Category Archives: News

Stream SciRoc 2021 Live!

WATCH NOW: Stream the full SciRoc competition live! We have three streams available to cover all Episodes of the competition. Click on any stream below to begin watching: Stream 1: WATCH NOW Stream 2: WATCH NOW Stream 3: WATCH NOW Join in the conversation… Tweet us with any comments, questions, or encouragement for the teams! […]

Conference news: “Death and Transmediations: Manuscripts in the Age of Hypertext”

The paper “Death and Transmediations: Manuscripts in the Age of Hypertext” has been accepted, and will be presented at the upcoming ACM HyperText conference (30 August – 2 September 2021). The paper provides a comprehensive analysis of and a discussion on their “death and transmediation” in the era of digital and web authoring. The paper […]

Publication news: “Reconnecting with the evolving journey of reading” (July 2021)

In “Reconnecting with the evolving journey of reading”, READ-IT project PI Prof Brigitte Ouvry-Vial (Le Mans University) and READ-IT team member Dr Alessio Antonini (The Open University) reflect on the novelty, innovation and lessons learned through the project. The article is published in the recently funded Cultural Practice Magazine, and provides an historical overview about […]

Full list of Sponsors confirmed for SciRoc 2021

We are thrilled to announce our full list of sponsors who join us for the 2nd edition of our Smart Cities Robotics Challenge (SciRoc) that will take place in Bologna, Italy in September. A special thanks to Università di Bologna, Fondazione Alma Mater and Fondazione Innovazione Urbana who have partnered with us on the 2021 […]

Annual SHARP conference ‘Moving Texts: From Discovery to Delivery’ (26-30.07.2021)

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will meet virtually in Münster, Germany, from July 26 to 30, 2021. Over 400 delegates will be attending to discuss research in the field of book history, broadly understood. The theme of this year’s annual conference “Moving Texts: From Discovery to Delivery” has inspired […]

Our 2021 SciRoc Teams Are Confirmed!

Our call for registration is now closed and we’re thrilled to share the list of our 2021 participating teams. 16 international teams will join us to compete in the 2nd edition of our SciRoc Challenge. Given the year it’s been, and the difficulty and uncertainty around travel and making plans, teams have been offered the […]

International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference (23-26.05.2021)

The Open University READ-IT colleagues Dr. Francesca Benatti and Dr. Alessio Antonini will attend the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature Conference, 23-26 June 2021. They will present the paper “Into the Macroscope: Systematic integration of micro- and macro-scale study of digital reading”, as part of panel E-Reading: Reading and researching with digital […]

Full registration for SciRoc 2021 is now open!

Full registration for SciRoc 2021 is now open! Teams can register via our online form. The deadline for registration is Tuesday 15th June, 2021 and all qualifying teams will be announced the following week. The second edition of our Smart City Robotics Challenge (SciRoc) will take place in the beautiful city of Bologna, Italy from the 6th – […]

PAL Robotics confirmed as Platinum Sponsors of the SciRoc event!

We’re thrilled to announce that PAL Robotics will sponsor the SciRoc event for the second year running! PAL played a huge role in the 1st edition of our Smart Cities Robotics Challenge held in Milton Keynes, in September 2019. View the full video from this event here. PAL Robotics will sponsor the 2nd edition of […]

Ready to take on SCIROC 2021?

SMART CITIES ROBOTICS CHALLENGE (SCIROC) 2021 : Call for interest now open! Deadline: Friday 30th April 2021. After the outstanding success of our first Smart Cities Robotics Challenge in Milton Keynes, UK, in which we estimate to have shown the state of the art in European robotics to around 650,000 people, we’re now seeking participants […]