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1 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre A&H E-SCIENCE Stuart Dunn AHeSSC Centre for e-Research, Kings College London E-Science Institute, 7th May 2008

2 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre 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' Arts and Humanities e-Science in the UK - AHDS e-Science Scoping Study, 2006

3 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Arts and Humanities e-Science in the UK 2005: AHRC-JISC e-Science Initiative begins 2006: - AHeSSC begins - EPSRC joins initiative - 3 small scale demonstrator projects funded by EPSRC - 6 research workshops funded by AHRC 2007: 7 research projects and 4 PhD studentships announced

4 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Arts and Humanities e-Science in the UK Workshop projects (AHRC) User Requirements Gathering for the Humanities (Professor Alan Bowman, University of Oxford) Geographical Information System e-Science: developing a roadmap (Dr Paul Ell, Queens University Belfast) Performativity/Place/Space: Locating Grid Technologies (Dr Angela Piccini, University of Bristol ) The Access Grid in Collaborative Arts and Humanities Research (Professor David Shepherd, University of Sheffield) Building the Wireframe: E-Science for the Arts Infrastructure (Dr Gregory Sporton, University of Central England) ReACH: Researching e-Science Analysis of Census Holdings (Dr Melissa Terras, University College London) Demonstrator Projects (EPSRC) Virtual Vellum: Online Viewing Environment for the Grid and Live Audiences (Professor PF Ainsworth, University of Sheffield) A Virtual Workspace for the Study of Ancient Documents (Dr CV Crowther, University of Oxford) Motion Capture Data Services for Multiple User Categories (Dr SJ Norman, University of Newcastle)

5 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Example 1: Virtual Vellum Prototype manuscript viewer by Colin Dunn, Scriptura Ltd. Images © Stonyhurst College, Lancashire and Scriptura Ltd The Froissart Chronicles. From Incipit portal, Peter Ainsworth, Leverhulme Research Fellow and Director of the Froissart Chronicles Project. © Besançon Public Library (ms 865, f. 133v)

6 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Example 1: Virtual Vellum

7 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Example 1: Virtual Vellum Supports networks of very high resolution images Utilization of image tiling technologies and JPEG2000 Scalable Collaborative - integration with Access Grid Extensible - can be applied to any area of research involving large or hi-res images Project report

8 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Example 2: Associated Motion Capture User Categories a prototype data retrieval tool, allowing movement features or sequences to be called up from a motion capture database

9 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Example 2: Associated Motion Capture User Categories Ultra-sensitive method of capturing dance movement Involved a huge range of collaborators The project was built around a dialogue between CS experts and performance researchers Information retrieval Project report:

10 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Co-directors Research Associates Lorna HughesSheila Anderson Tobias BlankeStuart Dunn

11 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Support, co-ordinate and promote e-Science in all arts and humanities disciplines, and to liaise with the e-Science and e-Social Science communities, computing, and information sciences. AHeSSC:

12 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Practical assistance and liaison Helpdesk function - Other national support services Access Grid Support Centre National Grid Service National Centre for e-Social Science National e-Science Centre AHRC/EPSRC funded activities Other projects/centres of activity Information on funding opportunities:

13 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Torsten Reimer, Methods Network

14 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre

15 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Scoping survey Expert seminars: -Library and information studies (Melisssa Terras) - Archaeology (William Kilbride) -Literary and textual studies (Peter Robinson) -History (Mark Greengrass) -Visual arts (Sue Gollifer) -Performing arts (Angela Piccini) -Language and linguistics (Paul Rayson) Reports on e-science tools and projects

16 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre Scoping survey I. Guiding principles - Agenda must be by and for arts and humanities - Must be inclusive - i.e. not just for the tech savvy - e-science is about empowerment and democratization - innovation - new forms of collaboration across domains and sectors - redefining the concept of e-science - international collaboration - scalable and sustainable - evidence of value

17 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre II. Grand challenges: Content - Data deluge - information inaccessible in analogue form - Access to commercial data - Need for deep mining technologies - Curation of complex digital content

18 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre II. Grand challenges: Collaboration - Access grid - VREs - share and contest ideas and theories, share source materials and other data collaborate to create to create new forms of online editions… - Cultural shift - Institutional issues

19 Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre II. Grand challenges: Needs for new methods and tools - Tools to aid search, retrieval, annotation and visualization - Tools for data management and standards - Reservoir of user data - A&H are interprative - cycle of interpretation and debate


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