22 9 2006 Opensourceeds

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Some thoughts at a Methods Network workshop in September 2006 on e-science and open source critical editions

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22 9 2006 Opensourceeds

  1. 1. Exclusive to everyone? E-Science and the Critical Edition Stuart Dunn AHRC ICT Methods Network workshop 22nd September 2006 CCH, King’s College London
  2. 2. <ul><li>'The development and deployment of a networked infrastructure and culture through which resources - be they processing power, data, expertise, or person power - can be shared in a secure environment, in which new forms of collaboration can emerge, and new and advanced methodologies explored' </li></ul>‘ Culture : The total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared traditions, which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group’.
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access Grid </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What technologies are needed to enable the collaborative research environments required for such 'democratization' of the critical edition? <ul><li>Virtual Research Environments - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC VRE project History of Political Discourse project (Hull/UEA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web services </li></ul><ul><li>Access Grid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AHRC workshop ‘The AG in Collaborative Arts and Humanities Research’ (Sheffield) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technologies for linking data/multimedia to texts…? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Linking E-Archives and Publications’ (York) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Semantically-savvy tools for collaborative editing. E.g. TextGrid </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for describing concepts and the relationships between them (ontologies). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Do users need such editions? Will they ever trust them? <ul><li>Identification of user requirements is a dynamic and ongoing process </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking usage through deep log analysis of user behaviour </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log Analysis of Internet Resources in the Arts and Humanities (UCL) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenges are both technological and non-technological </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-review. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AHRC ICT Strategy Project ‘Peer Review and evaluation of digital resources for the arts and humanities’ (IHR) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How should access to the editorial process be managed? Who decides who gets to edit the text? Should it be managed at all? <ul><li>Directly linked to the tech issue of security, authentication and access control. E.g. Shibboleth </li></ul><ul><li>Access control of wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Directly linked to the non-tech issue of trust </li></ul><ul><li>e-Science certificates, issued under authority of CCLRC by Registration Authorities (RAs) </li></ul>
  7. 7. How should version control be maintained? <ul><li>Workflow history can become part of the intellectual content of the edition </li></ul><ul><li>Essential to maintain author attribution for each version </li></ul><ul><li>Version control of what?! </li></ul><ul><li>Annotation - both human and machine-readable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grid-enabled data collection and analysis – semantic annotation in skills-based learning </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Existing library and information (infra)structures <ul><li>How should OSCEs be cited? </li></ul><ul><li>Who should be cited? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they need to be closely integrated with existing LIS systems? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital libraries? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T. Blanke, S. Dunn and A. Dunning, ‘Digital libaries in the Arts and Humanities - Current practices and future possibilities’, InScit conference (Oct ‘06) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>

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