Regional Ethnology of Scotland | New site

Delighted to announce the publication of a new website for the Regional Ethnology of Scotland research group in collaboration with European Ethnology Research Centre.

http://www.regionalethnologyscotland.llc.ed.ac.uk/

This site was developed and designed by the Digital Innovation team using Drupal 8 and Bootstrap , as a visually pleasing and interactive reference guide for the activities of the Centre as it extends it reach from Dumfries and Galloway to the whole of Scotland.

The site has been revamped visually and structurally to support the user to refine geographically, and direct towards different media content. Rich media content in the form of an interactive map, oral history recordings and image and video content support the Centre in showcasing research output in a user-first approach.

“I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the EERC for all your work in creating the Regional Ethnology of Scotland website. Its comprehensive search facility and straightforward navigation is a real boon; it also looks fantastic. All in all, it’s the ideal platform for both promoting the project and disseminating its various outputs.

I’d also like to add a note of personal thanks to Ann and Gavin, who at all times have been happy to share their expertise and ideas, and to answer any questions – all in a way that made it understandable to someone who knows little about computing.”

Kenneth Veitch, EERC

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The Space and The Place | Creative Industries Interdisciplinary Conference

This week the Centre for Research Collections hosted a conference bringing interdisciplinary world class scholars from various institutions together to discuss state of the art research on creative industries with a focus on the relationship between space and place.

Looking at the relationship between space and place, the Digital Innovation team were tasked with developing an asset suite and a narrative direction for the conference artwork, tying together the Edinburgh Futures Institute redevelopment with innovation and interdisciplinarity.

Edinburgh Futures Institute building video shot

Creative Industries Interdisciplinary Conference

Rachel Hosker, Louise Williams and Clare Button from CRC could not have been more generous with their time and knowledge as we were putting together ideas and suggested some excellent candidates: Conrad Hal Waddington, Norman Dott, Gertrude Helzfeld and Isabella Pringle. All associated with the Old Royal Infirmary on Lauriston Place and all alumni or former employees of the University of Edinburgh.

Barry Topping, College videographer put together a video, we created take-home postcard sets from vintage ORI images from the Lothian Health Services Archive (thanks Louise!), a digital timeline of the history of the ORI and a set of posters.

Take a look at the timeline here

https://time.graphics/line/103130

(TIP: you can shrink the timeline down using the minus arrow to see it all on one screen!)

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EdGEL…what EdGEL?

Jokes. Well, half jokes.

Last week, the CAHSS web team attended a hands-on co-creation workshop on how to improve the EdGEL website, with a long game of increasing awareness and implementation of the GEL and standardising our digital output using best practice and GEL standards.

So, EdGEL.

For the uninitiated, EdGEL is Edinburgh University’s Global Experience Language: a set of digital design and development standards, built to ensure that anyone who uses any of our digital services has a consistent experience. An unbelievable amount of work has gone into creating the GEL but it has not been widely adopted. This workshop was part of a plan to redress the balance.

Discover EdGEL as it currently stands
Some of the University of Edinburgh’s finest minds in digital led the workshop, otherwise busy with content editors, designers, developers, project managers and project sponsors (forgive me if I have excluded anyone from the list!). Everyone at the workshop was keen to make a success of the GEL (this is actually the most crucial element of adoption in my view – the desire to implement).

Our tasks in the workshop were to define
• What is the EdGEL website for?
• What content should it have?
• Design a front page of the website as a screen design (including navigation and content)

And to try to answer some key questions
• How can the website facilitate adoption?
• How can the website support adoption?
• What content should the website have?
• Should the website become a destination experience?

After lively and intelligent debate, across a spectrum of skillsets, we presented our ideas informally for consideration.

It is this type of engagement, that will keep EdGEL alive and it is our responsibility to use it to inform our design and development, whilst EdGEL’s new site is being developed. We look forward to a new-look, updated site, which supports our aims of creating usable, accessible digital output that reflects our needs as digital support staff.

In the meantime, asset creation, guideline consideration and examples of the flexibility of EdGEL principles in situ are being curated: watch this space!