Platform to Platform project presentation at the Creative Informatics showcase

creative informatics logoYesterday afternoon, Bruce Ryan and I headed over to Inspace to participate in the latest Creative Informatics showcase event organised by Vikki Jones and Caitlin McDonald. Members of eight project teams gave short presentations on their research, most of which have been funded in the last couple of years through small research grants.

We were the first to speak with a summary of the findings from the empirical work from Platform to Platform: an investigation into audience engagement with digitised archives and their transformative impact across different online formats. (The Creative Informatics blog post about the project gives details of the practical work that prefaced the empirical study.)

We enjoyed listening to the presentations that followed ours. Amongst the other work funded in 2021, three team members contributed on two projects:

Three 2022 projects were introduced by:

  • Martin Disley on Investigative computing: an aesthetic approach
  • Tod Van Gunten on Music streaming as global cultural diffusion
  • Ethan Robson on SOVRA: Subjective orientation in VR audio

In addition, Victoria Evans presented on Oceanic heterotopias (funded in 2020), and Glaire Anderson and Deniz Vural spoke about Digital Munya (also outlined in a Creative Informatics blog post).

Glaire Anderson

Glaire Anderson speaks about Digital Munya

The highlights of the afternoon for me were learning about forensic architecture from Martin Disley, witnessing the way in which textual information from a book can be transformed into an immersive digital experience from Glaire Anderson, and seeing examples of AI-assisted creative writing in the work presented by Arabella Sinclair and Christopher Lucas.

A few more photographs from the event are included in the slideshow below.

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Spreading the word of Lorna Lloyd’s ‘Diary of the war’ podcast series at #ARA2022 and #BBCat100

Members of the Platform to platform (P2P) and Heritage organisations and podcasts: scoping study (HOPSS) project teams from the Centre for Social Informatics have enjoyed presenting their work at two conferences this month. First, at the start of September I attended part of the Archives and Records Association’s annual conference 2022 in Chester. Then, with my colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Marianne Wilson, I spent most of last week in Bradford at the BBC at 100 Symposium. Continue reading

All set for #ISIC2022

iSchools, Inc. - Contributions sought for 2022 Information Seeking in ContextThe 2022 Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference will be hosted next week from 26th to 29th September by our colleagues in the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University.

Staff and PhD students from the Centre for Social Informatics have regularly contributed to the biennial ISIC conference series over the years, most recently in 2020, 2018, and 2016. This time around, third year PhD student Marina Milosheva will be flying the flag for Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Case study on the creative use of digitised archives: presentation on Lorna Lloyd’s ‘Diary of the War’ podcast series at #BBCat100

Bradford City Hall

Bradford City Hall

The BBC at 100 symposium is taking place in Bradford, and online, this week.

This afternoon (Wednesday 14th September) I’m presenting on a panel about the creative use of digital archives. This will be with reference to the production of the podcast series of Lorna Lloyd’s Diary of the war.

Supported by AHRC funding through the Creative Informatics programme, the Platform to Platform project team at Edinburgh Napier University worked on the podcast series between February and July 2022. We combined a personal chronicle of the early months of World War II with contemporaneous news material, some of which was sourced from the BBC Archive. Continue reading

How does engagement with an archive differ depending on its digital format? Preview of presentation on Lorna Lloyd’s Diary of the war at #ARA2022

This afternoon, I am delivering a paper on the Platform to platform (P2P) project at the Archives and Records Association’s annual conference, 2022 in Chester. In my presentation, I will be addressing two main questions.

  1. How do people engage with an archive digitised as a ‘performance’ in a non-fiction podcast series?
  2. How does this engagement compare with that when the audience accesses the same core archive material as online text and images?

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The creative use of digitised archives: roundtable to be presented at the BBC at 100 Symposium

The BBC at 100 symposium, organised by Dr Marcus Collins, Reader in Contemporary History and AHRC BBC 100 Fellow at Loughborough University, takes place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and online, between 13th and 15th September 2022. A team from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), with a colleague from the BBC Archive, is delighted to be presenting at this event. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics ‘all centre’ meeting June 2022

Social Informatics Research Group Edinburgh Napier University selfie

Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr David Brazier, Dr David Haynes, Dr Hazel Hall, Katherine Stephen, Dr Bruce Ryan, and Dr JP Vargheese pose for a post-meeting selfie

For the first time since 18th December 2019, this week members of my research group gathered for an end of year ‘all centre’ meeting to celebrate our recent research highlights.

Although not everyone could make it on this occasion, those who could enjoyed spending the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd June together. We took it in turns to deliver short personal updates to the rest of the group on our own research. We also read out details sent to us by email from those who could not participate in person, and gave each absent colleague a round of applause. Continue reading

Lorna Lloyd’s ‘Diary of the war’ podcast series launch event: review and resources

Bethany Ray plays Lorna Lloyd

Actor Bethany Ray, pictured here with the original  Diary of the war, plays her great-great aunt Lorna Lloyd in the podcast series

After several weeks of preparation, on Tuesday 24th May 2022 we launched the Diary of the war podcast series at Great Malvern Priory. This blog post provides a review of the launch. It also provides links to materials related to this event, and to the wider Platform to platform (P2P) project. (Please scroll to the bottom of the post for the full list of resources.)

The content of the podcast series episodes centres on 25 year old Malvern resident Lorna Lloyd‘s chronicle of the first 16 months of World War II, complemented with contemporaneous news coverage related to the events and issues that she discusses in her writing. A further four ‘bonus’ episodes that comprise a selection of Lloyd’s poetry are included in the series. Continue reading

Acceptances at Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2022 for Edinburgh Napier team #isic22

iSchools, Inc. - Contributions sought for 2022 Information Seeking in Context

Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Marina Milosheva has recently learnt that both of the submissions that she made earlier in the year for Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2022 have been accepted. Marina will participate in the doctoral workshop, and present a full paper co-authored with her PhD supervisors (myself, Professor Pete Robertson, and Dr Peter Cruickshank) as one of the contributions to the conference programme. Continue reading

Is the public library included? New paper on local authority services for forced migrants from Edinburgh Napier University team at #CoLIS11

CoLIS11 logo Oslo 2022Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) 11 opens today in Oslo, Norway. Hosted by the Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo Metropolitan University, the conference runs until Wednesday 1st June. Continue reading