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Supporting Collaborative Research: Texts, Tablets and Tunes

CEES public lecture by Marina Jirotka, Reader in Requirements Engineering, Computing Department and Associate Director of the eResearch Centre, University of Oxford, UK.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
12:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

In recent years, a new vision for scientific research has been proposed that draws upon technological innovation to transform the ways in which scientific research is undertaken. This vision is now broadened to encompass Humanities and Social Sciences research. In this talk, Marina Jirotka will discuss some of the initiatives undertaken in Humanities in the UK, suggest some of the challenges for the design of technology in this field, but also consider how these initiatives may have consequences for our understanding of the nature of Humanities research.
The talk will introduce the vision of ‘e-Research’ – originally conceived of as eScience, where novel computational infrastructures are developed to support distributed communities of scientists using shared resources. In addition, Dr. Jirotka will discuss recent research projects undertaken at Oxford that consider the nature of particular cases of humanities research to develop specific kinds of technological support for these researchers. She will focus on two particular examples of technological support for the work of Ancient Classicists analysing ancient texts and Medieval Musicologists analysing digitised manuscripts. Using video fragments where these scholars are developing interpretations of the materials, she will explicate the different kinds of interpretative practices they draw on to understand the texts. These practices have important challenges for the technologies designed to support humanities research.

Cost : Free

Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

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