University of Oxford

Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford


The Oxford e-Research Centre is a multi-disciplinary centre working to enable the use and development of innovative computational and information technology in science and research.  Formed in August 2006, the Centre has grown to be an internationally prestigious team of 50 multidisciplinary researchers focusing on the ways in which research can be accelerated and enhanced through innovative technology. The Centre was originally part of an  e-science vision of research in the physical and life sciences, but since then has developed a substantial portfolio of projects in the social sciences and humanities. The Centre also has a dedicated team of researchers who study the social and institutional aspects of e-research, and the ways in which informational and computational systems are embedded in multidisciplinary research teams. The University of Oxford is home to the largest number of Digital Humanities projects in the UK, and the Oxford e-Research Centre is collaborating closely with colleagues across the university on new developments in this area.



Role in AGORA project:

User outreach and dissemination (1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012)

Experiment evaluation

Text encoding procedures



Annamaria Carusi is Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre. She has a broad humanities background, with degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. Her recent work has focused on computationally mediated research in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities. Her publications include articles on trust in virtual environments, the role of visualisations in computational biology, ethical aspects of e-social science and the role of different publication media in philosophy. She recently collaborated in a JISC-funded study of virtual research environments. Annamaria has extensive experience with online philosophy, including the design and development of an online introductory course on philosophy for lifelong learners, which has been offered by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education since 2004.

In the AGORA project, Annamaria led on the evaluation of the experiments to be conducted by the project,  and has been also responsible for outreach and dissemination.

Lou Burnard was Assistant Director at Oxford University Computing Services until 2010, where he worked in applications of ICT to humanities research, particularly in literature and linguistics, since the 1970s. Amongst major UK projects with which his name is closely associated are the Oxford Text Archive, which he founed, the Arts and Humanities Data Service, and the British National Corpus. He has been a key player in the international Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) since its foundation, initially as one of its two editors, and more recently as a member of its Board of Directors. He has postgraduate degrees in English from Oxford University.

In the AGORA project, Lou led on the editorial guidelines for the content that has been semantically linked in the project’s Federation Portal.

Anne Trefethen is the Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. She was Deputy Director of the UK National e-Science Core Programme from July 2001 until May 2005, then becoming Director of the programme until April 2006. She has published articles on many aspects of e-Science, has acted as an advisor to other international programmes and is a member of the NSF Cyberinfrastrucure advisory board. Her varied career includes leadership positions in both academia and industry, working in a variety of computational science/high performance computing/ software development roles.

In the AGORA project, Anne provided guidance and advice on WP2.