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Enabling Complex Analysis of Large-Scale Digital Collections: Humanities Research, High Performance Computing, and transforming access to British Library Digital Collections

Terras, MM; Baker, J; Hetherington, J; Beavan, D; Welsh, A; O'Neill, H; Finley, W; ... Austwick, M; + view all (2016) Enabling Complex Analysis of Large-Scale Digital Collections: Humanities Research, High Performance Computing, and transforming access to British Library Digital Collections. In: Digital Humanities 2016: Conference Abstracts. (pp. pp. 376-379). Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations: Jagiellonian University and Pedagogical University, Kraków, Poland. Green open access

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Abstract

How best can humanities researchers access and analyse large-scale digital datasets available from institutions in the cultural and heritage sector? What barriers remain in place for those from the humanities wishing to use high performance computing to provide insights into historical datasets? This paper describes a pilot project that worked in collaboration with non-computationally trained humanities researchers to identify and overcome barriers to complex analysis of large-scale digital collections using institutional university frameworks that routinely support the processing of large-scale data sets for research purposes in the sciences. The project brought together humanities researchers, research software engineers, and information professionals from the British Library Digital Scholarship Department 1, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH) 2, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL CASA) 3, and UCL Research IT Services (UCL RITS) 4 to analyse an open-licensed, large-scale dataset from the British Library. While useful research results were generated, undertaking this project clarified the technical and procedural barriers that exist when humanities researchers attempt to utilize computational research infrastructures in the pursuit of their own research questions.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Enabling Complex Analysis of Large-Scale Digital Collections: Humanities Research, High Performance Computing, and transforming access to British Library Digital Collections
Event: Digital Humanities 2016, 11-16 July 2016, Krakow, Poland
Location: Krakow
Dates: 11 July 2016 - 16 July 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://dh2016.adho.org/abstracts/230
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: data, GLAM, research, analysis, HPC
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1517120
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