This Interest Group aims 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 Institute, open up future collaborations, and strengthen the Institute’s links with organisations including the British Library.
The group will show the key role that can be played by the Institute 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.
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 exceptional opportunities to develop new approaches to answer high-profile research questions.
Translating fundamental research in data science into lasting scientific impact in the humanities requires multidisciplinary efforts. The interest group builds on the convenors’ extensive experience in interdisciplinary research on historical data and brings together computational linguists, statisticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, historians, classicists, literary scholars, and scholars in other humanistic disciplines. The group has close links with the social data science and the natural language processing
interest groups at the Institute.