National Library of Scotland – first workshop on the way

I visited the National Library of Scotland today and met with Gill Hamilton the Digital Access Manager and colleagues to discuss collaborating on the next phase of Clipper. I am glad to say it was a really positive meeting with lots of great ideas and links coming out of it – like to the BFI archives and Europeana and Scotland on Screen. They are going to partner with us on Phase 2 and let us use some of their public online video content to help demonstrate the prototype, plus the NLS is going to help host our first community workshop – great stuff! I came away from the meeting with lots of ideas buzzing around my head.

Clipper Goes to Town: Feedback and Progress Review

Well that is the end of phase 1. Hopefully we shall get through to phase 2 after the workshop in London next week.

Its useful to review our progress and feedback to date

  • Formed the team and with our OU partner got the benefits of fresh eyes
  • Built a proof of concept / early prototype
  • Created a brochure and demo video
  • Community consultation and feedback
    • Explaining ourselves to potential users helped a lot!
  • Clarified our thinking and plans
  • Clear IPR management (i.e. we have consortium agreement)

Feedback has been very positive and encouraging. The best comment about Clipper was ‘ It’s genius, just what we need!’. Feedback and conversations have included. National Library of Scotland; BBC Archive; AHRC Earth in Vision project (BBC and OU); AHRC Pararchive project (Leeds Uni); Disruptive Media Lab, Coventry University; British Library Labs; CILIPS / UK (Multimedia Group); JISC Media Hub; Royal Conservatoire Scotland; University of Stirling; Manchester School of Art; University of the Arts London; Institute of Education UCL…and many more

For phase 2 we have offers of help from

  • National Library of Scotland (Scottish Screen Archive) – Collaborative design
  • BBC Archive & BL Labs – Annotation tools
  • Leeds Uni; OU ; BBC R&D – Archive storytelling
  • Stirling Uni; RCS; UAL – Practice-based research
  • Manchester School of Art, OU – Interview analysis


Clipper on the Road – Institute of Education University of Stirling

I met with Derek Robertson from the IOE this morning to discuss his work on a video annotation system for analysis of practice based subjects. it was a fascinating and interesting discussion and we agreed that collaboration made excellent sense if Clipper gets further funding. We shall be holding at least 3 community workshops in phase 2 and at least one of those will be in Scotland so Derek will come along to that to share and discuss ideas and progress. One of the things we need to attend to in phase 2 is to start to build not just a community of potential users but crucially a community of developers and coders who take and use and support the Clipper toolkit.

We keep coming up with new applications of Clipper and new ideas when we discuss it with potential users (rightly so) and when talking to Derek he said he wanted to introduce a limited  discussion forum around each clip that would allow users to reply to an annotation – as a useful evaluation and collaboration tool.

Clipper Feedback – ALT-Members

  Took a look at this. It looks to be the kind of simple tool that is needed for promoting the use of OER video. I’ve had a YouTube channel for several years now, and I can see Clipper developing into a very useful tool for using videos in my teaching.
I did a small survey a year or so ago about the use of my YouTube videos and found many teachers were using them in teaching (and students for their learning) but very few were re-purposing the OER materials other than taking timed clips (a common finding in the literature). A tool like yours is going some way to making it easier for educators to re-purpose OER video in this way.
Just some thoughts about its functions etc.
I know most educational videos are on YouTube, but it would be good to include other repositories (e.g. Vimeo ). I think you say you are going to do that.
I use videos in my own teaching (made by me and by others) and I often just want a clip rather than the whole video. I embed the videos in my VLE web pages (Blackboard) and my ppt files using the embed code from YouTube and the specified start time facility. But of course there is no specifiable end point – which is what Clipper gives. It would be good to be able to embed Clipper clips in the same way in my VLE (I use the HTML code). Even better if those embedded clips could include the annotation that Clipper allows. That way, also using the VLE ability to include linking text, I could build up whole lessons. Or maybe including such linking text could be done within the Cliplist and that could be embedded in the VLE.
BTW embedding in the VLE is good because that way I can keep track of usage via the analytics in BlackBoard.
Obvious extensions of the annotation tool would be to enable it to be linked to places in the video screen, and (a big ask this) to enable interaction in the annotations such as MCQs.
I couldn’t find any way to inspect my clip or cliplist. I suppose I could share it with myself by email, but it would be simpler to do this in the website itself.
I used to have to use the search for video facility in the Mashup facility in BlackBoard in order to insert videos in my  pages (there was a bug re using the YouTube embed code – now fixed). This was a pain, partly because I already knew the video URL but I still had to find some appropriate metadata in order to ‘find’ it in the search tool. So here’s a plea, in the tool for finding videos, please allow the user to enter the URL if they already know it as well as having the option of searching for it by name/metadata etc.

Clipper Feedback – Manchester School of Art

Dear John,

As part of the Digital Publishing work that I have been doing with the Open Humanities Press I am currently interested in ideas around enhanced text-audio-video publication and would be really interested to see if there was any way that we might be able to work with the JISC Clipper project?

We have a collection of audio podcast interviews, with some high profile academics in the new media/digital culture area, that we are interested in working with in order to augment and develop innovative ways of navigating the material using metadata and augmentation.

Part of this would be to connect the material with a print publication to enable enhanced ways of navigating the text and themesThe JISC Clipper project seems it might be an appropriate place through which we could connect to this project and it would be great to speak to you at some point to see if there was any potential in collaborating.

Best wishes,

Clipper Feedback – British Library Labs

Through one of those chance meetings (with Lorna from JISC Media Hub) I was alerted to the existence of the British Library Labs, I checked them out and got in touch. I ended up talking to Mahendra Mahey who we met doing the original Flash-based version of Clipper as part of the JISC Rapid Innovation Programe in 2009/10 when Mahendra worked as a JISC Programme Manager.

We ended up having a fascinating discussion, one of the things the Labs are working on is annotating images and we wondered if Clipper could be extended to include that, there is a standard for doing so and this might be a point for future collaboration. The labs might also be able to provide access to some of the British Library media files to act as a demo for the next version of Clipper – we are particularly interested in the British Library’s oral history audio collection. Mahendra is attending the sandpit next week, so we’re looking forward to catching up with him then.