Medi@tic Observatory

Monday 01 September 2014

Medi@tic Observatory

The design and construction of the Medi@tic Observatory has now been completed by Project partner Cork Institute of Technology and the resource is ready for use by partners or others user organisations within their regions, before it is opened up for wider European usage.

The Medi@tic Observatory is intended for dual use both as an observatory and as a Repository. The observatory will catalogue and store project documentation and policy and developmental papers and good practices related to the European and Global Digital Media Sector. In its role as a repository, the resource will provide an excellent platform for cataloguing, indexing, copyright licencing, retrieval, viewing and downloading of all types of digitised materials and artefacts.

These files and artefacts could contain information on Digital Media enterprises in regions, information on various European projects in the multimedia sector, CVs and work examples of digital or traditional graphic artists or digital designers. Medi@tic provides a fully structures catalogue, which is also fully searchable.

There were many important stages in the development of the Medi@tic Observatory, ranging from the actual design of sites back office functionality, the interface and data base structure and legal and administrative considerations relating to the use of the resource. These included how copyright issues would be addressed, protocols for users and site moderation. While the resource is now available on line, improvements are continuing to the service levels offered and the embedding of dedicated media players will, it is hoped shortly facilitate in page delivery of video and audio resources.

An important design element was also the development of the primary 'Community' structures within the Observatory. All files or artefacts are stored with Communities and within each Community there are collections. Site administrators can add additional communities as required and within these any amount of new collections can be added. Various levels of administrative access can be granted to users, enabling authoring, editing and the definition of Communities and Collections.

Partners are now beginning to populate the Observatory with artefacts and files and an invitation was extended at the recet project Krakow meeting of the partnership for partners to identify other potential users in their regions, who may have artefacts to contribute. An example may be a Multimedia Department of a local University who may have students' dissertations or a local digital creative industry cluster with information on its member enterprises and their interest in building a catalogue of potential collaborative actions with similar enterprises in other partner or third regions. 


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