nGen project led by Brock prof receives provincial funds

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nGen project led by Brock prof receives provincial funds

Oct. 1, 2009

An nGen project led by a Brock Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities got a boost yesterday with a $54,300 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The nGen announcement to expand the “1812: Interactive Niagara” project led by Associate Professor Kevin Kee, Department of History and Centre for Digital Humanities, was applauded by MPP Jim Bradley and Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer, John Storm.

“This one-year grant will enable Brock students and graduates to continue developing smart-phone heritage tours about the War of 1812 in Niagara,” says Kee. “These funds will also allow us to build new tours in new communities, while, at the same time, contributing to the development of a new-media creative cluster in the region.”

The “1812: Interactive Niagara” game is based on prototypes created by Kee’s company, employing Brock graduates.

The project, when completed, will provide users with a real-time self-guided experience of Niagara’s past and the landscapes and environments in which these histories developed.

“Many of the start-ups operating out of nGen, like this one, have direct links to Brock,” says Liette Vasseur, vice-president of Research at Brock. “And successful projects like this illustrate how Brock’s professor-researchers provide our students and graduates with the tools to take their degrees and put them into action in the community.

“It also demonstrates the power of partnerships, since nGen was created to foster the talents of local arts and culture industries in the region in tandem with the educational programs, research expertise, and infrastructure at Brock and Niagara College.”