Welcome to #ideadrop!

This casual, comfortable meeting space is the perfect place for people who are all about libraries to meet up, share what they’re learning at SXSWi, brainstorm, and get inspired. Check out the schedule below and sign up for the sessions that interest you. RSVP in Eventbrite is required. We’d like to encourage the most participation possible. Please limit your selections to 4 events. Do you have a colleague or friend who also might be interested? Spread the word!

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Friday, March 8

5:00pm CST

The New Nature vs. Nurture: Big Data & Identity

A baby born in the US today will live an algorithmed life. Her education, healthcare, career, who she dates, the ads she sees, what she reads, eats, buys, will be shaped by a feedback loop of data collected, processed, fed back to her, collected, processed, fed back to her.

We call this the new nature and the new nurture.

In the new nature, we know more about ourselves through data sources that we will have at our disposal. Information streams of personal and genetic data are increasingly available, but this raises psychological and emotional implications on self-awareness.

In the new nurture, retailers, corporations and government bodies use data mining to parse, segment, and sell to human beings. This marks a new moment for humanity: the algorithmed life.

The new nature and nurture create opportunity and peril. The increasing availability of data changes how we are able to know and define ourselves—at the risk of being defined by algorithms that we can’t control.

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Jen Lowe

Assoc Research Scholar Columbia University Spatial Information Design LabJen Lowe is an Associate Research Scholar at the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University where she experiments with new forms of data visualization and communication. Her education is in applied... Read More →
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Molly Steenson

Asst Professor University of Wisconsin-MadisonMolly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on digital media studies.This is her 16th SXSW Interactive and her 15th year on... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Radisson Town Lake Town Lake Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez
Saturday, March 9

11:00am CST

And What of Liberty? Networks and Freedom

Your ISP is spying on your network traffic, Zuck pwn'd your social graph. Even darling Twitter has thrown indie developers under the bus for the sake of "consistency." You probably know all this, and you still go on using these networks because there are no workable alternatives. Except there are alternatives, and we're actively building them out! This panel will demonstrate running code and working prototypes, but it will also make a case for networks as a central component of human freedom. Come help us frame the problem, consider existing solutions, and spec out more responsible networks that you and your friends will actually use.

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Harlo Holmes

Head of Metadata, The Guardian Project
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Dan Phiffer

occupy.here, Lead Developer

Isaac Wilder

Exec Dir Cooperative Networks Free Network Foundation

Saturday March 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Austin Convention Center Room 9ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez Blvd

12:30pm CST

Creativity & Mayhem: Anonymous Communities at Work

Communities like Anonymous and 4chan's /b/ create Internet culture, change politics and make news. But how do they build trust, share work and intervene in the world? How can new groups and movements use anonymity and pseudonymity? While Facebook and Google push for an Internet of real names and persistent identities, we will present an alternate universe of thriving, chaotic, bizarre and effective cultures created by nobody in particular - and their implications for activism, politics and creativity online.

Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University, is the go-to authority on Anonymous for TEDGlobal, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Fast Company and NPR. Quinn Norton is Wired's Anonymous correspondent, and has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Maximum PC. Moderating is Finn Brunton, Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan's School of Information and author of Spam: A Flood, A Theory, A History.


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Finn Brunton

Asst Professor of InformationUniversity of Michigan School of Information

Gabriella Coleman

Wolfe Chair in Scientific & Technological LiteracyMcGill University
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Quinn Norton

WriterQuinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets.They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Austin Convention Center Room 9ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez St

5:00pm CST

Curbing Crime with Data Extraction and Ontologies

Human activity – good and bad, legal and criminal, ethical and unethical – has become increasingly bound up in data-driven systems. For organizations of all kinds – government, non-profit, businesses – discovering bad behavior when it first occurs, and stopping it in its tracks, is becoming vital to global reputations. In this panel, we’ll look at the practical use of data extraction, ontologies, and the semantic web to detect patterns of misconduct early. We’ll see live examples of how historical and transactional data can be scanned in its native format and language to uncover patterns that provide true predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.


Greg Ebert

Dir of Dev Convercent

Ray Mooney

Professor of Computer Science The University of Texas at Austin

Saturday March 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom 700 San Jacinto

5:15pm CST

The Copyright Era Meets the Open-Source World

Fair use is a complex area of copyright law. Publishers have a love/hate relationship with fair use because on one hand, it lets them legally repurpose existing copyrighted material. On the other hand, publishers want to prevent others from stealing their content and republishing it illegally. People exercise caution when using work created by someone else, which is good because they are aware of the content creator's rights. However, an underlying principle of fair use is to promote and build upon the existing work of others to further develop innovative ideas. Publishers and those in the legal community vary widely in their opinions of fair use and these perspectives should be explored in a thoughtful and productive way through this session.



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Ellyn Angelotti

Faculty,Digital Trends & Social MediaNon-Profit Organization, Poynter Institute for Media StudiesSince joining The Poynter Institute in 2007, Ellyn Angelotti has helped Poynter explore the journalistic values and the legal challenges related to new technologies, especially social... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 5:15pm - 5:30pm CST
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 616AB 500 E. 4th St.
Sunday, March 10

11:00am CDT

Poetry in Motion: Sound Culture & Data Mining

Poetry, stories, and speeches aren’t just what we read or what we hear - they're how we make meaning and celebrate history. Hundreds of thousands of spoken text audio files - including poetry readings, American Indian stories, and presidential speeches - remain untapped in archives throughout the world. These digital artifacts hold our oral traditions, and projects like High Performance Sound Technologies for Analysis and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) out of the University of Texas’s School of Information feature original high performance data mining tools that help us visualize sound culture in ways we never imagined. How will these new audio technologies reshape the way we understand our words and ourselves?

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Tanya Clement

Asst Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Sunday March 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown Austin 700 San Jacinto Austin, TX

11:30am CDT

Information Literacy in an Online World

Information Literacy is the ability identify an information need and to locate and evaluate appropriate resources to satisfy this need. As more and more information and communication has moved online information literacy has become closely tied to computer literacy. Individuals who find themselves on the bottom of the digital divide often lack skills necessary to compete and thrive in today's society. These individual may lack the ability to find work, stay informed of laws and rights, obtain social and financial services, and are at an increased risk for online scams and identity theft. The level and quality of general public discourse is also affected by information literacy rates. This presentation will take a look at how age and economics are tied to information literacy, provide insights gleaned through library reference work in public, academic, and legal libraries, and discuss on how design can promote information literacy and computer literacy.

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Laura Larsell

Ontologist, Trapit

Sunday March 10, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 615AB 500 E. 4th St., Austin, TX

12:30pm CDT

Go Fund Yourself

Stop asking the question: “What are the chances my crowdfunding campaign will be successful?” You are not at the Kentucky Derby or Las Vegas. Crowdfunding is not a lottery — it’s a platform for anyone, anywhere, to raise money for any idea — and successful campaigns are more often than not the result of careful planning and deliberate action.

Over five years and hundreds of thousands of campaigns have left CEO Slava Rubin and the rest of his Indiegogo team with mountains of real data from which to draw real conclusions and advice — what works and what doesn’t for crowdfunding. For example: Campaigns with videos, raise 114% more money. 93% of campaigns that reach their target goal offer perks. That’s the tip of the iceberg. 
Whether you’re a bootstrapped startup, a filmmaker, a musician, philanthropist, or a recent amputee, Slava will provide you with the tools to get your crowdfunding campaign over its goal line.


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Slava Rubin

CEO/CoFounderIndiegogoSlava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, the world's largest global funding platform. Indiegogo.com provides anyone with an idea — from entrepreneurial new business to creative projects to socially conscious causes -- the online tools they need to raise... Read More →

Sunday March 10, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center Ballroom D 500 E Cesar Chavez St

3:30pm CDT

Copyright & Disruptive Technologies

This panel will discuss copyright in the wake of SOPA/PIPA: how law gets made, how it impacts innovation, and how it interacts with civil liberties, particularly free speech & privacy. It consists of Andrew Bridges, Margot Kaminski, Wendy Seltzer, & a surprise industry guest.

Bridges has successfully argued numerous copyright cases on the behalf of innovative technologies. Recently, he represented Dajaz1, the music site seized by DHS for over a year that galvanized SOPA/PIPA opposition.

Kaminski is Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She identified substantive civil liberty problems with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which was rejected by the European Parliament after widespread protest by European citizens.

Seltzer founded and developed the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, which studies legal threats to online speech and activity. She is on the board of Tor, and served on the ICANN board.


Andrew Bridges

Partner, LitigationFenwick & West LLP
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Margot Kaminski

Executive Director, Information Society Project at Yale Law School
Margot E. Kaminski is the Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and a former fellow of the Information Society Project. While at Yale Law School, she co-founded of... Read More →

Wendy Seltzer

FellowBerkman Center/Silicon Flatirons

Sunday March 10, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

3:30pm CDT

Libraries: The Ultimate Playground

Libraries have grown far beyond the nostalgic scent of books on shelves (though we still have that too). There is an explosive realm of content-wrangling that occurs on the library frontier making life-changing impacts in literacy, health, and education. There is also exists a quagmire of metadata messes, licensing loops, and lack-luster technology that is overdue for an innovative shakeup.

This is a unique setting to bring to the table the wide cast of SXSW tech & entrepreneurial attendees with some of the most grassroots, forward-thinking librarians & information professionals thinking outside-the-box today. Together we can build castles in the sandbox to connect new ideas with immediate impacts. Let's get this collaborative conversation started!


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Andrea Davis

Librarian, Naval Postgraduate School

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Carson Block

Founder, Carson Block Consulting Inc

Sunday March 10, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Sheraton Austin Capitol View South

5:00pm CDT

Why Digital Maps Can Reboot Cultural History

Digital maps dot the landscape of the Internet and our mobile devices. And for the most part, these maps live in a perpetual NOW. But one thing often overlooked in the rush for geo-currency is the amazing ability of maps and their associated location information to tell compelling stories about our shared history.

The panelists, operating in the design, marketing, cultural heritage and not-for-profit sectors, are expert in bringing historic digital geospatial data to bear to create useful contemporary tools and services.

The panelists will share their insight on building contemporary, cutting-edge tools and projects that leverage open source technologies such as Omeka, GeoServer, OpenLayers and many others, while bringing attention to the importance of preserving our digital geographic cultural heritage for the long-term benefit of commerce, entertainment and history.


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Deborah Boyer

Project MgrAzaveaDeborah Boyer is a project manager at Azavea, a Philadelphia based software development company specializing in the creation of geographic web and mobile software, where she manages digital humanities and urban forestry related projects. She also serves as the project... Read More →

Matthew Knutzen

Asst Chief, Map DivisionThe New York Public Library

David McClure

Web Applications DeveloperUniversity of Virginia

Michal Migurski

Stamen Design

Sunday March 10, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Austin Tex. Ballroom 1-4 208 Barton Springs Rd

5:45pm CDT

Interaction Literacy & Participatory Design

The term “literacy” usually refers to the ability to read and write functionally. The emphasis is on interaction with the written word - taken for granted as the cornerstone of education. But momentum may be building in the direction of a more visual and auditory literacy. With greater numbers gaining access to more diverse formats and sharing them across social networks, there’s an ever-increasing amount of “live” documentation of personal experiences. If this form of storytelling is experienced in a way fundamentally different from strictly textual reading, it may also require a different understanding of literacy. 
In this session, Razorfish Healthware's Erin Abler explores the concept of "interaction literacy," a potential framework for clarifying the elements of multi-mediated, participatory forms of experience. Presenting a model for further development, she explores how insights into the elements of human experience can be used to create new design processes.

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Erin Abler

Content Strategist/Information ArchitectRazorfish HealthwareErin Abler is a Content Strategist and Information Architect with Razorfish Healthware in Philadelphia. In addition to evolving ideas on interaction literacy, she has over 10 years of experience as a writer and editor and... Read More →

Sunday March 10, 2013 5:45pm - 6:00pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 615AB 500 E 4th St
Monday, March 11

9:30am CDT

Pop Up Archive: Build an Archive & Make It Count

RSVP Required - Organizing digital content not only makes it easier to find and use — it creates new opportunities. Our thriving media environment would not be feasible without standardized formats such as MP3, CD Audio, WAV, and JPEG. But the data that describes media is not standardized at all. To foster collaboration and reuse, metadata needs to be consistent and sharable. 
So, let’s archive. In this workshop we invite media creators to join us as we take archives from the shelf (or hard drive) to the web. We encourage workshoppers to consider archiving not only produced work, but also raw footage and ancillary media to make the most of their collections. We’ll teach you how to install free software for archives, create or import records, organize collections, and seamlessly upload files to services like the Internet Archive and SoundCloud. We’ll also teach you how to use the simple web-based Pop Up Archive system to find hidden gems and archive without your own server.

Particular experience and/or knowledge is not required, but this workshop will be of the most use to those who a) create audio/visual content in the course of their work or b) seek better access to archival material for their work — whether in public media or the library/archive/museum ecosystem(s).

What to Bring: 
Bring your archival material: we suggest that each participant come armed with at least a USB key or two (or a terabyte's worth, if you're feeling ambitious) of files. If you have any descriptive information about the files, bring that too — whether a spreadsheet tracking fields like "date" and "location" or even just a list of interviews jotted down in a notebook. Sorry, we can't help digitize analog content this year, though we can certainly point you toward relevant resources.

To RSVP your seat for this workshop, please click on "Sign in to RSVP" in the upper right location of this page. You'll need to sign in using your SXsocial login information.



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Dave Rice

ArchivistCuny Graduate CenterDave Rice is an archivist and technologist working as audiovisual archivist for CUNY TV at the City University of New York. Dave has a research focus on the utilization and development of open source technology in support of media preservation and access... Read More →
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Bailey Smith

New Prod DeveloperPop Up ArchiveBailey is a Knight New Challenge recipient and the cofounder of Pop Up Archive, an on-line repository designed to facilitate archiving audio. She holds a Master’s from the UC Berkeley School of Information in Information Management and Systems. Bailey... Read More →
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Anne Wootton

Project MgrPop Up ArchiveAnne previously managed a historic newspaper digitization project at Brown University and attended the Berkeley School of Information with a focus in digital archives and the sociology of technology. She spent summer 2011 working with The Kitchen Sisters and... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2013 9:30am - 1:30pm CDT
AT&T Conference Ctr Classroom 102 1900 University Avenue

11:00am CDT

Culture Hack: Libraries & Museums Open for Making

Around the world, libraries, archives and museums are opening their doors to hackers, makers, enthusiasts and creatives of all kinds. By publishing Open Data, cultural heritage institutions are finding new ways to open access to their collections for remix and reuse, and promote new uses and interpretations of the works they hold. These international panelists will explore the many ways in which cultural heritage institutions are sharing content, what people are doing with this content, as well as exploring some of the thornier issues of open access across borders and institutions.

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Emily Gore

Dir for ContentDigital Public Library Of AmericaGore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily oversees the Digital Hubs Pilot Project and coordinates content workflows for DPLA. Gore came to the DPLA after working for 12 years in digital... Read More →
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Antoine Isaac

Scientific CoordEuropeanaAntoine works as scientific coordinator for Europeana.eu and researcher in the Web an Media group at the VU University Amsterdam. He has been investigating and promoting the use of Linked Data technology in the Cultural Heritage environment since his PhD studies... Read More →
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Sam Leon

Community CoordOpen Knowledge FoundationSam Leon is a Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation. He coordinates the OpenGLAM initiative dedicated to making more cultural heritage content and data openly available online. He is particularly interested in the benefits greater... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown Longhorn 700 San Jacinto

11:00am CDT

Digital Time Machines & the Future of Learning

3D experiences are pushing their way into the classroom as media-savvy students move from textbooks to digital experiences and the technologies they’ve grown up with. As the ultimate time machine, 3D environments can literally transport students to any point in time to make history come to life. Using Egyptology classes at Harvard University as an example, this presentation will explore how 3D experiences transform the way we learn, and how 3D technology is applied to cultural awareness, virtual archaeology and museum-going. In Harvard’s Visualization Lab, students experience a virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau and its ancient necropolis that was painstakingly and realistically created using archaeological data unearthed over the past century. Attendees will see how this innovative approach was initially developed, is now being crowdsourced globally, and welcomed by students as a unique way to better understand ancient Egypt and become actively engaged in the classroom.


Rus Gant

Lead Technical Artist The Giza Project The Semitic Museum Department of Near Eastern Languages & CivilizationHarvard University

Monday March 11, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Ctr 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

11:00am CDT

New Knowledge Ecosystems: How & What Do We Know?

Systems of knowledge such as libraries, universities, publishers, and newspapers are centuries old. And the affordances of a print world have embedded specific practices within these systems. But digital technologies have radically changed everything by offering new ways of communicating information, from the paparazzi to research scientists, and everyone in between. This deeper, more structural change is reshaping knowledge institutions and making them more porous, chaotic, energetic, and motile.

How can we retool the pillars of our existing knowledge systems to embrace technological change? How do we think about new institutions of knowledge like Wikipedia? Citizen journalism? Online learning like EdX and Coursera? Self-publishing in repositories like SSRN and arXiv or via Amazon? The knowledge ecosystem is changing although knowledge has always been social. How can we reconcile this with our previous understanding of experts? Who do we listen to?


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Marguerite Avery

Sr Acquisitions Editor - Information ScienceMIT PressMarguerite Avery has been working in scholarly communication and publishing for about ten years, a field in which she is a major advocate for change and reform. She works closely with the scholarly communities in STS, Information... Read More →
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Lissa Harris

Founder & EditorWatershed PostLissa Harris is the editor of the Watershed Post, an online hub for daily news, arts, culture and the environment serving the rural Catskills of upstate New York.Harris launched the Watershed Post in January 2010, with publisher Julia Reischel, as an... Read More →
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Jason Priem

Co-FounderImpactStoryI'm a 4th-year PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the cofounder of ImpactStory, and open-source web tool that helps scientists and other academics get rewarded for doing accessible, engaged, and Web-native science--things like blogging, tweeting, sharing open... Read More →
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David Weinberger

Co-DirHarvard Library Innovation LabI write about the effect of the Internet on ideas. I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Everything is Miscellaneous, and Too Big to Know. I am a senior researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

12:30pm CDT

Black Twitter Activism, Bigger Than Hip Hop

In the late 1980s, Public Enemy rapper and Internet aficionado Chuck D famously remarked that hip hop was like the “black CNN,” speaking on the “lower frequencies” cited in Ralph Ellison’s "Invisible Man" about issues in African-American communities like the War on Drugs, sex and relationships, poverty and police brutality. As social media has become the default medium for gathering and disseminating information, Twitter posts provide the steady bass beat that continues to inform on similar topics, but with more portability and immediacy than ever before. This panel will examine how so-called “Black Twitter” exchanges news (like the Trayvon Martin case as a recent example) and uses it to mobilize political dialogue and direct action, and how information professionals--like librarians, journalists, and educators--can guide users toward responsible practices that respect the unique coding and cultural perspectives of black and other minority communities.


Meredith Clark

student University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mark Anthony Neal

Professor Duke University
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Stacie Williams

Librarian/ArchivistAnalog-born, digital-bred librarian cum archivist cum dun-language translator. Library work includes reference work at Harvard University's medical library, Transylvania University, and the CSmonitor.com as a news librarian. Archives work includes the Jim Henson... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center Room 9ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez Blvd

12:30pm CDT

Librarian Meet Up

Let's deconstruct & design actionable ideas about why Libraries, Archives, and Museums within the SXSW conversation is important -- beyond rubbing shoulders with meme-enablers and tool creators. You'll leave with new partners to work on realistic goals that will keep us all engaged beyond the final hours of SXSW bandcamp. Members of the library community at large are encouraged to attend. So be like Dian Fossey and find out who are the librarians in the/your mi(d)st."


Monday March 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Meet Up Tent

5:00pm CDT

The Sketchbook Project: A Global Art Library Grows

The Sketchbook Project is a constantly evolving library of handmade artists’ books, contributed by more than 22,000 people from 130+ countries. The Project encourages creative people from diverse backgrounds — working artists, full-time parents, busy professionals, students — to share their process with each other and the public. Participants sign up online to receive a blank book, fill it with work, and mail it back. The results are cataloged and archived in our storefront library, exhibited on tour in cities around the world and shared online. The Project operates at several points of intersection — online and offline; digital and physical; global and local; small business and arts organization. With one foot in the Web and another on the road, our passion is to inspire a wide-ranging online community to produce meaningful, tactile experiences in the physical world. This is the story of how a DIY approach to business, technology and creative work made a global project possible.

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Steven Peterman

Co-founderThe Sketchbook ProjectSteven is the co-founder of The Sketchbook Project and steers the ship as Director of Operations at Art House. He has curated 5 nationwide and worldwide traveling art exhibitions and has created over 85 interactive art projects through the Art House... Read More →
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Shane Zucker

Co-founderThe Sketchbook ProjectI'm a designer and developer based in Brooklyn, NY. While I was studying at Savannah College of Art and Design, I co-founded Art House Co-op and The Sketchbook Project where I acted as creative director for the past six years.

Monday March 11, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown Austin 700 San Jacinto Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 12

12:30pm CDT

We Want Turtles! Giving Communities What They Want

In conversation with Leslie Wolke, Jake Barton, founder and principal of Local Projects will walk through the case study of "Change by Us," an open source application with its first project up and running for New York City. In an attempt to translate large-scale government initiatives into concrete and desired improvements for the city's residents, this website solicits ideas -- as seemingly far-fetched as a turtle pond in the Lower East Side of Manhattan (which as been funded, by the way) -- and connects the ideas and their proposers with relevant city agencies to make them happen. This case study will kick off a far-reaching conversation about how the web is best used to instill and sustain community activism and involvement.

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Jake Barton

Principal & FounderLocal Projects LLCJake Barton is principal and Founder of Local Projects, which is creating the media design for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with Diller Scofidio Renfro, and the Frank Gehry designed Eisenhower Presidential... Read More →

Leslie Wolke

Consultant & WriterLeslie Wolke ConsultingAs an independent consultant, Leslie works at the intersection of design and technology to produce wayfinding websites and interactive tools to help people find their way in complex environments. She writes about design, architecture and technology... Read More →

Tuesday March 12, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Ctr 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St