Cambridge Digital Humanities


About

Research in the field of Digital Humanities makes use of innovative tools and methods for investigating both traditional and new forms of data and media, in addition to pursuing opportunities to interrogate and reflect on the knowledge and insight that 'the digital' affords. By its nature, Digital Humanities is collaborative, encouraging mutually creative interaction between those in the humanities disciplines and specialists in computing or digital technologies. Over the past twenty years, DH has acquired an increasingly central role in higher education and beyond because of its potential to transform people, practices and understanding.

Cambridge Digital Humanities is committed to unlocking and augmenting the transformative powers of DH research. Established in 2017, CDH is the latest phase in a strategic process at the University of Cambridge that began with the foundation of the Digital Humanities Network in 2011. CDH has four main divisions: Research, Lab, Learning, and Network.

  • CDH Research is the foundation and focal point of Cambridge Digital Humanities. It supports, promotes, enables and spearheads a wide range of projects, programmes and other activities across the University, in addition to forging links with the external DH research community, funding bodies, and business and industry.
  • The CDH Lab offers high-level project incubation advice and a tailored research support service, drawing upon the expertise of CDH Affiliates in the University Library and University Information Services, and a wealth of computational expertise distributed throughout a large number of Cambridge institutions.
  • CDH Learning delivers training in research methods and transferable skills to enable new and established researchers at all levels in order to create and exploit new practices of digital scholarship.
  • The CDH Network provides a sense of community and identity among those working in Digital Humanities and cognate fields at Cambridge, in part sponsoring events for internal and external audiences including a Distinguished Lecture Series and 'Searching Questions' symposia.

CDH's administrative office is located within the University Library, which is one of its main partners. There are also partnerships with Cambridge University Press, the University's museums sector and institutions and individuals beyond Cambridge. The CDH directorate is guided by steering groups and advisory boards drawn from these various constituencies.

The DH research community at Cambridge itself extends across four of the University's six Schools, along with the UL, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In addition to DH researchers in the humanities and social sciences departments, colleagues in STEM subjects have taken an active part in DH projects. Some STEM researchers working in DH at Cambridge are undertaking research in computational linguistics and related topics, while others are interested in Big Data methods for social science, social media and policy, visual representation, aesthetic image processing, end-user development and interdisciplinary design. Yet others have applied imaging techniques in conservation work related to arts, or undertaken network analysis in the humanities. Examples of this groundbreaking research can be found within our Research Themes section.

Cambridge Digital Humanities as a whole aims to offer both a dynamic framework to support the most advanced research in the field and a creative space for exploring and exchanging new ideas. It thrives on the input and engagement of the diverse community that defines it, with the potential to create and shape knowledge and to influence the ways in which we view the world around us.

Visit the Cambridge Digital Humanities website and have a look at our list of events.
 

Forthcoming Events

Digital Humanities
CANCELLED Play as Research Practice? Thinking with (and about) Games – Game Design Worksop
02 December 2019, IT Training Room, Cambridge University Library

CDH game design workshop

Cambridge Cultural Heritage Data School
16 March 2020, TBC

 

 


 


 

Past Events

Digital Humanities
Digital Research Project Design for Beginners
17 October 2017, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Digital Humanities Network at CRASSH/

Curating your own Digital Archive
16 November 2017, S3, Alison Richard Bulding, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Digital Humanities Network.

Webscraping for Beginners
21 November 2017, Room B4, Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Digital Humanites Network.

The Ethics of Doing Research in the Digital Age
27 November 2017, SG2 Alison Richard Building

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Can Social Media Work for Me?
05 December 2017, S1, Alison Richard Building

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Beyond Words: Workshop 1 (Mapping the Conceptual Terrain)
15 December 2017, GR06/07 Faculty of English, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Introduction to APIs: how to get bulk data from websites
16 January 2018, S3, Alison Richard Bulding, Sidgwick Site

An event by the Digital Humanites Network.

Democracy by Design: Activists, Apps and Activist Apps
22 January 2018, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

An workshop by the Digital Humanities Network.

Introduction to OCR: tools for turning pdfs into machine-readable data
23 January 2018, S3, Alison Richard Bulding, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Digital Humanities Network.

Protest Event Analysis: a practical introduction
25 January 2018, B4 Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

A workshop by the Digital Humanities Network.

Beyond Words Workshop 2 (Technical Challenges)
06 February 2018, Raleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, West Cambridge Site

A workshop oganised by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Social Media Data and Research Ethics: challenges and opportunities
13 February 2018, Room 5, Mill Lane lecture rooms, Mill Lane, CB2 1RX

A workshop by the Digital Humanities Network.

CANCELLED Academic Social Networking Sites: a user's guide
20 February 2018, SG2 Alison Richard Buiding, Sidgwick Site

 A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Academic Research, Data, and the Law: An introduction to General Data Protection Regulation
06 March 2018, SG2 Alison Richard Buiding, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Digital Humanities Network.

Digital Imaging, Modelling, Making and Interpretation of 3D Cultural Heritage Objects and Replicas
15 March 2018, New Court Funtion Room, Christ's College and Education Seminar Room, Fitzwilliam Museum

a workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Automatic Text Recognition: an introduction to Transkribus
26 March 2018, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Automatic Text Recognition: diving into the background
27 March 2018, S1, Alison Richard Building

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Text-mining the Archive 1
24 April 2018, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Text-mining the Archive 2
01 May 2018, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Introduction to Omeka: build and publish a simple digital archive
08 May 2018, Room B3, Institute of Criminology

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Collaborating with the Machine: Opportunities, Challenges, and Caveats
15 May 2018, Room B4, Institute of Criminology

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Lenses or Mirrors? How Algorithms Affect Ways of Seeing Race and Gender
21 May 2018, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambrdige Digital Humanities Network.

Digital Collaboration Tools
05 June 2018, S1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Social Network Analysis in Social Media
11 June 2018, S3, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Re:search - do search engines shape scholarship?
12 June 2018, S1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A worshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

Machine Reading the Archive End-of-Programme Workshop 2018
14 June 2018, S1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network.

‘Scores of Scores’: Possibilities and Pitfalls with Musical Corpora
19 June 2018, The Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Ave,

A workshop by the Cambrige Digital Humanities Network, Cambridge Big Data Strategic Research and the Faculty of Music.

Academic Social Networking Sites: a user's guide
25 June 2018, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities and the University Library.

From Sources to Data: Historical People in the Digital Archive
04 July 2018, Boardroom, Faculty of History

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Searching Questions
11 July 2018, West Road Concert Hall Building

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Introduction to Podcasting
12 October 2018, Comms Room 1, Aoi Pavilion, Cambridge University Library

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities

The Library as Data: Introduction to Cambridge University's Digital Collections
15 October 2018, S1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Introduction to Archival Photography
30 October 2018, Digital Content Unit, Cambridge University Library

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Blogging for Researchers: behind the scenes with Doing History in Public
07 November 2018, S3, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Creating Databases from Historical Sources
08 November 2018, Comms Room 1: Aoi Pavilion, University Library

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Blogging for Researchers: integrating social media with your blog
12 November 2018, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Using Images at Scale to Understand Environments and Behaviours
21 November 2018, GR06/07, Faculty of English

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Generative Adversarial Networks Experimentation Lab
11 December 2018, S1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop organised by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Machine Feeling
14 January 2019, Room S1 in the Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site tbc

A workshop convened by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

The Undetection of the New: An Overview of Machine Learning Limitations and their Social Impact
14 January 2019, Room GR06/07 Faculty of English, Sidgwick Site

A public talk by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

A Feeling for Worlds: Encountering Animals as Sensors
15 January 2019, SG1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A public talk by  Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR): An Introduction
11 February 2019, IT Training Room, University Library

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Creating Databases from Historical Sources
25 February 2019, IT Training Room, University Library

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Looking Back and Thinking Ahead: Humanistic Methods and/in Digital Humanities
01 May 2019, Old Divinity School, St John's College

The inaugural talk in the CDH Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Seeing/Knowing: Using Visualisation as a Research Instrument
01 May 2019, Room B3, Institute of Criminology

A workshop by Cambrdige Digital Humanities.

Computer Vision and the Digital Humanities: An Overview
13 May 2019, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A presentation by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Computer Vision and the Digital Humanities: Practical Applications
14 May 2019, IT Training Room, University Library

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities

Highway to Hell or Stairway to Heaven? How Digital Changed the Music Industry
17 May 2019, Old Divinity School, St John's College

Distinguished lecture series by Cambridge Digital Humanities

Explaining Complexity: Using Animation, Illustration and Interactive Media to Communicate Research
20 May 2019, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A training course by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Telling Stories about Data
04 June 2019, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site (Please note change of room)

A lecture convened by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Social Media as an Historical Source: Methods, Challenges, Ethics
17 June 2019, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site
Machine Reading the Archive 2019: End of Programme Workshop
18 June 2019, SG2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Film-making for Beginners (Level 2)
24 June 2019, Phoenix Training Suite, New Museums Site

A training course by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Digital Mapping for Historians
26 June 2019, Seminar Room, Department of Geography

A training course by Cambridge Digita Humanities

Automating the Crowd: Workshop 2
16 July 2019, Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge Site, Cambridge. CB3 0HE

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

Who are the real people behind artificial intelligence?
16 July 2019, SG1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A panel talk  by Cambridge Digital Humanities

The Letters Connection: Social Network Analysis in the Scientific Correspondence Collection 1
18 September 2019, S3, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.

The Letters Connection: Social Network Analysis in the Scientific Correspondence Collection 2
25 September 2019, S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

The second session of a workshop by Cambridge Digital Humanities.