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The Litfest is a publishing house, a literary event, a developing agent and an extensive literary organization. Litfest organises activities, holds a workshop, carries out such things as work in jails, produces e-publishing and printed media publications and organises an event programme literary event throughout the year.
LIFFEST Director Andy Darby has directed the organization's work on AmbITion, and it is his contagious humor, attitudes and practical approaches that have determined the way LitFest has evolved in its technology aspirations. Headquartered in the glossy new Storey Creative Industries Centre in Lancaster, Andy is optimistic about the company's futur.
"It was an occasion for us to work on our work with it. While we were not qualified to work in digitization, we were already beginning to explore what it means to work as a digitized organization. What I think we now have within our grasp is a much more consistent approach to our online evolution.
We' ve got a better understanding of why we have a distributive media policy, what we're trying to get out of it, how it works for our ranking in terms of what's really easy - and, on top of that, that we simply believe more in the might of our online sales channel to create diversity and value for our work in other ways.
Originally, the organization's original aspiration was too big and too far away. It is time to stop trying to build a large on-line bookstore that has all the Amazon yingles and chimes and return to a simpler form of what we really want, an organization that uses all the available electronic resources to do its job well.
Actually, we're beginning to start playing with these idea of an on-line bookstore again, but in a more managed and clear way, without spending thirty giants on the development of an outside comany. However, what we did instead was rather the slow development of our own work, with a genuine faith in open code and in getting there ourselves.
This was a really important part of our education, where we all got the value of how we could get our literary messages across to a broader population. "We' ve chosen a trial over a product," Andy says with a smile. It' about transforming the organization. However, there will always be changes in things digitally.
Though we don't necessarily make it as perfect as a pro designer, we do it effectively for a small art organization. Next step is to take charge of the entire organization in relation to the way we change the captions on photographs to make them comprehensible to viewers for partially sighted users], all these fundamental things.
In addition, we are currently working on an e-commerce plattform. I' ve learned a little about MYSQL and PHP and how to do harm is not a terrible place to talk to other intruders. Otherwise, if you don't know anything yourself, you are in hoc to what folks tell you to make yourself depend on costly "experts".
They don't have the scope of most art organizations to have an effective relation with these individuals, so you are at their mercy. What do they do? So back to what you can do, from sites, to creating your own diary, to incorporating all the things like Twitter and the diaries into your website, all these things are feasible through open code technology, if you take the moment to use them and choose what you want from your website, or your web sites we should say, and how you will use them, and these are the talks that we have had.
We' ve been talking about what's important about the story in Twitter, which is different in a blogs, which is different from the information pages of your web site, so we have a clearer grasp of how these different Bits segments, and then you can use them both for pursuing our ventures and ours.
"Would we do with sound? All these things were in our heads for experimenting and we did all these things and we learned a great deal about the creation of works that occupy the workspace. Surely we had a more obvious love for sound than for film. Sarah is into sound, Jonathan is a great filmmaker, and you'll find this outcome in our work.
At first, Andy and his crew didn't even ask how to do a certain thing, they discovered if they wanted it or not, and if certain things were for them. In the context of researching digitally based technology, Andy chose the open content management system (CMS) Joomla for the Litfest website.
A lot of folks do it, so there are a lot of folks you can ask them. There is a relatively sharp educational graph in relation to the comprehension of the fundamental conceptions of how to create pages and container of information together, but once you have that, then it's a fairly fast set-up and simpler than Drupal[another open code CMS], although Drupal probably has the advantage for most users, but I've found it more difficult.
"So, we have Joomla and WordPress and then it's just off to add contents like Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Myspace, You YouTube.... we use Vimeo for some things, we are going to expand some of those things, but we haven't managed it yet. We' re using AudioBoo, that's an iPhone application that links to the website, so we use it to connect to the iPhone, and as it works, I can upgrade the Joomla website from my iPhone, twitter from my iPhone, upgrade the WordPress blogs from my iPhone, so all these things can be done on the run, even at home.
Indeed, Andy's iPhone is an all-singing all-dance website and blogs publisher, a wealthy multimedia engine, as well as his workhorse. "It' my on-line journal, so I'm always available, but it's the normal thing with iPhone and smart phones, it does what it's meant to do, it keeps you in touch and keeps you able to work in all of them.
Luckily, they now have a new way to make their lives much simpler with cutting and pasting and tethering now I can use my iPhone like a modems to plug my notebook into the web. Despite the astonishing usefulness of this one utility, Andy is careful with his organization's money:
One of the things we do, however, is to experiment with the development of an iPhone application with a native developers. It is about providing contents to different medias and thus gambling. Again, the iPhone is very often used as a Screenreader, so we can use it. Actually, I used my iPhone for everything from searching for a meeting to taking pictures of an event to broadcasting it directly to Flickr.
Andy's passion for PDF publishing has resulted in his exploration of a number of on-line institutions, including Scribd, an on-line PDF publication database. For us, Scribd.com and other such PDF portals are the ideal addition to our kind of shared contents. There were also a lot of digitally produced photocopies at the event and of course starts.
Then Scribd got a lot of media coverage in the local media for those who robbed Harry Potter. In fact, they scanned and uploaded whole volumes and made them available for free, and it was taken up as a message. So, we thought:'Excellent, while it comes out in the media, let's put our contents up there!
We' re not big enough to do this. He has not explored the various possibilities the web has to provide on his own, although he says: "It's all about turning the heads above the balustrade and looking. However, it is also available for free on line, and that is exactly what we do with our placards.
Then it' s about checking what you're doing and using the on-line worlds you're involved in. Sometimes you are ahead of what other folks want, just out of the essence of your situation. That' okay, you sit tight for a while and it will catch up, or you might be encouraging other folks in the fellowship forum to start it.
Not only does Andy use on-line communication via the web. Litfest structures its whole workspace around them through the increasing use of onlinetools. This has the advantage that you can work on the same document together and can also talk with your camera and other people.
Andi has nothing much to say about everything on the net. It' pretty good if you want something that goes with Facebook and Twitter and goes with every part of your live, but I didn't really need it. The Audio Boo is pretty good for the iPhone.
I' m gonna use this more to do our subtitling. So, when we set up a page with information about an events, I just make the sound for it on my iPhone and load it up here so you have an audioversion of the same text.
So, an interesting way to deliver the same contents again and very, very easy because you just make the recording, playback to see if you like it, store it on the web site and then copy and paste it from the web address that the web site gives you. Overall, Andy and his co-workers are very pleased with the way they have approached it because they have the feeling that it has enabled them.
If you are involved on your website, I think that someone in your organization is already entering information on this website and someone needs to know what that means. Litfest is in fact an organization small enough not to have its own technician. "I' m the committed tech person," says Andy, "and I' m also the one who walks up and down when we do an event, and I' m the one who programs it!
We all specialize, and different human beings have different abilities. It''s this wide variety of technology that makes Andy ready, especially when the next big thing comes. To make a person have a better time with the spelled words, the words they speak. For example, it is a PDF, it could have sound contents, it could be sound, it could be film, but it is also a tangible esthetic invention.
Litfest on-line activities certainly mean that more viewers have their works available. "Each year, before we did e-book publishing, we produced a small collection of poems as part of our contest; we could only pay to publish 300. I can only do 300, that's me," because we can''t, because they buy them too, so it's great.
For our audiences, therefore, online technology is about "choice and accessibility".