The JISC 13/09 call for Community Content was aimed at getting digital projects within universities to work with extra mural communities. The five winning projects from Strand I (focussing on rapid innovation for existing resources) have now been announced.
- This project will publish images of royal navy logbooks from 1914 to 1923, and allow the general public to transcribe the meteorological data included within them. The resultant data will be invaluable evidence for those studying climate change.
- The existing http://www.galericymru.com/ website, which houses creations by those studying art and design, will be expanded to allow for contribution and self-evaluation from a variety of extra mural groups studying art courses from Coleg Harlech
- Based on the Mass Observation Archive, this project will create an online resource that will inspire and assist people to record the changing history of their communities. This demonstrator project will work with at least 10 identified community heritage organisations, with a view to rolling out the resource throughout the national network of Community Archive and Heritage groups.
- Enhancing and building on an existing digital archive resource focused on community flood histories – theLower Severn Community Flood Information Network, this project will engaging communities in the middle / lower Severn with their local flood histories and learning about flood risk and climate change
- The Addressing History project is creating an online tool which will enable users (particularly local history groups and genealogists), to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps and allow individuals to plot the location on a map of any address, street name, advert, or listing from the directories onto an appropriate map.
Digitizing data for disparate communities : Naval history and climate science, Dr Chris Lintott, University of Oxford
galericymru, Tudur Evans, Coleg Harlech
Mass Observation Communities Online (MOCO), River Jones, University of Sussex
Co-FAST – Community Flood Archive enhancement through Storytelling, Professor Lindsey McEwen, University of Gloucestershire
Addressing History, James Reid, EDINA, University of Edinburgh
The Strand II projects are currently undergoing marking, and an announcement on them is expected in late April 2010.