make: 3D – The story of a map

Carl Wenczek teaches Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape and Sketchup for the IT Learning Programme. However, his real job is as an architectural visualiser – he creates 3D models of existing or planned buildings and places them in photorealistic images and illustrations. Several years ago, Carl was approached by Transport for London to create 3D models of London landmarks and buildings for placement on wayfinding maps around London.

In this session, Carl gave an overview of the project from inception to realisation, briefly touching on the tools he has used. You can download Carl’s presentation and visit his website at www.borndigital.co.uk.

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make: skills – A planning tool for researchers

John Miles is the Training Officer for Humanities Division. In a quiet interlude when he was without email for a week (!) John decided to put together a tool to help researchers track their skills development against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Although Vitae have their own tool, John saw a need for something more that enables researchers to engage more easilywith their skills development planning.

John demonstrated his Research Training Log tool that he has written in Excel, and gave a glimpse of some of the code behind the scenes. John is the first to admit that he is not a trained programmer, being entirely self taught, but by adapting and building on exisiting code he has been able to build an application which is getting very positive feedback from researchers in Humanities.

The tool is available for download, and John is happy to share his ideas and experience. He is also interested in talking with others around the University who might like to use the tool for themselves. You can contact John through the Humanities web site.

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make: text and computer-assisted research in Humanities

The make: series is in its fifth year and each year we have had a talk from Gabor Toth and Peter Watson on their use of text encoding and analysis tools. Gabor’s specialist area was the encoding and analysis of a document from medieaval Italy, whereas Peter is analysing documents from medieaval England. This year they reprised their description of some of the tools they have used, and updated us on the progress of their research.

You can download:

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make: art – Eastern Art online at the Ashmolean

Aruna Bhaugeerutty is the Project Manager for the Ashmolean Museum’s Eastern Art Online exhibition as part of the Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art. Aruna gave an overview of the development of the web site and some of the issues that arose in the management of the digitisation of thousands of objects some of which are large and/or very fragile.

You can download Aruna’s presentation, and visit the Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art website.

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make: music – Improve your digital music collection

Thaddeus Lipinski has been researching digital music formats and building a digital music library for several years. He shared his expertise on how to improve the sound quality of your music and how to digitise those precious record collections.

 

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make: music — Improve your digital music collection

Digital music now soundtracks our lives and 2014 was recently hailed as the year of “High Resolution” music.  Thaddeus Lipinski has been researching digital music formats and building a digital music library for several years.

Today, Thaddeus showed us how to improve the sound quality of your music and how to digitise those old record collections.

You can download a copy of Thadeus’ slides.

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make: music. Creating music in ChucK

Steve Eyre is not only a teacher on the IT Learning Programme, he is also a PhD student at Oxford Brookes with music at the core of his research. Steve gave an overview and demonstration of the open source cross-platform tool, ChucK. ChucK is a programming language for music creation and sound manipulation, which is easy to interact with even if you are not a programmer!

Here are some links that Steve recommends:

Download: chuck.cs.princeton.edu/
Ge Wangs Thesis: ccrma.stanford.edu/~ge/thesis.html
ChucK forum:  electro-music.com/forum/forum-140.html
Video files from Coursera course: jkant.blogspot.it/2014/03/introduction-to-programming-for.html
(The Download button takes you to an online Cloud service wherefrom you can download a zipped up 1.8Gb .RAR file. Unzipped the files are just over 2Gb, play fine and at high resolution with subtitles. Thanks to Caroline D)
Book: www.manning.com/kapur/

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make: outreach – Extend and diversify your reach with online platforms

University college have a great track record in being innovative in their outreach activities with schools -two years ago Anne-Marie Canning from Univ won an OxTALENT award for her newspaper format for outreach. Following in that tradition, Jane Lewis, Anne-Marie’s successor came along to show yet more innovative practice – this time in the form of the Staircase12 website.

The website brings together student contributions such as videos, book reviews, blog posts, recommended resources and more with the same engaging format as the newspaper. The site is proving to ber very popular with visits from potential applicants from all over the world.

You can download Jane’s slides for more information or contact her at access@univ.ox.ac.uk.

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make: 3D – Reconstructing archeological sites

Mike Athanson from the Bodleian Libraries gave us a tour of three archeological sites that he has modelled using the SketchUp 3D modelling  software. Mike highlighted the main features of the models and the techniques he used to create such realistic representations.

You can download Mike’s presentation.

The IT Learning Programme runs introductory courses on the use of SketchUp:
SketchUp: An introduction to 3D modelling
SketchUp: Advanced techniques – modelling
SketchUp: Advanced techniques – materials

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make: blogs – Getting readership beyond your Mum

Hello Mum. And for anyone else reading, you might be interested to know that Alun Edwards gave us some tips on how we might reach a wider audience for our blogs. His ideas are summarised in (no surprise here) his blog at
http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/eet/2014/04/09/make-blog-posts-which-are-read

Alun’s slides and handouts are available.

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