Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Two pings: building the community of practice

This week at McGovern

This is a busy week here at Mcgovern. For me it includes three days out of Auckland, so there isn't the time to do any in depth blogging around issues. However, there are still things coming across the desk.

Multiple touch points
They all contribute to my conviction that the multiple touch points that make up the web are starting to gel into a one big conversation as to how digital tools and frameworks are starting to make real contributions to the human imagination.

On that note two slightly different sources are worth sharing.

1. National Library of New Zealand and Twitter.
Picking up on the Shelley Bernstein injunction to forget anonymity, Courtney and Chelsea from the Digital Library team at the NLNZ share how they manage their contributions to the NZ National Library Twitter feed.

Twitter reviews - formulating the syntax to best practice
It's an interesting read. I also like the way they use historical context to ground the current Twitter phenomena. Also of note is the way they critique and endorse their favourite Twitter profiles. It opens the space for a new kind of reviewing, which in turn, lifts the idea of the tweet away from the banal and more towards it becoming a creative medium with its own rules and syntax.

It is also a lovely piece of professional collaboration and a welcome addition to the growing community of web practice from the culture and heritage sector. See here, for the post.
NLNA Twitter feed, here

2. Creative Economy Report, 2008
This is a major, if slightly neglected report from the United Nations. Specificlly, its a collaboration led by UNCTAD and the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.

I'm keen to share the link and the ambition of the report. I'm also like to acknowledge that I heard about it from the NLNZ occasional digital series, The Source.

Creative Economy Report 2008
Source : United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

<<....In the contemporary world, a new development paradigm is emerging that links the economy and culture, embracing economic, cultural, technological and social aspects of development at both the macro and micro levels.

Central to the new paradigm is the fact that creativity, knowledge and access to information are increasingly recognised as powerful engines driving economic growth and promoting development in a globalising world.

“Creativity” in this context refers to the formulation of new ideas and to the application of these ideas to produce original works of art and cultural products, functional creations, scientific inventions and technological innovations.

There is thus an economic aspect to creativity, observable in the way it contributes to entrepreneurship, fosters innovation, enhances productivity and promotes economic growth. ...>>>

Report as PDF, here. The Source as an ongoing resource, here


Courtney Johnston said...

Thanks for the shout-out Paul. It's nice that you used one of the Te Papa tweets in the post; it's that kind of community exchange Chelsea and I get such a kick out of.


Chelsea said...

Hey, yeah, thanks! -- from the other half, Chelsea

Unknown said...

Here's one Mr Reynolds ...

Creating a live narrative on Twitter:

It's called The Uncertain Love Life of Lamar Morgan.

I think the medium is very conducive to fiction development ...




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