Project Bamboo

Bamboo is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, and inter-organizational effort that brings together researchers in arts and humanities, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and campus information technologists to tackle the question:

How can we advance arts and humanities research through the development of shared technology services? (link)

The Desmond Tutu Digital Archive

(Another ambitious project from the Centre for Computing in the Humanities here at King’s…see other CCH projects at link)

The purpose of the Desmond Tutu Digital Archive project is to create a multimedia digital archive of the personal papers and recordings of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, which will be made available over the internet free of charge. The Archive will be fully interactive, with tools to facilitate access by people of all cultures, all ages and all levels of learning and experience, not only in South Africa but all over the world. The project is fully endorsed and supported by Archbishop Tutu.

A multi-phase project is envisaged: in the first phases, archive materials held in a number of locations in South Africa will be digitised. These include more than 200,000 pages of documents, over 1,000 hours of live audio recordings, potentially hundreds of hours of video and large collections of photographs (link)

New MA in Digital Assett Management at King’s College; London

This is the new MA offered by the Centre of eResearch and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities here at King’s.

The Centre for e-Research (CeRch) in collaboration with the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) is proposing to establish an MA in Digital Asset Management (MADAM). The goal of MADAM is to address what is seen as a major gap in education and training at postgraduate level in an increasingly important area of library, archival and curatorial activity, namely the management of digital resources.

Within the cultural heritage sector, there has been an increasing amount of activity over several years in the creation of digital resources, either by creating digital facsimiles of existing cultural artifacts, or by creating new (‘born digital’) resources. In government, both local and central, and in commerce and industry, more and more of the information created in the normal course of activity is in electronic form, whether as web publications, email, or documents in word-processed, spreadsheet or PDF formats.

There are important considerations of curatorial and technical standards that arise throughout the ‘digital resource life-cycle’, from creation through management and dissemination to long-term preservation. These considerations and this life-cycle are the core subject matter of the proposed new MA programme in Digital Asset Management.

The new programme will be able to take advantage of activities and areas of expertise in which King’s College London has international standing, and will offer imaginative intellectual and practical training in areas that are of major and growing importance in contemporary society. The intention is to develop a programme that is strongly inter-disciplinary. At the outset, the focus will be on resources across the humanities disciplines but over time the course will be expanded to cover the social sciences, medicine and the biomedical sciences.

Further details about the programme and how to register will be available shortly. To express an interest in the course and for an outline of the core module, please email Lydia.horstman@kcl.ac.uk

King’s College London, Centre for e-Research

Enhancing and Supporting e-Research King’s College London is pleased to announce the establishment of the KCL Centre for e-Research. Based in Information Systems and Services, the Centre will lead on building an e-research environment and data management infrastructure at King’s, seeking to harness the potential of IT to enhance research and teaching practice across the College. The Centre also has a remit to make a significant contribution to national, European and international agendas for e-research, and in particular to carry forward in a new context the work of the AHDS across the arts and humanities.

To that end, the Centre will incorporate the Arts and Humanities Data Service Executive and its related projects, thus providing a secure institutional framework for the projects, and a platform for developing future services and projects when funding for the AHDS ceases at the end of March 2008. The Centre will seek to carry forward the legacy of the AHDS and to use its expertise and skills to explore a new framework and funding model for the support of ICT based around communities of practice, a network of expert centres, and the emerging set of institutional repositories.

The Centre will be directed by Sheila Anderson, currently Director of the Arts and Humanities Data Service. Lorna Hughes (currently Manager of the Methods Network) and Mark Hedges (currently Technical Manager at the AHDS) will join the Centre as Deputy Directors.

Planning for the new Centre began on 1st October 2007 and a major launch event is planned for Spring 2008. Further information and news about the Centre and its activities will be released over the coming months.

Sheila Anderson