Humanities Data Science and Methodology

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Areas of research interest

Links to ongoing research projects can be found here

The Chair of Humanities Data Science and Methodology studies the affordances and limitations of the application of digital methods to the Humanities. It also seeks to understand more about the social, cultural, intellectual and technical processes and conditions that have shaped the remediation and analysis of Humanities and Cultural Heritage sources as data. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Digital Humanities including, but not limited to, the semantic markup, modeling and analysis of historical and lexicographical sources
  • Digital Methods for historical research
  • The history of Digital Humanities, with particular focus on uncovering 'hidden', overlooked or devalued contributions to the field's emergence and development
  • Oral history and digital methods for oral history
  • Critical Heritage Studies especially its intersections with Digital Cultural Heritage
  • The history of Computing especially in the Humanities
  • Collections as Data
  • The history of information and data

Ongoing projects

  • The Sloane Lab: Looking back to build future shared collections (2021-2024). Primary Investigator Julianne Nyhan (TU Darmstadt and UCL). Arts and Humanities Research Council. Total £2,83 million

Completed projects

  • Digging into Data Challenge: Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx) (01/06/2017-31/05/2019; consortium continuation to 2020). UK Primary Investigator Julianne Nyhan (UCL). Transatlantic Partnership for Social Sciences and Humanities 2016 Digging Into Data Challenge. Total $1,4 million
  • Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (CHEurope) (1 November 2016 – 31 October 2020 H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Innovative Training Networks). Primary Investigator: Kristian Kristensen, University of Gothenberg; Co-Investigators include Julianne Nyhan (UCL) and Andrew Flinn. Total: €3,9million
  • Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane's catalogues of his collections (1 August 2016 – 1 September 2021). Leverhulme Research Project Grant. Primary Investigator: Kim Sloan (British Museum); Co-Investigator Julianne Nyhan (UCL). Total: £453,810