography, and interactivity.
Out My Window

 

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Pachube – The YouTube of Data

I am having trouble completely understanding Pachube; nonetheless it is a very powerful concept that allows people across the world to link their data devices. Pachube allows users to “store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices & buildings around the world”. They claim that it is like the YouTube of data, instead of watching videos, you are watching the data streams occurring all over the world.

i n v e r s e p y r a m i d – a social networking experiment

In a bid to study behavioral economics, social networking, and game theory, DARPA  offered prize money to anyone who found 10 weather balloons located around the country.

The aim of the network challenge was to explore the unprecedented ability of the Internet to bring people together to solve tough problems and to mark the Internet’s 40th birthday.

Also to exhibit how the Internet has become an integral part of society and the global economy over the years.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/info-management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222000298

http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/info-management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222000809

Semi-Open Architecture

FreeGreen, whose slogan is “Making Green Design Accessible to All”, has recently created a new subsidiary called Better House Plans. The original concept of FreeGreen was to provide free or affordable house designs to anyone who wanted to download them. They claim to have had over 88,000 downloads thus far. These plans are for homes designed by their own company. The big difference now is that Better House Plans allows anyone to upload their own design to be sold through their ‘architectural design marketplace’. Of course they ultimately review and approve which ones will be sold, but it is a step in the right direction for open-source architecture.

Wikis in Architecture

The social and information networking features of the internet are an area of focus for Andrew Burrow and Jane Burry of the University of Melbourne’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL).  The researchers explored the use of a wiki of hypertext links for a collaborative project relating to the Familia Sagrada.  One of the study participants was located at the site of the Gaudi-designed structure.  The other participants remained in Australia.  The wiki is used to share information about the project between an interdisciplinary group of participants.  The intent of the ongoing research by SIAL is to define and refine organizational structures for collaborative work enabling work zones that are easy to access and offer necessary security to participants. 

 

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/113390154/abstract

 

StumbleUpon

Have you ever had a moment when you just wanted to browse the internet for fun, but you didn’t know where to start? There is so much information out there making it hard to choose a path, well StumbleUpon decides for you based on your interests and essentially the recommendations of others.  You can rate whether you liked it or not and add your favorite websites to the collective. In my opinion it’s like the Pandora for websites. I find it exciting to be introduced to sites that I probably never would have come across on my own.

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