21.106 Open letter to AHRC

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:46:08 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 106.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:32:53 +0100
         From: Gabriel BODARD <gabriel.bodard_at_KCL.AC.UK>
         Subject: Open letter to AHRC

[The following relates to a recent decision by the Arts and
Humanities Research Council, the primary funding body for the
humanities in the UK, to terminate funding of the Arts and Humanities
Data Service (http://www.ahds.ac.uk/), the UK national service aiding
the discovery, creation and preservation of digital resources in and
for research, teaching and learning in the arts and humanities. This
decision was taken in the mistaken and ill-informed belief that each
university is now capable of doing the work of the AHDS for itself,
implying either (a) that perfect coordination will take care of
itself, or (b) that arts and humanities data really don't matter in
the long term. Response from the world-wide community would be most
welcome. --WM]

Dear colleagues,

A letter has been sent to the British Arts and Humanities Research
Council, asking for clarification on the future of digital
preservation and dissemination of good practice given the AHRC's
recent announcement [[1]] that funding for the Arts and Humanities
Data Service (AHDS) will be terminated early next year. This
information-seeking letter (copied at [[2]]) has been signed on
behalf of the Digital Classicist, Antiquist, Digital Medievalist, and
TEI communities.

Any comments on this letter, or on the AHRC's eventual response, may
be discussed here and/or in the comments thread at [[3]].


[[2]] http://www.stoa.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/ahrc-letter.pdf

[[3]] http://www.stoa.org/?p=658

Dr Gabriel BODARD
(Epigrapher & Digital Classicist)

Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
Kay House
7, Arundel Street
London WC2R 3DX

Email: gabriel.bodard_at_kcl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2980

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