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PhD scholarship in Deep Mapping at Lancaster

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Mia <[log in to unmask]>

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Museums Computer Group <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:22:42 +0100

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Dear MCGers,

Do you know a student in Computer Science who's looking for a project
related to history or literature? Let them know about this scholarship
(closes 27 August 2015). I also thought it's interesting to see the kind of
work that's going on in the spatial humanities as it could also be applied
within the museum sector, so I hope no-one minds a slightly off-topic post.

'You are invited to apply for a PhD studentship, funded for up to 3 years,
commencing October 2015. The studentship is linked to a Leverhulme Trust
project called “Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Map
of the Lake District” awarded to Dr Paul Rayson (School of Computing and
Communications), Professor Ian Gregory (History), Professor Sally Bushell
(English and Creative Writing) and Dr Christopher Donaldson (English
Literature, University of Birmingham). Overall, the Leverhulme Trust
project will develop new understandings of the literary and cultural
geographies of one of Britain’s most significant cultural landscapes, the
English Lake District, by applying ground-breaking, exploratory
geographical methods to the interdisciplinary research field of the spatial
humanities (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/spatialhum/). Bringing together
researchers with complementary expertise in computer science, geographic
information science (GISc), literary studies, and regional history, the
project will create a step change in the way scholars engage with the
geographies that inform regional identity and sense of place.

If your application is successful, you will join the UCREL research centre
and based within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster
University, and be co-supervised by Dr Paul Rayson and Professor Ian
Gregory. You will work within a long standing interdisciplinary team
linking corpus-based natural language processing research with the spatial
humanities.

*Topic:* The core of the PhD will be to develop a prototype deep map
(envisaged as an intuitive, open-access web tool) that allows a range of
user-groups to gain new understandings of the importance of space and place
to Lake District heritage. Its core source will be the Corpus of Lake
District writing – over 1.5 million words from texts written between
1622-1900 from which place-names have been extracted and geo-located. Deep
mapping offers a new way to approach, understand and analyse the
relationship between geography, history and literature through a variety of
media that allows for full exploration of multiple layers of meaning in
relation to the object of study.

The first question the thesis will explore is what new research processes
are supported by the affordances of interactive deep map methods that
combine spatial analysis, natural language processing (NLP) and corpus
linguistics techniques? Second, how does one present this information to a
wide range of user-groups in ways that make it accessible and
understandable? Third, which interactive visualisation techniques best
support these different user-groups? The user-groups in question include in
particular: (1) scholars of literature, history, human geography and other
subjects with an interest in the Lake District; (2) students studying these
subjects; (3) the wider public including tourists and the local community
and particularly organisations that serve these groups including museums
and galleries, local heritage societies, the National Park Authority and
Tourist Information Centres. We have good links to these organisations
through Lancaster’s Regional Heritage Centre.'
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/postgraduate/postgraduate-research/funding/

Cheers, Mia

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