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Prescottbritishlibrary11nov

  1. 1. Transforming Research: British Library Labs and AHRC Digital Transformations Strategic Theme How Arts and Humanities Research is Being Transformed through Digital Scholarship Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Leader Fellow
  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 – about which more later! Community co-creation awards (with RCUK Connected Communities theme) • Big data research grants – results to be announced shortly • Future opportunities to be announced over the next few months • Collaboration with institutions like The British Library at heart of theme’s development
  4. 4. The ‘Diamond Sutra’, 868: the world’s earliest surviving dated printed text British Library Or.8210/P.2
  5. 5. The Mercator Atlas, dating from the 1570s, the most important single collection of work by the celebrated Flemish cartographer British Library Maps C.29.c.13 Available as a virtual book at: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/mercator/a ccessible/introduction.html
  6. 6. Edison Class M Phonograph, dating from c. 1893. British Library, 54 Frow 1988. For further information, see: http://sounds.bl.uk/Sound-recordinghistory/Equipment/029M-54XFROWX1988-0001V0
  7. 7. Penny Black Printing Press
  8. 8. Biblical concordance in a 14th-century manuscript from Rochester: British Library, Royal MS 4 E.V
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. www.janeausten.ac.uk
  11. 11. What is Changing? • No longer an easily defined set of methods • 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
  12. 12. Letter of Gladstone to Disraeli, 1878: British Library, Add. MS. 44457, f. 166 The political and literary papers of Gladstone preserved in the British Library comprise 762 volumes containing approx. 160,000 documents
  13. 13. George W. Bush Presidential Library: 200 million e-mails 4 million photographs
  14. 14. Blue=‘criminal event’ Green= ‘enemy incident’ Analysis of 11,616 SIGACT (“significant action”) reports relating to the war in Iraq from December 2006: jonathanstray.com
  15. 15. 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/
  16. 16. Mapping Metaphor Project: University of Glasgow http://blogs.arts.gla.ac.uk/metaphor/
  17. 17. www.connectedhistories.org
  18. 18. www.oldbaileyonline.org
  19. 19. A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualisation in the Humanities Texas Advanced Computing Center Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvOuJ2RwBTA
  20. 20. Michael Takeo Magruder, Data Sea: www.takeo.org
  21. 21. Jekyll 2.0: A React Hub project. Collaboration between Slingshot (Pervasive Game Developers) and Dr Anthony Mandal, Cardiff University: http://www.reacthub.org.uk/books-and-print-sandbox/projects/2013/jekyll20/
  22. 22. Available at: http://mith.umd.edu/sharedhorizons/resources/
  23. 23. Parametric Modeling Quantitatively Maps Single Cell Protein Levels to Individual Qualitative Components
  24. 24. Data objects developed by Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University: http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/c3ri/projects/data-objects
  25. 25. www.bareconductive.com
  26. 26. www.productresearch.ac.uk
  27. 27. Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyph Sound System http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=cCYn7oQlLiA

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