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Digital innovation at Oxford

The IT Innovation Challenges scheme supports innovative ideas that can be developed into digital projects and bring benefit to the University or enhance the staff or student experience.

In Hilary term 2019, we ran three funding rounds:

  • IT Innovation Challenges (staff): innovative digital projects that bring benefit to the University (funding up to £40K per project)
  • Summer of Innovation (students): realise an idea as a digital project supported by professional IT staff (paid summer internship)
  • GLAM Labs (staff or students): adding value to the user experience of GLAM’s collections, buildings, resources or programmes through digital means (£8-15K per project)

The GLAM Labs projects chosen for funding are:

A physical and digital show and tell – creating a portable 'station' for use in the museum galleries to present both 3D models in Virtual Reality and tactile models/3D prints. Based in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

Digital makers – developing staff coding skills and piloting digital making activities for families and young people. Based in the Radcliffe Science Library and Ashmolean Museum.

Replicating historic musical instruments – testing the accuracy of 3D printouts of historic musical instruments. Based in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Mapping playful spaces in the museum – using social data to examine how visitors engage with Oxford's museums to understand visitor engagement. Based in the Oxford Internet Institute working with a number of GLAM sites.

These projects will run between May 2019 and February 2020.

IT Innovation Challenges projects and Summer of Innovation projects will be pitched to the panel in early May. More information about the projects awarded funding will be available soon.


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The IT Innovation Challenges svcheme is funded by the University’s IT Capital Plan and administered by IT Services.