GROCS 2011 on hold
The Digital Media Commons is revising GROCS this year, with a goal to broaden its focus and extend its resources, through our new position within the UM Library. We won’t be announcing a CFP first thing in the Fall, but we do hope to have a new program up and running before Spring. For more information email email@example.com
Chance-it Receives Yahoo! Boost Award
The Yahoo! Boost Award will enable the team to move the project toward their goal to make both the table and the application accessible beyond the UM community. Chia’s work this summer will include publishing construction drawings for the table, and improving its software interface so that novice programmers can more easily develop custom applications for it. Hullman will be extending “Chance-It!”, to make it useful for different sources of data and diverse user groups.
The Yahoo! Boost award was created specifically to further the development of a GROCS project. Don McGillen, Yahoo! Senior Manager for Campus Relations, explained, “Most of our awards are for a Best Project. We don’t have any other award quite like this one — but there aren’t many programs like GROCS either!”
Announcing: The GROCS 2010 Exhibition
April 12 – 22
What to Display Alongside Voices of Homeless?
I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends is nearly ready to begin asking homeless people to voice their thoughts on a number of topics, both mundane and important. If you have a home and are reading these thoughts displayed in public places: what other information would you like to have, framing the voice? A list of actions you can take to help? More information about the project? A website you can go to for more information? Facts about homelessness? What’s the balance of enough information and too much information?
Upload your own? A Chance-it Design Question
The Chance-it Team is close to having their multi-touch table completely specified. One special feature: this table will be at coffee table height!
While Yi-Wei and Stan are doing the figuring to make that happen, Jessica and Jhang are detailing the table’s first application. If the goal is to study the many different ways that individuals might put a set of images together, or the ways that they might share collections… would it be better to provide a certain number of images, or to allow participants to upload their own? And what functions should be allowed or enabled with each image?
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GROCS Plays the Carillon
What does it feel like to play a bell? How big are they? How heavy are they? Can you feel them vibrate? How loud is it up there? Is it dizzying?
Nomads Launch 2010 Design Reviews
Thanks to the Nomadic Inquiry in the Museum team for stepping up for the first 2010 design review (Jan 22)! The discussion addressed: different strategies to encourage students to work together without getting hung up in the process, different tools that could be provided to each character; and potential variations on the organizing theme.
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Design Review Schedule 2010
Friday afternoon meetings generally include at least one project design review, beginning at around 3:45 pm. The public is welcomed to participate.
GROCS 2010 Selected Projects
Thanks to all who participated in the 2010 selection process. The project proposals were all outstanding, and as a group, they reflect an awesomely thoughtful and innovative UM community. Those selected for GROCS 2010 are:
Congratulations, 2010 teams!
GROCS 2010 Semi-finalists
The projects invited to submit a full proposal, due November 2, are:
Is your project listed? You are STRONGLY encouraged to drop in during any Wednesday proposal workshop for guidance in shaping your proposal (11 am – 1 pm, in Design Lab 1). Or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment at your convenience. The full proposal forms will be posted later today.
Not listed? Most of the projects that were not selected at this stage were passed over because the collaboration component was not primary enough for our particular criteria (for example, the project would need only a straightforward relationship between practitioner and programmer). Please don’t be discouraged!
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