World Wide Science: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities

Conference Agenda

The e-Horizons Project held an opening lecture on 31 May 2007 and a one-day conference on 1 June 2007.

Day One:

The opening lecture, held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, was entitled: World Wide Science: The Promise of e-Research Across the Disciplines.

The speakers were:

  • Denis Noble, Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology, University of Oxford
  • Martin Kemp, Professor of the History of Art, Department of the History of Art, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

The speakers illustrated how e-research can enable new forms of collaboration, visualisation and data collection in the sciences and humanities. This event launched the invited conference: World Wide Science: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities , which was supported by the e-Horizons Project, part of the James Martin School of the 21st Century, in collaboration with the Oxford e-Research Centre and the Oxford Internet Institute.

An earlier presentation by Denis Noble on these issues at the French National Institute for Research is available in French at:

Day Two:

Registered attendees of the conference were invited to gather at the Oxford Internet Institute to discuss the book: World Wide Science: The Promises, Threats and Realities of e-Research (which was later re-titled: World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities in the Century of Information).

Time Description
08.30-09.00 Coffee and Registration
09.00-09.15 Welcome, Introductions, and Plan for the Day William Dutton and Paul Jeffreys
09.15-10.00 Science and Research The Digital Age
William Dutton, ‘Reconfiguring Access: A Framework’
Paul Jeffreys, ‘A History and Future of e-Research’
Chair: Anne Trefethen
Respondents: Yorick Wilks, Paul David
10.00-11.00 The Technologies Enabling and Constraining e-Research
Rob Procter, ‘e-Research Opportunities and Challenges’
Marina Jirotka, ‘Usability and Embedding e-Research’
Andrew Martin, ‘Security’
Chair: Ralph Schroeder
Respondents: Angela Sasse, Matthew Dovey, Li Xianming
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.15 Applying Emerging Digital Technologies in the Sciences and Humanities
Martin Wynne, ‘Applications Across the Humanities’
Jenny Fry, ‘Digital Libraries and Digital Objects’
Seamus Ross, ‘Digital Archives and their Curation’
Chair: Mike Fraser
Respondents: Alan Bowman, Jonathan Zhu
12.15-13.15 Economic, Cultural and Institutional Shaping of e-Research
Paul David, ‘Institutional Infrastructures’
Michael Parker, ‘Ethics in e-Science’
Tina Piper, ‘Privacy & Data Protection’
Chair: David Vaver
Respondents: Jane Kaye, Ralph Schroeder
13.15-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Reconfiguring Access: The Social Shaping and Implications of e-Research
Robert Ackland, ’Winners and Losers’
Paul David with Matthijs den Besten, ‘Open Science’
Julia Lane, ‘Access to Science’
Chair: Marina Jirotka
Respondents: Gustavo Cardoso, Mike Thelwall
15.00-15.45 Afternoon tea at Balliol College
15.45-16.30 Discussion and Points of Summary and Conclusion
Chaired by Paul Jeffreys and William Dutton