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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Enrico's Weekly Digital Digest

Independent Video Game Developer Manifesto
A group called Manifesto Games is ranting and trying to start up an indy game label.

UNM's Institutional Repository
Our library system has launched a digital archive for UNM's research and creative works. The system was originally developed by MIT and several university library systems have bought into the idea. According to the draft guidelines this system will care for digital files stored on the system indefinitely. They are smart in offering two types of preservation bit and functional. Functional preservation keeps in mind that formats change over time - appropriate changes may be made to files to allow for format migration.

A small sample of the supported file formats. GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PS, EPS, PDF, AIFF. The known formats don't have guaranteed support. PPT, MPEG, MOV

They have the ability to limit access to files - but I think that the intention of the program is to allow public access to files.

Dspace is organized according to communities - and it may be possible to create our own ARTS Lab community. The access person is Christy Crowley. You can also create your own account for accessing files automatically.

Small Conferences
There seem to be a lot of little conferences out there. In general they are one day, informal affairs. Here is a quick list of a few.
Game Developer's Conference Europe - ok - not so tiny.
Open Tech
Our Social World Conference - all about ideas and new tech
Austin Game Conf

Alien Hominid
A small free Flash based video game becomes and independent hit - and is transformed into a real live platform game available on Playstation 2 and XBOX.

A New Mexico Video Game.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Cort Dougan Speaks to UNM Game Topics Class

Court Dougan is the Director of Engineering at FSM Labs spoke at Tom Caudell and Ed Angel's class Topics in Computer Games and Interactive Simulation.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Venture Camp to Encourage Young Entrepreneurs

ARTS Lab is working with Anderson Schools of Management and local economic development leaders to present the High Desert Venture Camp (VenCamp), a one-day workshop and networking event on Saturday, October 29th. Bringing college students, faculty members, alumni and community members together, VenCamp provides a forum by which entrepreneurial teams can identify resources to help them start ventures based on new technology.

ARTS Lab Director Picked for Governor's Media Board

ARTS Lab Director Ed Angel has been appointed to the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries. Formerly the Film Advisory Board, the group's scope has been broadened to include other new and advanced media such as animation and video gaming. (story in Daily Lobo)

ARTS Lab Initiates Games Class

Professors Tom Caudell and Ed Angel start the first in a series of courses and and projects involving Computer Games and Interactive Simulations.

Dome Shows Wow SIGGRAPH Audience

Between the DomeFest juried show presented by LodeStar with support from SkySkan and local business, another dome at the nVidia booth and and Gronk's BrainFlame appearing in Emerging Arts, immersive dome content was a highlight of SIGGRAPH 2005.

ARTS Lab Digital Media Garage to be Unveiled

The official opening of ARTS Lab's "Garage" is near. Scheduled events include a VIP reception and demonstrations of the facility's experimental dome, production suite, motion capture system---as well as the "Viz" lab and HPC's new machine room.