Wednesday, July 7, 2010

[Yasmin_discussions] digital humanities in astronomy and in india, and impact on art science collaboration


Here below is an item on digital humanities in india=

the term digital humanities normally includes
the arts also= and seeks to look at ways that
digital technologies changes the kinds of research
that can be done and what new questions can be
addressed that could not be broached without such

in my own field of astronomy= the emergence
of "virtual observatories' which allow cross
database/instrument/date research has opened
up new fields of astronomy that just could not be
worked on before

an example of a new project that takes advantage
of all of this is the arge Synoptic Survey Telescope

which with a 3200 megapixel camera will survey the whole
sky repeatedly = opening up analysis of the sky on many
time scales not previously studyable- digital technologies
"enable' new research topics

concerning our art science collaboration topic=it is clear
that the advent of digital humanities opens up new
territories for art science collaboration

an example of a newly opened collaboration territory
that IMERA ( will be working on with the new
residents is on complex networks in art and science=
a team from Turin will be in residence working on
complex networks in public spaces- with artists involvement



In collaboration with

Centre for Internet and Society

Presents a Talk on

Digital humanities: How social sciences may benefit from the digital


Dominique Boullier
Professor at Sciences Po Paris

Date & Time: Friday, 9th July, 2010, 4.00 p.m.
(Formerly TIFR Mathematics Building) Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore 560012

All are cordially invited
Tea/Coffee will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Abstract: This talk is in the context of the shift from traditional uses of
digital power: databases, online questionnaires, and statistic analyses, to
new uses of digital techniques for exploring digital data: producing
datascapes from the huge amount of unstructured expressions on the web and
from the traces left by various kinds of behaviour. Starting with an example
from the sociology of controversies redesigned by web crawling and
visualization techniques, the speaker raises the following questions: How
can we fill the gap between qualitative and quantitative analysis by using
digital networks resources? How can we fill the gap between individual and
structure when analyzing a phenomenon through digital lenses? In assessing
the opportunities in the studies of social phenomena offered by using
digital tools and web sources of data, the speaker seeks to demonstrate that
it gives room for new social theory that can get rid of the concepts of
"institutions", "market" and "emergence" as unquestioned a priori.

Raghavendra GADAGKAR,
INSA SN Bose Research Professor & JC Bose National Fellow
Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore, 560012, India.
Chairman, Centre for Contemporary Studies, IISc, Bangalore
Hon. Prof., Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Non-resident Permanent Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences, USA
Adjunct Prof., Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Chairman, Research Council for History of Science, Indian National
Science Academy, New Delhi
Telephone (O): 91-80-23601429; 22932340; (R): 91-80-23601758
Fax: 91-80-23602121; 23601428
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