Technical and data management support in the College of Arts

Technical and data management support in the College of Arts

What is an RDO?
How can RDOs help me?
What previous work have RDOs done?
What subjects do RDOs support?
How do I contact RDOs?

What is an RDO?

Resource Development Officers (RDO) work alongside researchers and lecturers in the College of Arts to help them make best use of available technologies.  They assist with the provision of high quality ICT resources for research and teaching.  

RDOs can also advise on the AHRC technical appendix and similar grant application documents, and suggest and help to develop useful technical solutions that support the delivery of digital resources and research data.

There are three Resource Development Officers.

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How can RDOs help me?

Support for grant applications
You should contact an RDO as soon as you are seriously thinking about putting together a bid for research funding, as they can help and advise with planning your project and completing your bid paperwork. The team welcomes informal enquiries.

Partnering on research projects
RDOs develop the use of ICT in the arts and humanities and support the technical design and delivery of projects. They can be written into your bid for funding to supply ongoing support e.g. database design or website development.  Please contact the team to discuss this.

Developing learning and teaching resources
RDOs can help develop online learning resources and provide advice on technology to assist in teaching.  The STELLA project, for example, developed teaching software which was incorporated into English courses.

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What previous work have RDOs done?

The team has worked alongside several projects and initiatives across the College, including:

Enroller

The Enroller project provided an integrated online repository to enhance available electronic resources in the study of language and literature.  Jean Anderson led the project.

Scottish Corpus

The SCOTS project provides a large electronic corpus of both written and spoken texts for the languages of Scotland.  Assistance was provided to complete the AHRC technical appendix as well as technical support during the corpus development.

Emblems Digitisation Project

This digitisation project involves collaboration with partners in the Netherlands and is part of an international network on emblem research. Graeme Cannon and Brian Aitken worked on this project.

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What subjects do RDOs support?

RDOs work in:

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How do I contact RDOs?

If you're not sure who to get in touch with, contact the person who sounds most appropriate from the list below. The team works very closely together, so they will let you know of the best contact.

NameArea Email  Telephone
Graeme Cannon Text encoding, XML (TEI), imaging, web development, databases graeme.cannon@glasgow.ac.uk x 5083
Brian Aitken XML, web development, databases brian.aitken@glasgow.ac.uk x 3392
Neil McDermott Digital representations of music; audio, video, web development neil.mcdermott@glasgow.ac.uk x 2067


The work of RDO staff is focused specifically on providing technical advice to academic staff in the development of bid applications and use of ICT in research and teaching.

General IT queries should still be directed to Arts Support.   

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