publication . Article . 2018

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; Welsh, Anne; O'Neill, Helen; Finley, Will; Duke-Williams, Oliver; Farquhar, Adam;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2018
  • 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...
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