The OU’s Knowledge Media Institute turned 20 years yesterday, and the milestone was celebrated by gathering key people in the Institute’s history. With an agenda focused on celebrating the past but looking forward to the next 20 years, there were talks by the OU’s new Vice-Chancellor, Peter Horrocks; the Vice-Chancellor at the time of the creation of KMi, Sir John Daniel; KMi’s Director, Peter Scott; and some of KMi’s founders: Marc Eisenstadt, Tom Vincent and Kitty Chisholm.
The day concluded with an exhibition of KMi’s projects. We had a chance to show EDV’s Democratic Reflection and Democratic Replay to, among others, the OU’s VC. Having edited several General Election specials for the BBC in the past, Peter Horrocks took a focused interest in our project and even suggested ways in which we could offer functionalities and analytics especially suited for journalists and political analysts.