Quarta-feira, 12 de Janeiro de 2011
Project finished

You can check the webdocumentary here: 



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Quarta-feira, 24 de Fevereiro de 2010
I Am Erasmus - First clip (First day)

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Sexta-feira, 15 de Janeiro de 2010
Updates, decisions and issues

Hello again.


After what was a somewhat long pause in updating this blog (a bit more than a whole month), i am back, and with a lot of updates.

Firstly, I had to do a lot of decisions concerning my immediate future. I had a few personal problems these holidays, which ended up messing my head, so I didn't write anything at all during those days. I proceeded to come to Aveiro, to try and concentrate myself, so I could write what I needed until the 20th this month.


Yeah right.


I really did try though, but my inspiration/will/focus didn't seem to appear, making me spend a week staring blankly at my laptop's screen, with only a few pages written. I started getting desperate, and eventually freezing my current registration was one of the ideas crossing my mind. Seen as it would be a very important decision, I consulted with my immediate family, which of course supported me no matter what the final decision was, but made me see that, with all the work I endured so far, it would be a shame giving up with nearly 6 months to go. I also consulted with my coordinator, prof. Raposo, who also supported my decisions.

So i decided to go to the appeal phase, giving me until 3rd February to finish my investigation plan and theoretical framework (on which I am working now).


Looking onwards and backwards into what I did the past semester, and what I'm about to do:


The I Am Erasmus Project


There were a few problems with the project this first semester. I was assigned a person who was supposed to help me, Jorge Viegas, which ended up giving up, leaving me to do build the site and find solutions for the community on my own. That slowed down things a bit, but it was worked around.

Another major issue had to do with the video platform (still). I went into talks with the folks working on Sapo Campus, which were going to provide a personalized page, able to grab non-compressed video. But that implied talks with the motherhouse, SAPO, which took a long time, making us go for our 2nd choice, Youtube, which has a few problems: the user who will upload will have admin access to the account, and the videos will be compressed (but we will be able to download a .mp4 version, which is better than nothing).

At the moment, i'm developing a Youtube upload guide, which will be mailed to the Erasmus students along with a questionnaire based on the questions i've already described. Other than that, I'm trying to write as much as I can.


The Project & Seminar Classes


Leonardo Pereira, Mónica Aresta, Margarida Almeida, Rui Raposo, Benjamin Junior. These were the people which presentations i enjoyed the most. Leonardo gave us an overview on his last year writing a thesis, and the problems that arose. Mónica showed us a few investigational techniques, while Margarida Almeida made us pose important questions about our own projects. Rui Raposo gave us an overview about the concept of ubiquity, and Benjamin Junior described the history of SAPO and possible technological futures.

Overall, the classes were very useful, because they helped us organize ideas and methods to use in our projects.

The only thing I need to point out in a negative way is the lack of feedback provided. We were asked to share our updates, feelings, and useful information for the community, but the feedback received was very little, and mostly from our colleagues. It would have been nice to see that we were not alone, and that people really read what we wrote, not leaving us in the dark.


So, onwards to writing, and sorry for the testament :p


Just a final note: i frickin' hate this blog system, which logs me out if i don't write in a determined timeframe, which eventually caused me to have to rewrite half this post again. 

Quarta-feira, 9 de Dezembro de 2009
Methodological Design

This will be an important post, containing my methodological design. I didn't think a pdf/ppt presentation was needed for this because it has to be readable and easy to access. So this post will contain the Analysis Model, Chronogram/Phases of the Study, Data Collection Instruments/Participants in the study and, as a small extra, a preview of some of the questions i'm thinking to put in the questionnaire. So let's begin:


Analysis Model



Chronogram/Phases of the Study




Data Collection Instruments/Participants in the Survey


Since this will be a focused survey, its participants are already defined: the Erasmus students staying at the University of Aveiro during this year. To get the most possible answers, each of the students will be e-mailed a website link. This link will lead them to an online version of the questionnaire, which they should then fill-in and submit.

The data collected from this survey will then be used to determine if the target audience is comfortable with uploading photos/videos onto a website, and also to verify which are the themes they consider most relevant to feature in the documentary. They will also be asked if they are interested in participating in the documentary and in viewing the final result.

The survey itself will contain only a few questions, so it can be answered quickly and maintain the participants focused.

The approach to the target audience can then be revised accordingly to the characteristics they demonstrated in the questionnaire, and the themes to be worked on will also come from the most voted/most referenced in this inquiry.


Possible Questions for the Survey


please note that these are just examples, they still have to be worked on!



Age/Sex/Country of Origin/Study Area

How would you globally evaluate your Erasmus experience in Aveiro so far?

What do you like the most in the Erasmus program?

Is your life in Aveiro very different from your life in your country?

Where are the biggest differences?

Have you ever uploaded a video/photo onto a website?

Do you know how to add tags to a video or photo?

Do you know what YouTube is?

Would you be comfortable enough to upload a video onto YouTube if you had to?

Would you be interested in participating in a web documentary featuring the Erasmus community in Aveiro?

Would you be interested in viewing a web documentary featuring the Erasmus community in Aveiro?

Can you suggest a few themes would you like to see portrayed in this kind of documentary?


Comments and suggestions are appreciated!


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Terça-feira, 8 de Dezembro de 2009
Expected results

I didn't go to the last Project class, but since I saw so many people posting their expected results/chronogram i thought it must be a task for this week :P so here is a little text describing my expected results, and my chronogram was posted last week (but i will post an updated version tomorrow, along with my methodological design).


So, without further delay, here are my expected results:

Expected Results

There are several results expected from this study: one of them is the production and public release of the documentary which is the basis of this project. This documentary should contain user-generated content from the Erasmus students along with contextualization footage, to create a solid storyline which should describe some of their experiences during their stay in Aveiro. 

Other results are related with answering the research questions, providing a reliable theoretical framework that could be used as a starting point for other projects if their theme is similar. The theoretical framework should also

Overall, the documentary should characterize the Erasmus community and their living in Aveiro, and the theory should describe the making of the documentary and provide useful information for creating web documentaries based in user-generated content, and focused on specific communities.

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Sexta-feira, 27 de Novembro de 2009
Seminar Interview

This week on our Seminar class, the activity that we had to do was interview one of our colleages and answer him back as well. This was proposed by professor Margarida Almeida, and the questions were about our investigation and how it connects with social media. My partner was my friend Frederico Cerdeira. The following questions/answers are in portuguese, though, so I'm sorry.


"De que forma enquadras a tua investigação no actual paradigma da web social?

A minha investigação tem uma forte componente ligada ao paradigma da web 2.0 (social). A ideia do conceito de investigação passa pela

investigação de metodologias de enquadramento de serviços e tecnologias presentes nas redes sociais e nos sistemas web 2.0 em ambientes de televisão interactiva. Identificando quais os serviços e atitudes que os agentes intervenientes das redes sociais têm na web, possibilita-se a conceptualização da transposição dos mesmos para a televisão.

De que forma a tua investigação poderá contribuir para alterações de atitudes e comportamentos?

Um possível cenário de alteração de atitudes e comportamentos da minha investigação enquadra-se directamente no consumo de conteúdos televisivos. Supondo a eficácia do concept de investigação, um sistema de recomendação potenciaria um papel mais passivo da parte do utilizador, sugerindo alternativas à sua rotina de consumo. Desta forma, o contributo dos elementos das redes sociais é importante na alteração de postura perante os ambientes de televisão interactiva.

A tua investigação centra-se numa lógica de valorização do indivíduo ou de uma organização?

Essencialmente, a minha investigação centra-se numa lógica de valorização de um indivíduo quando é pensada numa perspectiva de consumo pessoal em ambiente "home". No entanto, a investigação enquadra-se também na valorização de uma comunidade, já que há a interligação de redes sociais no contributo de recomendação de conteúdos.

A tua investigação explora uma lógica entusiasta ou numa lógica crítica?

Não consigo definir uma posição total para o campo entusiasta nem para o campo crítico. Identifico a perspectiva entusiasta sobretudo porque acredito que a tecnologia pode contribuir para o bem-estar e satisfação do utilizador/consumidor. No entanto, defendo também uma lógica crítica no sentido de não conseguir, neste momento, prever a receptividade da tecnologia por parte dos elementos das redes sociais.

De que forma a tua investigação actua na inter-dependência tecnologia-sociedade?

A investigação actua na inter-dependência tecnologia-sociedade na medida que a tecnologia contribui para a participação do utilizador em ambientes de comunidade. Isto permite a existência de um ciclo de interacção recíproca entre as pessoas que estão a consumir conteúdos audiovisuais e as pessoas que estão a interagir nas redes sociais da web 2.0."


Thanks Frederico! My answers are in his blog, which you can consult here.

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Quinta-feira, 26 de Novembro de 2009
Phase/Task Description

Hello again to all of you on that side of the screen.

Even though this blog hasn't been very active the past week or two, it doesn't mean work isn't being developed. In fact, just last week I had two different meetings: a brief one with my coordinator, Prof. Raposo, and a bit larger one with Prof. Luís Pedro, during our class.

Prof. Raposo advised me to start writing, filling in authors, quotes, etc. in their respective places - I've been trying to do that, and it has been quite a struggle - but I'll keep forcing myself to write. Prof. L. Pedro, on the other hand, besides talking to me a bit about the project and its developments/setbacks, advised me to build some sort of a document in which I described the phases of my work that have already gone by and the ones that I know I still have to do.

So I elaborated on that a bit and, after a few hours of writing and organizing it into phases, I proceeded to create a visual graph to demonstrate how they're displayed (and it took me quite a few hours and tries to get it how I wanted), so here it is (and i hope it's understandable). Please full view, or else you won't be able to read it!


You can also view a pdf version here.

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Sexta-feira, 13 de Novembro de 2009
Digital Film-Making

Just a brief update, to send a thank-you-very-much-you-are-awesome to @martalino, for lending me her book, Digital Film-Making, one of the books i had in my to-read list.



Did a fast see-through the whole book, to learn more about the themes it debates, and already found an awesome quote, which is its end phrase: "This is the new reality - it's virtual, man, get with it. Cinema is dead - long live cinema!"


Hoping to read it quickly soon, since it's a pretty small book (surprisingly). I'll keep you posted.

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Quinta-feira, 12 de Novembro de 2009
Possible uses of this project

Well, as the title says, this post will be a description of potential uses that the I Am Erasmus project may have.

A) Research-wise

In what concerns research, I think this project may be of use in several areas. Since it will focus on the web documentary area, and (in what i've gathered) there are still only a few works specifically about this, if done well it might become a reference (writing it in english/publishing it might help). The fact that it has a focus on a specific community and it will have user contribution makes it comply with the times, because these are pretty recent concepts.

Might it be lucrative? Nah, I don't think so (in what concerns this project specifically). It might be a good start  to raise the number of investigations/works in this kind of field. And the final product may become a good way of introducing Erasmus' candidates to Aveiro/other students' experiences, helping to raise interest in the city and university - which may lead to profit :P (but that's a big IF).

B) Enterprise-level


I can also see this being of use to some enterprises, specifically the audiovisual/multimedia ones. In this sort of field, communication with the end user on several fields has been relevant for quite a few projects.

Since the project will also be about themes like the use of web 2.0 to reach a community, user participation, rules for a web doc, and scripting/developing a flexible narrative, it might be of use to companies looking to expand their field in that direction.

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Quinta-feira, 5 de Novembro de 2009
Theoretical Framework Index... and presentation

Hello again,


I've finished my temporary theoretical framework index. And here's a nice little presentation to show it:

 (please view in fullscreen!)



Opinions & Suggestions are appreciated!


PS: In my opinion, Prezi is a very limited tool. If you look past all the nice zooms and camera movements, it doesn't have any flexibility at all for further use.

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Who Am I?


My name is Hugo Branquinho.

I'm 22 years old, currently taking a Master's degree in Multimedia and Communications - Digital Audiovisual. This blog is where i describe my 2nd (and hopefully the last) year in it, where i write a dissertation about the I am Erasmus project.

I'm a multimedia artist (or at least i try) whose passions include everything that relates to video, motion graphics, animation, illustration, photography, multimedia.

You can take a look at my personal website and personal blog (they are currently under construction, so here's the link to my YouTube folio). You can also take a look at my deviantArt webpage.

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