Know Your Oxford. Guided audio tour with AR

Know Your Oxford  is an audio tour for new and prospective students and anyone who is interested in learning about living and studying in Oxford.  The tour provides practical information about student life in central Oxford, as well as offering insights into the city’s history. It is narrated by current staff and students and features audio, maps and images to help guide you on your tour around the city, whether you are here walking the streets or at home in front of your computer.

The guide can be downloaded free of charge through the VoiceMap app, to be used on a mobile device. If used while in the area, it can feature content linked to your current location. It can also be accessed online, via the Oxford Students website.

The guide is the result of a project funded by the IT Innovation Challenges scheme. The project was led by AAD Communications working collaboratively with the Graduate Admissions, UAO and Student Information teams.

For more information and links to download the app, please visit ox.ac.uk/knowyouroxford.

Screenshot: Tour information page

Screenshot: Section of the tour

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Plastic Fantastic? Come, listen & cast your vote!

Can 3D printing replicate the sound of an 18th Century recorder? Let us know what you think!

The ‘Replicating Historic Musical Instrument’ project is using the latest in CT scanning and 3D Printing technology to replicate an 18th Century ivory recorder in different materials. As part of the Oxford Open Doors program, the public are invited to learn more about the project and, not least, help decide if any of the replicas sound like the real thing.

Come, listen & cast your vote!

When: 14 September, 2.45pm
Where: Pitt Rivers Museum – The Old Library

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About the project:

The ‘Replicating Historic Musical Instrument’ project is funded by the IT Innovation Challenges. The project is exploring how 3D printing technologies can be used to produced replicas of musical instruments. The project is not only aiming to reproduce the look of the instrument but also wants to explore if the replicas can be made to sound and feel like the original. The project is using CT scanning and 3D modelling software to produce a model that can be printed on a 3D printer. Different resin and printers are used, from a desktop ABS print to the latest in SLA, and Multijet printing technology, and the result will be evaluated in different ways, with input from both professional musicians and the public.

More information about the project can be found on the Project Webpage as well as in the Meet the Project and Project Abstract posts on this blog.

 

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Meet the new project: Digital Makers

Participants in the first Digital Maker workshop using technology, including Raspberry Pis and Micro:bits creatively

GLAM Labs Digital Makers. Photo by O. Bridle

In this interview, Helen Ward and Ollie Bridle share how they came up with the idea for the Digital Makers project. The project revolves around the idea of digital creation in the Ashmolean museum where the collection serves as inspiration for digital makers.

This project is one of four GLAM Labs projects funded as part of this year’s IT Innovation Challenges round.

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Meet the new project: Physical and Virtual Show and Tell

Digital and physical 3D models of a museum object from the Pitt Rivers Museum that visitors will be able to explore at a kiosk inside the gallery

Digital and physical 3D models of a museum object from the Pitt Rivers Museum that visitors will be able to explore at a kiosk inside the gallery

In this interview, Georgina Brooke talks about the Physical and Virtual Show and Tell project, which will bring Virtual Reality to the Museum of Natural History.

This project is one of four GLAM Labs projects funded as part of this year’s IT Innovation Challenges round.

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Meet the new project: Mapping Playful Spaces in the Museum

In this interview, Dr Kathryn Eccles and Dr Chico Camargo share how their GLAM Labs project explores the potential of social media for understanding visitor experiences in the museum. Using data from Twitter and Instagram, they focus on the playful ways in which visitors engage with collections across Oxford’s GLAM institutions.

This project is one of four GLAM Labs projects funded as part of this year’s IT Innovation Challenges round.

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Meet the new project: Replicating Historical Musical Instruments

We have spoken to the team behind the recently launched project Replicating Historical Musical Instruments. This project is one of four GLAM Labs projects funded as part of this year’s IT Innovation Challenges round.

In this interview, the team outlines the progress they have already made in 3D printing historical musical instruments and how this project will bring benefit to members of the University. Continue reading

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Humanities Innovation Challenge Competiton 2019

A new round of the Humanities Innovation Challenge Competition has been launched, sponsored by Oxford University Innovation and TORCH. The competition invites teams or individuals to submit a 200 word description of an idea “which can potentially enrich their own work, communicate to a wider audience, and develop new perspectives both in the Humanities and Social Sciences”.

We are keen to encourage researchers, students and staff to develop entrepreneurial ideas which can potentially enrich their own work, communicate to a wider audience, and develop new perspectives both in the Humanities and Social Sciences. To this end, you are invited to propose innovative ideas which can lead to entrepreneurial activity, social impact or enterprise. (from the competition website)

Shortlisted ideas will be invited to pitch for a cash prize of £1,000 and in-kind support worth over £5,000. For more information, please visit the Humanities Innovation Challenge Competition website: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/article/humanities-innovation-challenge-competition-2019.

Please note, this competition is not affiliated with the IT Innovation Challenges

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GLAM Labs: 4 projects receive funding

We are excited to announce that 4 proposals from the call for GLAM Labs projects have been offered funding by the IT Innovation Challenges scheme. The projects are (click on project name to read the abstract):

  • A physical and digital show and tell – creating a portable ‘station’ for use in the museum galleries to present both 3D models in Virtual Reality and tactile models / 3D prints. Based in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine

  • Digital makers – developing staff coding skills and piloting digital making activities for families and young people. Based in the Radcliffe Science Library and Ashmolean Museum.

  • Replicating historic musical instruments – testing the accuracy of 3D printouts of historic musical instruments. Based in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

  • Mapping playful spaces in the museum – using social data to examine how visitors engage with Oxford’s museums to understand visitor engagement. Based in the Oxford Internet Institute working with a number of GLAM sites.

Projects will run between May 2019 and February 2020.

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IT Innovation Challenges 2019 round: shortlisted ideas

Having received 59 ideas in this year’s round of the IT Innovation Challenges, the judges have now selected the most promising ideas to go on to the next stage of the selection process. Idea creators are now asked to write a project proposal explaining their project idea in detail and providing information on how to implement the idea.

They will pitch their idea to a panel of experts from across the University in March (GLAM Labs) and May (staff and student challenge) respectively. After the pitch, the panel will decide on the final selection of projects that will receive funding to realise their idea.

The shortlist below (in no particular order) indicates the great variety of exciting ideas submitted this year:

GLAM Labs (staff and student)

  • Replicating Historic Musical Instruments – testing the accuracy of 3D printouts of historic musical instruments
  • Project Dastaan – Historical Reconstruction through VR – piloting VR exhibits on the Indian Partition in the Ashmolean Museum
  • Bod-day cards/GLAM Birthday Cards – allowing digital audiences to create a customised video birthday card for a friend or loved one using the museum collection
  • Exploring new technologies as a tool for collaborative gallery interpretation – working collaboratively with community groups and artists / creatives to experiment with the creative use of new technologies in the Ashmolean’s Ancient Near East gallery
  • Mapping playful spaces in the Museum – using social data to examine how visitors engage with Oxford’s museums to understand visitor engagement
  • Whispering Windows and Noisy Bones – drawing on sounds to deepen the visitor experience of objects and galleries

Four projects are joining into two teams to  work collaboratively on the project proposal:

  • Developing staff coding skills and delivering computer enhanced GLAM exhibits and outreach using the Micro:Bit and Raspberry Pi
  • Digital makers – piloting digital making activities for families and young people

and

  • Using VR to understand to learn at the amazing beauty of the micro world – allowing visitors to ‘virtually’ shrink down to tiny scales to allow them to explore small museum objects
  • A physical and digital show and tell – creating a portable ‘station’ for use in the museum galleries to present both tactile models / 3D prints and digital assets of museum objects

IT Innovation Challenges (staff)

  • The Student Bubble – providing a safe, digital space for students to find new friends, join groups and discover events
  • Peer Support Programme Wall of Faces – creating a virtual Peer Support Wall of Faces to replace the paper posters currently advertising the existing Peer Support Teams
  • Bibliographic and Publication Data Visualisation Services to University Researchers – developing a method for producing bibliographic and publication based visualisations, showing links between Oxford researchers and other institutions
  • Interactive Library Floor Plans – building a tool to help libraries create their own web-based interactive floor plan with minimal effort or technical skills
  • Multi-Media Resource – Women in Oxford University: Past and Present – an interactive, digital resource for exploring the role of woman at Oxford
  • Better Research Ethics Application Process – improving the way ethics applications are completed and processed using Oracle Policy Administration

Summer of Innovation (student)

  • Open source code for developing museum/history-teaching apps – developing an open-source, free-to-use app to teach history through a combination of text, audio, and 3D models
  • The XXFactor – creating a portal for the podcast series ‘The XX Factor’ which will feature open conversations with Oxford-based, female academics and the challenges they face

Please follow the links above to learn more about the project ideas (using your Oxford email address to register to the Oxford Ideas platform).

The  projects selected for funding will be announced on this blog after the pitch has been completed.

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59 ideas submitted – comment and vote now

We are pleased to announce that 59 ideas have been submitted to the IT Innovation Challenges this term.

Screenshot of the three calls for ideas on the OxfordIdeas platform

Screenshot of the three calls for ideas on OxfordIdeas

Project ideas that were submitted include:

  • a multimedia resource about women at Oxford University in the past and present,
  • 3D prints of historic musical instruments in Oxford collections,
  • a virtual tour of the Bodleian Libraries,
  • an app through which students can connect with likeminded people,
  • a podcast series called ‘The XX Factor’ which will feature Oxford-based, female academics,
  • and many, many more!

You can now support your favourite project ideas by commenting on them and voting for them if you would like to see it go through to the next round. Your comment will not only help the project team to think their idea through, but it can also influence the panel’s decision about which ideas to take forward!

To cast your vote, go to Oxford Ideas and register with your Oxford email address, if you have not already done so.

Please note that commenting will close on February 11.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us directly at innovation@it.ox.ac.uk.

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