JISC Developing Community Content Call – Strand I successful bids

The JISC Developing Community Content Call, a joint initiative between the Digitisation and Business and Community programmes, was designed to enhance institutional two-way engagement with the public and commmunity groups, through co-development of rich and innovative digital resources.
Succesful projects will be linking their digitisation activities with their BCE capabilities, with the help of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/, the Beacons for Public Engagement and successful precedent projects like RunCoCo http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/econtent/runcoco.aspx which developed the Great War Archive: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa/

These are the 5 succesful proposals for the Strand I rapid user innovation projects:

  • Digitizing data for disparate communities : Naval history and climate science, Dr Chris Lintott, University of Oxford –  this project will publish images of royal navy logbooks from 1914 to 1923, and allow the general public to transcribe the meteorological data included within them. The resultant data will be invaluable evidence for those studying climate change;
  • galericymru, Tudur Evans, Coleg Harlech – the existing http://www.galericymru.com/ website, which houses creations by those studying art and design, will be expanded to allow for contribution and self-evaluation from a new community learners from surrounding areas to Coleg Harlech in North Wales;
  • Mass Observation Communities Online (MOCO), River Jones, University of Sussex – Based on the Mass Observation Archive, this project will create an online resource that will inspire and assist people to record the changing history of their communities. This demonstrator project will work with at least 10 identified community heritage organisations (as well as a commercial organsiation), with a view to rolling out the resource throughout the national network of Community Archive and Heritage groups;
  • Co-FAST – Community Flood Archive enhancement through Storytelling, Professor Lindsey McEwen, University of Gloucestershire, (with partner institution University of Glamorgan) – Enhancing and building on an existing digital archive resource focused on community flood histories – the Lower Severn Community Flood Information Network – this project will engage communities in the middle / lower Severn with their local flood histories to learn about flood risk and climate change with the aim of creating enhanced awareness and protection against future such events.
  • Addressing History, James Reid, EDINA, University of Edinburgh (conditional award) – The Addressing History project is creating an online tool which will enable community users (particularly local history groups and genealogists), to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps and allow individuals to plot the location on a map of any address, street name, advert, or listing from the directories onto an appropriate map.

The Strand II projects, which are focussed on co-development of new digital resources shaped by external community groups,  are currently undergoing evaluation, and an announcement on them is expected in late April 2010.

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