Director of Technology's Report

Posted by Patrick May | Mon Jul 2nd 2007 6:34 p.m.

Hello,

I'd like to do something a little different for this report. Usually I
focus on completed projects, but in addition I want to talk about some of
our upcoming projects. First I'll report on our completed projects, but
please also check out the second section and let us know what you think.

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Completed Projects
---------------------------------------

+ Server Speed (http://rhizome.org)
We completed several back-end optimizations which dramatically improved the
performance of our webserver.

+ New Media Resources (http://rhizome.org/resource)
Last year we added two resource guides for members: a list of educational
programs, and a list of residencies. We recently added information on
relevant conferences, and a list of syllabi from New Media professors.

+ Commissions (http://rhizome.org/commissions)
We just wrapped up our commissions cycle for the current year. In response
to feedback, we simplified the voting process: We encouraged voters to spend
time on the actual proposals by placing the voting tool on the proposal
websites; and, we allowed people to move from website to website instead of
returning to a main page. We also added comment functionality so that
artists could communicate with voting members.

More people voted this year than before -- 221% increase in participation in
the final round of voting -- and we were successful in steering traffic out
to the artists' sites.

+ ArtBase (http://rhizome.org/art/publish)
We performed three major changes to the ArtBase:

1) We improved the ArtBase submission process, by changing it from a
multi-step process requiring a great deal of coordination to one that is
more simple and less work for the artists.

2) We also made a significant change to how our site supports artwork.
Previously, only works submitted to the Artbase and approved by Rhizome
would show up on Member/User Profile pages. We've changed this process so
that now when an artist submits a work to the ArtBase, it is automatically
published onto their Member/User profile page. This gives artists more
control over content on their profile page, while making it easier to add
artwork to the ArtBase.

3) We are no longer cloning artwork. In terms of staff labor, cloning an
artwork is an expensive and time consuming process. Further more, the
server-side code in cloned artworks must be continually audited against the
latest security risks. We determined that we can't afford to continue our
current policy. We will continue to maintain all existing cloned artworks,
but we are no longer offering the "cloned object" option to new works. We
would like to support archiving works via zip/tgz/sit files on the server,
but we have not yet worked out the details.

---------------------------------------
Upcoming Projects
---------------------------------------

+ Creative Commons
We are currently working to give artists the option to share their artwork
using Creative Commons licenses. Creative Commons licenses allow creators
to stipulate, safely and legally, how their work can be used, remixed, and
redistributed by others.

+ Adding blog content to our reBlog
As you know, we currently have a reBlog in place. This software allows us to
re-publish new media art-related content from other organizations/ blogs, as
well as content from RAW. Soon, we are planning to write more original
content, i.e. blog, in addition to reBlogging. This increase in original
writing, that like Rhizome News will cover new media art ideas, projects and
events, will make our front page news stream even more of a powerful community
amplifier.

---------------------------------------
In Conclusion
---------------------------------------

Thanks for reading, and let us know if you have any feedback or questions.

Cheers,

Patrick

--
Patrick May
Director of Technology
Rhizome
210 11th Ave, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10001
+1 (212) 219-1288 x202
mailto:patrick@rhizome.org
http://rhizome.org
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    Hello,

    I'd like to do something a little different for this report. Usually I focus on completed projects, but in addition I want to talk about some of our upcoming projects. First I'll report on our completed projects, but please also check out the second section and let us know what you think.

    ---------------------------------------
    Completed Projects
    ---------------------------------------

    + Server Speed ( http://rhizome.org )
    We completed several back-end optimizations which dramatically improved the performance of our webserver.

    + New Media Resources ( http://rhizome.org/resource )
    Last year we added two resource guides for members: a list of educational programs, and a list of residencies. We recently added information on relevant conferences, and a list of syllabi from New Media professors.

    + Commissions ( http://rhizome.org/commissions )
    We just wrapped up our commissions cycle for the current year. In response to feedback, we simplified the voting process: We encouraged voters to spend time on the actual proposals by placing the voting tool on the proposal websites; and, we allowed people to move from website to website instead of returning to a main page. We also added comment functionality so that artists could communicate with voting members.

    More people voted this year than before -- 221% increase in participation in the final round of voting -- and we were successful in steering traffic out to the artists' sites.

    + ArtBase ( http://rhizome.org/art/publish )
    We performed three major changes to the ArtBase:

    1) We improved the ArtBase submission process, by changing it from a multi-step process requiring a great deal of coordination to one that is more simple and less work for the artists.

    2) We also made a significant change to how our site supports artwork. Previously, only works submitted to the Artbase and approved by Rhizome would show up on Member/User Profile pages. We've changed this process so that now when an artist submits a work to the ArtBase, it is automatically published onto their Member/User profile page. This gives artists more control over content on their profile page, while making it easier to add artwork to the ArtBase.

    3) We are no longer cloning artwork. In terms of staff labor, cloning an artwork is an expensive and time consuming process. Further more, the server-side code in cloned artworks must be continually audited against the latest security risks. We determined that we can't afford to continue our current policy. We will continue to maintain all existing cloned artworks, but we are no longer offering the "cloned object" option to new works. We would like to support archiving works via zip/tgz/sit files on the server, but we have not yet worked out the details.

    ---------------------------------------
    Upcoming Projects
    ---------------------------------------

    + Creative Commons
    We are currently working to give artists the option to share their artwork using Creative Commons licenses. Creative Commons licenses allow creators to stipulate, safely and legally, how their work can be used, remixed, and redistributed by others.

    + Adding blog content to our reBlog
    As you know, we currently have a reBlog in place. This software allows us to re-publish new media art-related content from other organizations/ blogs, as well as content from RAW. Soon, we are planning to write more original content, i.e. blog, in addition to reBlogging. This increase original writing, that like Rhizome News will cover new media art ideas, projects and events, will make our front page news stream even a more powerful community amplifier.

    ---------------------------------------
    In Conclusion
    ---------------------------------------

    Thanks for reading, and let us know if you have any feedback or questions.

    Cheers,

    Patrick

    --
    Patrick May
    Director of Technology
    Rhizome
    210 11th Ave, 2nd floor
    New York, NY 10001
    +1 (212) 219-1288 x202
    mailto: patrick@rhizome.org
    http://rhizome.org
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