February 20, 2017 - Mon
The STARS project is funded by JISC
Attending: Tilo Burghardt, Bex Carrington, Paul Clarke, Jo Elsworth, Peter Flach, Terry Flaxton, Benjamin Miller, Barry Parsons, Angela Piccini, Michael Punt, Nikki Rogers, Damien Steer, Jasper Tredgold
10.30-11.00 Meet at ILRT, 8-10 Berkeley Square, Bristol
11.30-11.45 Unstructured ‘play’. The STARS team will observe how workshop participants interact with the tool ‘cold’, without prompt.
11.45-12.15 More structured session where participants will be given 3 broad questions to explore with the tool. We’re interested in how you go about the task and where you encounter things that you’d like to see work differently. What are your specific needs as individuals and within your disciplinary / practice communities?
At this point in the day a number of issues were raised by workshop participants that indicated that we needed to do more work to situate the project. Despite the fact that the application is designed to work with online video, some questioned why we had designed the application to work within a browser as that imposed a certain conceptual-aesthetic framing on to the project. This is an important point in terms of the decisions made to work in an open source environment to work with online material. Other participants found it difficult to see the link to their own work, which focuses more on the fragmentation of classificatory systems as a critical-creative practice in itself. Again, this was a really useful observation and we needed to be more explicit about how STARS is situated within the tension between the critical-creative, academic, open source and industrial worlds. We also need to go back to basics to explain what, why and how semantic web.
12.15-1.00pm Feedback session led by Nikki Rogers, with research details from Jasper Tredgold and Simon Price
1.00-1.30 lunch (and more informal feedback)
1.30-2.15 3 x 15-min informal presentations:
–Barry Parsons of the NRLA/Theatre Collection on the digitisation of the National Review of Live Art archive;
–Geoff Cox and possibly one other from Plymouth to talk about their work in the Arts and Social Technologies Research group, particularly work with Arnolfini;
–Peter Flach and Tilo Burghardt on Bristol’s CompSci Visualisation work.
2.15-2.45 Discussion led by Angela Piccini around common themes and areas for collaborative research
2.45-3.00 Action points (what do we do next to ensure longevity and future development?) and close
We generated a lot of feedback from the day that has fed into the next stage of development, which will be blogged about soon.