Managing Research Data in a Changing Digital Landscape

2 March 2011, 12:00 - 14:00

CRASSH Seminar Room

About the seminar

New technologies and improvements in existing technologies are making it possible to create, store, analyse and connect research data in ever increasingly innovative ways. At the same time, these rapid changes and diversity of technologies have created new challenges as software and hardware become obsolete and the original contexts of  data are lost.

This seminar brings together a panel of researchers to discuss their experiences, practical solutions, and lessons learnt from using and managing a variety of different data and data formats in their research.

Dr. Paul Russell (Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic) will describe his experience of creating and maintaining a bespoke database.

Dr. Lucy Farr (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research) will speak about the challenges and lessons learned from using the rapidly-evolving ArcGIS software package to record and analyse archaeological data meant to last.

Dr. Fanar Haddad (author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity) will speak about the challenges and benefits of using YouTube and other crowd-generated platforms as a research data source for studying the Middle East.

Stephen Gray (University of Bristol, JISC Digital Media) will speak about common and uncommon digital media formats, their discontents, and how to rein them in. 

The seminar will be chaired by Dr. Eleanor Robson (Department of History & Philosophy of Science).

Please note the seminar will be recorded. If you do not wish your comments in the discussion to be recorded, please speak to the organisers at the event.

The Incremental project is a collaboration between the Cambridge University Library and Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow. The project is a first step in improving and facilitating the day-to-day and long-term management of research data in higher education institutions.

The Cambridge Digital Humanities Network connects researchers at the University of Cambridge and beyond who are interested in how the use of digital tools is transforming scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. 

To reserve a place at the seminar and for more information about the Incremental project, please contact Catharine Ward (cw330 [at] cam.ac.uk).

For more information about the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, please contact Anne Alexander (raa43 [at] cam.ac.uk).