Deadline for proposals: May 12, 2008

The Institute for Multimedia Literacy is pleased to announce a workshop for facultyand graduate students to create multimedia projects with Sophie, an easy-to-usefree software application developed by the Institute for the Future of the Bookand presented by USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Sophie allows users to designinteractive texts that incorporate images, video and sound, and it deployscreative formats for analysis, annotation and citation.

Participants will engage in a hands-on workshop May 27 - 30, 2008, with the goal of creatinga scholarly project; they will then be free to use the IML labs with supportstaff during the summer to continue work on the project; and they will beinvited to present their completed projects at a showcase event in August.Participants will receive an honorarium of $1,000 for their participation inthe workshop.

Sophie is described by the Institute for the Future of the Book as "software for writingand reading rich media documents in a networked environment." Sophie's goal isto encourage multimedia authoring and, in the process, "to redefine the notionof a book or ?academic paper' to include both rich media and mechanisms forreader feedback and conversation in dynamic margins."

Successful proposals will be based on an existing paper or body of research; they willarticulate how media elements will enhance or transform the paper; and theywill indicate a desire to dedicate a full week to the project during theworkshop.

Those interested are invited to submit a proposal that includes the following:

Name and affiliation

Paper/project title and brief description

Sophie project description: what do you imagine doing with Sophie?

Why is this an interesting project to translate into an interactive, media-rich,extensible and/or networked format?

What assets (images, video, sound) do you have ready to use?

Please submit proposals by email to Holly Willis, Director of Academic Programs,Institute for Multimedia Literacy 


Deadline for proposals is 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2008. Participants will be notifiedon Friday, May 16, 2008. Questions? Holly Willis: 213-743-2937.

About the Institute for Multimedia Literacy: The IML is an organized research unit withinUSC's School of Cinematic Arts dedicated to developing educational programs andconducting research on the changing nature of literacy in a networked culture.The IML's educational programs promote effective and expressive communicationand scholarly production through the use of multiple media applications andtools. The IML also supports faculty research that seeks to transformdiscipline-based scholarship.



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