Arts 429/529 & UHON: Open Source/Open Culture

Thursdays 1:00-3:45 PM

The University of New Mexico

Fall 2011

Instructor: Andrea Polli, apolli@unm.edu

 

Open Source/Open Culture examines contemporary open source, free software and DIY movements through hands-on projects and/or theoretical research.  This class is connected with the university-wide Open Source Learning Community (OSLC) sponsored by the Office of Support for Effective Teaching.

 

Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's source materials. Some consider open source a philosophy, others consider it a pragmatic methodology. The open source model includes the concept of concurrent yet different agendas and differing approaches in production, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in producing commercial software.  A main principle and practice of open source software development is peer production by bartering and collaboration, with the end-product, source-material, "blueprints" and documentation available at no cost to the public. This is applied in various fields of endeavor, from computing to design to biotechnology. (wikipedia)

 

Expectations:

 

Objectives:

Students should finish the course with a working knowledge of the contemporary theory and practice of open source/open culture/free software/DIY.

 

Grading Policy: Student's grades will depend on the TIMELY completion of all assignments, final project, attendance and participation. If a student has any emergencies or difficulties in completing an assignment, THEY SHOULD CONTACT ME AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. My e-mail is apolli@unm.edu- no excuses.

 

Grading:

Attendance (inc. field trips) 10%

Class Projects and Homework 10%

Midterm Presentation  10%

Reading discussion leader  10%

Total 40%

 

Open Source Day esearch project/project plan 20%

Project in process presentations 10%

Total 30%

 

Final paper outline10%

Final paper draft  10%

Final paper (1500-3000 words with references) 10%

Total 30%

 

Attendance: The weekly class time will serve as an official time for students to meet. Class time will be used for presentation, discussion, consultation, problem solving and project development. Students are expected to be punctual, and to attend all classes unless informed otherwise by the professor. If a student is too ill to come to class, or has an emergency conflict, he or she must notify and speak with the professor. If a student misses a scheduled meeting, it is the student's responsibility to make up any work missed. More than three absences will result in an 'F' (failure). Lectures and discussions will be held at the beginning of class so you must be punctual. Two late arrivals equal one absence! The student will be in regular contact with the professor throughout the process. All due dates are final; no late work will be accepted. Part of your final grade will be determined by class attendance.

 

Make-ups: If a student finds they will not be able to hand in a project on the scheduled day, it is the student's responsibility to notify me prior to that day. Under no circumstances will I accept the work if I have not been notified and arrangements made prior to that day.

 

Participation: Lecture must be interactive. To this end, I encourage an open atmosphere where back-and-forth communication is the norm. Students are free to speak up when they need clarification or wish to make observations. Always let me know if you are having difficulties mastering a technique presented in class and I will help you. Plus, you will be expected to work several hours outside of class time each week. You will not be able to finish your assignments during class!

 

Homework: Since the nature of this class demands that assignments vary between students, students will be responsible for the specific requirements of their project and will be expected to complete necessary content gathering and formatting and design. Unfinished final projects will NOT be accepted. ALL work will be expected to be formatted as appropriate including online work.

 

Texts:           

Lawrence Lessig The Future of Ideas

Graham Meikle Future Active

 

Resources

 

Additional Books:

Yochai Benkler The Wealth of Networks

Stephen Duncombe, Ed., The Cultural Resistance Reader

Chris Anderson Free: The Future of a Radical Price
Gaelle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski A2K: Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

http://www.zonebooks.org/titles/KRIK_ACC.html

 

 

Online Resources

 

 

General

https://repository.unm.edu/handle/1928/12561

 

Lawrence Lessig lecture

http://randomfoo.net/oscon/2002/lessig/free.html

 

Yochai Benkler talk

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/yochai_benkler_on_the_new_open_source_economics.html

 

Tim Berners-Lee talk

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/open-data-tim-bernerslee.html

 

What's Fair about Fair Use? podcast

http://acme2006.wordpress.com/2006/10/08/whats-fair-about-fair-use/

 

Hacking Copyright Conference

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/soa/dmc/jon_ippolito/

 

The Case for Open Access Conference

http://commons.umaine.edu/coic/coicmovies/CC.mov

 

Creative Time Conference - Revolutions in Public Practice

http://creativetime.org/programs/archive/2010/summit/WP/category/presentations/2010/

 

Redefining wealth and value in a new era:

http://prezi.com/xmzld_-wayho/new-economy-new-wealth/

 

Wikileaks documentary

http://svtplay.se/v/2264028/wikirebels___the_documentary?cb,a1364145,1,f,-1/pb,a1364142,1,f,-1/pl,v,,2264028/sb,p118750,1,f,-1

 

Rip: a Remix Manifesto Film
http://films.nfb.ca/rip-a-remix-manifesto/

 

http://opensource.com/

 

The GNU manifesto: http://www.gnu.org/gnu/manifesto.html

 

Anarchism triumphant: http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/publications/anarchism.html

 

The cathedral and the bazaar: http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/

 

Homesteading the noosphere

http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/homesteading/

 

Mediawatch

http://www.mediawatch.org

 

Free Press

http://www.freepress.net

 

Open Sourcing design and hardware

http://www.instructables.com

Creator of Instructables - http://www.ted.com/talks/saul_griffith_on_everyday_inventions.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/marcin_jakubowski.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_lessons_from_fashion_s_free_culture.html

http://www.xtracycle.com/longtailtech/index.php/Main_Page

http://www.kickstarter.com

http://www.os-house.org/

http://arduino.cc/en/

http://www.ladyada.net/library/openhardware/whatisit.html

http://www.ladyada.net/library/openhardware/projects.html

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/life/technology/2011/05/31/open-source-city-future-vancouver%E2%80%99s-urban-landscape

 

Open Journals, Conferencing, manuals

http://pkp.sfu.ca/

http://www.plosone.org/home.action

http://www.ifixit.com/

 

Share source code

http://github.com/

http://sourceforge.net

http://www.versiontracker.com

 

Open culture and culture jamming

Ad Art http://visitsteve.com/work/add-art-art-replaces-ads/

http://artoftheprank.com/

https://www.adbusters.org/

http://antiadvertisingagency.com/

http://socialsourcecommons.org/

http://vozmob.net

Mark Dery on Culture Jamming

http://www.markdery.com/archives/books/culture_jamming/#000005%23more

 

Open data

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tech-transport/open-data-brings-public-transportation-in-the-21st-century.html

http://sahanafoundation.org/

http://www.greenmap.org/

http://www.eol.org/

http://www.wattzon.com/

 

Project management

Scrum development

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(development)

 

Course Outline:  This syllabus is subject to change!! Please feel that you have a say in the tempo and the extent to which material is covered.

 

January 19

Introduction, course outline and schedule

View Wiki Rebels

Discuss reading assignments

Move to CARC space

 

Readings:

The Future of Ideas: Chapter 1 Free and Part 1- Dot.Commons, pages 3-100

Small Change: Why the Revolution Will not be Tweeted

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/04/101004fa_fact_gladwell?printable=true

 

January 26

Portableapps.com install – bring USB stick

Reading discussion

View Yochai Benkler talk

Establish schedule for reading discussion leaders

Discuss Open Source Day

Project: create 5 questions for Open Source/Open Access survey

 

Readings:

The Future of Ideas: Part 2 - Dot.Contrast, pages 101-142

 

The cathedral and the bazaar:

http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/

Homesteading the noosphere

http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/homesteading/

 

February 2 
Student led reading discussions

Discuss survey assignment

In teams, create final survey, signage and informational material for SUB/Zimmerman display

Determine schedule for SUB/Zimmerman

 

Readings:

The Future of Ideas: Part 3- Dot.Control, up to chapter 12, pages 143-200

 

February 9

Student led reading discussions

SUB/Zimmerman surveys this week

 

February 16

Report on survey responses and plan Open Source Day
Discuss Open Source Day, presentation and other needs

Possible project ideas:

 

Readings:

The Future of Ideas: Part 3- Dot.Control, chapter 12 - end, pages 200-268

 

February 23

No formal class meeting, individual meetings as needed

 

March 1

More survey analysis and plan Open Source/Open Access Day

Student led reading discussions

Open Source Day/Midterm idea discussion

 

No reading assignment this week, work on midterm project, presentation and paper

 

March 8

Midterm presentations

 

Readings:

Future Active: introduction and chapters 1 and 2, pages 1-58

 

March 15

Spring break, individual appointments as needed during the week

 

March 22

Student led reading discussions

Open Source Day?

 

Readings:

Future Active: chapters 3 and 4, pages 59-112

 

March 29

Student led reading discussions

Open Source Day?

 

Readings:

Future Active: chapter 5

 

April 5

Student led reading discussions

Open Source Day?

 

Readings:

Future Active: chapter 6 and epilogue, pages 140-180

 

April 12

Student led reading discussions

Discuss final paper and project/project plan ideas as group

April 19
No formal class meeting, individual meetings as needed

 

April 26

Student led reading discussions

In class meetings reviewing final paper outlines

 

Readings:

A2K: Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

http://www.zonebooks.org/titles/KRIK_ACC.html

Chapters of student choice

 

May 3

Student led reading discussions

In-class meetings reviewing final paper drafts

Projects-in-process presentations/discussion         

 

Readings:

A2K: Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property

http://www.zonebooks.org/titles/KRIK_ACC.html

Chapters of student choice

 

May 10 

Final papers and projects due