The Nova Scotia Highland Village has been awarded $151,800 from the Canada Interactive Fund (Department of Canadian Heritage) for An Drochaid Eadarainn (The Bridge Between Us), an interactive online social experience designed for Canada's Gaelic community.
The project, led by Project Manager and Principal Researcher Marlene Ivey (Associate Professor, Division of Design, NSCAD University), was initiated by the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum in collaboration with NSCAD University, the Provincial Office of Gaelic Affairs, the Municipality of Victoria County, St. F.X. University and the Atlantic Coastal Action Project. The funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage will enable Ivey and her collaborators to expand an initial prototype developed with the support of the Nova Scotia Broadband Initiative into a full website. The success of the application will underpin design and development of the website over the next twelve months. Supporting materials for the site will include a high level of audio-visual material drawn from professional scholarship on Nova Scotia's Gaelic traditions. The design framework for the site is based on the Gaelic tradition of local bridges as gathering places for passing on language-based cultural expressions such as songs, stories, music, dance and even courting.
The project aims to create a virtual social space where convivial sharing of cultural knowledge will harness modern technology as a strategic resource for sustaining Nova Scotia's Gaelic community, enhancing living language skills and disseminating cultural content.
The prototype can be accessed at: An Drochaid Eadarainn: Prototype, where it is currently lodged for viewing and to solicit feedback from users.
A world-class, multidisciplinary research collaboration funded through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, the GRAND network supports more than fifty researchers working on thirty interconnected projects with their public and private sector partners.
Serious games, social networking, live performance augmented by digital technologies, Internet-enabled e-journalism, and mobile applications for work and play are obvious examples of problem domains to be explored. Less obvious but equally important are e-government and e-health services.
Benefits will be realized through creating new knowledge and technologies, training highly qualified personnel, creating wealth by exploiting the possibilities of New Media, Animation, and Games for economic growth, and improving the quality of life for Canadians. Technologies that improve healthcare, encourage sustainable lifestyles that honor and preserve the natural environment, and promote greater participation in public dialogue will be powerful benefits in the Digital Age.
As a member of the GRAND team, Sam Fisher's current research project aims to simplify and improve the often cumbersome and difficult process of focus pulling in dramatic film production. Fusing simple to use intuitive touch screen interfaces and advanced motion tracking technologies this technology will allow untrained users to get perfect focus with almost 100% accuracy. The project also intersects with a much broader inter university project between NSCAD, Dal and McGill universities to develop more sophisticated uses of motion capture data to streamline production workflows and enhance creative precision.
Sam Fisher and Research Assistant Marissa Ranali working on the GRAND VIRTPRES project in one of the newly renovated CineFlux research labs. Photo by Krista Kirby.
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This SSHRC-funded project is a unique collaboration between researchers at Dalhousie and NSCAD University. Skills related to representational drawing from observation are at the core of most art, craft and design education. The research being conducted at NSCAD's drawing laboratory seeks to determine whether the notion of the 'good eye' is more than a metaphor.
The methodology employed involves quantifying, mapping and comparing, for the first time, patterns of eye-movement, within the context of drawing directly from observation.
The Drawing Lab for measuring eye movements. Photo by Steve Farmer.
|A student participating in the Drawing Lab project. Photo by Steve Farmer.||Eye-tracking equipment records the student's eye movements as he draws. Photo by Steve Farmer|
The project is being conducted by Professor Bryan Maycock, an artist, faculty member and chair of the Foundation program at NSCAD in collaboration with Dr. Raymond Klein, a world class researcher in attention and eye movements from Dalhousie University's Department of Psychology.
Working closely with Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Assistant Professor (Product Design) Glen Hougan and Saint Mary’s researcher Dr. Catherine Conrad will collaborate in the development of a community water quality monitoring tool-kit.
Funded by a Canadian Environmental Issues Public Outreach Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the project aims to provide a standardized training and certification program and tool kit for the more than 50 community-based watershed stewardship organizations in Nova Scotia, whose efforts, according to Dr. Conrad, are often frustrated by a lack of user-friendly monitoring tools, training manuals and workshops and a lack of integration into a decision-making or management structure.
With the support of this grant from SSHRC, the researchers hope to reduce those obstacles and help community volunteers work more closely and effectively with the government agencies responsible for water quality in the province and to provide a model of integrated water monitoring and management that may serve as an example to other parts of the country.