A consortium of industry and academic experts has launched a £3m research project to see how technology can help the public become more involved in creating and sharing digital content.
The three-year Participate project, led by BT, is backed by grant funding from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The consortium also includes the BBC, Blast Theory, Microsoft Research Cambridge, ScienceScope and the universities of Bath and Nottingham.
The project aims to look at how the convergence of online and broadcast media can enable mass participation in contributing to and accessing content.
An initial exercise, in which children at two schools in Bath collected information about their local environment, has already taken place. The children used prototype mobile phones fitted with sound sensors and data loggers to monitor carbon monoxide and noise pollution levels on their journeys to and from school.
The data will be linked to professionally created material to make up a national picture of the environment around the country.
Science and innovation minister, Lord Sainsbury said, “This initiative provides a real opportunity to harness the world class expertise that we possess in the UK and direct it towards the task of wealth creation.”
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