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Parliamentary Event – Big Data Research Exhibition

Date: 15/07/2014

MPs and peers are today (15th July) being given the opportunity to meet researchers across all disciplinary areas who work with Big Data. The event, being held in the Houses of Parliament, has been organised by Research Councils UK and POST (Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology) to raise awareness of the ways ‘big data’ research is developing in areas from health to food security to the development and evaluation of Government policy over time. Each Research Council will have an interactive stand at the event and parliamentarians and peers will meet with researchers working in this field to discuss their work.

The AHRC stand will explore how big data in the arts and humanities can be a community asset and tool to better understand our history. The projects being presented include the ‘Our data, Ourselves' (opens in new window) project which is democratising Big Data, turning it into a community asset for everyone and developing tools to enable important new arts and humanities research.

Big Data can also transform our understanding of our world. Old Bailey Online (opens in new window) is a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, which has transformed out understanding of crucial period of modern British history. This data is also being re-used in important and fascinating ways; the Digital Panopticon project (opens in new window) is bringing together genealogical, biometric and criminal justice databases to explore the impact of the different types of penal punishments on the lives of 66,000 people sentences at the old bailey between 1780 and 1925.

Presenting at the event Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Leadership Fellow for Digital Transformations, comments: “These projects illustrate how the arts and humanities can help exploit the opportunity offered by these vast data resources. By developing better tools for the visualisation and analysis of data these project will have significant impact beyond that arts and humanities and will assist the UK in grasping the economic and social opportunities offered by big data.”

For further press information please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick (AHRC) on 01793 41 6021 ord.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  • Further information on the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk

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