New software showcased at national conference

A new internet service that allows content to be created and shared by people attending specific events was showcased at a national digital conference.

Dr Duncan Rowland, Reader in the School of Computer Science, presented the software Automics at DE2013: Open Digital at MediaCityUK in Salford.

He said: “The goal has been to create an internet service that can be rapidly deployed and customized for a specific venue to produce individualised sequential art style narratives. For example, the demonstration we presented at MediaCityUK, created by the team here in Lincoln in collaboration with colleagues from the HORIZON Digital Economy Research Institute at the University of Nottingham, allows visitors to the Galleries of Justice to create comic-style photostories of their day out. The basic technology, though, could be used in a variety of instances where groups of people want to create personal stories from shared resource material.”

Organised by the UK Research Councils, the digital showcase is a key event designed to create a community that is capable of world-class, leading research in the digital economy.

Now in its fourth year, the conference brought together the unique community of researchers from diverse disciplines including social science, engineering, computer science, the arts and medical research to share findings and network.

The UK Research Councils Digital Economy theme has invested £138 million in innovation projects and training since 2008, supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society and the economy.

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