Our final report now published

From February to September 2012 we ran a programme of events and built a network, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the first phase of their Digital Transformations programme. The project initiated a number of conversations, and some collaborations, and led to 32 blog posts including several guest posts by participants (on this site … you’re looking at the 33rd one).

We have now completed our final report which you can download here (PDF, 0.8mb).

The report includes a summary of our activities, and comments from external participants. It considers what we learned about the meaning of ‘digital transformations’, and presents (again) the ‘three spheres’ model which has proven useful for thinking about what AHRC digital transformations really means.

It also includes four feature articles which appear exclusively in this report:

  • Big Broadcasters and Small Creative Communities: Connection impossible? — discussion by Jeanette Steemers
  • Business models, rights and ownership — workshop overview by Paul Dwyer
  • Designing Conversations: principles and challenges of designing online participation — workshop overview by Anastasia Kavada
  • Crowd based Transformations: The transformation of culture and heritage via crowdsourcing — report by Melissa Terras

The report mostly follows a template provided by the AHRC, and is generally a reflection on the activity, rather than a presentation of ‘big findings’. We certainly did generate several ideas and hypotheses, as well as identifying areas of common concern, and these will be reflected in our future research and publications.

We would welcome any thoughts or queries in the ‘comments’ section below.


Photo by Flickr user Karsten Schmidt (Toxi). Some rights reserved under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence.

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