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2. OxTALENT Awards at the OUCS Red Carpet Event 2011

At OUCS on Tuesday 28 June 2011, a red carpet reception was held to celebrate Oxford's innovative use of IT in teaching and learning.

3. OxTalent Awards 2011 Blog Posts

Best Use of Student IT for Learning

Showing creativity, originality, impact and sustainability the Best Student Use of IT award went to Helen Ginn for her CMol iPhone and iPad application designed for easily viewing 3D renditions of biological molecules. The app enables undergraduate students, PhD students and researchers alike to analyse proteins on the go. CMol aims to deliver beautiful, colourful and interactive depictions of proteins downloaded from the Protein Data Bank. CMol is the first application on the iOS App Store to provide in-depth tools to analyse the structures of biomolecules and has sold over 450 copies to date in 35 different countries.

There were two runners-up prizes. The first was awarded to Oleksandr Zhurakovskyi, for his Organic Chemistry Reference Resolver tool. Currently used by 140-360 users per day. The tool is designed to facilitate reference retrieval from chemical literature. It recognizes a citation presented in a number of formats and redirects the user to the corresponding article webpage. The overall search time is reduced to about 15 seconds per reference. In addition to the web interface, there are browser extensions for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome as well as a small HTML-widget.

The second runners-up prize was awarded to Hannah Kirby for the design of the Hyper-Literary Oxford Map, an easily interfaced web-based software available to all on Google Maps, mapping each Oxford college to a list of literary figures to have studied there, hyperlinked to examples of work by or about each. Three walking routes additionally guide those interested in particular genres. The map has proved a great success already with both visitors to the city and students accustomed to its sights. It will form a part of the launch of Oxford’s bid to become the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014, and has also been requested for embedding on the University Admissions and OUCS sites.

Student Podcasting

This year Daniel Ostendorff won the award for Best Student Podcasting for his initiative to produce podcasts for scholars outside of Oxford. One of the many things that makes Oxford a great place to study is the calibre of scholarship presented at the many weekly seminar’s offered for graduate students. In January, Daniel began working with the African Studies Centre and the History Faculty to make three different weekly seminars available to scholars abroad (whether on field research or at another institution) via podcasts. Along the way, he has had the opportunity to help make other great presentations accessible, includingKofi Annan’s talk at the Sheldonian and the annual Fischer Lecture presented at Rhodes House, both in February of this year.

Academic Podcasting

The award for the best Academic Podcasting Series went to the Department of Anthropology who have created a large amount of user interest, provided high quality educational content, and generated positive user feedback. Anthropology is a varied field, covering everything from relationships, beliefs and migration to diet, health and human evolution. Podcasts have provided an excellent opportunity to share some of the many ideas currently of interest, both with fellow anthropologists and with members of the public. Although only a small unit, the department proactively produced 48 podcasts in one year and have made their content available via Oxford Podcasting Portal and iTunesU.

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