The age of metaview

On Friday 28 October James Steele presented the seminar “The Age of MetaView” at our regular Open Fridays seminar series at the University of Canberra. James is currently a PhD student at the Australian National University, the former manager of Educational Technology Services in the Division of Communication and Education at the University, a professional associate with the INSPIRE Centre and an experienced educational developer (remember The Parliament Stack, Investigating Lake Iluka and Exploring the Nardoo). James won many awards for his work back in the 90’s including Australian Graphic Design Association Commendation Award 1998; Australian International Multimedia Industry Award 1998, International EMMA Award Frankfurt, Germany 1996; and several Australian Society for Educational Technology awards.  On to the seminar. In a mind-boggling statistic Facebook reports that it has over 250 million photos uploaded every day with total in excess of 100 billion. One of the great success stories of the internet as been the partnership between digital cameras and photo sharing websites such as Flickr. James argues that the plethora of photos should not be seen like material prints but more like unrecorded conversations that stream by us everyday and are at best half-remembered. James has been exploring the application of location for making sense of the ever-increasing numbers of photos.  He uses location to create a metaviews of places made up of the multiple images. James and his supervisor Martyn Jolly have recently published their work “Generating a new sense of place in the age of the metaview” in the Journal of Australian Studies in the special issue of Media and Materiality. You can find his presentation below. You can James' presentation on Slideshare.