To: DTMD2011 contacts
We are sending you this message because either you attended The Difference That Makes a Difference 2011 workshop (www.dtmd2011.info) last September, or we have previously had some other contact with you in association with the workshop, and we think this information will be of interest to you.
Plans for "The Difference That Makes a Difference 2013" are taking shape. It will run from 8th to 10th April 2013 and will either be on the Open University campus or, if we can get the funding, at Bletchley Park. There will be an overall theme to the workshop of 'Information: People and Places', with the sessions provisionally planned as follows:
Session 1: The philosophy of information and the search for a UTI. This does not specifically address the people and places theme, but addresses the underlying theoretical basis running through all discussions of Information.An additional exciting plan for DTMD 2013 is the involvement of artists. We have been in discussion with the MK Gallery and are seeking funding to allow three artists to participate in the workshop, and at the end of the workshop for one them to be commissioned to produce a work which reflects, interprets and communicates ideas emerging from the workshop. The commissioned work would be unveiled/launched/performed six months after the workshop.
Session 2: Information and Identity: How does thinking in terms of information inform our understanding of human identity? How do our concepts of identity inform our understanding of information? What do we learn if we address race, gender, nationality, class, sexual orientation as information issues?
Session 3: Information and the built environment. In what sense is architecture an information discipline? What is the relationship between information and cities.
Session 4: Information and Geography. This opens the themes of sessions 2 and 3 to a broader consideration of information in the context of physical and human geography. As with DTMD 2011, these sessions will be followed by a synthesis session to maximise the opportunity for discussion.
We are very pleased that Professor Luciano Floridi (http://www.philosophyofinformation.net/Welcome.html) has agreed to participate in the workshop.
Please get in touch if you have any proposals or suggestions for DTMD 2013 - and put it in your diary.
TripleC Special Issue. We've had a good set of papers submitted for the special issue of TripleC arising from DTMD 2011, which we are currently reviewing. The Special Issue is planned for August this year - keep an eye on the website: www.triple-c.at.
Kybernetes. We (Magnus and David) together with Chris Bissell (Professor of Telematics at the OU, and one of the Keynote Speakers at DTMD 2011) are to take up the editorship of Kybernetes (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0368-492X ) from later this year, with Magnus as lead editor and David and Chris as co-editors. Among our plans for the journal are to increase the focus on Information. Again: keep an eye on the website.
David Chapman and Magnus Ramage
Dr. David A. Chapman CEng, FIET, FHEA
Department of Communication and Systems
The Open University
Intropy blog: http://www.intropy.co.uk/