The Brazilian version of SpotCrime.com?
Hyperlocalism, geocoded information, user-generated content, Brazilian Experience
In December 2007 a Professor of Computer Science at Universidade de Fortaleza, Vasco Furtado, created a Wiki integrated with Google Maps to disclose the crimes that happened in Brazil. Thus, the creator of the site expected to guide the population to the most dangerous places in the country. The project, wich was discontinued in August 2008, was highlighted on the newspaper "O Globo", from the Rio de Janeiro. The Journalist and Professor at PUCRS, Marcelo Träsel, created a map with the same idea in April 2008, but it has not been updated since June that year.
In a article published in the Brazilian Forum of Public Security, Professor Vasco Furtado reports that the project has reached 5000 users. Also, Amazonia.vc (or Globo Amazônia) had today (14/10/2009) 341.386 users with the app on their Orkut profile, but only 7.316 actually used it on this weekend. This number is very small compared to most used applications on Orkut - BuddyPoke (39.409.119 installations / 6.557.641 users per week) and MyMusic (7.958.242 installations / 925.611 users per week. Although both services are reported in the media, none of them reached a significant number of continuous users, compared to large Internet services. Based on this, I suggest the group to give special attention to methods of publicity that will be used for Locast. A greater integration with other medias of the RBS Group can bring a larger number of users.
Map created by Professor Träsel at PUCRS
Report about WikiCrimes.org in the newspaper "O Globo" (in portuguese) -
Article in the "Fórum de Segurança Pública", writed by Vasco Furtado (in portuguese)
MaYoMo – Map Your Moments
Citizen journalism, Citizen media, Mobile journalism, Hyperlocalism.
MaYoMo (Map Your Moments) is a media site for global and mobile citizen journalism. With an ever-expanding corps of citizen and independent journalists based in every corner of the globe, MaYoMo is shaping the evolution of journalism and delivering the world's most inspired multimedia news content. Users can upload content on the site or directly from mobile, by sending a MMS. On the world map, between Europe and America, users can find the VIRTU, a 'Virtual Continent', with materials about computer games and virtual worlds (Second Life, World of Warcraft and dozens more).
There are a lot of pictures and videos posted by users. Although the site has requested a special collaboration of bloggers, journalism students and experienced independent journalists, everybody can produce news for MaYoMo. There is many ways to filter the information (latest, most viewed, most discussed, top rated, own playlist), but the highlights are the news on the map view. Users also have a special place to ask for local news to the community.
SpotCrime.com – crime mapping
Hyperlocalism, geocoded information, user-generated content.
SpotCrime is a crime data aggregator, from USA. It maps the incidents and offers alerts via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, RSS and other platforms. The data comes from police departments, news reports and user-generated content. Their goal is to provide geocoded information, accurate and timely, on crimes.
The site offers information about thousands of crimes, which were filtered by cities and published on the map. Users can sign up and send information about crimes in their neighborhoods. In spite of indicates the source link, in some cases the data available about the incidents are superficial. We can also find cities without any information. Anyway, the amount and timeliness of information in some cities are surprising. They have an application for iPhone too.
- Toledo/OH – Crime map: http://spotcrime.com/oh/toledo
Geotracking the protests on Peru’s Bagua massacre
Geotracking the protests on Peru’s Bagua massacre (Mapa de la solidaridad internacional con pueblos indígenas de la amazonía)
Geotracking, Citizen media, Civic engagement
On June 5, the Peruvian government forces opened fire on the crowd, killing and wounding dozens (probably hundreds) of civilians in the city of Bagua. The massacre has drawn the attention, of among others, Human Rights Watch.
A Chile-based human and indigenous rights think-tank, Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Indígenas (Center for Indigenous Public Policies and Rights – CEPPDI), has been tracking the protests denouncing the massacre using a newly developed maps section on their website.
It's another example of activism 2.0. On the map we can find links to news, photos and videos about protests around the world, mixing contents produced by traditional media and by ordinary people. The information has been regularly updated by Centro de Políticas Públicas, but any user can suggest new content. According to the Digiactive post “This provides a clear geographic visualization of the impact (or lack thereof) of the massacre – an analysis that would have been otherwise much harder and time-consuming to make.”
- Original post (english): http://www.digiactive.org/2009/07/16/geotracking-peru-massacre/
- Map (spanish): http://www.politicaspublicas.net/panel/mapas/geonoticias/309-mapa-protes...
Brasil Wiki! Você é o repórter.
Citzen journalism, citzen media, hyperlocalism
Brasil Wiki is an information website with colaborative content, in which the users make and publish all news. The philosophy is "anyone can be a reporter". The user can tell a story, post news, write about policy, culture, technology, poetry, etc. The site gain strength for relevant content in proportion to the informations are been published. The news join text, photo, video and audio.
The users can participate publishing an ordinary story, propagate informations of public interest, etc. You just need to register in the site and start to write your news.
BostonNOW: lab journalism
Citzen journalism, hyperlocalism, private project
BostonNOW was launched in April 2007 by John Wilpers with Dagsbrún (an Icelandic telecommunication and media conglomerate). It was a free daily paper developed by local bloggers with professional journalists in background. The project also offered information in online and mobile services.
It was the first project in United States edited by local bloggers of Boston community.
The BostonNOW was a laboratory test to how people can be involved in creation of the product. But in April 2008, the company has broken when the Icelandic investors stopped investing because of their country's economic collapse.
- Observatório da Imprensa: http://observatorio.ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/artigos.asp?cod=429JDB003
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BostonNOW
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Civic journalism no Brasil
Civic journalism no Brasil: a construção de um plano de referência para um jornalismo público (by Márcio Ronaldo Santos Fernandes - 2007)
Citizen Journalism, Jornalismo Público
Inspired by the original writings in English, Spanish and Galician, the paper proposes starting points for Civic Journalism discussion (in Brazil), that may create the basis for a national model of Jornalismo Público. According to the author, in Brazil, Civic Journalism and Jornalismo Público are synonymous.
It’s a paper from 5º Congresso da Associação Portuguesa de Ciências da Comunicação
6 - 8 Setembro 2007, Braga: Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade (Universidade do Minho). Here we can find concepts, examples of Civic Journalism in Brazil and a reference plan, with different authors quotes. (Portuguese only).
Citizen Journalism: Pamphlet to Blog
Citizen journalism, Citizen media, Hyperlocalism
Cambridge Community Television hosted a 3-month documentary production course that resulted in this short documentary on Citizen Journalism. The 15-minute documentary Citizen Journalism: From Pamphlet to Blog is a guide to US citizen journalism through the ages - from Thomas Paine in the 18th century to the more modern hows and whys of being an anti-establishment news hound.
The film features interviews with talking heads from the blogging world - including Ethan Zuckerman of Global Voices - discussing, among other things, how newspapers have gone through major cost-cutting exercises as their revenues are leeched by sites like Craigslist.
Shows the view of some producers of citizen media and we can download in mp4 format: http://blip.tv/file/get/Projdoc-cjfinal199.mp4. : )
Jornalismo Cidadão: você faz a notícia (by Ana Carmen Foschini and Roberto Romano Taddei - 2006)
Citizen Journalism, Grassroot Journalism
This book presents the citizen journalism as a phenomenon that emerged at the beginning of the century and has dominated the production of content on the Internet. Discover how to produce news and how you can work with many collaborative spaces of the Internet.
The book gives us many concepts and tips, in simple and easy language, quoting Gillmor and his book (Portuguese only).
Geo-bombing: YouTube + Google Earth
Geo-bombing, Citizen media, Civic engagement
Geo-bombing is one of the techniques that can be employed to enable more effective dissemination of your YouTube videos campaign through Google mapping applications like Google Maps and Google Earth. Now you can watch your geo-tagged videos inside Google Earth and Google Maps.
In the project page, we can see an example of activism 2.0, in video, which shows how ordinary people can share information using almost the same tools that we use in research:
This technique has been used by Tunisian activists from the collective blog Nawaat.org (The Core) to link tens of video testimonies of Tunisian political prisoners and human rights defenders to the Tunisian presidential palace’s location on Google Earth. Now, as you fly over the Tunisian presidential palace on Google Earth you will see it covered with the very same videos about civil liberties which Ben Ali was trying to prevent Tunisian Netizens from watching by blocking both popular video-sharing websites, Youtube and DailyMotion.
Civic engagement, Hyperlocalism, private project
Globo is developing a civic engagement campaign and they have an app at Orkut, where people can monitor points of burning and deforestation. Users can also choose to see local news in the map, about nature and deforestation, as well as to protest through votes.
Editors have a hard control about the data posted there, but this campaign is strongly linked with an open TV channel, so they mobilize a lot of people.
The interaction takes place in communities, on sites like Orkut and Twitter. They have over eight thousand followers on twitter and more than 500.000 Orkut users have already installed the application, getting around 50 million votes in protest.
Here we can see the map: http://www.globoamazonia.com. But, at Orkut, users can register a protest (it means give a vote), and monitor how is the ranking of protests.
They also have an english explanation: http://www.globoamazonia.com/Amazonia/0,,MUL766909-16052,00.html
We The Media - Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (by Dan Gillmor - 2004)
Essay, Grassroot Journalism, Emerging trends
Grassroots journalists are dismantling Big Media's monopoly on the news, transforming it from a lecture to a conversation. In We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People for the People, nationally known business and technology columnist Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon, and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make and consume the news.
The book is about how the proliferation of grassroots internet journalists (bloggers) has changed the way news is handled. One of the book's main points is that a few big media corporations cannot control the news we get any longer, now that news is being published in real-time, available to everybody, via the Internet. The book received widespread praise from the demographic it covered, and mixed reviews elsewhere.
- On O'Reilly website (OpenBook): http://wethemedia.oreilly.com/
- Download PDF: http://www.hypergene.net/wemedia/download/we_media.pdf
Students are involved in an extensive research on topics related to the workshop goals.
In particular, the main areas of interest are:
- Civic / Citizen media
- Civic engagement
- Grassroot media
- Innovative journalism projects / media practices
Suggested (but not restricted to the following list) keywords to start with the research are:
- Citizen journalism
- Civic / Citizen media
- Participatory journalism
- Mobile journalism
- Civic engagement
- Location-based journalism
Areas of research
These topics / keywords can be explored within different areas such as:
- Private & public projects (companies, universities, NGOs)
- Media theories (papers, books, proceedings)
- Local projects (Brazil and Porto Alegre relevant projects related to the workshop topics)
Each workshop students is invited to post on the blog three to five references to projects, papers, books, etc related to our areas of interest.
To post on the blog, you should select "Create Story" in the menu, after the log-in.
Each blog post should include:
Title of the reference being taken into consideration.
This information can be included in the "Title" form - within the "Create Story" page
A list of 3 or 4 keywords that give the context of the element being taken into consideration within the blog post.
A short explanation of the project / paper / theory being taken into consideration. This can be also a copy & paste of the reference.
Abstract can be included under "Body" - while in the "Create Story" page
Personal opinions and critics to the element being taken into consideration with the blog post.
One or more URL addresses to retrieve the entire set of information
(Optional) a picture showing an aspect of the project being taken into consideration or other meaningful element.
Pictures can be uploaded through the "file attachment" form
- within the "Create Story" page
In order to increase the readability of your posts, we suggest you to use the following HTML code to be copied and pasted into the "Body" form - within "Create a Story":
Subtitle and / or typology of the posted content
keyword 1, keyword 2, keyword 3
Here the abstract - maximum 200 words
Here goes your text containing personal opinions and critics on the reference
I'm Andréia Mallmann, professor of Online Journalism at Famecos/PUCRS.
Nataniel Zeilmann - Undergraduate in journalism @ Famecos-PUCRS :)
My main interests are: games, cyberculture, game design, new medias. I work on eusoufamecos.pucrs.br website as editor, programmer (html/css) and creating, recording, editing and uploading videos. :)
And I also like to write and talk about videogames and writing ideas with some friends. We're experiencing some java based game for mobile devices. ;)
I'm Gabriel Arévalo, student of journalism at PUCRS. I live in Guaíba, next to Porto Alegre. Beyond student, I'm an actor, theater teacher and editor of Revista Mirabolante (http://www.revistamirabolante.com.br), an electronic magazine about culture organized together with 25 friends living in various parts of Brazil. I currently work in Associação do Software Livre (http://www.asl.org.br - Brazilian version of the Free Software Foundation), producing journalistic content for the Radio and TV Software Livre (http://tv.softwarelivre.org) and multimedia editing using open source software. I am also a trainee at TV Foca, a university channel's program (http://www.unitv.tv.br). Before journalism, I studied a few semesters of Administration and Philosophy. I have a strong interest in cyberculture, arts and sociology.
My name is Eduardo Ritter, I am a journalist and I'm doing a master in Social Communication at the PUCRS University, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. My research topic is Journalism and Literature, however I am very interested in studying social networks, how does it work, its devices etc. also because all these tools are used mainly to the same purpose: to tell stories. It could be in three lines at any internet portal, in the newspapers and magazines' pages, in books or relationship sites, even in a home-based Web video. So, hope to tell and have access to lots of interesting stories from every member of this group.
I am a graduate student in the area of Communication at PUCRS. Actually, my main interests of study are the combinations of video online and social networking. Besides that, I also have a career as a dancer, and I am interested in performance and mixed languages of theater/audiovisual/contemporary dance. AND I also teach English. So, I keep myself really busy.
I'm a journalism undergraduate student at PUC. I having been working as press agent at the goverment. But my intersting is to work in something related to graphic design or technology. I'm very happy to be part of this project, and I hope to be helpful to all.
My Name is Henrique Diebold, I'm an undergraduate student in Famecos/PUCRS. I'm on the fifth semester. I'm looking forward for this project because I like being part of something new and creative.
I like games, sports and Internet social networks.
Hey there. I'm Henrique Riffel a jornalism undergraduate student in Famecos/PUCRS.
I work as multimedia programmer in Espaço Experiência in Famecos. Last year I worked on jornalism radio in RadioFam. www.pucrs.br/radiofam
Also, my classmate Jéssica and I have a blog. Go check it out. http://neomemphis.blogspot.com
So, I'm pleasant to work to MIT/MEL and be a part of this team.
Good research and luck to us.
My name is Rodrigo. I'm 27 years and study journalism at FAMECOS.
A year ago I write a blog for the RBS group called Vida de Universitário (Life University). http://www.kzuka.com.br/vidadeuniversitario.
I've worked as an actor, made radio commercials, and I producer of Radio Rural RBS group.
I love being on the streets taking pictures, videos and text. It is an honor for me to participate in this project.
I'm Silvana Sandini, a curios person, which love study the digital world and share this knowledge. In recent years, I've been dedicating a lot of time to academy area. I'm a professor at Famecos - Public Relations department, and an eternal student too: actually I'm studing to be a master at next year.
My classes are all around digital communication in organizations, how to produce corporate media in the Web 2.0 age, and so on.
With others coworkers, I'm supervising two online projects (with undergraduating students developing and producing contents) that connect institutional image and local media produce: Eu Sou Famecos (http://eusoufamecos.pucrs.br) and RRPP Online (http://www.rrpponline.com.br/).
You can see more about my professionals experiences and expertises at http://lattes.cnpq.br/5391141709092942.
I hope to contribute a lot to our project and I will endeavor for it. : )
Bruno Germer Moraes
I am a graduate student in Letters at PUC. I taught English in two diffent schools and now I study Journalism at PUC, again. The experience I have with digital media comes from the e-book publishing house I run with some friends.
Hey fellows! I am Gustavo Buss, journalist and masters degree student at PUCRS. Next December I will defend my dissertation about News Criteria, under the perspective of internet society.
Glad for being part of this avant-garde project.
Also, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.
Hi everyone, I´m Eduardo professor and researcher from PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. I work at Famecos (Media Communications Faculty) at both graduate and undergraduate programs. My main research focus is in mobile communications and media convergence. It is great to be here!
MIT Mobile Experience Lab
Felix von Reischach
I am Felix von Reischach. I am a visiting student at the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. I invent, design and implement applications for mobile phones. At the same time I'm a PhD student with ETH Zurich in Switzerland and with the software company SAP.
I'm a researcher at the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. I'm also one of the lead developers on the Locast project. Feel free to contact me with any questions about Locast at firstname.lastname@example.org
My personal website is http://staticfree.info/
Hello there. I am David Boardman - research assistant at MIT Mobile Experience Lab.
I am part of Locast team working as interaction & experience designer.
My email address: email@example.com
My Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dboardman/