D4DME – Team Update

After several more meetings with my team, we decided that it was time for one of the others to work on the PHP. We decided that Kyle would be in charge of coding the ‘log in’ and ‘session’ which included a message function to be displayed across multiple pages.

This gave me a break from PHP and allowed me to update the group wiki. Meanwhile, Chace kept working on the CSS for the website.

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D4DME – Trial and Error

After having a discussion over Chace’s mock-up for the webpage, I created a page on our wiki to document our discussions (Here). The page consists of screenshots accompanied by an ongoing conversation that we had over Facebook. Whilst the Wiki is good to document our planning and teamwork, it doesn’t provide us with a real-time chatting option that we need to keep in touch when we’re not talking face-to-face. Facebook probably isn’t the best choice and isn’t very professional, though everyone is using it and it makes it easy to keep in touch outside of uni.

D4DME – The Wiki

To make it easier for us to keep our group work clearly distinguishable from our blog work, I suggested that we create a DocuWiki page on one of our servers. I was happy to set it up on mine, as I have 24/7 hours access to the servers (one of the many perks of living on campus).

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Screenshot of Our DokuWiki

In hindsight, I realised that having a full Media Wiki was more than what w actually needed it for, so I decided to remove it from my server space and replace it with a much simpler version.

We decided as a team that the DocuWiki will be used to host any information that we think of during our weekly team meetings (such as the one we had today) so that we can look back over our planning and have a constant record of what we need to do to progress our project.

Our DocuWiki can be found Here

D4DME – Participatory Culture (Part Three)

Another open source UGC platform that we were introduced to is Wiki Commons. Wiki Commons is a place where you can upload and share your work (mostly photographs or images) with other users with specific ‘copyright’ rules in mind. The general consensus is that another user may use your work freely so long as they give credit and allow other users to use whatever they make from your original content.

As Wiki Commons seems like something we will be using to find images for our website project, I decided to see how easy it would be to contribute my own files.

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Screenshot of Wiki Commons

The process was really straightforward and simple with a section that highlighted the ‘copyright’ laws that I could place on my work.

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Screenshot of Wiki Commons

I think that open source UGC platforms are extremely useful for creative projects when it comes to finding usable content. If you’re looking for a temporary filler image, the last thing you want to do is infringe on someone’s copyright laws and get yourself into unnecessary trouble. Wiki Commons has a vast array of images to choose from that all have fairly lenient restrictions to their usage.