Author: Stewart Cromar

Interactive Content Manager for the Information Services Group.
Oxen pulling plough with two farmers standing behind them.

Reading Time: < 1 minute The first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, 12th February, which is the Year of the Ox. To celebrate this festive occasion we decided to create a special colouring book illustration. Our first port of call was the University of Edinburgh’s Image Collection, where there are over 40,000 images published by the […]

LEGO elf minifigure presenting news bulletins in a blizzard from Santa’s Workshop, North Pole

I had a great time attending our virtual festive office party this week. A kind team of University colleagues designed a creative agenda, stuffed full of genuine LOL moments for us all. Inclusive event Traditionally we’d all have a wee quiz and fancy meal in an Edinburgh restaurant. For 2020, our virtual equivalent had some… Continue reading Virtual elf benefits

My Animal Crossing avatar viewing an in-game representation of nine gastropods collected by Darwin

Following on from a post earlier this year, I wanted to revisit the video game Animal Crossing and import University artworks I had recently discovered whilst working on a brand-new digital exhibition. Carlyle Circle digital exhibition The Carlyle Circle was formed in 1990 to bring together and thank everyone who pledges to leave a legacy to the […]

Screenshot of OpenEd website with simulated vision loss (includes shadowing, blurring and floaters)

Reading Time: 5 minutes Within the last month the vision in my right eye has significantly diminished. This personal blog post details what the impact has been on my daily life and how recent web accessibility work has helped me cope a little better. …

Three paintings hung on wall (bird, flower, butterfly) and easel on floor (owl).

Fancy curating your own University of Edinburgh (UoE) virtual exhibition in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing game? Good news, Getty have kindly shared an art generator tool that integrates with over 40,000 images published by the University’s Centre for Research Collections (CRC) under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY). What is Animal Crossing? In case you’re […]

Chinese computer scientist Xia Peisu at National Chiao Tung University Chongqing campus.

Reading Time: 1 minute To celebrate the last day of Women’s History Month we’re sharing this brand new colouring book illustration. Chinese computer scientist and educator Xia Peisu (夏培肃) (1923 – 2014) has been hailed “the mother of computer science in China.”  Download, reuse and share this openly licensed image from our We Have Great Stuff Flickr album. 👩‍🎨👉 […]

Yesterday was my first day working from home in my new office (corner of dining table). As someone living with insulin-dependent diabetes I have an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus and according to current government guidance should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, including significantly limiting face-to-face interaction with friends and family […]

Illustration of a birds on a branch being coloured in with pencils.

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis short video from the ALT Annual Conference 2019 highlights a series of playful OER-focused workshops that encourage students to creatively engage with the University of Edinburgh’s vast image collections and generate new adu…

What the problem is Whilst updating accessibility statements for key websites in our portfolio, I came across a  new error courtesy of a free Google service named reCAPCHA. reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive challenges to keep automated software […]

Three students holding up their brightly coloured-in illustrations

Yesterday we invited students to take a break from their exam revision and come along to a relaxing colouring book session at King’s Buildings. There was the opportunity to colour-in brand new student illustrations inspired by items and images from the University’s collections. There was the choice of individual A4 pictures or larger A1 collaborative […]

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