PhD in Digital Inclusion, New Technologies & Social Justice A correlation exists between enabling meaningful digital inclusion and the manner in which internet tools are constructed and utilised to support excluded members of society express their sense of identity and cultural heritage. DIJ Digital Inclusion Journal - digital scholarship research methodology - portal of sources, evidence base and dissemination tool Matt ChilcottPhD ResearcherCommunities 2.0
Chilcott, M. & Damsell, T. (2012) DLPR Industrial Past Heritage Interpretation Trail Chilcott, M, Howell, R., Gray, M. & Damsell, T. (2012) Ancient Cwmbran – A Walk through time Digital Heritage Trail Howell, R., Chilcott, M. Damsell, T. & Richards, E. (2011) Raglan Under Siege 1646 Digital Heritage Trail Howell, R, Chilcott, M., Hadfield, T. & Richards, E. (2010) Roman Caerleon Digital Interpretation Trail Chilcott, M., Howell, R., Damsell, T. & Smith, A. (2010) Digital Heritage Learning and Knowledge Exchange Zone, including the Medieval Newport Virtual Museum - a Featured Destination in Second Life Chilcott, M., Howell, R., Hadfield, T & Pruegel, I (2009)Reclaiming King Arthur - The Legend in the Landscape Howell, R., Chilcott, M., Hadfield, T & Richards, E. (2008)Newports Historical River Digital Heritage Trailhttp://idl.newport.ac.uk/romancaerleontrail/promo
Monmouthpedia is a World first project which attemptedto use Wikipedia (the People’s Encyclopedia) to coverevery notable place, person, artefact, plant, animal andother things in Monmouth in as many languages aspossible.Devised by John Cummings and supported by Wiki MediaUK, Monmouthshire County Council and local and globalcontent creating contributors.Philosophical underpinning - Knowledge gives us contextand it allows us to appreciate our surroundings more.The Council for British Archaeology designatedMonmouth as the seventh best town for archaeology inBritain.Monmouthpedia uses QRpedia codes, a type of bar codea smartphone can read through its camera (using one ofthe many free QR readers available) that takes you to aWikipedia article in your language.
http://qrpedia.orgQRpedia is the first language detecting QR code that can connect communitycurated notable digital content around the world to Wikipedia.Developed by Roger Bamkin and Terence Eden in 2011 & originally deployed in acuratorial context in Museums across the world.People scan a QR code and are taken directly to a mobile friendly Wikipedia pagewritten in the user’s preferred language.
Wiki Media UK statement on Monmouthpedia:We’re working to make the sum total of humanknowledge available to everyone, everywhere, for free.For this aim to ever be achievable will require masscollaboration and mobilisation of communities = localcommunities, but on a global level.Monmouthpedia is the first step in this process and showsa way for other communities to follow.Or, as our co-founder Jimmy Wales puts it:“Imagine a world in which every single person on theplanet is given free access to the sum of all humanknowledge. That’s what we’re doing.”In January 2012 Wikipedia was the 6th most visitedwebspace in the world and Wicipedia Cymraeg isidentified by Welsh Government as the most visited webspace in the Welsh language.
QR codes are extremely useful, as physical signs have noway of displaying the same amount of information and ina potentially huge number of languages.Over 1000 QRpedia codes have been deployed around theMonmouth to date.Articles have coordinates (geotags) to also allow a virtualtour of the town using Wikipedias mobile apps (or theWikipedia layer on Google Streetview) and are available inaugmented reality software including Layar.Ceramic plaques for places exposed to the elements forarticles specific to Monmouth.Labels for use inside buildings, e.g. for objects inmuseums.Glass stickers in the windows of shops to give informationon their professions .
Community co-created content curated through localand international online collaboration .Use of QRpedia code technology to enable anywhereaccess to the relevant content from the People’sEncyclopaedia throughout the town.Community collaboration with the Museum, Library,Tourism and University contributors to enable a pervasivemuseum visitor experience .Local knowledge and curation of the digital space creatingvisitor trails and sharing of newly digitised contentcelebrating the cultural identity and heritage of the town.New sense of place and enabling new understandings anddigital identity with both a local and global reach.Monmouth as a consequence has become Wales’ firstWifi Town with free public access to the internet . There isa new emphasis on anywhere or mobile digital inclusion.
Over 1000 new images relating to Monmouth shared forcreative commons use in Wiki Media Commons over a 4month period. Attribution: Victuallers Wiki Commons
Over 1000 QRpedia codes around the town including -including the Heritage trail, Food Mile trail, theProfessions trail, fingerpost signs, plaques onbuildings, codes in the Shire Hall, MonmouthMuseum, Regimental Museum.Monmouth Library embraced potential of QRpedia havebeen adding codes in books linking to the authors.In May 2012:550 of the articles generated for the Monmouthpediaexperience were available in over 30 different languages.Launch media led to 270+ newspaper articles in 38countries, including Independent, Wall StreetJournal, New York Times, Times of India, Iran Today……
Exploring the Literacy & Lifecycle of Digital Curation Source: DCC Digital Curation Centre http://www.dcc.ac.uk /resources/curation- lifecycle-model
Attribution: John Cummings Wikimedia Commons Exploring community curation of the World’s First Wikipedia Town Matt Chilcott PhD Researcher Communities 2.0