NCeSS

GENeSIS is a research Node of the National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS). NCeSS (http://www.ncess.ac.uk/) is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate how innovative and powerful computer-based infrastructure and tools developed over the past five years under the UK e-Science programme can benefit the social science research community.

Funded by The National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS) which in turn is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate how innovative and powerful computer-based infrastructure and tools developed over the past five years under the UK e-Science programme can benefit the social science research community. This infrastructure is commonly known as the ‘Grid’.

e-Social Science refers to the use of Grid infrastructure and tools within the social sciences. The role of NCeSS is to investigate specific applications of e-Social Science, develop tools to support them and to advise on the future strategic direction of e-Social Science and e-Science. NCeSS also provides information, training, advice, support and online resources to help the social science research community adopt e-Social Science.

The centre consists of a coordinating Hub at the University of Manchester, seven Research Nodes, and 12 Small Grant projects. Our research programme includes applications of e-Science in both quantitative and qualitative social sciences, and studies of issues relevant to promoting the wider adoption of e-Science. A series of smaller e-social science projects have been commissioned under the ESRC Small Grant project scheme.

The NCeSS hub co-ordinates the research activities of the Centre, as well as providing e-social science training, technical support, information services and support to users. The hub acts as the central resource base for e-social science issues and activities in the UK, integrating them with ESRC research methods initiatives and the existing e-science core programme.