Last month, Sebastian, Moritz and I attended the Libre Graphics Meeting and gave a paper about Artivity. The paper was received very well and we did have a short discussion about the project following the presentation. Two issues were raised:
With a bit of a delay, I am updating the project blog to announce that Artivity has been awarded funding for the third phase of the project. See Daniela's blog entry about it. Since the end of phase 2 Artivity could run on Windows and MacOSX but with limited support for creative applications. There are lots of exciting developments for the third phase:
Tuesday 9 February 2016
The Red Room
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip St
London SW1P 4JU
The Ligatus Research Centre is delighted to announce a public lecture by Professor Petros Koufopoulos on the history and development of the Parthenon Restoration Project.
Professor Koufopoulos spent 10 years working on the conservation and restoration of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. He will speak about his experiences and the challenges and achievements of this ambitious project.
Having completed nearly all of the testing sessions for the second phase of Artivity I have began publishing the resulting data in figshare. The first batch is already up from the artist Gino Ballantyne, but I will be getting the second machine with the rest of the data over the weekend so I will be publishing more. For reference this data is here:
I have been meaning to write a blog post about the artists who are testing Artivity tools and producing some data for us and today I managed to get some time to do it. The two Artivity laptops have been setup and have been travelling up and down the country. We have been lucky to have contributions from a number of artists:
The past few weeks have been extremely busy and I had hardly any time to update the Artivity blog. This is what we have been doing:
Since the inception of this project the idea of capturing contextual research data started after looking at the idea of the semantic desktop. The main implementation of the semantic desktop was through the respective KDE and GNOME communities and particularly the Zeitgeist framework which was a core component allowing applications to interact with semantic desktop data.
I have been looking recently at the issue of sharing Artivity data. I did a short bibliographical review (attached at the bottom of the post) and it confirms that the idea of the semantic desktop was particularly popular around the middle of the 00's but it never really took off although the open source community embraced it (especially KDE and GNOME projects).
Some interesting projects came up in the review: