Keynote 1: The Digital Transformation of Information, Education, and Scholarship
As managing director of Ithaka S+R, Deanna Marcum leads the research and consulting services that assist universities and colleges, libraries, publishers, and cultural institutions as they make the transition to the digital environment. She heads a staff of 10 program directors and analysts with wide-ranging expertise.
From 2003 to 2011, Deanna served as associate librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress. She managed 53 divisions and offices whose 1,600 employees are responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, public service, and preservation activities; services to the blind and physically handicapped; and network and bibliographic standards for America’s national library. She is also responsible for integrating the emerging digital resources into the traditional artifactual library, the first step toward building a national digital library for the 21st century.
In 1995, Deanna was appointed president of the Council on Library Resources and president of the Commission on Preservation and Access. She oversaw the merger of these two organizations into the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in 1997 and served as president until August 2003.
Deanna served as director of public service and collection management at the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. Before that she was the dean of the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America. From 1980 to 1989, she was first a program officer and then vice president of the Council on Library Resources.
Deanna holds a doctor of philosophy in American studies, a master’s degree in library science, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She was awarded a doctorate in humane letters by North Carolina State University in 2010, and received the Melvil Dewey Medal, the highest award conferred by the American Library Association, in June 2011.
Keynote 2: Rethinking Online Language Course Design: Options and Constraints
Yuping Wang is Associate Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics at Griffith University, Australia (www.griffith.edu.au). Her research is in the area of e-learning, in particular, technology enhanced language learning (TELL), focusing on the use of Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication (SCMC) and Synchronous Learning Management Systems (SLMS) in second language learning and teacher training. She has designed and developed a full online Mandarin program featuring synchronous and asynchronous online interactions for the effective acquisition of language skills, especially listening and speaking skills. With an emphasis on investigating real learning problems, her research reports the use of cutting-edge technologies in both campus-based and distance language learning, and is published widely through top internationals journals such as Language Learning &Technology and Computers & Education. She has delivered invited talks at international conferences and served as a reviewer for a number of international journals. She also served as an associate editor for International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching.
Keynote 3: Digital Archives, Utopias and the Machines that make them Hum
YoHa's graphic vision, technical tinkering, has powered several celebrated collaborations establishing an international reputation for pioneering arts projects, including the first on-line commission from the Tate Gallery London and work in the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre Paris and the Centre for Media Arts in Karlsruhe (ZKM), Manifesta07 (Balzarno, Italy).
Harwood and Yokokoji's co founded the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007) - an artists group working in a fusion of art, electronic media and street culture, they tried to reach beyond the hierarchies of power and knowledge involving those normally excluded from the main stream. In 2005 they went on to establish the Mediashed a free-media lab in Southend-on-sea which reached international fame through its film Duallists shown at over 30 film festivals around the world.
In 2008 they joined, Richard Wright to produce Telephone Trottoire’, a Congolese telephony project in collaboration with the London radio programme Nostalgie Ya Mboka. The project collected and told stories about the Coltan wars in Central africa that has led to 4.5 million peoples deaths. This was twined with Tantalum Memorial, a telephony installation built out of old strowger switches animated by the live telephone activity of ‘Telephone Trottoire’. Tantalum Memorial went on to win the Transmediale first prize for 2009. Tantalum Memorial also featured at (ZeroOne Biennial San Jose - USA, Manifesta07 Bolzano, Italy, Science Museum London, Ars Electronica, Plugin Switzerland, Laboral Spain, Eyebeam New York, Arnolfini and many other UK venues).
Continuing to articulate the relations between Power, Art and Media, YoHa produced Coal Fired Computers in 2010 with Jean Demars for AV Festival and the Discovery Museum in which a one hundred year old, 35-ton showman's steam engine powered a computer with 1.5 tons of coal. Black lungs inflated every time a database record of miners' lung disease was shown on computer monitors. The work responded to the displacement of coal production to distant lands like India and China after the UK miners' strike in 1984/85 and the complexities of our reliance on fossil fuel and especially on how coal transforms our health as we have transformed it.
In 2011 YoHa produced Invisible Airs, Database Expenditure, Power with Bristol Council and the Pervasive Media center exploring the emerging field of open data.
"Power, Governance and Data has been conducting a naked love dance on this island since before the Doomsday book, it's rhythms have quickened of late, multiplied and become amplified through database machines. New abstractions that order and compare the world are spawning new technologies of power out of the orgiastic revelry of a bookkeeping gone mad." YoHa YoHa's investigation of Open Data took place in and around the city producing a number of pneumatic contraptions that experimenting with the Bristol Councils expenditure data over 500 pounds. Invisible Airs culminated in May with a pneumatic soirée held in the council chamber room with the Lord Mayor taking up the reigns of or expenditure riding machine.
YoHa current activity involves, Goldsmiths, University of London research initiative into potential uses of National Health Service datasets for collaborative art project that reflect on wellbeing.
Graham Harwood is the convener of the MA Interactive Media at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.