Lockdown 2020 – one year on

On the 16th March 2020, a message from the British Prime Minister was broadcast, asking everyone to stop non-essential contact with others (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020). Students at the University of Oxford had already been advised to return home where possible (13th March), and following … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing ideas for digital projects

  The University of Oxford has been using crowdsourcing to identify good ideas that can be realised as digital projects. The IT Innovation Challenges scheme has been running since 2014 and funded over 60 projects covering a range of areas … Continue reading

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Running a WW1 School Digital Collection Day

‘Lest We Forget‘ is a community collection project made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign run in the summer of 2017. The project was launched in October 2017 and has since then been working with schools and community groups that wish … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Community Collections

One question that RunCoCo has been asked repeatedly relates to costs. How much does it cost to run a community collection project? Some assume that because you can benefit from the input of dedicated and hard-working volunteers, there are no … Continue reading

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Illustrations in support of Public Engagement with Research Awards

The Oxford University team involved in Europeana 1914-1918 have entered the Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards (projects), 2016. Click on each photograph to see illustrations of some of the impact of the outreach and engagement activities as part of the … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing: the essentials

This post was written by Liz Masterman for the ‘News from Academic IT” blog and kindly cross-posted here. The term ‘crowdsourcing’ crops up almost daily in the media, but it’s probably a fair guess that many people have only a … Continue reading

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Letter to an Unknown Soldier: A Unique, Contemporary Form of Community Collection

If you had the chance to write to a soldier serving in World War One, what would you say, considering all your own experience of life and death post 1914 to hand?  As more and more events and exhibitions are being … Continue reading

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Beyond 2011

Yesterday we held our free one-day conference at OUCS, University of Oxford (26th May 2011). This year the ‘Beyond’ conference celebrated the joys and challenges of community collections. It was hosted by the RunCoco project and sponsored by JISC. Online … Continue reading

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Are you in?

The RunCoCo project has been diverted from this blog with our own community collections: Woruldhord, Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten – and with preparing for our forthcoming conference Beyond 2011: Crowdsourcing for public engagement. However I felt RunCoCo must briefly point … Continue reading

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RunCoCo on Tour

Yesterday the RunCoCo team left the dreaming spires of Oxford in bright sunshine, and floral fireworks – magnolia and other blossoms. Today we have been training about 25 German librarians who are partnering the German National Library (die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek … Continue reading

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