Centre for Cultural and Industrial Technologies Research
- I am Communications and Publicity Officer for CiTech, which involves me in dissemination activities and liaison with other research centres in the University as well as further afield.
- I lead the Future Proof Computing Group, one of the research clusters in CiTech, together with Dr David Anderson.
- I am an associate member of CCCR due to my interest in digital preservation for memory organisations.
- I am a member of CEISR.
- I am an active member of the Open Planets Foundation.
- My research interests include: metadata modelling for digital preservation; data warehousing applied to cultural domains; and the crossover between the history of computing and digital preservation
- B.Sc. (Hons), Mathematics, University College London
- M.Sc. Microwaves and Modern Optics, University College London
- Ph.D. History of Mathematics, Middlesex University
- Postgraduate qualification in Source-Oriented Data Processing from the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
- B.A. (Hons), French, Southampton University
Current Research Projects
(1) The KEEP Project – Keeping Emulation Environments Portable
EU Grant Agreement ICT 231954 (£4m) KEEP Project
Principal Investigator (UoP) David Anderson
Dr David Anderson and I lead the Portsmouth KEEP team which includes Dr Dan Pinchbeck, Dr Leo Konstantelos, Dr Milena Dobreva and Dr Antonio Ciuffreda. KEEP is a European consortium which is developing emulation techniques for preserving digital objects: text, sound, and image files; multimedia documents, websites, databases, videogames etc. The overall aim of the project is to facilitate long-term, universal access to our cultural heritage by developing flexible tools for accessing and storing a wide range of digital objects.
We are addressing the problems of transferring digital objects stored on outdated computer media such as floppy discs onto current storage devices. This involves the specification of file formats and the production of transfer tools exploited within a framework, and takes into account possible legal and technical issues.
Although primarily aimed at those involved in Cultural Heritage, such as memory institutions and games museums, the Emulation Services we develop also serve the needs of a wide range of organisations and individuals because of their universal approach based on porting emulators on a Virtual Machine. In this way we are creating the foundation for the next generation of permanent access strategies based on emulation.
The particular focus of the Portsmouth KEEP team within the wider effort is the investigation of metadata models to describe the technical environment needed for emulation; creating GUIs for both the Emulation Framework, and the Virtual Machine peripheral device manager; developing a transfer tool framework; and dissemination to the Computer Science community.
Project Partners: University of Portsmouth, Joguin sas, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Computerspielemuseum, Tessella, European Games Developer Federation, CrossCzech a.s.
(2) POCOS (Preservation Of Complex Objects Symposia)
Coordinators David Anderson and Janet Delve (University of Portsmouth)
Over recent years significant progress has been made in understanding the issues involved in preserving complex materials and environments. European projects such as Planets and KEEP have provided tools and techniques which have moved forward the state of the art. The POCOS project will deliver a series of 3 symposia at locations across the United Kingdom at which global thought-leaders in research into the Preservation of Complex Objects will share and thereby extend the body of knowledge on this topic. Each seminar will be supported by a substantial and innovative dissemination programme to ensure that the maximum long-term value is obtained from the outputs of the seminar. This will include the production of a peer-reviewed book of the outputs from each symposium offered to the community in a variety of low-cost (or free) formats including print-on-demand, PDF/A and free Kindle e-book. It is also proposed to webcast and/or web-release parts of each symposium in order to increase access for the community. POCOS will deliver pathfinder conclusions to the JISC community which will contribute to shaping the future direction of research in this area.
Project Partners: University of Portsmouth, British Library, King's College London, HATII (Univ. Glasgow), Joguin sas.
(3) Digital Preservation Console Project (Development Study)
Coordinators David Anderson and Janet Delve (University of Portsmouth)
This small project seeks to investigate the extent to which it might be possible to develop an
intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to enable non‐specialist information professionals to
undertake a variety of preservation and information management tasks with a minimum of
preservation‐specific theoretical knowledge. This ‘Digital Preservation Console’, should offer
considerable opportunity for capacity‐building across institutions to manage, preserve and
strategically discard digital material.
- Delve, J., Anderson, D., Pinchbeck, D., Konstantelos, L., Lange., A., Bergmeyer, W. (2010).
Final document analyzing and summarizing metadata standards and issues across Europe. FP7 Report to the European Commission. 52pp.
- Delve, J., Ciuffreda, A., Anderson, D., Pinchbeck, D., Joguin, V., (2010). Documents describing meta-data for the specified range of digital objects, as well as requirements and design for the browsing system and user interface of the Emulation Framework. FP7 Report to the European Commission. 72pp.
- Anderson, D., Delve, J., Pinchbeck, D., Alemu, G.A., & Ciuffreda, A. (2009). Preservation metadata standards for emulation access platforms. FP7 Report to the European Commission. 85pp, available to download at: http://www.keep-project.eu/ezpub2/index.php?/eng/Download/Public-deliverables (Deliverable D3.1).
- Anderson, D., Delve, J., Ciuffreda, A., Pinchbeck, D., Alemu, G.A., Joguin, V., Lohman, B., Kiers, B., Michel, D. (2009). Guideline document and peripheral input/output libraries for digital preservation. FP7 Report to the European Commission. 23pp, available to download at: http://www.keep-project.eu/ezpub2/index.php?/eng/Download/Public-deliverables (Deliverable D5.1).
- 2010 Anderson, D., Delve, J., and Pinchbeck, D. Towards a Workable, Emulation-based Preservation Strategy: Rationale and Technical Metadata. New Review of Information Networking, 1361-4576
- 2008 Delve, J. A trip down memory lane? New challenges from other disciplines. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 30 (3), 90-92.
Healey, R. & Delve, J. (2007). Integrating GIS and data warehousing in a web environment: a case study of the US 1880 census. International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), 21 (6), 603-624.
- 2007 Healey, R. and Delve, J., 'Integrating GIS and Data Warehousing in a Web Environment: A Case Study of the US 1880 census, International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), Volume 21, Issue 6, Taylor and Francis, pp 603-624.
- 2007 Delve, J., Joseph Marie Jacquard: Inventor of the Jacquard Loom, The Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE., Volume 29, No. 4 Oct-Dec pp.98-102
- 2007, Delve, J. Jacques Vaucanson: ‘Mechanic of Genius’ , The Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE. Vol 29 No. 4 Oct-Dec pp.94-97
- 2006 Delve, J and Allen, M., 'Large-scale integrated historical projects - does Data Warehousing offer any scope for their creation and analysis?' History and Computing, Volume 13 (No3 2001), Edinburgh Press, pp301-313
- 2005 Delve, J and Healey, R., 'Is there a role for data warehousing technology in historical research?' in conference proceedings for Humanities, Computers and Cultural Heritage, published by Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, ISBN 90-6984-456-7, pp106-111
- 2003 Delve, J., ‘The College of Preceptors and the Educational Times: Changes for British Mathematics and Education in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Historia Mathematica, Elsevier Press, vol. 30, 140-172.
- 2003 Delve, J., Anderson, D. and Croarken, M., ‘Max Newman: forgotten father of the computer? Annals of the History of Computing, Delve, J., 2002, ‘Bootstrapping’, Global Business and Economics Review, 4.2, 370-372.
- 2002 Delve, J., 'Bootstrapping', Global Business and Economics Review, 4.2, 370-372
- 2001 Delve, J., Anderson, D., ‘The Pinkerton Lecture’, Annals of the History of Computing 23.2, 68-73.
- 1997 Burt (Delve), J. and James, T., ‘Source-oriented data processing, the triumph of the micro over the macro?’ History and Computing 8.3; 1996 issue, published 1997, 160-9.
- 1995 Delve, J., ‘The Wrong Side of the Spreadsheets’, History and Computing 7.2
- 2004 (revised 2008) Delve, J., 'Humanities Data Warehousing', entry in Encyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, editor Professor John Wang, Montclair University Publications. Idea Group Reference, ISBN:1-59140-557-2, 570-574. I was also a referee for this publication.(This article spanned British and Canadian history; and linguistics, covering the Romance languages, the many forms of English, and also some little-known languages.)
- 2004 Delve, J., ‘Thomas Turner Wilkinson’ Dictionary of National Biography on CDROM, Oxford University Press, vol 58, pp1028-9
- 2004 Delve, J., ‘William John Clarke Miller’ Dictionary of National Biography on CDROM, Oxford University Press, vol 38, pp236-237.
- 1996 Burt (Delve), J., ‘Constructing an Educational Times Database’ in ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Case Studies in kleiw', published by the Halbgraue Reihe zur Historischen Fachinformatik, (editors Peter Denley and Matthew Woollard), pp1-31.
Edited Conference Proceedings
- Delve, J. (Ed.) (2007). Alan Mathison Turing 2004: a celebration of his life and achievements. http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.17120
- Burt (Delve), J.1994 Consultant editor, ‘Figures in Proportion: Art, Science and the Business Renaissance’, The Institute of Chartered Accountants.
- 2009 Pinchbeck, D., Anderson, D., Delve, J., Cuiffreda, A. & Alemu, G. Emulation as a strategy for the preservation of games: the KEEP project. In Proceedings of DiGRA 2009. London: Brunel University.
- 2005 Delve, J. & Healey, R. Is there a role for data warehousing technology in historical research?' In Proceedings of the Conference on Humanities, Computers and Cultural Heritage (pp. 106-111). Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Delve, J., Anderson, D., ‘Max Newman: forgotten father of the computer?’ The Royal Institution, UK, 28 th January 2003.
Membership of Academic Councils
- Elected member of Council of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, ending December 2006.
- Elected Committee member the Association for History and Computing, ending November 2007.
- Member, AHRC Peer Review College.
- Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Society Systems Science.
- Member (via University of Portsmouth / JISC), Open Planets Foundation
- Reviewer, Annals of the History of Computing, Historia Mathematica, Global Business and Economics Review
- Member, Committee of the Association for History and Computing