6 Nov 2023 - 14 Nov 2023 13:00 - 16:00 daily (GMT) Online


The Cambridge Digital Humanities online Cultural Heritage Data School (CHDS), taking place 6 – 14 November 2023 is open for applications from participants from across the cultural heritage sector and academia. 

The school provides new methods, technical foundations and tools to create, visualise and analyse digital archives and collections. 

This intensive online teaching programme will be structured around the digital collections and archives pipeline, covering the general principles and applied practices involved in the generation, exploration, visualisation, analysis and preservation of digital collections and archives.

Leading academic researchers and practitioners have created a teaching and learning experience that takes advantage of virtual tools for lectures, workshops, group work and more, developing technical skills, while also raising critical questions about data in the cultural heritage sector. 

Previous attendees have benefited from the practical way digital methods are applied to real problems, the critical way in which they are employed, as well as by the rich interactions with teachers and peers. 

We encourage anyone working with cultural heritage data to apply!


Our modules cover the lifecycle of a data-intensive project working with cultural heritage data, including ethical research design, data collection, analysis, visualisation and presentation. Teaching includes lectures, participatory sessions, workshops, hands-on activities with leading researchers and practitioners in the field. 

You will be able to collect and analyse publicly-available text and image collections from cultural heritage institutions and learn how to use AI both as a tool for research and as an object of inquiry. We will also explore methods for creating digital archives of material objects and the challenges of participatory archival practice with marginalised and excluded communities. 

Modules will cover the following content:

  • Ethical research design 
  • Collecting and working with cultural heritage data at scale
  • AI and image collections 
  • Text technologies and archival justice 
  • Community and grassroots digital archives: principles and practices

Keynote speakers TBC

*Content may be subject to change 

Who can apply?

The school welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

You might be working or volunteering in a gallery, library, archive or museum, involved in a community-based cultural heritage project or working with cultural heritage practitioners or institutions as an academic researcher or student.  Anyone who works with cultural heritage data is welcome to apply.

No previous experience of coding is required and there are no specific academic requirements, however the course content is broadly suitable for those with an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional experience. The School is taught in English. 

We are committed to facilitate participation by women, black and minority ethnic candidates as they have historically been under-represented in the technology and data science sector. We also welcome applications from outside the UK, assuming they can attend the live workshop slots during 1pm-4pm GMT. Sessions will not be recorded and therefore live attendance is required.

When and where?

This school will be held online: 6-14 November 2023. Data School live sessions are timetabled daily from 13:00 – 13:00 (GMT). To convert this to your timezone you can use this Time Zone Converter.

Sessions will include live-taught instruction on Zoom, demonstrations and discussions online, with access to self-paced study materials and support via email-based discussion groups between sessions. Participants will need a laptop or desktop computer and internet access to participate in the sessions. Some sessions will require software installation — full instructions will be provided but please ensure you have access rights to install software on the device you will be using. 

The school is highly interactive and participants need to be able to join the discussions in real time, so please ensure you have internet access which will enable viewing of online videos and live participation through a video call. 

An in-person Cultural Heritage Data School is also scheduled to take place in Cambridge 8-12 April 2024. Applications will open in late 2023 – please check our website or sign up to our mailing list for more details. Please note that the fees for in-person Data Schools are higher than for the online versions.

Teaching team*

*Teaching team may be subject to change


  • Standard: £245 per person
  • Early Bird (until 3 September 2023): £195 per person
  • Concession (limited places): £75 per person

There is a limited number of concessionary places for the unemployed, unfunded projects, and Global South residents that can demonstrate financial need. In addition, a small number of bursaries (waived fee) are available to those who are not able to afford this training and can demonstrate how attending the school will be beneficial for them. You can apply for this on the application form.

The deadline for payment is four weeks before the start of the School.

Q&A session

Do you have questions about how the school will be run, the content, and how to apply? We will hold a Q&A session with the school’s convenors on Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 14:00, register.

How to apply

Fill in the application form by 9 October 2023. You will hear whether your application was successful or not by 16 October 2023.

The Cultural Heritage Data School is application-only with limited places. During your application you should make best use of the free text sections to explain your current experience, and what you would get out of attending the School.

Apply using the form in this link.



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