ICT Guides is a JISC-funded initiative housed at the Centre for e-Research at Kingís College in London. Its purpose is to
- help arts and humanities researchers gain the skills they need by describing research methods that use ICT, and by providing links to training and tools
- show ICT use in arts and humanities context by providing details of projects that have applied it, with case studies showing ICT put to use in the field
- provide a directory of some of the organisations who use ICT research methods, who support the use of ICT, or who provide training
The project thus aims to support and develop communities of practitioners in its area of activities. It will in due course be incorporated in the new arts-humanities.net virtual communities project.
The first iteration of ICT Guides was developed at De Montford University as part of the JISC-funded Aria project.
Background: Projects and Centres Database
At the outset of the AHRC ICT Programme, a main activity was mapping current usage of arts and humanities computing in the UK, and the needs of those employing it. The first phase of this mapping activity was an intensive review of ICT within the centres funded under the AHRCís Research Centres Scheme. Conducted jointly with the AHDS, all 19 centres were visited between September 2004 and March 2005, and key personnel were interviewed. The results of the survey are contained in a report, 'AHRC Research Centres and the Use of ICT', by Stuart Dunn (AHRC) and Alastair Dunning (AHDS). The second phase was the creation of a Projects and Centres Database, which has become a core component of ICT Guides.
The full report, AHRC Research Centres and the Use of ICT', by Stuart Dunn and Alastair Dunning is available to download.