Nice To Meet You

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I have met with all of the participants of the Digital Media Commons Initiative (DMCI) and I can tell you I am pretty excited about the potential of the projects that have been proposed. I can also see the excitement in the participants as they talk about the possibilities of what we can create. From the very start, people were talking about possible collaborations with other groups, and in turn expanding their ideas into something possibly bigger.

Many of the participants I already know, but there were several, especially students, who I’d never met before. So without further ado, I present the 2014 DMCI Participants.

As we move forward we will link to the blogs that people will create so that they may reflect on how their project is moving forward. Send me the URL to your newly created blogs!

We are in the planning stage, so people are envisioning what their projects will look like. As we move forward, participants will need to:

  • Set up or use an existing personal domainGo to UMW Domains and sign-up for a domain (scroll until you see “START HERE”). Think about your domain name in the context of your identity. You may use your name or even a phrase, but whatever you choose must be available (the sign-up process for UMW Domains will tell you), and you’re stuck with it for a year even if you find you don’t like it. Think about it over a cup of coffee (or tea, soda, juice).
  • Make a “pilot” video that “pitches” your project (think Kickstarter) – Check out this Kickstarter project and watch the video for an example of how to sell your project. It does not have to be this “produced”. Make it simple for now (doing it on your webcam is fine).
  • Create a separate storyline called “The Making of (project name)” – I want to know, and the world wants to know, how you are going about creating your project. We want the behind-the-scenes look into how you are producing your vision.
  • Be mindful of the Information and Technology Convergence Center (ITCC) as this project moves forward – This initiative is about what the ITCC is going to do. It’s not here yet, but you’ll use similar equipment to what will be available when the building is finished. Keep in mind the potential of having a great space to collaborate and create.
  • Access individual space on the “MediaHub” media server – We’ll be using the UMW MediaHub to host the different forms of media that you’ll use in your projects. Accounts have been set up for DMCI participants.

If you have any questions, please let me know. You can send an email to arush at umw dot com.

It’s just the beginning.


UMW New Media Center website – General resource site for new media

Making Movies for YouTube – Basic instructions on how to get your video made using YouTube

YouTube Video Editor – Once you’ve uploaded videos, you can edit them further with this tool


photo credit: Nongbri Family Pix via photopin cc

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