Friday, February 22, 2008

Is TV Time Caught in the Web?

Avoiding the wrong conclusions on Web usage.

Ever since US Internet usage became widespread, marketers have been tracking online usage to see if Web time was coming at the expense of TV time.

Now, IDC has found that Internet is the medium on which US online users spend the most time--32.7 hours per week, almost twice as much as they spend watching television. The data was collected in September and October 2007.

"The time spent using the Internet will continue to increase at the expense of television and, to a lesser extent, print media," said Karsten Weide, program director at IDC. "This suggests that advertising budgets will continue to be shifted out of television, newspapers, and magazines into Internet advertising."

This sounds like the trumpet of doom being sounded for TV viewing and the ad dollars that go with it.

But that's not the whole picture.

The press release accompanying IDC's findings said that the company used a sample of "US residents 15 years of age or older who frequently use the Internet." Since the release did not state what this group's TV viewing habits were in the past, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that this group of heavy Web users is online for more time than they watch TV.

The study makes no mention of multitasking.

IDC's findings of time spent online do agree with other studies. comScore Media Metrix found that Internet users spent an average of 29.34 hours online from October 2006 to October 2007. The company surveyed a more general online population than IDC did, not just frequent Internet users.

During September and October 2007, when the IDC study was conducted, US Internet users surveyed by comScore Media Metrix tallied an average of 29.51 hours online.

The USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future put time spent online by US Internet users at an average of 15.3 hours weekly in 2007. USC's findings were specific to home usage, and did not include work or school usage.

USC said that it did not subtract time spent at home doing work, since it said that time spent for personal online usage at work balanced it out.

How do IDC's heavy Internet user media usage numbers compare with media usage by the general population?

Forrester Research examined time spent by US adults on various media in 2007. The research company found that, including personal and work usage, time spent online still trailed time spent watching TV.

Although TV ad spending as a percentage of all media ad spending trailed TV viewing time as a percentage of time spent with all media slightly, the corresponding difference between time spent online and Internet ad spending was still profound, at nearly 4 to 1.

Comparing the IDC and Forrester data suggests that each set of findings should be read for what they are. In IDC's case, the notion that heavy Internet users spend much more time online than on TV is a cue to marketers targeting such users.

The Forrester numbers provide a reality check, however, suggesting that TV ad spending is not set for an immediate exodus to the Web. Online ad spending still greatly trails online usage as a percentage of time spent compared with other media, but TV is still the media of choice for US consumers as a whole.

[for the full article with graphs and stats click here]

With New Fisheye Camera, Red Bull Involves Fans in Surf Clips

Few surfers in the world will ever be able to ride Tahiti's infamous and dangerous Teahpoo waves, but Red Bull is making it possible to see what its like to ride one of those waves and do so at an angle even surfers themselves can't see.

As part of its Red Bull Surfing team sponsorship, the energy drink company sent its creative agency Taow to film surfing action off the shore of Tahiti using a specially rigged 360 degree video camera from Immersive Media. Team members wore the camera in a backpack that filmed the area around them while they surfed last November. The Teahpoo waves are known to be difficult to ride as they can reach heights of 20 to 30 feet, but only break in few feet of water above the sand. The resulting videos, now available on Redbullsurfing.com, use Flash to allow viewers to click and drag the perspective of the camera in whatever direction they choose. Red Bull quietly launched its site to allow surfers to share the sponsored videos, according to Nate Warner, interactive marketing manager, partnerships for Red Bull.

"Red bull doesn't do things classically like everybody else. For a project like this we can speak to the core of the surfing," Warner said. "It's really one of those things where we spend the extra money to drive a technology forward and hopefully we reap the rewards of the added traffic [given] that no one else has been able to do this and we were first to market."

Marketing agency Taow decided to use the 360 Immersive Media camera with Red Bull not only to experiment with a new means of filming an advertising campaign, but also to create an interactive experience it hopes users will watch repeatedly from different angles, according to Butch Bannon, director of special projects and business development for Taow.

"You watch the video online and it's not a director telling you what to look at. It's you deciding what to look at," he said.

In addition to its use with Red Bull, Taow has also used the camera with Adidas' Brotherhood campaign, which created 11 basketball videos and was launched in October. The sports apparel company is currently looking into developing additional campaigns using the camera, according to Chris Murphy, director of digital marketing for Adidas U.S.

"We're looking at not just basketball but across different categories and other places where we can use this. How can we use this camera to get the consumer closer to our athletes in a participatory manner," said Murphy.

The 360 degree camera was also used by Google to create its Google Maps Street View system, but that project used still shots captured every few yards instead of video. The camera's maker, Immersive Media, intends to market its use for advertising, including delivering ads directly into 360-degree videos of actual locations, according to Myles McGovern, president and CEO of Immersive Media.

"We have a group that is just starting to map 1,000 golf courses. And when you look at the tee it could be sponsored," said McGovern.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Top Online Video Viewers Have Seen It All

But they're not big TV watchers.

Fanatical online video viewers are not media channel omnivores. They are wildly enthusiastic about video on the Web, but that enthusiasm does not carry over into TV viewing.

The heaviest users watch more than ten times as much online video per month than do moderate users, and over a hundred times as much as light viewers. They also go to obscure video-sharing sites in an ongoing quest for fresh content.

Those were the major findings released by comScore and Media Contacts at their Video Symposium in February 2008.

“The difference in consumption levels was astounding. The usage differences are reminiscent of the early days of the Internet,” said Jarvis Mak, vice president of research and insight at Media Contacts. “However, the networks’ online distribution of first-run content will go a long way to bridging the gaps between heavy, moderate, and light viewers.”

All three types of viewers watched YouTube, which reached 54% of US online video viewers. What set heavy viewers apart was their use of niche video-sharing sites. These niche sites reached less than 1% of the total US Web population.

Moderate viewers went to specific video content on broadcast TV sites, such as WorldNow (ABC), CBS TV Local and ABC Daytime.

Light online video viewers tended to be heavy TV watchers.

As has been revealed in other studies, the heaviest users tend to be younger. Burst Media found that the percentage of 18-to-24-year-old online video viewers who watched online video once a day or more in December 2007 was nearly twice as high as the percentage of online video viewers 25 and older who did so.

Ipsos Media reported similar finding on a different part of online video viewing in its "MOTION Summer Wave" report, released in January 2008. The company found that the percentage of Internet users who said they had both downloaded and streamed online video fell with age.

for the full articlw with graphs and stats click here.

Google Launches AdSense for Video Beta Program

Google is launching a new AdSense for Video beta program today to bring contextually targeted graphical and text overlay ads to publishers of online video content in the same manner as Google AdSense.

The beta program is an extension of Google's In-Stream Video Ads, in operation since last May, but will center on the different ad formats now being made available. Graphical overlay ads, similar to what the company offers with certain YouTube videos, temporarily cover 20 percent of a video, and will be priced on a CPM basis. Text overlay ads, which appear as semi-transparent layers over the video or as a logo, will be cost-per-click, according to the company. The beta program will not place pre-roll, post-roll or interstitial video ads with video content.

The possibility of a cost-per-click system appealed to Bob Heyman, chief search officer for MediaSmith, a media buying and planning agency, who said he expected Google's involvement to help build a critical mass for online video ad placement.

"We think that a pay-per-click, keyword targeted video ad solution is a big winner," said Heyman. "Pretty much all the video advertising that you can buy so far has been CPM, and since 45 percent of the interactive advertising dollar goes to search, we think there is no reason why video advertising shouldn't possibly have that same kind of split."

Ads placed through AdSense for Video will be contextually targeted to match the video's content. Google will make decisions based on the text-based content surrounding a video as well as metadata feeds supplied by the publisher or video creator. Ads will appear on partner sites within the Google Content Network, as well as on YouTube, but will generally be restricted to professionally or semi-professionally produced content.

The program launches with approximately 20 partners, including direct video sites like BobVila.com, eHow, MyDamnChannel, ExpertVillage, PinkBike, TheNewsRoom, and social video aggregators Revver, blip.tv, and GodTube, according to the company. Video ad platform providers Brightcove, Yume, Tremor Media, and Eyespot Network have also connected their systems to AdSense for Video to give their customers the ability to sell excess video ad inventory via Google.

The beta currently has no set end date, but is available for U.S.-based publishers with a million or more streams a month.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

All Quiet in Yahooland

The Wall Street Journal News Video: All Quiet in Yahooland

Commercial lots purchased by Yahoo Inc. in Silicon Valley two years ago sit partially abandoned as the company waits out a takeover bid by Microsoft. MarketWatch's John Letzing reports.


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China's booming Internet culture

Reuters News Report: China's booming Internet culture

China's growing Internet culture opens up a new world for computer companies and advertisers but China worries that the young "netizen" culture is too easily susceptible to the attraction of this alternative reality.

Despite heavy official policing, China is set to eclipse the U.S. as the world's largest user of Internet this year.

This market could still grow considerably as only one-fifth of the country's population now logs on.

Tyra Dempster reports.


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Strike Over, New Media Spending Begins

Online video ads are ready now. Mobile video ads will take longer.

With the WGA writers' strike over, Hollywood is getting back to work. As TV shows and movies go back into production, the work stoppage over revenue from content used online, on mobile phones and on other channels may fade into memory.

The percentage point deals have been settled. But how much ad revenue is actually at stake?

Parks Associates addressed this question, projecting that new multimedia platforms in the US will generate $12.6 billion in advertising revenue by 2012.

Broadband multimedia ads will account for more than $6.6 billion of that total.

Parks Associates told eMarketer that "broadband media" included online streaming video and downloadable media; the latter consisted of podcasts and ad-supported music and video download services.

“The floodgate is open, and the deluge of ad spending to these new platforms is irreversible,” said Harry Wang, analyst at Parks. “There must be interest alignment among major stakeholders to avoid frictions like the Writers Guild strike that hinder content flow to these new platforms.”

Considering the extent to which the media giants are streaming media on their Web sites and tying ad support to that content, this seems logical. The broadband multimedia ad spending numbers also agree with other research company estimates.

eMarketer projects that, by 2009, rich media and video ad spending alone will reach nearly $3.6 billion.

Forrester Research projected over $7 billion in online video ad spending in 2012.

The non-linear TV services category referred to video-on-demand (both cable and IPTV) and DVR service. Parks predicted $900 million would be spent on ads for those media channels in 2012.

The biggest question concerns mobile information and entertainment ad spending.

Parks' projection for mobile ads through text messaging, display banner, search, and multimedia services is a very aggressive $5 billion in 2012.

eMarketer predicts that mobile search ads alone will account for $1.4 billion in 2012, but the rest of the mobile infotainment ad spending picture is less clear.

"Multi-billion dollar markets require mature ecosystems," said John du Pre Gauntt, analyst at eMarketer. "Web marketing needed more than a decade to pull that off. Mobile will probably take less time. But it's a contradiction to assume maturity will happen in a flash."

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Registration for 'Journeys Across Media' 2008: Authenticity

Registration is open for postgraduate conference: 'Journeys Across Media' 2008

Authenticity?
Reality, Reliability & Access in Performance and Media


Friday 11 April 2008

Department of Film, Theatre & Television — University of Reading

Supported by the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) and the Graduate School in Arts and Humanities, University of Reading.


What do we really mean when we say something is authentic? How important are questions of authenticity to our engagement with media texts, performance and institutions? As a concept, authenticity remains imprecise despite its frequent association with many aspects of film, theatre, television and new media.

JAM 2008, the sixth annual conference for postgraduates run by postgraduates at the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, will explore and interrogate the idea of authenticity in film, theatre, television and new media from a variety of approaches and contexts.

KEYNOTE: Life after PhD
Simone Knox, Tom Brown & Ian Banks (University of Reading)

A panel of early career academics and practitioners discuss their experiences of postgraduate research and the transition into their respective careers

The Conference's panels will include the following themes and issues in relation to questions of authenticity across popular and alternative forms.

- Authorship

- Point of view & Narrative

- Engagement & Spectatorship

- Performance analysis

- Ethics & Documentary

- Cross-media work

- Genre

- translating & adapting


Registration deadline: Friday 29 February 2008

The conference fee is £7.50 per delegate.

Please see our website,
http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/pg-research/ftt-pgrjam.asp for further information, including registration forms.

For any other enquiries email Lucy Fife & Reina-Marie Loader at Jam2008@rdg.ac.uk

Journeys Across Media (JAM) is an annual one-day interdisciplinary conference organised by and for postgraduate students. It provides a discussion forum for current and developing research in film, theatre, television and new media. Previous delegates have welcomed the
opportunity to gain experience of presenting their work, at different stages of development, in the active, friendly and supportive research environment of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading. Non-presenting delegates are also very welcome.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

GoFish Creates Ad Network to Rep Kids' Sites

Video site GoFish is trying to capitalize on its knowledge of the youth advertising with the launch of an online ad network aimed at children and teens, and thereby compete with kid network giants Disney and Nickelodeon.

The GoFish ad network will target those aged six to 17 on sites including Miniclip.com, girl's site CartoonDollEmporium.com, and Cookie Jar Entertainment's official sites for "Caillou", "Spider Riders" and "Johnny Test," among others. The network will offer packages to separately target kids, teens and tweens, said Tabreez Verjee, president of GoFish.

GoFish must abide by child marketing laws, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) governing the collection and use of kids personal data. The company said it will work with publishers in its network to create a consistent approach to advertising to children.

"We can help publishers out there that want to join our network and educate them as to what the rules are and how to be compliant," said Verjee. "The first benefit that we can provide from a kids advertising perspective is make sure that they are not seeing anything that is inappropriate."

COPPA and similar regulations have sometimes scared advertisers away from lesser known children's sites and led them to the giants of the children's publishing, Disney and Nickelodeon, said Ian Schafer, CEO and founder of marketing agency Deep Focus, and a ClickZ columnist. Schafer said as long as GoFish ensures regulatory compliance, the company can aim for the market segment now owned by Disney and Nickelodeon.

"If you look at the list of top 10 or 20 sites for kids under 15 you're going to get names of sites you've never heard of, and a lot of those sites are repped by GoFish," said Schafer. "This has the promise of being a more cost efficient alternative to reaching a demographic that is historically only been reachable en masse on a handful of properties."

One challenge for GoFish will be to monitor its ad network publishing partners closely to assure compliance on the part of all partners, according to Schafer.

"If one site falters it's not just a problem for the site; it's a problem for the network. In this case the network is really only as strong as its weakest link," he said.

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CologneOFF - Cologne Online Film Festival - Call for entries

CologneOFF - Cologne Online Film Festival
opened now the submission period for ist 4th festival edition

Call for entries
Deadline: 30 June 2008

CologneOFF IV
Festival theme:
Here We Are! - “memory” and “identity” in an experimental context



CologneOFF - Cologne Online Film Festival (http://coff.newmediafest.org) was founded in 2006 by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, who is directing and curating this new type of film & video festival taking place simultaneously online and physical space via cooperating partner festivals.

After successful 3 festival editions, i.e

CologneOFF I - “Identityscapes” - 2006
CologneOFF II - “Image vs Music” - 2006
CologneOFF III - “Toon! Toon! - art cartoons and animates narriatives” - 2007

and their physical manifestations 2006-2008
in New Dehli/India, Rotterdam/NL, Maracaibo/Venezuela, Rosario/Argentina, Lyon/France, Belgrade/Serbia, Szeczin/Poland, Brussels/Belgium, Istanbul/Turkey, Guadaljara/Mexico, and yet to come in 2008 Athens/Greece, Sarajevo/Bosnia-Hercegovia and Valencia/Spain and others

CologneOFF IV - Here We Are!
the 4th edition of Cologne Online Film Festival is planned to be launched in October/November 2008


VideoChannel - video project environments
http://videochannel.newmediafest.org
invites artists and directors for submitting videos/films, i.e. narratives and documentations, experimenting with new concepts of transforming artistic contents into moving images, new forms of representing und new technologies


Regulations

• Deadline: 30 June 2008
• Theme: Here We Are! - “memory & “identity” in an experimental context.
• The films/videos may originate from the years 2003-2008.
• Duration: max 15 minutes
• Max 3 films/videos can be submitted.
• Productions using language and/or text other than English need English subtitles.

• The preview copy should be made available online for review and/or download
as Quicktime .mov, Windows Media .wmv, Flash video .swf or .flv or Real Media .rm
minimum size 320×240

• After selection the artists/directors will be invited to send a hardcopy of the selected video on DVD in best screening quality.


Entry Form - download the entry form as PDF
http://downloads.nmartproject.net/CologneOFF_IV_entryform.pdf


Please use for each submission a separate entry form
Deadline: 30 June 2008

Please send the submission either in plain email text, RTF (Rich Text Format) or WORD .doc as attachment to coff@newmediafest.org subject: CologneOFF IV


Any questions?
Please use exclusively this email address for any inquiry
coff@newmediafest.org
subject: festival info


CologneOFF IV
4th edition of Cologne Online Film Festival

festival director

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
VideoChannel
Mauritiussteinweg 64
D – 50676 Cologne
Germany

Email: videochannel (at) newmediafest.org
URL: http://videochannel.newmediafest.org

E-Pisteme journal special issue on 'Voice' - call for papers

E-Pisteme journal special issue on 'Voice' - CALL FOR PAPERS

E-pisteme, a postgraduate e-journal based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, is dedicated to publishing fresh and vibrant research of the highest quality from postgraduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The journal focuses on themes that
reach across disciplines, seeking to challenge traditionally defined ways of thinking and doing research. E-pisteme is designed as a forum for international academic exchange and aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles by new researchers, providing an opportunity for
postgraduates to write in an academic style for an interdisciplinary readership.


We are pleased to announce that E-pisteme is now accepting articles for its inaugural issue on the theme of 'VOICE'. The issue aims to explore some of the complexities of the concept 'voice' by bringing together contributions of masters, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working
in a variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Suggested areas for articles include, but are not restricted to:

- Voice and Identity

- Voice and Power

- Marginalized voices (linguistic, cultural, political, etc.)

- The 'death of the author'?

- Nationalism

- Forbidden voices - Censorship

- Translating Voices

- Voice and the Media

- e-voices

Please send article submissions as MS Word attachments via e-mail to:
e-pisteme_at_ncl.ac.uk

All submitted articles must contain the following information:

. Name
. Affiliation
. Stage of study
. E-mail address
. Abstract (100-200 words)
. 3 to 5 Keywords

For more information about E-pisteme and our submission guidelines please
visit our website: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/e-pisteme/

Deadline for submissions: 15th April 2008

E-pisteme Editorial Board
Newcastle University
e-pisteme_at_ncl.ac.uk
ISSN 1756-8226

Non-English Web Retrieval - Journal of Information Retrieval

Journal of Information Retrieval - Special Issue on Non-English Web Retrieval

Important dates:
Abstract submission: May 4, 2008
Paper submission: May 11, 2008, 11:50pm Hawaii Standand Time
Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 25, 2008


Guest Editors:
Fotis Lazarinis, Technological Education Institute, Mesolonghi, Greece
Jesus Vilares, Department of Computer Sciences, University of A Coruna, Spain
John Tait, Information Retrieval Facility, Austria
Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, The Information School, University of Washington


Contacts:
lazarinf [at] teimes [dot] gr
jvilares [at] udc [dot] es
john.tait [at] ir-facility [dot] org
efthimis [at] u [dot] washington [dot] edu


Site: http://rea.teimes.gr/~lazarinf/NonEnglishWebIR/


Since its conception, the World Wide Web (WWW or Web) has rapidly become one of the most widely used services of the Internet. Its friendly interface and its hypermedia features attract virtually every computer user around the globe. As a result, the Web has become a dominant global multicultural and multilingual pool of various types of data. Further it continues to grow. Finding information that satisfies specific criteria is a regular daily activity of almost every Web user. Recent Web statistics showed that almost 65% of the online citizens are non-English language users. As the Web population continues to grow, especially in Asia, Africa, and South America, more non-English users will be amassed online. Recent studies showed that non-English queries and unclassifiable queries have nearly tripled in the last decade. The main conclusion from previous research is that most search engine features are primarily focused on the English language.

Based on previous studies and on the experiences and conclusions of the iNEWS07 (Improving Non-English Web Searching) ACM SIGIR'07 Workshop, the special issue aims to address the challenges and directions in Non-English Web retrieval.

For the special issue we seek high quality papers with theoretical and/or experimental orientation. Topics of interest for the special issue, as applied to Non-English Web searching, include, but are not limited to:

- Evaluation

- User search behaviour

- Query log analysis

- Indexing

- Information extraction

- Summarization

- User studies

- Retrieval models

- Question answering

- Natural language processing

- Concept based image retrieval

- Creation of multi-lingual web collections

- Intranet/enterprise search

- Text categorization and clustering

- Digital libraries

- Cross language and multilingual retrieval


Submission Instructions:
Submissions must be in English and adhere to the format specified by the journal Information Retrieval. For formatting guidelines please see: JIR formatting guidelines

The abstract should be about 250-words in plain text. Include title, author(s) and author(s) affiliations, contact details, and up to five (5) keywords that describe your work.

The full paper should be anonymous, and authors should conceal their identity where it is practical to do so. Include a 200-250-word abstract and up to five keywords. The paper should range between 16-20 pages.
Both the abstract and the full paper should be uploaded in the Springer paper submission system

For Word and LaTeX templates, please click Springer Word and Latex templates


Reviewers for the special issue:

Alonso, Miguel (Univ. of A Coruρa, Spain)
Baeza Yates, Ricardo (Yahoo! Research Barcelona)
Chen, Zheng (Microsoft Research Asia, China)
Dalamagas, Theodore (National Technical Univ. of Athens, Greece)
de Rijke, Maarten (Univ. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Hawking, David (CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia)
Huang, Chu-Ren (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Järvelin, Kalervo (University of Tampere, Finland)
Kanaan, Ghassan (Yarmouk University, Jordan)
Kando, Noriko (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Karanikolas, Nikitas (TEI of Athens, Greece)
Kuang-hua, Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Levene, Mark (Birkbeck University of London, UK)
Losada, David (Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Min, Song (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
Nasredine, Semmar (LIC2M/CEA-LIST, France)
Ntoulas, Alexandros (Microsoft Search Labs, USA)
Ounis, Iadh (Univ. of Glasgow, UK)
Pereira, Gabriel (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
Peters, Carol (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Plachouras, Vassilis (Yahoo! Research Barcelona)
Rambow, Owen (Columbia University, USA)
Savoy, Jacques (Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Stamou, Sofia (Univ. of Patras, Greece)
Sutcliffe, Richard (Univ. of Limerick, Ireland)
Vilares, Manuel (Univ. of Vigo, Spain)
White, Ryen (Microsoft, USA)

OZCHI 2008 Australasian Computer-Human Interaction Conference

OZCHI 2008 Australasian Computer-Human Interaction Conference

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

OZCHI 2008: Designing for Habitat & Habitus
8 – 12 December 2008
Cairns (Tropical North Queensland) Australia
http://www.ozchi.org

IMPORTANT DATES
Long Papers/Tutorials/Workshops: 27th June 2008
Short Papers/Demos/Doc Consortium: 1st September 2008

OZCHI is Australia’s leading forum for work in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction. OZCHI attracts an international community of practitioners, researchers, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines including user experience designers, information architects, software engineers, human factors experts, information systems analysts, social scientists and managers.

OZCHI is CHISIG’s (www.chisig.org) annual non-profit event.

We look forward to your involvement at this year’s OZCHI conference.

The conference will be from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 December 2008, and will be preceded by two days of Workshops, Tutorials and a Doctoral Consortium on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 December 2008. The conference is located at James Cook University’s Cairns campus in the tropics of North Queensland, Australia, with accommodation at the Palm Cove resort.

The long and short papers accepted in the conference will be included in the ACM Digital Library.

Conference Chair: Nic Bidwell
Email: conf.chair@ozchi.org


CONFERENCE TOPICS
We invite contributions on all topics related to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) including practical, technical, empirical and theoretical aspects. Topics of special interest include the role of technology in supporting and enhancing our relationships with, and within, the settings we inhabit and designing interactions that can sustain affective and diverse cultural and environmental dimensions. This extends across work, domestic, and playful settings and may encompass, for example, those experiences in life that we sense or are enchanted by or provide us with communal trust or sense of self. We also welcome contributions that explore developing technologies and interactions for rural and dispersed populations, supporting those working, living and traveling to remote regions and responding to issues of community, environmental and economic sustainability.

Special-theme Conference Topics:
- Cultural and Diversity Aspects of HCI
- Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Beyond the City
- Felt-life, Affective HCI, Emotion, Motivational Aspects
- Simple Technologies in a Complex World
- Methods for Design and Evaluation Across Cultural Boundaries

General-theme Conference Topics
- Augmented Reality and Tangible UIs
- Collaborative System UIs
- Computer-Mediated Communication and Online Communities
- Design Methods
- End-User Programming and Adaptation
- Ethnography and Design-Oriented Fieldwork
- Ethnomethodology in Systems Design
- Evaluation Methods
- HCI Education
- Human Factors in Health Care Informatics
- Human-Centered Software Engineering
- Hypermedia and Web Design and Usability
- Intelligent User Interfaces and User Modeling
- Location-Aware Interaction
- Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA)
- Social Computing
- Theoretical Approaches to Design
- Ubiquitous and Context-Aware Computing
- Universal Usability & Accessibility
- Video Methods in Interaction Design
- Virtual Reality and 3D Interfaces
- Visualization Techniques


SUBMISSIONS
Submissions will be accepted in various categories as described below. All submissions must be written in English. Accepted long papers, short papers and doctoral consortium, will be available in the digital proceedings. Industry case studies, Panels and Demonstrations will be included as abstracts only. At least one author of any accepted submission must register, attend and present at the conference.

For all guidelines and submission details, please see the conference web site: http://www.ozchi.org/. Both long and short papers will undergo a double blind review process by an international panel of experts and evaluated on the basis of their significance, originality, and clarity of writing.


IMPORTANT DATES
Initial Submissions
Long Papers/Tutorials/Workshops: 27th June 2008
Short Papers/Demos/Doc Consortium: 1st September 2008

Notification of Acceptance
Long Papers/Tutorials/Workshops: 22nd August 2008

Notification of Acceptance
Short Papers/Demos/Doc Consortium/Student Volunteers: 29th September 2008

Camera Ready Papers
Long Papers/Short Papers/Tutorials/Workshops/Demos/Doc Consortium: 10th October 2008


LONG PAPERS
Long-length papers, up to 8 pages, on original and substantive new work in any area of HCI are invited. Long papers should describe work that makes a significant contribution to HCI and/or describe broad insights gained from practical applications of HCI.

Long paper Co-Chairs: Frank Vetere, Christine Satchell & Connor Graham
Email: prog.chair@ozchi.org


SHORT PAPERS
Short-length papers present ideas that could benefit from discussion with members of the HCI community. These papers may include work-in-progress, experiences of reflective practitioners, and novel concepts and approaches. Papers in this catagory are a maximum of 4 pages in length.

Short-Paper Co-Chairs: Carrie Lui & Ralf Muhlberger
Email: sd.chair@ozchi.org


DEMOS & INDUSTRY CASE STUDIES
Demonstration sessions offer interactive opportunities to showcase research prototypes, finished devices, processes, methods, services and industry applications. We invite demos of all approaches across the full range of HCI related topics. These may be related to submitted papers or completely independent of other submissions to the conference. We encourage you to make your demo visually, or otherwise, appealing and present it in an innovative, engaging way. Industry Case studies are refelctive pieces by prationitioners or academics about an experience related to HCI.

Demos and Case study submissions should be a maximum of 2 pages (including figures) indicating any infrastructure and equipment requirements.

Demonstration Co-Chairs: Carrie Lui & Ralf Muhlberger
Email: sd.chair@ozchi.org


WORKSHOP AND TUTORIAL PROGRAM
Workshops and Tutorials are scheduled prior to the main conference program on the 8th and 9th December 2008. A workshop proposal should be aimed at a community with a common interest. A tutorial proposal should provide participants with clear outcomes. The workshop and tutorial program is not included in the main conference fee.

WORKSHOPS are a chance for members of a community with common interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. If you are working in an emerging area in HCI, consider organizing a workshop as an opportunity to advance the field and build community. OZCHI workshops might address basic research, applied research, HCI practice, new methods or methodologies, emerging application areas, design innovations, management and organizational issues, or HCI education.

Each workshop should generate ideas that give the HCI community a new, organized way of thinking about the topic, or ideas that suggest promising directions for future research. Some workshops result in edited books or special issues of journals; you may consider including this goal in the design of your workshop.

TUTORIALS are one day or half-day events designed to offer a small number of participants the opportunity to learn about specific HCI related concepts, methods and techniques. They are one of the best means of conveying introductory and advanced instruction on specific topics to an interested audience. Tutorials are a significant attraction to attendants and provide exposure in depth and breadth to HCI topics. We welcome both research and industry tutorial submissions. It is important that you specify the audience for your tutorial, as we will select reviewers of your proposal based on the expertise you indicate is relevant. Tutorial submissions should include a clear list of outcomes for participants.


SUBMISSION
Workshops: (3 page proposal)
Half day and full day sessions on topics that include methods, practices, and other areas of interest and that support active participation beyond presentation are welcome.

Tutorials: (2 page proposal)
Half day and full day sessions for teaching conceptual frameworks, methods/techniques, and novel approaches.

Workshop and tutorial Co-Chairs: truna aka j.turner & Rod Farmer
Email: wtp.chair@ozchi.org


DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM
The Doctoral Consortium is scheduled prior to the main conference program on the 9th December 2008.The Doctoral Consortium offers PhD students a special forum where they can present and discuss their research plans and progress with peers and established senior researchers. PhD candidates wishing to attend the consortium should submit a research proposal in the format given on the OZCHI08 website by the date below. Positions at the consortium will be offered based on a review of the submitted proposals.
Doctorial consortium Chair: Wally Smith

Email: doct.chair@ozchi.org


STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
OZCHI actively encourages students to volunteer at the conference: being a Student Volunteer is a great way to enter the HCI research and practitioners community, meet other students in the field, and attend the premier conference in HCI in the country. You will help the conference organizers with the running of the conference and support the setting-up of presentations, workshops etc. You will get to meet many people from the field, see the latest in HCI, and have fun while learning about running the conference. In return, you will get free registration, so submit to become a Student Volunteer!

Student Volunteer Chair: Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller
Email: student.chair@ozchi.org


For further details please check the conference web site: http://www.ozchi.org or contact the appropriate conference chairs for specific enquiries, as indicated above and on the conference website) or the Program Co-Chairs for General enquiries on the technical program (prog.chair@ozchi.org).

Flow Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 7 now online

The new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture is available at http://flowtv.org.

This extra large issue features columns from David Hesmondhalgh, Rochelle Rodrigo, Bambi Haggins, Christopher Jordan, Jennifer Holt, Karen Lury, Mitchell Szczepanczyk, and Ron Becker.

This issue's columns in brief:

"Rock History and Visual Culture"
by David Hesmondhalgh:
An examination of the relationship between popular music and visual images from the Golden Age of Ed Sullivan to the retro archive/D.I.Y. venue that is YouTube.


"Uncle Stevie vs. Aca-Fan: What CopyBlogger can teach us about Popular Scholarship"
by Rochelle Rodrigo:
The Tudors, Henry Jenkins, and going big: making scholarship accessible to a popular audience.


"Darkly Dreaming of Dexter, Part 2: Sympathy for the Devil"
by Bambi Haggins:
Further exploration of the strange appeal and relatability of the serial-killer sociopath hero of Dexter.


"Snaring a Global Television Audience: The Case of Survivor"
by Christopher Jordan:
Survivor goes global: the political economy of an international reality hit.


"How to Monetize Friends and Influence Distribution: Lessons from Four Days at NATPE"
by Jennifer Holt:
Panic at NATPE 2008 betrayed the conference's recurring party line of optimism.


"Confessions of a Television Academic in a Post-TV World"
by Karen Lury:
"Perhaps I should come straight out with it - and I'm not proud about this - I don't watch television very much at all."


"The DTV Tsunami Approaches"
by Mitchell Szczepanczyk:
An examination of the implications for democracy of the coming transition from analog to digital television.


"Breeding Our Way Out of Trouble? Children of Men and Lost"
by Ron Becker:
A discussion of the ideological implications of pregnancy in Children of Men and Lost.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The End of Journalism? Technology, Education and Ethics - Call for Papers

The End of Journalism? Technology, Education and Ethics

International Journalism Conference 2008
Centre for International Media Analysis, Research and Consultancy
University of Bedfordshire
Luton, UK


17th-18th October 2008


The last few years have witnessed a fresh wave of claims for the potential of internet-based technologies to widen participation in the public sphere. This period has also witnessed a steady stream of jeremiads about the impact of user-generated content on professional journalism. This wide-reaching cultural debate takes places against the backdrop of the ongoing restructuring of the global news industries. In some quarters these changes are regarded with deep suspicion whilst others see a bright future for the media. Central to arguments presented by both sides in this debate is the value of ‘journalistic’ function to wider society.

The End of Journalism conference at the University of Bedfordshire will provide a timely opportunity to re-assess the status and purpose (s) of journalism. It will also provides an opportunity to question the role played by formal institutions (governmental, media, economic
and educational), informal institutions and technologies in (re) structuring the ‘journalistic’ function for the twenty-first century.

The conference organizers welcome contributions on relevant topics including (but not exclusively):

- The Impact of New Media Technologies on Journalism

- Professionalism, Amateurism and Citizen Journalism

- Journalism, Democracy and the Public Sphere

- New Journalism in a non-Western context

- The Economics and Sociology of Contemporary Journalism

- Employment and employability of Journalists

- The Methodologies and Tools of Contemporary Journalism

- The Ethics of Practice

- The Education of Journalists

- Academia and Journalism


The conference organizers aim to encourage a dialogue between various stakeholders involved (e.g. practitioners, owners, legislators, technologists, educators etc.) and would welcome contributions, papers and panels from professional journalists. They also welcome a variety of methodological approaches - including theoretical analysis, case studies and practical experiences from journalists – that can provide insights into the global complexities of
contemporary journalism.

The End of Journalism conference is organised in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal (see http://www.beds.ac.uk/convergence for further details).

An abstract of 250 words, accompanied by contact details and a brief biography - to be received by 31st July 2008 to be sent to:

The End of Journalism?
International Journalism Conference 2008
C/o Dr Gavin Stewart, Rm C101
School of Media, Art & Design
University of Bedfordshire
Park Square

Luton LU1 3JU

E-mail journalism.conference@beds.ac.uk

Website http://www.beds.ac.uk/research/rimad/journalismconference

Podcasts Aren't Just for Young Nerds

Many narrowcasts, many different audiences.

They don't all listen to the same programs, they don't all use iPods, and they don't all come from the same background.

They are podcast users, and they defy clear-cut connections between usage and factors such as gender, age and income level.

Arbitron and Edison Media noted a nearly even gender split between male and female US podcast listeners, with 25- to 34-year-olds making up the largest single age bloc with 24% representation in the study.

An age-based Bridge Ratings study spanning nearly two years showed growth in the percentages of older podcast listeners between August 2006 and May 2007.

The increases ranged from a 10-point spike in the percentage of respondents ages 25 to 34 who said they listened to podcasts (from 45% to 55%) to a doubling in the response rate among listeners ages 50 to 64 (from 8% to 16%).

At first glance, these numbers seem to indicate a surge of interest in podcasting among older listeners. However, this same study showed that the response rates for most age groups declined between July 2005 and May 2007. The only exception was the 50-to-64 age group, which experienced a negligible single-point increase in that time.

The ups and downs in the Bridge Ratings tracking study could be the result of the methodology. Survey participants were asked if they had listened to a podcast in the past 30 days; but if statistically significant numbers of respondents were more occasional podcast listeners, they would not have been counted. Also, the results were extrapolated from a sample of radio listeners in 10 US urban markets that do not necessarily reflect the general population.

Similarly, Alloy Media + Marketing found that only 5% of US college students downloaded podcasts on a daily basis, compared with 83% who used e-mail, 54% who used social networks and 40% who engaged in IM’ing every day. To put these results into perspective, even avid podcasters did not necessarily download podcasts on a daily basis.

From an income standpoint, Arbitron and Edison noted a relatively even breakdown in the percentages of US podcast listeners in four income brackets: $25K to $50K; $50K to $75; $75K to $100K; and $100K and above.

[for the full article with graphs and stats click here]

Histories of Violence - Graduate Student Conference - call for papers

Histories of Violence - Call for Papers

The 2nd Annual Graduate Cultural Studies Conference at George Mason University, October 18, 2008


http://culturalstudies.gmu.edu/violence/


Keynote Speaker:
Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Gil and Frank Mustin Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College, author of The Art of Surrender, Theorizing the Standoff, and Discourse and Destruction.


Conference Description:
This conference will explore the ways in which violence is manifest in political, social and economic realms, and the various roles violence plays in the relation between these realms in any specific juncture, past or present. It will examine the ways in which violence is theorized, enacted, represented and obscured, and how we come to understand the role of historic violence in the construction of the contemporary cultural conjuncture, as well as how various histories influence the ways in which we relate to and theorize violence today.

Violence sits at the (often obscured) center of a broad range of topic areas, and many people working in various fields of cultural studies and related disciplines have to deal with the ubiquity of violence as a component of their research, and are therefore forced to theorize or at the very least deploy operational definitions of violence. These definitions, however, are often contradictory and reinscribe fundamental epistemological and ethical rifts within the discourse on culture and politics.

The 2008 Graduate Cultural Studies Conference seeks to cultivate a conversation, among emerging scholars in Cultural Studies and related fields, about the centrality and ubiquity of violence. We are interested in papers written by graduate students which will help to articulate the ways in which violence is encountered in lived experience and in the literature, and which will point towards possibilities for approaching, conceptualizing, and mitigating violence through future scholarship and other activities.


Guiding questions might include:

- What counts as violence?

- How is violence disciplined, legitimated, monopolized, valorized, consented to, or pathologized in different contexts?

- In what ways does topical work on race, gender, postcoloniality, media studies, conflict resolution, political economy, etc., demand that violence be addressed?

- What roles have violence played in the construction of the contemporary cultural conjuncture, and how are those histories represented and received?


General topic areas could include: theories of violence, sexual violence, terrorism, violence and/of representation, state violence, violence and law enforcement, nonviolence, violence and insurrection, violence and masculinity/femininity, racialized violence, divine violence, revolution, symbolic violence, etc.

The conference will take place on one day, and will be organized into panels of three or four 15-minute presentations. In order to facilitate discussion and enrich the experience for all participants, there will be no overlapping panels.

Paper abstracts of approximately 500 words should be submitted by April 1, 2008 to Randall Cohn c/o Cultural Studies Program, George Mason University. Email submissions strongly encouraged: rcohn@gmu.edu. Please include return email address and institutional affiliation for all submissions.

Further details are available at http://culturalstudies.gmu.edu/violence/

Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2007

Newest Newspaper Ad Network Attempt Raises Same Old Questions

The newspaper industry is starting to look like the boy who cried "network." In the latest addition to a string of ad network related reports over the past couple years, Gannett Co., Hearst Corporation, Tribune Company, and The New York Times Company have launched a network dubbed quadrantOne. The goal, as it always has been, is to grab more national ad dollars from large brands.

In light of ongoing print revenue losses and previous stalled or failed attempts to create a network encompassing most local newspaper sites, quadrantOne Interim CEO Dana Hayes stressed the new entity's "well-funded startup" status, and hinted at more non-owner partners to come.

The network has been in talks with "dozens and dozens" of potential publishers that might sign on in the next several weeks to add inventory, including Media News Group and Cox Newspapers, said Hayes. Currently, about 170 big and small market newspaper and local TV sites covering 27 of the top 30 markets are included, representing about 50 million unique visitors in December, according to quadrantOne. Larger markets in the network include LA, Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston, while local TV sites cover cities such as Philadelphia, Seattle, and others.

Two national paper sites are missing from quadrant's equation: NYTimes.com and Gannett's USAToday.com. "Strategically, this is about the aggregation of local; those two don't fit across the ownership group," said Hayes. However, Tribune's LATimes.com, a national paper site, is in the network. Boston Globe site Boston.com is the biggest remaining offering from The New York Times Company, which also has included a handful of small sites including Sarasota Herald Tribune and Lexington, North Carolina's The Dispatch Online.

Seventeen people are on board to sell CPM-based standard and rich media ads to national advertisers. Some handling ad sales out of New York, LA and Chicago are on the national sales teams at owner firms, including Hayes, also SVP Sales for Tribune Interactive, and Donna Stokley, SVP Sales for QuadrantOne and a top Tribune Interactive sales exec. "It's important for us to staff this with people that really know what they're doing," Hayes said, noting the network is hiring additional sales staff.

Ads can be targeted geographically, behaviorally and demographically, and the network is offering standard reporting across markets as well as centralized ad avail requests. "The goal is to attract new advertisers that have avoided local or not jumped into lots of local because it was fragmented," Hayes said.

The company is partnering with a technology firm to run the network, though it hasn't named which one, resulting in speculation from industry watchers. Some believe quadrantOne is running on a large ad network platform, which is a logical conclusion. Others have wondered whether the technology behind local ad buying and management firm Centro is behind it, but that's not the case. However, Hayes did tell ClickZ News quadrantOne and Centro had discussed a possible partnership, but concluded, "Centro buys and quadrantOne sells."

Still, Centro could end up being a buyer of quadrantOne inventory, essentially buying low and selling high to national advertisers it works with.

Greg Sterling, local media industry analyst and founding principal of Sterling Market Intelligence agreed, "Centro could well be a partner or buyer of inventory." But he cautioned, "I also see this as a challenge to Centro."

If quadrantOne, set to be operational by April, does actually tack on more publisher partners and manages to attract enough inventory and national ad dollars to achieve critical mass, it could be a threat to firms like Centro, as well as McClatchy Interactive's Real Cities network.

"The real loser here is probably McClatchy and Real Cities, unless the latter joins and folds its inventory into quadrantOne," suggested Sterling.

Still, there's no telling how this new network will fare, considering past attempts by paper publishers to form Web network alliances in order to counteract plummeting print ad revenues. It was just about a year ago when a network project from Gannett, McClatchy, and Tribune made front page news. Mere months earlier, Yahoo announced its consortium of newspaper partners, among which Hearst is a founding member. Later McClatchy joined the Yahoo fold. Eventually, Yahoo aims to sell and manage national ads on those paper sites in its quest to become a dominant ad network in its own right.

Later when reports surfaced of Gannett, Tribune, Hearst, Media News Group, and Cox working together to create a network -- seemingly morphing the original Gannett, McClatchy, and Tribune combo -- some believed it made sense for firms already aligned with Yahoo, like Hearst, Media News Group and Cox, to hedge their bets with Yahoo, and do it publicly.

Now, there's even more uncertainty regarding Yahoo's future as Microsoft presses its takeover bid. The growing group of Yahoo partners are concerned about Yahoo's future and the future of the consortium, "but they also realize they're largely spectators at this point," said Ken Doctor, newspaper industry pundit and lead news analyst at media market research firm Outsell.

The biggest threat to newspaper publishers, besides time, may be "piecemeal, fragmentary deals," said Doctor. "Now they're running out of capital... It's the failure to do things in a single unified way that is really holding them back."

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Forum for Audio-Visual Practice-Led PhD students (AVPhD)

Calling all Supervisors, Examiners and Students of audio-visual practice-led PhDs (AVPhD). On the 1st April 2008, the AHRC AVPhD funded support network is hosting a forum for all current and potential supervisors and examiners of AVPhDs. This AVPhD April Fools is a day of networking and reflection where we will explore critical structural, practical and theoretical AVPhD questions:

· What are the rules and regulations?
· What ought the student to produce at an upgrade?
· When should they transfer from MPhil to PhD?
· How should the practice and written thesis relate?
· Should the practice be seen first?
· Should there be two vivas: one for the practice, one for the theory?
· How professional should the practice be?
· Who is qualified to examine?
- What are the practical, financial and institutional barriers?


The purpose of this forum is to be a networking and training event where experiences can be aired and alliances forged. Led by experienced supervisors and examiners drawn from the AVPhD steering group and network, the morning focuses on Examination and the afternoon Supervision. The day ends with a plenary where motions can be raised for steps that need to be taken to secure a critical and vibrant mass of successful audio-visual practice led PhDs.

The day will take place in the fully accessible Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College London, 10am-6pm Tuesday 1st April 2008, and will continue into the evening with food and conversation. At the beginning of the day a comprehensive delegate list will be given with
contact details, institutional affiliation and supervisory/examination experience (if permitted). There will be a very good lunch and a very good dinner with extended coffee breaks in between. The day's discussions will be transcribed and each delegate will receive a copy shortly after the event, by email. The registration fee is £50 and is open to all potential and experienced supervisors and examiners of audio-visual practice led PhDs.

If you are an AVPhD student please forward this to your supervisors/examiners. If you are a potential/current supervisor or examiner and would like to attend please write to Zemirah Moffat avphd@mac.com by close of day Friday 14th March.

Secondly, As you may be aware a dedicated AVPhD issue of Journal of Media Practice will be coming out in October 2008. Together with the longer articles we are seeking 1,000 word reflections from students, supervisors and examiners on your experiences of doing and enabling
audio-visual practice-led doctorates. These can be as anecdotal or personal as you like (respecting confidentiality of course), and raise questions about rules and regulations in different institutions, the conduct of supervision, the processes of Mphil-PhD upgrade, the relationship of the practice to the written thesis (and vice versa), the conduct of the viva etc. etc. If you would like to contribute or have any other questions please contact Gail Pearce by the end of
March 2008: g.pearce@rhul.ac.uk.


please visit http://avphd.wordpress.com/ for current information, whilst www.avphd.ac.uk is being upgraded.

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