Thanks to digitisation efforts over the past decades, humanities scholars now have access to large digital data collections which can be analysed computationally and quantitatively. Such datasets offer a huge range of opportunities to develop new approaches to answer high-profile research questions.


The main aims of the group are to strengthen relationships and build collaborations at the intersection between data science and digital humanities.

Our goal is to raise the profile of data-driven humanities research at the Turing, open up future collaborations, and strengthen the Turing’s links with organisations such as the British Library, The National Records of Scotland and The UK National Archives.

The group will show the key role that can be played by The Alan Turing Institute in the area of Digital Humanities by demonstrating that data science research can answer questions relevant to the humanities and vice versa, thus benefiting both fields. This will be achieved with meetings, workshops, and joint research projects.

Translating fundamental research in data science into lasting impact in the humanities requires interdisciplinary efforts, through the sharing of perspectives, methods and knowledge. The interest group builds on the organisers’ extensive experience in interdisciplinary research on historical data and brings together people from a range of different disciplines.


Talking points

How do we understand ourselves and our past using data science and AI?

Challenges: Unstructured datasets, non-standard spellings, linguistic change

Example output: Tracking the historical evolution of concepts to understand social changes

How do we unlock the power of our heritage collections for play and profit?

Challenges: Large scale digitisation and preservation, data extraction and processing, interconnecting digital collections, exposing data and metadata programmatically

Example output: Design and develop a computing platform for data science using GLAM digital collections



Contact info

[email protected]


External researchers

Gabriel Bodard, University of London

Jane Winters, University of London

Adam Farquhar, British Library

James Loxley, University of Edinburgh

Rachele De Felice, UCL

Anouk Lang, University of Edinburgh

Anna Groundwater, University of Edinburgh

Raquel Alegre, UCL

Melissa Terras, University of Edinburgh

Anne Alexander, University of Cambridge

David De Roure, University of Oxford

Lukas Engelmann, University of Edinburgh

Nicola Osborne, EDINA

Pip Willcox, University of Oxford

Tobias Blanke, King's College London

Julianne Nyhan, UCL

James Cummings, University of Newcastle

Hannah Barker, University of Manchester

Nick Holliman, University of Newcastle

Eirini Goudarouli, The National Archives

Gill Hamilton, National Library of Scotland

Guyda Armstrong, University of Manchester

Fiona Douglas, University of Leeds

Brett Greatley-Hirsch, University of Leeds

External events

  • What is the role of the Arts and Humanities in the age of Data Science?
    Wednesday 5 September 2018, 18:00-20:30 BST, Edinburgh, UK
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