workshops

Workshops will be held at The University of Salford and the BBC on day 2 (Tuesday), and have been programmed following an earlier call for proposals. Presenters and participants are required to be registered as full conference delegates.

We hope that all (full conference) delegates will be interested in participating in one of the below activities, and will be asked to make a selection at registration on day 1.
Chair: George McKay, University of Salford
Room: Digital Performance Lab (0.11), University of Salford

The purpose is to workshop introduce the digital research of a small number of the many?projects funded in the AHRC Connected Communities Programme. The projects to be?discussed are focused on understanding and harnessing the potential of digital?technologies in two specific areas:

extending the creative practice of knowledge exchange into co-production and co-design (projects working with community partners)
using digital devices and technologies within contexts of community identity / resilience / arts practice.
WORKSHOP CONTENTS

George McKay, University of Salford/AHRC Leadership Fellow for Connected Communities Programme, chair
Introduction to the Connected Communities Programme, funding, partners, scope and aims

Colin Lorne, PhD researcher, Birmingham University
‘MapLocal’ ? Engaging Communities in Participatory Planning through Mobile Technologies
MapLocal is designed as a tool to help communities gather information about their neighbourhoods. The idea is that people walk around their neighbourhood taking photographs and making voice recordings using our smartphone app. The pictures and audio clips are then uploaded to a central map which can be accessed on the MapLocal website. As more people from the local area take part, more and more information about the neighbourhood appears on that community’s map, building a detailed picture of the area. MapLocal can be used for different purposes, for example, gathering information about a local area in preparation for the production of a local plan which communities in England and Wales have been empowered to make under the provisions of the Localism Act, 2011. It could also be used for local campaigns to highlight issues in a neighbourhood that need addressing or as a means of recording the history of an area that is about to be radically changed as part of a regeneration scheme. The MapLocal app is available to download for free via Google Play, search: ‘MapLocal’ https://maplocal.org.uk

Prof Chris Speed, Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University
Mr Seel’s Garden, Digital Sentinel work: the role of territorial clouds
Mr Seel’s Garden was a Connected Communities project in Liverpool, focusing on urban horticulture and history, and working with museums, community gardeners, beekeepers, and Transition Liverpool; the Digital Sentinel is an output of a Connected Communities project in Edinburgh, working with a local community to produce a new, online version of a defunct community newspaper, the Wester Hailes Sentinel.

Dr Josh Cameron, University of Brighton
Constructing a resilient community of practice across the Connected Communities Programme: online connection of researchers
With 280 funded projects and 400 community partners to date, how do we communicate across the Connected Communities Programme? An online ‘community of practice’ (CoP) approach will promote inclusive discussion. CoPs were developed as a way for groups made up of people from differing backgrounds (eg social, cultural, occupational) and with different types of expertise (eg personal experience, practitioner, academic) to effectively collaborate around a shared area of concern. Whilst originally developed for face to face discussions, there is a promising, but limited, body of research suggesting that digital CoPs can be effective. Indeed CoPs may be even more inclusive when online as it becomes possible for discussion to be open to the wider public. This form of Community-University collaboration represents a much more ‘horizontal’ form of engagement than the more traditional ‘vertical’ model implicit in the Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCS) that has gained much recent attention.

Prof Mike Wilson, Falmouth University
University of the Village project
University of the Village explores a learning model which focuses on the community, rather than the individual. One of the key aspects of the project is the co-design of a creative curriculum which can be then delivered from the university campus directly to the village via superfast broadband. University of the Village looks at new modes of delivering learning opportunities, enhanced through Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband. NGA or superfast broadband is already recognised as being critical to the development of business and the economy in the UK; university of the Village explores how it can be harnessed to support learning, which in turn supports the development of the creative rural economy and the sustainability of village communities.
Chairs: Janet Dickinson, Bournemouth University & Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh
Room: Egg Suite (0.06), University of Salford

This workshop will loan smartphones to participants and embed them within a social network using the Sixth Sense Travel App to explore the flow of objects and information across MediaCityUK: The Sixth Sense Travel App, designed for a campsite community, gives people a sense of being in time by enabling users to follow the collective physical traces of other users in the past, present and, based on space-time memories, into the future. This enables users to make sense of network movements so they can reflect on their place in the social network across space and time. Workshop participants will be set travel tasks based on the collection of objects around the MediaCityUK conference venues. This replicates a shopping trip activity and demonstrates how an awareness of others within a social network might create opportunities for collaboration and reduce the need for car trips.

The activity will begin indoors with a short presentation and introduction to the iPhone app, before moving out into the local area. Participants should be aware of Manchester weather but also a chance to take part in a relatively active game of GPS hide and seek!
Chairs: Richard Gomer & m.c. schraefel, University of Southampton
Room: Conference Suite (3.10+3.11), University of Salford

Consent is a concept that cuts across society; it is important to our notions of democracy, justice and self-determination. The ability to consent, or to withhold consent, empowers individuals to exercise their own judgment and supports self expression. Consent is also, increasingly, an important legal concept in European policy and regulation of the collection and processing of personal data. Nonetheless, in many scenarios (online and offline), the consent mechanisms that are implemented fall short of true informed consent and in doing so undermine the efforts of regulators and the self-determination of consumers.

This workshop seeks to bring together experts from a range of areas in which consent is important, to consider what constitutes meaningful consent, to examine what lessons from existing consent scenarios could be applied to online consent, and to begin forming a consent community to support the DE-funded “Towards Meaningful Consent in the Digital Economy” project.

For more information, including how to submit notes or talks to this workshop, please visit www.meaningfulconsent.org
Chairs: Sarah Martindale, Horizon DE Research, University of Nottingham, Brendan Walker, Aerial, & Steve Benford, University of Nottingham
Room: Q5 Main, Quay House, BBC

For a conference at MediaCityUK, it seems appropriate to hold a workshop bringing together researchers and creative industry practitioners to share ideas about the transformative potential of digital data in the production of innovative media content. We invite participants to interactively engage with the theme of collaboration between creative and research communities around cutting-edge digital technology, and the issues at stake on both sides of such partnerships. The topics for consideration will be: the narrative requirements of entertainment formats; representations of data for screens and audiences; integration of research and production processes; and different perspectives on veracity and compliance. In order to stimulate discussion we will share our experiences of in the wild, industry-led research exploring the creative use of biomedical data (biodata) in storytelling.
Chairs: Laura Carletti, Tim Coughlan & Ben Bedwell ? Horizon DE Research, University of Nottingham
Room: Q5 Corner, Quay House, BBC

In recent years, social computing technologies have emerged to support innovative new relationships between organisations and the public. Inspired by concepts such as collective intelligence, citizen science, citizen journalism and crowdsourcing, diverse types of organisations are aiming to increase engagement with the public, collect localised knowledge, or leverage human cognition and creativity. In supporting these approaches, organisations are often provoked to make their data and processes more open, and to be inclusive of differing motivations and perspectives from inside and outside the organisation. In doing so, they raise new questions for both designers and organisations. For example how are ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ information sources combined or hosted, mediated, or considered reliable? Does the role of the professional change through greater involvement of amateurs? How are the motivations of members of the public harnessed for mutual benefit? This workshop aims to address those questions.