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Advanced Digital Methods Workshops - programme 2017/8

Cambridge Digital Humanities offers a year-long programme of advanced digital methods workshops, which are often run in collaboration with research projects or external partners.

Our advanced workshops are aimed at a wide range of researchers, from PhD students to academics who are leaders in their field. Many of the workshops are open for registration or application from participants outside the University of Cambridge.

Workshops typically run for a half-day or full-day.

Some of our workshops relate to our programme themes (see below), others are standalone events.

The programme for 2017/8 will be advertised here and in the events listing on our website.

If you are a Cambridge-based researcher interested in proposing a workshop for the series, please contact Dr Anne Alexander (

Advanced workshops diary 2017/8

Event title Date Theme

Beyond words (1): Mapping the conceptual terrain

15 Dec MRtA Book here
Protest event analysis and Machine Learning late Jan EoBD Booking opens soon
Beyond words (2): Technical challenges 6 Feb MRtA Booking opens soon
Ethical use of social media data in research 13 Feb EoBD Booking opens soon
Digital modelling, making, interpretation and interaction with three-dimensional museum objects 15 Mar WoMS Booking opens soon
Automated Text Recognition: Theory and Practice (with the Transkribus Project) 26 and 27 Mar MRtA Booking opens soon

Our programme themes for 2017/8 are:

Machine Reading the Archive (MRtA)

The primary aim of Machine Reading the Archive is to help participants develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and possibilities of working with archival data in the digital age, drawing on theory, methods and practice from the humanities, computer science and the archival profession.

Read more about Machine Reading the Archive here and register for the MRtA mailing list here (University of Cambridge staff and Phd students only)

Ethics of Big Data (EoBD)

In world where massive, networked and distributed datasets play an essential role in communication, social interactions and the economy, our Ethics of Big Data theme explores the practical and ethical challenges of researching with big data. The programme for this theme will be developed in collaboration with the Ethics of Big Data research group.

Ways of Machine Seeing (WoMS)

Building on the success of collaborative workshops held in 2016 and 2017, Ways of Machine Seeing draws on insights from art history, film studies, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and machine vision to examine the interactions between art, culture and technology through a series of workshops and courses.

Scholarly Practice in the Digital Age (SP)

This theme brings together elements of the Social Media Knowledge Exchange programme run by the Digital Humanities Network for early-career researchers, focusing on skills development in research dissemination and communication using social media, with sessions addressing a wider set of issues related to the practice of scholarship, including Open Access, digital collaboration tools, public engagement and impact.

We are a network of researchers at the University of 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.

Upcoming events

Webscraping for beginners

Nov 21, 2017

B4 Criminology

Can social media work for me?

Dec 05, 2017

S1 Alison Richard Building

Beyond Words: Workshop 1 (Mapping the conceptual terrain)

Dec 15, 2017

G06/07 Faculty of English, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge

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