As the Europeana digitisation roadshow starts in Germany this week we spoke to Jonathan Purday, Senior Communications Advisor at Europeana.eu, formally of the British Library, about how social media, crowdsourcing, and wiki-principles are preserving European history and bringing academia and the public closer together.
Europeana (@EuropeanaEU), a Europe-wide digital archive consisting of over 1,500 museums, galleries, and institutions has launched a multinational drive to digitise pictures, memorabilia, letters, notes and other family heirlooms before they decay and are lost forever.
Fund:it encourages social networking users and others to donate small amounts of money to groups and organisations who wish to set up arts or technology projects in Ireland. As with other crowdfunding networks Fund:it follows sets a minimum monetary total and a time limit for each project, if a project fails to reach or exceed its target the funding will not go through.
Fund:it uses, to borrow a phrase from Chirs Andersen, “the long tail” of the web to create enough start-up capital for Irish arts and cultural organisations. What this means is that the organisation will encourage a large number of individuals to donate small amounts of money each.
Several of the UK and Ireland’s largest publishers will be giving away 1 million free books to members of the public this Saturday in what is being described as “the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted.”
Fund:it, an Irish crowdfunding effort supported by The Department of Arts Sports and Tourism is calling for people in the business, arts and media sectors in Ireland to submit their latest business ideas. The organisation is designed to fund these new companies without the dependence on hard-to-get bank loans but through the power of social media.
RTÉ and Filmbase are offering young Irish film makers the opportunity to win €20,000 in production funding and facilities to make their next short film. The annual Filmbase/RTÉ Short Film Awards are open to new and young Irish filmmakers with a total of up to four winners to be chosen. The competition is split into two rounds, each of which will have two winners.
Although the editorial content of the Irish Daily Star isn’t particularly interesting in my opinion, one half-page advertisement on page fourteen of yesterday’s publication caught my attention. The advertisement contained nothing more than an image of one man’s bald head with a note saying “Warning: Coming to a head near you”, and cleverly a QR code placed neatly in the top-right-hand corner. So once again we ask the question - are QR codes popular enough to use in mainstream media?
Come midnight on January 1st you will probably be with family and friends to celebrate the New Year but before the clock turns you can watch the rest of the world ring in 2011. Use our interactive map to see where you can watch New Year celebrations online from across the world.
In 2010 over 25 billion Tweets were sent and about 9 billion emails were exchanged. We watch 700 billion videos on Youtube, that is about 13 million hours or the equivalent of 1,500 years of continuous viewing (We hope you like piano playing cats). At year’s end it is natural to look back, to review the dying year and take stock of what has happened. This is what the world’s media has been doing this week, so join us on The Sociable’s review of the reviews of 2010.
Facebook has announced a series of punitive measures against developers who leaked user ids. In a hard hitting blog post Facbook programmer Mike Vernal attacked applications that shared/leaked Facebook users' ids while also defending the social network's privacy policies.
The neo-punk rockers are publicising the release of 'A Thousand Suns' with the inclusion of QR-codes on billboard advertising. The codes give fans the opportunity to listen to tracks or download the album directly to their phones or camera-enabled smart devices.