AHeSSC is coordinating a 'Theme' entitled 'e-Science in the Arts and Humanities' at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh. The Theme's website contains more information, including the original proposal and mid-term report.
The Theme's activities have taken a number of forms, and all have contributed to AHeSSC's community building and outreach activities in different ways.
The nature and needs surrounding e-infrastructure research frames much of the current Arts and Humanities e-Science agenda. The Theme a supported strategic meeting in Manchester and developer training sessions in Edinburgh. As a European level, the Theme will be working closely with the Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities project.
The Theme is both facilitating and contributing to a nmumber of developer workshops in the area of e-infrastructure. See the for more details.
The Theme provided an induction to Arts and Humanities e-Science as part of the ‘All Hands’ meeting for the A&H e-Science Initiative projects in May 2008. We will also be working closely with a separate series of methodological workshops, which will provide a high-level introduction to areas such as Web 2.0, motion capture, 3D modelling and research portals. It will also be developing a lightweight training module to address some of the user needs identified in the workshops and workgroups.
Our workshops and workgroups have generally been in the round-table ‘expert seminar’ format. These have ranged from the relatively practical and application-oriented, to the very speculative. These have been a crucial part of our community building activities, and have provided fora for arts and humanities researchers and computer scientists to interact in a way that is rarely possible. So far these have included:
This workshop was organized by Irene Polinskaya, Gabriel Bodard and Stuart Dunn in February 2009, and addressed the discipline-specific problem of using XML-based methodologies to crosswalk between different databases and data frameworks. For the provisional report of this event, click here.
Held in collaboration with the Acume 2 European network project this workshop, held in October 2008, explored the methodological commonalities between textual studies and biological research. "Bluse skies" events of this kind enable critical thinking about research problems which arts and humanities e-science provokes. More information about the meeting's outcomes will be posted shortly.
This workshop was organized by Stuart Dunn and Leif Isaksen in July 2007. It explored the broad field of geospatial methodologies, and condluded that interdisciplinary engagement, especially with relevant disciplines in the social sciences and performative arts, was essential for the arts and humanities to gain maximum benefit from geospatial technolgies. Click here for the workshop's outcomes.
In the near future, workshops and workgroups will include:
We have promoted the Theme and its content at numerous national and international meetings, including:
Digital Humanities 2008 (June 2008)
e-Research in the Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage, e-Research
Austaliasia (October 2008)
Humanities, Arts and Social Science Community Group at the Open Grid Forum (June 2008)
The lecture series in 2007 gave AHeSSC the opportunity to showcase the first round of Arts and Humanities e-Science Initiative funding, and to some of the key areas that would frame the rest of the Theme’s activities. These were:
A potential for all: e-Science for the Arts and Humanities
Sheila Anderson, Arts and Humanities Data Service and AHeSSC
David Robey, AHRC ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme
Methods and Technologies for Enabling Virtual Research Communities
David Shepherd, University of Sheffield
Andrew Prescott, University of Wales at Lampeter
Robert Crouchley, Lancaster University
Ontologies and Semantic Interoperability for Humanities Data
Mark Greengrass, University of Sheffield
Oscar Corcho, University of Manchester
Collaborative Text Editing
Gabriel Bodard, King's College London
Juan Garces, British Library
Jean Carletta, University of Edinburgh
Grid Enabling Humanities Datasets
Mark Hedges, Arts and Humanities Data Service
Melissa Terras, University College London
Shirley Crompton, CCLRC
Neil Chue Hong, University of Edinburgh
E-Science and Performance
Gregory Sporton, University of Central England
Angela Piccini, University of Bristol
Russell Beale, University of Birmingham
Daisy Abbott, University of Glasgow
Aspects of Space and Time in Humanities e-Science
Stuart Jeffrey, AHDS Archaeology
Femke Reitsma, University of Edinburgh
James Reid, EDINA