The Distinguished Innovator in Residence program is a partnership between Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and the University Libraries. Additional support provided by the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Jer Thorp's work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help people take control of the information that surrounds them. He will speak about how he uses software-based art to bring big data sets to life
What is it about the history of learning that calls out for open access to research and scholarship?
The advent of computation as a medium of representation presents us with the opportunity to radically reinvent the many cultural practices that have been shaped by print culture. This challenge to foundational professions like education and journalism can be profoundly unsettling, but the only way to come to terms with these disruptions is to radically rethink the core cultural practices, looking for ways they can be better served by taking advantage of the affordances of the new medium. Poor design is often the result of attempts to fetishize legacy structures (like the physical textbook) or to leap into immature but trendy digital formats (like proprietary forms of massively online courses). This lecture will describe a design process that avoids the pitfalls of both extremes and aims to expand the possibilities of human expression by participating in the collective cultural task of inventing a new medium.
Cameron Neylon, biophysicist and open research advocate, will serve as the next Distinguished Innovator in Residence at Virginia Tech. He will give the keynote address during Virginia Tech's Open Access Week. As an open research advocate, Neylon is committed to raising awareness about the importance making academic research freely available on the Web. Neylon is advocacy director for the Public Library of Science and was previously worked at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the United Kingdom.
Jon Udell, author, information architect, software developer, and new media innovator, has been named Virginia Tech's first Distinguished Innovator in Residence. In his talk, Udell will explore plans and principles that empower those who use the web to be more active web creators. "Knowing something about how web resources are represented and named makes us better users of the web," Udell said. "But we're not just users. We're participants in—and co-creators of—the web. We can invent our own representations for things in our personal and professional lives, and for contexts surrounding those things. And we can name those representations in ways that enable other people to communicate and collaborate with us."