If you have read my previous post about our Wiki you will know that it is connected to my University server so you cannot access it if you’re not connected to it. I want to share with you our research and how we have been getting on so I thought I would screenshot some of the posts we have created.
Over the last few days I have posting on our wiki page about our groups progress. We have managed to build our student housemate finder and create a logo. I have been using my3schools to help me get around HTML and CSS. I also created a logo for our website:
I designed it using Inkscape. I wanted to have the student theme in the logo along with the estate agent theme. I did some research and found a lot of estate agent logos and nothing really included the student aspect. I came across this logo, traced it on Inkscape and tweaked it so the colours were different. The previous image was a green/yellow colour but I changed this to a brown colour because I feel it fits our student/house theme better.
Here are some screenshots of our website and work files:
My new task set was to make a contribution to a community based User Generated Content (UGC) platform. This could be everything from adding a photo or video to Wikimeda, adding some detail to open street map on our Bournemouth campus or to add a recipe to Wikibooks.
I chose to add something from Bournemouth University to open street maps. Open Street Maps is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. It emphasises locals adding their own knowledge to the map that wasn’t on there before.
Above you can see Bournemouth University situated on Open street maps.
Below, I have added the coffee shop Starbucks to the map. This is from my own knowledge as I know there is a Starbucks coffee shop on campus.
You can see from the above image that I have now added a ‘note’ to Open street maps.
I found this task interesting to complete. I am a lover for travelling and map reading, I can get so stuck into a map so this task was perfect for me. I liked that anyone has the ability to add whatever they want or correct something. It creates freedom for users all over the world. I look forward to adding in more notes as I discover the world of Open Street Maps.
What is a Wiki page?
A wiki page is part of a server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser.
Examples of wiki pages are; Wikipedia, WikiHow, Wikitravel, Wikiversity. The list goes on!
The important part of wikis is what makes them different from any other type of website. The collaborative editing by the users makes Wikis so outstanding. Having the ability to collaborative with other users and edit any text you can read.
The main pro’s of a wiki page, take Wikipedia for example is that there is always likely to be an entry for a search, it’s free and very easy to find. The con to this is that as anyone has edit the information, it may not be 100% accurate and/or misleading. Particularly web articles, you can’t always believe every piece of information you read. On Wiki pages, look for external references sites which you can verify and hyperlinks to link to to relative sites.
I enjoyed researching wiki pages as I didn’t have much knowledge on them beforehand. I did not realise actually how many wiki pages there are and the easy ability to change the information shown.
Who is Lawrence Lessig?
Lawrence Lessig is a legal and political activist. Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a professor of law at Harvard Law School. Previously, he was a professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of the Center for Internet and Society.
He is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications, and he has called for state-based activism to promote substantive reform of government with a Second Constitutional Convention.
Here you can find lectures and presentations by Lessig on a range of subjects from Free Culture to corruption whilst also mentioning copyright, privacy and cyber-law.
My next post will be on a new topic, it involves homework on open street maps.