[Humanist] 24.95 Canadian grants; British job

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jun 8 10:59:26 CEST 2010

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 95.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Simon Mahony <simon.mahony at KCL.AC.UK>                     (53)
        Subject: Job opportunity at the Petrie Museum London.

  [2]   From:    Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>                             (15)
        Subject: SSHRC announcement: Knowledge Synthesis Grants on the
                Digital Economy

        Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2010 10:04:57 +0100
        From: Simon Mahony <simon.mahony at KCL.AC.UK>
        Subject: Job opportunity at the Petrie Museum London.

Job opportunity at the Petrie Museum: tinyurl.com/27lhsfa

Research Associate - Networked 3D Design Application for Museums, - 

UCL Department / Division, Museums and Collections,
Specific unit / Sub department
The Petrie Museum
Grade 7
Hours:Full Time
Salary: (inclusive of London allowance) £31,778-£38,441 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities
The Petrie Museum is a leader in the area of web access. It was one of 
the first museums to make its entire catalogue accessible online and is 
currently involved in a number of projects aimed at supplementing its 
catalogue with 3D content. The Museum has received funding to create an 
online 3D interactive museum where multiple users can work together from 
remote locations to create museum displays and exhibitions. The Research 
Associate will be responsible for creating a 3D interactive application 
that will allow users to construct display spaces, organise images of 
objects from the Petrie collection into these spaces and prepare 
accompanying interpretative labels. The objective of this project is to 
have a pilot of the 3D interactive museum ready for evaluation by March 
2011. The post is full time for 9 months in the first instance, start 
date July 2010.

Key Requirements
A good first degree or post-graduate qualification in computer science 
is essential, as is knowledge of computer graphics techniques, web 
tecnologies and websites. The ability to develop software and to analyse 
and write up data is needed. Effective verbal and written communication 
skills are important, allowing the applicant to present complex 
information to a range of audiences. The applicant should excel at 
working to deadlines whilst having an eye for accuracy and detail. The 
applicant will ideally have experience of working in a research 
environment with graphics oriented programmes such as C++ and Open GL. 
They should have experience in deploying interactive 2D and 3D graphics 
on websites and in developing software requirements with customers. 
Finally, the applicant should be committed to high quality research, be 
able to work collabaratively and as part of a team in a research 
community, be confident working unsupervised, self motivated and able to 
use their initiative.

Further Details
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom 
of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ 
button below. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the 
application process, please contact Lauren Sadler, l.sadler at ucl.ac.uk 
0207 679 2540.

Simon Mahony

Student Support Manager
Department of War Studies, e-Learning Programme
Room K7.05, 7th Floor, South Range
King's College London


        Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 20:02:57 +0100
        From: Ray Siemens <siemens at uvic.ca>
        Subject: SSHRC announcement: Knowledge Synthesis Grants on the Digital Economy

[FYI for non-Canadians; FYA (For Your Action) for Canadians. --WM]

Members of our community will be interested in the following....

Knowledge Synthesis Grants on the Digital Economy


Canada’s ability to succeed in the digital economy will be a key determinant of its success as a society in the 21st century. The digital triangle of technologies, content and literacies is now framing almost every activity in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and in society at large. The ability to connect virtually using digital technologies, to access relevant information and knowledge, and to use digital content effectively and appropriately, increasingly enables businesses, governments and institutions to innovate, boost their productivity and reach across Canada and around the world. In the emerging digital age, we are changing our approach to learning, to the nature of work, and to the ways in which services are delivered, citizens interact, access and share knowledge, and cultural goods are produced and exchanged.

The Government of Canada is holding a broad consultation to help develop a national digital economy strategy, as indicated in the Speech from the Throne. The consultation is based on a consultation paper, Improving Canada’s Digital Advantage: Strategies for Sustainable Prosperity<http://de-en.gc.ca/consultation-paper/>, that has been released jointly by the Minister of Industry, the Minister of Heritage and the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

From the public and private sectors to non-governmental organizations, academia and volunteer organizations, to students, consumers and citizens—we all have a vested interest in a dynamic and flourishing digital economy. A strong digital economy will be the backbone of Canada’s future prosperity and success. Consequently, we all have a role to play in shaping the future of this key part of our economy and our lives.

The social sciences and humanities have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to bear on our understanding of all the critical dimensions of the digital world, be they economic, social or cultural. From literature to philosophy, from sociology to political science, from communications to design, from law to management and education, Canadian researchers are leading global networks in collaboration with colleagues across campuses and partners in the private and public sectors, to build knowledge and influence policy and practice in business and organizations.  These researchers also train the highly qualified people who will supply our knowledge industries and perform at the interface of social sciences, humanities and technologies, giving Canada the edge in this new era. They are essential to our understanding of the profound changes taking place now and into the future, and to developing the approaches and policies that Canada needs to prosper, to compete globally, and to sustain an innovative and creative society.

In this context, SSHRC is launching a funding opportunity to enable the synthesis of knowledge and to help identify research opportunities in key areas related to the digital economy. This initiative is not intended to provide direct input into the national consultation on the digital economy, which ends on July 9, 2010. The knowledge and insights resulting from this initiative aim to advance discussions and knowledge exchange into the future.

La capacité du Canada d’occuper une place de choix au sein de l’économie numérique constituera un élément déterminant de sa prospérité au cours du 21esiècle. Le trio numérique formé par les technologies, le contenu et l’alphabétisation oriente désormais toutes les activités des secteurs public, privé et sans but lucratif ainsi que de la société en général. La capacité de se connecter sur le plan virtuel, d’utiliser des technologies numériques, d’avoir accès à des renseignements pertinents et d’utiliser un contenu numérique de façon efficace permet de plus en plus aux entreprises, aux gouvernements et aux établissements d’innover, d’augmenter leur productivité ainsi que d’avoir un impact sur le Canada et le reste du monde. En cette nouvelle époque numérique, nous modifions notre approche de l’apprentissage, de la nature du travail ainsi que de la manière dont les services sont offerts, dont les citoyens interagissent et partagent des connaissances et dont les biens culturels sont produits et échangés.

Le gouvernement du Canada tient actuellement une vaste consultation visant l’élaboration d’une stratégie nationale liée à l’économie numérique, comme cela est indiqué dans le discours du Trône. Ce processus de consultation s’inspire d’un document de consultation intitulé Accroître l’avantage numérique du Canada : stratégies pour une prospérité durable<http://de-en.gc.ca/fr/document-de-consultation/>, qui a conjointement été publié par le ministre de l’Industrie, le ministre du Patrimoine canadien ainsi que le ministre de Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences Canada.

Toutes les parties intéressées – qu’il s’agisse des secteurs public et privé, d’organismes non gouvernementaux, universitaires ou bénévoles, d’étudiants, de consommateurs ou de citoyens – ont un intérêt particulier pour une économie numérique dynamique et florissante. Le fait que celle-ci soit solide constituera la base de la prospérité du Canada, donc nous avons tous un rôle à jouer pour orienter l’avenir de cet important aspect de notre économie et de notre vie.

Les sciences humaines disposent de connaissances et d’une expertise très vastes qui permettent de mieux comprendre tous les éléments cruciaux de la réalité numérique, que ce soit sur le plan économique, social ou culturel. Dans les domaines de la littérature, de la philosophie, de la sociologie, des sciences politiques, des communications, de la conception, du droit, de la gestion et de l’éducation, des chercheurs canadiens dirigent des réseaux mondiaux en collaboration avec des collègues universitaires et des partenaires des secteurs public et privé afin de produire des connaissances ainsi que d’influer sur les politiques et les pratiques d’entreprises et d’organisations. De plus, ces chercheurs forment les personnes très compétentes qui appuieront nos industries axées sur le savoir et qui serviront de liens entre les sciences humaines et les technologies, ce qui confère un net avantage au Canada en cette nouvelle époque. Enfin, ils sont essentiels à notre compréhension des profonds changements actuels et à venir ainsi qu’à l’élaboration d’approches et de politiques dont le Canada a besoin pour prospérer, être concurrentiel sur la scène internationale et poursuivre la tradition d’innovation de ses citoyens.

C’est dans ce contexte que le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) lance une occasion de financement permettant de synthétiser les connaissances et de déterminer les possibilités offertes dans d’importants secteurs de l’économie numérique. Cette initiative n’a pas pour but de d'offrir de la rétroaction dans le cadre de la consultation nationale sur l’économie numérique, qui prend fin le 9 juillet 2010. Les découvertes résultant de cette initiative favoriseront les discussions et l’échange de connaissances.

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