Cambridge Digital Humanities Strategic Network


Cambridge Digital Humanities Network has been funded by the university since 2011 as a strategic research network. We are a network of researchers at Cambridge who are interested in how the use of digital tools is transforming scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. This transformation spans both the content and practice of humanities research, as the diffusion of digital technologies opens up new fields of study and generates research questions which breach traditional disciplinary boundaries.

We are now working towards the development of Cambridge Digital Humanities, which will bring together the DH research community with colleagues from the University Library and UIS to provide a greater level of support for DH research at Cambridge.

We organise an extensive Digital Methods programme which runs throughout the year hosted by CRASSH and in other venues across the University.

Find out more on our website or contact Dr Anne Alexander.


2017-18 Programme

Lent Term 2018

Tuesday 16 January 2018
Introduction to APIs: how to get bulk data from websites

Monday 22 January 2018
Democracy by Design: Activists, Apps and Activist Apps

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Introduction to OCR: tools for turning pdfs into machine-readable data

Thursday 25 January 2018
Protest Event Analysis: a practical introduction
Harnessing the power of Big Data to understand collective action

Tuesday 6 February 2018
Beyond Words Workshop 2 (Technical Challenges)

Tuesday 13 February 2018
Social Media Data and Research Ethics: challenges and opportunities

Tuesday 20 February 2018 CANCELLED
Academic Social Networking: a user's guide

Tuesday 27 February 2018  CANCELLED
Introduction to Programming with Python

Tuesday 6 March 2018
Academic Research, Data, and the Law: An Introduction to General Data Protection Regulation

Thursday 15 March 2018
Digital Imaging, Modelling, Making and Interpretation of 3D Cultural Heritage Objects and Replicas

Monday 26 March 2018
Automatic Text Recognition: an introduction to Transkribus

Tuesday 27 March 2018
Automatic Text Recognition: diving into the background

Michaelmas Term 2017

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Digital Research Project Design for Beginners

Thursday 16 November 2017
Curating your own Digital Archive

Tuesday 21 November 2017
Webscraping for Beginners

Monday 27 November 2017
The Ethics of Doing Research in the Digital Age: Understanding Digital Footprints

Tuesday 5 December 2017
Can Social Media Work for Me?

Friday 15 December 2017
Beyond Words: Workshop 1 (Mapping the Conceptual Terrain)

Machine Reading the Archive Programme 2017-18

Cambridge Digital Humanities and Cambridge Digital History with the support of the Researcher Development Programme and AHRC DTP

Machine Reading the Archive brings together humanities and social science researchers, archivists and computer scientists to explore the challenges of working with archives in the digital age. Through a mentoring scheme supporting digital archive projects and a series of practical workshops, technical demonstrations, field trips and a one day end-of-programme showcase, we hope to seed new collaborations and encourage the exchange of ideas and practices across professions and disciplines.

Registered participants must be PhD students or staff at the University and Colleges of Cambridge.

There are two ways to take part in the programme – through our group sessions and workshops, and by applying for a place on our Projects track.

Machine Reading the Archive Projects provides PhD students and staff at the University of Cambridge individual mentoring and support in developing a digital archives project.
Selected participants for MRtA Projects will be offered 4 x 1 hour individual/paired mentoring sessions with our Digital Methods Fellows, Dr Gabe Recchia and Dr Paul Nulty and 1 x 1 hour individual session on collaboration, networking and funding opportunities with Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities Network Coordinator. The sessions will be arranged at mutually convenient times between December 2017 and June 2018. Successful applicants will also be expected to give a short presentation about their project at the end-of-programme workshop in June 2018.

Participants in MRtA Projects are strongly encouraged to attend Machine Reading the Archive group sessions and other relevant digital methods training sessions and workshops.
Applications for MRtA Projects are open from 18 October to 12 noon on 20 November.
Registration for the MRtA programme group sessions is open throughout the academic year.

Useful links:
•    Apply for MRtA Projects:
•    Read our FAQ about MRtA Projects:
•    Register here for the MRtA programme:
Dates for your diary:
Group sessions must be booked online as spaces are limited – please check the website for details:
• Curating your own digital archive (16 November) – book here:
•    Webscraping for beginners (21 November) – book here:
•    How to turn your PDFs into searchable text (introduction to simple OCR tools)(23 January)
•    Using Python to transform and analyse your data (introduction to Jupyter notebooks)(22 February)
•    Build and publish a simple digital archive or collection (Introduction to Omeka)(8 May)
•    Text-mining the archive – an introduction (24 April and 1 May)


Past Events

Michaelmas Term 2016

Monday 19 September 2016
Digital Echoes: Understanding Patterns of Mass Violence with Data and Statistics

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November 2016
An Introduction to Working with Data for Humanities Researchers

Thursday 8 December
Can Social Media Work For Me?

Lent Term 2017

Wednesday 22 March 2017
Under the Hood of the Digital Collection

Easter Term 2017

Tuesday 25 April
Automated Text Recognition: From Print to Handwriting

Tuesday 2 May
Network Analysis in the Digital Archive - An Introduction

Monday 15 May
Going Live

Tuesday 13 June
Crossing Borders; an introduction to public debate on social media

Thursday 15 June
Machine Reading the Archive; end of programme workshop

Monday 26 June
Ways of Machine Seeing 2017

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September
Archives, Activism and Social Media

Easter Term 2016

Monday 16 May
Filming Revolution: A digital methods development workshop with Alisa Lebow

Monday 6 June
Digitally Mapping the Romanian avant-gardes

Thursday 16 June
Scholarship in the digital age – a survival guide for researchers

Friday 17 June
Nubo Influo - Developing a Computational Approach to Understanding Online Influence

Monday 11 July
Ways of Machine Seeing

Lent Term 2016

Friday 12 February
Strategies for Managing Social Media Resarch

Monday 7 March
Citizen Journalism and Narratives of Power in the Arab Revolutions

Thursday 17 March
Academic Social Networking Sites: A Rough Guide for Researchers

Michalemas Term 2015

Monday 19 October
Researching Global Labour Movements

Wednesday 4 November
Who Makes Data Big?

Friday 20 November
Mapping Contagion

Easter Term 2015

Monday 20 April
Cambridge Big Data

Thursday 30 April
Opportunity or Threat: EU Data Protection Reform

Thursday 7 May
Cultural Rights: The New Human Rights Frontier?

Monday 18 May
Graphical Display: Challenges for Humanists

Lent Term 2015

Tuesday 20 January
Crowdsourcing for Humanities Researchers

Thursday 29 January
CANCELLED Cultural Rights: The New Human Rights Frontier

Thursday 26 February
Data and Life on Tenison Road

Michaelmas Term 2014

Thursday 23 October
Researching (with) Social Media: A Reading Group

Thursday 30 October
Big Data, Communications and Media Theory: Conceptual Challenges

Thursday 13 November
Researching (with) Social Media: A Reading Group

Thursday 27 November
CultureFinder Workshop

Thursday 4 December
Researching with Social Media: A Reading Group

Easter Term 2014

Wednesday 23 April 2014
Collective Volition: Twitter and the Many in One

Friday 2 May 2014
CultureFinder Workshop

Monday 2 June 2014
Kindred Britain

Wednesday 4 June 2014
Crowdsourcing and Participatory Data-gathering

Tuesday 10 June 2014
Research Lunchtime Forum: Digital Support for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Lent Term 2014

Friday 7 February 2014
World Factory Data Expedition - A Digital Methods Development Workshop

Thursday 27 February 2014
The challenges and opportunities of new technologies for evaluating visitor experience at events

Monday 3 March 2014
Big Data, Questions, Challenges , and Possibilities

Wednesday 5 March 2014
Working with Images: A Rough Guide for Researchers