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AHRC-JISC-EPSRC e-Science Projects | Arts and Humanities E-Science Support Centre

AHRC-JISC-EPSRC e-Science Research Projects (2007-2012)

The A&H e-Science Initiative's seven research projects, and four associated PhD studentships, cover a wide range of subjects in both the arts and the humanities, from dance and music to museum studies, archaeology, classics and Byzantine history, and employ a wide range of e-science technologies. Together, these projects form the basis of the AHeSSC community.

AHeSSC has produced a number of papers, case studies and presentations synthesizing and/or discussing the projects' work. This material is being successively made available on these pages. Inquiries about any of these activities are welcome, either via AHeSSC, or to the projects themselves.

Project title Principal Investigator
The e-Dance Project, or Relocating Choreographic Process (2007-2009), investigates the impact of grid technologies and collective memory on the documentation of practice-led research in dance. Access Grid is used collaboratively for creation and analysis of distributed performances. More... (Draft case study now available) Helen Bailey, University of Bedfordshire
The eSAD Project, or e-Science and Ancient Documents (2008-2011) investigates computing technologies which may facilitate the decipherment and interpretation of damaged documents, such as the inscribed stilus tablets from the Roman fort of Vindolanda. The project is developing a number of digital tools for epigraphers and a methodology for tracking the development of hypotheses. More... (Case study now available) Alan Bowman, University of Oxford
The Purcell Plus Project (2007-2012) uses Henry Purcell's set of Fantazies and In Nomines of c. 1680 to investigate the potential of computer-based metodologies in musicology. Purcell Plus is building a computer-assisted research framework around three domains of information: musical scores, recordings and textual commentaries on the music. Purcell Plus works on the better understanding of the new availability of considerable amounts of digital music resources on the Internet. More... Tim Crawford, Goldsmiths, University of London
The E-Curator Project (2007-2008) aimed to explore the potential of e-science technologies in documentation, conservation and communication of material heritage by recording museum artefacts in 3D – captured through the application of 3D laser scanning. The project involved the development of traceable post-processing methods in order to disseminate the 3D colour point cloud over the web. A prototype application was tested by conservators, curators and museum and heritage researchers. More... (Case Study and Final Report now available) Sally MacDonald, University College London
The Archaeotools Project: Data mining, facetted classification and E-archaeology (2007-2009) aims to create a major sustainable resource for archaeological research consisting of metadata records of sites and monuments in the UK; and to develop new digital tools for indexing and classification of this material also incorporating index terms used in older antiquarian literature.
More...
Julian Richards, University of York
The MusicSpace Project (2007-2009) is using and evaluating e-science design methods and technologies to improve access to heterogeneous music resources for musicology
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mc schraefel, University of Southampton
The MWGrid Project, or Medieval Warfare on the Grid (2007-2011) is using agent-based modelling and distributed simulations to explore the military-logistical context of the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. This key historic event resulted in the collapse of Byzantine power in central Anatolia. More... (Draft case study now available) Vincent Gaffney, University of Birmingham


Ph.D. Projects

Four of the A&H e-science projects listed above offer Ph.D. studentships. Information about the Ph.D. projects funded by the Initiative will be updated as the projects progress.

Ph.D. programmes Ph.D. candidate
eSAD: This doctoral research involves building an ontology of the concepts which are fundamental to the process of deciphering and interpreting ancient documents. More... Henriette Roued-Cunliffe, University of Oxford
The Purcell Plus Project doctoral candidate investigates methods for integrating historical documentation and other extra-musical data into more traditional music data-sets such as audio and notation. More… Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths, University of London.
The E-Curator Project Ph.D. candidate is currently (Jan-Sep 2009) a visiting international graduate student in the University of Toronto Anthropology Department, doing field work at the Royal Ontario Museum on digital heritage technologies. More... Francesca Simon Millar, Anthropology Department, University College London
The MWGrid Medieval Warfare on the Grid Ph.D. research employs visualisation, and in particular agent-based modelling in investigating the logistical organisation of the Byzantine army on its march to the battle of Manzikert (1071) and its effect on the Anatolian communities that supplied the army.
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Philip Murgatroyd, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham


Workshops and Demonstrators (2005-2006)

In the first phase of the Initiative, six research workshops were funded by the AHRC, and three small-scale demonstrators were supported by EPSRC. These provided much of the Initiative's ongoing knowledge base; and showcase examples of the kind of innovative research that e-science can enable in the arts and humanities.

EPSRC Demonstrators
The Associated Motion Capture User Categories Demonstrator (2006) was concerned with the gathering and processing of motion capture data and has developed a prototype data retrieval tool, allowing movement features or sequences to be called up from a motion capture database. More... (Final Report now available) Sally Jane Norman, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
A Virtual Workspace for the Study on Ancient Documents Demonstrator (2006) offers a virtual workspace for research involving decipherment and textual analysis of ancient documentary texts written on a variety of materials. More... (Final Report now available)

Charles Crowther, University of Oxford

The Virtual Vellum demonstrator offered scholars of medieval manuscipts a single virtual research environment for examination of high-quality digital surrogates of Jean Froissart's Chronicles in various collections around the world. More... (Report now available) Peter Ainsworth, University of Sheffield
AHRC Workshops
Building the Wireframe: E-Science for the Art Infrastructure (Report now available) Gregory Sporton, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
Performativity, Place, Space (Report now available) Angela Piccini, University of Bristol
User Requirements Gathering for the Humanities summarises the outcomes of three workshops which sought to broaden
awareness of e-research requirements for humanities projects.More...(Report now available)
Alan Bowman, University of Oxford
Researching e-Science Analysis of Census Holding (Report now available) Melissa Terras, University College London
Geographical Information System (GIS) e-Science: developing a roadmap. This workshop was held at Queen's University in Belfast on 4th and 5th July 2007. It aimed to establish whether GIS technology might facilitate the location, retrieval and interrogation of electronic resources in the Arts and Humanities. (Report now available) Paul Ell, Queen's University, Belfast
The Access Grid in Collaborative Arts and Humanities Research: Four workshops - Access Grid, on Digital Images; Sound and Moving Image; Electronic Texts and Databases; Virtual Reality, Visualisation and Representation - held in December 2006–February 2007 at the University of Sheffield. More... (Report now available) David Shepherd, University of Sheffield

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