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  1. 1. Research Opportunities and Themes in Digital Scholarship Professor Andrew Prescott, King’s College London, AHRC Digital Transformations 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 Community co-creation awards (with RCUK Connected Communities theme) • Big data research grants • Future opportunities to be announced over the next few months • Collaboration with institutions like The British Library and the British Museum, as well as with university libraries, archives and museums, 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. Long-standing tradition of quantitative analysis using computing by scholars such as the economic historian Roderick Floud working in the 1960s and 1970s
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  9. 9. Online Chopin Variorum Edition:
  10. 10. Electronic Beowulf
  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:
  15. 15. Visualisation of languages used in tweets in London in Summer 2012: Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL:
  16. 16. Visualising milllions of books: The Industrial Revolution in the Ngram Viewer
  17. 17. Mapping Metaphor Project: University of Glasgow
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  20. 20. A Thousand Words: Advanced Visualisation in the Humanities Texas Advanced Computing Center Link:
  21. 21. Michael Takeo Magruder, Data Sea:
  22. 22. Jekyll 2.0: A React Hub project. Collaboration between Slingshot (Pervasive Game Developers) and Dr Anthony Mandal, Cardiff University:
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  24. 24. Parametric Modeling Quantitatively Maps Single Cell Protein Levels to Individual Qualitative Components Component and Behavior for Protein 1 Component and Behavior for Protein 2 Component and Behavior for Protein 3
  25. 25. Data objects developed by Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University:
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  28. 28. Eduardo Kac, Lagoglyph Sound System v=cCYn7oQlLiA