edgeX is a research project funded by the Australian Research Council under the ARC Linkage programme. It was developed by Liz Ferrier (UQ Ipswich) and myself; the other chief investigators in the team are Jo Tacchi (QUT), Dave Rooney and Phil Graham (UQ Ipswich), and our postdoctoral research Sal Humphreys. Our industry partner for the project is the Ipswich City Council. The official ARC title for this research project is "Mapping the Missing Grassroots: Ethnographic Action Study of Local Grassroots Broadband Content (Co-) Creation and Consumption", and the project officially commenced at the start of 2006.
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edgeX is a Web-based virtual space which facilitates the creation, exhibition and evaluation of locally produced digital content from emergent, grassroots, amateur content creators. Based on a world expo model, it features various forms of digital storytelling (in text, sound, images, and video), blogging, and music, with further content formats to be added at later stages. It plugs into existing digital literacy and technology education programmes and promotes take-up and engagement with new media technologies particularly by young and disadvantaged groups in the community. edgeX features regular events and competitions which recognise outstanding content and publicise it on a global stage.
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