Our spring event this year was held on the topic of 'rural needs in Scotland'. Organised in partnership with the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub, this was a one-day event held on Friday 16 March at the brand new University of Aberdeen Library. The day was split into two halves: The morning was spent looking at existing projects in dot.rural and beyond which explore how the digital economy can support rural activities, with topics ranging from transport, through cultural heritage to small business support.
The afternoon was centred around genealogy and ancestral tourism, understanding the needs of visitors, venues and supporting organisations. The main aim of this event was to scope possible innovation projects to address problems in rural tourism for the forthcoming early summer deadline (date TBA).
Presentations as part of the event can be found by clicking here or using the links below.
10.00 - 10.30 - Coffee and registration
10.30 - 10.45 - Opening
10.45 - 11.15 - Supporting Accessibility and Mobility for Rural SmartTourism - David Corsar, Research Fellow Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub
11.15 - 11.45 - Using Open Linked Data to support Multiple-use cultural archives - Nava Tintarev, Research Fellow (CURIOS), Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub
11.45 - 12.45 - Brightsolid Genealogy - A family business, CTO Malcolm Dobson and Marketing Director John Robertson
12.45 - 13.45 - Lunch
13.45 - 14.15 - Placebooks: Rural Participation, People and Place - Alan Chamberlain, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, Mark Davies, FiT La, Swansea University
14.15 - 14.45 - Connecting Rural Enterprise for SmartTourism - David Emele, Research Fellow (ASSURE) Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub
14.45 - 15.45 - Visit and guided tour to St Machars in breakout groups
15.45 - 16.30 - Summary and report back
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A group of 24 individuals from the academic, problem holder and SME community met on 31 October with the aim of:
David Benyon, Napier University, Search and Surf
Stephen Brewster,University of Glasgow, Multimodal Navigation
Alan Dearle, University of St Andrews, The Gloss Vision
Eva Hornecker, University of Strathclyde, Mobiquitous Lab
William Mackaness, University of Edinburgh, Smartphone
Historic Scotland, Navigation to and on unstaffed sites
which can be seen on the Final Project Page. This summer school was in the context of applications, services and technologies for tourists (referred to as Digital Tourism). Where mobile and desktop applications can rely on eyes down interaction, the tourist aims to keep their eyes up and focussed on the painting, statue, mountain, ski run, castle, loch or other sight before them. The program for this school focussed on multimodal input and output interfaces, data fusion techniques and hybrid architectures, vision, speech and conversational interfaces, haptic interaction, mobile, tangible and virtual/augmented multimodal UIs, tools and system infrastructure issues for designing interfaces and their evaluation. We welcomed participants from across SICSA, the UK and Europe who along with attending the lectures and session we had delivered five innovative and exciting digital tourism demonstrators.