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Here We Go!

On Your Mark

So here we are at meeting #1 of the DMCI. By now you know what that stands for, but for anyone looking in on this initiative who is not participating, it is the Digital Media Commons Initiative (here’s a little bit more about the DMCI).

It’s time to get started, so our first meeting will be an overview of where we are going and what we expect from you over the next several weeks. We’ll also try to answer any questions you might have.

As with most projects, the first stage is the Planning stage. It’s also what I like to call the “Imagining” or “Vision” stage. I want you to be working toward reaching the vision you have in your head of what the final product will look like. A vision is just what it sounds like – a dream of what people will see when you’re done. We’re going to work hard to get you as close as possible to that dream.

You might not have very much (or any) experience completing a digital project. That’s fine. That’s what we’ll help you with. If you do have a strong vision, that’s great too. The only other thing I’ll say about that is, be prepared to produce different versions of your project for different audiences. We’ll talk more about that as we go along.

I don’t want to get too far into this before giving you what is required from this initiative.

Part One (to be completed in the Spring 2014 semester):

  • Set up a new site/web address to blog about this process. With permission, it can be one site for a project that has multiple collaborators.
  • Do a “pilot” pitch in the form of a video. State your name, department/major, and then “sell” your project.
  • Think about not only the story that you want to tell, but tell the story of your process. We want a separate story called “The Making of . . . “ Not only are you going to make something, but you’re going to show how you made it.
  • Keep in mind the Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC) as you produce your projects. What do you wish you had that isn’t currently available on UMW campus in terms of equipment/facilities? You are the “transition” group going from no ITCC to having an ITCC. We want to document the before, and after the building is in use.

We’ll talk about Part Two in the near future, but basically this is you finishing your project and publishing it (we’ll talk bout that too).

Now that the requirements are out of the way, I want you to promise me you’ll have fun doing this. I’m hoping it will be fun because you will learn new things. You are also the inaugural group creating projects for and about a new “digital technology” building. It should allow you and others to imagine the possibilities of the Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC).

You will need to have “two brains” about this project. One brain will be imagining your specific project, and single-mindedly working toward finishing it (don’t forget to be thinking about “The Making of…”). Your second brain needs to be thinking about where this project fits into a bigger whole (not a hole 😉 ). What is its relationship to the UMW community? How does it fit in with different departments, disciplines, and majors? What does it mean to be thinking digitally and about digital scholarship? (you did read the Ed Ayers article right?) And, oh yeah, “what is going to be happening in this new building? From all of this will come a larger “story” of the ITCC.

Finally, here are some things to think about in the planning/imagining stage:

  • Imagine – An Idea or Vision – Communicate your idea or vision before you start the process (ex. scouting for examples of similar projects to bring back to the commons)
  • Storyboard
  • Getting organized – Media Commons | Video Project Calculator
  • Where are you going to shoot? – Studio, “On Location”, or both? How about virtually with a “green screen”?
  • Think about where are you going to publish your project? UMW Media Hub. YouTube/Vimeo. Multimedia website.

As you are planning, be thinking about the stages that follow:

Production/Creation (Stage 2)

  • Tips
  • Get your Equipment
  • Capture – Video – iPod & iPhone, Webcam, Traditional Video Camera (Vixia HF R400), DSLR and separate audio (see digital audio recorders below)
  • Capture – Audio – USB headset, Computer USB microphone
  • Digital audio recorder – Edirol, Tascam, Marantz, Zoom — 3.5mm or XLR input
  • Get Permission from people or rights to media – Copyright
  • Forms – getting permission from people to film them – “Release Forms”
  • Editing – Some resources from the Digital History course, What is editing?

Publishing/Sharing (Stage 3)

  • Encoding/Share/Upload to Media Space* (including tools for upload)
  • Embed on WordPress or Canvas
  • Share at various venues and showcases

* – UMW Media Hub, YouTube, Vimeo (and other???)

Here is a good summary of the process with resources.

Grand Valley State University Library vision

UBC Learning Commons

USC Annenberg Virtual Commons

Story, Vision, Tech model

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Craig Piersma