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We are delighted to invite you to our next seminar “Crowdsourcing Social History”, with Kate Lindsay (University of Oxford/Academic IT Services) and Melissa Highton (University of Edinburgh/Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division).

Friday, 1st April 2016, 10.30 am – 1.00 pm, CMB (Chrystal Macmillan Building), Staff Room (6th floor), 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD

Kate Lindsay is an Academic IT lead from the University of Oxford with particular responsibility for education enhancement and IT services to support public engagement and outreach. She led the award-winning Great War Archive (2007-2009) and Oxford’s work packages for Europeana 1914-1918 (2010-2014) and has worked with her team to adapt the model and lessons learnt for other crowdsourcing and digital outreach projects across the globe. Kate has a particular interest in community engagement, open education and social media.

Summary of Kate’s talk:

Since 2008, the University of Oxford has harnessed the power of digital technologies together with face-to-face community engagement to facilitate the collection of First World War memories and artefacts from the general public. This innovative crowdsourcing model has enabled the creation of digital collections of items previously hidden from researchers and from heritage. This presentation will tell the story of The Great War Archive and Europeana 1914-1918 projects and introduce the Oxford Community Collection Model, its challenges, its enablers, and take a closer look at the value of community collections in providing rich sites of exchange between academics, the heritage sector and the wider public.

Melissa Highton was Director of Academic IT at the University of Oxford for 6 years, during which time the academic IT teams developed, tested and rolled out an Oxford model for crowdsourcing community collections of digital artefacts and engaging the public with subject experts.  Melissa will give an overview of how 3-way engagement can be achieved, and place the models from Oxford in relation to how they might be used at the University of Edinburgh alongside our open educational resources (OER) strategies, MOOCs and heritage collections.

Coffee and refreshments at 10.30 am – the talks will start at 11.00 am

All welcome. Registration through Eventbrite, please, for catering purposes.