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.
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
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