(A VRE is a Virtual Research Environment…like a blackboard, well not really)
The following press release is from the Centre that I work within at King’s College; London. A lot of these projects won’t be of that much interest to researchers (as they are infrastructure grants, not research), however the TEXTvre project may be of extraordinary interest to researchers. Although JISC (Joint Information Services Committee) does not fund research as a matter of course, on occasions the projects undertaken under its auspices are in fact research. The TEXTvre project is one of these and is a collaboration between CeRch and our sister organiastion the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH). It is the aim of this project to build a Virtual Research Environment to encode texts using the TEI (Text Encoding Inititaive) standard. I will blog about this project more as it develops.
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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.
A good review from the Times Higher Education Supplement by William Dutton, head of the Oxford Internet Institute, on the book Republic.com 2.0 by Cass R Sunstein. Sunstein is arguing that too much information is bad for democracy (as I did in the recent paper I published for FastCapitalism. I proposed a way of designing for ‘information abundance’ and am also presenting a paper on this subject next week in Prato Italy at the Community Informatics Research Network Conference).
I am at the Community Informatics Research Network conference (CIRN) at Prato in Italy. It is still early into the first day of the conference, but I think that the conference will be fruitful in terms of addressing the question that I came here to deliberate upon. This is how do we design software for use in a community context that can is both goal-orientated and deliberative? I am proposing a project to do this in the paper that I am presenting, and there are a lot of people here that have a wealth of experience in the use of social software in various community contexts. Many of the people here are involved in communities with low ‘technical capital’ and are using communication technologies for development and community engagement. I am interested the broader definition of community; such a ‘communities of practice’ and am also presenting a poster from the Methods Network at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College in London on ‘communities of practice’ and their attempt to create a virtual manifestation of this through the content management system Drupal.
Australia is setting up an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) over the next six months. Here is the document that outlines the service (link)