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Title: ICT in Arts and Humanities Research


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ICT in Arts and Humanities Research
e-Science in the Arts and Humanities 7 July
2006
2
  • ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme
  • includes the creative and performing arts
  • practice-led research
  • 3.8m for 5 years from October 2003
  • Part of a uniquely centralized system of public
    support for ICT in the arts and humanities
  • but precarious...

3
  • Existing provision
  • AHRC Research Panels
  • Up to 2003, about 50 of 100m of research
    projects have some kind of digital output and/or
    input
  • What kind of projects?
  • Support services funded by AHRC and JISC
  • Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS)
  • creation, curation, preservation, and on-line
    dissemination of digitised research materials
  • Resource Discovery Network (RDN now Intute)
  • gateways for the discovery of online resources

4
  • ICT Programmes aims
  • to build capacity nation-wide in the use of ICT
    for arts and humanities research
  • complementing existing provision
  • to develop, promote and monitor the AHRC's ICT
    strategy
  • later...
  • strong infrastructure in place on which to build
    up e-Science activities
  • despite arriving at the table very late

5
  • Main activities
  • ICT Methods Network 1m for 3 years from April
    2005
  • use of advanced ICT methods
  • Projects and methods database (with support from
    JISC)
  • methods taxonomy
  • will be part of a unified on-line resource
    ICTGuides (AHDS)
  • including training materials at all levels
  • register of experts
  • list of centres
  • ICT Strategy Projects (1m)
  • knowledge-gathering needs, uses, scoping surveys
  • resource-development
  • Problems of funding tools development

6
  • AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanties e-Science Initiative
    (EPSRC?)
  • e-Science vs e-Research
  • Oxymoron?
  • Agenda rather than a methodology, still less a
    subject
  • As developed in the natural sciences and
    technology
  • Infrastructure of advanced technologies for
    collaboration and resource-sharing across the
    Internet

7
  • AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanties e-Science Initiative
  • Grid technologies
  • Computational grid
  • Data grid
  • Access grid
  • Associated technologies
  • Visualization
  • Data mining
  • Security

8
  • e-Science
  • Why is it important for the humanities?
  • Money
  • tools and generic resource development
  • Injection of new technologies
  • collaborations between computer scientists and
    arts and humanities researchers
  • Dispersed and heterogenous nature of typical
    humanities data resource
  • the typical AHRC-funded resource
  • Not an instant solution
  • Combination of top-down and bottom-up
    developments to integrate resources
  • But not just the data grid

9
  • AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanties e-Science Initiative
  • Now
  • Scoping survey (later)
  • JISC AH e-Science Support Centre (Kings
    2006-8)
  • based in AHDS and Methods Network
  • AHRC AH e-Science Research Workshops
  • EPSRC e-Science demonstrators
  • This Summer/Autumn
  • six 4-year AHRC e-Science postgraduate
    studentships.
  • AHRC-JISC e-Science research projects (1.2m
    EPSRC?)
  • varying emphasis on tools development and
    research findings

10
  • AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanties e-Science Initiative
  • Scoping survey Scoping e-science and e-social
    science developments and their value to the arts
    and humanities (Sheila Anderson, Kings College
    London)
  • Identify, collate and analyse information on
    e-science technologies, projects and outputs
  • Match these against methods and challenges in the
    arts and humanities series of expert seminars
  • Create an on-line information base for
    consultation by arts and humanities scholars
  • Draft report end July
  • Final report mid-August

11
  • Expert Seminars on.
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Literary and Textual Studies
  • History
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Linguistics and Languages

12
ICT in Arts and Humanities Research
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  • cross dataset searching (across complex and fuzzy
    data) and developing a configurable tool to
    undertake record matching
  • not merely limited to historians and census
    material
  • physicists and astrophysicists working on the
    Astrogrid
  • to track and trace different entities in space
    across massive datasets

14
ICT in Arts and Humanities Research
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  • e-Science and other current issues
  • Sustainability, standards and quality assurance
    of e-resources
  • quality
  • reusability
  • harmonization and interoperability
  • The added value of ICT for the quality of
    research
  • achievements to date
  • possible quantum leap resulting from grid
    technologies
  • Need for interagency collaboration
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