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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor Claire Warwick

Warwick, C., Terras, M., Huntington, P. & Pappa, N. (2006). If you build it will they come? The LAIRAH study: quantifying the use of online resources in the Arts and Humanities through statistical analysis of user log data. Digital Humanities 2006: The First ADHO International Conference, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France, Centre de Recherche Cultures Anglophones et Technologies de l’Information, Université Paris-Sorbonne.

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The LAIRAH (Log Analysis of Internet Resources in
the Arts and Humanities) project aims to determine
whether, how and why digital resources in the humanities
are used, and what factors might make them usable and
sustainable in future. Based at UCL and funded by the
UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ICT
Strategy scheme, LAIRAH is a year long study which
will analyse patterns of usage of online resources through
real time server log analysis: the data internet servers
collect automatically about individual users. This paper
will discuss the findings of our research to date, and the
techniques of log analysis as applied to major digital
humanities projects. In doing so, we address concerns
about the use, maintenance and future viability of digital
humanities projects, and aim to identify the means to
which an online project may become successful.

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