…the _Te_ in CREATe…

– Post by Dr. Richard Mortier, Horizon Transitional Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and Academic Curator of CREATe ‘Technology’ Capacity Building Conference June 2014.

The Industrious and the Lazy Apprentice. By Hogarth.  [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Industrious and the Lazy Apprentice. By Hogarth. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Next week, June 17 & 18, The University of Nottingham hosts another CREATe Capacity Building Event – focusing this time on technology, the Te in CREATe.

The aim of the event is to bring together the interdisciplinary community of CREATe to facilitate networking and result sharing from projects with a digital technology or Internet focus. Over a day and a half we have an exciting programme put together, with a range of activities including international keynotes, open call presentations, and case studies.

Among our keynote speakers are Prof. Rob Proctor, Professor of Social Informatics, University of Warwick, speaking on “Big Data and the Co-Production of Social Scientific Knowledge”; Prof. Paul Heald, Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law, University of Illinois, USA speaking on “The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets”; and Laura Noren, PhD Candidate in Sociology, New York University speaking on “Rewarding creative work: The limited value of earnings in graphic design”.

We have case studies on three technology-related topics: _design/interaction_, _ubiquitous computing_ and, amidst the hype around Big Data, _data mining_. Each case study involves the presentation of one or more particularly thought-provoking projects — for example, Aestheticodes, Neodemographics and the Hub of All Things — followed by responses from various perspectives, from legal to policy to design.

Finally, we look forward to 5 fascinating presentations that came in response to the open call. These will cover topics ranging from “Webcomic artists’ attitudes towards copyright and attribution” to “The User:Creator Platform” to “Free speech versus copyright protection: In the context of file sharing over the Internet”. Look out for blog posts for each of the 5 topics on the CREATe blog in the coming weeks!

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