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EPSRC Reference: GR/S26514/01
Title: A Centre of Excellence in e-Social Science
Principal Investigator: Crouchley, Professor R
Other Investigators:
Hutchison, Professor D Bertram, Dr I Bradley, Professor S
Penn, Professor R POPE, Professor P Coulson, Professor G
Lambert, Professor C Sommerville, Professor I Soothill, Professor KL
Beven, Professor K Binley, Professor A Blair, Professor G
Jones, Dr R Ratoff, Professor PN Eglese, Professor RW
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Department: Centre for e-Science
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 December 2003 Ends: 31 May 2006 Value (£): 169,602
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Information & Knowledge Mgmt Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
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The proposed Centre for e-Social Science will accelerate the development of a new kind of computing and data management infrastructure for the social sciences. It will also support the increasingly national and global collaborations emerging in many areas of social science. These activities will eventually enable many researchers in management, social science and related fields to perform better and more comprehensive research. Research at the forefront of quantitative social science requires comprehensive models of complex socio-economic processes. The computing power and networks needed to use multiple large and complex data sets, and to use recent methodological developments in order to disentangle the multiple mechanisms at work, are only just becoming available. E-Science promises to open the door to a new world of qualitative and quantitative techniques that improve our understanding of complex socio-economic processes, for example, how labour markets operate, and the factors that influence life chances. E-Social Science will have a major impact on applications, data management, methodology and computational culture. The proposed Centre has the additional goal of developing middleware appropriate to e-Social Science, as it is very difficult for many scientists to attain the desired skill levels in computing to deal with the complexities of contemporary GRID platforms such as Globus.
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