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  • 1. e-Science in the Arts and Humanities: A methodological perspective Tobias Blanke, Stuart Dunn, Lorna Hughes, Mark Hedges Centre for e-Research, King’s College London Digital Humanities 2008, Oulu
  • 2.
    • A&H e-Science: where we are now
    • + activities to date in the e-Science Theme (Edinburgh)
    • + AHRC-JISC-EPSRC research projects
    = a specific methodological agenda in arts and humanities e-Science [which] has been developing over the last two years, and which justifies further investigations
  • 3. What is e-Science?
      • " e-Science is about global collaboration in key areas of science and the next generation of infrastructure that will enable it ." - Sir John Taylor, Former Director General of Research Councils, 2000
      • “ the development and deployment of a networked infrastructure and culture through which resources – (…) – can be shared in a secure environment, and in which new forms of collaboration can emerge, and new and advanced methodologies explored.” ( )
      • - Sheila Anderson, Director, Centre for e-Research, King’s College London, 2007
    “ [n]ot only [to] provide unprecedented access to a variety of cultural artifacts but also [to] make it possible to see these artifacts in completely new ways … digital technology [that] can offer us new ways of seeing art, new ways of bearing witness to history, new ways of hearing and remembering human languages, new ways of reading texts, ancient and modern.’ - ‘Our Cultural Commonwealth, ACLS, 2006
  • 4. Arts and Humanities e-Science Theme - Hosted by e-Science Institute, Edinburgh - Facilitates (and funds) a range of activities to scope and develop A&H e-Science - April ‘07 - November ‘08
  • 5. Theme: Methods and Technologies for Enabling Virtual Research Communities Dorothy Ker & Adrian Moore (Music), Andrew Prescott (HRI) Sound and moving image Mark Greengrass (History & HRI) VR, visualisation and representation David Shepherd (HRI; PI) Electronic texts & databases Peter Ainsworth (French) Digital images Led by Theme
  • 6. Theme: Methods and Technologies for Enabling Virtual Research Communities All workshops Bristol Lancaster Sheffield University College London (SLAIS) Some workshops Bangor Bergen Canterbury (New Zealand) Glasgow Institute of Historical Research (London) King’s College London Leeds Manchester Western Australia
  • 7. Theme: Methods and Technologies for Enabling Virtual Research Communities
  • 8. Theme: Application of ontologies in the humanities
  • 9. Theme: Application of ontologies in the humanities Some questions from Tuesday - How can ontological structuring enable humanists to pick and choose their information from the mass available? - Parallel between the article or book as a source of information, and other people as sources of information - Mapping/representing domains across languages - Humanists don't use a database to get knowledge about a topic; they use a book'
  • 10. Geographical Information Systems: (vector) GIS Theme: Geospatial computing e.g. roads, rivers e.g. places e.g. countries, territories etc
  • 11. Theme: Geospatial computing
  • 12. Theme: Geospatial computing Scoping new applications of GIS GDS
  • 13. Theme: Future activities * International Expert Seminar (Nov) * Workshop on biology and text analysis (Oct) * Expert seminar and publication on e-science methods and prosopography (Dec)
  • 14. e-Science projects
    •  Helen Bailey : Relocating Choreographic Process: The impact of Grid technologies and collaborative memory on the documentation of practice-led research in dance
    •  Alan Bowman: Image, Text, Interpretation: e-Science, Technology and Documents
    •  Tim Crawford : Purcell Plus: Exploring an eScience Methodology for Musicologists
    •  Vincent Gaffney : Medieval Warfare on the Grid: The Case of Manzikert
    •  Sally MacDonald , E-Curator: 3D colour scans for remote object identification and assessment
    •  Julian Richards , Archaeotools: Data mining, facetted classification and E-archaeology
    •  monica schraefel, musicSpace: Using and Evaluating e-Science Design Methods and Technologies to Improve Access to Heterogeneous Music Resources for Musicology
  • 15. e-Science projects: e-Dance
  • 16. e-Science projects: e-Dance
  • 17. Battle of Manzikert - 1071 AD e-Science projects: The Case of Manzikert
  • 18. Geospatial methods and agent-based approach e-Science projects: The Case of Manzikert
  • 19. e-Science projects: VWSAD
  • 20. An example view from a colour 3D data set, image courtesy of Arius 3D and the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada. e-Science projects: e-Curator
  • 21. e-Science methods and next steps * Artifacts and representation: from text to beyond text * Data: from data deluge to ‘complexity deluge’ * Collaboration: from talking about stuff to doing stuff * Interdisciplinarity: new kinds of relationships between disciplines (e.g. dance and archaeology) * Interpretation: employment of high-end technologies (e.g. HPC) to reach new interpretations of our data