Briefing Papers

The briefing papers have been written and contributed by the AHRC ICT Methods Network and the Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre (AHeSSC).

briefingpaper: "Beyond GIS": Geospatial resources and services for scholars in the humanities

The study and use of geospatial information is in itself a discipline, with its own literature, journals, conferences and research projects. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Access Grid

The Access Grid (AG) is a global network of internet-enabled locations, or nodes, equipped with AV hardware 'microphones, cameras and projectors' linked by an arrangement of computers over the grid. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools and Electronic Texts

The principle areas that this paper will focus on are the digital tools and techniques that have been developed to acquire, process, analyze and present text in digital formats. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools and Methods for Historical Research

This paper contains sections on: Tools and Web Resources; Database Structures; Data Mining; Quantitative Methods; Visualization; and Geographical Information Systems. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools for Archaeology

The use of computers in archaeology has a lengthy history and practitioners within the discipline can claim, with some justification, that both the technology they use and the methods that they’ve adopted have more of a relationship to scientific practice (including computer science) than those adopted by colleagues in man [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools for Library and Information Studies

Defining discreet scholarly territories for all disciplines is problematic but it could be argued that Library and Information Studies (LIS) is more problematic than most when it comes to understanding the scope of its remit. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools for Linguistics

In addition to sections introducing the discipline and computational approaches relating to it, this paper includes sections on corpus linguistics, knowledge-based systems and developer tools and environments. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools for Museums and Cultural Heritage

The prodigious number of tools that are potentially relevant to researchers working in the field of MCH inevitably means that the items mentioned in this relatively brief paper will only represent a partial and subjective selection. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools for Musicology

This paper introduces, and reflects on, a selection of recent and current technical approaches to musicology with a view to promoting and encouraging the use of ICT techniques for research within the discipline. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Digital Tools for Performance

The focus of this paper is to take a very selective look at some of the ways that practitioners have used digital tools in the course of planning, designing, ‘doing’, communicating and documenting performancerelated works, a term that covers an enormous amount of territory and is intrinsically cross-disciplinary, connect [read more...]

briefingpaper: Grid

Vision and history of the Grid [read more...]

briefingpaper: Ontologies

Ontologies and what they are not [read more...]

briefingpaper: SABIP Report on the economics of copyright and digitisation

The Strategic Advisory Board For Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP) has recently published a report that examines the theoretical and empirical research on the economics of copyright and digitisation. It also identifies areas where further research is required.

An executive summary and 102 page report are available on the SABIP web site

briefingpaper: VRE

Virtual Research Environments (VREs) are infrastructural frameworks which bring together distributed tools and resources for a specific purpose, or for a specific group of users. [read more...]

briefingpaper: Web Services

The Internet, as most people use it, consists out of texts. These might be enriched by multimedia content, but web pages are generally nothing else but texts written in HTML so that they can be rendered by Web Browsers like the Internet Explorer. HTML texts differ from written texts in their hypertext functionality. [read more...]

briefingpaper: What's in the Art Historian's Tool Kit?

This paper explores how art historians' research and analysis may benefit from the use of technology-led solutions pursued by colleagues in other fields.

This paper was given in a modified form by Neil Grindley at the Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts (3-6 September 2006) conference held at Dartington College of Arts, Devon. [read more...]