Jim Devine
March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Speakers: Biography

Jim Devine

Head of Multimedia
University of Glasgow, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
Gilbert Scott Building
University Avenue
Glasgow Lanarkshire
G12 8QQ Scotland

Jim Devine is Head of Multimedia at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, and Honorary Lecturer in Computing Science in the University of Glasgow. He is a graduate of the University of Glasgow where he took joint honours in Archaeology and Classical Civilisation. He has participated in fieldwork projects in Scotland, Italy, and Greece. In recent years he has been combining his interests in cultural heritage, with his interest in the potential for new technology to present e-learning opportunities, in an interactive way, to a global audience. In 1994, in association with colleagues from the Department of Computing Science, he initiated a collaborative program between the Hunterian and the University's Department of Computing Science, which has led to a wide variety of innovative multimedia projects focused around the Hunterian collections, and those of other cultural heritage organisations. This has included an award winning web site incorporating audio, video and QuickTime Virtual Reality (http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk) . He has been involved in the supervision of numerous multimedia academic project teams as part of an ongoing collaborative effort in developing new applications for leading edge technologies, with colleagues in the Computing Science, Anatomy, and History Departments at Glasgow University, and the Department of Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University. The pioneering efforts of this work has led to a skills-sharing partnership with the Center for Scientific Imaging and Photography at the Smithsonian Institution, (http://www.nmnh.si.edu) which has proven highly beneficial to both partners. He has co-authored the Glasgow Science Centre's IT Strategy Study, and is a member of the Scottish Museums Council's ICT Strategy Group, and Access and Learning Strategy Group, which are currently authoring reports on these issues for the Scottish Executive (The Government in Scotland). He has led academic field expeditions to Knossos in Crete to create QTVR tours of the Minoan palace complex for the Greek Ministry of Culture and the British School of Archaeology in Athens (http://www.bsa.gla.ac.uk/knossos/vrtour ). He has recently overseen the setting up of a state of the art Multimedia and Digital Imaging Centre at the Hunterian, providing the highest quality of digital image capture and manipulation, and developing innovative e-learning materials for educational end-users. He is currently managing a Scottish Executive/Scottish Museums Council Strategic Change Fund Project (What clicks?) (http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/what_clicks) which is reviewing existing and potential capability, human and technological, within the museum sector in Scotland, in the use of ICT to increase public access and resulting e-learning opportunities to collections.

Jim will participate in a Best of the Web Awards Presentation. [Panel]