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  • Transforming Research: British Library Labs and AHRC Digital Transformations Strategic Theme How Arts and Humanities Research is Being Transformed through Digital Scholarship Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Leader Fellow
  • AHRC Digital Transformations Theme • Exploring the transformative potential of digital technologies in arts and humanities research • Developing flagship activities to exemplify the possibilities • Ensuring that arts and humanities research contributes to wider agendas around such issues as big data, the digital and creative economy, intellectual property, identity, privacy and security
  • AHRC Digital Transformations Theme • • • • Research fellowships and networks under highlight calls Research Development Awards Large grants – about which more later! Community co-creation awards (with RCUK Connected Communities theme) • Big data research grants – results to be announced shortly • Future opportunities to be announced over the next few months • Collaboration with institutions like The British Library at heart of theme’s development View slide
  • The ‘Diamond Sutra’, 868: the world’s earliest surviving dated printed text British Library Or.8210/P.2 View slide
  • The Mercator Atlas, dating from the 1570s, the most important single collection of work by the celebrated Flemish cartographer British Library Maps C.29.c.13 Available as a virtual book at: ccessible/introduction.html
  • Edison Class M Phonograph, dating from c. 1893. British Library, 54 Frow 1988. For further information, see:
  • Penny Black Printing Press
  • Biblical concordance in a 14th-century manuscript from Rochester: British Library, Royal MS 4 E.V
  • The Biblical Concordance: an innovation in information handling • Team working: compiled by c. 500 Dominicans under direction of Hugh of St Cher • Radical approach to a sacred text, providing more rapid ways of locating and juxtaposing information • Reflects recent intellectual developments (Langton on numbering of bible; use of logic in canon law and elsewhere) • An enormous scholarly achievement in itself, but seen as a tool • Wide-ranging in its impact and significance, but difficult to pin down
  • What is Changing? • No longer an easily defined set of methods • Wide variety of formats: not just text but sound, image, moving image, animation, visualisation, making • Recycling: visualising, linking, mash-up • Cannot be confined within single disciplinary practice or structures • More experimental and ad hoc • Stronger cross-connections with practice-led research of different types, particularly in arts • Requires fresh appoaches to initiating and conceiving research • Reflects increasing availability of born-digital data; digitisation no longer at centre of agenda
  • Letter of Gladstone to Disraeli, 1878: British Library, Add. MS. 44457, f. 166 The political and literary papers of Gladstone preserved in the British Library comprise 762 volumes containing approx. 160,000 documents
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library: 200 million e-mails 4 million photographs
  • Blue=‘criminal event’ Green= ‘enemy incident’ Analysis of 11,616 SIGACT (“significant action”) reports relating to the war in Iraq from December 2006:
  • Visualisation of languages used in tweets in London in Summer 2012: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL:
  • Mapping Metaphor Project: University of Glasgow
  • A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualisation in the Humanities Texas Advanced Computing Center Link:
  • Michael Takeo Magruder, Data Sea:
  • Jekyll 2.0: A React Hub project. Collaboration between Slingshot (Pervasive Game Developers) and Dr Anthony Mandal, Cardiff University:
  • Available at:
  • Parametric Modeling Quantitatively Maps Single Cell Protein Levels to Individual Qualitative Components
  • Data objects developed by Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University:
  • Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyph Sound System v=cCYn7oQlLiA