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The UvA Research Hub

The UvA Research Hub

  The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a non-campus-based university embracing the motto: “the city is our campus”. The various UvA faculties are scattered across Amsterdam. Consequently, students and researchers from different disciplines rarely meet each other. A study by...
Training Wheels

Training Wheels

As one of the cultural capitals of Europe, thousands of international students (2,000 at the University of Amsterdam alone), new residents and tourists convene in Amsterdam every year.  Unfortunately, not everyone who comes to Amsterdam has the typical Dutch...
8tracks and web-radios: the contemporary music consumption is personal and social

8tracks and web-radios: the contemporary music consumption is personal and social

Since the growth of the Internet and its collection of interactive platforms and social networks, the cultural industry has turned a critical corner. This statement is especially true for the music industry in term of music creation and consumption,...
Ideas worth spreading… Is the TED Blog worthwhile?

Ideas worth spreading… Is the TED Blog worthwhile?

TED.com is best known for its videos of talks given by experts and up-and-comers in the fields of Technology, Education and Design. Since its inception as a global set of conferences, the TED brand has branched off into many...
MOOCs: nothing more than the latest craze… or are they?

MOOCs: nothing more than the latest craze… or are they?

“Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible meets what is desperately necessary.” – Thomas L. Friedman (May 15, 2012) 2012 was a year of many events and breakthroughs. The global economic crisis continued to be pervasive, the release...
Citizen Journalism in Egypt: The Newsfeed of the Revolution

Citizen Journalism in Egypt: The Newsfeed of the Revolution

What does it need to launch a successful media outlet? Probably a good deal of start-up capital, a team of editors, a business plan and some advertising clients. Cairo’s Rassd News Network started with two things: a Facebook page...

Fleet Commander Neusa talks about EVE Online

In her 2010 TED speech Jane McGonigal states that on average we invest 3 billion hours weekly playing online games. Also, Nick Yee (2006, 70) estimates that the MMORPG player spends on average 22 hours a week playing the...

Gaming can save the world – A gamer’s perspective (interview)

Could it? I may have exaggerated Jane McGonigal’s thoughts on gaming’s potential possibilities, but her optimism and enthusiasm may well agree with the title. McGonigal talks of gaming’s collaborative potential, that if harnessed correctly, could lead to better and...
Book Review: Crowdsourcing, How the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe.

Book Review: Crowdsourcing, How the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe.

What do YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Tripadvisor, Linux, iStockphoto and Firefox all have in common? They exist through the collective efforts of millions of ordinary users like you and me. The strategy behind the success of these websites is crowdsourcing:...

A “lazy” Wikipedia. An active community. An interesting story: Following the campaign for the development of the Greek-language Wikipedia, Part I

In the first 10 years of its existence, Wikipedia, this unusual “experiment” as it used to be called, has evolved into the world’s greatest reference source. Far more than that however, Wikipedia’s most surprising achievement is that it turned...

Why Twitter can be the Next Big Thing in Scientific Collaboration

Introduction Imagine yourself in the following situation: You, a scientist pur sang, are busy researching and analyzing A and you are having doubts about the values in the model, suspecting a technical error. Without hesitation, you compose a tweet...
Visualizing Scientific Research Collaboration: A Review of the Beauchesne-Map

Visualizing Scientific Research Collaboration: A Review of the Beauchesne-Map

Introduction In recent years there has been an increase in interest for international scientific collaboration (Luukkonen, 1993, Ponds, 2008), but the phenomenon is anything but recent: the first signs of it where seen in the nineteenth century (Luukkonen, 1993:...
Live blogging @ Picnic10

Live blogging @ Picnic10

Today i'm present at Picnic'10 and i'm really excited to be here. I will be live blogging today via the 'Masters of Media' blog and also on...

Book Review: “Abstract Hacktivism” by Otto von Busch and Karl Palmås

Every social or cultural change in which we view the world is debatable. Everyone has his or her own opinions on how the world is perceived and which parts are important in that. That is fine, that is interesting,...

The Wilderness Downtown: When New Media and Music Reinforce Each Other

Musicians are struggling, as they have always been. It seems to have to be part of the deal in one way or another. In the past decade or so however, things have gotten increasingly difficult for artists as the...

Collective writing: How literature is changed by the new medium

There are many variants of social networking sites. Some of them are based on an analog medium. The use of the Internet and the computer has resulted in that the digital medium differs from the analog medium. Examples of...

PICNIC ’08 – Itay Talgam Interview

This is an excerpt of an interview with Israeli conductor Itay Talgam done by Markus Huendgen during Picnic ‘08. Talgam illustrates how conducting an orchestra can be a metaphor for the collaboration of people in general.

PICNIC 08 – Conducting Creativity by Itay Talgam

Through different examples of conducting an orchestra Itay Talgam, highly acclaimed Israeli conductor and founder of the Maestro program, explores some of the aspects that are related to the practice of collaboration. In his presentation he addresses...

EVE Online: Work or Play?

Where does play end, and work start? In the online world of the MMORPG EVE Online, this threshold might be blinded by the dazzling glitter of the stars, but it is just as easy to pass. Within this hypercapitalistic...

An analysis of a vj collaboration; “A Collaborating Cooperation or a Cooperating Collaboration?”

Different definitions, or interpretations if you will, have been linked to words like 'collaboration' and 'cooperation'. One example of this is a part of 'The Art of Free Cooperation' (2007). In the chapter 'Collaboration on...

Cyberbullying or Collaborative Violence?

Media and communication technology has provided us with tools to enable and facilitate collaboration without physical participation or geographical constraints. When it comes to the impact of new media on childhood and youth, there has always been much discussion...
Online collaboration scales

Online collaboration scales

In talking about collaboration on the web, the first thing I did was running the term ‘collaboration’ through the WikiScanner, in order to find out to what extent online collaboration was used to create the article on collaboration on...

Cooperation and feeling of unity

Online multiplayer games tend to encourage communication and cooperation. Constance SteinKuehler, from the University of Wisconsin, has found that these types of games are ‘sites for socially and materially distributed cognition, complex problem solving, identity work, individual and collaborative...
L.A. Raeven fighting Spehr

L.A. Raeven fighting Spehr

Spehr articulates the freedom part of cooperation in three points: freedom of negotiation, freedom of refusal and freedom of movement. This political utopia Spehr is talking about, is certainly interesting but also evokes...