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Historic Weather Network

The Historic Weather Network is investigating e-Research approaches to historic weather data focusing on sources, collaborations and methodologies for researching environmental change. The Network is bringing together stakeholders from disparate research communities to investigate, discuss and document the key historical source materials for weather reporting, and to explore ways in which these materials can be represented and accessed digitally in order to create new knowledge.

The Network comprises researchers from the arts, humanities and scientific disciplines, representatives from archives, libraries and museums, and the climate scientists from the Met Office to scope and uncover historic weather source materials through articulating a series of key research questions. It is investigating ways in which greater engagement and interaction with these materials can be encouraged via digitisation and representation online.

The Network is also exploring ways in which primary source materials related to climate change enable new research in the sciences and the humanities. Based on this, the Network will make recommendations for the development of a technological infrastructure to facilitate international, inter-disciplinary access to this material by the broadest community of users, taking a collective intelligence approach.

Project information

Project staff: Sheila Anderson

Lead institution: King's College London

Project partners: Met Office, University of Exeter, British Library, National Archives

Funded by: AHRC

Start date: 1 June 2010

End date: 31 December 2011

Tags: Community

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