The Research Bee: peer-to-peer, face-to-face advice on projects and publications

Ross Parry, University of Leicester, UK

The ‘Research Bee’ will provide delegates with a chance to gain quick, expert, one-to-one, impartial advice on a range of research and publication needs.

Bringing together academics and experienced research-active practitioners from across the Museums and Web community, the ‘Research Bee’ will provide delegates with the opportunity to sign-up and drop in for a personal consultation.

It’s a chance to book some time with that academic, that developer, that practitioner whose expertise they value and whose feedback they would appreciate. And it’s a contact that can then, of course, continue and extend beyond the conference – a new professional connection and confidante. And, being open to everyone, from the experienced senior manager to the early career professional or the student researcher, the ‘Research Bee’ consultations will strive to be inclusive and reach out to everyone in the Museums and Web community.

So whether it’s that first publication, or that PhD application, or whether it’s time to try and articulate and share that new project idea or simply seek reassurance on work already underway, the ‘Research Bee’ is there to help – harnessing the power of the Museums and Web community to make research better by bee-ing together.

This proposal draws upon my specialist role on a number of funded research projects as a broker and advisor on research design and development:

2012 - Awarded [as Co-Investigator] £247,000 (2012) - by AHRC Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange Projects Call - for ‘CATH (Collaborative Arts Triple Helix)', with the University of Birmingham, supporting a series of brokered partnerships between small businesses, small cultural organisations and Universities, in an attempt to understand how Knowledge Exchange and collaborative research works across these sectors [Principal Investigator, Dr Richard Clay].

2012 - Awarded [as Co-Investigator] £28,000 - by AHRC Research Networks Call, to fund ‘Transforming Thresholds’, with partners including The Heritage and Cultural Learning Hub (at the University of Birmingham), Blip Creative Ltd, Studio Bonito Ltd., investigating museum foyers and entrance spaces and the media used within them [Principal Investigator, Dr Ruth Page].

2008 - Awarded [as Principal Investigator] £53,000 - AHRC Collaborative Research Training programme - as lead partner on a two-year project entitled ‘The Digital Heritage Research Training Initiative’, in collaboration with the University of Manchester, University of Glasgow, University of Newcastle and the Collections Trust.

'The Research Bee' also draws upon my role (over the last 15 years) as a PhD supervisor in the area of Museum Studies:

I am currently supervising six PhD students, investigating: museums, pop music culture and the web (Kathleen Pirrie Adams); methods to measures the impact of museums in social media (Elena Villaespesa); the evolution of design of in-gallery digital media for children (Amy Hetherington); the history of collecting computer-based technology at the Smithsonian Institution (Petrina Foti); the impact of convergent media on digital production in museums (Peter Annhernu; models for cultivating innovation with digital media in museums (Haitham Eid); and how the twentieth-century museum curated the new technology of the motor car (Pal Negyesi). Previously, I have supervised PhDs on: the use of mobile media for curating everyday life (Dr Kostas Arvanitis); the use of podcasting in museums (Dr Lena Maculan); museums' display of sacred and devotional objects online (Dr Alex Whitfield); and the sustainability of public-facing digital resources in museums (Jeremy Ottevanger).