Digital Developments in the College of Arts

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In the College of Arts, we’re pretty switched on. While our research often looks back to our cultural traditions and heritage, our research methods and collaborations are firmly in the twenty first century. We work with teams of experts across Europe on creating digital content, preserving blogs, and archiving data. We have worked with local architects to help them manage their documentation and produced research on the security of your mobile phone. We use social media to find participants and build online communities, and we put the results of our work onto online databases. Our students are trained in the latest software and our academics help to develop e-learning resources and test new products for market. These are just a few of the ways that we can help you to get Digital.

In the College of Arts, we work on a real range of projects that deal with data in different ways. One example is BlogForever, an international project from partners including CERN and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which has developed an online blog preservation platform that allows blogs to be archived for future use.

The 4C project (Collaboration to Clarify the Cost of Curation) is another international project led by JISC, which aims to provide businesses and archives with a toolkit to see how digital assets can be conserved over their entire lifecycle. Other projects work with architects (DEDICATE), research data management (DCC), internal auditing (DRAMBORA), and preserving digital cultural and scientific knowledge (PLANETS). We can also produce custom-made content management systems and help with mobile phone security.

Scots Words and Placenames project
Scots Words and Placenames project

The Scots Words and Place-names (SWAP) project used social media to build a community and reach people more efficiently. Local people frequently know most about the place-names and stories behind them in their local area, so it was important to get their input into the database. A writing competition for schools also used the Scottish Schools National Intranet (Glow) to contact schools and a place-names resource is available on the Education Scotland website. The results of this study are available online at the Scots Dictionary pages, and we also contribute to the Scottish Corpus of Text and Speech (SCOTS) and the Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (CMSW).

Another aspect of our use of Digital in the College of Arts relates to our students. Students in Translation Studies are trained and tested in the latest translation technology provided by SDL Trados. Access to this innovative and important programme is provided for free and the qualification is industry approved, readying students for the world of work.

We are also involved in the development of technology used for teaching English. Micro-phonics Ltd benefitted from the consultancy and experience of two academics, Dr Jane Stuart-Smith and Dr Rachel Smith, from the College of Arts who tested and developed the product for market.

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Text by Jennifer Hilder. Watch Jennifer’s video ‘Digital Developments in the College of Arts‘.


Post Author: Fraser Rowan

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