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Workshops and demonstrators in e-Science for the Arts and Humanities

The AHRC and the UK e-Science Core Programme, through the the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), are delighted to announce a range of ground-breaking awards to develop the application of e-Science in the arts and humanities. e-Science in this context means the development and application of advanced technologies, or grid technologies, for research collaboration through the Internet, including particularly the sharing of digital and computing resources.

Three e-Science demonstrator projects, funded by the EPSRC and the Core Programme, will produce models that show how e-Science technologies can be applied to advance the understanding of complex research issues in the arts and humanities. Awards have been made as follows:

Professor PF Ainsworth

University of Sheffield

Virtual Vellum: Online Viewing Envionment for the Grid and Live Audiences

Dr CV Crowther

University of Oxford

A Virtual Workspace for the Study of Ancient Documents

Dr SJ Norman

University of Newcastle

Motion Capture Data Services for Multiple User Categories

Six e-Science workshops, funded by the AHRC, will produce reports that explore issues and/or develop schemes relating to the applications of e-Science in the arts and humanities. The following awards have been made:

Professor Alan Bowman

University of Oxford

User Requirements Gathering for the Humanities

Dr Paul Ell

Queen’s University Belfast

Geographical Information System e-Science: developing a roadmap

Dr Angela Piccini

University of Bristol

Performativity/Place/Space: Locating Grid Technologies

Professor David Shepherd

University of Sheffield

The Access Grid in Collaborative Arts and Humanities Research

Dr Gregory Sporton

University of Central England

Building the Wireframe: E-Science for the Arts Infrastructure

Dr Melissa Terras

University College London

ReACH: Researching e-Science Analysis of Census Holdings

Together the demonstrators and workshops will cover the three main types of grid: the computational grid for the sharing of processing power, the data grid for the sharing of data resources, and the Access Grid for high-technology video-conferencing.  

The projects include a number of exciting collaborations between computer scientists and arts and humanities scholars, and cover a wide range of research both in humanities subjects and in the creative and performing arts. The types of data involved comprise not only text but also geographical data, sound, and images: 2- and 3-dimensional, still and moving, real and virtual.

UK e-Science is a world leader in the natural sciences, medicine and engineering, and is also becoming increasingly important in the social sciences. These projects will show how important it can be for the arts and humanities as well.  

The demonstrators and workshops will be supported by the new Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre (AHESSC) at King's College London, which is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), and is a part of the joint AHRC-JISC Arts and Humanities e-Science Initiative. As a further part of this Initiative, a joint call for bids is expected in late Summer 2006 for research project awards (to a total value of at least £1.2m) and six 4-year postgraduate studentships. Contact AHESSC ( for further information about e-Science in the arts and humanities.