Office of Research in the UK College of Communications and Information Studies

Media Center for the Future

The Media Center for the Future is a collection of facilities designed to enhance research and the creation and production of information in a variety of media. Use of the Media Center and its equipment is currently limited to College of Communication and Information faculty and its student organizations. These facilities include:

Video Editing Facilities
(11-15 Grehan)

The video editing facilities contain five video editing bays each containing current Intel-based Mac Pros and loaded with Final Cut Pro , iMovie, DVD Studio Pro, and the Adobe CS suite. Each bay also has a 23-inch Apple Cinema display and a DV player/recorder connected by Firewire. Primarily for instructional use; available for research with special permission. For scheduling, contact Nathan Stevens at 257-1809 or nss [at] uky.edu.

JAT News Room
(10 Grehan)

This room is equipped with (15) 27” Apple iMacs. Each computer includes the Microsoft Office suite and all Apple native applications. The JAT News Room is used for video editing, data analysis, and training sessions. Although often used during the regular semester, the JAT News Room is generally available all summer long. Primarily for instructional use; available for research with special permission. Scheduling information.

DCA Lab
(20 Grehan)

The DCA Lab provides media monitoring services through on-demand access to television broadcasts. Features of this system include a permanent, searchable, streamable archive of television for all 20 channels being monitored, a 120TB RAID server with 900,000 hours (6 years) of streaming video storage, a transcript search-engine, captured in real-time, to assist in analysis, and the ability to search, view, and catalog stored television via a custom web-interface called "COMMTV."

A coding web application gives researchers the ability to manage workflow by assigning streaming content and transcripts to coders who record their observations to a centralized data-set.

For more information about the DCA Lab, contact Scott Johnson at 257-4725 or scott.johnson [at] uky.edu.

 DCA Lab

Audio Recording Studio
(21 Grehan)

The Audio Recording Studio is equipped with top-of-the-line professional audio equipment to record projects as simple as voiceovers or as complex as creating a CD for an entire band. It contains an Intel-based Mac Pro loaded with MOTU Digital Performer. Used primarily for audio production classes, the studio is also used by the student radio station, WRFL, for voiceovers, and researchers use the room for creating narrations. Scheduling of the room is through John Clark at 257-2810 or jclark [at] uky.edu.

 

Focus Group Room/Computing Lab
(22 Grehan)

The multi-purpoase focus group room/computing lab has conference-style seating for up to 12 participants and 13 iMacs installed around the perimeter of the room. A projector and smart-board are installed at the front of the room. Ceiling-mounted pan/tilt/zoom video cameras and microphones allow for digital audio/video recording of meetings. The focus room contains an outside entrance to prevent interruption of Theater activities. This room is used for conducting focus groups during the preliminary phases of research studies. Contact Nancy Harrington at 257-3622 or nancy.harrington [at] uky.edu.

 

Theater
(23 Grehan)

The Theater has seating for 20 people and is used to show audio/visual stimuli in a relatively natural setting. Each chair is wired to collect heart rate to measure attention, electromyographic response (EMG) to measure cognitive processing and emotional reactions, and skin conductance response (SCR) to measure arousal. Programmable perception analyzers that collect and graph audience's moment-to-moment responses and Turning Point "clickers" are also available for polling and audience research. Other technology available in the theater include a "Smart" classroom presentation podium containing a Dell computer, a blu-ray DVD player and CATV. For scheduling, contact Nancy Harrington at 257-2295 or nancy.harrington [at] uky.edu.

 

Other Facilities

   

PDA Survey Research System

Our 75-unit Portable PDA Survey Research System provides an efficient and compact method for conducting survey research in the field. PDA surveys not only allow for use of complex skip patterns and interactivity with audio/video, they afford greater subject privacy, provide multilingual support, and reduce literacy concerns by using audio narration.

Teleform Software by Cardiff
(412 Breckinridge)

http://www.cardiff.com

Teleform is a powerful image recognition software used to create, scan, and process paper surveys to data. It is installed on a dedicated PC in Breckinridge Hall that can be accessed directly or remotely by interested users. Contact Scott Johnson at 257-4361 or scott.johnson [at] uky.edu.

Online Survey Creation Tool

A strong tool for the creation of web surveys is available to faculty and students:

  • Qualtrics allows users to easily create and host online surveys and then instantly analyze the gathered data. Access to Qualtrics is available by creating an account through UK's Software Download page.
   

School of Library and Information Science Facilities

LCLI Instructional Computer Lab
(355 LCLI)

A computer lab with 28 Dell Windows XP computers and smart classroom components, the instructional computer lab was designed to accommodate LIS Information Technology and online searching classes through hands-on instruction. SLIS manages access to LCLI355, and it is not a regular university classroom. As LIS classes are commonly held here, access for CIS personnel can be arranged, but should be planned well in advance by contacting Lousetta Carlson at 257-8876 or carlson [at] uky.edu.

Smart Classrooms
(357 & 359 LCLI)

These smart classrooms were originally set up by SLIS with funding from CPE, but are now regular university classrooms managed by the Teaching and Academic Support Center (TASC). LIS classes get priority access, followed by other CIS classes, and then any other university class. Each room has an Internet connected PC, a port for a laptop, a combination VCR/DVD player, a document camera, and a ceiling mounted projector with a motorized screen. Contact Andy Spears at 257-8272 ext. 231 or aspears [at] uky.edu for more information about these classrooms.


CI Technical Support Staff

Will Buntin (SLIS)

Email: will.buntin [at] uky.edu
Office: 319 Little Library
Phone: 257-3317

Scott Johnson (COM)

Email: scott.johnson [at] uky.edu
Office: 218 Grehan Journalism Building
Phone: 257-4725

Nathan Stevens (JAT)

Email: nss [at] uky.edu
Office: 104 Engineering Annex
Phone: 257-1809