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Grant for AIDS Quilt Touch approved!

I am please to announce that I was one of seven recipients recently awarded a Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the collaborative project called “AIDS Quilt Touch: Empowering Communities to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage through Digital Storytelling.” This grant will support the development of an online browser for the AIDS Memorial Quilt that enables peo
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Women In Tech: Summit Sponsored by Intel and FemTechNet

On April 22nd, The School of Media Studies hosted a one day Summit on “Women in Tech,” co-sponsored by the Intel Center for Social Computing and FemTechNet. Panel 1:  Women in the Tech Industry Elizabeth Churchill: Director of Human Computer Interaction at eBay Melissa Gregg:  Principal Engineer in User Experience Research at Intel Labs Nina Wakeford: Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of Londo
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New Project :: Tinkering in a Digital Age

Ways of the Hand is the name of a new transmedia project that investigates the importance skills of tinkering for the purposes of learning, community building, and the cultivation of the technological imagination. I began this research in 2009 as part of a research project called “Inspiring the Technological Imagination: The Future of Museums and Libraries in a Digital Age.”  With generous funding from the John D. an
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The Many Ways to Collaborate at USC

In Fall 2011, I taught a graduate seminar at USC that was the capstone for the iDiploma program. One of the creative outcomes of the course was a collaborative effort to itemize the many ways of collaborating at USC. The result was rendered as a bold and beautiful graphic poster image by the international artist and graphic designer, Michael Bartolos.
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Designing Culture :: The Book | Now Available!

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my new book Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke University Press). The book calls for taking culture seriously in the design and development of innovation technologies. I assert that the wellspring of technological innovation is the technological imagination. Following this, I examine key sites for the cultural reproduction of the technological im
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New Project :: Tangible Interface for Browsing the AIDS Quilt

This project will develop an application that enables collaborative browsing of a database of images of panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt that have been “virtually stitched together.”  The application will be used with Onomy Lab’s Tilty Table, a tangible interactive device that serves as a display surface for large-scaled images. By tilting the tabletop, users can explore the expansive virtual Quilt.  By twisting the
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This too will disappear

I start this blog with the ritual form of digital greeting. The first post is always the most hopeful. I’ve opened a window to the world; here I be. Or not. Once I get distracted by something, the digital dust will accumulate. Then finally, the 404. This is also a speculative obituary. Marx=all that is solid melts into air. We know=all that is digital will eventually fail. But even failure can be productive. So it be
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