Here I thought I caught up on my back blogging from the trip to New Zealand, but I have yet to talk about the digital time capsule that appeared at every stop. In this post, I’ll give a bit of review about what happened, what was collected, in a subsequent long scrolling gibberish one I will go over the modifications I made to the interface.
The new web site for the Storybox has this new interface; the only things you cannot do there are (a) upload media (b) See the media that was collected on this trip (a much smaller set I assembled prior to the trip is online) (c) Access the services like the image board and the wiki.
That’s the idea, to create an internet that is ephemeral, the PirateBox technology creates a local wireless network, where all efforts to connect to the web are redirected to the web server on the box. To me, it plays a bit with the problem of information on the web that is everywhere, in this case it is hyperlocal.
Among my workshops and presentations on the Shar-E-Fest tour (September 29-Oct 10, 2014), I asked to do a Storybox session at every stop. So there were seven of these. For the most part, I had an hour or less (maybe 30 minutes), so most of what I could do was to present the idea, and send people on a little “hunt” to acquire media, and add back to the box.
As was pointed out by WG in the session at Waikato, just having these prompts pretty much made a limited frame on the media collected, so it’s not truly representative as I suggested that the idea is to capture a sense of “now” in this place. Because all the places where institutions of higher education.
But the purpose really was to try and get a pool of media and then ponder what might be done with it.
I did let people know that because there is no information stored in the image besides its file name (usually cryptic if it came off of a mobile device) (and thus some metadata might be in the images if the mobile device adds it)– that they were more or less granting me permission to use their image w/o any kind of attribution.
When you look at the media, they are pretty much quick throwaways- like snapshots. I’d estimate upwards of 90% were acquired at the sessions.
For some summary, the Box now includes 390 pieces of media – this was the breakdown per session:
Sept 30, 2014 at Shar-e-fest (84)
6 audio/video files
Oct 1, 2014 at Open Polytechnic (38)
3 audio files
Oct 2, University of Victoria Wellington (101)
2 sounds files
Oct 3 University of Waikato (32)
4 audio files
Oct 6 The University of Auckland (26)
Oct 7 Northtec (59)
Oct 8 AUT (44)
Or by types of media:
- Images (316)
- Audio (30)
- Video (28)
- Documents (12)
- Remixes (4)
I was responsible for most of the audio (you can only upload photos and videos with an iOS device) and a baseline of what’s listed was what I seeded the directories with.
To show how it works, I created a screen cast of the way the Explorer works:
There was never time to do the next level activities I hope for, to create new content from the Storybox media. I had just started getting a wiki running on it that is a viable platform for creating new content from the media; it needs a bit more work on the content side. More on that sometime in the future.
People was naturally taken by the Brownie Box camera enclosure, and learning about the parts that are inside. Like me, I sense many see some sort of potential here, but just are not quite sure what to do with it (?)