DReSS II. From Digital Record to Population Observatory

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: School of Computer Science


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Andy Crabtree (2011) DReSS Project Website

Description DReSS II resulted in the development of an Open Source software package (DRS) that has attracted broad interest from diverse research communities including, corpus linguistics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), learning science, informatics, science and technology studies, performing arts studies, and qualitative research. The software has been used to conduct a range of substantive studies including studies of end-user programming, the social use of spectator interfaces and multi-user touch surfaces, novel amusement park rides, uses of domestic broadband and home networks, crisis management, video conferencing, new media performances, pervasive games, healthcare training, educational uses of virtual environments, and multi-modal communication, and it has been drawn upon by social scientists to shape methodological debates around computing and visual methods.
Exploitation Route DRS demonstrates the possibilities for social research of digital records. In this respect, DRS has also inspired the development of new tools to support performance studies and information visualisation and driven burgeoning interest in the analytic purchase of new forms of data capture and use in the Computer Aided Qualitative AnalysiS (CAQDAS) community.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

URL http://www.andy-crabtree.com/DReSS/outputs.html
Description One example of e-Science Programme impact has been the investments in the social sciences that have been important in two areas: geographic and spatial sciences (GENeSIS) and qualitative analysis (DRESS) ... Probably the most important impact is the way in which the e-Science investments have situated social scientists to respond to the ESRC grand challenges. Indeed, two of the e-Social Science nodes were the recipients of major ESRC Digital Economy investments, namely in Aberdeen (Policy Grid/Rural Communities) and Nottingham (DRESS/Creative Industries). RCUK Review of e-Science 2009
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
Impact Types Societal

Title Digital Replay System 
Description Software enables combination of heterogeneous datasets to support qualitative analysis 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2007 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Supported by CAQDAS research community 
URL http://sourceforge.net/projects/thedrs/