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Presentation on tools for arts and humanities e-science given at the MTC conference, Prato, Tuscany, in October 2006

Presentation on tools for arts and humanities e-science given at the MTC conference, Prato, Tuscany, in October 2006

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  • 1. Memories, Communities, Technology Research agendas for digital tools Stuart Dunn Prato, 5th October 2006
  • 2.
      • User needs for the arts and humanities (University of Bristol)
      • Log Analysis of Internet Resources for the Arts and Humanities (LAIRAH) - UCL
      • Research Workshops in A&H e-Science
        • (see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/e-science)
      • Research on Portals in the Arts and Humanities (RePAH) - Sheffield University
      • AHDS e-Science Scoping Survey
      • (see http://ahds.ac.uk/e-science)
  • 3.
    • Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities
    • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 28-30 September 2005
    • AHRC ICT Methods Network Workgroup on digital tools development for the Arts and Humanities
    • CCH, King’s College London, 15 June 2006
  • 4. Charlottesville Summit
    • Interpretation
    • Exploration of resources
    • Collaboration
    • Visualization of time, space and uncertainty
  • 5. Charlottesville Summit Interpretation
    • Tool for annotation or highlighting;
      • multimedia
      • clustering
      • multiple layers of data
      • searchable annotations
      • selectable levels of detail
    • National Centre for e-Social Science
    • Interactive Access Grids?
    • Interpretation/annotation of ‘democratized’ online open source critical editions?
  • 6. Charlottesville Summit Exploration of resources
    • Google!
    • ‘ Google Aide for Scholars’ to promote accessibility
    • Structured and savable (i.e. reusable) searches across different file-formats
    • Server-side aggregation of searches and annotations
    • ‘ Achieving [accessibility of resources] is more of a social and political problem than a technical challenge’
  • 7. Charlottesville Summit Collaboration
    • Two categories of collaborative tools:
    • - Generic
    • - ‘tailored to humanists and scholarly collaboration
    • ‘ Clearinghouse to inform and educate digital scholars about useful tools
    • AHDS ICT guides: http://ahds.ac.uk/ictguides
  • 8. Charlottesville Summit Visualization of time, space and uncertainty
    • ‘ Archaeology of fragments’
    • ‘ re-experience what it was like to see and move about in the world at an earlier stage of human history ; and run experiments on how well buildings and urban infrastructure functioned in terms of illumination, ventilation, circulation, statistics etc.
    • Integrated suite of tools (‘software machine’)
    • Quantitative vs. Qualitative (e.g. Winterbottom, S. J. and Long, D. 2006: From abstract digital models to rich virtual environments: landscape contexts in Kilmartin Glen, Scotland. Journal of Archaeological Science 33, 1356-1367)
  • 9. Methods Network workshop Strategic issues: - focus on methodology - sustainability - interoperability - focus on end users - collaboration - commercial relationships
    • Wishlist:
    • - tools to annotate/assist with tagging
    • knowledge mining and organization tools
    • visualization tools
    • temporal and spatial exploration and representation
    • mining non-textual resources
    • grid tools
    • capturing processes and workflows
  • 10. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Tools to automate/assist with tagging and annotation
    - framework for general annotation of research data - a machine learning environment that does automatic tagging, conforming with existing structures (e.g. TEI)
  • 11. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Knowledge mining and organizing tools
    - ‘Knowledge crawler for the web’ - Social network analysis - networks of people and ideas - Joining up and integrating distributed and small scale collections
  • 12. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Vizualization tools
    • - Text visualization
    • - Augmented reality
  • 13. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Temporal and spatial exploration and representation
    • - Geodata browser to track historical evolution of place names - e.g. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
    • - Tool to link visual to textual resources
  • 14. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Mining non-textual resources
    - Tools which link visual/graphic media (video) to text - paleographic analysis/forensic analysis. E.g. Froissart Project (Sheffield)
  • 15. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Grid tools
    • - improving Access Grid for arts and humanities users
    • - desktop AG
    • - integration into research
  • 16. Methods Network workshop Wishlist
    • Tools for documenting the research process
    • - workflows
    • - research cycle
  • 17. Interpretation - highlighting and tagging - multiple layers of data - clustering and organizing Exploration of resources - intelligent exploration of heterogeneous data Collaboration - non-technical challenges - connectivity Visualization - ‘transcognition’ - conversion of first hand experience of material culture to a digital environment Tools to automate/assist with tagging and annotation Knowledge mining and organization Visualization tools Temporal and spatial exploration and representation Mining non-technical resources Grid tools Capturing processes
  • 18.
    • Silchester Roman Town: a VRE for archaeology (see http://www.silchester.rdg.ac.uk/vre )
    • Collaborative Harvesting of Information from Museums, E-Records and Archives (CHIMERA)
  • 19.
    • Predictive Modelling
    • Reconstruction of the ‘real’ versus the ‘imagined’ (paradata)
    • Abstracting (representing?) the original morphology of visual material
    • Relationships between different object types (multimedia) and clusters
    • Multilingual research
    • Graphical interfaces / workspaces
    • How can digital tools enable public access/community ownership?
    • Spatial and temporal georeferencing ‘ Linda Hill, Georeferencing: The Geographic Associations of Information (2006)
    • Agreement on versioning of digital resources
    • Trust and usability
    • Defining and relating networks (technological and social)
    • Workflow virtualization