11 7 2007 EVA


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Plenary presentation to the Electronic Visualization in the Arts conference, London College of Communication, 11th July 2007

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11 7 2007 EVA

  1. 1. EVA E-Science and Visual Perception: Report to conference Stuart Dunn 11th July 2007
  2. 2. E-Science Definitions ‘ e-Science is about the global collaboration in key areas of science and the next generation of [computing] infrastructure that will enable it’ John Taylor, Director General of UK Research Councils ‘ 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 AHDS
  3. 3. It’s all about building bridges… <ul><li>Using networks to connect resources </li></ul><ul><li>Grids to allow virtual computing across “admin domains” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual digital libraries, virtual museums, virtual observatories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology that was first adopted in sciences… </li></ul>People Data Computation
  4. 4. Community Plumbing Website http://www.ahessc.ac.uk/projects
  5. 5. Stuart Dunn Co-directors Research Associates Lorna Hughes Sheila Anderson Tobias Blanke
  6. 6. <ul><li>National support services </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access Grid Support Centre (Manchester) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Grid Service (RAL/Daresbury) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Centre for e-Social Science (Manchester) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National e-Science Centre and e-Science Institute (Edinburgh) </li></ul></ul></ul>AHRC/EPSRC funded activities Other projects/centres of activity
  7. 7. Today’s workshop <ul><li>Cultural divisions - or cultural diversity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ e-culture’ vs. culture - walls and boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to quantify and qualify end products and end users; recognizing diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different approaches in different institutions - c.f. VREs (briefing paper at www.ahessc.ac.uk) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provoking new dialogues (e.g. AMUC - dancers and conductors playing around with information retrieval - formed the conceptual basis of the tool) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A&H e-science can encourage the deconstruction of existing grid concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinarity - what drives people to ‘make the leap’ - transparency? (London Charter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding models </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Common issues between Arts and Humanities visualization </li></ul>Today’s workshop <ul><li>Dissemination - e.g. VizNET (JISC) (CSAGE) </li></ul><ul><li>Doing / creating new things versus doing existing things better </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating technical and non-technical solutions (London Charter) </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repurposing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research first, technology second - NOT technological determinism </li></ul>
  9. 9. Today’s workshop <ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation of *process* as well as metadata for *objects* - ‘paradata’ (London Charter) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But different communities need different modes of documentation (AMUC) </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation for visualization e-science does not have to be textual. What *is* documentation? </li></ul><ul><li>Use of existing technologies and resources - e.g. timelines (MEMETIC). </li></ul><ul><li>Standards - describing, constraining, both - what *are* standards? Concepts within and between subjects? How to define subjects? </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Systematizing’ visualization research </li></ul><ul><li>Ontologies and mapping of methods </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Data capture and processing in A&H visualization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data capture is a holistic process in visualization e-science: not so in traditional digital humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relationship between live performance and recordings/prjections (CSAGE) - Hybridity - challenges concepts of space and documentation of space </li></ul><ul><li>What is known fact, and what is conjecture? How is the difference between data and interpretation captured? </li></ul>Today’s workshop <ul><li>How are such questions resolved across disciplinary / cultural boundaries? </li></ul><ul><li>HPC - doing things that could not otherwise be done - e.g. Mike Magruder, Monolith[s] </li></ul>