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extraMUROS is a DPLA Beta Sprint finalist

Very pleased to report that metaLAB’s extraMUROS project has been selected as one of the six finalists chosen in the Digital Public Library of America beta sprint competition. We’re in very good company: our friends at ShelfLife/Library Cloud are in the mix alongside the National Archives, MINT, UIL-Urbana, and the Hathi Trust. All six finalists will be formally presented in Washington, DC, during the DPLA plenary meeting on October 21. For more on the outcome of the beta sprint, you can read the write-up at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/7115.

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extraMUROS DPLA Beta Sprint video

metaLAB’s entry for the Digital Public Library of America Beta Sprint competition is now live. To quote from the clip itself: “extraMUROS proposes to shape the Digital Public Library of America into a multimedia-library-without-walls through an open source, HTML5 platform. With the DPLA, we aim to fundamentally change the way people discover, curate and share digital collections of books, images, sounds, video and other media. Searches within DPLA would query extraMUROS, allowing users to discover relevant multimedia assets and collections. extraMUROS is built on top of existing public APIs and itself provides an open API in order to spur innovative development by others.”

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openLAB_02

Dear friends,

Friday, July 29
metaLAB (at) Harvard’s Summer Studio
Arts @ 29 Garden
29 Garden St (entrance on Chauncey St, under “Arts@29 Garden banner”)
7-11 pm

metaLAB would like to invite you to our second openLAB, our series of informal, experimental gatherings. Come over to see some of our latest work and enjoy an evening at our summer residence at Arts @ 29 Garden. In addition to showing metaLAB’s current projects, we will also be installing ‘3471 Dots’ by Rosie Weinberg and ‘The Topographic Bookscape’ by Mary Hale.

– The metaLAB crew (Bobby, Dennis, Jeffrey, James, Jesse, Joana, Joseph, Kara, Kyle + Todd)

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We’re hiring a Designer/Developer!

We’re hiring a Designer/Developer to join forces for metaLAB’s collaboration with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies on the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters

Location: 29 Garden St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Start date: Immediately
Duration: 4-5 months, part-time
Telecommute: No

metaLAB(at)Harvard is an experimental research unit at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society dedicated to charting innovative scenarios for the future of knowledge creation and dissemination in the arts, media and humanities.

We are looking for a designer/developer to draw on metaLAB’s growing portfolio of web/mobile platforms, especially extraMUROS and Knight News Challenge winner Zeega, to design and build user interfaces and data architectures for the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 disasters. This is an initiative of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, part of a growing international effort to record and archive the communications after, and responses to, the disaster.

Ideal candidates love solving the challenge of inventing new means of navigating vast data sets of multiple media types; feel comfortable building on existing open-source code; and have the ability to think from client to server-side. They love the experimental wireframing phase, but also have a passion for bringing HTML5/JS-intensive user interfaces to life. Familiarity with digital archive work or infoviz is helpful but not essential. Pay is commensurate with experience and time commitment.

We’re ready to get going right away, so all interested applicants, please send a short email with links to relevant work to jesse [at] metalab.harvard.edu.

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UnionDocs Collaborative

The UnionDocs Collaborative, a program for non-fiction media research and group production in Brooklyn, has opened its application process for next year. There will be a particular emphasis on experimental, interactive documentary and media theory, with Zeega in the mix.

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Tomorrow! – openLAB_01

Dear friends,

Friday, June 24
metaLAB (at) Harvard’s Summer Studio
Arts @ 29 Garden
29 Garden St (entrance on Chauncey St, under “Arts@29 Garden banner”)
5-7 pm
Then continuing into the night elsewhere…

metaLAB would like to invite you to our first openLAB, a new series of informal, experimental gatherings. Come over to meet our expanding team, see some of our latest work and our summer residence at Arts @ 29 Garden, and celebrate Zeega’s recent honor as a Knight News Challenge winner!

– The metaLAB crew (Bobby, Dennis, Jeffrey, James, Jesse, Joana, Joseph, Kara, Kyle + Todd)

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Zeega featured in Harvard Gazette

Read here about metaLAB’s recent honor with Knight News Challenge yesterday. In addition to Zeega, Corydon Ireland from the Harvard Gazette writes about other metaLAB projects and collaborations including  extraMUROS.

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Zeega is a Knight News Challenge winner!

We are excited to announce that Zeega, a project we’ve been incubating at the lab and for which co-founder Daniele Ledda just designed an awesome new graphic identity, is a winner of the 2011 Knight News Challenge!

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge is an international contest to fund digital news experiments that use technology to inform and engage communities.

We are so honored to be recognized and to be part of such an incredible group of projects.

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The Oracle installation at Berkman Center Hyper-Public Symposium

On 10 June, 2011 the metaLAB had an installation at Hyper-Public: A Symposium on Designing Privacy and Public Space in the Connected World at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Titled ‘The Oracle,’ the installation recorded and exhibited selected tweets previously published by participants in the Hyper-Public conference. The Oracle uses an algorithm that browses the participants’ Twitter archives for their most personal tweets. These tweets are then transformed into semi-permanent physical objects and also projected in a screen-based installation. Visitors to the installation were invited to access, collect and circulate these artifacts of an emerging narrative. Anyone using the #hyperpublic hashtag was automatically included in the project. The Oracle was created by Joseph Bergen with James Burns, Todd Elfman, Kara Oehler, Kyle Parry, Joana Pimenta, Jeffrey Schnapp and Jesse Shapins. Special Thanks: Dan Jones and Amar Ashar.

Check out our pictures from the day on our Flikr photo stream.

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metaLAB write up in the Italian edition of Wired

 

The launch of metaLAB, as well as some of the lab’s first generation of projects, have been written up by Wired correspondent Matteo Bittanti in Wired’s online edition in Italian. Bittanti is a curator, artist, critic and interactive media historian who teaches at the California College of the Arts. His gamescenes.org blog is widely followed in the global gaming community.

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