Developing Community Content (Phase 2) – Winning proposals

JISC Digitisation and BCE programmes combined to fund a second tranche of projects in Developing Community Content. As with the first tranche, funding is designed support institutions in two-way engagement with external communities in the co-development of digital content which creates demonstrable value.

The funding also aimed to bring together staff leading the digital curation in the relevant disciplines with appropriate business and community engagement staff within institutions, and develop the sector’s capability in public engagement by  learning from good practice developed by the National Co-ordinating Centre from Public Engagement and the Beacons of Public Engagement.

57 proposals were received by JISC as part of Strand B of 11/10 (Developing Community Content) and 9 recevied funding. Total funding was £713,733.

Patients Partcipate!, University of Bath, Liz Lyon, £75,074

  • Patients Participate! will investigate the potential of crowdsourced “lay summaries”, derived from medical articles in the PubMed Central repository, as a means of enabling patients to better understand academic research into medical issues.
  • STEM WISHEES, Queen Mary, University of London, Teresa McConlogue, £83,176

  • The STEM WISHEES project is creating a collection of written texts and tasks with related learning resources. The collection will provide a searchable archive of texts which can be used by school teachers and academics to prepare students for the writing demands of university and employment, thus aiding transition from school to university.
  • MOSI-ALONG, University of Manchester, Andrew Whitworth, £55,295

  • The MOSI-ALONG project will allow communities to build their collections of digitised resources, based on existing physical collections of the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. In doing so, the project will address tensions between digitisation, curation and learning.
  • Faculty Podcasts, University of Leeds, James Harris, £100,000

  • Faculty Podcasts will create audio and video podcast study guides and other associated resources for A-level students created and presented by academic colleagues from the University of Leeds and other UK HEIs.
  • Scots Words and Place-Names, University of Glasgow, Carole Hough, £79,524.87

  • This is a collaboration between the University of Glasgow Enroller Project, Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD), and the Scottish Place-Name Society (SPNS). The aim is to make existing scholarly resources held by these three bodies publicly accessible as a basis for community collection building and the mutual exchange of information between lexicographers, place-name scholars and the public.
  • iSpot Local, Open University, Doug Clow, £100,000

  • iSpot Local will be a new web-based tool designed to widen participation in citizen science by enabling volunteers who live near each other to record and build a broader picture of biodiversity in their area. They can then turn this knowledge into action through understanding the best way to preserve and enhance their natural environment.
  • Cataloguing Kays, Worcester University, Rachel Johnson, £55,589.00

  • This project will celebrate the history and public memory of Kays Catalogues by creating a community web archive of memories and photographs invoked and inspired by an online collection of digitised images taken from 100 years of Kays Catalogues. The project will provide significant resources for study into such topical issues as health and body image in children and young people.
  • Engaging Overseas Communities, SOAS, Kathyrn Oakey, £85,114

  • SOAS will digitise a collection of more than 4,000 glass lantern slides taken overseas by missionaries from 1900 to 1950, and then, via mobile phones, allow citizens from rural Asia and Africa to comment on the historical slides and upload their own contemporary (and historical) images, videos, oral histories and documents to the website
  • CoDeX, Sheffield Hallam University, Feona Attwood, £80,000

  • This project will crate resources for front line workers in relation to sexual health, sexual awareness, media and technology by developing a platform for the engagement and co-creation of content by two communities: (i) front line staff and (ii) subject experts in understanding the needs and uses of evidence based research by such front line staff.
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