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Connecting and Enabling the Humanities: e-Research in the Border Zone

Connecting and Enabling the Humanities: e-Research in the Border Zone
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Author(s): Paul Arthur (Australian National University, Australia)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 16
Source title: Collaborative and Distributed E-Research: Innovations in Technologies, Strategies and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Angel A. Juan (Open University of Catalonia, Spain), Thanasis Daradoumis (Open University of Catalonia, Spain), Meritxell Roca (Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain), Scott E. Grasman (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) and J. Faulin (Public University of Navarre, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0125-3.ch005

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Abstract

E-Research is well-established in science and technology fields but is at an earlier stage of development in the humanities. Investments in technology infrastructure worldwide, however, are starting to pay dividends, and a cultural change is occurring, enabling closer collaborations between researchers in a sector that has traditionally emphasized individual research activities. This chapter discusses ways in which the humanities are utilizing digital methods, including: creating and enhancing online collections; building knowledge communities around projects, disciplines, and data; and communicating research results in widely accessible formats. E-Research has brought with it new attitudes, behaviors, and expectations. Topics include the growing opportunities for collaborative and cross-disciplinary approaches, building the information commons, and the need for long-term strategic investment in research infrastructure.

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