Open Source is Enabling us to Tell Better Stories

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Proposal
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Excerpt

The conversation in today's media world is shifting away from "how much content can we publish, and how fast?" and toward "how can we provide in-depth engagement with single pieces of content." The emerging realm of digital storytelling means that "messages are not only heard and understood, but inspire, motivate and elicit action." Open source is adding fuel to this fire, and it is getting brighter.

Description

The conversation in today’s media world is shifting away from “how much content can we publish, and how fast?” and toward “how can we provide in-depth engagement with single pieces of content.” The emerging realm of digital storytelling means that “messages are not only heard and understood, but inspire, motivate and elicit action.” (Nathan Weller) Digital storytelling allows readers to engage, in depth, rather than just read words on the page. The voice of the author can transcend the simple medium of code and pixels, and we can all be sitting around a digital campfire talking, acting, passing around objects, and sharing with each other. This has been slow to happen, but we’re starting to see this take shape. Almost like a casual watcher from just outside the firelight, we’re watching authors begin to take advantage of the web’s powerful storytelling tools. Open source is adding fuel to this fire, and it is getting brighter.

Storytelling on the web has to be more than just text and images. To create a compelling experience, a user needs to have rich and interactive visual cues to understand a whole picture. Images need to be compelling, and be a part of the storytelling experience — not just stuck to the right side of the page. Interactive experiences also need to be social, so users can use any part of a story to help tell their own.

This talk will focus on beautiful examples of the open source libraries and tools emerging in digital storytelling today. We’ll look at how data visualization, mapping, images, text, and long-format content strategy are forming a new use of the web, away from breadth and toward depth; away from quantity and toward quality, away from content and toward experience.

Tags

Open Source, digital storytelling, storytelling, stories, interactive, json, data visualization, data, visualization

Speaking experience

Karen Borchert speaks regularly on the subject of open source product development and product strategy for Phase2, including speaking at DrupalCon and keynoting DrupalCamp Twin Cities. She has also spoken about her personal experiences at various events including TEDx Omaha (her TEDx talk can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I_GwcMpPZE).

Chris Strahl has spoken twice previously at Open Source Bridge, and three times at DrupalCon. I've also helped organize several media and publishing industry events in NYC that have all involved speaking and organizing.

Karen and Chris have never given this talk before.

Speakers

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    Biography

    As the EVP of Strategy, Karen manages the Strategy Department, an internal division dedicated to aligning our strategic plan, internal investment, and innovation. Her top priority is creating and executing plans to improve Phase2 and heighten our market position. Additionally, Karen champions innovation activities, product strategy, business planning, research and development, and strategic ventures.

    Applying her experience creating and scaling a national non-profit organization as well as a background in product development for accessible mobile technology, Karen has played an invaluable role in developing a variety of Phase2′s strategic endeavors. Her passion is in the strategic development of products and services that serve a greater good, so her role in helping Phase2 innovate and grow — the open source way — is a perfect fit.

    Karen received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, where she now sits on the board for their Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, she received her MBA from Georgetown University. Karen is currently located in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Chris

    Chris Strahl

    Phase2

    Biography

    Chris is the Practice Director for Enterprise Media and Publishing at Phase2. He’s been a long time member of the Drupal community, and works to match open source technology to the needs of large enterprises.

    Chris is from Portland, OR.