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AHRC award for digital technology community research

18 November 2013

AHRC

Institute researchers with colleagues at the British Museum have been awarded AHRC funding for their innovative project on Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research.

The new 18-month research project, led by Andrew Bevan, will use web-based, crowd-sourcing methods to allow traditional academics and other communities in archaeology to co-produce innovative open datasets, and thereafter pioneer a novel participatory model in which these same groups co-design and micro-fund follow-up research. 

Harnessing the power of digital technologies will enable researchers and communities to work more effectively together to explore community creativity, cultures and heritage.

This UCL-British Museum collaborative project is one of 11 projects funded by the AHRC.

The projects have been funded under the £4 million, Capital Funding Call for Digital Transformations in Community research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities. The call explored the interface and intersections between the Connected Communities Programme, AHRC’s Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme, the Cross-Council Digital Economy Programme and other AHRC activities relating to the Creative Economy.