Best Use of Student IT for Learning

Showing creativity, originality, impact and sustainability the Best Student Use of IT award went to Helen Ginn for her CMol iPhone and iPad application designed for easily viewing 3D renditions of biological molecules. The app enables undergraduate students, PhD students and researchers alike to analyse proteins on the go. CMol aims to deliver beautiful, colourful and interactive depictions of proteins downloaded from the Protein Data Bank. CMol is the first application on the iOS App Store to provide in-depth tools to analyse the structures of biomolecules and has sold over 450 copies to date in 35 different countries.

There were two runners-up prizes. The first was awarded to Oleksandr Zhurakovskyi, for his Organic Chemistry Reference Resolver tool. Currently used by 140-360 users per day. The tool is designed to facilitate reference retrieval from chemical literature. It recognizes a citation presented in a number of formats and redirects the user to the corresponding article webpage. The overall search time is reduced to about 15 seconds per reference. In addition to the web interface, there are browser extensions for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome as well as a small HTML-widget.

The second runners-up prize was awarded to Hannah Kirby for the design of the Hyper-Literary Oxford Map, an easily interfaced web-based software available to all on Google Maps, mapping each Oxford college to a list of literary figures to have studied there, hyperlinked to examples of work by or about each. Three walking routes additionally guide those interested in particular genres. The map has proved a great success already with both visitors to the city and students accustomed to its sights. It will form a part of the launch of Oxford’s bid to become the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014, and has also been requested for embedding on the University Admissions and OUCS sites.

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