It is official – the Web Team is now the Digital Innovation Team.
Firstly, colleagues from the Digital Scholarship Team have joined our office – so a big welcome to Helen Bradley and Emma Cockburn who are the Digital Scholarship Assistants.
More information about their work in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences can be found on the Digital Scholarship website.
I think we can justify why “digital” rather than “web” easily. For the past few years, we have refined our process of designing for mobiles and tablets as well as desktops. Services provided by the team include multimedia design, digital publications and infographics, intranet applications, online chat, social media and email marketing. Quite a diverse remit for a relatively small team.
Now, how about “innovation”? I agree that this is an ambitious title. It is also aspirational. Not every single aspect of our work is necessary innovative, and we are not setting ourselves apart from other digital teams claiming that our processes or products are somehow more cutting-edge. This would be a tall order. We do however get the opportunity of working on a very diverse set of projects across the College and the opportunity to grow and develop our skills.
What is required of us is the understanding of how the latest technologies can support research. By listening to and supporting our academic colleagues in CAHSS we are hoping to collectively find (and share) novel approaches and novel solutions. Funding bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council place a high value in innovation: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/innovation/.
We will also need to be more aware of the interesting work created by Information Services and other digital teams in house and in a wider context.
The next months will see further communications about this change with more details to follow.