IMGP9007 After a quick look at the aims of the dot.rural and curios projects this page introduces the inspiration box and offers links to the various objects that it contains. Your comments (use the boxes at the bottom of  each page) will be greatly appreciated.


Digital economy research brings together expertise from different academic disciplines to understand and develop new digital technologies. This involves working closely with those who will benefit from the research. These partners are crucial to the success of the research and may be drawn from community groups, NGOs, government or industry.

dot.rural is the Research Council’s UK Digital Economy Hub focusing on the rural digital economy. Rural areas have specific characteristics that create challenges around issues such as quality of life and wealth creation. These include:

  • small, often dispersed populations;
  • narrow and uneven channels of information flow;
  • rapid change in population structures and economic activity bases;
  • and restricted access to digital infrastructure.

We believe that rural areas of the UK can, through the user-led application of digital technology, be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Our aim is to harness the Hub’s expertise with a range of partners to realise this ambition.

Individual interdisciplinary research projects carry out most of the research at the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub alongside individual PhD and partnership projects.

All projects are interdisciplinary and address real world problems. From buses to bumblebees, first responders to local history, dot.rural projects involve user partners and innovative technology solutions aiming to improve society, economy or the environment.


The CURIOS project is about how digital archives can support local interest in local heritage and, in doing so, can contribute to community regeneration and strengthened community cohesion.

The CURIOS project will develop software tools to help remote rural communities to collaboratively maintain and present information about their cultural heritage.

The objective is to investigate the use of semantic web/ linked data technology to build a general, flexible and “future proof” software platform that could help such projects to come into existence and be sustainable over time.

Community efforts to collate and manage different kinds of cultural resources are typically dependent upon short-term funding and long-term efforts of a few dedicated individuals. Cultural repository information systems offer scope for rural community groups to widen participation in cultural activities and to enable their consumption independent of place, at a relatively low cost and with fewer resources.

It seems there is a need to generate an understanding of the social and technical processes involved in the construction and use of cultural repositories and an opportunity to create a new set of generic tools to underpin their successful operation and management.

Inspiration Box

The inspiration box is meant to help you explore the possibilities of your cultural heritage archive. Each object will ask you questions. You do not have to answer all questions, they are just there to help you think about possible stories for the website. Consider them and think about what the answers can mean for the website.

There are no right or wrong answers. You do not have to finish all objects, but feel free to do so. You can decide which ones are most relevant to you. You can decide how you want to explore the objects. You can use any material you like: pens, pencils, crayons, paints, cardboard, newspaper, embroidery, fabric, photos, post-it notes etc. You can glue things on the objects, write on them or whatever else you think will help you tell the story you want to tell.

Objects in the Inspiration Box include:

  1. Crystal Ball (click HERE)
  2. Dinner conversations (click here)
  3. Tiles
  4. Keys for access
  5. Greetings from Portsoy (click here)
  6. Male statue
  7. Female statue

Those objects which so far have their own web pages have ‘click here’ links on the above list. At the bottom of each page there is a comment box where you can add your ideas.





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