Taranaki Platform Ecologies (TPE)

'Taranaki Platform Ecologies'

This research process during the Solar Circuit Aotearoa New Zealand residency (26.01-08.02.2009), conducted by Andrew Paterson, responded to, and set
 out to nourish, the online platforms surrounding Puke Ariki, and in particular Pukekura Park, by exploring,
 documenting and bridging online/offline aspects of the former regional Taranaki wiki, and soon
 to be kete.

Using the proposition that these platforms can be interpreted as 'ecosystems' - imagined by initiators to be sustainable, outgoing and ongoing developments - it makes conceptual connections with the natural and social ecologies in New Plymouth's popular and historic public.

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Research Process

The residency project was made in collaboration with Puke Ariki, as part of their Education for Sustainability programme, inviting several local high-school students to join the research process.

With the case of the growing online kete platform, the aim of Andrew's project was to identify ways to sustain its existence in Taranaki region, nourish the persons involved, and ultimately keep the local knowledge flowing between persons.

In the first week Andrew conducted conversational-interviews with key Puke Ariki staff to give insights into the social, historical and environmental relations connected with Pukekura Park. Simultaneously, he researched similar aspects of the former and future online platforms of Puke Ariki. In the second week he had conversations with persons who bridge these ambitions and care for both spaces.

Following, he aims transfer meanings and concepts from the social-natural ecosystem of the park to the social-informational systems of the online platforms. This means identifying the inputs and outputs to these environments, including how the organisms, actors or components within, affect each other. It also involves mapping out the exchange of forces/energies and material (such as informational) transfers involved.

Future work to be done would involve opening up the data gathered to those involved, and develop an iterative series of diagrams, which acknowledge the complex interactions between all involved in these ecosystems.

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Conversants

Ron Lambert (Puke Ariki, Exhibitions)
Pukekura Park socio-cultural history & guided tour

Alistair Stevens (Puke Ariki, IT Dept.)
Setting-up of Pukekura Park & Taranaki Kete platform

David Apimerika (IT Freelancer, Educator)
Maintanance of Taranaki Wiki platform 11.2006-2008

Amanda Hewlett (Puke Ariki, Education Dept.)
Educational direction of Taranaki Wiki platform 11.2006-2008

Nathan Hill (Puke Ariki, Environmental Educator)
Environmental Science of Pukekura Park and 60 Springs Project

Gary Bastin (Puke Ariki, Taranaki Research Centre)
Development of Kete Platform in Taranaki Region

Elise Smith (Friends of Pukekura Park)
Pukekura Park Portal Project including Pukekura Kete Plaform & G.I.S.

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References and links

SCANZ
http://intercreate.org/

Associated Institutions
http://www.pukekura.org.nz/
http://www.pukeariki.com/

Taranaki Wiki
http://www.taranakiwiki.com/

Kete platform development
http://kete.net.nz/
http://www.katipo.co.nz/solutions/kete/
http://horowhenua.kete.net.nz/

Taranaki-based Kete platforms
http://kete.pukekura.org.nz/
http://ketenewplymouth.peoplesnetworknz.info/
http://kete.taranakireo.co.nz/about

Taranaki Environmental Resource: Research Analysis Information Network
http://terrain.net.nz/

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