Workshop 3: Evaluating Use and Impact

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Scottish Universities Insight Institute,
Collins Building, University of Strathclyde
22 Richmond Street
Glasgow, G1 1XU

Attendance is free but registration is required through Eventbrite.

This workshop will be a forum for discussing and comparing methodologies that have been used to examine the use of digital resources and their effect on learning, research and engagement with collections. What quantitative and qualitative methods support this type of research, and what tools can be used by cultural workers and scholars? This workshop will consider recent developments such as online usage data and eye-tracking technologies, as well as established ethnographic and anthropological approaches. Crucially, it will ask participants to reflect on how we can move beyond simply recording how users interact with digital resources to understanding why.

The day will include presentations from leading practitioners and scholars based in the UK and Europe, as well as opportunities for group work and discussion among attendees.

Speakers will include (see below for brief bios):

Professor Paul Clough, “Evaluating Information Searching in Digital Cultural Heritage: Thinking Outside the (Search) Box?”

Dr Areti Galani, “Experience-driven Evaluation Methods for Mobile Cultural Applications”

Jan Hendrik Hammer, “Eye Tracking, Gaze Analysis and Gaze-based Interaction”

Dr Jen Ross, “Artcasting: Reflections on a New Approach to Understanding Engagement with Art”

View the full programme for the day: Evaluating Use and Impact_31March2016 programme

This workshop will appeal to academics and practitioners working in a range of disciplines. Cultural heritage workers, arts professionals and scholars interested in issues relating to digital resources and their impact upon preservation, education, engagement and outreach are invited to register.

PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students and early-career researchers to facilitate their participation at the workshop. For more information please contact

A map of the University of Strathclyde campus and the location of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute is available click here.

Speaker bios:

Professor Paul Clough is Head of the Information Retrieval Group in the School of Information at the University of Sheffield. His research interests lie in developing effective retrieval technologies to help support users as they seek to fulfil their information needs. He has explored a broad range of subjects including multilingual search, image retrieval, text re-use and plagiarism detection. Additionally, his research centres on creating evaluation resources for the wider research community, and has been closely involved with three major international evaluation campaigns (Cross Language Evaluation Form (CLEF), the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) and the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE)).

Dr Areti Galani is Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies in Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on the design and study of digital cultural heritage applications through the use of people-centred methodologies, such as ethnography and participatory design. Areti co-led the AHRC-funded project ‘Rock Art on Mobile Phones’, which created three web apps for rock art sites in rural UK. She also supervised the first museological PhD on meaning making processes on flickr The Commons. Areti is currently a Co-investigator in the Horizon 2020 project, Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe (CoHERE).

Jan Hendrik Hammer is Research Associate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Jan received his Diploma in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2011. From this he started working towards his PhD at the Vision and Fusion Laboratory of the KIT, working in collaboration with the research group Perceptual User Interfaces of the Fraunhofer IOSB (Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation). His main interest lies in intuitive interaction techniques (ie. hand gesture recognition, gaze analysis, object tracking), and how they can be used to support human work in industrial processes.

Dr Jen Ross is Lead Investigator of the Artcasting project, and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh. She is deputy director for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education, and former programme director of the fully-online MSc in Digital Education. Her research interests include online distance learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), digital futures, reflective practices, and cultural and educational institutions online.




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