Welcome to the Junto workspace





1. Rules of Engagement

2. Comparative Existing Tools (reputation, video, mindmapping)




Potential Issues


----> Best way to tune out stalkers would make it invitation only and have it validate with twitter user IDs. Easy peasy ;) (Gabriel Shalom)


----> Tags applied to the individual juntos would let you ’scan’ the content. Links CAN in fact be applied to video (someone would need to edit in references in post-production for “complete” juntos). Video is the most attention-holding format, as people drift away from long-form reading. (Erica)

----> I hope it DOES rely on video, so that video will evolve and become the multidimensional proto-holographic medium it can be, with all the attendant metadata it is presently missing. YouTube’s beta automatic transcription service is a step in the right direction; Adobe’s (and many other independent university’s) research into seam-carving will also help.

See also: http://quantumcinema.blogspot.com/2009/09/rubric-for-open-source-cinema-beta.html (Gabriel Shalom)





Potential Uses



Other Feedback




Other Suggested Features




               --->Simultaneous mapping alongside the exchange in addition to twitter backchannel would be brilliant; could appeal to an entire other group of spectators; those who like mapping connections and visualizing relationships (like our friend @notthisbody ) Would be amazing to incorporate something more sophisticated (like Compendium) to allow multidimensional concept mapping. See:http://compendium.open.ac.uk/institute/ (Gabriel Shalom)


               ---> Concept and dialogue mapping can offer a concise and efficient way to view the “plateaus” of Juntos, as well as mapping across Junto sessions, without huge time involvement on the part of those who’d like to access the information within. You can also start to map the progress of the Junto and interrelations between the different sessions. (NotThisBody)


               ---> You may also want to create a mindmap for each of your blogs that can be built upon and used for future reference. The information you are presenting needs to be captured in real time and stored for reference. I’d like to see a software that is capable of doing that, capturing blogs and comments with links into a mindmap. (Spiro Spiliadis)





Video Software



Transcription, Curation, Immediation


Once the Junto agrees and announces a topic  (compare Open Space) , the goal is to connect the collaborators, to let them comfortably talk and chat within the given timeframe. Viewers or back channel are optional - collaborators decide whether they want to share live, or later; whether back channel is visible to themselves, to others or not at all. We respect informational self-determinism.


In an unrecorded prototype Junto session on 2010-03-25 using skype , two collaborators imagined a prototype process like this:


  1. provide a safe space and time (virtually) 
  2. connect up, check technology functions
  3. record the session,  video, audio, chat or other screen
  4. debate the topic until designated or open end time 
  5. save the recordings
  6. transcribe, with linked time code (e.g. TED Style)
  7. refine transcript, tag
  8. test, release
  9. share 


In the early phases, leave the curation for later. As experience grows, backchannel contributors can begin transcription. With growing proficiency, aim to get closer to real-time transcription. When tools become available fora step, e.g. time-coded transcription, automate that, validate by experienced collaborators, then get that part of the process out of the way.


Keep aiming to remove time from the overall transcription and curation process. Get ever closer to real-time until people feel comfortable to call it immediation (Gabriel Shalom offered this word).


Four or five persons appear to be a good intital team for remote Junto. Two in spirited discourse, the others act as willing and able "secretaries" on backchannnel.  Between sessions, agree how to rotate roles so everyone gains experience.



Transcription, Curation Tool Candidates



Wikis in Plain English