Project: Introducing the Digital Common-wealth

So, big changes. Since January 2013,  I have been employed part time (2 days a week) at the University of the West of Scotland as a Research Assistant. Through this, I was lucky to lead on the development of the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate website, the Interface funded #digitalburns project (working with the Robert Burns Federation) and supported a number of shorter term projects (such as social media training for local authorities and research assistance) within the Department of Creative and Cultural Industries.

My contract ended at the end of August – and during this contract time, a full-time role came up within the department for a project coordinator on the Big Lottery Funded “Digital Common-wealth” intitative around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I spent most of July preparing, researching and applying for it – and a few weeks ago I found out that I got it(!) meaning as of last Monday, I am now working full-time at the University of West of Scotland. An achievement I am immensely proud of and a project that I am incredibly excited to be part of. I am looking forward to being able to pick up from some of the legacy of #citizenrelay but also to see a project of this scale from start to finish, something you do not often get the chance to on short-term contracts.

It is early days at the moment, but I am now hoping that with a greater degree of stability and routine that I can now look into returning to my PhD part-time in the new year – especially as my new role will be situated within the mega-event,  community development and citizen media arena – and gives me the opportunity to update some of the work I already have. I am ready to return and just get it written now.

Anyway, loads to be getting on with – currently developing the brand, website and infrastructure of the project ahead of a launch in October. Stay tuned for more ‘formal’ information – but for those interested in the informal, development discussions, we are using the hashtag #DigCW2014 to wax lyrical about future plans, how big a task the project is and sharing ideas on twitter.

For more information on the ethos of the project, please do check out David McGillivray’s blog post on announcement of the project funding.