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e-Arts and Humanities
Scoping an e-Science Agenda
Sheila Anderson
Arts and Humanities Data Service
King’s College London
e-Arts and Humanities
• e-Science is about an enabling infrastructure –
tools , technologies, computing power etc. –
supporting research
• We have defined it as: the development and
deployment of a networked infrastructure and
culture through which resources – be they
processing power, data, expertise, or person power
– can be shared in a secure environment, and in
which new forms of collaboration can emerge, and
new and advanced methodologies explored
Aims and Objectives
• Raise awareness and understanding of escience, and how e-science might relate to
and support the different disciplines within the
arts and humanities
• Enable scholars engaging with ICT in their
research practice to find about and take
advantage of the outputs and tools arising
from the e-science and e-social science
• Assist the AHRC in the development of an
arts and humanities e-Science research
The Scoping Survey
• Scoping survey methodology
– Identify, collate and analyse information on escience technologies, projects and outputs
– Match these against methods and challenges for
research practice in the arts and humanities – this
done through a series of expert seminars
– Dissemination to a wider community for comment
and to raise awareness
– Create an on-line information base for consultation
by arts and humanities scholars
Expert Seminars key to this process
• Exchange ideas and knowledge
• Identify use of ICT in research practice and ‘grand
challenges and opportunities’
• Identify e-Science potential
• Identify priority areas for research and practice
• Recommendations for future action
– Priorities for research
– Priorities for tools development
Based around subject domain
Library and Information Studies – Melissa Terras
Archaeology – William Kilbride
Literary and Textual Studies – Peter Robinson
History – Mark Greengrass
Visual Arts – Sue Gollifer
Performing Arts – Angela Picini
Linguistics and Languages – Paul Rayson
Format of the Seminars
Driven from research needs and research practice
Identify ICT use
Identify ‘Grand Challenges’
Identify where e-Science might help address the
grand challenges
• Identify needs, priorities, and recommendations
• Wish list – tools and projects
• Report from each seminar – circulated more
widely for comment and suggestions
• Final report drawing out common themes
and priorities and unique requirements
• On-line information resource as part of
AHeSSC – maintained and updated
• Draft report end July
• Final report mid-August
Early thoughts
• Must come from, and be embedded in,
research practice and research needs
• Be innovative and push barriers
• BUT, be sensitive to those less engaged
• Re-imagine the concept of ‘e-Science’ (and
even the name); challenge existing eScience technologies
• International, scalable, sustainable
Early thoughts
• Content:
– Highly dispersed content joined up through the grid and
appropriate tools – ontology connectors
– Deep mining (inc. image and sound) using different
methods – deep log analysis for connecting;
folksonomies; data and text mining
– Large scale images, moving images, sound, etc.
managed and accessed through the grid
– Capturing the creative process
– Annotation, collation, visualisation, simulation
– Content from across disciplines
Early thoughts
• Collaboration:
Strong possibilities
New forms of critical editions
New forms of curation
Dynamic, interactive BUT secure and trusted provenance
– Push the access grid further for collaborative research
and teaching
– Across disciplines