Digging by Debating

A project to develop and implement a multi-scale workbench, called "InterDebates", with the goal of digging into data provided by hundreds of thousands, eventually millions, of digitized books, bibliographic databases of journal articles, and comprehensive reference works written by experts. The team’s hypotheses are: that detailed and identifiable arguments drive many aspects of research in the sciences and the humanities; that argumentative structures can be extracted from large datasets using a mixture of automated and social computing techniques; and, that the availability of such analyses will enable innovative interdisciplinary research, and may also play a role in supporting better-informed critical debates among students and the general public.

Principal Investigators

Colin Allen, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, NEH
Katy Börner, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, NEH
Andrew Ravenscroft, University of East London, UK, AHRC/ESRC/JISC
Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK, AHRC/ESRC/JISC
David Bourget, University of London, UK, AHRC/ESRC/JISC