Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
We will be studying how emerging media are radically changing the ways that professionals are documenting and showing their work, but also how they change the way that information is 'curated'.
The course will be of interest in anyone who plans to document and publish as part of their careers. We will both survey current trends internationally but as part of the class projects develop innovative publishing concepts. We will also study how new mechanisms for "curating" knowledge are being developed in different business and scientific disciplines.
We will make extensive use of guest speakers both suggested by the instructor and by the students. Skype sessions will be set up. Some guest speakers are already planned including the Managing Editor at MIT Press, innovative artists like Burak Arikan from Turkey, curator Annick Bureaud from Paris, and emerging media innovators like Jon Ippolito.
We will also engage with faculty from the Emerging Media and Communications Program about future trends such as information visualisation and data journalism, game publishing, open publishing and current trends in ebooks and other forms of publication.
We will also look at future directions that the Emerging Media and Communications program here at UT Dallas will be taking over the coming years to reflect the new emerging professions in the job market.
As part of the discussion of knowledge curation we will study the ways that professionals in different work show their work; this will include looking at innovative strategies in museums and the art world, but also the new ways that scientists and engineers are bringing their work to larger publics.
In addition we will discuss the ATEC Leonardo Initiative which is in collaboration with MIT Press, and the Leonardo Organisations in San Francisco and Paris. The instructor is the Executive Editor of the Leonardo Publications at MIT Press. There will be opportunities to do class project involving these publications.
Pre-requisite: Students should have good new and emerging media literacy.
We will collaboratively develop ways of researching the topics for the semester. An on line resource called the Babel Inventory Wiki has been developed which provides reading examples.
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