alan levine

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love.. that as long as Alan has been at this.. his comment at #reclaimopen.. at least what i hear is – that what he’s doing is hard to define .. perhaps even..

you can’t define it.. 

i like that definition of open.


Alan’s collection of true stories of open:

true stories of open sharing


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Alan lead/teaches the open digital storytelling class ds106:

A History of ds106

This course began at the University of Mary Washington in Spring of 2010 when Jim Groom re-imagined the way the Computer Science Course in Digital Storytelling, CPSC 106, might be taught. 

ds106 site

Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that happens at various times throughout the year at the University of Mary Washington… but you can join in whenever you like and leave whenever you need. This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer, a hardy internet connection, preferably a domain of your own and some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster.

For Fall 2013, we are running an experimental open version of ds106 where… THERE IS NO TEACHER! What? How is that possible?


leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106.
Alan –  exploring new options under the banner of his own creation..

cogdog it site


five card flickr stories


notes from webinar on storytelling nov 2013:


may 21, 2014 – ttt – Alan was asked about the pillars of ds106 – along with – is it a mooc.

his answer – my paraphrase:

1. everyone has their own domain..

2. in a mooc – all headed to the same thing.. not on ds106… so proximity of others.. but each work on own art.. ness.. alongside ness


dec 2014 tweet:

TBH everything on my blog is for me; if someone else gets something out of it, nice.

fitting with document everything ness


BAMMMMM! Sound of my browser hitting a Taylor and Francis paywall on research paper. $40 to read a paper? WTF WORLD DID WE MAKE?

Original Tweet:

ownership ness


Geometric progression of @vconnecting, or how @cogdog can touch u so deeply from many miles away #altc

Original Tweet:

I cannot call this relationship virtual.

It is more real than real.

And that is the “it”, Simon. There is no virtual. There is connecting, starting with one connection at a time, and geometrically growing from there.


open badges evidence via Doug:

badge evidence via Alan:

perhaps our deeper issue is more in letting go
disengaging from irrelevant s (v gupta)

a call to end our love affair with evidence (rupert read & nn taleb) ..with credentialing

perhaps we simplyleave a trailself talk as data – in whatever form we choose that day. as the day.


CogDogBlogged: Fences and Assurances

important thing is considering the dog inside the fence, and giving enough love and reasons for him to not want to jump.


There are no 100% assurable fences of protection.

gershenfeld something else law


part of gigapan exchange

after #dwebsummit

New blog post: “Digital Dioramas”… #DWebSummit
The DNS domain system as it is currently setup is broken
The idea that everyone should have a domain for life.
Udell‘s – hosting life bits ness
how Cerf description of our current approach to web archiving as akin to creating adigital diorama: taking a two-dimensional snapshot, often by scraping sites.
so is gigapan via Dror.. anything like this digital dioramic..?


kinda, think though is what an archived website looks like out of historical context


it’s like panoramas of panoramas for super Rez image. Was cool to explore, create snapshots. Been a while

@jimgroom @monk51295 @dror_yaron I feel a nostalgic blog post coming in. Met one of CMU developers while shooting scene in Iceland



I just published “I Went into the Forest”…

And humans, at least ones from cities, seem to need to fill that sparse sound space with their own sounds, as if to comfort their own discomfort. As if they could not bear to be alone with those forest sounds.

silence ness.. never nothing going on ness.. in the wild..


Gardner Campbell (@GardnerCampbell) tweeted at 5:34 AM – 25 Oct 2016 :

Opening Up Attribution with Mediachain > extremely cool via @cogdog cc @RovingLibrarian @kriegtastic @anniescramble (

This is a case where I am so excited about something, I am not fully able to explain how it works (there is a technical-ish post), but it seems like it is using blockchain (or similar) technology to be able to track the metadata about images, even a they are remixed. In addition, this provides a way for them to provide cut and paste attribution like my little tool does.


I’m super jazzed about the features of Mediachain, and my hunch is that it will do more than images.

imagine.. putting our energy toward something that does more than images.. with a focus w/o attention to attribution for purpose of ie: micropayment ness.. thinking.. moore laughable\irrelevant law

from link in above post:

The act of seeing an image would open a gateway to an artist’s identity, the work’s history, or more works by the creator.

not keen to attribution ness.. but keen to finding authenticity..when blockchained chip.. or whatever.. is connecting 7bn via self-talk/curiosity/whimsy… everyday…

Imagine that, given only the anonymous Bowie GIF, you’d be able to find out that Helen Green is the artist, *send her a micropayment, see what press the image received, find more works by the artist, and contribute a statement to the chain that one of the frames was inspired by the Aladdin Sane album cover for others to see.

With Mediachain, our mission is to create world’s largest open media metadata database to preserve information about creative works. We believe this will empower creators by preserving their attribution, allow **consumers to have deeper interactions with media, and developers to build applications that ***reward creators directly.

again – rather than *micropayment/**consumers/***reward ness focus of our energies.. let’s go for connection.. to our peoples.. as the day



via Gardner Campbell and Alan Levine

Orientation week has begun! Engelbart Framework Project description here: Welcome from @cogdog & me: . New to @hypothes_is ? Start here: . Join us! #augmentintellect #frameworkproject

Original Tweet:

10 min video –

Welcome to the Engelbart Framework Project

we have this idea that there’s a way to take a doc that changed the world.. but isn’t very well known..  and putting that doc (augmenting human intellect) w/in an environ that encourages really close/thoughtful engagement.. most of all an convo around doug engelbart’s ideas regarding all this tech that he helped to invent/popularize.. but along the way kind of got detached form some of those ideas.. in ways that led all the tech to not always be for the *best possible uses..t

dougaugmenting human intellect

*ie: augmenting interconnectedness..

it (annotation) does bring us back to doug’s ideas.. about collective intelligence.. people able to work together collaboratively.. his vision to harness this *collective iq and make it a real force for change.. a way of addressing these complex problems.. t.. we might be able to invent solutions faster than we invent problems..

imagining we need diff connections first – focus not so much on *collective iq.. rather on daily curiosity

3 min – while we’re not solving a problem.. it’s more an experience.. of using tech (he was talking about) to reveal/harness the power of collective intelligence.. what we call thought vectors and concept space

4 min – a: the power of having a convo about these papers

a fruitful search together for a bigger understanding..t

5 min – a: it’s a hard paper.. we should use these tools to get to a better understanding to make society better.. t..  employing pieces of this paper to understand it better..

6 min – he clearly anticipated there would be more building to do..t

the ai humanity needs..augmenting interconnectedness

7 min – it was the structure of the idea.. t.. that led to all the developments..

begs 2 convers as infra.. to get to the energy of 7bn alive people.. everyday.. everyone

everyone in sync

the danger is the results run away from the idea.. and get detached.. nobody to think about why anymore.. engelbart was always about being thoughtful.. why we were doing what we were doing

8 min – first week.. practice using hypothesis.. get to know others.. then 3 additional weeks.. working on annotations.. to enrich this doc w those who were there.. those following him.. and those who are new..  no prior knowledge assumed/necessary

10 min – we’re really hoping for an annotation space..

keep posted here:

annotate with us


@cogdog has a great point here: Instead of using Zoom to re-create a lecture class, “recast your activities in ways students can do as much without going online- reading, writing, thinking, practicing, doing stuff away from the screen.”

Original Tweet:

alan writes in post:

But really, if I was helping folks, my suggestion an strategy would be… do as little as possible online. Use online for communicating, caring, attending to people’s needs, but not really for being the “course.” Flip that stuff outside.

This is why I cringe when what I seem to hear is “Zoom! Zoom! Can we have 30 students in zoom?” Everything you try to do online is going to call on for jumping unfair levels of barriers- access, technology, experience. I’d say recast your activities in ways students can do as much without going online- reading, writing, thinking, practicing, doing stuff away from the screen.

I’m not convinced we need to do so much synchronous “stuff”. The most important things to me are quickly establishing, and having backup modes, for students to be in touch with you, and you with them. As individuals. It might be direct messaging, email, texting. It could be but need not be something Slack-like.