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The Reading Experience Database (RED), 1450–1945

24 February 2011: What Are We Reading? A Workshop for Librarians, Archivists and Information Managers

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On Thursday, 24 February 2011, the RED team will be hosting an event to mark the launch of the latest version of RED. The event will take the form of a workshop designed specifically for Librarians, Archivists and Information Managers. The aim is to encourage attendees to explore how evidence drawn from material in their own collections might be included in RED, and how RED might be used as a way of engaging users of their own collections. The workshop will include a demonstration of RED, and hands-on activity sessions using primary source materials to show how users can not only explore RED, but can contribute evidence to it themselves. There will also be opportunities to discuss how RED fits within wider developments in ‘linked data’ and some of the challenges for professionals in working across domains with different tools, technologies and resources. Further details are given in the draft programme below.

The event will be held at the Betty Boothroyd Library at The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. The event is free, but numbers are limited, and it is advisable to book early. Travel directions can be found here.

A printable version of the day's programme can be found here.

Provisional Programme

10–10.30am Arrival and coffee in the Atrium  
10.30–10.45am, Atrium Welcome to Library
Introduction to the day
Nicky Whitsed (Director of Library Services, OU)

Bob Owens (Professor of English Literature and Director, RED project, OU)
10.45–11.45am, Presentation Room Demonstration of UK Reading Experience Database (RED) and Introduction to the International RED project Rosalind Crone (Lecturer in History, OU)

Carl Cottingham (Developer, Business Process Consultancy Team, Information Technology, OU)
11.45am–12.30pm, Presentation Room Finding and evaluating the evidence of past reading experiences Shaf Towheed (English, OU)

Edmund King (RED Research Associate, English, OU)
12.30–1.30pm Lunch in the Atrium  
1.30–2.15pm, ILU Suite How can I contribute to RED? Non Scantlebury (Learning and Teaching Team Leader, OU)

Nicola Dowson (Learning and Teaching Librarian, Team Leader, OU)
2.15–3.15pm, Presentation Room Panel discussion: Why is linked data important in the context of community collection building? How can linked data support innovative inquiry in the digital humanities? Edmund King, Chair

Mathieu D’Aquin (Director, LUCERO project, Knowledge Media Institute, OU)

Owen Stephens (JISC-funded LUCERO project manager, OU)

Bethan Ruddock (JISC-funded LOCAH Linked Data project, University of Bath)
3.15–3.45pm, Presentation Room Panel discussion: RED and the role of public engagement in the context of digital humanities research Shaf Towheed, Chair

Non Scantlebury (Learning and Teaching Team Leader, OU)

Rosalind Crone (Lecturer, History Department, OU)
3.45-4.00pm, Atrium Plenary, evaluation and official workshop close. Drinks and nibbles to celebrate the launch of UK and international RED Bob Owens

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