Past RIDERS Events

Final Riders event - April 1st 2015


April 1st 2015 in Edinburgh:

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The RIDERS project began September 2011 and closes on April 30th 2015, leaving behind a legacy Interactive Storytelling website of IS research, text, tools, video documentation and most importantly, a network of digital storytelling experts across discipline.... all of you.

Thank you for being part of this project; attending our events, posting your activities, taking the opportunity to collaborate and share your own research and material with the network. We hope the events and workshops have been both informative and social; enabling engagment across discipline in research and digital storytelling, sharing ideas, IS knowledge and developments, and also, great fun!

For our final event, we wish to invite an intimate group of around 25 members from the network to join us - the underlying theme: 'What next for RIDERS... is there a RIDERS 2?'



Date: April 1st
Venue: Room 4.31/33, on the fourth floor.
Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

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10.00 - 10.30: Registration - coffee, tea and biscuits
10.30 - 11.30: Mike Chantler talks about navigating the EPSRC
11.30 - 12.30: Mark Dunford talks on IS storytelling & the Silver Stories project
12.30 - 13.30: LUNCH
13:30 - 14.30  Matthew Aylett talks on the ReelLives project
14.30 - 15.30: Sophia Lycouris - mini digital workshop
15.30 - 15.45: Coffee, tea and biscuits
15.45 - 16.45: Workshop with Lynne Hall - What next for Riders?
16.45 - 17.00  Closure of RIDERS project - Professor Aylett and Sandy Louchart

Anyone not rushing off after the event is very welcome to join the Riders team for a drink - as much as we would like to, RIDERS will not be able to fund your pub refreshments, but we can offer great company for continuing digital storytelling conversations...



MARK DUNFORD - Form and Content in Digital Stories
Mark will introduce Digital Storytelling, using examples from his own work to explore the narrative dimensions of the form. Digital stories are short, singular, audio visual accounts of an individual's story – yet the making and telling of them is shaped by collaborative experience. The "story circle" is the foundation of each Digital Storytelling narrative as storytellers develop their own story through a collective experience. This discussion will look at Digital Stories made through the Silver Stories partnership. Will also touch on funding for the project.

MIKE CHANTLER - Research Perspectives on EPSRC strategy and portfolio
A short presentation from Professor Mike Chantler on his views on how EPSRC consults and develops strategy, what proposals there are for strategy for the next spending round, and what the role of the ICT SAT (strategic advisory team) plays. Will also give an overview of a portfolio modelling tool, Research Perspectives, as applied to RCUK's and NFS's 180,000 research projects also given. Research Perspectives is a tool that has been developed by HWU and is currently being implemented within EPSRC. It provides 50 and 500 topic overviews of these portfolios.

MATTHEW AYLETT - Transforming Digital Media through narrative to empower and explain
How we make sense of the digital information we generate, and consume is a key issue: it is valuable for many purposes both benign and malicious, it often provides a public view of ourselves, it is used to interact with friends, family, and colleagues. In this talk we explore how we may depart from a conventional database view of data and instead leverage the idea of narrative filmic mediums to explore data, and, by doing so how we might empower users with a clearer understanding of their personal data. We report on an initial experiment using triptychs (a sequence of three images) to automatically convey narrative from users' public Instagram accounts. We show that, by using narrative techniques such as sequential coherence and emotional tension, we can generate a greater sense of coherence and of stories. We conclude by exploring future work within the project and sharing a short video based on digital media produced by a professional film maker.


LYNNE HALL - What next for Riders?
Creative workshop facilitated by Lynne Hall, Sunderland University, using research tool, Well Sorted, created by Mike Chantler, in this case, to categorise different categories around digital storytelling. Workshop will focus on brain- storming what next for the RIDERS project and network; session will cover sharing of ideas within small working creative groups, scoping out ideas, funding and producing potential plans for a follow up project, RIDERS 2."

SOPHIA LYCOURIS - mini digital workshop 

Content to be confirmed.

If you wish to join us, please email Vivienne - - as soon as possible to secure your place. You will be sent details to complete an online form for the workshop, so your sign up needs to be fairly immediate. We will reimburse your transport costs up to £100 as per usual (on proof of receipt) for traveling to a Riders event.

Acceptance to this event/workshop is on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are limited.

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