Professor Andrew Prescott, King’s College London
AHRC Theme Leader Fellow
JISC Digital Festival, 11 March 2014
Digital tra...
AHRC Digital Transformations
Theme
• Exploring the transformative potential of
digital technologies in arts and humanities...
AHRC Digital Transformations
Theme
• Research fellowships and networks under highlight calls
• Research Development Awards...
Manuscript of Peter of Capua’s Distinctiones Theologicae, 13th cent.:
University of Wales Trinity St David, MS. 1
Distinct...
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
direct...
http://www.corpusthomisticum.org
www.janeausten.ac.uk
Electronic Beowulf: ebeowulf.uky.edu
What is Changing?
• No longer an easily defined set of methods
• Reflects Web 2.0 agenda, but increasingly look beyond
• W...
The political and literary papers
of Gladstone preserved in the
British Library comprise 762
volumes containing approx.
16...
George W. Bush Presidential Library:
200 million e-mails
4 million photographs
Analysis of 11,616 SIGACT (“significant action”) reports
relating to the war in Iraq from December 2006:
jonathanstray.com...
Visualisation of languages used in tweets in London in
Summer 2012: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL:
http://mapp...
A Distant Reading of Hamlet
A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualisation in the
Humanities
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Link: http://www.youtube.com/wa...
Mapping Metaphor Project: University of Glasgow
http://blogs.arts.gla.ac.uk/metaphor/
www.oldbaileyonline.org
www.connectedhistories.org
www.digitalpanopticon.org
www.fragmentedheritage.com
transforming-musicology.org
Data objects developed by Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University:
http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/c3ri/projects/data-objects
www.tangible-memories.com
www.productresearch.ac.uk
www.bareconductive.com
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival
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‘Digital Transformations’ is one of four major stretegic themes currently being developed by the Arts and Humaniies Research Council.

In this presentation, the Theme Leader Fellow will explore some of the work that has been undertaken by projects funded within this strand and will consider how they reflect the wider possibilities and challenges presented to the arts and humanities by such developments as data analytics, linking of data, visulalisation and the internet of things. The way in which the arts and humanities can also offer a distinctive perspective on such issues as identity, authenticity, cretivity and the digital economy will also be discussed.

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Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities - Andrew Prescott - Jisc Digital Festival

  1. 1. Professor Andrew Prescott, King’s College London AHRC Theme Leader Fellow JISC Digital Festival, 11 March 2014 Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. AHRC Digital Transformations Theme • Research fellowships and networks under highlight calls • Research Development Awards • Large grants • Community co-creation awards (with RCUK Connected Communities theme) • Big data research grants • Award amplification awards (recently closed) • Possible theme highlight later this year • Collaboration with institutions like JISC at heart of theme’s development
  4. 4. Manuscript of Peter of Capua’s Distinctiones Theologicae, 13th cent.: University of Wales Trinity St David, MS. 1 Distinctiones intended to help preachers locate texts more quickly; among earliest experiments in alphabetisation
  5. 5. Biblical concordance in a 14th-century manuscript from Rochester: British Library, Royal MS 4 E.V
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. http://www.corpusthomisticum.org
  8. 8. www.janeausten.ac.uk
  9. 9. Electronic Beowulf: ebeowulf.uky.edu
  10. 10. What is Changing? • No longer an easily defined set of methods • Reflects Web 2.0 agenda, but increasingly look beyond • 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
  11. 11. The political and literary papers of Gladstone preserved in the British Library comprise 762 volumes containing approx. 160,000 documents
  12. 12. George W. Bush Presidential Library: 200 million e-mails 4 million photographs
  13. 13. Analysis of 11,616 SIGACT (“significant action”) reports relating to the war in Iraq from December 2006: jonathanstray.com Blue=‘criminal event’ Green= ‘enemy incident’
  14. 14. Visualisation of languages used in tweets in London in Summer 2012: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL: http://mappinglondon.co.uk/2012/londons-twitter-tongues/
  15. 15. A Distant Reading of Hamlet
  16. 16. A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualisation in the Humanities Texas Advanced Computing Center Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvOuJ2RwBTA
  17. 17. Mapping Metaphor Project: University of Glasgow http://blogs.arts.gla.ac.uk/metaphor/
  18. 18. www.oldbaileyonline.org
  19. 19. www.connectedhistories.org
  20. 20. www.digitalpanopticon.org
  21. 21. www.fragmentedheritage.com
  22. 22. transforming-musicology.org
  23. 23. Data objects developed by Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University: http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/c3ri/projects/data-objects
  24. 24. www.tangible-memories.com
  25. 25. www.productresearch.ac.uk
  26. 26. www.bareconductive.com

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