The Discovery Phase begins…

oneThis week we are very delighted to be starting work with our chosen technical developer One Ltd. Based in Oxford, we will be working closely with their team of technical and creative professionals on developing the portal in the coming months.

We will be taking part in intensive ‘discovery’ workshops throughout this week to help clarify our ambitions and goals to help One Ltd set about making them tangible. Within our small team (and from our colleagues) we’ve already got lots of ideas for what our portal should be able to do, but refining those into technical work packages and specifications is a substantial challenge. (For example, my vision of a digital learning ‘mind palace’ has some fairly advanced technical requirements!) With so many approaches floating in the ether, we need to focus on our outcomes and outputs from this early stage to ensure we can achieve them.

memory palace

Of course, we also need to work out how we work best with One Ltd, how we manage the risks inherent in our ambitious schedule, and how we deliver what we need to provide. This is without a doubt a significant milestone for us – but an incredibly exciting moment as we really start to shape the portal and make it a reality.

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About Alex Pryce

I manage Communications and Engagement for the digital outreach portal project. I am based in the Widening Access and Participation team at the University of Oxford.

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