Humanity subjects are often thought of as completely separate from more scientific disciplines. However, 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.
What’s the aim?
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 including the British Library.
The group will show the key role that can be played by the Turing in 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 scientific impact in the humanities requires multidisciplinary efforts. 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.
Challenges: Involving and combining multiple disciplinesExamples: Computational linguists in combination with literary scholars