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Doing Research in the Digital Age - an introduction

Doing Research in the Digital Age is the introductory strand of the Digital Methods programme offered by Cambridge Digital Humanities. Our varied programme of events is aimed at making a broad community of researchers - from graduate students to senior academics - familiar with the key concepts, methods and tools required to do research in the digital age.

We will showcase digital research which is relevant to their disciplines and interests, organise 'taster' sessions in key methods, and provide opportunities to experiment and work with pre-prepared datasets. This strand is not primarily aimed at researchers who self-identify as ‘digital humanists’ or who necessarily think of themselves as researching some aspect of ‘the digital’, but rather those who want to experiment and explore new methods in order to make better-informed decisions about what to include in their methodological toolkit.

The content of the strand is organised into four themes, and also includes standalone sessions not connected with a single theme (or relevant to several).

Our themes for 2017/8 are:

Machine Reading the Archive

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

Ethics of Big Data

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

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

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.

Doing Research in the Digital Age sessions are open to PhD students and staff at the University of Cambridge (including college staff and CUP staff).

Diary Michaelmas Term 2017


Event title Date Theme

 Digital Research project design for beginners

17 Oct MRTA Book here

Curating your own digital archive

16 Nov MRTA Book here
Webscraping for beginners 21 Nov Book here
The ethics of doing research in the digital age 27 Nov EOBD
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

Curating your own digital archive

Nov 16, 2017

S3, Alison Richard Building

Webscraping for beginners

Nov 21, 2017

B4 Criminology

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