Accelerating science through e-Science

The alpha- and gamma-sciences (the humanities and the social sciences) are becoming increasingly digital. They are increasingly using very large and heterogeneous data sets, and advanced tools and algorithms to analyse such data. The development of e-Science, which is by now widely accepted in the natural and life sciences, is now also taking place in the alfa- and gamma-sciences (e-Humanities, e-Social Science). This makes it possible to perform quantitative analyses on very large social structures. Also, cultural artifacts from the distant and the recent past are rapidly becoming available in digital form. Such new analysis- and observational methods in turn give rise to new algorithms for large scale data-analysis, -integration and -visualisation.