sBook: Futures of the Book

The goals of the sBook project are to develop a unifying information architectural framework for readers, writers and publishers that ties together emerging standards; and to invent new forms of functionality and interoperability to achieve our design vision. The name “sBook” refers to the qualities of the intended experience:

  • Simple: the pleasure and beauty of human readable pages
  • Social: developing context and community through social media tools
  • Searchable: the power and practicality of electronic text
  • Smart: intelligent recommendations both within and beyond the work
  • Sustainable: effective use of material and energy throughout the lifecycle
  • Synchronized: can be updated by author and publisher
  • Scalable: open platform supporting new products, services, experiences

sLab's vision goes beyond the limited model of most existing ebook systems (such as Amazon’s Kindle) by fully supporting annotating, quoting, comparing, searching, taking notes, and sharing, a process which may be described as “active reading” and which many commentators view as the threshold that must be met for the support of true knowledge work rather than simple leisure reading [Golovchinsky 2008, Sellen and Harper 2002]. sLab claims that emerging digital text infrastructures (search and retrieval systems, social media) are increasingly good at facilitating collective and institutional textual practices such as citing, referencing, curating, publishing, managing, etc. However, they are not very good at facilitating personal textual practices such as highlighting, commenting, annotating, etc. This bias stands in contrast to that of paper texts, which facilitate personal practices while making social and institutional ones more complex.

A number of competing systems, open and proprietary, exist for sorting, delivering and engaging with texts. The focus of this project will be to explore why, when and how these solutions need to inter-operate, and to develop new pathways, 'middleware', and interface technologies that assist in connecting the pieces and experiences together. The first design task is to create a framework that maps and relates emerging standards, systems, and devices, working together and with external partner organizations to create innovative bridging of digital and paper text solutions.

Following from this phase will be the development of prototype displays, applications, and devices that seek to make use of and extend this framework, calling attention to the advantages of an open, shared and accessible infrastructure. In addition to these human experiential benefits, the sBook framework seeks to foster significant advances in sustainability by developing expectations and business models for print-on-demand, reducing needless inventory. The development of the sBook framework starts from three specific attributes of reading we see as important and in need of critical attention and material support:

  • Reading occurs in a variety of spaces, places and at different times
  • Reading is social practice that involves other people, collectives, and institutions
  • Reading is an active process in the productive trajectory of intellectual work (that might include thinking, writing, making, linking, etc) rather than a passive process of consumption.

Given these precepts, the sBook framework is oriented towards conserving the valuable aspects of both digital and paper-based text. It is obvious that current text solutions foster and develop these aspects of reading to different degrees -- and for different reasons. Digital text solutions make personal rather than institutional distribution of texts more possible, but are currently limited in order to maintain traditional economic models of publishing. Ebook software standards and devices make markup and highlighting of text (important aspects of active reading) difficult, whereas paper copies encourage these practices. Key to our understanding of these issues is that they involve material and technical development as well as institutional change. The sBook framework does not discriminate between social, organizational, and technical development – it shall encompass all of these.

 

For more information, please visit http://slab.ocadu.ca/project/sbook-futures-of-the-book.

 

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Advisor: 
Sponsor(s): 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:30pm
Lab Member: 
Greg Van Alstyne
Evi Hui
Garry Ing

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine this — a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory

transformed into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology 
September 28 to October 8, 2017

In partnership with the UnitedNations Development Programme and inspired by its 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, EDIT will explore the theme of Prosperity For All through an interdisciplinary presentation of design projects from the fields of architecture, healthcare, education and gastronomy.
Many talented artists, designers, students, faculty and alumni from OCAD University will be showing their work at EDIT. Come say hi at OCAD University's booth and prepare to be inspired!

Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future is here in Toronto

Mickey Mouse's home of the future is a fully functional shipping container home inspired by the most beloved Disney character of all time. The project is the result of an OCAD U-wide competition challenging students to envision a sustainable, eco-friendly version of Mickey's future home.

Students Aira Harutyunyan, Rachel McCormick and Sebastiance Ayala are the winners who were given the opportunity to work with Giant Containers on bringing their ambitious ideas to life. Mickey’s new sustainable home will be on-site at EDIT out front of the factory and available for guests to tour. #MickeyMouseinTO
 

See a list of all the exhibitions here

Venue & Address: 
21 Don Roadway, East Harbour (Formerly Unilever Soap Factory)
Website: 
http://editdx.org/visitor-info/hours-directions
Mickey Mouse's House of the Future

Government funds boost OCAD University commitment to research and innovation

VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations of IBM Canada Patrick Horgan, MP Adam Vaughan, OCAD U Board Chair Dr. John Sempl
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Above, Left to Right: VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations of IBM Canada Patrick Horgan, MP Adam Vaughan, OCAD U Board Chair Dr. John Semple, OCAD U President Sara Diamond, MPP Han Dong, OCAD U Board Vice-Chair Sharifa Khan and The Daniels Corporation President Mitchell Cohen.
 

OCAD University has been awarded $4.5 million from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The Fund is a Government of Canada program that is providing up to $2 billion to accelerate strategic construction, repair and maintenance at universities and colleges across Canada.

The funds will be used by the university to further expand and develop its growth in digital research and innovation, with $2 million to support the research, innovation and environmental sustainability of the Centre for Experiential Learning and $2.5 million allocated for Campus for the Connected World (Phase 1) on Toronto’s Waterfront.

The Centre for Experiential Learning, part of the Creative City Campus, will expand OCAD U’s research and innovation space and nurture the existing campus culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation. The building and its operations will be a model of social and environmental sustainability, incorporating healthy, innovative building materials. The Centre will be located in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, at the southeast corner of McCaul and Dundas streets. In 2016, OCAD U received a $27-million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Creative City Campus project. In addition, the Centre for Experiential Learning has received a total of $4 M from benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp.

OCAD University’s Campus for the Connected World on Toronto’s Waterfront is a new facility for research and innovation that will house initiatives specific to innovation training, design thinking, Big Data design and accelerator capacity that support commercialization initiatives and bring design skills to emergent companies.

The two-phase revenue-generating project is located at Jarvis and Queens Quay in City of the Arts, a multi-use complex developed by the Daniels Corporation. The new facility will play a dynamic role in building Waterfront Toronto’s environmental, cultural and economic capacities.

“As we continue to renew and expand our campus, we look forward to amplifying OCAD University’s digitally focused learning and research, as well as its connections to industry and community partners, says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “OCAD University is proud to provide experiential learning that will ensure our grads are members of a highly skilled workforce that supports talent innovation and entrepreneurship, crucial to STEAM + D disciplines.

We are grateful to the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support and recognition.”

“Supporting OCAD University’s expansion is not only good for Canada; it’s good for Toronto,” says Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York. “OCAD University is at the forefront of delivering new ideas and new leaders for a new economy. Innovation drives Toronto as much as it defines OCAD University, and the federal government is proud to play a role.”

“OCAD U has been a vital part of our community for many years and it has embraced magnificently the imagination and innovation of our young artists and designers. The Creative City Campus will strengthen the foundation of OCAD U, enabling it to further grow and thrive in the 21st century,” says Han Dong, Member of Provincial Parliament for Trinity—Spadina.

OCAD U’s continuous evolution is based on the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society, and that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives. These latest developments will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.

 

BRIDGE, an interactive installation by Naomi Dodds

photo of a bridge structure
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 5:00am

InterAccess is pleased to present BRIDGE, an interactive installation by Naomi Dodds. Dodds is the recipient of the InterAccess Media Arts Prize. This prize, which InterAccess has sponsored for nearly twenty years, is awarded to a graduating Integrated Media student at OCAD University whose work exhibits innovation in new media practice. With its ambitious carbon-steel fabrication and kinetic components, Dodds is a deserving recipient of this award.

BRIDGE is an interactive installation that examines the construction and completion of a custom-built drawbridge.  

BRIDGE involves the integration of two formations: one is a solid material, the other a narrative. A bridge is a structure that allows us to pass from one place to another, spanning a physical obstruction. In this case, the work becomes the obstruction that is itself guided by a participant. 

BRIDGE recreates a new convention, in which the functionalities of technological engineering are reinforced through the act of being present. As a visitor approaches the structure, it will begin to operate through its cycle. Both meeting points of the structure will open and close depending on the position of a participant. As a participant interacts with the work, the act of it opening in fact prohibits them from physically crossing the bridge, however, as a space is created, the idea of passage is still present.

The installation offers a comprehensive exploration into the connections between mental and physical structures and examines how these structures contradict their functional conventions. BRIDGE transmits the notions of geographical and technological displacement, heavily embedded undertones that give way for a formal analysis of the changes in social structures associated with technological determination. However, the simple idea of the spectacle is apparent. Through it’s disarticulated state, BRIDGE aligns itself with the theatricality of an illusion, which in turn resonates with the personification of the performance of the machine.

About the Artist:  Toronto-based new media artist Naomi Dodds’s work explores visual language through the material and immaterial by questioning the role of machine and image. Her work consists of video projection and multimedia installations that attempt to break cinematic conventions by eliminating the constraints of the screen.

About the InterAccess Media Arts Prize:  The InterAccess Media Arts Prize is awarded to a graduating student of the Integrated Media program at OCAD University whose work complements InterAccess’s mission to expand the cultural space of technology. Students must show proficiency in creating mechanical, kinetic, electronic, interactive audio, video or new media work. In addition to a $500 cash award, the recipient receives a one-year studio membership, one year of complimentary workshops, a solo exhibition at the centre, and professional development and mentorship. The prize was first awarded in 1990.

Image: Naomi Dodds, BRIDGE, Carbon Steel, Aluminum, DC Motors, Hardened Steel Gear Sprockets, Roller Chain, Pillow Blocks, Shore Rock, Limit Switches, Parallax PING Ultrasonic Sensors, Custom-­Built Circuit, Arduino Uno, Sabertooth 2X25 V2, U1 12V 230A Battery. 
50’’ x 30’’ x 78’’ (when closed) 102’’ (when open) 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
InterAccess 9 Ossington Avenue Toronto ON M6J 2Y8 Canada
Website: 
http://interaccess.org/exhibition/bridge
Email: 
info@interaccess.org
Phone: 
416.532.0597

By Design - OCAD University/Report on Business series

Illustration of a person running on a large boardgame
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 4:45pm

In 2016, OCAD University partnered with the Globe and Mail Report on Business to publish a series of six op-eds titled “By Design,” highlighting design thinking, related issues and innovation. Click on the PDF below to see the series. 

Material Innovation Centre presents: Talk with Laird McMurray. "Re-imagining Materials for Special Effects"

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Laird McMurray is the president of Laird FX, a specialty prototype design company that engineers and manufactures devices and special effects for film, (Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Incredible Hulk) television commercial theater and live events.

Laird's entertaining and informative talk will demonstrate and delight you in some of the ways that the industry innovatively reimagines materials.

Venue & Address: 
Material Innovation Centre Room MCA 530, 100 McCaul
Cost: 
Free
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Dr. Robert Luke appointed Vice-President, Research & Innovation  

Photo of Dr. Robert Luke
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University has appointed Dr. Robert Luke as Vice-President, Research & Innovation, effective August 29, 2016. Reporting to and working closely with the President as a member of the executive team, Luke is responsible for the strategic leadership, implementation and expansion of the university's research and research-creation capacity, including its research infrastructure and the development of academic business and incubation initiatives.

With over 15 years of experience working in progressive and growth-oriented academic environments, Luke is a recognized leader in research, innovation and research administration. He currently holds the role of Vice-President, Research and Innovation at George Brown College, where he created a nationally recognized applied research department that has raised over $80 million in funding support from government and industry sources. George Brown College was named top research college in Canada by Research InfoSource last year for its achievements in funding and partnerships. During his time there, Luke also oversaw the department responsible for e-learning and teaching innovation.

“With his ability to engage partners and his consensus-building approach, Dr. Luke will be an asset to OCAD University's growing research portfolio, supporting an increasing number of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in research, creative activities, innovation and entrepreneurship. I am delighted to have Dr. Luke join us as the university's Vice-President, Research & Innovation,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University.

Luke holds a BA from the University of Northern British Columbia, an MA from Queen's University, as well as a PhD from the University of Toronto. He maintains an active research program in human-centred design of technology, accessibility and health systems for patient empowerment. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian education and innovation.

 

 

 

OCAD U Presents: The Conversationalists II

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 1:00am

OCAD U Presents:  The Conversationalists II

Amy Leaman, cStreet
Dyan Marie, Artist
Nicole Bazuin, Alexandra Hong and Cheryl Hsu, Madeline Co.

 

Tuesday, March 15th
7 - 9pm
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St.

(Lost? http://www.scrapmetalgallery.com/contact-us/)

 

The conversationalists is a series of talks, performances, presentations and chatter that hopes to explore the notion of ‘social change’ and ‘social innovation’ within the arts. A three part series, the conversationalists will hope to offer varying insights into supports, challenges, warnings and ambivalences towards the language we use to describe what it is we do. What is Social Change? How can Social Innovation exist in the arts? This is where we start.

 

Nicole Bazuin, Alexandra Hong and Cheryl Hsu

Madeleine Co. is a Toronto-based art collective specializing in the creation of socially innovative content. Using co-creative platforms, Madeleine Co. integrates communication strategies with the ingenuity of artists to engage with audiences in empowered and emotionally-resonant ways. Our core principles of accessibility, participation, and collaboration guide us in the development of meaningful experiences with a strong social mandate.

Amy Leaman

Amy is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a masters degree in Urban Design from University College London. Amy is co-founder and creative director of cStreet Campaigns, an agency that works with non-profits, political campaigns, and social movements to use digital tools to make social change. cStreet has worked with leading organizations including the United Nation Association, Rainforest Action Network, and Columbia University.

Dyan Marie

Dyan Marie works in photography, text and sculpture and is an early innovator in the field of digital imagery and community-based projects. She responds to urban situations with public art, curating, walking systems, publications, banner projects, community initiatives, festivals and poetry. A founder of C Magazine, Cold City Gallery, Walk Here, Dupont Projects, BIG: Bloor Improvement Group and is the Creative Director of the BIG On Bloor Festival and How We Live In Cities. Dyan received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the City Soul award from the Canadian Urban Institute among various art and community awards from city, provincial and federal government. AOCAD, MFA

 

Space is limited: e-mail dliddington@ocadu.ca in order to reserve a seat!

 

For further information contact:

DEREK LIDDINGTON
Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers 
E. dliddington@ocadu.ca 

 

The Impact Collective is a social innovation project at OCAD University. Learn more at www.impactcollective.ca

Venue & Address: 
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St. Space is limited: e-mail dliddington@ocadu.ca in order to reserve a seat!
Website: 
http://www.scrapmetalgallery.com/contact-us/
Email: 
dliddington@ocadu.ca
Poster for the Conversationalists II, blue BG with random shapes

Felt - Speaker Series from MIC

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us in the Material Innovation Centre on Wednesday March 2nd! Franziska Brand + Sarah Paul will talk FELT!

Felt is one of the first fabrics ever to be created by mankind. In its original natural version felt is made from 100% sheep and lama wool and has a magnificent history of uses in the world of culture, art and design.

The traditional warmth and beauty of the material is grounded in ethics and sustainability since the animals are not harmed in the process of the creation of the material. Felt has its application form clothing, accessories, furniture, surface applications to specialized industrial products with exceptional acoustic, thermal and abrasive properties.

Venue & Address: 
Room 530 100 McCaul Street
Cost: 
FREE

Ministry of Research and Innovation funds OCAD U's Imagination Catalyst Creative Entrepreneurship Incubator

Speakers at the funding announcement for Campus-Linked Accelorators at OCAD U.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 4:00am

Speaking at OCAD University today, The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, announced a $950,000 grant to OCAD University as part of the Government of Ontario’s Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) program.

The investment will support the Imagination Catalyst, OCAD University’s hub for entrepreneurship and commercialization with the mission to support and develop emerging businesses among OCAD U faculty, student and alumni as well as among creative entrepreneurs across the GTA.

Campus-Linked Accelerators (CLA) is investing over $6.8 million to build on world-class innovation and entrepreneurial programs at GTA colleges and universities. On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) is providing more than $600,000 to support GTA academic institutions that are committed to entrepreneurship on their campuses.

“Creative industry and design entrepreneurs play a transformative role for cities and the larger economy, building new products and services and bringing vitality to neighbourhoods.  We appreciate the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s recognition of this significant Ontario growth sector,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “This is the natural home for the incubation of startups in the maker, design, digital media and creative arts sectors. Creative and design entrepreneurs are distinct from other entrepreneurs in their needs, which include more workspace and specialized networking and professional development.”

CLA investments will help Ontario accelerate the commercialization of ideas and inventions out of its world-class research institutions, develop the business leaders of tomorrow, and harness the power of its support networks to build competitive regional innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.

“Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, through programs that help transfer their ideas and skills to the marketplace while creating rewarding careers,” said Minister Moridi. “By partnering with colleges and universities to support entrepreneurship, we are ensuring our province’s business leaders of tomorrow are getting the support they need to succeed today.”

The investment will support the Imagination Catalyst, OCAD University’s hub for entrepreneurship and commercialization with the mission to support and develop emerging businesses among OCAD U faculty, student and alumni as well as among creative entrepreneurs across the GTA.

Under the guidance of OCAD University’s Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), the Imagination Catalyst will work with Ontario’s Regional Centres of Excellence to design, develop and implement programming that would nurture creative entrepreneurs across the province.

To further strengthen the University’s CLA, it was announced that Relay Ventures is investing $1 million in the Imagination Catalyst Fund over four years. Relay Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in passionate entrepreneurs disrupting and creating new markets through mobile technologies. This investment fund would provide seed funding for emerging entrepreneurs in the program.

“Three years ago, I became involved with OCAD University and its ‘Imagination Catalyst’, a unique and innovative support system designed to increase student entrepreneurship. OCAD U is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets and produces world-class design professionals necessary to the success of any enterprises, large or small,” said John Albright, co-founder and managing partner of Relay Ventures. Albright is also an OCAD University Board of Governors member. “As OCAD U represents creativity and innovation, it brings a completely new dimension to technology-driven entrepreneurship. We are strong supporters of entrepreneurs emerging from Canadian universities, and our investment in the Imagination Catalyst Fund is a logical extension of our focus in that area.”

The Government of Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy to help 30,000 more young people from across the province connect with the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to find employment or start their own businesses. More than 20,000 job opportunities have already been created to date under the Youth Jobs Strategy.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Media Contact:
Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer
OCAD University
416-977-6000 x4890 Cell: 647-473-7778
ccrosbie@ocadu.ca

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