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 +University helps local groups develop multi-media
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 +-   [Back to the Guide to Community Internet](../​pubs/​guide)
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 +The University of the West of England, Bristol has developed a project
 +which looks at ways in which new media technologies can be used by
 +community groups in Bristol.\
 +\
 + The project is managed by staff from the Department of Computing with
 +an Advisory Group from the community and voluntary sector. A pilot site
 +has been set up at Barton Hill Settlement with a project worker, Mijanou
 +Blech. A first stage is underway using Authorware to develop multi-media
 +productions with groups.\
 +\
 + Later developments will be to make the productions available via a
 +world-wide web site. The kinds of project ideas currently being
 +developed include:
 +
 +-   work with a group of isolated older people who are involved in the
 +    making of an autobiographical quilt. The stories of the lives of the
 +    makers and the making of the quilt will be captured in a multi-media
 +    version.
 +-   work to address the problems faced by community arts groups when the
 +    County of Avon was replaced by four unitary authorities. A
 +    multi-media production showing the richness and value of community
 +    arts work will be developed to raise awareness and support within
 +    the new authorities and with the public.
 +-   a locality based multi-media production telling the story of a small
 +    neighbourhood through an interactive map to underpin and celebrate
 +    the local community.
 +
 +Morris Williams, of the Department of Computing writes "​initially we
 +thought a problem might be ideas for the use of multi-media because
 +people might not know it's capabilities.\
 +\
 + '​Instead we found that the community groups have long used a wide
 +variety of media and immediately saw the communication potentials of
 +multi-media and the Internet. They wanted to be producers however not
 +just consumers and at the same time gain new skills. Ideas are not is
 +short supply.\
 +\
 + '​What has been a problem is establishing a robust technical platform.
 +Theoretically we had 'plug and play compatibility'​ of hardware &
 +software through Windows'​95 but the practice has proven rather more
 +difficult.\
 +\
 + '​We have been carefully documenting our technical progress but what
 +would really help us and similar projects is technical expertise in
 +overcoming the fragility of technical platforms in their set-up phase.'​\
 +\
 + Nick Plant, Morris'​ colleague, offers the following tips for similar
 +projects:
 +
 +-   get partner organisations in early to help shape your project'​s aims
 +    and practice to make them relevant to local needs, there is a danger
 +    of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) projects being
 +    parachuted into areas as the latest panacea.
 +-   ​don'​t underestimate the time it takes to set up and test your
 +    technical platform
 +-   when things go wrong don't try and just "hack it" or you'll be in
 +    deeper problems later on.
 +-   ​document everything you do.
 +-   plan ahead to try and judge demand, managing expectations needs to
 +    be done carefully in the light of all the hype surrounding ICTs -
 +    don't promise what you can't deliver.
 +
 +The Connections Project is funded by the Bristol Regeneration
 +Partnership under the Single Regeneration Budget.\
 +\
 + For more information contact [Nick
 +Plant](mailto:​NJ-PLANT@wpg.uwe.ac.uk) or [Morris
 +Williams](mailto:​M7-WILLIAMS@wpg.uwe.ac.uk) at the Department of
 +Computing, UWE, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
 +
  
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