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1 Summer School 2012 Creating Digital Data Resources: Issues to consider David Robey Oxford e-Research Centre

2 Focus on funded schemes… What’s been funded? AHRC: (see also report)http://www.arts-humanities.net/ahrc o : 473 with digital resources –19% of total, £121.5m o Resource Enhancement Scheme o ICT in Arts and Humanities Research (http://www.ahrcict.reading.ac.uk/)http://www.ahrcict.reading.ac.uk/ o Digital Transformations (http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/digitaltransformations.aspx)http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/digitaltransformations.aspx o Standard Research Grants: ancillary to research questions –30% include digital resources –No real difference in success rate –Average cost: £414k with digital resources, £325k without o What kind of resource? –Data rather than tools –On-line multi-media and highly specialized

3 JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) o Generic mission o But very substantial corpus of arts and humanities resources –http://www.jisc-content.ac.uk/http://www.jisc-content.ac.uk/ o What kind of resource? –Generally broader scope, but not always o Future funding prospects Contrast problems and issues o Visibility and discovery o Optimization and reusability o Sustainability and preservation –Closure of Arts and Humanities Data Service

4 Applying for Funding: the AHRC Technical Appendix o Review at o Present headings as a guide to good practice (funded or not) 1.project management of technical aspects 2.data development methods 3.infrastructural support 4.data preservation and sustainability 5.access 6.copyright and intellectual property issues

5 AHRC Technical Appendix (contd) 1.project management of technical aspects o Consult early and often with IT support staff 2.data development methods o ensure you make due provision for – risk –visibility and impact  Naming!  Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources –user-testing –standard software solutions widely supported in the University 3.infrastructural support –risks of outsourcing –vs project partners: expert centres

6 AHRC Technical Appendix (contd) 4.data preservation and sustainability o sustainability (e.g. of a fully functioning on-line database) o preservation (of its underlying data): standards and standard formats o what, where, how and for how long? –consider the institutional support needed o Include a reliable official commitment to meet costs after the project’s end –3-year minimum the AHRC requires o documentation –for users –technical 5.access o open access default

7 AHRC Technical Appendix (contd) 6.copyright and intellectual property issues o rights of owners of materials you use o other people’s rights to use your data Other considerations o Look for similar projects in other subject areas: –http://www.arts-humanities.net/http://www.arts-humanities.net/ o Value for money –£413,838 vs £324,703 –Don’t underestimate! o Scholarly benefits –Potential vs planned

8 General considerations for grant applications o Who are you writing for? –Specialist in a field close to yours o Make it interesting! –Key points up-front o Descriptive rather than evaluative language –Sound objective! o Not too much detail –But make clear that you know what you are talking about! –Not too technical


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