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Start - Otto’s Journey 2011 on the roof of the world: Gunther Holtorf with Otto against the backdrop of Mount Everest When Gunther Holtorf looks at a map, memories immediately pop up in his head: memories of past visits, encounters and adventures. Pick up any country –he has been there. Or at least every country you can get to with a four-wheel drive car. He has visited 215 countries, autonomous territories and regions over the last 26 years. 4 Inspiring Examples of Digital Storytelling Layla Revis is vice president of digital influence at Ogilvy PR Worldwide. Her specialties include international affairs, tourism and multicultural marketing. In 2011, Sundance Film Festival created The New Frontier Story Lab, an initiative created to foster the development of a new style of media production. As media began to depart from traditional, linear films intended for a passive audience, the launch represented an innovative new era in entertainment. The New Frontier Story Lab helped many an interactive narrative come to life. Each of these productions features multiple points of entry across platforms and employs technologies such as facial recognition, augmented reality, geo-location, motion sensors, data visualization and the entire toolset of social and mobile platforms.

Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses Photos via GoogleGoogle showed off its first venture into wearable computing, called Project Glass. If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses. Trash Track For more information, please contact: team Carlo Ratti Director Assaf Biderman Assoc. Director Dietmar Offenhuber Team Leader Eugenio Morello Team Leader, Concept Musstanser Tinauli Team Leader, First Phase Kristian Kloeckl Team Leader, Second Phase Lewis Girod Engineering Jennifer Dunnam E Roon Kang Kevin Nattinger Avid Boustani David Lee Programming Alan Anderson Clio Andris Carnaven Chiu Chris Chung Lorenzo Davolli Kathryn Dineen Natalia Duque Ciceri Samantha Earl Sarabjit Kaur Sarah Neilson Giovanni de Niederhausern Jill Passano Elizabeth Ramaccia Renato Rinaldi Francisca Rojas Louis Sirota Malima Wolf Eugene Lee Angela Wang Armin Linke Video Advisors Rex Britter Stephen Miles Tim Gutowski Lead Volunteers Tim Pritchard Jodee Fenton Lance Albertson Chad Johansen Christie Rodgers Shannon Cheng Jon Dreher Andy Smith Richard Auger Michael Cafferty Shalini Ghandi Special Thanks Jodee Fenton Tim Pritchard – Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities download hi-res video

California's Getting Fracked California s Getting Fracked Everything oil companies aren’t telling you about the extent of fracking in California, and what it means for your food, water, and health. by Anna Flagg, Sarah Craig & Antonia Bruno Algorithm-Powered Movie whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir Computes at Sundance A scene from the computer-powered film whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir. PARK CITY, Utah — It’s never the same movie twice. [bug id="sundance"]Eve Sussman’s experimental cinema project whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir uses a computer to build a movie out of 3,000 video clips, 80 voiceovers and 150 pieces of music. The Best Tools for Visualization Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Whether you want a desktop application or a web-based tool, there are many specific tools are available on the web that let you visualize all kinds of data. Here are some of the best:

How what you eat demands more water than you think it does - Los Angeles Times By Kyle Kim, Jon Schleuss and Priya Krishnakumar April 7, 2015 California's crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, such as replacing grass lawns and minding how long you leave the tap water running. Online screening: Journey To The End Of Coal A project powered by Klynt Editing & publishing app. Journey To The End Of Coal tells you the story of a sacrifice. A sacrifice millions of Chinese coal miners are making everyday, risking their lives and spoiling their land to satisfy their own country’s appetite for economic growth. Your journey begins in Datong which is located just a couple hours away West from Beijing. You travel from there all around the region and visit its major coal mines, from the “best” state-owned complex to the worst private coal plants. In and around the coal mines, you get the story first hand from the mingong, the rural migrants traveling their country looking for work.

Adam Westbrook: Want to be a Digital Storyteller? Just do it Do you want to tell digital stories that touch people? As a journalist, in marketing or education, or as a personal publishing project? I know that many people do, and that’s why I got quite excited about a beautiful digital book that I came across last week, Inside the Story. In it, 24 master digital storytellers share one piece of advice each, and the result is a thought-provoking and inspiring reference for all digital storytellers. Not only that, all proceeds of the book go to Kiva, which empowers people around the world with micro loans. You can only buy it until Thursday May 24 (GBP 3.50) so act now to get your copy!

The Best Online Storytelling and Journalism of 2014 5) A Big Year for Crowdsourcing and Eyewitness Media The term crowdsourcing is nearly 10 years old, but in 2014 crowdsourcing in journalism took a few big steps forward. Right at the end of 2013 user generated content and eyewitness media got a boost when Storyful was purchased by News Corp (my take here). In Syria Shattered Storyful worked with the Wall Street Journal for a three part series weaving together incredible before and after pictures, poignant original video and eyewitness video sourced from YouTube users. The cumulative effect serves to bring readers closer to the people and the streets of Syria in a way that feels immediate and urgent.

The Miracle Mile Paradox ARG by Transmedia LA Rexford Higgs, in the video above, is just one of many characters with which you will be able to interact as if they were real people in The Miracle Mile Paradox, an alternate reality game (ARG) set in a historic neighborhood of Los Angeles. The game will run for 14 weeks this summer and will be playable both online and in real life for free! It's simple! All the "in game" characters like Rex will have websites, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, even phone numbers, which you can read, follow and call as you discover pieces of the story. Think of it as an alternate world that overlaps with the real one that's a bit, shall we say, more dangerous & dramatic? Often times, there will be puzzles and things to figure out in order to reveal a new piece of the story.

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