Just walking through the Beta House building Friday, we could imagine whiteboard walls and tables, interactive monitors in the dormant fireplaces, localized soundproofing for designated quiet areas, re-usable projection areas, and even trains delivering messages throughout the building. With funding substantial and plans for moving underway, the time to impact the design of such spaces is running out, but the current atmosphere is one of inclusiveness. Current students and alumni need to get involved with the spaces we will be asked to use and support as part of the School of Informatics family.
I just answered a call for papers for Migrations and Identities Journal of People and Ideas in Motion, a new bi-annual publication slated to debut next summer. The proliferation of social networks and sites requiring new accounts makes it a common phenomenon to have to manage dozens of username-password profiles across many communities of different personal value. Much of this redundancy of action begins well before students leave home for college. My interest is in understanding the benefits to propagating and iterating one’s identity when migrating from one context to the next, and also in the barriers that present themselves to new members of an online community.