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  • 1. Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Leader FellowAHRC Digital TransformationsStrategic Theme
  • 2. Digital Transformations Theme• How can we use the digital resources and tools now atour command to change the way in which weundertake research in the arts and humanities?• What happens to our scholarly alignments,assumptions and roles when we start to use newdigital resources and methods?• How can we encourage new alliances in the arts andhumanities: more cross-disciplinary working, newconversations, greater risk-taking, more imagination• What is rolling down the hill towards us? What next,and how can we help drive that forward?
  • 3. Digital Transformations Theme:Characteristics• Pluralistic: no one approach or solution; encouragingexperimentation• The aim is to produce exciting research which is inspiringand transformative – not primarily concerned withinfrastructure, standards, integrated tools, etc.• Projects creating strong links between the arts andhumanities, and also seeking out new cross-disciplinaryalliances and forms of collaboration• Wow factor: but how do we link that to high-qualityresearch?• Developing links with other themes (Translating Cultures;Science in Culture; Care for the Future)
  • 4. Activities to Date• Initial research networks e.g.– Data – Asset – Method: Harnessing the Infinite Archive at University ofNottingham http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/digital/dam.aspx– Transforming Artists’ Books at The Tate:http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/transforming-artist-books• Exploratory grants, e.g.– Ian Gwilt (Sheffield Hallam University) Enhancing the understanding of statisticaldata through the creation of physical objects:http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/c3ri/projects/data-objects– David Gauntlett (University of Westminster) Community-PoweredTransformations: a research network exploring digital transformations in thecreative relationships between cultural and media organisations and their users:http://www.digitaltransformations.org.uk/– Tom Cheesman (Swansea University) Version, Variation, Visualisation: Multi-lingual crowd-sourcing of Shakespeare’s Othello:http://www.delightedbeauty.org/– Bronwen Thomas and Julia Round (Bournemouth University) ResearchingReaders Online: http://www.researchingreadersonline.com/
  • 5. Further possibilities of mash-ups and visualisationsOther inspirations: http://www.data-art.net/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/interactive/index.htmlhttp://spatialanalysis.co.uk/category/london/
  • 6. (Take a look also at: http://mtchl.net/cex/)
  • 7. Possible Future Activities• Another round of exploratory grants• Calls relating to big data in the arts andhumanities• Possible round of larger grants (but maybe not asbig as the first call)• Further events showcasing the research beingundertaken as part of the theme• Other events and activities organised with themefellow
  • 8. Role of Theme Fellow• Not programme director: providing scholarly input to enhancetransformative quality of work funded under theme• Building links between projects and encouraging synergybetween them• Ensuring wider academic and public awareness of workundertaken in theme• Building links with other themes and theme fellows• Organising seminars, workshops and other events which will helpachieve aspirations of theme• Developing online presence of theme• http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/Watch-and-Listen/Pages/AHRC-Digital-Transformations-Podcast.aspx
  • 9. Not a Programme or a Project but a Partnership• A number of partners in developing theme• Theme Advisory Group• Theme Fellow• AHRC team• Previous and existing grant holders• One of the outcomes of the theme should be an activeand well-integrated community whose continuing workwill reflect the vision of the theme
  • 10. Not a Programme or a Project but a Partnership• A number of partners in developing theme• Theme Advisory Group• Theme Fellow• AHRC team• Previous and existing grant holders• One of the outcomes of the theme should be an activeand well-integrated community whose continuing workwill reflect the vision of the theme

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