Framework for Research and Innovation in MediaCityUK (FIRM)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Salford
Department Name: Unlisted

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Mu M (2013) Storisphere: from TV watching to community story telling in IEEE Communications Magazine

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Mu M (2011) Framework for the integrated video quality assessment in Multimedia Tools and Applications

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Mu Mu (2012) P2P-Based IPTV Services: Design, Deployment, and QoE Measurement in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia

 
Title Salford Community Media Partnership Digital Stories Video Series [GOLD] 
Description A series of 8 short videos produced by members of the Salford Community Media Partnership network. The videos were produced in a two-day workshop facilitated by Digitales and in collaboration with BBC North. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2010 
 
Title Salford Lads Club Camp film 2012 [GOLD; SLC] 
Description In an effort to re-establish the long tradition of documentary practices and skills within the Salford Lads Club, the Storycircle team worked closely with a small team of young members (aged 16-20) on producing a feature length documentary of the annual camping trip to Wales in 2012. In association with Digitales. Also available as DVD. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
 
Title Start in Salford Digital Stories Video Series [GOLD] 
Description Series of 5 short videos produced by clients of Start in Salford, a mental health and wellbeing centre in Salford. The videos were produced in a two-day workshop facilitated by Digitales and made use of footage from the BBC North TV archive. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2010 
 
Title Storisphere introductory video 
Description The video introduces the design principles, functional components and user interfaces of Storisphere application. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-SNbGxDHI 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
 
Title Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society Digital Stories Video Series [GOLD] 
Description Series of three short videos produced by members of the Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society in association with DigiTales. Also available as a DVD. The videos were produced in a two-day workshop facilitated by DigiTales and using footage from the BBC North archive around the theme of personal memories of Salford. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2010 
 
Title Tales from Camp film series [GOLD; SLC] 
Description Series of 14 short films produced by members of the Salford Lads Club past and present. In association with Digitales. Also available as DVD. Description: 'Tales from Camp' is a collection of short films produced as the result of a year-long collaboration between Salford Lads Club and Goldsmiths College, University of London. The project centred on a multi-layered digital storytelling process to coincide with the celebrations of the Salford Lads Club's 100th annual camping holiday to Wales in 2011. While the club's long history of camping in Wales had been well documented by still and moving film footage, this material had begun to deteriorate and become disorganised over the years. This situation raised the need to digitally preserve this rare amateur archive, but also presented an opportunity to experiment with the creative possibilities of widening interaction with it. In producing the Tales from Camp films, Club members of all ages were supported to undertake a group exchange of stories about their memories from attending the camp, record their own 'tales from camp' and then illustrate them with edited, remixed and recombined archival footage using basic movie making software. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2012 
 
Description The rationale for the FIRM partnership centred on MediaCityUK and a concept unique in the UK (though not the world) to develop a 'city' based on and around media in its broadest sense. This involved platform providers such as the BBC, IT and technology providers such as BT and content providers including artists, individuals and communities. The Universities involved in the partnership include University of Salford; Goldsmiths, University of London, and Lancaster University. FIRM also works closely with key academics at the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who through their investigation into New Century Cities across the world highlighted distinctive shared features to be considered as possible enablers of forward movement for FIRM and MediaCityUK.

Academics working on the project came from a variety of backgrounds including: social media, digital technologies, and the built environment. A number of small creative businesses and community organisations joined the project at various stages.

FIRM's approach was to undertake a number of research activities in bespoke areas to generate an understanding of a very diverse 'industry and sector' and to create and apply knowledge and its relevance and impact to both FIRM and MediaCityUK as a location. This would provide the evidential base against which we can identify what if any are the boundaries in which media and digital industries operate or find themselves restricted to.

The Key findings from the areas of research that the project principally explored are:


• Emergent forms of digital citizenship

Digital workshops, community debates and public exhibitions were held to interact with the wider Salford community during the construction of the MediaCityUK development to gain a better understanding of how social media worked within local communities and the level to which it was democratic. Findings resulted in the development of the Storycircle project led by Goldsmiths; Storycircle was grounded in existing narrative research that tells us that narrative is empowering and opportunities for narrative exchange are important ways of recognising people as citizens and as human beings; it also tells us that narratives connect people, and the exchange of narratives can connect people who would not otherwise be linked and so generate new insights and knowledge, to the benefit of those involved.

This project undertook research into how in the era of digital media such narrative processes can be enhanced and contribute to economy and society. In the course of the project Goldsmiths facilitated a process of narrative production and exchange, working with its FIRM research partners. The project generated a narrative ecology in collaboration with local actors and stakeholders to reveal emergent forms of digital citizenship, create a 'social analytics' approach to organisational self-reflection and produce digital methodologies for supporting knowledge production.

• A means for collaborative digital production
Research into modern open-source techniques for agile collaboration was initiated in response to an industry need highlighted by the BBC. This required an online platform capable of supporting collaborative multimedia creation in a way that is plausibly usable for both amateurs and professionals. Lancaster University working with the BBC undertook the remit of identifying and developing a rich media platform for enhanced media and digital content sharing. The platform was developed in collaboration with an SME. The 'Storisphere' interface was the result. The benefits to industry and individual/local groups; allowed disparate users to produce stories collaboratively from shared video clips on various types of user devices and networks. A Living Lab approach with IPTV service experiments and user engagement in the vicinity of MediaCityUK, Salford and Wray supported the development of a media assets referencing system, video storytelling frontend interface, video and subtitle analysis package, and video chuck stitching and caching software.

• An 'Internet of Things' framework for prototyping mobile and physical computing use cases

With networked devices becoming more ubiquitous, there are more opportunities for a connected immersive experiences using BBC content for example. The 'Internet of Things' project produced a practical toolset that enabled research to be undertaken into the user experience and how greater opportunities for immersive experiences can be developed. Outputs from this included:

1. Documentation describing a common network API,

2. Discovery: connections,

3. Capability description/usage, and plumbing

4. Creating a software platform as a testbed for future ongoing developments and as a hardware device prototyping platform, enabling ongoing device exploration.



The project also produced an end-to-end functioning prototype demonstrating the case for a connected fob for tagging a moment in radio broadcast.



• A proposed hyperlocal TV sports solution



FIRM research around digital citizenship, storytelling and the creation of tools for collaboration led to an investigation around 'hyperlocal' sports coverage. This involved local citizens using mobile technology to report on sports events in the Salford area. This was identified as an area of major interest for BT. A project was designed to explore the notion of hyperlocal through creating and auditioning sports content in the Salford area, with findings feeding into a proposal to incorporate hyperlocal content into current TV offerings and mainstream programming.





• A digital platform to support policy makers and education



Research resulted in the development of a data model integrating disparate datasets within system architecture to support evidence-based decision-making and policy development. A key aim was to provide a greater understanding to planners of how the impact both positive and negative of a development such as MediaCityUK could both be enhanced or mitigated by better access to data. This was validated through a 'live projects brief' which included using flood risks, social housing, and welfare reforms data creating interactive interfaces that enhanced user engagement. Applications of this additionally supported learning and education, using gestures and tangible interfaces for creative play from a variety of users interested in urban planning.
Exploitation Route A principal aim was to create a body of work and research that was very relevant to the non academic community. In addition to the exploitation routes above the potential further use (and long term impact) in a non academic environment includes:

A widening of the geographical spread of the Project from its initial testbed; that is Salford. The project worked with a number of local community based organisations to great effect creating a knowledge exchange with Salford City College, Salford Lads' Club, Oasis Academy, MediaCityUK, People's Voice Media and The Islington Estate Tenants and Residents Association. Issues of engagement and knowledge exchange between these organizations and HE was driven by a desire to exploit the opportunities offered by MediaCityUK. However lessons learnt could be applied to many similar concepts where major urban redevelopment greatly impact on traditional communities and urban patterns.

Equally the 'Virtual Community Engagement' and the development of the digital city environment (using advanced visualisation techniques to aid engagement and decision-making) was applied to support the Better Life Chances project, led by the 'Place Board' involving key stakeholders in Salford. The Place Board was made up of senior members from key agencies in the city such as Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Against Crimes, Salford PCT, Salix Homes, City West, Job Centre Plus, Environment Agency, with a common objective of creating sustainable environments for three socially deprived areas in Salford greatly affected by MediaCityUK (Little Hulton, Broughton and Winton). FIRM demonstrated a number of ways in which HEI's can play a larger role in the understanding and development of societies. This research work allowed agencies in Salford to enhance their current partnership working methods by adopting a novel joint insight platform based on advanced digital technology. Several other city councils are now interested in deploying this digital platform for their partnership working in their city. For example, City councils of Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester City are now working with the THINKLab to explore how the digital city platform could be used to support their partnership challenges in creating sustainable cities.
The idea behind FIRM is to provide a forum for exploitation. Key outputs have identified a number of diverse users and collaborators within the FIRM project. From Community groups and organisations, to public bodies such as the Police, Local Authorities, Schools and Businesses including BT the BBC and a number small and medium sized businesses. The principal aim of FIRM is to generate cross sectoral learning, knowledge and collaboration involving technology providers, platforms, content writers and users. Exploitation has resulted in:

• The creation of a new shared platform for content writers, users and major platforms (BBC and BT)

• A greater understanding and relationships between communities using social media and creating digital content, platforms and users with the potential such as the hyperlocal project for this to become mainstream broadcasting.

• A greater understanding through a digital platform for planners and policy makers to understand the complex nature of planning major developments such as MediaCityUK and its impact on local resources that will be used by the Greater Manchester Police and other organisations involved in emergency planning.

• A metadata study that will inform policy makers within research organisations (RCUK and HEI's) with regard to the scope and potential for future research around digital media with a greater understanding of the needs of businesses, users and communities.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Other

URL http://www.firm-innovation.net
 
Description The findings have had an impact on the range of the other companies such as gaming companies, media companies, city planning, space exploration etc.
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Quays Cultural Strategy and Framework (2012 - 2015) [GOLD]
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The Quays Cultural Strategy and Framework is document outlining a set of dynamic activities that will support the development of an innovative events programme at The Quays that will attract visitors (local and international), offering them experiences that delight and inform, while also yielding new forms of value for the area, both social and economic. It has been developed by The Quays Visitor Destination Group (QVDG) in partnership with over a hundred locally-based organisations and hundreds of stakeholders. (The QVDG is a partnership of public and private sector attractions based in and around The Quays). Storycircle researchers were consulted in the development of the framework and the document acknowledged Storycircle's influence and contribution to the development of Strand 5 on 'Narrative Exchange and Mass Participation' Target Audience: Industrial / Commercial;Academic Institution;Charitable Organisation;Civic Organisation;General Public;Other
 
Description Salford City Council's Engagement Programme [GOLD]
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The Storycircle digital narrative project within FIRM has been written into Salford City Council's Engagement Programme for MediaCityUK, as an example of good practice in the area of digital engagement, and has influenced the important inclusion of narrative exchange as a thematic strand within the Salford Quays Cultural Strategy and Framework 2012-2015. Target Audience: Government Department
 
Description Salford City Council's Engagement Programme [GOLD]
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
Impact The Storycircle digital narrative project within FIRM has been written into Salford City Council's Engagement Programme for MediaCityUK, as an example of good practice in the area of digital engagement, and has influenced the important inclusion of narrative exchange as a thematic strand within the Salford Quays Cultural Strategy and Framework 2012-2015. Target Audience: Government Department
 
Description Design4Energy (Salford THINKlab)
Amount £4,960,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 609380 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2017
 
Description Design4Energy (Salford THINKlab)
Amount £4,960,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 609380 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2017
 
Description EU/URBACT - European policy exchange network on Tower Twinning [TT]
Amount £70,000 (GBP)
Funding ID HERE 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2013 
End 06/2016
 
Description FIRM NWDA research hub
Amount £629,404 (GBP)
Funding ID X01613PR 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 12/2011
 
Description FIRM NWDA research hub
Amount £629,404 (GBP)
Funding ID X01613PR 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 12/2011
 
Description PRoSEco (Salford THINKlab)
Amount £4,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 609413 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2017
 
Description STEER: A Social Telemedia Environment for Experimental Research
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 318343 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2012 
End 11/2014
 
Title BBC AR (Salford THINKlab) 
Description BBC was interested in developing a digital technology platform that integrates range of technologies such as gaming technology, RFID, body interaction and augmented reality to explore new way of engaging with their audience in their scientific and nature programmes. ThinkLab team was therefore commissioned by the BBC learning team to develop an interactive technology platform. One of the scenario of this platform was to allow kids to interact with various animals as a part of their wild life programme. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Title BBC Collaboration Concept (Salford THINKlab) 
Description As a part of the FIRM project, the THINKlab team at the University of Salford prototyped a series of digital platforms including a collaboration platform for teams engaged in media productions. Inspired by this concept, BBC contracted the THINKlab team to develop a collaboration platform for the BBC learning team to work collaboratively to produce media programs. This work resulted in developing a conceptual collaboration platform for the BBC learning team which the BBC hope to implement in the near future. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Title City West Prototype (Salford THINklab) 
Description Inspired by the urban simulation platform developed within the FIRM project, a digital platform was prototyped for the City West Housing association to demonstrate how their standalone databases could be integrated within a distributed digital platform to support intelligent data manipulation and visualisation to enhance their current work practices and engagement with other partners in the city to build sustainable communities. Current prototype demonstrates how City West can work closely with their sub contractors and tenants to coordinate their maintenance activities. It also allows City West to identify families effected by the new social welfare reforms and plan their future strategies. This work was conducted in collaboration with the MirrorWorld Technology Ltd whoc is now in the process of developing an exploitation strategy for marketing this digital platform within the housing sector. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Title GM Police digital city platform 
Description Through FIRM, the THINKLab team is now working with GM Police to create three bespoke solutions using the digital city platform: one system for enhancing their intelligence search for crimes, a second system for supporting their planned operations and thirdly, solutions for identifying "troubled families" that need early interventions. Furthermore, City West, which is a social housing association, is now working with the THINKLab team to implement some features of the digital city platform to create a new partnership model with their tenants and other agencies in the city. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Title Multi-user environment for exploring MediaCity 
Description In collaboration with clicks & links, this research studied the creation of a multi-user community environment which allow the users to teleport themselves into various media cities around the world and explore ongoing activities and opportunities. It allowed various stakeholders to present their activities within the Media City to a wider audience. In the initial prototype, only the MediaCity UK was presented. Several interactive media objects such as interactive displays, dynamic icons that represent websites and media objects that communicate the activities of various organisations were implemented, This work resulted in developing closer collaboration with BBC and Lowry Museums to explore the development of digital platforms specific to their organisations. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Title OnLocation 
Description OnLocation is a geo locative storytelling system for education and the real world that pins LOCAL stories to the GLOBAL map and vice versa. This innovative system has been developed by Ed Interactive and Bellyfeel Limited, with support by FIRM. FIRM development funding enabled the creation of a prototype system, development of the look and feel, and visualisations of different views on a large number of local stories concentrated around Salford and Trafford in Greater Manchester. The FIRM funding enabled the creation of a prototype system, development of the look and feel, and visualisations of different views on a large number of local stories concentrated around Salford and Trafford in Greater Manchester. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Title SCC Student Digital Technologies and Learning Survey [GOLD; SCC] 
Description SPSS dataset collected through an online survey conducted in November - December 2012 among students aged 15-19 at Salford City College. The survey comprised a total of 31 questions focusing on basic demographics; access to and general use of mobile phones, the internet, and social media; existing learning-related use of digital technologies; interest in using social media to support future learning and attitudes towards the college's use of digital technologies. The anonymised dataset has 889 cases and 113 variables, containing a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data. The dataset is deposited at the UK Data Archive and is available for other researchers for non-commercial use. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? No  
URL http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7346&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Virtual Community Engagement 
Description Virtual Community Engagement and the development of the digital city environment (using advanced visualisation techniques to aid engagement and decision-making) was applied to support the Better Life Chances project, led by the Place Board involving key stakeholders in Salford. The Place Board was made up of senior members from key agencies in the city such as Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Against Crimes, Salford PCT, Salix Homes, City West, Job Centre Plus, Environment Agency, with a common objective of creating sustainable environments for three socially deprived areas in Salford (Little Hulton, Broughton and Winton). This research work allowed these agencies to enhance their current partnership working methods by adopting a novel joint insight platform based on advanced digital technology. Several other city councils are now interested in deploying this digital platform for their partnership working in their city. For example, City councils of Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester City are now working with the THINKLab to explore how the digital city platform could be used to support their partnership challenges in creating sustainable cities. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? No  
 
Description BBC - IOT Project 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The BBC have been an instrumental partner in FIRM. Representation at Management Board as well as a collaborator. The University of Salford has collaborated on a project with the BBC to explore and develop a practical toolset enabling research into user experience/ HCI issues surrounding the ?Internet of Things?. Three research staff were employed by the University of Salford and housed within BBC R&D department. The Internet of Things (IoT) concerns embedding digital behaviour into everyday objects, and giving them networking technology and a digital presence. The work aims to explore how IoT connected physical objects can deliver more valuable experiences than screen based interactions. The research focused on prototyping a connected fob for real-time interaction with BBC radio content. Radio has an implicitly active audience. It has natural advantages in that it?s live, personal and mobile, with strengths in the live experience, connectivity and topicality. However experiences with radio whilst driving are exclusively a one way deal, 21 million people each week* listen to the BBC in their vehicles, but can?t easily interact with their favourite station. *[RAJAR Q1] The prototype attempts a solution to this problem. The project built a demonstration of a simple one-squeeze interaction that triggers a series of web-based tagging events to populate a bookmark-list of tagged moments for radio providing at the very moment the ability to identify a track and save it for later. The listener has an immediate skimmable or ?eyes-free? interaction at their fingertips. Further information on this can be found at the BBC R&D blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2013/06/radiotag-fob-human-scale-connected-objects The project employed 3 researchers to investigate how the 'internet of things' could deliver a more valuable experience leading to the prototype of a connected FOB for real time interaction with BBC radio content.
Start Year 2012
 
Description BT and Hyperlocal Sport 
Organisation BT Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Ahead of the opening of its building at MediaCityUK in 2011, the University of Salford signed a landmark agreement with BT to collaborate on research and student placements (Dec 2010 - 3 year agreement). In 2012 BT officially joined the FIRM consortium with representation at Management Board and Project Executive level. An opportunity to initiate a tangible research project around sports broadcasting was identified, with a researcher employed at the University of Salford. The HyperlocalTV project was built around BT Vision's desire to add value to their sports broadcasting packages, with a focus on how this may be applied to local sports events. The six month intensive research period involved defining 'hyperlocal' and a process of creating and auditioning hyperlocal sports content. We opted to approach a local, professional rugby union team in light of BT Vision?s £152m four-year rights deal to broadcast Aviva Premiership matches from the 2013-14 season. Differentiation in this fiercely competitive arena is a challenge, however, the addition of ?hyperlocal? content, specifically sports based is a potentially rewarding prospect. The customer preference for bundled media packages including TV, phone and broadband lends itself well to the hyperlocal paradigm with geo-located connected devices within and external to the home. Of particular interest is the introduction of internet connected set top boxes providing video on demand (VOD), personalised and location aware programming. The resulting report outlines findings to propose a hyperlocal sports solution in relation to the current TV offerings and is available at: http://www.firm-innovation.net/uploads/files/Hyperlocal_TV_Report.pdf BT Vision?s desire was to add value to their spots broadcasting packages. The project approached a local professional rugby union team to test the idea of hyperlocal content whereby fans and supporters through mobile technology can become part of the broadcast experience. Of particular interest is the introduction of internet connected set top boxes providing video on demand, personalised and location aware programming.
Start Year 2012
 
Description FRENZ (Facilitating Research cooperation between Europe and New Zealand) 
Organisation FRENZ (Facilitating Research Cooperation Between Europe and New Zealand)
Country New Zealand 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In December 2011, FRENZ (Facilitating Research cooperation between Europe and New Zealand) ? a joint initiative between the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) and the European Commission (EC) ? brought together leading New Zealand and European researchers and policy practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds to brainstorm innovative ideas around information and communications technology tools for governance and policy modelling. FIRM was invited to join this workshop to contribute our experience in the Better Life Chance project and our approach to creating an ICT platform. Our contribution has led to the submission of a Green Paper to the New Zealand Government to better monitor vulnerable children and improve information sharing practices in order to improve the outcomes for children. This green paper is proposing to trial our platform in New Zealand in collaboration with the following partners: School of Engineering, Science and Primary Industries and Centre for Health and Social Practice, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, NZ; Operational Researcher, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), Christchurch, NZ; University of Salford THINKlab, Manchester, UK.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Location-based community story retrieval and sharing 
Organisation University of Salford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Salford have developed a Location-based Content Search function, allowing the search through any meta-data index of content to be tailored to the user's location, as supplied voluntarily by the user's browser. This limits the results to any item tagged within (say) 10 miles of the user. Salford and Lancaster have demonstrated the possibility of integrating this system with Storisphere, by building a parallel database of geographic co-ordinates of selected content available through Storisphere, and embedding Storisphere's video playback in on-line results of the Location-based Content Search.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Oasis Academy MediaCityUK [GOLD; OAS] 
Organisation Oasis Academy MediaCityUK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Oasis Academy MediaCityUK is a secondary education institution that relocated from Ordsall to a brand new complex in Salford Quays in September 2012. Storycircle?s research with Oasis Academy MediaCityUK has focused on the use of digital technologies and the creation of interactive web-based maps to enable a school to explore and understand its current and historical relationship to the neighbourhood in which it is located. The research has taken place in two distinct phases over a period in which the secondary school, previously Hope High, has relocated to new premises close to MediaCityUK. In the first phase Storycircle trained learners and staff at the school in the use of Historypin, a map-based platform in which users embed photos and narratives, and supported the school to engage the local community through public digital storytelling events. In the second phase Storycircle developed an innovative method of engaging with the biographies of individuals commemorated on war memorials. In collaboration with a local interest group dedicated to the preservation of Salford war memorials (SWARM) students at the school were supported to research and record short biographical narratives, which were uploaded to a blog, and located onto historic maps of the area. The war memorial project coincided with the rededication of a World War 1 memorial recovered from the church mission building demolished to make way for the new school. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2012
 
Description People?s Voice Media [GOLD; PVM] 
Organisation People's Voice Media
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution People?s Voice Media (PVM), is a not-for-profit development organisation founded in Salford, working across the UK and Europe, specialising in the use of social media as a community engagement tool. The Storycircle team have undertaken an intensive 18-month action research project with PVM, initially orientated towards helping PVM to better sustain their networks of reporters as a ?Community of Practice? (after Lave &Wenger 1991), and strengthening PVM?s curatorial role in the ways content produced by their Community Reporters might be publically presented. Later phases of the research then focused on developing their use of digital and internet tools in the ?Community Reporter? programme. In particular, the Storycircle team designed and implemented a system of ?social analytics? to evaluate and demonstrate the CR programme?s effectiveness. At the core of this approach is a process of organisational reflexivity. The work has involved: ? Identifying collaboratively a series of five core intended outcomes for its Community Reporters programme ? Co-designing an innovative social analytics framework in which both analytics measures and tools for evaluating offline activity are explicitly linked to intended outcomes. ? Co-designing and implementing a series of ?content curation? experiments in order to enhance public engagement community reported content online ? Proposing a range of further web analytic tools and methods with evaluation of their application to be carried out over time. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2011
 
Description SME Engagement: AlbinoMosquito 
Organisation AlbinoMosquito
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In order to develop early stage project work, the FIRM partnership created an Innovation Voucher scheme. These Vouchers were advertised on the FIRM website, via a TSB Knowledge Transfer Partnership event in September 2012, and a joint Salford/Lancaster Brunch Bytes workshop at MediaCityUK in November 2012. Experimental video production company, AlbinoMosquito, was successful in securing one of these £5000 awards to develop prototype applications for an EEG brainwave headset. The company prototyped two iPad apps which would allow users of the Nuerosky Headsets to play games and to experience media, influenced by the brain activity picked up by the headset. The prototype was toured at the w00t festival in Copenhagen in May 2013. The company is now working with FIRM partners THINKlab to bid collaboratively for further research and development funds from NESTA and TSB. An video which trials the development of a art installation based on the headset technology is hosted on the AlbinoMosquito website here: http://www.albinomosquito.com/2013/06/scanners-teaser/ This project reprogrammed an EEG brainwave headset (specifically the Mindwave device from Nuerosky) to develop new ways of environmental, behavioural and emotional interaction. The research links well into the THINKlab's interest in novel human/computer interfaces, and has also drawn in collaborators from the University of Manchester.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Salford City College [GOLD; SCC] 
Organisation Salford City College (SCC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Storycircle?s eighteen-month collaboration with Salford City College has evolved over three phases of experimentation and facilitation focused on embedding processes of narrative exchange within the college. Each phase was negotiated, developed and co-designed in collaboration with study participants (staff, students, managers). Phase 1 was exploratory. Using storytelling workshops, observations and interviews with college leaders, staff and students, this phase generated dialogue around existing social and digital infrastructures. Desired outcomes for narrative exchange identified here were (1) a public-facing storytelling event; (2) a website showcase linking students? (digital) content to curricular-related project briefs; and (3) the integration of social media with college activities, with training workshops for staff and students. In Phase 2, constraints identified in Phase 1 led to a study re-design that focused on Twitter and a Twitter event linked to the launch of a new college radio station in which college Wi-Fi network was experimentally opened up to students? mobile phones for the first time and digital screens around the dining-hall were used to display student tweets in real-time. Towards the end of Phase 2, students were invited to participate in a broader exchange linked to a local arts festival based on storytelling. This was continued into Phase 3 with two strands of activity one with art and design students augmenting an on-site exhibition with QR-codes linked to web-hosted audio narratives and the other exploring web-based image archiving. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2011
 
Description Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP) [GOLD] 
Organisation Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP) is a partnership of voluntary and community sector organisations in Salford active in the creative and media industries offering training for adults. During the pilot phase of Storycicle from April to September 2010 collaboration with SCMP involved the facilitation of an initial digital storytelling workshop at Langworthy Cornerstone with SCMP members resulting in a collection of short videos narrated and edited by the participants, a selection of which were showcased at two public events at the Salford Lads and Girls Club and the Imperial War Museum North. Members viewed, selected and edited footage made available from the BBC North archive to tell personal stories of the past and present of Salford. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2010
 
Description Salford Lads Club [GOLD; SLC] 
Organisation Salford Lads Club (SLC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Storycircle collaborated with Salford Lads Club over an eighteen-month period on a multi-phase process of narrative exchange around the Club?s 100th annual summer camp. The process was designed to engage and enrich the Club?s digitised archive and enhance its online activity. With support from Digitales Storycircle facilitated a series of participatory workshops with members and volunteers at the Club focused on intergenerational storytelling, video editing, video production, web development and a social media ?digital camp?. The resulting Tales from Camp, a collection of fifteen videos featuring individual stories contributed by SLC members and volunteers of all ages, have been presented within the Club, alongside the permanent exhibition One Hundred Camps funded by Heritage Lottery; these feature on SLC?s social media channels and website. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2011
 
Description Salix Homes 
Organisation Salix Homes Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Salix Homes manages around 10,500 council-owned properties across Salford, and they play a key role in working with the council on housing regeneration and renewal services for residents and local businesses. Salix Homes provided access to data and feedback on the use of the digital city model
Start Year 2011
 
Description Secret Gardens Festival of Mass Narrative [SGF; FIRM] 
Organisation Let's Go Global
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The aims of the Festival are to explore the potential of advanced technologies and design cross-platform solutions that will embed enabling technologies available to all in the process of sharing cultural programming and facilitating mass participation. The purpose is to grow digital assets and user generated content from existing and emerging community initiatives into a single virtual ?living? gallery or museum. Led by Prof Paul Haywood and the the Quays Participatory Group and involving a range of contributions by FIRM partners, University of Salford and Storycircle. Storycircle were consulted on the digital aspects of the festival, supported programme submission and provided support for the evaluation of the digital strands of the festival, provided copy for press and publicitity, assisted the event organisation, and enabled our collaborative research projects [SLC; SCC; START] to contribute to the festival by running worshops and generating festival themed digital content.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Secret Gardens Festival of Mass Narrative [SGF; FIRM] 
Organisation Salford City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The aims of the Festival are to explore the potential of advanced technologies and design cross-platform solutions that will embed enabling technologies available to all in the process of sharing cultural programming and facilitating mass participation. The purpose is to grow digital assets and user generated content from existing and emerging community initiatives into a single virtual ?living? gallery or museum. Led by Prof Paul Haywood and the the Quays Participatory Group and involving a range of contributions by FIRM partners, University of Salford and Storycircle. Storycircle were consulted on the digital aspects of the festival, supported programme submission and provided support for the evaluation of the digital strands of the festival, provided copy for press and publicitity, assisted the event organisation, and enabled our collaborative research projects [SLC; SCC; START] to contribute to the festival by running worshops and generating festival themed digital content.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Start in Salford [GOLD; START] 
Organisation Start in Salford Creative Arts and Wellbeing Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Start in Salford is a creative arts and wellbeing centre providing arts-based activities and training for people who are or maybe at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties or social exclusion. During the pilot phase of Storycicle in mid-2010 we facilitated an initial digital storytelling workshop with clients of Start in Salford resulting in a 8 short videos narrated and edited by the participants, a selection of which were showcased at two public events at the Salford Lads and Girls Club and the Imperial War Museum North. The Secret Gardens Festival of Mass Narrative and Start?s interest in marking the first anniversary of its community growing space in Buile Hill Park presented an opportunity for Storycircle to continue its collaboration with the organisation in 2012. Four digital storytelling workshops were conducted across two phases with two groups of Start clients (a gardening group and a creative writing group) to create and record a short audio story around the festival?s theme of cherished spaces. The collection of audio stories were then uploaded to a blog and onto interactive tables during the digital showcase of the Secret Gardens Festival at MediaCityUK in June 2012. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2010
 
Description Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society [GOLD] 
Organisation Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution During the pilot phase of Storycicle from April to September 2010 Storycircle collaborated with Swinton and Pendlebury Local History Society by facilitating an initial digital storytelling workshop with its members resulting in a collection of short videos narrated and edited by the participants, a selection of which were showcased at two public events at the Salford Lads and Girls Club and the Imperial War Museum North. Members viewed, selected and edited footage made available from the BBC North archive to tell personal stories of the past and present of Salford. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2010
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Bolton Library and Museum Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Bolton Library and Museum Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Cornerhouse
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Gallery Oldham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Greater Manchester Police Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Manchester Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Manchester City Council
Department Manchester Libraries
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Manchester City Galleries
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Manchester United
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Museum of Wigan Life
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation NML/Lancaster Maritime
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation People's History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Salford City Council
Department Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Tate
Department Tate Modern, London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation The Lowry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Touchstones Rochdale
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Department Garstang Museum of Archaeology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department John Rylands Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation WCML Working Class Movement Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Future Galleries Consortia (Salford THINKlab) 
Organisation Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Future Galleries Consortia was established to collaborate with the University of Salford THINKlab to define a research strategy for enhancing engagement and dialogue between the cultural organisations and their audience. This new partnership has so far attracted more than 20 members from museums, art galleries and libraries in the Northwest region. These are: Touchstones Rochdale, Gallery Oldham and Oldham MBC Heritage Services, The John Rylands Library, GMP Museum, Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Bolton Museum, Working Class Movement Library, Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum & Gallery, University of Salford Development and Events, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries, Bolton Library and Museum Service, Garstang Museum and Liverpool University, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Wigan Life, Cornerhouse, Manchester Museum/Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester United, Tate Gallery, BBC Learning, NML/Lancaster Maritime, The Lowry, People?s History Museum, Salford Museum & Art Gallery. Moreover, a number of schools from the University of Salford also joined the consortia to contribute to discussions; these include in addition to the School of the Built Environment, The School of Computing Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences. The following outcome has emerged as a result of the activities of this consortia: * Greater understanding of the nature of the audience and how digital technology can enhance their engagement. * Two digital prototypes (based on Microsoft table and gaming technology with body tracking) that demonstrate novel use of digital technology within museums. * Concept design of narrative environments that can engage audiences in contributing their knowledge to existing materials.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The Islington Estate Tenants and Residents Association (TIETARA) [TT] 
Organisation The Islington Estate Tennents and Residents Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Storycircle?s collaboration with The Islington Estate Tenants and Residents Association, individual tenants and residents, community development workers and neighbourhood stakeholders in the Islington area of Central Salford has evolved in two phases. Initial exploratory work focused on developing an innovative idea that tenant representatives had for reimagining the historic practice of town twinning as a process of digitally enabled knowledge exchange linking twinned tower block neighbourhoods in different countries. The twinning idea was explored through visits and meeting with tenant representatives of a high rise in Southeast London, in meetings with senior officers at Salford City Council and through presentations to the Salford twinning association. Supported by Storycircle and University of Salford, tenants from the Islington estate have led the City of Salford?s participation in Re-Block, an EU-URBACT transnational thematic network of 10 city partners focused on reviving high rise neighbourhoods and social cohesion. In phase 2, following consultation with individual tenants, Storycircle have used the opportunity presented by the 50th anniversary of the two tower blocks and a planned Jubilee celebration on the estate to research the relationship between digitally mediated storytelling, place and belonging. Using flexible methods of story gathering and engagement tenants and residents, community workers, housing officers and elected representatives with a relationship to area and its local history of regeneration were invited to participate by contributing stories, photos and other documents to an online collection. The multimedia collection of stories will be accessible on a newly designed platform for exhibiting and archiving community narratives developed in collaboration with academic partners at Salford University ThinkLab. Collaborative action research with organisational, institutional and industry partners working in the digital economy is at the core of the Storycircle approach. These collaborations work through an iterative process of analysis by the Storycircle research team and reflection by the collaborative partner. The range of outcomes and outputs brought about through each collaboration are cross-referenced in ROS using square brackets e.g. [GOLD; PVM; SLC].
Start Year 2011
 
Title Better Life Chances (Salford THINKlab) 
Description As part of the project, Better Life Chances modeled a range of discrete data layers at ward level, lower super output level, and more granular unit household level. this was assembled from a a range of data repositories held by the City Council and partner organisations e.g. police, health, housing,job center plus. This was the first time such confidential data had been shared collaboratively and was used by the partners to inform their thinking and planning for better integrated service and management systems. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
 
Title Briefing System for Police 
Description This project was focused on developing a digital platform that can connect distributed databases to bring intelligence for the briefing team to engage in crime reduction activities. This environment was developed in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Police. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
 
Title Collaboration Interface for Media Production 
Description A team space was developed to support remote collaboration among media production teams. This environment offers functionality such as public workspaces, private workspaces and archive spaces to search, develop and share media content. Discussion are ongoing with MediaSmiths to integrate this environment with their Media Asset Management system. 
Type Of Technology Physical Model/Kit 
 
Title Community Platform for MediaCityUK 
Description This interface offers a multi-user platform for exploring the activities in the Mediacity using a playful interface. It offers Microsoft Kinect and multi-touch interfaces for people to navigate through a physical representation of the MediaCityUK and explore activities in the Lowry, IWM, University campus, BBC etc. This work was conducted in collaboration with clicks and links which is an SME. 
Type Of Technology e-Business Platform 
 
Title Digital Technologies and Learning Survey Questionnaire [GOLD; SCC] 
Description A survey questionnaire developed by Goldsmiths researchers which builds on previous research on young people?s use of mobile phones, the internet and social media. The questionnaire was administered online via Survey Monkey (www.surveymonkey.com) to students aged 15-19 at Salford City College in November-December 2012. The questionnaire comprised of 31 questions focusing on basic demographics; access to and general use of mobile phones, the internet, and social media; existing learning-related use of digital technologies; interest in using social media to support future learning and attitudes towards the college?s use of digital technologies. The questionnaire is deposited at the UK Data Archive and is available for other researchers for non-commercial use. It is also available online at http://storycircle.co.uk/resources/working-papers/ 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
 
Title Eight songs for a mad king 3D game (Salford THINklab) 
Description This project presents a new way of experiencing music. Psappha Ensemble has worked closely with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and the University of Salford?s THINKlab in developing a 3D interactive environment for Sir Peter?s iconic work Eight Songs for a Mad King. The eight songs of the mad king take place in different location for each song: in the cell, outside Windsor Castle in the countryside, by the river Thames, in the state room, in the Three Tuns pub in Windsor, and in the Chapel in Windsor. The environments have been created using a gaming engine that is user friendly and easy to use. It provides the users with many ways to explore the environment and the 70 clickable objects within it. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
URL http://thespace.org/items/s0000xs6
 
Title Future TV Presenter's Table 
Description In collaboration with Dr. Lee Griffths at the School of Computer Science, an application was developed for BBC, allowing TV presenters to link up with the public via social media such as facebook and twitter during live programmes. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2010 
 
Title Interface for Metadata Searching 
Description This interface was develop in collaboration with People?s Voice Media to search their media archive using metadata. This interactive environment allows the user to search large databases in a matter of seconds using metadata tags. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
 
Title Media Assets Referencing System 
Description The growing popularity of social networks and video sharing services initialize a global trend of citizen journalism and storytelling using both professional and user generates content. Unlike text streams and still images, using shared video content for collaborative story making and editing places high demands such as computational capability and network connectivity on user clients. We designed and implemented a media asset referencing system (MARS) to drive storytelling application through flexible definition and referencing of media assets in large video objects . As a result, MARS enables individuals or a community to edit and share video stories on light-weight user devices. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-SNbGxDHI
 
Title Methodology for Analysis of Twitter Data [GOLD; SCC]. 
Description Mixed-methods model for analysing Twitter data developed to explore micro-processes of community-building and informal learning through a departmental Twitter account at SCC. Model combines quantitative metrics, purposive sampling techniques, narrative-oriented/interpretive analysis of tweets, and qualitative analysis of interview and focus group data. This methodology provides a reusable model for a ?small data? analysis of social media and is methodologically innovative in the fast-developing field of Twitter research. See http://storycircle.co.uk/resources/working-papers/. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
 
Title QR-Supported Virtual Exhibition Model [GOLD; SCC]. 
Description A virtual exhibition model developed as a collaboration between Goldsmiths researchers and Graphic Design students and staff at Salford City College. The model utilised QR codes linked to audio narratives stored on Soundcould to complement a visual exhibition of student work on the theme of Secret Gardens. This was a new model of presentation, combining the physical and virtual, and enabling students to dialogue with their audience in absentia. Audio recordings for the exhibition were generated in a researcher-supported workshop with a class of around 20 students and their tutor. Students' work was presented to staff, parents and future students at college open day. The model was deemed successful, and potentially groundbreaking as a model for a blended exhibition format for future exhibit work both in college and beyond. 
Type Of Technology Systems, Materials & Instrumental Engineering 
 
Title Storisphere: Community Video Storytelling Application 
Description Conventional television services have been increasingly challenged by the more interactive and user-centric video sharing applications. With the growing popularity of social networks and video services, users are becoming the editors and broadcasters of their own stories. User-generated video content, which provides unique perspectives from individuals, is likely to be the new medium to complement professional broadcast TV for story sharing, especially in user communities of specific interest. We have developed Storisphere to provide a web-based collaborative video content workspace for members of a community to compose and share video stories, using desktop or mobile devices. Storisphere is currently being evaluated for video story telling by various user communities. www.storisphere.com 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-SNbGxDHI
 
Title Surface table interface for visualising and interacting with artifacts in museums 
Description This interface was developed on the Microsoft Surface table to demonstrate how visitors could interact with arts and cultural artifacts to make their experience more memorable and leave their own opinion with each artifacts. An alternative web interface was also developed to provide the same facility for remote visitors to leave their own opinion against each artifact they visit. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the Lowry Museum. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
 
Title Time Tunnel for Showing Local Narratives 
Description This environment allow local citizens to explore local narratives via an interactive multi-touch table. This environment visualises narratives against a timeline and allows the user to select various media clips as they travel through time. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
 
Title Video Chunk Stitching and Caching 
Description The software is designed to facilitate the efficient and scalable caching of content. By strategically caching selected content closer to the client, It avoids inefficient requests for identical content soon after the initial request. This avoids congestion on existing network links, and negates any additional expenditure required to increase network capacity. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-SNbGxDHI
 
Title Video Storytelling Frontend Interface 
Description HTML5-based frontend interface to support features of video storytelling, including content ingest, video preview, search engine, storyboard (drag and drop edit), EDL parsing and cache management. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-SNbGxDHI
 
Title Video and Subtitle Analysis Package 
Description Metadata analysis and extraction software to derive semantic key frames for shots and scenes in video objects. Subtitle analysis tool extracts subtitles embedded in freeview and freesat MPTS streams. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-SNbGxDHI
 
Title Volcano Simulation Computer Game (Salford THINKlab) 
Description This is a gesture based computing game developed to provide an exciting learning and viewing experience for adults and children. The game developed for Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, will be used for the BBC face to face events. The game is set up in a small group of tropical Islands with vegetation, rocks and flying flocks of birds and a rustic wood suspension bridge connecting the two islands. The objective of the game is to achieve a high level volcano eruption, by interactively changing four parameters known to affect the type and intensity of the volcano eruptions. The two players will have to collaborate to achieve this task in a present time of two minutes. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
 
Description Broadcasts of 'Tales from Camp' film series [GOLD; SLC] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience
Results and Impact 14 short films from the 'Tales from Camp' film series were broadcast on the BBC 'big screens' in the Manchester Arndale Centre and the MediaCityUK site on Salford Quays, and on screens inside the Salford Quays shuttle buses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Community Reporter Website: March 2013 Upgrade [GOLD; PVM] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A core element of Storycircle's research with People's Voice Media involved advanced application of social networking media intended to enhance public engagement with content on a planned upgrade to the www.communityreporter.co.uk site. Storycircle led a design process with staff, where we have discussed the development of metadata systems to shape how content appears on the site, and the inclusion of interactive Web 2.0 functionality (using Drupal modules e.g. Community Tagging, Flags and Views, and plugins e.g. Disqus and Storify). Alongside this the Storycircle team supported PVM staff to develop their editorial skills in 'curating content' to tell a story, and to stimulate public interactions through such technologies and techniques. Storycircle also conducted beta testing of the user experience for this site with a group of volunteers before re-launching it in March 2013.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination of research outcome to industrial partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A number of demos were organised and delivered to industrial partners visiting the THINKlab at the University of Salford. These include: Carillion, Balfour Beatty, ARUP, Emcor, BAM Construction, Halliwell Holmes, Vinci Construction, Centre for Cities, Institute of Civil Engineers' Surveyors, CIOBRICS, Network Rail, Velresco, AECOM, BBC, North West Aerospace, Defence Science & Tech. Laboratory, Manchester Science Festival, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, Environment Agency, Stoke City Council, Salford City Council, Manchester City Council, NHS, Stockport PCT, Greater Manchester Fire Service, Highways Agency, Swindon Borough Council, City West Housing Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Constabulary

Working Class Movement Library and Leeds City Council.

The above demos were used to showcase the technical tools and platforms that were developed as part of the FIRM project.
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The above demos were used to showcase the technical tools and platforms that were developed as part of the FIRM project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Dissemination: Advanced Technologies for Collaborative Design Module/PG (Salford THINKlab) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A number of demos have been delivered to the Unievsrity of Salford PG students attending the MSc. Advanced Technologies for Collaborative Design module at the School of Built Environment. During these lectures/demos, students were introduced the various applications that were developed as part of the FIRM project.

Please note that the start and end dates are related to the module itself where the students had a number of demos/lectures delivered to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination: The Virtual Environments Module/UG-Level 6 (Salford THINKlab) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A number of demos have been delivered to the University of Salford UG students registered for the Virtual Environment module at the School of the Built Environment. During these demos, students were introduced to the various software, platforms and other gaming environments that were developed within the FIRM project.

Please note that the start and end dates are related to the module itself where a number of demos were delivered within the lectures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dissemintion of research outcome to academic partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A number of demos were organised and delivered to academic institutes visiting the THINKlab at the University of Salford. These include: University of Zurich, Switzerland, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Shanghai Jiao Tong, University, China, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Osaka University, Japan, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, University of Tasmania, Australia, Chiba University, Japan, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China

New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE, Budapest University of Technology and Economy, Hungary, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea, Lodz University of Technology, Poland, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia, University of Leiden, Netherlands, University of Chongching, China, Bahria University, Islamabad, Iams University, India, Tar College, Singapore, Hochschule Stendal Magdeburg, Germany

Indiana State University, United States, Sino British College, Shanghai.



The above demos were used to showcase the technical tools and technical platforms that were developed as part of the FIRM project.

The above demos were used to showcase the technical tools and technical platforms that were developed as part of the FIRM project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Interactive Camping Histories and Timeline [GOLD; SLC] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Storycircle and members of the SLC worked with local programmer Steven Flowers on producing interactive webpages for the club's Camping content. Involved uploading metadata and content, writing copy and embedding a range of third-party plugins and social media tools (YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Google Maps, Storify, JS Timeline) into the SLC's Wordpress site. Individual collections of content are available on: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSalfordladsclub?feature=mhee; https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213827191852140646704.0004c2fc449c54b5e1a31&msa=0; http://www.facebook.com/salfordladsclub; http://salfordladsclub.org.uk/camping/100-camps-timeline/; http://storify.com/salfordladsclub/i-ve-been-to-salford-lads-club.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Invited member of CulturalDigitally research network [GOLD] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited member of CulturalDigitally research network (http://culturedigitally.org/). Funder: US National Science Foundation. Convening universities: Cornell U and Temple U. Meetings: Cornell March 2011, Temple, Philadelphia, April 2012.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://culturedigitally.org/
 
Description Islington Stories Audio Podcasts [GOLD; TT] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Over a twelve-month period a collection of 50 audio stories were generated with residents, artists, community workers, councilors and housing managers focused on the past and present of the Islington Estate in Central Salford. The audio stories, lasting between two and ten minutes in length were periodically uploaded to the web platform Soundcloud and later to the Islington Stories website developed by GOLD and THINKLab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Islington Stories Web tool (Salford THINklab; GOLD) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact The Islington Stories is an on-line dynamic story tool developed for the Islington community in Salford M3 to share and build the Islington Story. the web tool is developed to enable residents from the Islington community, past and present to contribute as they upload, access and comment on the Islington living history. This project was conceived to celebrate the Islington Golden Jubilee in June 2013. The project has been developed in partnership between the University of Salford THINKlab and Goldsmiths University of London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Keynote: A Digital City Platform for Supporting Multi-Agency Collaboration to Create Sustainable Cities (Salford THINKlab) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Keynote address at Taiwan-UK Research Collaboration Form, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Main Storycircle website [GOLD] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Website set up by the Storycircle team at Goldsmiths for archiving and disseminating collaborations, events, methodology and findings of the Storycircle research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Oasis Historypin Channel [GOLD; OAS]. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This was a school-owned channel within the online mapping tool Historypin. The channel was developed by a group of Year 10 students at Oasis and contained an archive of photos of and from the school in its previous incarnation as Hope High School together with a series of photos contributed by participants at a public-facing event held at Salford Quays in Feb 2012 with the support of the Goldsmiths research team and the Egg Space at Salford University. Public photos were collated by students at an open workshop held on the same day as a wider showcase event at Salford Quays. Students interviewed contributors, talked about their work with Historypin. The aim of using this tool was to support and encourage intergenerational dialogue and to provide a platform for sharing stories about the changing local landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Oasis War Memorial Blog [GOLD; OAS]. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This blog was developed by the Goldsmiths research team in collaboration with a group of Year 8/9 students at Oasis Academy. Data about military war dead on a war memorial located in the school was provided by a local community group, SWARM (Salford War Memorials), who had campaigned to save the war memorial previously housed in Salford Central Mission, on whose site the new school was subsequently built. Students worked with a Goldsmiths researcher to convert the stories of the war dead into text and audio narratives. The latter were stored on Soundcloud and subsequently embedded on the blog. A key aim of the blog was to enable SWARM's data set to be more widely available and to enhance the data by incorporating a local flavour and dialect.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Oasis War Memorial Map [GOLD; OAS]. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This customised Google map was adapted to reflect the theme of a 'war memorial' by replacing the usual push pins with a poppy to signify remembrance. Students worked together with a Goldsmiths researcher over a series of workshops to research and 'pin' a memorial poppy for each individual on the war memorial. Bringing the data together in this visual way helped staff and students and other viewers see the strong impact of WW1 casualties in their local area and prompted discussion about changing street names, changing social patterns as well as continuities, e.g. where some students lived in the same street as a soldier who had died.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Quays Open Event [GOLD; OAS]. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This was a Salford wide event of which an open workshop presented by students from Oasis was provided for the general public. Invitations to the workshop were promoted by flyer, the school website and school newsletter. Participants were invited to bring photos of the local area and share them with accompanying stories via Historypin. Students interviewed participants and recorded their stories both in writing and using digital voice recorders. These narratives were subsequently attached to the shared photos. The aim of this event was to support the development of an inter-generational and community-wide digital storycircle which would be reflected in and through a global online platform - Historypin. Both students and public benefited from the event. Students' participation in the wider event also provided an opportunity for the Egg Space at Salford University to share in and support the kind of public-facing digital event it was designed for. Alongside the Historypin open workshop at the Egg Space on Quays Open Day, students and Goldsmith researchers discussed the broader Storycircle project, its aims and goals to the general public, local community organisations and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Remembrance Day Event [GOLD; OAS]. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Shortly after the commemoration of the new school building, the school decided to host a Remembrance Day Event centred on the rescued war memorial from the Salford Central Mission and now located permanently in the school entrance hall. The event was attended by local people, staff, students, a local reporter and a book author as well as the Bishop of Bolton. After a short Remembrance Day service, visitors were able to view a small exhibition of students' work around the mapping activity that led to the digitisation of the war dead data on Google maps. At this event, visitors were presented with a large historical (non-digital) map of the local area, populated by physical pins - sample individual data cards for each of the war dead created and designed by the students were also displayed. The exhibition encouraged some visitors to contribute their own narratives of Salford. The aim of the exhibition was to engage local people in the students' war memorial project and to encourage them to share their own stories and so expand the developing 'digital storycircle'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description SCC Secret Gardens Showcase [GOLD; SCC] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Students at Salford City College used digital audio for the first time to record story-based narratives about their artwork. These audio-recordings were then linked to a virtual art exhibition on a related blog. They were also later combined with QR codes in a blended exhibition space combining physical and digital artifacts in a face-to-face event setting. This helped students and staff at SCC to see ways in which digital technologies could be used to take personalise students' work and to give it a reach far beyond the classroom setting, e.g. parents, general public, examiners, prospective interviewers (in FE/HE or industry).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description SME Assistance via Focus innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Throughout FIRM there has been a willingness to engage with SMEs.

Initilally this was funded by the NWDA and facilitated by Focus Innovation.

Focus Innovation passed a number of SME referrals through to Lancaster University.

The companies:



Code Computer Love

The White Room

Corporation Pop

Onteca

Smiling Wolf



All received additional support through the ERDF initiatives available at Lancaster University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Salford Storycircle Blog [GOLD; SCC] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This was an initial experimental blog created by SCC students early on in the Storycircle project. Media students following a brief titled 'Journeys into MediaCity' which explored the implications of the move of creative industries to Salford. The activity helped develop students' reflective practice and encouraged them to reflect on their future career aspirations, using digital platforms to engage with the wider community and to reflect on the impact of changes in their local environment on these aspirations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Salford Storycircle Storytelling Event [GOLD; SCC]. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public-facing inter-generational storytelling event held at Salford City College, Salford on 17th October 2011. The event was led by the college with support and collaboration of the Goldsmiths research team. It was hosted by BBC presenter Gordon Burns and featured a presentation by Lawrence Cassidy of Salford Streets Museum. Participants included students at the college, their parents and grandparents, who recalled personal stories of their experiences of growing up in Salford. The public audience included local residents, as well as staff, students and parents. The Mayor and Mayoress of Salford were also present.

The event served to launch the Storycircle collaboration with SCC and provided participants and audience members with an opportunity to engage with and reflect on the principles and values of storytelling. A video of the event is available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlZ5SVFWuTY

The event served to launch the Storycircle collaboration with SCC and provided participants and audience members with an opportunity to engage with and reflect on the principles and values of storytelling. A video of the event is available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlZ5SVFWuTY
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description ScreenLab 0x02 Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact For 10 days, 3 internationally renowned digital media artists: Joanie Lemercier (AntiVJ), Joel Gethin Lewis (Hellicar and Lewis) and Kyle McDonald; were invited to The University of Salford to prototype works which explore new modes of perception and interaction at the arts-technology confluence.



Working with the advanced interactive research facilities at the University of Salford the artists developed their practice in collaboration with researchers and students, creating highly innovative immersive installations that enable the public to access research facilities for the first time as part of a pioneering exhibition across both campus sites.



An exhibition of their findings was open to the public from 6th December 2012 to 18th January 2013.



http://www.salford.ac.uk/mediacityuk/research/research-projects/screenlab-0x02-residency-mediacityuk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.salford.ac.uk/mediacityuk/research/research-projects/screenlab-0x02-residency-mediacityuk
 
Description Start in Salford Secret Gardens Blog [GOLD] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Start in Salford produced a series of audio stories around the theme of cherished and valued places for the Secret Gardens Festival in June 2012. With support from Goldsmiths project Storycircle, Start's Creative Writing group and the gardening group from Start in the Park recorded a collection of first-person stories about places of memory and imagination. The audio content was hosted on Soundcloud and a wordpress blog was set up to publish the content as a single themed collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Storisphere user evaluation in Wray village 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact User engagement with the Storisphere platform has been made to evaluate the FIRM development and its impact to the user community. To ensure that we have a thorough understanding of the how the platform performs and how the Storiboard application is used to both upload videos and then "cut" them into a user's story, we have carried out fieldwork in Wray village at the time of the Scarecrow festival. This allowed us to capture dozens of small videos which we are currently in the process of using, along with existing material, to tell a small, scarecrow-based story. This process has already provided a number of interesting insights to what using the Storisphere platform means. It has also helped to identify a number of possible future development areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Storycircle: Action research in narrative exchange, digital technologies and citizenship [GOLD] 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Making a Difference, Location: Goldsmiths, University of London, London. 01/02/2013.



Conference: Celebrating Goldsmiths' Research and Learning Reaching Beyond Academia: The Goldsmiths academic community joined with partners to celebrate the many ways research and learning makes a difference to public life, including social justice, conflict resolution, well-being, shaping policy and creative applications of new technologies. They shared their experiences of how engaging with universities can help to effect positive change. In a panel titled Building Bridges exploring university connections with local communities, government and advocacy groups Richard MacDonald presented on Storycircle as an action research project conducted in collaboration with diverse non-academic partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description The Salford Lads Club One Hundred Camps exhibition [SLC; GOLD; SGF] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact The first Salford Lads Club's camp took place in Llandulas, Wales, during the Whitsun week of 1904, starting a tradition that has been passed down through many generations of volunteers and young people. Crucially, the ritualised camp practices included documentary film (from 1937) and photography captured over much of this time, producing a rare archival record of this shared experience. In 2011, the arrival of the one hundredth annual camping trip was taken as an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on its importance in sustaining the wider role that the club has played within the community. The centrepiece of this celebration was the production of a permanent exhibition at the club called 'One Hundred Camps', which consisted of a collection of framed images relating to every year that the club went on camp. This exhibition emerged out of this moment of collective reflection, and built upon a year-long collaboration between the Club and the Storycircle team on the 'Tales from Camp' films. This exhibition was timed to coincide with the Secret Gardens Festival of Mass Narrative (led by Prof Paul Hayward). The '100 Camps' images and 'Tales from Camp' films have subsequently featured in a range of other contexts, including the temporary exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in Edinburgh, the BBC 'big screens' in the Manchester Arndale Centre and the MediaCityUK site on Salford Quays, on screens inside the Salford Quays shuttle buses, as well as being available to view online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description User engagement for community video storytelling at Salford Lads Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact The collaborative research approach between the Goldsmiths' Storycircle team and the Salford Lads Club which seeks to explore a multi-layered digital storytelling process has been further extended and elaborated by a joint partnership with the Storisphere team at Lancaster University. The Storycircle, Storysphere, and Salford Lads Club 'triangle' has proven to be a success that weaves the empowering narrative principle, creative community video storytelling and waves of user experiments.



This particular user engagement front has been a continuation of the work with Salford Lads Club and the Lancaster Storisphere team has made a number of trips to the club to meet with the participants, help to train them in using Storiboard and to collect video data that we have then uploaded for them. (This latter activity has been necessary because of the limited bandwidth at the club.) The initial phase led to one of the club members putting together a short video about ball games at the club over the years. Although quite short, this has provided some interesting feedback. For example, the person in question was essentially shown how to use the Storiboard interface once and was immediately able to start putting clips together - suggesting that the application really does deliver in terms of ease of use. Perhaps more interesting, though, was the process of him talking us though the clips he had used - which we captured on camera. This helped to confirm that the notion of a "moving photo album" is a powerful metaphor for story created in Storisphere. The next phase of this case study is underway - with club participants having just been away to their annual camp where, we hope, they managed to captures lots of video which will be used to create a story about the camp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013