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Cambridge Digital Humanities course timetable

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Mon 14 Jun – Tue 7 Jun 2022

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June 2021

Mon 14
Methods Fellow Workshop: Audible knowledge: soundscapes, podcasts and digital audio scholarship new (3 of 3) Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Methods Fellow Workshop: Audible knowledge: soundscapes, podcasts and digital audio scholarship

Dr Peter McMurray (CDH Methods Fellow)

With the rise of web-based scholarship and affordable digital audio equipment, artists and researchers are increasingly turning to audio formats as way to share their work with a larger audience and to cultivate new forms of knowledge rooted in listening. This workshop will offer an introduction to digital audio recording and editing (using Reaper, a digital audio workstation which can be downloaded/used for free on an extended trial basis). We will focus particularly on the editing choices for soundscape composition and podcasting, and participants will have the opportunity to produce a short audio piece over the course of the workshop.

Tue 15

The aim of this course is to support students, researchers, and professionals interested in exploring the changing nature of the English vocabulary in historical texts at scale, and to reflect critically on the limitations of these computational analyses. We will focus on computational methods for representing word meaning and word meaning change from large-scale historical text corpora. The corpus used will consist of Darwin’s letters from the (Darwin Project https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/) at Cambridge University Library. All code will be in online Python notebooks.

If you are interested in attending this course, please fill in the application form

The aim of this course is to support students, researchers, and professionals interested in exploring the changing nature of the English vocabulary in historical texts at scale, and to reflect critically on the limitations of these computational analyses. We will focus on computational methods for representing word meaning and word meaning change from large-scale historical text corpora. The corpus used will consist of Darwin’s letters from the (Darwin Project https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/) at Cambridge University Library. All code will be in online Python notebooks.

If you are interested in attending this course, please fill in the application form

October 2021

Mon 11
CDH Methods Workshop: Machine Learning Systems: a critical introduction new (1 of 2) [Places] 13:00 - 14:30 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities

Places are limited and participants must complete this form in order to participate in addition to booking online. We will write and confirm your participation by email. Bookings will remain open until 10am, 7 October 2021; However, participants are encouraged to apply early as demand is likely to be high.

This online workshop will provide an accessible, non-technical introduction to Machine Learning systems, aimed primarily at graduate students and researchers in the humanities, arts and social sciences. It is designed as a preparatory session for potential applicants to our Interaction with Machine Learning Guided Project which will run in Lent Term 2022 in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Technology. However, it can also be booked as a standalone session.

Tue 12
CDH Basics: Understanding data and metadata new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

This CDH Basics session provides a basic introduction to good practice around understanding file formats, version control and the principles of data curation for individual researchers. We will examine the importance of metadata (‘data about data’), exploring the crucial role played by classification systems and standards in shaping how scholars interact with historical and cultural records. Rather than accepting data as a ‘given’, we will discuss the creation and curation of data as interpretative practices and analyse their relationship to other traditions of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Thu 14
CDH Methods Workshop: Machine Learning Systems: a critical introduction new (2 of 2) [Places] 13:00 - 14:30 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Dr Anne Alexander, Cambridge Digital Humanities

Places are limited and participants must complete this form in order to participate in addition to booking online. We will write and confirm your participation by email. Bookings will remain open until 10am, 7 October 2021; However, participants are encouraged to apply early as demand is likely to be high.

This online workshop will provide an accessible, non-technical introduction to Machine Learning systems, aimed primarily at graduate students and researchers in the humanities, arts and social sciences. It is designed as a preparatory session for potential applicants to our Interaction with Machine Learning Guided Project which will run in Lent Term 2022 in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Technology. However, it can also be booked as a standalone session.

Tue 26
CDH Basics: Re:search new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

In this CDH Basics session, participants will explore how searching and finding technologies structure scholarship, through an introduction to search engines both for web search and custom search functions within collections. We will discuss how errors introduced by digitisation technologies create blindspots for digital search in historical collections, interacting with social and legal processes to structure bias and discrimination into search processes. The session will provide a brief introduction to the importance of machine-learning driven systems for digital search and suggest strategies for researchers to critically engage with, rather than passively accept, search engine results.

November 2021

Tue 9
CDH Basics: Digital research design and data ethics new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

This CDH Basics session explores the lifecycle of a digital research project, across the stages of design, data capture, transformation, analysis, presentation and preservation, and introduces tactics for embedding ethical research principles and practices at each stage of the research process.

Mon 15
Methods Workshop: Perspectives on participatory research design new (1 of 2) [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

We are pleased to welcome Dr Ann Borda as a guest lecturer for this CDH Methods Workshop. Ann is the Participatory Health Lead in the Co-design Living Lab for Digital Health in the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London, and sits on the policy committee of the Climate and Health Alliance. Ann formerly held collaborative positions in JISC and at the Science Museum London. Her research spans living lab and citizen science methods, and emerging participatory practices in digital health and culture.

There is an increasing presence in research incorporating participatory approaches to the production of knowledge. Participatory research is a range of methods framed within ideological perspectives. Its fundamental principles are that the subjects of the research become involved as partners in the process of the enquiry, and enacted through a set of social values. Participation can be classified by various degrees of involvement. Participatory activities can be expressed through various methods and approaches, such as co-design, citizen science, crowdsourcing, living labs, participatory action research and community-based participatory research, among others.

Mon 22
Methods Workshop: Perspectives on participatory research design new (2 of 2) [Places] 15:00 - 16:30 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

We are pleased to welcome Dr Ann Borda as a guest lecturer for this CDH Methods Workshop. Ann is the Participatory Health Lead in the Co-design Living Lab for Digital Health in the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health at the University of Melbourne. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London, and sits on the policy committee of the Climate and Health Alliance. Ann formerly held collaborative positions in JISC and at the Science Museum London. Her research spans living lab and citizen science methods, and emerging participatory practices in digital health and culture.

There is an increasing presence in research incorporating participatory approaches to the production of knowledge. Participatory research is a range of methods framed within ideological perspectives. Its fundamental principles are that the subjects of the research become involved as partners in the process of the enquiry, and enacted through a set of social values. Participation can be classified by various degrees of involvement. Participatory activities can be expressed through various methods and approaches, such as co-design, citizen science, crowdsourcing, living labs, participatory action research and community-based participatory research, among others.

Tue 23
CDH Basics: Data protection and information security: a guide for researchers new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

In this CDH Basics session, we will discuss how to assess the impact of relevant legal frameworks, including data protection, intellectual property and media law, on your digital research project and consider what approach researchers should take to the terms of service of third-party digital platforms. We will explore the challenge of informed consent in a highly networked world and look at a range of strategies for dealing with this problem. 

January 2022

Tue 25
CDH Basics: First steps in coding with Python new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

This CDH Basics session is aimed at researchers who have never done any coding before. We will explore basic principles and approaches to writing and adapting code, using the popular programming language Python as a case study. Participants will also gain familiarity with using Jupyter Notebooks, an open-source web application that allows users to create and share documents containing live code alongside visualisations and narrative text.

February 2022

Tue 8
CDH Basics: Bulk data capture new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

This CDH Basics session investigates three different methods for accessing digital data ‘in bulk’: using an API (Application Programme Interface), web scraping and direct access (via download or on a hard drive). We will explore the importance of good practice in documenting the provenance of data that others have created and discuss the practical steps in research data management essential to ensuring that you are able to make legal and ethical use of this type of data in your research. No knowledge of programming languages is required, however, there will be a demonstration of a Python web scraper during the session and references to more in-depth tutorials on web scraping will be provided.

Tue 22
CDH Basics: Data transformation with OpenRefine new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Data which other people have created is often either unstructured or structured in the wrong way for the questions that you want to answer. Rather than reinventing the wheel and collecting it all over again, this CDH Basics session introduces participants to OpenRefine, a free ‘power tool’ for dealing with messy data. In order to work with OpenRefine you will need administrator privileges to install software on your laptop. 

March 2022

Tue 8
CDH Basics: Foundations of data visualisation new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

The impact of well-crafted data visualisations has been well-documented historically. Florence Nightingale famously used charts to make her case for hospital hygiene in the Crimean War, while Dr John Snow’s bar charts of cholera deaths in London helped convince the authorities of the water-borne nature of the disease. However, as information designer Alberto Cairo notes, charts can also lie. This introductory CDH Basics session presents the basic principles of data visualisation for researchers who are new to working with quantitative data.

May 2022

Tue 10
CDH Basics: Working with images at scale: an introduction to IIIF new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

This CDH Basics session introduces the IIIF image data framework, which has been developed by a consortium of the world’s leading research libraries and image repositories and demonstrates a range of different machine learning-based methods for exploring digital image collections.

Tue 24
CDH Basics: Computer vision: a critical introduction new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Machine learning-driven systems for seeing and sorting still and moving images are increasingly common in many contexts. This CDH Basics session explores the technical fundamentals of machine vision and discusses the societal and cultural impact of these systems, including the challenges and opportunities faced by humanities and social science researchers using computer vision systems as research tools.

June 2022

Tue 7
CDH Basics: Digital afterlives: data preservation, sustainability and destruction new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Cambridge Digital Humanities Online

Ensuring long-term access to digital data is often a difficult task: both hardware and code decay much more rapidly than many other means of information storage. Digital data created in the 1980s is frequently unreadable, whereas books and manuscripts written in the 980s are still legible. This CDH Basics session explores good practice in data preservation and software sustainability and looks at what you need to do to ensure that the data you don’t want to keep is destroyed.