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Impact

The Department of Digital Humanities received an outstanding score of 90% at 4* (world leading) for the impact of our research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework - the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Digital Humanities was submitted with a sister department, Culture, Media & Creative Industries - and together, we submitted a total of 119 research outputs during REF 2014, including journal articles, edited books, authored books, and digital research resources and online content. All told, these results mean that Digital Humanities and CMCI together have gained a Research Power ranking of 1st in the UK for our sector.

Please find two examples of the Department of Digital Humanities REF case studies below. 

REF Case study: Changing economic thinking to enable the world’s greatest museums to deliver free digital images

Research by Simon Tanner has had a significant effect on open access policy in the museum sector. His research demonstrated that the cost of managing intellectual property and maintaining payment structures in cultural heritage collections almost always outweighs actual revenue. Museums, galleries and archives internationally have embraced unmediated, open access to digitised assets and Tanner's work is frequently acknowledged as a catalyst for this change in policy. Since 2008, the number of high quality digital images freely available from art museums has risen to more than 2 million. The key beneficiaries have been the general public, schools and life- long learners.

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REF Case study: Freshwater Information Management and Data Sharing to Meet Environmental Standards

The advanced information management research of the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) has led to a better understanding of pollution processes in inland waterways and lakes. It has also improved the standard of water quality information that is available to government and regulatory authorities. The information management framework which DDH has provided supports government-funded activities to improve environmental standards and has helped ensure that the UK Environment Agency is able to comply with the EU's Water Framework Directive, reducing the risk of financial penalties for non-compliance. Moreover, key and accurate evidence about water quality has been made freely available to beneficiaries, including governmental and non-governmental agencies, farmers and land managers, and the general public.

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Impact

Impact

King's Department of Digital Humanities ranked 1st for research power in REF 2014.

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