Gearing up for workshop

Getting ready for the workshop run for Oxford projects. There will be one afterwards open to anyone from the UK:

“If you are interested in community collections (like The Great War Archive) or working to harness a community to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments (like Galaxy Zoo) then OUCS would like to invite you to collaborate in a meeting on 5 May in Oxford. The meeting has a number of purposes:

- This is a chance for managers and others from community collection projects in and around Oxford to share best practice and exchange knowledge.

- This will be an opportunity for Oxford projects with some shared interests to meet face-to-face. The OUCS project, RunCoCo, will launch an online ‘community of interest’ for those involved in community collection or working to harness a community to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments. In the past OUCS has done this successfully for other subjects (like teaching First World War literature). However, these ventures have a better chance of working well when participants have met in person.

- RunCoCo will also disseminate the processes, open-source software and results of the Great War Archive, a pilot community collection project based at OUCS and the English Faculty, which ran for 3 months in 2008. RunCoCo will capture the results of any discussions from the day and use this to ensure our resources are correctly focussed on what projects need to run this kind of initiative.

- RunCoCo will highlight three training workshops we will hold during Spring-Summer 2010 to disseminate resources and software for community collection projects. We hope to encourage other community projects to present at one or more of these workshops, and to encourage newer projects like INSERT NAME HERE to attend. The workshops will be free of charge and open to anyone from the education/public sector. The first is on 26 May at OUCS.

Places are limited, so please RSVP by completing our form on SurveyMonkey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/runcoco_meeting by 1700 on 22 April 2010. Confirmation of your place will be sent ASAP.

The meeting will be held 10.30am – 4.30pm, at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX26NN. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided free-of-charge. Further details will be available soon at http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/events/index.html

For further information about the JISC-funded RunCoCo project please see http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ or email Alun Edwards, Project Manager at runcoco@oucs.ox.ac.uk ”

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