The track as a whole is derived from an improvisation with Live and my 11-year old daughter Rosa playing the drums along.
Update, 17 October 2015
I completely forgot to say that the aforementioned is inspired by the joint Bad Panda / Fabrica release 80UA where Francesco Novara & company produced four great tracks that entirely use the archive of (remixable, public domain) NASA sounds:
Starting off I have to say that this certainly was the best re:publica ever since I attended it for the first time in 2010. So well done! Many thanks and lots of respect to everybody who made this possible.
Following a rather light and entertaining panel discussion entitled “Tweeting from Space for the Digital public” I held in 2012, I had the chance to curate a couple of sessions on Space Science within the Open Science Track together with programme coordinators Geraldine and Sandra. Although in the end just four (or respectively three) of nine planned sessions took place, these have been terrific. Let’s begin with one of my highlights of the Open Science Track:
I have been following Carolina’s Blog and her work for quite a while now with growing interest, so I was really lucky. Not just because we coud invite her, but also because she and her family including her baby undertook the long travel from Cape Town to Berlin. Carolina’s talk on crowdsourced stronomy, citizen science and hacking projects was equally inspiring and raising awareness. Many thanks to Geraldine de Bastion who made this possible.
Let’s continue with Part Time Scientists: Karsten Becker, Robert Böhme and their international team of about 100 people are among the favourites to win the Google Lunar XPrize. The goal is to safely land a rover on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 metres and send high resolution images and data back to Earth – as well as the first SMS an email from the moon. Google offers up to 30 Million US dollars as reward. Although launching rover Asimov on board a russian Dnepr rocket will cost just as much, Part Time Scientists (PTS) don’t even think about shying away. I think that gives an impression about the fact PTS have to manage not just enormous technical but also administrative challenges. But if Robert, Karsten and team will tackle these challenges with the same enthusiasm as they delivered their talk I have absolutely no doubt they will make it.
Part Time Scientists are supported by DLR, or more precisely by the DLR Institute of Robotics and mechatronics, which contributes the rover’s propulsion technology as well as the autonomous navigation based on environmental perception technology.
At this year’s re:publica, Europe’s largest conference on the digital society, I had the pleasure to give a talk with subsequent discussion on the topic “Space Science as a creative commons?” among other things (read more about these in my next blog post). The respective presentation can be found on slideshare:
As my goal was to cover at least some major aspects with regard to the status quo of Open Science and Open Access I did a bit of research with interesting findings: While DLR, german space agency and research centre for aeronautics and space, has a more liberal approach with regard to sharing its public imagery, videos etc. by licencing under Creative Commons, it has a strict approach with regard to Data: no open access here, non-commercial use of data is mostly subject to submitting a scientific proposal (example), which prevents not just interested laypeople, but also e.g. pupils and students from freely using the data. Commercial use of data is, e.g. in the case of DLR’s Earth observation missions like TerraSAR-X or TanDEM-X, managed by Astrium Geo due to a public-private partnership.
Please take a look at the slides – and post a comment in case you have any further questions, amendments or corrections for me. Many thanks go to my partners and colleagues Fernando Doblas, Head of the Communication Department of the European Space Agency (ESA), and Bob Jacobs, Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA‘s Office of Communications, for providing me with statements on the status quo of licencing and copyright matters with regard to their agencies.
Here’s the original re:publica session announcement:
NASA, the United States government agency for aeronautics and space, provides all of its own images without copyright and under public domain. Why? The answer is simple: Tax-funded so-called ‘government works” are excluded from copyright law. Hardly any other space agency has followed this liberal approach so far.
OK, Copyright in the United States differs from e.g. Copyright in Germany or respectively Europe, but nevertheless, one may realise a – even if small – trend towards liberation and opening also of this specific kind of tax-funded content and data: DLR German Aerospace Center, space agency as well as research center for aeronautics and space with 7000+ employees, took an important step forward in March 2012 as it officially began licensing its own media under Creative Commons. The decent storm of enthusiasm by media and the digital public was preceded by a considerable process of coordination and creation of confidence among all persons and entities involved.
This is what Marco Trovatello’s session will be about. He managed the conversion from traditional “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved” for DLR’s own media – and will provide insight and perhaps also some clues on how to turn your research centre away from anachronistic conditions of use and towards transpartent licensing.
Annotation: The focus of the talk will be on multimedia content such as space images, videos etc. provided for use by the general public, Open Access and use of Open Data will only play a minor role, although the presenter – a science communicator, not a scientist – will try to address also these important topics.
An approx 15 to 20 minutes talk shall flow into an open and laid-back discussion with the audience on the topic of copyright and commons with regard to space images, space science, the creative sector and beyond. On the panel, John Weitzmann, Legal Project Lead, Creative Commons Germany, and Mathias Schindler, Project Manager, Wikimedia Germany, will join in on the discussion.
It was about time to point out this gorgeous podcast: post-rock paper scissors is a weekly music podcast by Armand Babian (Twitter) from Los Angeles about “(…) post-rock and all things tangentially related.”. Originally a programme at UCLAradio.com it became a podcast in 2009 (Episode 1), accompanied by this blog.
The current, 80 minute long fulminant episode 152 deals with space science – sort of: “Today’s episode is about how we landed on the moon and how we abandoned it.”
The music selection is, as usual, not just tasteful, but also copes with the difficult topic in just the right way. Why difficult? Because music and outer space is a difficult topic, as nobody can be bothered with obsolete classic, pop or rock tunes as a soundtrack to the topic of space exploration et al. – so thanks, Armand, for that.
Anyway, this is really great ‘cinema for your mind’ (‘Kopfkino, as we would call it in german’), including some nice Neil deGrasse Tyson-references (…see foot notes and listen to the lead-in).
Here we go! Storyboard ready, slideshow ready, moderation ready, checked-in for my flight. Can’t wait to see you all at #RP12: My colleagues and session guests (see below), Andreas Schepers & many other friends, mates & colleagues such as FC Stoffel, Mo. Sauer, Sim Sullen, Katti and lots of other people I’ve been communicating frequently with over social networks in past years, but whom I actually haven’t met yet in person … hope two days will be enough & see you soon!
On 2 May 2012, I will take part in a session at re:publica Berlin on behalf of DLR. re:publica is Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of society and all things digital.
During the 60 Minute session, we will discuss why space agencies and their astronauts blog and tweet (sometimes even from Space), how it all works and why the intense use of social media has become an important part of the respective communication strategies.
What started off as a ‘class reunion’ of bloggers, researchers and internet activists, now regularly attracts over 3000 participants: As a result of last year’s full house at ‘Friedrichstadtpalast’, this year’s re:publica will bring participants together at Station Berlin. Even so, the conference has preserved an open and familiar atmosphere. “A quality conference with a festival feel”, in the words of the organisers.
P.S.: I forget to mention that our session will take place in the evening of 2 May 2012, 19.00 to 20.00 CEST. and that, according to re:publica, these late events can be accessed by the general public for a fee of just a few euros. Currently, re:publica organisers are checking whether these late events can be made accessible for the general public at small fee. Full conference tickets (3 days, over 200 hours of programme) are available here for 130 Euro.
This is the english short version of my german blog article about the documentary film “Plug & Pray – Of Computers and other Human Beings“. The movie, which is directed by german film maker Jens Schanze, deals with humanoid robots, artificial intelligence, neural engineering and features some of the inventors and actors in this specific field, among them Computer Scientist and ELIZA inventor Joseph Weizenbaum.
The english version of my interview with Stephan Schael, German project lead for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the International Space Station (ISS), has just been published in the newest edition of DLR Magazine. If you’re interested in whether antimatter or dark matter exist or not, or if you’re simply interested in the fact how fundamental research is now being carried out on the ISS, then read on here or get your own printed copy for free.
DLR Magazine 131/132: Orbital quest for mysterious matter