VIRTUAL VELLUM: online viewing environment for the Grid and Live Audiences

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: French

Abstract

Arts and Humanities scholars working on international collaborative research projects involving large-scale image collections held on local and/or distributed databases often need to consult one another to explore questions of mutual interest (e.g. aspects of iconography, discrete art-historical features, definition of image content, real-time comparison of similar or related images). The Access and Data Grids afford the ideal framework (and computing power) for rapid and efficient handling of such large-scale collections of high-resolution images, permitting real-time close-up scrutiny of single or juxtaposed (2+) images, with independent zooming control and other functionalities such as hotspotting, highlighting and blogging. Such tools do not yet exist; to develop them poses a considerable but appealing challenge. A robust but customisable environment is needed for desktop working, configured to address the particular needs of Arts & Humanities researchers and compatible with different kinds of platform. Secondly, in all fields involving the image (manuscript studies, art history, iconography, theatre, museums and galleries are just a few that come to mind), scholars presenting papers live at conferences or delivering online seminars that incorporate reference to the image (typically for side-by-side comparison) are largely dependent on PowerPoint. Good as it is, it does not afford the ideal tool for such presentations, and once again what is missing is the active involvement of scholars in the design process. A more flexible, robust viewing environment is urgently needed, compatible with Windows XP, Mac and Linux platforms, to allow scholars to present papers with confidence in a manner which allows them to manipulate the image files quickly, efficiently and flexibly. Such an environment might have the additional benefit of encouraging scholars to use otherwise dormant datasets.

Publications

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Title Cy commencent : Jean Froissart chroniqueur de la guerre de Cent Ans 
Description Public exhibition mounted at the Musée de l'Armée, Hôtel national des Invalides (Paris), in Spring 2010, in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Bibliothèque d'Etude et de Conservation, Besançon. 02 April to 04 July 2010. Approximately 80 000 visitors. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2010 
Impact Publication of the exhibition Catalogue: Art de l'enluminure no. 31 (déc. 2009 - fév. 2010). Subsequent invitation to Ainsworth to contribute to a further national exhibition mounted in Paris and Pau:- Gaston Fébus. Prince Soleil 1331-1391, Musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen Age, Paris, 30 November 2011 to 5 March 2012; Musée national du Château de Pau, 17 March to 17 June 2012; contribution by Peter Ainsworth to the Catalogue: 'Le Fébus de Froissart' (rmn/BnF, Paris, 2011, pp. 44-51). 
URL http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/panoply/exhibitions/paris/index.html
 
Title The Chronicles of Froissart 
Description Exhibition based on Froissart's Chronicles and on contemporary arms and armour from the UK national collections, mounted at The Royal Armouries, Leeds, 08 December 2007 to 06 April 2008. Some 50 000 visitors estimated to have attended, with a lot of very positive feedback received via the Visitors Book. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2007 
Impact The provision of an absorbing, immersive, historical, cultural and literary experience for some 50 000 visitors of all ages. Major impact was evidenced by the decision taken by the Royal Armouries' sister museum Le Musée national de l'Armée, Hôtel national des Invalides, Paris, to mount a follow-on exhibition which attracted 80 000 international visitors during the spring of 2010. 
URL http://www.royalarmouries.org/what-we-do/exhibitions/the-chronicles-of-froissart
 
Description This award, made within the broader context of the AHRC ICT programme, enabled the applicants and development team to produce an extremely flexible, versatile and easy-to-use online manuscript viewer. The design was informed by the experience, wants and needs of experienced medievalists, and by input from professional digital photography consultants Scriptura (Colin Dunn, responsible for producing the high-resolution digitised manuscripts behind the project).
Exploitation Route The viewer can be used with high-resolution photographic images of any object. It allows side-by-side comparison, horizontal or vertical marshalling of multiple images and very precise comparative measurement. Even large-scale images load very quickly from a laptop, PC or Mac HD (the tool is compatible with all three standards), and performance over the internet is impressive. with high-speed broadband the package performs optimally, with no delays at all. Much of this is due to the deployment of the JPEG2 standard, to which our 500MB test TIFFs were converted. using scaling ratios. Rulers can be called up or hidden, and so can the thumbnail image bar and the colour and metre scale strips. VIRTUAL VELLUM is a marvellous tool for use with a data projector in a seminar room or lecture theatre, far more reliable than the conventional pair of 35mm colour projectors. It appeals to art historians especially, for that reason and for those already discussed above. VIRTUAL VELLUM can be pre-programmed with sequences of images, or these can be called up at will from databases and other online sources. It is open source, therefore free and freely adaptable, and easy to slot into a web-based system. VIRTUAL VELLUM is the ideal tool for editing text from high-resolution facsimiles, for revealing fine detail (often more than the naked eye can manage), for teaching in seminar rooms or over federated live collaborative grid sessions, and for showing and comparing images to larger audiences in a lecture theatre situation. VIRTUAL VELLUM provides the external viewer for the EPSRC-funded PEGASUS grid project, the JISC-funded "Digging into Image Data to Answer Author-Related Questions" consortium project, and the AHRC-funded ONLINE FROISSART. On the last-mentioned programme's website, it provides the external viewer which allows users to look at images of one or more manuscript folios singly or next to each other, and to add to these the transcribed text, the columns and lines of which are matched, scalably, to those of the originals. Reduce the size of the image, and the transcription reduces in proportion. It is also possible to add the additional layer (matched in the same way) of our translation into modern English. So flexible is the viewer that it has been adopted for use by the Leverhulme Trust-funded Egerton Manuscript project at the University of Reading (PI: Catherine Léglu). The KIOSQUE interactive software package specially developed for international exhibitions in Leeds and Paris arising from the ONLINE FROISSART incorporates VIRTUAL VELLUM for the purpose of offering museum visitors a spectacularly intimate encounter with manuscript 'originals' that they would normally not be able to explore, and to leaf through the contents of the entire book. Whilst the viewer does not mimic the fall of the parchment leaves (cf. the British Library's remarkable "Turning the Pages" software), the computing power is placed here resolutely at the service of the digital image, and aims to derive the highest possible impact and benefit from it.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Environment

URL http://www.shef.ac.uk/hri/projects/projectpages/virtualvellum
 
Description In addition to the impact described elsewhere in this data, Michael Meredith received an invitation in 2012 from Dr Jennifer Giuliano to accept a Visiting Fellowship in early 2013 at the University of Maryland, where he delivered a series of masterclasses on Digital Image Manipulation and Exploitation.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Digging into Data to Answer Authorship-Related Questions
Amount £51,181 (GBP)
Organisation Jisc 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 07/2011
 
Description Digitising Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts for the Grid
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Worldwide Universities Network 
Sector Academic/University
Country Global
Start 09/2008 
End 12/2008
 
Description Knowledge Transfer (Exhibitor project, Meredith, MJ, Dr investigator
Amount £69,080 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Department EPSRC KTA Knowledge Transfer Account
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2010 
End 06/2011
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Kiosque interactive exhibition software
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2006 
End 05/2008
 
Description Digitising Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts for the Grid 
Organisation Royal Library of Belgium
Country Belgium 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Funding from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN Grid) supported our research on and digitisation of illuminated manuscripts held at major French and Belgian research libraries. We produced codicological and iconographical commentaries used for two national exhibitions (Royal Armouries, Leeds; Musée national de l'Armée, Invalides, Paris).
Collaborator Contribution The Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique and Bibliothèque du Patrimoine at Toulouse opened their special collections to the Online Froissart project and gave permission for us to photograph high-resolution images of several priceless 15th-century illuminated manuscripts. The facsimiles can be viewed for free on the Online Froissart website
Impact High-resolution facsimiles of four complete 15th-century illuminated manuscripts of Froissart's Chronicles, with photographer Colin Dunn of Scriptura Ltd. These were used for the software developed for two national exhibitions (Leeds and Paris), for the AHRC-funded Online Froissart, and for the EPSRC Pegasus and JISC Digging into Image Data projects.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Digitising Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts for the Grid 
Organisation Toulouse Library for Study and Heritage
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Funding from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN Grid) supported our research on and digitisation of illuminated manuscripts held at major French and Belgian research libraries. We produced codicological and iconographical commentaries used for two national exhibitions (Royal Armouries, Leeds; Musée national de l'Armée, Invalides, Paris).
Collaborator Contribution The Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique and Bibliothèque du Patrimoine at Toulouse opened their special collections to the Online Froissart project and gave permission for us to photograph high-resolution images of several priceless 15th-century illuminated manuscripts. The facsimiles can be viewed for free on the Online Froissart website
Impact High-resolution facsimiles of four complete 15th-century illuminated manuscripts of Froissart's Chronicles, with photographer Colin Dunn of Scriptura Ltd. These were used for the software developed for two national exhibitions (Leeds and Paris), for the AHRC-funded Online Froissart, and for the EPSRC Pegasus and JISC Digging into Image Data projects.
Start Year 2008
 
Description Digitising Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts for the Grid 
Organisation Worldwide Universities Network
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funding from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN Grid) supported our research on and digitisation of illuminated manuscripts held at major French and Belgian research libraries. We produced codicological and iconographical commentaries used for two national exhibitions (Royal Armouries, Leeds; Musée national de l'Armée, Invalides, Paris).
Collaborator Contribution The Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique and Bibliothèque du Patrimoine at Toulouse opened their special collections to the Online Froissart project and gave permission for us to photograph high-resolution images of several priceless 15th-century illuminated manuscripts. The facsimiles can be viewed for free on the Online Froissart website
Impact High-resolution facsimiles of four complete 15th-century illuminated manuscripts of Froissart's Chronicles, with photographer Colin Dunn of Scriptura Ltd. These were used for the software developed for two national exhibitions (Leeds and Paris), for the AHRC-funded Online Froissart, and for the EPSRC Pegasus and JISC Digging into Image Data projects.
Start Year 2008
 
Description JISC/NEH/NSF Digging into Image Data network: Universy of Sheffield, State University of Michigan, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Organisation Michigan State University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution From Final Report
Collaborator Contribution Digging into Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions set out to explore authorship studies of visual arts through computational image analyses. Three datasets of visual works - 15th-century manuscripts, 17th- and 18th-century maps, and 19th-and 21st-century quilts - were chosen to investigate what might be revealed about the authors and their artistic lineages by comparing manuscripts, maps, and quilts across four centuries; the project investigated the accuracy and computational scalability of adaptive image analyses when applied to diverse collections of image data. Outcomes published during a major international conference in Washington DC in July 2011, with our partners from the State University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana- Champaign.
Impact The collaboration covered medieval manuscript and iconographic studies, supercomputing and data analysis, and social and cultural history of artefacts. Publications by Ainsworth and Meredith are recorded on ResearchFish.
Start Year 2010
 
Description JISC/NEH/NSF Digging into Image Data network: Universy of Sheffield, State University of Michigan, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Organisation University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution From Final Report
Collaborator Contribution Digging into Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions set out to explore authorship studies of visual arts through computational image analyses. Three datasets of visual works - 15th-century manuscripts, 17th- and 18th-century maps, and 19th-and 21st-century quilts - were chosen to investigate what might be revealed about the authors and their artistic lineages by comparing manuscripts, maps, and quilts across four centuries; the project investigated the accuracy and computational scalability of adaptive image analyses when applied to diverse collections of image data. Outcomes published during a major international conference in Washington DC in July 2011, with our partners from the State University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Urbana- Champaign.
Impact The collaboration covered medieval manuscript and iconographic studies, supercomputing and data analysis, and social and cultural history of artefacts. Publications by Ainsworth and Meredith are recorded on ResearchFish.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Kiosque KTP 
Organisation Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project developed interactive viewing software for museums and galleries; it was the first Knowledge Transfer Partnership ever awarded to an Arts and Humanities project in the UK. The project generated interactive software for live/online exhibitions.
Collaborator Contribution The BIS part-funded the initiative with Tribal plc. Tribal assisted with training provided for the Associate, and with technical expertise and knowledge.
Impact The primary output was the Kiosque software used for two national exhibitions (viewable via the URL cited above)
Start Year 2006
 
Description Kiosque KTP 
Organisation Tribal Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project developed interactive viewing software for museums and galleries; it was the first Knowledge Transfer Partnership ever awarded to an Arts and Humanities project in the UK. The project generated interactive software for live/online exhibitions.
Collaborator Contribution The BIS part-funded the initiative with Tribal plc. Tribal assisted with training provided for the Associate, and with technical expertise and knowledge.
Impact The primary output was the Kiosque software used for two national exhibitions (viewable via the URL cited above)
Start Year 2006
 
Title Browsing Components and XML Template for KIOSQUE within PEGASUS 
Description Manuscript browsing components and XML template for KIOSQUE within PEGASUS. This allows generic manuscripts to be easily viewed in a book-like [cf. "Turning-the-Pages"] style using only the image catalogue XML files required by VIRTUAL VELLUM. The browsing template is therefore adaptable to any such image collection (by just changing a filename within the template) and also provides contextual information. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2008 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Robust protocols permitted real-time access to and distribution of exhibition packages developed at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Pegasus established a secure infrastructure to allow each partner museum to create, share and exchange such materials with the other's audiences and researchers. 
URL http://hridigital.shef.ac.uk/pegasus
 
Title Exhibition Selector and Content Loader for KIOSQUE 
Description Helper tools to facilitate the delivery and management of the content on the SRB system. These include an exhibition selector and content uploader, and some user permissions tools. All of these tools are available as open source. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2011 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The Exhibitor package was taken into several South Yorkshire schools in 2012, and successfully used there. 
URL http://hridigital.shef.ac.uk/exhibitor-project
 
Title KIOSQUE engine and content DTD/XML 
Description Revised KIOSQUE engine and content DTD/XML specifications specifically designed to host virtual exhibitions via HTTP, FTP and/or SRB data sources. The further development of the KIOSQUE engine includes an upgrade to allow it to run in a Java applet configuration as well as in a stand-alone desktop mode. This required additional considerations such as limited memory, resources and bandwidth. The revisions made were informed by performance measures and user engagement feedback throughout the project. 
Type Of Technology Grid Application 
Year Produced 2007 
Impact Use for two major exhibitions, Royal Armouries (Leeds, 2007-08) and Musée national de l'Armée (Paris, 2010). 
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hri/projects/projectpages/kiosque/screenshots
 
Title VIRTUAL VELLUM for SRB Data Grid 
Description Updated version of the VIRTUAL VELLUM software to support multi-user collaboration over an SRB data grid in (for example) access grid meetings or similar sessions 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2008 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Successfully used for the JISC-funded Digging into Image Data project in 2010. 
URL https://www.shef.ac.uk/hri/projects/projectpages/vv/downloads
 
Title VIRTUAL VELLUM manuscript viewing software 
Description VIRTUAL VELLUM is an e-Science demonstrator project funded by EPSRC/JISC/Arts & Humanities e-Science Initiative and the UK e-Science Core Programme with the aim of promoting and demonstrating the use of technology within arts and humanities research. The aim of the original project was to investigate technologies that facilitate the retrieval, manipulation and annotation/hotspotting of very high-resolution image datasets (typically greater than 8k x 6k pixels). Each dataset may consist of many hundreds of images, such as those from digitised manuscripts. The Online Froissart Project provided the initial collection of images for the development process; however the viewing environment offers a generic viewing tool for researchers of many kinds and from all sorts of disciplinary fields; it is able to handle arbitrary image collections. Flexibility in terms of accessing image datasets is given by including the ability to retrieve data from a local hard drive, over the internet, or via a Data Grid using Storage Resource Broker (at the University of Sheffield this primarily makes use of the White Rose Grid and Worldwide Universities Network, WUN). Motivated by the potential bandwidth issues associated with retrieving large images over a network, the effectiveness of encoding the images as JPEG2 was established and successfully implemented within the project. Further benefits and features include: Entirely written in Java Version 1.2 (includes the JPEG2 decoder and multiple view user interface) Open source access to the viewing tool Computer platform independence Single and multiple views for comparing different images Virtual Vellum therefore provides an ideal tool for collaborative Access Grid seminars and stand-alone conference presentations and lectures. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2006 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The software is an integral part of the AHRC-funded Online Froissart project website, offering open access to thousands of high-resolution illuminated medieval manuscript folios. It also formed part of the software approach to two major exhibitions at the Royal Armouries Leeds (2007-08) and Musée national de l'Armée, Invalides, Paris. It has been adopted by another AHRC-funded programme in medieval studies at the University of Reading (MS Egerton 1500 project). 
URL https://www.shef.ac.uk/hri/projects/projectpages/vv/downloads
 
Description Ainsworth PF, Ecole du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited to give a lecture and presentation to an audience of trainee museographers and PhD students in Medieval Studies at the Ecole du Louvre, Mus?e du Louvre, Paris, in the Autumn of 2007. The talk stimulated a lively Q&A session, and requests for additional information.

The lecture and Q&A led to some changes to the design of the Paris exhibition I co-curated in Spring 2010.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
URL http://www.ecoledulouvre.fr/
 
Description Ainsworth PF, Pegasus, Virtual Vellum and the Froissart Manuscripts Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was an invited live Access and Data Grid Workshop conducted synchronously at the Universities of Ottawa (PI plus Professor Andrew Taylor), Sheffield (Dr MJ Meredith) and Saskatchewan (Canadian research colleagues), Oct 2008. Interactive tools were successfully used and operated from each of the 3 particiapting sites.

There was lively interest from faculty and graduate students, and raised awareness of the potential uses of the Access Grid for live, shared graduate teaching and learning, as well as for the dissemination of research material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Ainsworth PF, invitation and repeat invitation to visit the University of Stockholm to publicise the Online Froissart, Pegasus and Virtual Vellum projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact In September 2008 PI Ainsworth accepted an invitation to speak to the Department of English and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Stockholm on 'Froissart as Historian', and also on 'PANOPLY, PEGASUS and VIRTUAL VELLUM : tools for electronic editions'. This led to an invitation to take up a Visiting Professorship in September-October 2009, and to deliver a series of research seminars and masterclasses to an audience that included graduate students and senior Faculty members from Stockholm, Uppsala and Copenhagen.

Ainsworth's visiting lecture and professorship enabled him to disseminate the first fruits (and later the more developed first outcomes) from the AHRC Online Froissart project, and also from the Virtual Vellum and Pegasus projects. I was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Stockholm specifically to demonstrate the first fruits of the Online Froissart and its associated projects. During my visit I was invited to view rare medieval manuscripts at Stockholm and Uppsala University Libraries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009
 
Description Ainsworth PF, invited visit to the Departments of English and French, University of Virginia at Charlottesville 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact From 15-20 October 2013 Professor Ainsworth visited by invitation the Departments of French and English at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville), USA, to speak to Faculty and graduate students about the Online Froissart and his international exhibitions. In addition, he delivered an invited public lecture on Froissart's Chronicles.

Graduate students were introduced to new ways of working online with medieval manuscript materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Ainsworth PF, membership of Advisory Boards, plus Peer Review College Appointments, Visiting Professorships 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Advisory Board, Europeana Regia project (Framework 7, EU), Bibliothèque nationale de France, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique etc, 2010-present

Advisory Board, Manuscripts Online (JISC-funded; by invitation of the JISC) 2011-present

Peer Review College, EPSRC (Grid and e-Science: by invitation), 2009-2011

Invited to serve on Advisory Board, Jean de Vignay Online Edition project (Louvain), 2009

AHRC Knowledge Transfer and Major Research Grants Panel, 2009-2011

Visiting Professorships, Universities of Stockholm and Ottawa. While in Ottawa, grid seminars with the Universities of Calgary, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Sheffield using KIOSQUE, VIRTUAL VELLUM, PEGASUS and SRB client software.

Awards were made to successful projects, Visiting Professorships were successfully undertaken.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012
 
Description Meredith MJ and Ainsworth PF co-presention at DARIAH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A large number of Arts and Humanities researchers attended this international event showcasing the best in research in the Digital Arts and Humanities.

We received expressions of interest from other delegates, and viewed other projects that were of interest to us.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Meredith MJ and Ainsworth PF, All Hands Conference Presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Regular invitations from AHeSSC/White Rose Grid/EPSRC to demonstrate at these successive All Hands conferences in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 allowed us to showcase and talk about our e-Science projects, to influence e-Science policy and funding modes, and to learn from other projects.

New funding streams post 2010, via AHRC in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description Meredith MJ, Network of Expert Centres workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participants heard Meredith speak about our contribution to Arts and Humanities research deploying Digital Technologies.

Enhanced awareness amongst the audience of what can be achieved. Indirectly, impact on decisions taken by funders of future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Meredith MJ, Supercomputer 2010, Grand Challenges in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Meredith MJ was invited to sit on a panel at Supercomputer 2010 on Grand Challenges in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, in Nov ember 2010. This allowed him to disseminate data, results and ideas from our own projects, and to engage with researchers doing cognate or similar work at an international gathering featuring the best in Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, focused on Grand Challenges

Networking and the opportunity to learn from other scholars and researchers working in similar fields.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Meredith MJ, UK e-Science Engineering Task Force 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meredith's invitation to speak at the UK e-Science Engineering Task Force meeting held in March 2008 allowed him to influence thinking and future funding of e-Science in Great Britain, and to disseminate ideas and thinking from our projects.

Enhanced funding streams and research programmes due to raised profile for e-Science in the UK and abroad, especially in the USA (with Ameircan partners such as NSF and NEH), via White Rose Grid and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Meredith MJ, e-Uptake workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meredith was invited to speak at this e-Uptake workshop focusing on the update of e-Infrastructure services in the Arts and Humanities, held in July 2010. It allowed him to disseminate ideas from our projects, and to feed informed comment into the decision making process designed to enhance the use and spread of Digital Arts and Humanities

Enhancement of Digital Arts and Humanities, including raised profile and (ultimately) increase in funding programmes and streams.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Meredith MJ, invited paper at NSF-sponsored Imaging and Image Analyses event, NCSA Urbana-Champaign 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Meredith was invited to speak at this workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation, USA, on Cross-Disciplinary Investigations in Imaging and Image Analyses. The workshop was held at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in April 2011. Results included feedback into the "Digging into Image Data" project, and dissemination and refinement of data from our own projects.

There was helpful input from this meeting into the later stages of our Digging into Image Data project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011