Category Archives: Digital Communication

The Mobile Storytelling by Candice Faktor

“People say teens don’t read…I have some evidence to suggest completely otherwise,” says Candice Faktor

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Wattpad has revolutionized the way novels are created and consumed. 

As a social platform, Wattpad offers writers an outlet to share their voice and have their stories resonate with a larger community, while allowing global access through mobile devices.

A Future of StoryTelling Film. Produced by Melcher Media and Voyeur Films, directed by Alison Chernick

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Loon for all – The democracy of Internet

Ballon-Powered INTERNET FOR EVERYONE
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Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill in coverage gaps and bring people back online after disasters. To know more about the project click here.

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Snowfall – A new direction for online journalism.

An adventure in the vein of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm.

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Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek presents interactive features providing a multimedia digital experience for the reader as they move further through the story, with images, video, maps, moving explainer graphics and image slideshows. The main story is presented in chapter-style stages, with users able to choose whether or not to click on video and slideshows to explore the content further.
Check the story here.
Read also the article from Pulitzer goes to New York Times ‘Snow Fall’ journalist for further information.

via The New York Times

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Create your own story on sStory

The goal is to make responsive magazine feature style mini-sites as easily as possible.

Sstory

The sStory component is a story viewer that displays the text of stories and tagged entities and concepts. Each story is related to “is-about” concepts, related named entities and other related stories. Each “is-about” concept and named entity found in the story is tagged by a GATE process pipeline. Normally this tagging is performed using the currently active domain ontology and dictionaries of named entities that are most likely to be part of these stories.
Related concepts and named entities can be highlighted in the story’s text and related stories can be explored. A search feature has been implemented in the component, along with a full-screen mode. However, due to full-screen limitations in Flex, the search feature is disabled in full-screen mode.

Create a story

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A next-generation digital book by Mike Matas

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Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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Killing Lincoln Conspiracy – Web Documentary

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The Killing Lincoln companion site immerses viewers in the world of 1865. As the Civil War draws to a close and tensions mount between the Union and the Confederacy, we follow John Wilkes Booth as he conspires to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Through historical photography, newspaper archives and personal quotes and writings, viewers can explore the motivations behind the murder and the clues leading to Booth’s arrest. The site also highlights the ramifications of Booth’s actions, noting how they changed history and showing modern-day locations live on Google Street View. It approaches a moment in history as something alive and relevant, with parallels to our current time.

view the webdoc…

via Mullen

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Voyage au bout du charbon – Web Documentary

An educational webdocumentary that lets viewers investigate the world of Chinese coal miners who risk their lives in state-owned and private coal plants. 300 photographs and many hours of video and sound were used to create a striking immersive environment.


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There are some places in this world you may wish they never existed. Some places just like the dark lands of Shanxi, China.

Not only is this place known for its alarmous pollution problems and corruption scandals but it is today’s most dangerous coal mining region in the whole world, killing more people every year than anywhere else totaled. A scandalous situation half a million miners are facing there, often resigned to the fact they have no choice but to risk their life if they want to make a decent living.

This story begins in Datong which is located just a couple hours away West from Beijing. You travel from there all around the region and visit its major coal mines, from the “best” state-owned complex to the worst private ones.

In and around the coal mines, you will get the story first hand from the mingong, the rural migrants traveling their country looking for work. At your own pace and will, you meet them at their home, at the Church, on the road, or at work. You hear about how they live their life in this valley of death and pollution, sometimes even literally bumping into them as they leave their home for their night shift, in the frozen winter of Northern China.

Ultimately, you might discover China forbidden mines in which happens most of the accidents and interview its survirvors.

View the webdoc…

Via Doclab

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The power of online video

Our brains are “exquisitely wired” for the medium of video, Anderson says. And the potential reach is enormous. “Today, one person speaking can be seen by millions.”

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The rise of face-to-face communication
Toward the end of his talk, Chris speaks to the power of face-to-face communication and presentation. As he says, information often can be taken in faster by reading it. But there is a necessary depth and richness that is often missing. Part of the effectiveness of a presentation is the visual impact and the show and tell aspect of it, but there is more to it than that. “There’s a lot more being transferred than just words. It is in that nonverbal portion that there’s some serious magic. Somewhere hidden in the physical gestures, the vocal cadence, the facial expressions, the eye contact, the passion, and the kind of awkward British body language, the sense of how the audience are reacting…. There are hundreds of subconscious clues that go to how well you will understand and whether you are inspired.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COvrf6NoCog&w=560&h=315]

Read more…

See Chris_anderson talking on how web video powers global innovation.

Via TED

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What’s On?

Content Discovery in the Age of TV

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We’re living in the golden age of television. The days of one hundred channels and nothing to watch appears to be largely a thing of the past. Today, TV is about choice, and for most viewers, there are more choices than ever before.

We are watching more TV in more places – according to a recent Nielsen report among the 289 million U.S. TV owners, 119 million own four or more television sets, indicating the TV is more than ever the device of choice for consuming video content. Not only are devices better – both big and small screen – but inexorable changes have occurred in the way TV is watched. Through innovations in time shifted TV and TV everywhere, changing viewing behavior make it impossible to think about watching TV in the “old way” any more.

These figures only begin to tell the story. The real story is that thanks to the power of choice, the one-size-fits-all content profile no longer describes any individual very well.

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With a higher volume of studio content more available than ever before, consumers as well as service providers are having a hard time keeping up. Most consumers subscribe to a television service provider – 52% have cable, 33% have satellite subscriptions and only 9% viewing broadcast TV over the air. This includes most users who watch video from alternate sources, including streaming video from providers like Netflix, and from up and comers like Amazon, Google and Apple. Broadcast video, together with on-demand content, comprises a dizzying array of choices – so many in fact that content a viewer might want to watch is easy to overlook due to information overload.

The next big challenge for service providers is being able to offer customers more context around their choices, and therefore, better methods for content discovery. With the average American now spending 144 hours a month watching television in the home, almost 6 hours of time watching online video and about 5 hours watching video on mobile devices, improvements in content search, recommendations, and personalization, can drastically unify and improve the subscriber experience. Better methods of content discovery enable every subscriber to tailor their cable experience, and to consume content and interact with their service provider in a way that makes the most sense within the context of their lifestyle.

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via Wired

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5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

Sight – Hearing – Smell – Touch – Taste

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In 5 years, computers will hear what matters. Hearing systems of the future will be trained by ‘listening’ to sounds and will use this input to start detecting patterns and building models to decompose sounds. Machines will be used to predict when a tree might fall or to translate “baby talk” so parents understand if a baby’s fussing indicates hunger, tiredness or pain.

- Sight
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- Hearing
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- Smell
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- Touch
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg3tmZrwbDs?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

- Taste
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