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[hackerspaces] Hackerspaces at Mozilla Drumbeat 2010

Kris Gesling
Hey I just saw that there would be some as yet unnamed hackerspaces at this festival in Barcelona, is anyone from here going?

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** Mozilla Drumbeat 2010: Learning, freedom and the web

HASTAC is very pleased to announce its partnership with Mozilla Foundation on the upcoming Drumbeat 2010 Festival, "Learning, Freedom, and the Web." Please join us in Barcelona November 3-5 for what promises to be a truly inspiring gathering!

Save the date: November 3-5 2010, Barcelona

The web is changing *how we learn*. It surrounds us with a massive and remixable tapestry of perspectives, facts and data. It gives us the freedom to learn whatever we want at our own speed and in our own way. It lets us become our own teachers. Fundamentally: the free and open nature of the internet is revolutionizing learning.

Who among us has not fallen into a long journey across the web on a surprising topic? Or learned a new skill by making, building or creating something online? Or, for that matter, found a new mentor or apprentice in a forum or on a social network? More and more, this is how we learn.

The open technology and culture of the web are at the heart of this revolution. They give us raw material to take control of our own learning. Teachers and learners around the world are experimenting, inventing, creating, exploring and building in wonderful ways with this raw material. They are living at the intersection of learning, freedom and the web. Mozilla's 2010 Drumbeat Festival is a gathering of theseSign up for updates: http://drumbeat.org/drumbeat_festival_2010

* What? Shaping the future of learning right now.

Drumbeat Festival 2010 will showcase people, ideas and projects making connections between learning, freedom and the web. Things like:

1. A secure 'data backpack' where students control their own learning materials and credentials;
2. Libraries transformed into digital garages where kids learn to make, do and create with an agile, hacker attitude;
3. Massively scaled apprenticeship, we people learn by diving into the world of open source master craftspeople;
4. Hackerspaces where people teach each other about everything from robots to lasers to knitting;
5. Alternative accreditation models based on web and open source peer review techniques.

The idea is to gather people with the puzzle pieces needed to make ideas like these real: data portability; open educational resources; secure, decentralized storage in the cloud; open content licenses; agile thinking; open, user controlled online identity; massive, credible informal learning opportunities; passion.

* Who? Inventors. Learners. Hackers. Teachers. Artists. You!

The good news: We have all these puzzle pieces in our hands already. We just need the right people to get into a room and use them. That's the spirit of the Drumbeat Festival.

People and orgs we'll invite to Barcelona include: Web tech companies. P2P University course leaders. Digital learning startups. Hackerspaces. Creative Commoners. Online identity experts. Wikipedians. Software developers. Filmmakers. Web standards nerds. Open web activists. Artists. Web developers. Teachers. Foundations. And, of course, learners of all stripes.

* Why is Mozilla doing this?

We believe that everyone has a role in keeping the web open and vibrant. That's why we started Mozilla Drumbeat: a collection of practical projects and local events that gather smart, creative people around big ideas that improve the open web. The annual Drumbeat Festival is a part of this, bringing together people doing things at the intersection of the open web and other important aspects of our society. The first Festival will focus on the connection between learning, freedom and the web.
Drumbeat Festival 2010 is being organized in partnership with Creative Commons, MacArthur Foundation, HASTAC and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. If you are interested in joining as a partner, please email [hidden email].

The Festival will take place on November 4 + 5 in Barcelona, with an opening keynote and reception on the evening of November 3.

Sign up for updates: http://drumbeat.org/drumbeat_festival_2010



The HASTAC Scholars program is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged with innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media & learning, 21st century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences. We blog, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. For more information and to see our discussion forums, please see the HASTAC Scholars website.

HASTAC Scholars are interested in questions such as:

  • What kinds of projects and ideas are included in the Digital Humanities, New Media Arts, or Science & Technology Studies? What do these kinds of projects make possible and how do they reimagine notions about culture, knowledge, aesthetics, science, the body or communication?
  • What might our research, technology design, and thinking look like if we took seriously the momentous opportunities and challenges for learning posed by our digital era?
  • How do we use technologies in our teaching & learning endeavors, not just to replace traditional media and assignments, but to fundamentally address different student approaches, needs, and possibilities afforded by new ways of thinking?
  • How do we work across and transform our different disciplines and fields? We have Scholars working in a huge array of projects: race and technology, equal access, architecture of digital spaces, digital historiography, queer and feminist theory, science studies, critical coding, education, nonprofit and government projects, biotechnology & medicine, media studies & more!

As a Scholar you can participate in various ways:

  • Blog about your own work and research projects, questions, ideas
  • Host and comment in the energetic discussion forums
  • Report on activities at your local institution and department
  • Share insights from conferences and performances
  • Blog, tweet, podcast, or participate on the wiki
  • Network with other students, professors, artists, scholars and researchers, both online and in local meet-ups
  • Conduct interviews, book reviews, project reviews, etc.
  • Your idea here we are collaborative and rely on your ideas and feedback!

Requirements for Nominators: 

Any faculty or staff member at a post-secondary institution may nominate an undergraduate or graduate student to be a HASTAC Scholar. Making such a nomination puts you in the official category of "mentor" and the Mentor will be responsible for the following:

  • Complete the online nomination form by August 13, 2010.
  • Subsidize each HASTAC Scholar nominee with a $300 fellowship paid by the Mentor's institution.  The payment process is entirely decentralized; the Mentor and the Scholar need to work out their own process. For participants outside the US, this $300 fellowship can be waived if necessary -- please email [hidden email] for more information.
  • Check in with your HASTAC Scholar(s) throughout the year, suggest material/events to blog about or post on the HASTAC website, and help to promote your HASTAC Scholar within your institution.
  • We hope you will joins us too - you're invited to blog, comment in the forums, or participate in any other HASTAC activity.

Requirements for HASTAC Scholars:

  • Blog within the first month introducing yourself and your projects, interests & ideas!
  • Report on at least ONE local relevant event any conference, talk, art project, symposium, experiment or collaboration during the year
  • Introduce at least one other technology project to the greater HASTAC community this could be a new technology, a new coding language, a new use of technology in the non-profit sector, a new game for learning, an interesting new book, etc. Share your research or personal interests, and help other Scholars learn about a new idea or implementation!
  • Contribute to HASTAC Scholar Discussion Forums, either by hosting or commenting. These very lively discussions are part of the backbone of the HASTAC Scholars program. You will be invited to propose topics for forums and to help facilitate forums, and everyone is invited to join in the discussion. For previous forum examples, see the HASTAC Scholars site:www.hastac.org/scholars
  • Build community and conversation by commenting, tweeting, covering conferences, and helping organize local meet-ups


Q: Are previous Scholars eligible again?
A: Yes! Previous Scholars ARE eligible to be re-nominated through this form. On the application form, the Scholar must mention their previous HASTAC involvement and how they have participated in previous years.

Q: Does HASTAC deal with the fellowship process?
A: All fellowships are decentralized and provided by the Mentor, the department, or local institution. HASTAC does not process or arrange the payments; all financials are organized between the Scholar and Mentor.

Q: I'm not from the US - can I still be nominated? How do fellowships work?
A: Absolutely! We have Scholars from many countries, including Canada, UK, Germany & Spain and we welcome you! Were happy to discuss the fellowship process for international students please contact me at the email below.

Q: I'm not a student - can I be a HASTAC Scholar?
A: We are generally keeping the program limited to current students. However, if you have recently graduated and would like to be nominated by your former institution as an alumni, get in touch with them and see if its a possibility. Remember you can absolutely participate on the HASTAC website even if youre not an official Scholar!


Nomination process:

Applications are due August 13. The application must be completed by the Mentor. It requires the following information from both the Scholar and the Mentor:

  • Name
  • Title/Year (ex. Associate Professor/4th Year Graduate Student/Senior)
  • Program/Department
  • Institution
  • Preferred E-mail Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number
  • HASTAC User Name

Additionally, the nominee needs to provide a brief bio paragraph of no more than 250 words that mentions research projects and interests (including dissertation if applicable) and their HASTAC-related interests and work. All nominations must be received by August 13. 

Click here to nominate a scholar now.

If you have any other questions, please email the Director of HASTAC Scholars, Fiona Barnett: [hidden email].

Thank you! Please share with any interested students, faculty, listservs & departments.





Our HASTAC network at the University of Michigan, led by our Steering Committee member Daniel Herwitz, and with regional assistance from SC member Julie Klein (Wayne State), is meeting  to begin planning for next year's HASTAC International Conference. It's still fourteen months away but they have confirmed a date so you can mark your calendars: September 30-October 1, 2011. This conference promises to be bold, wide-ranging, and urgent. You won't want to miss it!  

The event will be held in the North Quadrangle at University of Michigan, a new center of digitally and technologically-driven units at UM, from Screen Arts and Cultures to the School of Information, including living-learning dorms, classrooms, interactive meeting areas, and other innovative spaces. The theme, Digital Scholarly Communication, will unfold in its most expansive version, as a collaboration of various departments, the Sweetland Writing Center, the Library, and the newly inaugurated digital press (hosted at the Library), including DigitalCulture Books (and the HASTAC first-publication prize too). The conference will feature many north-south international projects (such as the Law and Slavery project), with a focus on issues of changes in language and thinking in the internet-bred generation, issues around innovation in the Ph.D. and graduate education more generally, issues of equality, inequality, access (globally and nationally), circulation, and representation, all of the broadest and most incisive issues of scholarly communication (moral, social, legal, conceptual, and international in scope).  

In the coming months, we will be hearing much more about this conference, but we wanted to share this breaking news with you now. Enormous thanks to all of those at the University of Michigan who are already thinking ahead to make this our best HASTAC conference ever. We'll all be hearing  more over the months ahead. Stay tuned!


**Writing for Wikipedia and the Assignment that Keeps on Giving

Cathy Davidson had her graduate students in "The Early American Novel and Other Fictions" write and improve Wikipedia entries on the topic in lieu of traditional term papers. One student, Alexa Garoville, went on to teach at Durham School of the Arts, a public magnet high school, and petitions to be able to use Wikipedia as the basis for term paper assignments for 120 9th graders. Here's the result, as reported on the HASTAC site and in the local newspaper, complete with Alexa's exceptionally useful resource guide for anyone who wants to teach by using Wikipedia: 


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