DIT School of Media launches Online Digital Archive at Student Showcase

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DIT School of Media has launched a new website “iStory.ie” which is an online digital archive of graduate work.

The new interactive media publishing platform has been developed by experts from the Digital Media Centre in DIT, in collaboration with the School of Media and will include current work as well as an unique archive of student work from the last 30 years. It was launched at the School’s student showcase on Thursday May 30 in DIT Aungier Street.

Speaking about the new website, the Head of School of Media Dr Brian O’Neill said, “We are really delighted that the best of the film, TV and radio documentaries, photography as well as apps, games, and other forms of creative media being developed by our students and graduates will now be accessible via this very innovative site. Visitors to iStory will also be able to access archived work going back over thirty years.

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"We are aware that our graduates are entering a very challenging economic environment and we have looked at best practice worldwide in terms of showcasing our students’ work. Increasingly employers in the creative industries are looking for links to online portfolios and this site will mean our various creative media projects will be accessible in one location and employers can see what our students can do.”

iStory.ie also incorporates unique social media features, such as using LinkedIn to enable graduates to add their credit to work published on the site, whether they were sole author or worked on the production in some capacity.

The site has been developed by a team led by Mr Hugh McAtamney (Head of Digital Media Development).  McAtamney said the launch this week will include a broad range of student projects: “There will also be a showcase of over 30 pieces of undergraduate and post graduate creative media work across a range of disciplines from Radio and TV documentary to Film, Games, Creative media, Interactive fiction and E-learning Apps. Some of this work is already available on the App Store, while other projects are commercially ready and about to be published.”

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Commenting on students’ publishing successes, McAtmamney said “We have had some great recent successes by our students, including BitSmith Games who released their Game, KU: Shroud of the Morrigan, on the IPad and Iphone earlier this year and it went to number one on the App Store, The Toybox and The Nightingale APP’s were both released on the IPad App Store while Emigration Isle won best student website at the SMEDIAS.  Two casual free to play games, El Bandido and Super Egg Boy, were also released on the App Store.”

The site can be found at www.istory.ie.

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