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Register now for Smart Tourism & RCUK dot.rural workshop 'Rural Needs in Scotland'

posted Mar 8, 2012, 2:10 AM by Thea de Joode

This SICSA Smart Tourism and the RCUK dot.rural workshop brings together tourism organisations, industry and universities for a one-day event on Friday 16th March, to be held at the new University Library, University of Aberdeen. The day will focus on two themes:

- Existing projects in dot.rural and beyond which explore how the digital economy can support rural activities and tourism, with topics ranging from transport, through cultural heritage to small business support.

- The afternoon which will consider genealogy and ancestral tourism, understanding the needs of visitors, venues and supporting organisations with a visit and guided tour to St Machars Cathedral churchyard by chief archivist Walter Duncan

To register, please click here.

Schedule for the day

Venue: The University Library, Room 706, Bedford Road, Aberdeen · AB24 3AA

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 - 12.15 - Placebooks: Rural Participation, People and Place - Alan Chamberlain, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, Mark Davies, FiT La, Swansea University
12.15 - 13.15 - Lunch
13.15 - 13.45 - Connecting Rural Enterprise for SmartTourism - David Emele, Research Fellow (ASSURE) Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub
13.45 - 14.15 - Genealogy Presentation 5 (Brightsolid TBC)
14.15 - 15.15 - Visit and guided tour to St Machars in breakout groups
15.15 - 15.30 - Break
15.30 - 16.30 - Summary and report back

Presentation Abstracts


1. Supporting Accessibility and Mobility for Rural SmartTourism - David Corsar, Research Fellow Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub.

This presentation will provide an overview of two dot.rural projects focused on improving accessibility and mobility in rural areas. The Flexible Integrated Transport Services (FITS) project is developing a prototype platform that explores the feasibility of a virtual transport market place to more efficiently match existing demand and supply for transport services in rural areas. The software is to be trialled with communities in the Aberdeenshire/Moray area. The Informed Rural Passenger (IRP) project centre as both consumers and suppliers of information. The presentation is developing a transport information ecosystem with passengers at its will discuss GetThere, a mobile passenger information system developed as part of IRP, which is to be trialled with communities in the Scottish Borders area. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how these projects could be applied to supporting SmartTourism in rural areas.

2. Using Open Linked Data to support Multiple-use cultural archives - Nava Tintarev, Research Fellow (CURIOS), Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub.

Small and geographically distributed communities often have difficulty preserving their distinct culture and identity in the modern world. Projects to collect and preserve knowledge of their background, possibly using digital means, are one way to reinforce the coherence of such communities and can also generate important data to feed academic research and applications, such as tourism. The CURIOS project is investigating how to use open linked data technology to help people easily to produce useful and accessible digital archives. In the talk we will discuss the previous work of our collaborators in the Western Isles and how open linked data could transform the shape and usefulness of such systems.

3. Placebooks: Rural Participation, People and Place - Alan Chamberlain, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, Mark Davies, FiT La, Swansea University.

New developments in mobile, location and sensor-based or Œubiquitous¹ computing now make it possible for users to move beyond the urban fringes. They herald the expansion of computing from cities into rural locations that have long been marginalised due to the limitations of existing technology. Current digital mapping services largely focus on urban environments with many systems offering rich street views of urban settings, but such views of rural space are largely absent. Placebooks is a Œtoolkit that allows people to create and share community-based maps that reflect their interests and concerns. For example, users are able to sketch routes of their favourite pathways through the countryside. GPS data and community content, relevant to different points on their route, can then augment these routes. Tags and content can also be added to other users routes, adding to the overall body of knowledge.

4. Connecting Rural Enterprise for SmartTourism - David Emele, Research Fellow (ASSURE) Computing Science/dot.rural DE Hub

This presentation will provide an overview of the Agent and Semantic Support for Rural Enterprise (ASSURE) project, which is focused on exploring how business networking and agent support can help rural businesses to identify useful connections and potential collaborations. ASSURE is a multidisciplinary research project involving computer scientists and social scientists, which aims to develop a user-driven prototype platform to provide online business networking support for businesses in rural areas. The presentation will discuss RCS, an online business networking system developed as part of ASSURE, which is being trialled with user groups identified by Scottish Enterprise. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how this project could be applied to support SmartTourism in rural areas.
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