Monday, August 29, 2011

BFI Statistical Yearbook

The British Film Institute (BFI ) has announced the results of its 2011 Statistical Yearbook, an authoritative snapshot of the film landscape in the UK over the last 12 months.
Headline statistics in the Yearbook include:
  • 62% of the UK population said they went to the cinema at least once a year, up from 60% in 2009
  • Women made up 12% (17% in 2009) of the screenwriters of UK films released in the UK in 2010 and 13% (17% in 2009) of the directors.
  • In 2009/10, £21 million was spent on education, young people and lifelong learning by the national and regional screen agencies, up from £19 million in 2007/08.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mass Observation Communities Online

Mass Observation has been recording everyday life in the UK since 1937 through diaries, questionnaires and observations. Between April and September 2010, the Mass Observation Communities Online project (MOCO) expanded on Mass Observation’s tradition by inviting community groups throughout the UK to develop an archive that reflects life in 21st century Britain.
Here you can see contributions to the MOCO project as well as examples of material from the original Mass Observation archive


Cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.

Managing Creative Arts Research Data

This module, funded as part of the wider JISC Managing Research Data programme, offers data management knowledge tailored to the special requirements of the creative arts researcher who is producing non-standard (i.e. non-textual) research outputs. The module aims to develop the development of skills required by arts researchers to effectively self-archive and then disseminate data made through research activities. The module content is particularly well suited for inclusion within MA programmes dealing with ephemeral art forms such as dance, music, visual art, theatre or media design.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

High Wycombe Furniture Archive

The High Wycombe region has a strong furniture heritage and a unique selection of photographs and printed material relating to the industry has now been made available online via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
The High Wycombe Furniture Archive is part of the Research Centre for Furniture at Bucks New University in High Wycombe and incorporates visual material primarily from Ercol Furniture Ltd and E Gomme Ltd, including the famous G-Plan range, which saw the exciting designs of Donald Gomme, Ib Kofod Larsen, and Lesley Dandy, amongst others.
The images presented on VADS represent just a taster of the vast archive which comprises over 16,000 visual materials and accompanying technical papers relating to the design and manufacture of locally-produced furniture.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Zanran Data Search

Zanran helps you to find numerical data on the web that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. This huge amount of information can be difficult to find using conventional search engines, which are focused primarily on finding text rather than graphs, tables and bar charts.

Beauty Town

Beauty Town, a Facebook game where people can open and manage their own virtual fashion boutique has been launched. The game, which has been developed by Dynamo Games with support from Channel 4 and Creative Scotland's Digital Media IP Fund, allows players to learn more about fashion and looking good while having fun with their friends.
Beauty Town is a multiplayer, platform game that allows users to interact with their other friends on Facebook. Players have full control over their avatar and can then create and stock their boutique to make it the most fashionable place on the street. It also allows players to grow and develop their character as they acquire all the necessary skills to reach certain achievements building up to the prestigious ‘Stylist of the Year’.
It is also possible for people to interact with other Beauty Town players in the game’s unique social forum, which focuses on helping users that might have body image questions by sharing advice, tips and tricks.

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg and Patrick Elliott talk about Cragg's sculptures, on show until November 2011 in and around the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Vault Art Glasgow

Vault Art Glasgow is a new opportunity for artists to sell their work and for the public, collectors and galleries to buy contemporary art. Twelve of the most innovative galleries and organisations have been invited to present a selected range of new art by emergent, alongside leading artists from Glasgow and beyond: a snapshot of one of the most original and exciting contemporary art scenes in Europe.

I've Zine You

 The I've Zine You independent publishing fair takes place at 55 High Street, Edinburgh from 28 - 29 August 2011.