National Centre for e-Social Science Hub Capacity Building
- Start date: 01 February 2008
- End date: 30 September 2009
The objective of the National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) is to enable social scientists to make best use of emerging e-science technologies in order to address the key challenges in their research fields in new ways.
e-Science refers to the growing use of advanced distributed computing infrastructure (the ‘Grid’) to support scientific research. The Grid – or the e-Infrastructure as it is now commonly known – is shorthand for the emerging computing tools and services being developed to facilitate collaboration and simplify the sharing of data resources and analysis routines.
Created in 2004 to develop UK e-social science, NCeSS has a distributed structure, comprising a coordinating Hub at the University of Manchester and a network of seven major research Nodes in universities across the UK. As well as coordinating NCeSS research activities, the Hub has responsibility for promoting e-Social Science and supporting its users. This capacity-building award - a supplement to the Hub continuation award - is focused on outreach, enabling the Hub to effectively disseminate the outputs of the research programme and support the adoption of new methods by the social science research community.