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Exemplar Projects in Humanities Grid Computing. Paul S. Ell Centre for Data Digitisation & Analysis Queen’s Belfast ISGC 2007. Summary. e-Science and the arts and humanities Vision of Britain exemplar Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative Virtual Vellum Irish Studies The way forward. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Exemplar Projects in Humanities Grid ComputingPaul S. EllCentre for Data Digitisation & AnalysisQueens Belfast

    ISGC 2007

  • Summarye-Science and the arts and humanitiesVision of Britain exemplarElectronic Cultural Atlas InitiativeVirtual VellumIrish StudiesThe way forward

  • Grid technologiesIn the UK the Arts and Humanities Research Council has argued Grid technologies fall into three main strands, with different degrees of significance for the A&H:

    The three aspects of e-Science are likely to have varying impacts in the humanities and artsAccess Gird: Is this really distance learning with a better internet connection? Are humanities scholars going to change the fundamental way they do research?Computation Grid: Do humanities and arts scholars need high-powered computing power?Data Grid: The key technology that will fundamentally change scholarship in the humanities and arts. Also the key challenges

  • Unique challenges in the humanities and arts: The Data GridIn the humanities the data grid is less concerned with moving large amounts of data aroundHeterogeneous, fragmented, partial, disparate e-resourcesInformation overload - the digital delugeResource discovery problemsInterface and data harvesting problemsIntegratory difficultiesData in ever more complex multimedia formats - not just text but numbers, images, objects, video, sound filesHow to organise data - by subject, by chronology, by location - or all threeBut there are exemplars

  • The proof: early exemplars The Vision of Britain through timeBased on a traditional HGIS of quantitative data and polygonsSupplemented with additional e-resources historical gazetteers describing places in time, travellers tales, historical mapsMaterials organised by place, time and subject

  • Historical maps

  • Census reports

  • Historical Gazetteers

  • Travellers Tales

  • An integrated resource

  • The proof: early exemplars The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative UC Berkeley-based project with almost 1,000 humanities and arts academic affiliates from around the world holding spatially referenced e-resourcesMetadata that allows registered distributed datasets to be retrieved on the fly at object levelSoftware TimeMap which allows retrieved data to be selected and visualised and exported

  • The Proof: Virtual VellumProvides distributed access to research-quality digitisations of foliosInvolves around 20 organisations around the worldEasy access and preservation

  • The Proof: Irish StudiesPoorly defined subject areaNo cohesive e-resources currently existBut quite a lot of e-resources data our there - Database of Irish Historical Statistics, Act of Union Virtual Library, Historical Hansard, JSTOR journalsChallenge to bring these together

  • e-Science infrastructural needsExamples fixed to a degreeNeed for e-infrastructure place name gazetteers (JISC EPNS Project); chronological gazetteers (Going Places in the Catalog: Time Periods from US National Leadership Grant for Libraries); subject indexes (ECAI Support for the Learner: What, Where, When, and Who second NLGL grant) Need for a subject based geo-temporal data browser?? How is the stuff thats retrieved going to be managed?Enhanced metadata or context sensitive intelligent searching

  • ConclusionsThe Data Grid will be the key area of e-Science activity in the humanities and artsData Grid based e-Science in the humanities and arts is far more challenging than in the sciencesKey infrastructure is required together with enhanced search capabilitiesOpportunity for fundamental change in humanities and arts researchChance to fully exploit the vast array of e-resources already availableHumanities scholars will not need to change the way they work

  • Integrating e-resources by place and chronology: GIS e-Science: statistics, maps, photographs, text,manuscripts, existing e-resources, websites, museum objects . . .