Technology

Research Media Center

The Research Media Center 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:

Multimedia Production Computer

Multimedia Production Room

(006A Blazer Dining)

The JAM Multimedia Room contains a professional voiceover booth, a 4-seat broadcast-quality podcasting station, an Oculus Rift VR system, a drone simulator, and a two-person interview set.  Primarily for instructional use; available for research in special circumstances. For scheduling, contact Chris Larmour at 859-429-1472 or jamtech [at] uky.edu.

iMac Computer Lab

JAM News Room

(249 Blazer Dining)

This room is equipped with 24 Apple iMacs. Each computer includes the Microsoft Office suite and all Apple native applications. The JAM News Room is used for video editing, data analysis, and training sessions. Although often used during the regular semester, the JAM News Room is generally available all summer long. Primarily for instructional use; available for research in special circumstances. For scheduling, contact Chris Larmour at 859-429-1472 or jamtech [at] uky.edu.

DCA Lab

DCA Lab

(058 McVey Hall)

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 300TB RAID server with 2.5 million hours (11 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.

Audio Recording Studio

Audio Recording Studio

(336 McVey Hall)

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.

Multipurpose Conference Room

Focus Group Room

(342 McVey Hall)

The focus group room has conference-style seating for up to 10 participants. A 60" display is installed at the front of the room. 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.

Multipurpose Conference Room

Focus Group Room/Computing Lab

(343 McVey Hall)

The multi-purpose focus group room/computing lab has conference-style seating for up to 10 participants and 10 iMacs installed around the perimeter of the room. A projector and screen are installed at the front of the room. This room is used for training, collecting survey data in a controlled environment, message testing, and conducting focus groups during the preliminary phases of research studies. Contact Nancy Harrington at 257-3622 or nancy.harrington [at] uky.edu.

Theater Seating

Theater

(347 McVey Hall)

The Theater has seating for 20 people and is used to show audio/visual stimuli in a relatively natural setting. Pan-Tilt-Zoom dome cameras and microphones are discreetly installed for recording sessions. Programmable perception analyzers that collect and graph audience's moment-to-moment responses and Turning Point "clickers" are available for polling and audience research. Other technology available in the theater include a presentation podium containing a Mac Pro 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.

Online Survey Creation Tool

A strong tool for the creation of web surveys is available at no cost to faculty, staff, 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.

Technical Contacts

Scott Johnson (Communication)
     Email: scott.johnson [at] uky.edu
     Office: 219 Blazer Dining
     Phone: 257-4725

Josh Maddox (Dean's Office)
     Email: josh.r.maddox [at] uky.edu
     Office: 310H Little Library
     Phone: 257-8814

Evan Thompson (Information Science)
     Email: evan.thompson [at] uky.edu
     Office: 320 Little Library
     Phone: -

Chris Larmour (Journalism and Media / Integrated Strategic Communication)
     Email: chris.larmour [at] uky.edu
     Office: 2128C McVey Hall
     Phone: (859) 257-4240