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									CeRch Project Portfolio, November 2008
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 1. Existing Projects .................................................................................... 2
    AHeSSC: Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre ....................... 2
    Arts-Humanities.net .................................................................................. 2
    ASPiS: Architecture for a Shibboleth-Protected iRODS System ............... 2
    DARIAH: Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities ...... 3
    DAF-D: Data Audit Framework Development Project ............................... 3
    DReSNet: “Digital Repositories in e-Science” Network ............................. 4
    EIDeR: Enhanced Ingest to Digital e-research Repositories .................... 4
    ELTA: East London Theatre Archive ........................................................ 4
    ENGAGE - HiTHER .................................................................................. 5
    ENGAGE – LaQuAT ................................................................................. 5
    e-Science Institute theme: e-Science in the arts and humanities.............. 5
    e-Uptake: Enabling Uptake of e-Infrastructure Services ........................... 5
    Historical Hansards: Completing the Jigsaw ............................................. 6
    ICTGuides................................................................................................. 6
    InSPECT: Investigating the Significant Properties of Electronic Content
    Over Time ................................................................................................. 7
    KEAP: King‟s Enterprise Architecture Pilot ............................................... 7
    Metatools .................................................................................................. 8
    Network of Centres ................................................................................... 8
    Pi-DAF: Pilot Implementation of the data audit framework ....................... 9
    ReCreatEd Consultancy ........................................................................... 9
    Sherpa DP 2 ............................................................................................. 9
    SOAPI: Service-Orientated Architecture for Preservation and Ingest ..... 10
    WoCRIG: Wisdom of CRIG..................................................................... 10
    Work-with-IT Case Study ........................................................................ 10
 2. Proposals submitted ............................................................................ 11
    AHRC-IRCHSS: Digital Arts and Humanities Scholarship: A Network
    Roadmap for the twenty-first Century in Ireland and the UK ................... 11
 3. Projects Under Development .............................................................. 11
    Digital Economy ...................................................................................... 11
    Choreographing the past: Interdisciplinary crossovers between 3D
    methods in dance and archaeology (working title) .................................. 12
    ANCHisAE: Access, Networking and Connectivity for Historic Archives in
    Europe .................................................................................................... 12
    C4H: Citizens‟ Cyberscience for Chinese Cultural Heritage ................... 12
    e-Science theme: Curation of medical data ............................................ 12
    Enhanced Knowledge Discovery for Social History ................................ 13
    Rule-based digital preservation .............................................................. 13
    Arts-Humanities.net: Stage 2 .................................................................. 13
    TextVRE (pronounced “Texture”) ............................................................ 14



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1. Existing Projects
AHeSSC: Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre
PI:                           Sheila Anderson / Lorna Hughes
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £ 266,666 until 08, share of £480,000 until 2010
Start date:                   1st August 2005
End date:                     31st July 2010
Outcome/ Deliverables:        advisory service, website, workshops, briefing papers,
case studies, research

AHeSSC exists to 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 services include:

      Practical assistance and liaison to bring together arts and humanities
       researchers who wish to use grid infrastructure, tools, and technologies with
       the e-Science infrastructure.
      Advisory and training activities in support of e-Science in the arts and
       humanities.
      Outreach activities to promote e-Science within the arts and humanities
       academic community.
      Facilitation of interdisciplinary work and the exchange of expertise.
      Supporting projects funded under the AHRC/JISC Arts and Humanities e-
       Science Initiative.

arts-humanities.net
PI:                           Sheila Anderson / Lorna Hughes
Funder:                       AHRC / JISC
Grant:                        Methods Network, share of £114,897 until Sep 08,
                              share of £480,000 until 2010
Start date:                   1st September 2007
End date:                     31st July 2010
Outcome/ Deliverables:        On-line community resource; social networking

Arts-Humanities.net is an on-line service where members can share and discuss
ideas, promote research and discover the digital arts and humanities - from text
mining for historians to visualisation, electroacoustic music analysis, geospatial
computing and advanced technologies for collaborative performance and real-time
art making over high speed networks.

The project is a collaboration with various groups, projects and individuals and open
for anyone to join. The site supports blogs for individual users and groups, wikis,
discussion fora and multi-media content and can aggregate content from other sites
via RSS. To facilitate networking there are an events calendar and user profiles.
Groups can use space on a-h.net with tools including wikis, fora and blogs and feed
this content back into their websites – keeping their identity and gaining a larger
audience to interact with.

ASPiS: Architecture for a Shibboleth-Protected iRODS System
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Partner:                      Science and Technology Facilities Council


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Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £178,898
Start date:                   1st March 2008
End date:                     30tht June 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        software, case studies, prototype service

The ASPiS project is enhancing the access management functionality provided by
iRODS (Rule-Oriented Data management System), an open source data grid
middleware system developed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center as the
successor to the widely used Storage Resource Broker. Specifically, the project is
integrating Shibboleth-based access management with iRODS, which will provide a
more scalable, flexible and user-friendly means of implementing authentication and
authorisation, and allow iRODS based data grids to be deployed within the UK
Access Management Federation, and. ASPiS is also integrating iRODS with systems
for recording provenance metadata for scientific research processes.

DARIAH: Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and
Humanities
PI:                           Sheila Anderson
Partners:                     Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS),
                              France ,Data Archiving and Networked Services
                              (DANS), Netherlands
                              Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – Max Planck Digital Library
                              (MPG), Germany
Funder:                       EU
Grant:                        €442,000
Start date:                   1st September 2008 (provisional)
End date:                     30th August 2010
Outcome/ Deliverables:        European Digital Research Infrastructure

DARIAH aims to support researchers working within the field of the arts and
humanities to create, curate, use and disseminate research data that arises from and
supports their work; and enable sharing and interaction with research data created
and disseminated elsewhere. DARIAH will provide a research infrastructure for
digital research and preservation and thus, bring information users, information
managers and information providers within countries and across Europe together.
The digital research infrastructure will integrate grid middleware with user facing tools
to support e-research and e-learning activities. The Centre for e-Research is
responsible for the strategic and technical work packages.

DAF-D: Data Audit Framework Development Project
PI:                           Stephen Grace
Leading Institution:          University of Glasgow
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £19,087
Start date:                   1st May 2008
End date:                     30th October 2008
Outcome/ Deliverables:        software tool, case studies
Description:

The Project will develop a Data Audit Framework adapted to the current needs of
data curation activities in higher education institutions. The project is developing a
general solution but also highlights the differences created by variations across the



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field of research and organisations through case studies. An online tool will be
developed, which will be tested in a series of pilot assessments in a range of
representative HE environments.

DReSNet: “Digital Repositories in e-Science” Network
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       EPSRC
Grant:                        £103,931
Start date:                   1st June 2008
End date:                     31st May 2011
Outcome/ Deliverables:        interactive web resource, workshops, working groups,
                              reports

The project is setting up a network addressing the potential synergy between the
fields of e-Science and Digital Repositories, and the benefits that will be obtained by
increasing interaction and cooperation between researchers and practitioners in
these fields. More specifically, the network will look at: the incorporation of e-science
methodologies and tools within digital repositories; the integration of repositories
within wider e-infrastructures; the enhancement of digital repositories to manage
complex scientific workflows; the federation of repositories using advanced
techniques such as grids and semantic technologies. The project is also organising
events at international conferences: to date, it has lined up a Special Session at IEEE
e-Science 2008 (Indianapolis), and a tutorial at IEEE DEST 2009 (Istanbul).

EIDeR: Enhanced Ingest to Digital e-research Repositories
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £38,025
Start date:                   1st April 2008
End date:                     31st March 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Demonstrator

EIDeR is developing a demonstrator that implements enhanced deposit and ingest
processes for the King‟s institutional repository, and demonstrates a number of
machine-to-machine interfaces supporting repository ingest. Specifically, the project
will integrate services supporting digital preservation, automatic metadata extraction,
determination of access rights/restrictions, and deposit/capture from sources external
to the repository.

ELTA: East London Theatre Archive
PI:                           Stephen Grace, Malcolm Polfreman and Vijay
                              Albuquerque
Leading Institution:          University of East London
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £87,214
Start date:                   24th March 2007
End date:                     27th February 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Digital Archive

The East London Theatre Archive will provide online access to resources of music
hall and variety theatres in London's East End during the Nineteenth and Twentieth
centuries. Around 15,000 items will be digitised and described, with supporting
material commissioned to provide historical context. CeRch will create a repository to


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preserve the digital objects over time, and a bespoke website to allow access to the
entire resource by researchers and the general public.

ENGAGE - HiTHER
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       JISC (via ENGAGE project)
Start date:                   1st September 2008
End date:                     28th February 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Prototype campus grid, case study

To investigate the use of grid technologies and high throughput computing
approaches for enhancing the NCSE (Nineteenth Century Serials Edition) corpus at
CCH. Specifically, the project will set up a prototype campus grid and use it for
carrying out text processing on this corpus. The project will also look at the
possibilities of linking KCL to the NGS. The work is being carried out in conjunction
with CCH (Researcher: Gerhard Brey).

ENGAGE – LaQuAT
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       JISC (via ENGAGE project)
Start date:                   1st October 2008
End date:                     31st March 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Prototype data integration infrastructure, case study

To investigate the use of the OGSA-DAI data grid middleware for providing
integrated access to legacy data resources (databases and XML) in the humanities,
specifically using material from the classics. The work is being carried out in
conjunction with CCH (Gabriel Bodard) and the Department of Byzantine and Modern
Greek Studies (Charlotte Roueche).

e-Science Institute theme: e-Science in the arts and humanities
PI:                           Lorna Hughes
Funder:                       e-Science Institute
Grant:                        £59,500
Start date:                   1st September 2007
End date:                     Nov 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        workshops, briefing papers

This Theme aims to explore the new challenges for research in the Arts and
Humanities, and to define the new research agenda that is made possible by e-
Science technology. It will encourage innovation and the pushing back of intellectual
boundaries, while seeking to be accessible to and inclusive of those researchers who
are not currently engaged in this agenda. The Theme will consider the international
context of UK research, and will identify the strategic considerations for researchers,
students and funding agencies as this agenda is taken forward.

e-Uptake: Enabling Uptake of e-Infrastructure Services
PI:                           Lorna Hughes / Sheila Anderson
Leading Institution:          National Centre for e-Social Science, University of
                              Manchester
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £131,456
Start date:                   1st April 2007


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End date:                     31st March 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        typology of barriers, report detailing the current state of
                              adoption, a training provision survey and gap analysis

The primary aim of the project is to investigate the barriers to the adoption of e-
science technologies by researchers and other staff at HE institutions, and to make
recommendations for ways in which these barriers can be overcome through training
and other strategic and infrastructure investment. AHeSSC have been leading a
workpackage, with responsibility for reviewing existing adoption of JISC funded e-
infrastructure services (services including MIMAS, EDINA, the Digital Curation
Centre, National Centre for Text Mining, the Access Grid support Centre, etc) via a
process of desk research, fieldwork and case study development, engaging with
actual and potential users of these services. This work will provide the evidence base
for a final report that will make recommendations for strategies to widen adoption of
the e-Infrastructure in the UK. The strategic objectives of the project are to support
the broader adoption of e-infrastructure by presenting evidence for the ways that
researchers see their practice and the role that advanced information technologies
play in their work. The report will also provide service providers and technology
developers with a greater understanding of problems as perceived by users.

The project is a partnership between AHeSSC (CeRCH/King's College London), the
National e-Science Centre, University of Edinburgh; and the National Centre for e-
Social Science, University of Manchester. This project is funded through the JISC
Community Engagement programme.


Historical Hansards: Completing the Jigsaw
PI:                           Sheila Anderson
Funder:                       JISC
Partner:                      Queen‟s University Belfast
Start date:                   1st October 2008
End date:                     30th September 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        digital collection

The project will digitise than 50 years of debates from the Upper Chamber of the
Northern Ireland Parliament from 1921 to 1972, the Senate Hansard and make them
available online as an extension to the Stormont Papers on-line collection. The
project will add value to both collections by geo-referencing the place names with
coordinates, and enabling visualisation of the debates over time and by place
through a mash-up with an appropriate web service. Thus the combined resource will
be more valuable that its component parts and it will complete the digital availability
of historical parliamentary debates for the British Isles.

ICTGuides
PI:                           Sheila Anderson / Lorna Hughes
Funder:                       JISC
Grant                         £84,001 until July 08 share of £480,000
Start date:                   1st September 2007
End date:                     31st July 2010
Outcome/ Deliverables:        website




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ICTGuides is an on-line resource designed to help arts and humanities researchers
find out more about the use of Information and Communications Technology in their
work by providing information on:

      The ICT-based methods used by arts and humanities researchers.
      Research projects that have used ICT.
      Information about research centres that use ICT in the arts and humanities.
      The computational tools that researchers use.
      Training resources that can teach them more about using ICT.

Case studies that focus upon specific uses of ICT in arts and humanities research.

InSPECT: Investigating the Significant Properties of Electronic
Content Over Time
PI:                           Gareth Knight/ Stephen Grace
Partner:                      National Archives
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £118,560
Start date:                   1st September 2007
End date:                     31st March 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        final report, revisions to PRONOM registry

The fundamental challenge of digital preservation is to preserve the accessibility and
authenticity of digital objects over time and domains, and across changing technical
environments. This requires acceptance both of the inevitability of change, and of the
inherent separation of the logical information object from its physical environment.

The JISC-funded InSPECT project aims to:

      expand and articulate the concept of 'significant properties'
      determine sets of significant properties for a specified group of digital object
       types (raster images, emails, structured text, digital audio)
      evaluate methods for measuring these properties for a sample of
       representation formats
      investigate and test the mapping and comparison of these properties between
       different representation formats
      update The National Archive‟s PRONOM registry with significant properties
       information

KEAP: King’s Enterprise Architecture Pilot
PI:                        Mark Hedges
Funder:                    JISC
Grant:                     £65,654
Start date:                1st January 2008
End date:                  31st December 2008
Outcome/ Deliverables:     Architectural outputs (business processes, Service
                           Usage Models, architectural models), case study
Outcome/ Deliverables: Architectural outputs (business process models, Service
Usage Models for JISC e-Framework, architectural models), case study

The project is part of a JISC pilot evaluating the application of an Enterprise
Architecture approach to service-orientated development at HE institutions, in



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particular by applying and evaluating The Open Group Architecture Framework
(TOGAF7). The project is carrying out this evaluation in the context of the King's VRE
development. As the VRE project is much larger and on a longer timescale than
KEAP, the latter project is focussing on selected business processes (and associated
data) within the wider research domain, and is treating these at a relatively high level.
Specifically, it is looking at (i) applying for funding, and (ii) archiving research data for
preservation.

Metatools
PI:                             Malcolm Polfreman
Funder:                         JISC
Grant:                          £96,680
Start date:                     March 2007
End date:                       September 2008
Outcome/ Deliverables:          Prototype web service, report

Repositories are facing a „metadata bottleneck‟ as they struggle to provide resource
discovery metadata for a rapidly-growing body of digital resources. Automatic
metadata generation techniques may offer some solutions but there is, unfortunately,
no registry or trusted body of documentation that rates the quality of the currently
available tools or that identifies the most effective tool(s) for any given task. The
MetaTools project is therefore developing a methodology for benchmarking tools,
such as Fountains, SamgI, DC-dot, and KEA, and is auto-generating Dublin Core
metadata for project websites (html) and scholarly works (pdf) as part of a testing
programme. It is then developing, testing and disseminating prototype web services
that integrate the best metadata generation tools and functionality so that they can be
invoked automatically in a flexible manner without calls needing to be explicitly
programmed for each interface.

Network of Centres
PI:                             Lorna Hughes
Funder:                         AHRC
Grant:                          share of £114,987
Start date:                     1st April 2008
End date:
Outcome/ Deliverables:

The Network of Expert Centres is a collaboration of centres with expertise in digital
arts and humanities, in the sense of data creation, curation, preservation,
management (including rights and legal issues), access and dissemination, and
methodologies of data use and re-use. Its purpose is to support its members in the
advocacy and promotion of the value, understanding and use of ICT in arts and
humanities research (broadly defined), the development and exchange of expertise,
knowledge, standards and best practices, awareness raising, dialogue with relevant
stakeholders, identifying and representing the needs of the research community. It
builds on the work of the AHDS and the AHRC ICT Methods Network. Partners
include the Humanities Research Institute (Sheffield), the Humanities Advanced
Technology and Information Institute (Glasgow), Centre for Computing in the
Humanities (KCL) and the Centre for Data Digitization and Analysis (Queen's
University Belfast), as well as the former AHDS centres (VADS, PADS, HDA, OTA,
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Pi-DAF: Pilot Implementation of the data audit framework
PI:                           Stephen Grace / Sheila Anderson
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £29,896
Start date:                   1st June 2008
End date:                     31st December 2008
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Test-bed Institutional implementation of the tool

Pilot implementation of the Data Audit Framework. The project will provide worked
examples to demonstrate the viability of the tool, and a detailed case study that will
provide guidance to others wishing to implement the tool. The project will provide
input and feedback to the Data Audit Framework development team and will provide
outputs from the implementation to a central resource. It will be used to develop a
register of research data across College with an assessment of risk and
requirements.

ReCreatEd Consultancy
PI:                           Torsten Reimer
Start date:                   14th February 2008
End date:                     ongoing
Outcome/ Deliverables:        on-line community resource; social networking

Development of a Drupal based website for the ReCreatEd
Network, hosted at the University of Bedfordshire. The project aims to set up a
community site as a support network for teachers in Dance, Drama and English.

Sherpa DP 2
PI:                           Stephen Grace
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        203,692
Start date:                   1st March 2007
End date:                     28th February 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        METS Package, Digital Preservation User Guide

Sherpa DP2 will extend the collaborative, shared preservation environment
developed by the Sherpa DP project. This project will build on that work by extending
the implementation model to interact with repositories holding different and varied
types of digital content and using a more diverse range of content management
systems. Specifically, the aims, objectives and outcomes of the Sherpa DP 2 project
are:

      Extend the Sherpa DP OAIS-based distributed preservation model to
       accommodate different types of institutional repositories and different
       collaboration methods, and investigate other options for provision of
       distributed preservation services.
      Investigate and develop tools to transform repository content (digital objects)
       as base64 encoded bitstreams for placing inside METS packages. The tool
       will also create the basic METS package and ensure that the encoded
       bitstream is appropriately located within the package.
      Investigate and assess other methods for connecting to digital repositories
       and downloading repository metadata and content.
      Refine the Sherpa DP set of protocols and software in order to interact with
       institutional repositories using a wider range of repository software


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       applications (all but one of the Sherpa DP repositories uses EPrints software)
       and with a broad range of digital object types.
      Amend, update and expand as appropriate the Digital Preservation User
       Guide produced by the original Sherpa DP project to take account of the
       outcomes and lessons of the Sherpa DP2 project.

SOAPI: Service-Orientated Architecture for Preservation and
Ingest
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £117,893
Start date:                   1st March 2007
End date:                     28th February 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        framework and toolkit for automating preservation and
                              ingest workflows

The project will develop an architecture and toolkit for (partially) automating
preservation and ingest workflows in digital repositories, based on a set of atomic
web services, each encapsulating a unit of preservation functionality, combined with
web-based forms when human input is required. A workflow orchestration tool will be
used to combine these services and user input functions, creating workflows that
minimise the need for human intervention. The framework is designed to support
ingest of compound (multi-file) digital objects, not just single files.

WoCRIG: Wisdom of CRIG
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Leading Institution:          The Bloomsbury Colleges
Funder:                       JISC
Grant:                        £20,908
Start date:                   1st October 2007
End date:                     31st March 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        wiki, events, interviews, reports

JISC has set up the Common Repository Interfaces working Group (CRIG) to identify
and address priorities for enhancing interoperability between the emerging base of
UK repositories. The WoCRIG project is funded by JISC to provide expert support on
technical and other matters to the CRIG, and beyond them to the JISC repositories
programmes in general.

Specifically, the project is (i) facilitating a series of events (e.g. unconferences and
barcamps) to help the CRIG to identify key interfaces in a “bottom up” way; (ii)
documenting these interfaces (e.g. using Service Usage Models), and (iii) planning
the way forward for CRIG-related activities at JISC (e.g. potential new funding calls).


Work-with-IT Case Study
PI:                           Torsten Reimer
Start date:                   1st July 2008
End date:                     17th October 2008
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Case study on the impact of new technologies on staff
roles in research




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The Work-with-IT project is funded by JISC to collect data on ways in which IT is
transforming research and teaching practice in HE and FE institutions, and to gather
up to date information on changing staff roles, relationships and associated skills
brought about by the impact of the adoption of new technologies. The focus is not on
information skills or skills for harnessing technology per se, but on the impact of
adopting ICT methods and practices on staff and academic cultures.

The Work-with-IT project has commissioned a series of 10 case studies based at
partner institutions to demonstrate these themes, and CeRch has been contracted to
develop the case study on how IT is transforming and impacting arts and humanities
research practice. We will conduct research into several "vignettes" based on
interviews with King's College London academics who are using IT to conduct
primary research, engage with students, and publish their research.


2. Proposals submitted
AHRC-IRCHSS: Digital Arts and Humanities Scholarship: A
Network Roadmap for the twenty-first Century in Ireland and the
UK

PI:                           Sheila Anderson
Leading Institution:          Queen‟s University Belfast
Funder:                       AHRC / IRCHSS
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Network meetings and reports

In recent years numerous digitisation projects have taken place with both Ireland and
the UK investing significant sums in e-resources. However, much of this work takes
place within discipline and institutional silos with the result that many of the
collections use different metadata standards, employ different technical approaches,
and are published through disparate websites, some simple, and some highly
complex. The fragmented way in which many of the digital collections have so far
been created means that researchers do not have a shared sense of what standards,
technologies and services may be of value to them, nor do they necessarily place
their data creation efforts in the context of work elsewhere, or make use of tools and
infrastructure that already exist. This limits the potential of these resources and is,
perhaps, part of the reason why we have yet to witness the transformative power of
ICT in the humanities, such as we have seen in bio-informatics for example.

The aim of this proposal is to bring together two new initiatives, the Humanities
Serving Irish Society (HSIS) from Ireland, and the Network of Expert Centres (NoC)
from the UK, to research where common frameworks, technology practices,
standards, methods, and coordinated, cross-nation, cross-disciplinary effort can best
support academic practice and foster innovation in the use of ICT, whilst setting
these firmly within the epistemic cultures that exist across the arts and humanities.
The network will organise three related meetings to take forward these issues with
the purpose of developing further research proposals and publications.

3. Projects Under Development
Digital Economy
Sheila Anderson and Lorna Hughes are part of a King‟s group (organised by Lawry
Freedman) investigating a potential bid to the EPSRC Digital Economy programme.


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Bids are invited for Hubs over 5 years and up to £10m. The bid will focus on the
Creative Industries.

Choreographing the past: Interdisciplinary crossovers between 3D
methods in dance and archaeology (working title)
Applicants:                  Stuart Dunn (CeRch); Helen Bailey (University of
Bedfordshire) + 1 other TBC.
Funder:                      AHRC
Intended timescale:          October 2009-October 2011
Intended budget:             £500k (between three institutions)

A research proposal is being prepared for the AHRC that will seek to fuse
visualization approaches in performance and archaeology. Building on the pioneering
collaboration of Shanks and Pearson (2001), it will explore the (often implicit)
relationship between human activity and visualizations of data resulting from
observation and recording of that activity. It is hoped that a deeper appreciation of
this relationship will pave the way for the development of more effective large-scale
visualization methods for modelling cultural activity through time.

ANCHisAE: Access, Networking and Connectivity for Historic
Archives in Europe
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       EU/FP7
Lead Institution:             Trinity College Dublin
Partners:                     Georg August University of Göttingen; Humboldt
                              University; University of Sheffield; several major
                              European libraries and archives.
Start date:                   1st July 2009
End date:                     30th June 2012
Outcome/ Deliverables:        EU wide distributed infrastructure

An EU project to develop a distributed, grid-based infrastructure providing a Virtual
Research Environment for manuscript scholarship. The environment will provide
collaborative tools to allow scholars to process and mark up high-resolution digital
images of manuscripts in historical libraries and archives across Europe.

C4H: Citizens’ Cyberscience for Chinese Cultural Heritage
PI:                           Tobias Blanke
Funder:                       AHRC and the National Science Council of Taiwan
Partner:                      Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Start date:                   1st January 2009
End date:                     31st December 2010
Outcome/ Deliverables:        interactive website, symposia, working groups, reports

A network project investigating the applicability of “distributed thinking” approaches
for enhancing metadata describing digitised cultural heritage material. The project will
address this in relation to the Chinese cultural heritage material managed by the
Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program.

e-Science theme: Curation of medical data
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       e-Science Institute



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Start date:                   1st January 2009
End date:                     31st December 2009
Outcome/ Deliverables:        workshops, briefing papers

This Theme aims to explore the application of e-Science technologies and methods
within the fields of data curation, with a particular emphasis on medical data.

Enhanced Knowledge Discovery for Social History
PI:                          Mark Hedges
Funder:                      Mellon Foundation
Lead institution:            University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Other partners:              National Centre for Text Mining (University of
Manchester); St. Francis Xavier University-Antigonish; University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill
Start date:                  unknown
End date:                    unknown
Outcome/ Deliverables:       Prosopography/text-mining tool; case studies

The project will develop a digital humanities tool for prosopography, a key method of
basic knowledge discovery in social historical research, allowing exploration and
discovery of patterns and facts from digitized document collections.. The tool will
incorporate text mining software developed by NaCTeM and the SEASR (Software
Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research) tool developed by UIUC.

Rule-based digital preservation
PI:                           Mark Hedges
Funder:                       TBD
Start date:                   unknown
End date:                     unknown
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Preservation infrastructure

The digital information generated by research and by digitisation programmes is
increasing rapidly both in quantity and complexity; as a consequence, we need to
develop more automated approaches to implementing digital preservation policies
and procedures. This work is looking at using the rule system, built into the iRODS
data grid middleware, to automate this processing.

Note: external funding has not yet been obtained for this. However, the work has
already resulted in a significant publication (at the 3rd IEEE International Conference
on e-Science and Grid Computing, Bangalore, 2007. The paper was among 6
selected for a special journal issue comprising the best papers from the conference).

Arts-Humanities.net: Stage 2
PI:                           Sheila Anderson / Lorna Hughes

This project aims to develop art-humanities.net and ICTGuides into an
integrated knowledge base to support and promote ICT use in research and
teaching across the arts and humanities. The project intends to further
develop and extend the content, interoperate with local, national and
international services, and provide mash-ups with other web services to
extend the views and services available to contributors and users.



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TextVRE (pronounced “Texture”)
PI:                           Tobias Blanke
Funder:                       TBD
Partners:                     SUB (at University of Goettingen); Max Planck Digital
Library; GATE (University of Sheffield)
Start date:                   unknown
End date:                     unknown
Outcome/ Deliverables:        Research environment

The project will produce a collaborative research environment for textual scholarship,
further developing the existing TextGrid project led by SUB, incorporating a digital
repository system for managing structural and semantic metadata, as well as
additional services and tools (for example text mining).




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