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Welcome to the STARS Project

  • Posted by admin on 4 December 2007
  • I am Nikki Rogers the Project Manager of the JISC-funded STARS Project. I work at the ILRT, University of Bristol, and my role is to coordinate ILRT’s Web Futures team and manage several of its portfolio of projects including “STARS”. Following the great news that the JISC have agreed to fund our project we have published a summary of project as follows.

    ILRT’s Web Futures team, together with Bristol University’s Drama department and Bristol’s Watershed Media Centre,  have been awarded JISC Capital funding in 2007 for an 18 month project to develop the innovative PARIP Explorer tool and access to Watershed dShed archives among other sources of rich audio-visual, screen-arts data.

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    This new STARS (Semantic Tools for Screen Arts Research) project aims to allow researchers to use PARIP Explorer’s intuitive approach in order to browse and search connections between people, online practice-led research data, and networked screen arts media recordings. Behind the scenes Semantic Web, Grid and P2P system technologies will combine to allow data to be connected ‘seamlessly’ for the user of the system.

    Through development of the powerful new tool, screen arts researchers will be able to browse and replay moving image content and understand its thematic links to those people and communities involved in aspects of its creation. It is hoped this will inspire new collaborations between screen arts researchers across both academia and industry plus also pave the way to more generalised systems that can search and play audio-visual, online content, contextualised for specific domains.

    The PARIP Explorer tool was first created at the ILRT in conjunction with Angela Piccini from the Drama Department as part of the AHRB-funded PARIP (Practice as Research in Performance) project. The Watershed have generously contributed in-kind support for this new project and is allowing access to content from its dShed digital arts wing – content which includes a significant amount of film and other material contributed by not-for-profit organisations, schools, colleges, universities, companies and individuals. 

    For more information please see the About page.


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