Popcorn Europeana at FutureEverything

22nd Mar 2013

As a fringe event at FutureEverything, CX PhDs and Bill Thompson hosted the Europeana Popcorn Mashup

Open archives such as Europeana are revolutionizing the way we interact with media and culture; online tools such as Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker make it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. We now have the ability to move from using the web to making the web. This is something we are calling digital public space, where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content and archives.

Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Within a web browser it enables the combining of video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.

Our drop-in workshop helped interested participants get started with these new tools. Whether showcasing what is possible or introducing FutureEverything participants to mini-projects and the basic principles to help them get started, this workshop acted as both a making place and a discussion space, a microcosm of the global community of creators — educators, filmmakers, journalists, developers, all making and learning together enabled by open achieves and free tools.

We met and worked with some fabulous people, discussing both the possibilities of the tool and the archives, and also the limitations, expectations and frustrations. The tools that need to be built next must enable broader participation in using open resources like these for effective curation as knowledge exchange.

Here are a small selection of links to popcorn projects created by participants: