RunCoCo event 26 May 2011:
Beyond Collections

Date: 26 May 2011, 9am - 5.30pm
Venue: Oxford University Computing Services, 13 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN (Travel page)
Cost: free of charge but places were limited

About the event

This conference, organised by RunCoCo, explored the different challenges which face crowdsourced and community projects. It featured a series of presentations by successful community collection projects as well as a panel of experts, practitioners and policy makers.

The conference was open to participants who are interested in community collections (like The Great War Archive and Community Archives Wales) or working to harness a community to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments (like Galaxy Zoo and the Zooniverse).

Reports from the day can be found in the conference blog and recordings of the presentations are available as audio and video podcasts.

You can search for blog posts, tweets, and photos of the Beyond Conference using #beyond2011, e.g. on Twitter.

Programme

10.00-10.30

REGISTRATION & COFFEE
 

10.30-10.45

Once Upon a Time...
Melissa Highton, University of Oxford
 

10.45-11.45


KEYNOTE: 'Don't Panic Mr Mainwaring!'
Robert Ashton, The Barefoot Entrepreneur

Tales of Big Society.

Podcast

 

11.45-12.20

PARALLEL SESSIONS

A Tale of Two Cities: Physical and Digital Communities
Hope Wolf, Kings College London

The JISC funded project Strandlines explores one of London's most famous streets, the Strand, and its past and present communities. It seeks to find whether the telling of life stories might help develop a more 'active sense of community' in a transient urban area. It is the flagship project for the Centre for Life Writing Research at King's College London, and draws on expertise from different academic disciplines and departments: English Literature, Geography and e-Research. Hope will be discussing the important role creativity played in the project; the ways in which the past was connected with the present through life writing classes; and the interplay between digital and physical places. Hope will also offer news of the AHRC's SPICE project (Stimulating Participation in the Informal Creative Economy) which enables exchanges of ideas between different community groups.

Podcast


or

“…apart from that he was completely naked…” and other stories of the amazing everyday in the community
Chris Morgan 'Mog', University of Glamorgan, GEECS

Stories hold a special power to engage people and when those stories are personal, honest and genuine they can captivate and inspire in a way that excites, moves and motivates us. All personal stories have a special honesty that the storyteller themselves is not always conscious of, as so much can be said in a pause, a change of tone and a turn of phrase in which we hear the truth and genuineness of experience. As part of the Communities 2.0 digital inclusion project Mog's team collects digital stories that community members make for themselves, their community, family and friends using technology that many experience for the first time. This is the story of their work to date.

Podcast

 

12.20-12.50

PARALLEL SESSIONS

Character Journey
Valerie Wallace and Tim Causer, Bentham Project, UCL

The story of the super-transcribers involved in the project to understand the thousands of manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham.

Podcast

or

Choose Your Own Adventure
Chris Wild, The Retronaut

'Time Travels' from the creator of How To Be A Retronaut and inventor of The Retroscope, and a leader of the Museumpreneurs.

Podcast

 

12.50-14.00

LUNCH
 

14.00-14.30


A Road-Movie
Alun Edwards and Stuart Lee, University of Oxford

For the Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten project, a team from Oxford trained librarians and archivists in Germany to run public participation days to gather everyday objects from World War I. The road trip to these digitisation days was gruelling - the results were staggering.

Podcast

 

14.30-15.00

PARALLEL SESSIONS
 

A Cautionary Tale
Arfon Smith, Zooniverse / University of Oxford

The experience of The Zooniverse team with their citizen science and crowdsourcing efforts and the changing role of the citizen scientist.

Podcast

or

A saga of creativity
Gail Durbin, Victoria and Albert Museum

How can a nationally focussed museum use their web presence (official and on social networks) to foster the interest and expertise of users, as well as sharing their own authoritative information?

Podcast


or

A Nursery Rhyme
Melissa Highton, University of Oxford

Sustainable Collections: How does your garden grow? Contrary to expectations Oxford University's crowdsourced and community collections of open educational resources continue to thrive on fertile ground inside and outside the institution. Melissa will give an overview of the ways in which these are supported and embedded in practice for sustainability.

Podcast

 

15.00-15.30

COFFEE
 

15.30-16.00


A History of the World
Jane Ellison, Partnership Development Manager, BBC Audio and Music

The BBC and the British Museum asked the public, do you have an object which connects you, your family, or your area to a major historical moment? Museums in all parts of the UK were also encouraged to create their own history of the world from their collection and from their visitors' objects.

 

16.00-16.50


The Sequel
Alastair Dunning (JISC), Stuart Lee (University of Oxford), and Chris Batt OBE

Debate and discussion about academic crowdsourcing and community content in the UK and beyond, with highlights and interesting ideas from the day. Also look out for news of future JISC funding.

Podcast

 

16.50-17.00

And They All Lived Happily Ever After.
Melissa Highton, University of Oxford
 

17.00

Please join us for a glass of wine in the foyer to mark the end of the conference and the success of RunCoCo.

Reports from the day can be found in the conference blog and recordings of the presentations are available as audio and video podcasts.

You can search for blog posts, tweets, and photos of the Beyond Conference using #beyond2011, e.g. on Twitter.

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