Multi- and Cross-Disciplinary Research: Getting Organized

Leaving the starting blocks

This is where it all starts. Today is officially the first day of my fellowship, and I need to get myself into gear and out of those starting blocks. I’ve done cross-disciplinary work before, but here, I’m flying solo – or almost, as I thankfully have a mentor, and an advisory board of 7 to help me steer this project in the right direction.

So. I have 9 months to build a tool that will enable to curate digitally the knowledge creation process that is the act of interpretation of ancient textual artefacts such as Roman writing tablets and cuneiform tablets. I’m not starting entirely from scratch as this project is the natural continuation of the e-Science and Ancient Documents project; however, I’ll be taking a different approach, and attacking the problem by many angles at the same time. That’s where logistics and organization come into play. I have piles of literature to go through, from books on Embodied Cognition to handbooks on Expertise and Expert Performance and on Science and Technology Studies, via articles and manuals on Argumentation Theory, Logics, and Epistemology. All very exciting indeed – if a little intimidating maybe (is that possibly why I’ve just capitalized the names of all those fields)? And I’ll have to go through them one by one. I want to.

Beyond the workplan that I have established in the grant proposal, and that dictates monthly milestones (e.g.: the first month, January 2012, is mostly dedicated to bibliography), I will be using this blog to report and react on my readings. First in the pile, and the subject of my next post, will be an account of my musings through:

The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance” (2006) K. Anders Ercisson, Neil Charness, Paul J. Feltovich and Robert R. Hoffman (eds). Cambridge University Press.


Ségolène Tarte

I am a researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK where I’m working on an inter-disciplinary project involving imaging sciences, information sciences and papyrology. I am an image processing specialist, whose research focus has turned to the Digital Humanities. I am interested in the study, understanding and modelling of expert knowledge in the Humanities. With methodologies inspired and informed by anthropology, philosophy and the cognitive sciences, I aim to inform the design and development of software systems that will support the experts in their task. Two overarching questions in my research interests are: what does the digital world have to off er to support knowledge creation, and how does it influence it?

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About Ségolène Tarte

I am a researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK where I’m working on an inter-disciplinary project involving imaging sciences, information sciences and papyrology. I am an image processing specialist, whose research focus has turned to the Digital Humanities. I am interested in the study, understanding and modelling of expert knowledge in the Humanities. With methodologies inspired and informed by anthropology, philosophy and the cognitive sciences, I aim to inform the design and development of software systems that will support the experts in their task. Two overarching questions in my research interests are: what does the digital world have to off er to support knowledge creation, and how does it influence it?
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One Response to Multi- and Cross-Disciplinary Research: Getting Organized

  1. Dariusz says:

    good luck!

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