Through belonging to organisms mostly related with the Humanities and Social sciences (Université Lyon 2, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lyon-Saint-Étienne, Institut du Genre) and multidisciplinary research (LabEx Intelligence des Mondes Urbains, Institut rhônalpin des systèmes complexes), by strongly participating in the MA in Digital Humanities that we coordinate and that is coaccreditated by Universities Lyon 2 and Lyon 3, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques, and by participating to many multidisciplinary projects with various laboratories of Humanities and Social sciences, ERIC became a well-known actor in DH on the Lyon-Saint-Étienne site, as well as nationally.
The DH transversal axis helps structure and make visible common projects performed by ERIC's research teams DMD and DIS in terms of DH. Scientifically, our goal is not only to find application fields to our own research, but mainly to hybridize methodologies from Computer science, Statistics, Humanities and Social sciences to achieve original approaches. We also involve into the long-term collaborations that are required for multidisciplinary research to succeed.
- Data lakes. The current trend involves a whole range of Big Data variety (structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, including textual documents that are premium in Humanities and Social sciences), which must be managed and queried altogether. This theme is particularly addressed in our data lake research and structures our reflection. Moreover, the accessibility of such types of data organization, querying and analysis to non-specialists of computer or data science, such as our Humanities and Social sciences partners, raises fundamental issues.
- Artificial Intelligence explainability. As soon as non-computer scientist users can use and interact with machine learning model and algorithm results, providing the result of an algorithm such as a clustering, for instance, is not enough. A concise description of the produced clusters and, if possible, getting back to the original data, is much needed for users to understand why some objects, e.g., texts, have been placed into a given category.
Some recent projects
- Research partnership with the Digital Humanities chair at the University of Ottawa
- ANR LIFRANUM (digital French-speaking literatures). This project aims at identifying, indexing and analyzing native digital literary productions. Collaboration with the MARGE laboratory and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
- PAI "Artificial Intelligence and analysis of a data lake with strongly heterogeneous formats and contents for Archaeology". This international, multidisciplinary project funded by the AURA Region aims at extracting qualitative (semantic) information through artificial intelligence, to build a stock of metadata needed in the analysis of digital documents stored in a data lake. Collaboration with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, laboratories Archéorient and Archéologie et Archéométrie, as well as the Ullastret site and museum and Bibracte EPCC.
- IMU HyperThesau (Hyper thesaurus and data lakes: search the city and its archaeologic archives). This project aims at designing a framework for archaeological practice, by enhancing the scientific community's toolkits, the design and prototyping of modi operandi for durably indexing and archiving harvestable and crowdsourced data. Collaboration with laboratories Archéorient, ArAr, CESCO Paris, the company Archeodunum, the UMS PERSEE, Bibracte EPPC, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Archeological Museums of Catalonia.
- PIA TIGA (Industry integrated and (re)connected with its territory and inhabitants). This multidisciplinary project is led by the Métropole de Lyon, in partnership with the LabEx Intelligence des Mondes Urbains.