[oshug] OSHUG #33 -- Radio Pt.2 (Networking Literacy Project, Everyone has a radio in them)

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Wed Apr 2 19:06:08 UTC 2014


Registration is now open for the April meeting. Details below.




Event #33 -- Radio Pt.2 (Networking Literacy Project, Everyone has a
radio in them)

Thursday 24th April 2014, 17:30 - 20:30 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.

  Registration: http://oshug.org/event/33

The thirty-third OSHUG meeting will be the second on the theme of
radio, with talks on a bold vision for a project that aims to increase
understanding of personal networking, and on a toolkit that lets you
build your own physical Internet radio.

-- The Networking Literacy Project

"Beep-BEEP!" - Some of us will remember the distinctive click when
throwing the power switch of a BBC Micro, and the immediate gratifying
sounds it made. Thirty years ago, public awareness of personal
computing was low, and civil society acted to raise literacy in
anticipation of the coming boom. Today, computers are pervasive in
everyday life, and their function is increasingly to deliver
distributed computing applications. Indeed, we are on the cusp of
another era of personal technological progress and growth, this time
for personal networking. Understanding and literacy about this is low,
while importance and opportunity are high. This talk will explore some
of the learning opportunities, and how the technology community could
contribute to eliminating the widespread functional illiteracy in this
important area of technology.

Martin Geddes is an authority on the future of the telecoms industry,
ranging from emerging business models to new network technologies. He
is a futurologist, writer, speaker, consultant, and technologist.
Martin is currently writing a book, The Internet is Just a Prototype,
on the future of distributed computing.

-- Everyone has a radio in them, it turns out

Inspired by the challenge of making a physical radio device that did
anything interesting and web friendly, a small team within BBC R&D
spent a few days building an Archers Avoider using off the shelf
components and free software alongside BBC created custom services for
controlling audio IP streams.

"Radiodan" is now at v2.0 and consists of open source
web-developer-friendly software designed to work on a Raspberry Pi,
used for controlling audio streams, getting a device on a wifi
network, and controlling buttons, dials and leds, plus a kit of parts,
a case and some instructions.

This talk will take a look at some of Radiodan's technology, in the
context of our goal of making it something that anyone can start to
build a radio with. It will also explore why it's important and
interesting to widen the pool of people who can make radios, and how a
new field for us has changed the way we work.

Libby Miller is a producer and developer working in the BBC R&D
Central Lab. She currently works on Radiodan, a project about cheap,
rapid prototyping for radios. She also works on the VistaTV EU project
on the use and visualisation of real-time IPTV statistics, and the
MediaScape project, which is about developer-friendly standards for
connected devices. Before that, she led the BBC's part of NoTube,
including work on APIs to TV for second screens, resolution of
broadcast metadata to web metadata, synchronised social experiences,
and recommendations and serendipity.

Note: Please aim to by 18:15 as the first talk will start at 18:30 prompt.

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