April 30, 2017 - Sun
The STARS project is funded by JISC
I am Gill Haworth from Watershed Media Centre in Bristol and I manage Watershed’s online archive of creative content at dShed.net
dShed has been running for the past seven years and a huge range of media content is now stored on the site including hundreds of short films, animations, event recordings, text and audio. The site has developed organically, and although it gets a large number of users, it is currently very limited in the way content can be browsed, searched for and viewed.
Through ACE ‘Thrive’ organisational development funding, Watershed has been given the opportunity to redevelop and redesign dShed, in particular researching and developing new personalised relationships with audiences and ways of engaging with the content online. The Thrive ‘Interchange’ project involves partners across Bristol – Picture This, Arnolfini, Architecture Centre and Spike Island. We are working together to share knowledge and develop our relationships with audiences online.
Our participation in the STARS project is a great opportunity to simultaneously try out methods for users to browse, search and add connections between dShed content, its themes and associated people. What we develop and learn from this process, working with ILRT’s Web Futures team, and Bristol University’s Drama department, has to potential to inform some of the methods we adopt in our new site development.