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ICT in Arts and Humanities Research

Leading the development of the use of ICT in research

Information and Communications Technology plays a vital and growing role in research. In its simplest form it is used to gather, collate and disseminate information from advertising funding opportunities through to publishing conclusions.


For many people, use of ICT has not progressed beyond word-processing, using email and web browsing. The wider implications for new practices and research methods need to be recognised. With this in mind, the ICT in Arts and Humanities Research was launched in October 2003 to build capacity in the use of ICT for arts and humanities research and to advise the AHRC on matters of ICT strategy. The programme ended in December 2008.

The Programme

The programme had a broad range of objectives which acted as a framework and guide for the types of funding opportunities available under the programme.

  • To develop a focussed and integrated portfolio of projects, workshops and dissemination events complementing the activities already funded by the AHRC and other national bodies.
  • To enhance research capacity in the arts and humanities by developing innovative resources, tools, standards and training materials that will be used in the conduct and dissemination of research, and in the preservation of and access to research materials.
  • To enhance the contribution that the arts and humanities community is able to make to discussions on ICT issues that impact across all research disciplines.
  • To create new research outputs that are valuable in themselves, arising from projects that demonstrate the extension and enhancement of ICT applications in arts and humanities research.
  • Where appropriate, to facilitate and develop co-ordination and communication with the AHRC on ICT matters.
  • To initiate and develop projects and strategic partnerships with other bodies for the development and use of ICT resources and tools for arts and humanities research.
  • To provide a focal point for outreach to stakeholders beyond academia.
  • To develop international collaboration where appropriate and to disseminate findings to an international audience.

Full details about the programme are available on the programme website.