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ICT in Arts and Humanities Research e-Science in the Arts and Humanities 7 July 2006
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...
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
ICT Programme’s 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
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
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
AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanties e-Science Initiative • Grid technologies • Computational grid • Data grid • Access grid • Associated technologies • Visualization • Data mining • Security
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
AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanties e-Science Initiative • Now • Scoping survey (later) • JISC A&H e-Science Support Centre (King’s: 2006-8) • based in AHDS and Methods Network • AHRC A&H 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
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, King’s 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
Expert Seminars on…. • Library and Information Studies • Archaeology • Literary and Textual Studies • History • Visual Arts • Performing Arts • Linguistics and Languages
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
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