Current projects

OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group  September 2013 –

OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.

TIDSR: Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources  June 2008 –

The TIDSR best practices toolkit includes a number of elements to aid researchers and funding bodies to assess the impact of their digitisation projects, including measures that have been judged to be effective measures of impact.

Past projects

Big Data for Advancing Dementia Research  July 2014 – March 2015

The aim of this study is to undertake an in-depth examination of the practices in data sharing to advance the science of dementia and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities  January 2014 – March 2015

The Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project works with data derived from the UK domain crawl from 1996 to 2013, in order to develop a framework for the study of web archive data and produce a major history of the UK web space.

Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge  October 2012 – May 2014

The project will follow ‘big data’ from its public and private origins through open and closed pathways into the social sciences, and document and shape the ways they are being accessed and used to create new knowledge about the social world.

A Museum Without Walls: Realising the Potential of Crowdsourcing in the Arts  October 2012 – June 2013

This AHRC funded project studied the impact of an innovative crowdsourcing initiative on Your Paintings, an important digital art collection created by the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC.

Big Data: Demonstrating the Value of the UK Web Domain Dataset for Social Science Research  February 2012 – February 2014

This project aims to enhance JISC’s UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.

SECT: Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition  February 2012 – July 2013

SECT will carry out an investigation into the sustainability of the EEBO-TCP corpus and aims to develop strategies to secure a sustainable future for the collection.

Evaluating Digital Tools for Theatre and Dance: BAC Scratch Online  October 2011 – November 2012

Theatre and dance have fallen a long way behind music in the way they connect with audiences digitally. This project aims to understand how audiences can be engaged in the creative process, by evaluating the BAC’s Scratch Online platform.

Digital Impacts: A Synthesis Report and Workshop  February – May 2011

This project was designed to synthesize the evidence about the impact that digital resources are having on various audiences, and how resource providers have stepped up efforts to embed resources into the practices of communities.

Using Web Archives: A Futures Perspective  February – June 2011

Web archives are the best hope for future researchers to understand the web of yesterday and today, but efforts to ensure that archives will be useful are lagging. This report asks what challenges web archives face, and suggests how to address them.

Physical Science Information Practices  September 2010 – July 2011

Exploring the information seeking, organizing, archiving and communicating capacities of physical sciences communities as a study case (and role model) for effective information processing regimes and behaviours in complex problem-solving tasks.

SESERV Consortium: Socio-Economic Services for European Research Projects  September 2010 – September 2012

The SESERV consortium aims to maximize research impact by raising awareness of socio-economic trends in the areas of incentives, accounting, Digital Europe, and risk management, and by addressing possible policy priorities within the research community.

KNETWORKS: Dissemination and Networks of Knowledge in the Atlantic Area  July 2010 – July 2012

KNETWORKS aims to create a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st century knowledge and information society.

Researcher Engagement with Web Archives  April – August 2010

This project explores how to bridge the gap between archivists and researchers, and how preserved web content archives might be used by researchers and others to ask meaningful new questions.

Humanities Information Practices  February – November 2010

Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?

eResearch 2020  February 2009 – February 2010

Aiming to better understand the organizational, collaborative and technological developments in e-Infrastructures which are effective in supporting virtual research organizations in different fields.

Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study  June 2008 – April 2009

This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.

World Wide Web of Humanities  April 2008 – March 2009

Establishing a framework for e-Humanities research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.

PEACH: Presence Research in Action  May 2006 – April 2010

Presence research focuses on understanding and controlling the cognitive experience of being somewhere, or someone: we are analysing social impact scenarios to raise and address potential ethical and policy issues relating to Presence technologies.

OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project  October 2005 – March 2012

The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.

The e-Horizons Institute  October 2005 – April 2009

The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.

Digital Photography and Scientific Practice  October 2004 – August 2007

This dissertation project examines the intersection between technology and scientific practice for marine mammal scientists who use digital photography.