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Virtual Research Environments (VREs)

A paper outlining the strategic significance of VREs in the AHRC's subject areas was presented by Sheila Anderson, Stuart Dunn and Lorna Hughes at the 2005 e-Science All Hands Meeting. Entitled VREs in the Arts and Humanities, it was published in the conference's Proceedings and can also be downloaded here [PDF].

Further information is available from the AHeSSC website, in their VRE Briefing Paper.

JISC-funded Arts and Humanities VRE projects

In July 2004, the JISC issued a call for proposals to academic researchers to set up Virtual Research Environments. Four of the successful applications were based in the Arts and Humanities research communities. These projects ran from 2004-2007.

  • Building a VRE for the Humanities

  • University of Oxford (Humanities Division)

  • Silchester Roman Town: A VRE for Archaeology

  • University of Reading
    York Archaeological Trust

  • VRE in Political Discourse

  • University of East Anglia
    University of Hull

  • CSAGE: Collaborative Stereoscopic Access Grid

  • University of Manchester
    University of Southampton

    A second phase of JISC's VRE programme runs from 2007-2009. Of the four projects funded, two are in the Arts and Humanities: Study of Documents and Manuscripts and Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology (VERA). These build on, respectively, the Building a VRE for the Humanities and Silchester Roman Town projects above. For more details on these and on the JISC VRE programme, see the relevant page of the JISC website.