Scoping future data services for the arts and humanities

This project will scope the establishment of a national data service for the arts and humanities

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Our research, carried in out close collaboration with the arts and humanities and data science communities, will explore how a new arts and humanities data service (provisionally referred to as “DH2”) will make possible completely new ways of doing digitally enabled work. This will enable us to scope, develop and design a suite of tightly-integrated services for both data storage and use. Our approach centres around building tools for mining, analysing, exploring and linking data alongside its storage, thus ensuring data within a future centre or centres is firmly embedded within the research data lifecycle. By so doing, our project will foster new ways of thinking about creating digitally driven research in the arts and humanities – and in parallel, make the case that the creation of tools and services for using data for scholarship must be an integrated aspect of any data-focused project in the humanities.

Project team

  • Prof. Lorna Hughes (Principal Investigator – Information Studies, University of Glasgow)
  • Michael Pidd (Co-Investigator – Digital Humanities Institute, University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Marc Alexander (Co-Investigator – School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. Arthur Clune (Co-Investigator – IT Services, University of Sheffield)
  • Dr. Ewan Hannaford (Research Associate – Information Studies, University of Glasgow)
  • Matthew Groves (Research Software Engineer – Digital Humanities Institute, University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Hannah Barker (Co-Investigator – John Rylands Research Institute and Library, University of Manchester)
  • Prof. Goran Nenadic (Co-Investigator – Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester)
  • Dr. Riza Batista Navarro (Co-Investigator – Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester)
  • Dr. Guyda Armstrong (Co-Investigator – John Rylands Research Institute and Library, University of Manchester)

Data Subject Experts

  • Paola Marchionni (Jisc)
  • Prof. Daniela Treveri Gennari (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Prof. Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow)
  • Prof. Leif Isaksen (University of Exeter)
  • Prof. Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex)
  • Prof. Carole Goble (University of Manchester)
  • Prof. Caroline Jay (University of Manchester)

Partner organisations

  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Library of Wales
  • Jisc
  • UK Network for Digital Humanities
  • Digital Preservation Coalition