Project POCOS will deliver a series of symposia across the UK to facilitate discussion on the preservation of ‘Complex objects’. Complex objects include digital art, simulations and computer games.
"The fundamental task facing these symposia is to present material of great technological and organisational complexity in a lucid, cogent, relevant and approachable manner so as to engage UK HEI researchers and practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as reaching those further afield in, for example, commerce, industry, cinema, government, games and films classification boards."
The project also includes the publication a peer-reviewed book of the outputs from each symposium.
March 23rd see the first real collaboration between project CAiRO and the JISC-funded Kulture II group. The day will be aimed at participants in the Kulture project (mostly mangers of institutional repositories) and will offer the chance to think through some real-world, innovates (yet challenging) art works with archival objectives.
Michael Schwab will be presenting information on the new and exciting Journal of Artistic Research.
CAiRO was represented at last weeks’ Incremental Event hosted by the University of Glasgow. Presentations focused not only on ‘how’ to manage creative arts research data but also why (provided by CAiRO and live arts archiving guru Dr. Barry Smith), with Adrian Howells, theatre maker and University of Glasgow Honorary Research Fellow providing an excellent example of how comply with ethical policy can actually assist ion the creation of a truly inspirational work.
The CAiRO contribution is now online.
The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), a research centre at the University for the Creative Arts, has been awarded £100,000 by JISC for the Kultivate project in order to facilitate the transition towards more open, discoverable and accessible creative and visual arts research. Kultivate is an important initiative for the arts community and one which will benefit specialist institutions, departments within larger multi-disciplinary institutions, and arts researchers in the UK.
Building on the highly successful Kultur project, Kultivate will share and support the application of best practice in the development of institutional repositories that are appropriate to the specific needs and behaviours of creative and visual arts researchers. The project has arisen out of user-needs discussed at meetings of the Kultur II group which consists of representatives from 18 institutions and other organisations and growing. This community will continue to be open to new members, and to share and embed expertise about arts research deposit across the arts, repositories, and JISC communities. Kultivate will engage the creative arts sector through four community workshops (January-May 2011), which will explore the development of a sustainable model for repository development in the sector and nationally.
The project seeks to contribute to, develop, and embed shared community best deposit practice by engaging researchers within their own institutions. A sector-led support framework will be provided where repository enhancements, services and tools for the open source EPrints repository platform, and institutional processes, can be promoted, developed and rigorously tested. Project outputs will be disseminated widely culminating in a conference at the completion of the project in July 2011.
The anticipated impact of Kultivate will be to increase the rate of arts research deposit; to enhance the user experience for researchers; and to develop and sustain a sector-wide community of shared best practice in arts research repositories.
The two KRDS projects have been usefully summarised into one handy factsheet. This concise document lists several reasons why research data may prove valuable to retain. The comparative costs of text only (e-print) repositories as opposed to those containing research data repositories (which are used to house arts practice-as-research documentation) are particularly eye opening, but costs are are offset by the potential value of retaining valuable data.
A new video documentary features Dutch researchers speaking about online collaborative tools. The subject area is social history and so the forms of much of the research data will be familiar to researchers across the arts: video, images, scanned texts. A suite of tools are discussed, this suite includes a public-facing website to act as a ‘shop window’ for the work of the international research group.
A key challenge is striking a balance between unambiguous data management rules (file naming and versioning for instance) while permitting unique and personal approaches to research - ‘a house style’ was actively avoided.
You can read about Starter Kits, which help when setting up online collaborative suites at the project site. Information is available in English.
Tuesday 19th October sees the The Future of Research Conference for HEI VCs. The mapping event will attempt to discern the direction of research and how digital technologies can protect and enhance an institution’s reputation by helping to attract the best researchers, give their research maximum impact and manage their research data well. CAIRO, along with JISC Digital Media will be presenting the institutional benefits of bringing together collection managers and researchers within the arts.
The Dare to share: new approaches to long-term collections management, organised by the British Library Preservation Advisory Service will take place on the 6th September. The event builds on the theme of skills development on strategic issues in collections management amongst staff in research and higher education libraries. Given the overlap in project interests, I’m happy to say literature from the CAIRO project will be made available at the event and team members are hoping to be in attendance.
The new Curating Arts Research Output (CAiRO) project is underway. In addition to the freshly launched blog we will have a presence on the University of Bristol site and our very own wiki. The project aims are to produce a teaching module for HE themed on the management of (often technically complex) research data from the fields of the arts. This JISC-funded project is part of the Managing Research Data programme, and builds upon the strengths and interests of the project team who are drawn from JISC Digital Media, the University of Bristol Department of Drama and the Digital Curation Centre.
The project also aims to bring individuals from the live, performing and visual arts communities together to address the challenge of creating and managing arts-related research materials. We encourage everyone to make use of our learning materials, wiki and blog. Our hashtag is #croprj.