This project builds on the work carried out in establishing the Victoria Climbié Inquiry Data Corpus at the University of Huddersfield. The project is funded by HEFCE's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of the Enriching Digital Resources programme, a strand of the digitisation programme.
The main aim of the project is to make the coded and categorised Climbié corpus available to users via the University of Huddersfield repository. The Climbié data corpus includes all the transcriptions from the 68 days of oral evidence which was made available to the Project by the Department of Education and Skills. There is testimony from 168 witnesses, which produced over 5,200, single-spaced, A4 pages of evidence (approx. 2 million words).
These data are of central interest to researchers in child welfare, professional and legal studies, public administration and politics as well as teachers and students of a range of subjects, such as health care and social work, who deal with child welfare and to professionals needing to develop management and administrative skills in child welfare.
The project will evaluate both the technical issues involved in depositing and making available a data set such as this and how it may be used effectively in teaching and learning with the key professions.
The project began in October 2008 and is currently investigating Data coding, API development and data importing into repository. The project will go live in September 2009 and will present at a number of conferences including the Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts conference in Belfast on the 6th - 9th September 2009
Anticipated outputs and outcomes
- This project will develop a number of ‘snapshots’ of the data set that can be used by students in projects and studies about child protection.
- It will develop style sheets that reflect the kinds of educational use identified in the Delphi exercise with teachers and trainers.
- The project team intend to publish a paper on the appropriateness of the work on the Climbié corpus to other public inquiry archives and recommendations for the design of such developments in the University’s peer reviewed, open access journal.
- A key task of the project will be to evaluate the learning resources and the possible uses of the Corpus
JISC Final Report (Public Report)