publication . Article . 2017

Enabling complex analysis of large-scale digital collections: humanities research, high performance computing, and transforming access to British Library digital collections

Terras, Melissa; Baker, James; Hetherington, James; Beavan, David; Zaltz Austwick, Martin; Welsh, Anne; O'Neill, Helen; Finley, Will; Duke-Williams, Oliver; Farquhar, Adam;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 May 2017
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Although there has been a drive in the cultural heritage sector to provide large-scale, open data sets for researchers, we have not seen a commensurate rise in humanities researchers undertaking complex analysis of these data sets for their own research purposes. This article reports on a pilot project at University College London, working in collaboration with the British Library, to scope out how best high-performance computing facilities can be used to facilitate the needs of researchers in the humanities. Using institutional data-processing frameworks routinely used to support scientific research, we assisted four humanities researchers in analysing 60,000 d...
Subjects
free text keywords: D, Computer Science Applications, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Information Systems, Computer science, Open data, Data science, Digital collections, Big data, business.industry, business, Humanities, Cultural heritage, Digital humanities, Resource allocation, Supercomputer, Scientific method, World Wide Web
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