Research


    Past Projects

    OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Heather Ford, John McManus, Shireen Walton, Dr. William Kelly

    OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.


    Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Linnet E. M. Taylor, Josh Cowls

    The project will follow 'big data' from its public and private origins through open and closed pathways into the social sciences, and document and shape the ways they are being accessed and used to create new knowledge about the social world.


    Big Data for Advancing Dementia Research

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Ulrike Deetjen

    The aim of this study is to undertake an in-depth examination of the practices in data sharing to advance the science of dementia and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.


    Big Data: Demonstrating the Value of the UK Web Domain Dataset for Social Science Research

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr. Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr. Taha Yasseri, Dr. Jonathan Bright

    This project aims to enhance JISC's UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.


    Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Josh Cowls

    The Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project works with data derived from the UK domain crawl from 1996 to 2013, in order to develop a framework for the study of web archive data and produce a major history of the UK web space.


    Data for Policy

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    A study of big data and other innovative data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policy making.


    Digital Impacts: A Synthesis Report and Workshop

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Kathryn Eccles

    This project was designed to synthesize the evidence about the impact that digital resources are having on various audiences, and how resource providers have stepped up efforts to embed resources into the practices of communities.


    Digital Photography and Scientific Practice

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer

    This dissertation project examines the intersection between technology and scientific practice for marine mammal scientists who use digital photography.


    Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Mike Thelwall, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Christine Madsen, Dr. Kathryn Eccles

    This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.


    eResearch 2020

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Kathryn Eccles

    Aiming to better understand the organizational, collaborative and technological developments in e-Infrastructures which are effective in supporting virtual research organizations in different fields.


    Evaluating Digital Tools for Theatre and Dance: BAC Scratch Online

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Isis Hjorth

    Theatre and dance have fallen a long way behind music in the way they connect with audiences digitally. This project aims to understand how audiences can be engaged in the creative process, by evaluating the BAC's Scratch Online platform.


    HUMANE: a typology, method and roadmap for HUman-MAchine Networks

    Participants: Dr. Taha Yasseri, Dr. Milena Tsvetkova, Dr. Ruth Olimpia GarcĂ­a Gavilanes, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Bill Mulligan

    In this project we evaluate Human-Machine Networks by focusing on two cases of peer-production in Wikipedia and citizen science projects in Zooniverse by applying quantitative methods to transactional big data.


    Humanities Information Practices

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr. Marina Jirotka, Dr. Annamaria Carusi, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Christine Madsen, Tim Davies, Dr. Kathryn Eccles, Dr. Monica Bulger, Grace de la Flor, Dr. Tim Webmoor, Dr. Claire Warwick, Dr. Melissa Terras, Dr. Sally Wyatt, Smiljana Antonijevic, Dr. Anne Beaulieu

    Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?


    KNETWORKS: Dissemination and Networks of Knowledge in the Atlantic Area

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Cristobal Cobo

    KNETWORKS aims to create a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st century knowledge and information society.


    OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr. Marina Jirotka, Dr. Annamaria Carusi, Dr. Matthijs den Besten, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Kathryn Eccles, Professor Christopher Millard, Professor Michael Parker, Dr. Justine Pila, Professor Tina Piper, Dr. Michael Spence, Professor David Vaver

    The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.


    PEACH: Presence Research in Action

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Malte Ziewitz, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Presence research focuses on understanding and controlling the cognitive experience of being somewhere, or someone: we are analysing social impact scenarios to raise and address potential ethical and policy issues relating to Presence technologies.


    Physical Science Information Practices

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr. Marina Jirotka, Dr. Annamaria Carusi, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Lucy Power, Dr. Monica Bulger, Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst, Dr. Will Venters, Dr. Monica Bulger, Dr. Melissa Terras, Dr. Sally Wyatt, Avgousta Kyriakidou, Peter Williams

    Exploring the information seeking, organizing, archiving and communicating capacities of physical sciences communities as a study case (and role model) for effective information processing regimes and behaviours in complex problem-solving tasks.


    Project Novum: Distributed Ledger Technologies and Structural Change in Financial and Cultural Services

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Professor Eric Meyer, Professor Graham Cormode, Dr. Duncan MacDonald-Korth, Odysseas Sclavounis

    Examining organizational and structural changes that the successful application of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) is expected to require in the financial services and the visual arts, and in areas where the two sectors overlap.


    Researcher Engagement with Web Archives

    Participants: Dr. Arthur Thomas, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Christine Madsen, Dr. Sally Wyatt, Dr. Charles van den Heuval, Dr. Meghan Dougherty

    This project explores how to bridge the gap between archivists and researchers, and how preserved web content archives might be used by researchers and others to ask meaningful new questions.


    SECT: Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Judith Siefring, Michael Popham

    SECT will carry out an investigation into the sustainability of the EEBO-TCP corpus and aims to develop strategies to secure a sustainable future for the collection.


    SESERV Consortium: Socio-Economic Services for European Research Projects

    Participants: Dr. Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Cristobal Cobo

    The SESERV consortium aims to maximize research impact by raising awareness of socio-economic trends in the areas of incentives, accounting, Digital Europe, and risk management, and by addressing possible policy priorities within the research community.


    The e-Horizons Institute

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr. Marina Jirotka, Professor Anne Trefethen, Professor Paul Jeffreys, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.


    The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation and Automation, and General Practice Services

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Michael A. Osborne, Dr. Angela Coulter, Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, Dr. Matt Willis

    The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation, Automation, and General Practice Services project is a collaboration between the Oxford Internet Institute, the Oxford Department of Engineering Science, and the Oxford Martin School, at the University of Oxford.


    TIDSR: Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer

    The TIDSR best practices toolkit includes a number of elements to aid researchers and funding bodies to assess the impact of their digitisation projects, including measures that have been judged to be effective measures of impact.


    Using Web Archives: A Futures Perspective

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr. Arthur Thomas, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Web archives are the best hope for future researchers to understand the web of yesterday and today, but efforts to ensure that archives will be useful are lagging. This report asks what challenges web archives face, and suggests how to address them.


    World Wide Web of Humanities

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr. Robert Ackland, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr. Christine Madsen

    Establishing a framework for e-Humanities research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.