Kaptur – three months into the project (1/6)

One sixth of the way through Kaptur, and this is our update for the third month:

1. Project Outputs

  • consortium agreement – in process of being signed (delays due to Christmas, this is now expected before the end of January)

2. Environmental Assessment

  • The 16 one-hour recorded interviews have now been transcribed. Each Project Officer has been reviewing the transcripts, marking them up and checking that they are anonymised in order to collaboratively analyse on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th January 2012.

3. Dissemination

4. Issues/challenges

December is always a challenging month (due to leave and tying up loose ends) which is why we pressed ahead with the project work so quickly during October and November. During December we continued to build links with other projects, the DCC, and internationally at the IDCC conference. The biggest issue was making sure everything was in place for the data analysis to occur in early January including the transcripts and venue. We will be meeting at Goldsmiths, University of London and a blog post will follow here regarding our analysis.


#jiscmrd programme launch – Commonalities

Simon Hodson, JISCMRD Programme Manager, has asked all projects to do a short blog post about commonalities.

View from the National College for School Leadership, Nottingham. Photo: MTG

Kaptur has previously highlighted the commonalities with the first round of JISCMRD programme funding (2009-11) and how we plan to use training materials produced by Project CAiRO and also have spent time looking at JISC Incremental. The commonalities identified so far from the JISCMRD Programme launch are:

1. Disciplinary

The session on the last day put a few of the projects together in an ‘Arts and Humanities’ group. Some of the projects that are particularly relevant to us are:

2. Pilot infrastructure

Kaptur is one of 17 projects in Strand A of the JISCMRD programme (Simon Hodson’s blog post on this) – we are therefore seeking to both learn lessons from more experienced projects in this strand (who had previous JISCMRD funding or links) and also find out how similar pilot projects are approaching things.

3. Approach

  • During the Programme Launch there was a lot of talk about DCC tools including DMP Online, DAF, and CARDIO – look out for a future blog post about our environmental assessment methodology.
  • Also keen to learn lessons from the MaDAM project, which is now MiSS (MaDAM into Sustainable Service) – http://www.miss.manchester.ac.uk/ (great URL!)
  • Research360@Bath looks good too!

Please let me know if I have overlooked any projects that are relevant to Kaptur – we are interested in engaging with other projects and welcome feedback!


Kaptur – two months into the project

The following blog post is based on a report submitted to Simon Hodson, JISCMRD Programme Manager:

1. Project Outputs

  • consortium agreement produced – in process of being signed
  • roles and responsibilities document produced and discussed verbally with each party
  • steering group meeting arranged for 6th February 2012 – agenda and terms of reference circulated

2. Environmental Assessment

  • Project Officers have now carried out 16 one-hour recorded interviews, this data is currently being transcribed and analysed. The marked-up transcripts will then be analysed collaboratively across the project team at our next meeting in early January, before we publish our findings in the Environmental Assessment report. Our interview methodology has been briefly mentioned in previous blog posts, but we will make it properly available soon for use and re-use.

3. Dissemination

4. Issues/challenges
The main focus of November was to spend time finding out what is happening elsewhere through attending events and making inroads into the four partner institutions internally. As we are a collaborative project, it is really important that we share information as widely as possible – hence the long blog posts – but hopefully still digestible with links and headings etc. We aim to make as much of the project as open as possible. Challenges this month were in terms of ensuring that the interviews could be carried out (support and engagement) and also establishing the date for the steering group meeting.

Kaptur – one month into the project

The following blog post is based on a report submitted to Simon Hodson, JISCMRD Programme Manager, on Friday 4th November:

1. Project Outputs

2. Additional Outputs

  • Project Officers carried out 8 probing interviews, a report is available
    from Tahani Nadim, Goldsmiths, University of London, here:
    The purpose of the interviews was to inform the environmental assessment.

  • A Kaptur Google calendar was created in order to provide a central location for project activities, this will include the workpackage dates soon. It currently includes events we are attending.
  • A SlideShare account was created because this is a good way to record impact and disseminate project outputs.
  • John Murtagh, University of the Arts London Project Officer, created a Kaptur Facebook page again to try and maximise our dissemination networks.

3. Dissemination

  • Press release via JISCMail lists
  • Press release via lead institution’s website and via press contacts
  • Press releases at each individual institution customised with quotes from their senior management
  • Blog posts and tweets
  • Project Director visit to DCC and EDiNA
  • Project Manager visit to attend RDMF7

4. Issues/challenges
It is very positive that we did not need to recruit anyone in order to form the Project Team, however we have had to spend the past month trying to clarify roles and responsibilities with the regard to the number of days that each of us are working on Kaptur and also considering how this work relates to other duties and how we can maximise our resources that way.

Methodology for the Environmental Assessment

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'Newton' after William Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi, 1995, British Library, London. Photo: VADS

Yesterday members of the KAPTUR project team met at the British Library to discuss the methodology for the environmental assessment. Following previous email discussions and telephone chats by the end of the meeting we had agreed on the following approach:

  • There were elements of the JISC Incremental project’s scoping study (PDF) that we could re-use e.g. their approach with having semi-structured interviews, and the cross-departmental comparison of data gathering across the institutional partners.
  • However there were also elements of the study that may not be appropriate e.g. the interview questions. As part of our problem space we are trying to uncover ‘What is arts research data?’ and ‘what are the issues?’ and we do not want to be too proscriptive at least initially.
  • Each Project Officer will now organise informal interviews with visual arts researchers to gather initial views and issues that will inform our themes for the main data gathering exercise.
  • We have arranged to meet again on Monday 31st October when the Project Officers will present their findings to the group.

A note: the role of the environmental assessment in the KAPTUR project is to underpin both the modelling and technical stages which are the main body of the work KAPTUR is undertaking. It is hoped that in carrying out the environmental assessment the four Project Officers will build up relationships that will feed and sustain the work of the project after the end of the project; and that the themes and issues that are raised can be addressed during KAPTUR.

KAPTUR project – day one

This is the beginning of the JISC-funded KAPTUR project. Project contacts received guidelines from the JISC Programme Manager Simon Hodson this afternoon. Further information on the project will be forthcoming via this blog, and via the new website (in progress): http://vads.ac.uk/kaptur/