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Esi 752008

  1. 1. A&H E-SCIENCE Stuart Dunn AHeSSC Centre for e-Research, King’s College London E-Science Institute, 7th May 2008
  2. 2. ‘ 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, in which new forms of collaboration can emerge, and new and advanced methodologies explored' Arts and Humanities e-Science in the UK - AHDS e-Science Scoping Study, 2006
  3. 3. Arts and Humanities e-Science in the UK 2005: AHRC-JISC e-Science Initiative begins 2006: - AHeSSC begins - EPSRC joins initiative - 3 small scale demonstrator projects funded by EPSRC - 6 research workshops funded by AHRC 2007: 7 research projects and 4 PhD studentships announced
  4. 4. Arts and Humanities e-Science in the UK - 2006 <ul><li>Workshop projects (AHRC) </li></ul><ul><li>User Requirements Gathering for the Humanities (Professor Alan Bowman, University of Oxford) </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical Information System e-Science: developing a roadmap (Dr Paul Ell, Queen’s University Belfast) </li></ul><ul><li>Performativity/Place/Space: Locating Grid Technologies (Dr Angela Piccini, University of Bristol ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Access Grid in Collaborative Arts and Humanities Research (Professor David Shepherd, University of Sheffield) </li></ul><ul><li>Building the Wireframe: E-Science for the Arts Infrastructure (Dr Gregory Sporton, University of Central England) </li></ul><ul><li>ReACH: Researching e-Science Analysis of Census Holdings (Dr Melissa Terras, University College London) </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrator Projects (EPSRC) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Vellum: Online Viewing Environment for the Grid and Live Audiences (Professor PF Ainsworth, University of Sheffield) </li></ul><ul><li>A Virtual Workspace for the Study of Ancient Documents (Dr CV Crowther, University of Oxford) </li></ul><ul><li>Motion Capture Data Services for Multiple User Categories (Dr SJ Norman, University of Newcastle) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Example 1: Virtual Vellum Prototype manuscript viewer by Colin Dunn, Scriptura Ltd. Images © Stonyhurst College, Lancashire and Scriptura Ltd The Froissart Chronicles. From ‘Incipit’ portal, Peter Ainsworth, Leverhulme Research Fellow and Director of the Froissart Chronicles Project. © Besançon Public Library (ms 865, f. 133v)
  6. 6. http:/ Example 1: Virtual Vellum
  7. 7. <ul><li>Project report </li></ul>Example 1: Virtual Vellum <ul><li>Supports networks of very high resolution images </li></ul><ul><li>Utilization of image tiling technologies and JPEG2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative - integration with Access Grid </li></ul><ul><li>Extensible - can be applied to any area of research involving large or </li></ul><ul><li>hi-res images </li></ul>
  8. 8. Example 2: Associated Motion Capture User Categories “ a prototype data retrieval tool, allowing movement features or sequences to be called up from a motion capture database”
  9. 9. Example 2: Associated Motion Capture User Categories <ul><li>Ultra-sensitive method of capturing dance movement </li></ul><ul><li>Involved a huge range of collaborators </li></ul><ul><li>The project was built around a dialogue between CS experts and performance researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Information retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Project report: </li></ul>
  10. 10. Co-directors Research Associates Lorna Hughes Sheila Anderson Tobias Blanke Stuart Dunn
  11. 11. Support, co-ordinate and promote e-Science in all arts and humanities disciplines, and to liaise with the e-Science and e-Social Science communities, computing, and information sciences. AHeSSC:
  12. 12. Practical assistance and liaison <ul><li>Helpdesk function </li></ul><ul><li>- </li></ul><ul><li>Information on funding opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>Other national support services </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access Grid Support Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Grid Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Centre for e-Social Science </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National e-Science Centre </li></ul></ul></ul>AHRC/EPSRC funded activities Other projects/centres of activity
  13. 13. Torsten Reimer, Methods Network
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  15. 15. Scoping survey <ul><li>Expert seminars: </li></ul><ul><li>Library and information studies (Melisssa Terras) </li></ul><ul><li>Archaeology (William Kilbride) </li></ul><ul><li>Literary and textual studies (Peter Robinson) </li></ul><ul><li>History (Mark Greengrass) </li></ul><ul><li>Visual arts (Sue Gollifer) </li></ul><ul><li>Performing arts (Angela Piccini) </li></ul><ul><li>Language and linguistics (Paul Rayson) </li></ul><ul><li>Reports on e-science tools and projects </li></ul>
  16. 16. Scoping survey I. Guiding principles - Agenda must be by and for arts and humanities - Must be inclusive - i.e. not just for the tech savvy - e-science is about empowerment and democratization - innovation - new forms of collaboration across domains and sectors - redefining the concept of e-science - international collaboration - scalable and sustainable - evidence of value
  17. 17. II. Grand challenges: Content - Data deluge - information inaccessible in analogue form - Access to commercial data - Need for deep mining technologies - Curation of complex digital content
  18. 18. II. Grand challenges: Collaboration - Access grid - VREs - ‘share and contest ideas and theories, share source materials and other data collaborate to create to create new forms of online editions…’ - Cultural shift - Institutional issues
  19. 19. II. Grand challenges: Needs for new methods and tools - Tools to aid search, retrieval, annotation and visualization - Tools for data management and standards - ‘Reservoir’ of user data - A&H are interprative - ‘cycle of interpretation and debate’