Ubiquitous Pompei: Television Interview on RaiNews24

A short interview has been shown on RaiNews24 italian news channel about the Ubiquitous Pompei project. In the interview: Oriana Persico of Art is Open Source and Claudio Alfano, Vice-Mayor of the City of Pompei.

 

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Ubiquitous Pompei: the final event for the digital city created by students

On December 14th, in the city of Pompei, we celebrated the final step in this phase of the Ubiquitous Pompei project, created through a series of workshops performed together with high school students who were invited to imagine the digital future of their city.

All together for the presentation of Ubiquitous Pompei

All together for the presentation of Ubiquitous Pompei

This has been an incredible experience for us. The possibility to work in tight contact with young students and to become enablers for their awareness of the possibilities offered by technologies and networks has been an amazing opportunity.

We were able to explore with the students the concepts of new forms of citizenship, innovative forms of participation and collaboration, novel ways of deciding and evaluating public policies, engaging ways of narrating the stories of the places in which they live, getting people, companies and administrations involved.

Vice-Mayor Claudio Alfano and the students

Vice-Mayor Claudio Alfano and the students

The workshops were used to introduce students to the opportunities and scenarios offered by ubiquitous technologies such as augmented reality, location based media and services, and QRCodes and other digital tagging techniques. On top of that, students and educators were  introduced to the MACME and NeoReality technologies, to be used in the process of imagining and creating the prototypes used to describe the digital future of the City of Pompei.

The technologies have been provided to students, educators and public administrators through an open platform. It can be found here (click to open PompeiAR, the tech platform used to create Ubiquitous Pompei).

Art is Open Source and FakePress Publishing will maintain the platform open and accessible to students/educators/administrators to allow them to continue in their journey through technological innovation: continuous experiments will be performed (and so don’t be surprised if, sometimes, test content pops up on the linked website: it means that students are actually working on it, experimenting on their city’s future) and, possibly, be transformed into real-life scenarios.

Giampiero Gramaglia and Derrick de Kerckhove at the event

Giampiero Gramaglia and Derrick de Kerckhove at the event

The event on December 14th has been a wonderful experience and a chance to finally get together with all involved actors to evaluate the results of our efforts.

During the event, a commission composed by Derrick de Kerckhove, Giampiero Gramaglia, Claudio Alfano, Maria Pia Rossignaud and Antonio Irlando experienced the presentations of the projects created by the students, introduced by Oriana Persico and then presented directly by the young innovators. After the presentations the commission evaluated the prototypes produced during the project and assigned an award of distinction to the project which implemented an ubiquitous book dedicated to the ancient “social networks” found in Pompei’s ruins, where people inscribed graffiti messages about their daily life and full of useful information; An augmented reality application allows you to read these graffiti by framing them in your smartphone and, thus, to translate them from latin into your own language, to discover the lives of ancient Pompeians and engage an experiment in atemporality by being able to comment the ancient graffiti and open up a dialogue across time.

All students were awarded a certificate of participation to the project.

We definitely wish to thank the Public Administration of the City of Pompei – and especially Claudio Alfano, the Vice-Mayor of the City of Pompei and Town Councillor for   Technological Innovation, and Mayor Claudio D’Alessio – for embracing with such energetic enthusiasm the vision proposed through this project, and by making us feel so welcome and appreciated in our efforts to discover, together with students and educators, the positive opportunities which the digital future can bring closer to us, and helping us to develop our cities, relations, jobs and environments.

And we sincerely wish to thank the students and professors at the Liceo Socio-pedagogico E. Pascal and the Istituto Bartolo Longo, the two schools which joined us in this wonderful experience: you have been so nice to have dedicated us some of your time and energies, and so wonderful to have perfectly understood the sincerity with which we propose our ideas and skills.

And, of course, we wish to thank MediaDuemila and Associazione Amici di Media Duemila, for creating the “McLuhan Incontra Pompei” project and, thus, making this all possible, and prof. Derrick de Kerckhove for leading our visions.

More really important people/organizations which we want to give sincere credit and thanks to can be found here, at the project’s website.

HERE you can find the Ubiquitous Pompei project website, the open platform used by students and educators to design the digital future of their city.

HERE you can fide the project descriptions that have been proposed by students and presented on December 14th 2011

HERE you can find information about the MACME technology used in the project.

HERE you can find information about the NeoReality technology used in the project.

The Ubiquitous Pompei project, as well as the concepts produced by the students, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Ubiquitous Pompei: the future of the city, created by high school students

The future of the city in Pompei, as created by high school students.

the icon of Ubiquitous Pompei mobile app

the icon of Ubiquitous Pompei mobile app

You are invited to come at the event in which we will present the outcomes of our project in Pompei during which we invited high school students to create the digital future of their city.

Click here to access the event details on Facebook

Event Program:

December 13th, 2011, 12:00, in Piazza Bartolo Longo n 36, Pompei
Preview of the system and “Augmented Reality Promenade”, to discover the digital city
**Media and Press**

December 14th, 2011, 10:00 – Conference Hall at the building of the Administration of the City of Pompei
Presentation of the results of the series of events “McLuhan meets Pompei”: presentation of the project outcomes and ceremony in which participating students will be awarded their certificate of participation to the project.
**Open Event**

ABOUT THE PROJECT

“UBIQUITOUS POMPEI” is the result of the workshop “the Electronic Man. Ubquitous Writing and Identities”, an experimental laboratory focusing on ubiquitous publishing technologies and methodologies created by FakePress Publishing and Art is Open Source for the project “McLuhan meets Pompei”.

The laboratory took place on November 11th and 12th 2011, engaging 120 students in their 3rd, 4th and 5th year of high school and coming from two schools: the Liceo Socio-Psico Pedagogico E. Pascal and the Istituto Bartolo Longo.

One of the services in action on Ubiquitous Pompei

One of the services in action on Ubiquitous Pompei

Two days of intensive workshop on ubiquitous publishing: the possibility to transform bodies, architectures, objects and entire cities into novel spaces for publication.

The concepts at the base of the Electronic Man have been used to introduce this complex subject to students using the language of arts and performance, to be able to build together with students accessible cross-media content using Augmented Reality and QRCodes.

To achieve this, we used two open source, free platforms (MACME and NeoReality) produced by FakePress Publishing.

the web interface of Ubiquitous Pompei, with all the prototype content on the map

the web interface of Ubiquitous Pompei, with all the prototype content on the map

Workshops ended by inviting the students to imagine their own version of the “augmented city”.

The last phase of the project took place over the network: an intense discussion and collaboration process using email and Facebook allowed students to define their project ideas and to design 4 complete ideas working on the concept of augmented cartography, geo-localized social networks and ubiquitous narratives. (the ideas are presented on the project website)

Art is Open Source and FakePress Publishing set-up the technological platforms needed to activate students’ ideas, and transform them into a working prototype of their vision of what Augmented Pompei could be.

Ubiquitous Pompei originates from this process: the platform hosts all 4 designs and the project documentation, including the materials used during the workshops and the software tools used in the process.

Students and teachers have a direct access to the platform, allowing them to autonomously continue the experiments in the evolution of the current ideas or in the creation of new scenarios.

One of the projects in Ubiquitous Pompei, an augmented reality translation of the ancient roman graffiti

One of the projects in Ubiquitous Pompei, an augmented reality translation of the ancient roman graffiti

SPECIAL THANKS go to

all participating students: Antonella Abagnale, Daniela Alfano, Valentina Alvino, Consiglia Ammaturo, Sofia Ardizio, Gennaro Avitabile, Belmattino Francesca, Imma Lusy Carotenuto, Angela Chierchia, Maria D’Amaro, Gaetano D’Amora, Valentina D’Aquino, Teresa Di Dato, Di Nola Fabiano, Anna Di Palma, Maria Grazia Di Rosa, Paola Ferrara, Rosa Formisano, Maria Luigia Gargiulo,Rosalba Anna Gabbiano, Maria Galotto, Maria Pia Gazzetta, Elena Giordano, Melania Giordano, Raffaella Langella, Maria Loganini, Patrizia Marrano, Adriana Martino, Alessandra Martino, Annapaola Savarese, Caterina Napoli, Concetta Panariello, Carolina Piacente, Cristina Troise, Roberta Valerio, Giuseppe Vispini, Maria Teresa Vorraro, Pasqualina Zinno;
i professori Mario Bobba e Alfonso Carotenuto;

the schools: Liceo Socio-pedagogico E. Pascal and Istituto Bartolo Longo di Pompei;

Maria Pia Rossignaud, Ass. ONLUS Amici di MediaDuemila, MediaDuemila Magazine and Osservatorio TuttiMedia;

Antonio Irlando;

vice-mayor Claudio Alfano and mayor Claudio D’Alessio (Pompei) ;

Ruben Santillan;

Gaia De Nicola;

the City of Pompei and all its citizens

CREDITS

[1] “UBIQUITOUS POMPEI” is a project designed and produced by :
FakePress Publishing e AOS – Art is Open Source
Concept e Development:
Salvatore Iaconesi e Oriana Persico
Technologies:
MACME & Neoreality by FakePress Publishing

[2] “McLuhan meets Pompei” is an initiative promoted by:
Ass. ONLUS Amici di MediaDuemila
with the support and collaboration of:
Assessorato alla Comunicazione e Innovazione tecnologica del Comune di Pompei, MediaDuemila,Osservatorio TuttiMedia

Curated by:
Maria Pia Rossignaud

[3]“The Electronic Man. Ubiquitous Writing and Identities” is a workshop created by:
FakePress Publishing e AOS – Art is Open Source
Promoted by:
Ass. ONLUS Amici di MediaDuemila
with the support and collaboration of:Assessorato alla Comunicazione e Innovazione tecnologica del Comune di Pompei

Concept and Development:
Salvatore Iaconesi e Oriana Persico
Technologies:
MACME & Neoreality by FakePress Publishing

WEB SITES:

http://www.fakepress.it/
http://www.artisopensource.net/
http://www.amicidimediaduemila.it/
http://www.mediaduemila.it/

Info & Contact: oriana@fakepress.net

Project Site: http://artisopensource.net/pompeiAR/