The use of Virtual Research Environments and eScience to enhance use of online resources: the History of Political Discourse VRE Project
University of Hull, University of East Anglia
Simon Hodson. "The use of Virtual Research Environments and eScience to enhance use of online resources: the History of Political Discourse VRE Project.". Early Modern Literary Studies 14.2/Special Issue 17 (September, 2008) 4.1-39 <URL: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/14-2/Hodsvirt.html>.
What does a VRE for the Arts and Humanities, and more specifically for the History of Political discourse look like? What tools must it comprise and what processes must it support? The RePAH (Research Portals in the Arts and Humanities) report run by Professor Mark Greengrass, University of Sheffield, included among its recommendations a description of the potential it discerned in ‘Managed Research Environments’, which, among other things would give historians easy access to the sort of research tools which have the potential to transform their research (including the sort of easily customizable workflow management tools, resource discovery tools on which historians must increasingly rely). In the results of RePAH and elsewhere, there is also a strong feeling that many aspects of contemporary historical research must benefit from the wider adoption, implementation and development of eScience techniques. Recent scoping surveys in the Arts and Humanities in general and the History subject area in particular have in various ways emphasized the importance and potential for connecting, i.e.:
A VRE is a set of online tools, systems and processes interoperating to facilitate or enhance the research process within and without institutional boundaries. The purpose of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is to provide researchers with the tools and services they need to do research of any type as efficiently and effectively as possible. This means VREs will help individual researchers manage the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in doing research. In addition they will facilitate collaboration among communities of researchers, often across disciplinary and national boundaries.
1. Introduction: history of concepts - 15 November 2006
2. Honesty/honestas; words and concepts - 12 December 2006
3. Commonwealth - 17 January 2007
4. Republicanism; Commonwealth in 1649 - 14 February 2007
5. Republicanism in North America - 14 March 2007
 On the contribution, influence and potential of Begriffsgeschichte, see: M. Richter, The History of Political and Social Concepts (1995); Iain Hampsher-Monk, Karen Tilmans and Frank Van Vree, eds., The History of Concepts: Comparative Perspectives (Amsterdam, 1998); Pasi Ihalainen, 'Methods and Sources for a Conceptual Approach to Political Discourse', in Id., The Discourse of Political Pluralism in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Helsinki, 1999), pp.37-60.
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 Anne McLaren, ‘Rethinking Republicanism: Vindiciae, contra tyrannos in context’, Historical Journal, 49 (2006), pp. 23-52.
 Ibid. p.32.
Mike Braddick, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Sheffield
Glenn Burgess, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Hull
Justin Champion, Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas, Royal Holloway
Colin Davis, Professor of Early Modern History, University of East Anglia
Mark Greengrass, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Sheffield
Steve Hindle, Professor of History, University of Warwick
Simon Hodson, Project Manager, University of Hull
Ann Hughes, Professor of Early Modern History, Keele University
Mark Knights, Reader in Early Modern History, University of East Anglia
Howell Lloyd, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Hull
Simon Middleton, Lecturer in American History, University of Sheffield
Mark Philp, University Lecturer in Politics, University of Oxford
Joad Raymond, Professor of English Literature, University of East Anglia
Jennifer Richards, Reader in Early Modern Literature, University of Newcastle
Alex Shepard, University Lecturer in early modern British economic and social history, University of Cambridge
Bill Sherman, Professor of Renaissance/Early Modern Studies, University of York
Cathy Shrank, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Sheffield
Alex Walsham, Professor of Reformation History, University of Exeter
John Walter, Professor of History, University of Essex
James Walvin, Professor of History, University of York
Phil Withington, Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Leeds
Andy Wood, Reader in Early Modern History, University of East Anglia
 Roy Rosenzweig, ‘Can History Be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past’ in The Journal of American History, 93 (2006), pp. 117-147.
 Robert K. Merton, "The Normative Structure of Science," 1942, in The Sociology of Science: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations, by Robert K. Merton (Chicago, 1973), p. 275, quoted by Rosenzweig.