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Towards Large-scale Cultural Analytics in the Arts and Humanities

Towards Large-scale Cultural Analytics in the Arts and Humanities

An AHRC funded project, exploring how to make use of large-scale cultural events data for research

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On Tuesday 30 August we held an online event to share the findings of the ToLCAAH project.   During the event: Principal Investigator Prof Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh, gave an introduction to the ToLCAAH project and team. Brendan Miles, Director of Data Thistle, introduced the availability of cultural events […]

green lights and a DJ booth

After six months of work on the ToLCAAH project, we are excited to share our findings! At an online event on Tuesday 30 August, 3-5pm, the project team and our industry partner, Data Thistle, will share: How to get large-scale cultural events data into the hands of arts and humanities researchers What a large-scale cultural […]

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In the last two posts we introduced Data Thistle’s What’s On data and our approach to working with it, and some of the complexities of the data. In this post we want to draw some attention to other projects that are using this large-scale cultural events data in novel ways to answer a variety of […]

frequency of events tagged as ‘Kids’ and ‘LGBT’ in each category

We learned a lot from getting up close with the cultural events data from Data Thistle that we described in the previous blog post. One of the complexities of the data, which has an effect on the results of analyses undertaken with these data, is the difference between categories and tags. Events are assigned only […]

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The overarching aim of this project is to get contemporary cultural events data into the hands of arts and humanities researchers. As part of this project, we have undertaken a case study using cultural events data supplied by our industry partners Data Thistle to ask some of our own research questions and to explore the […]

Computer screen showing name of time of workshop

Link to Part One   In our workshop, ‘Researching with Cultural Events Data’,  we asked our participants about how to design a cultural events data service. We captured the responses visually, shown in the images below. The text in the images is also transcribed below.   Question Two: Imagine a data service for cultural events […]

Computer screen showing name of time of workshop

On Friday 6 May we held an in-person workshop, ‘Researching with Cultural Events Data’,  to brainstorm how researchers could engage with and use a cultural events data service. Apart from it being lovely to see people face-to-face, the workshop was a useful exercise in understanding user needs. We began with presentations from Prof Melissa Terras […]

Lights resembling a city block of skyscrapers

…with a chance to win a £50 book token!   We are asking for your input on how to set up a UK cultural events data service. Cultural events data includes data about which events are happening when and where in the UK, who attends these events, and how events intersect with other forms of […]

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A text that has been influential for us on this project is Cultural Analytics by Lev Manovich. The focus of Manovich’s book is the computational analysis of cultural data. Our project aims to make the data stream emanating from the UK cultural events industry, including theatre, festivals, film, exhibitions, etc, accessible for computational and other […]

Strings of coloured, spherical lanterns against black sky.

This week we revisited the report ‘Could open data help Arts and Culture listings? A discovery report’. It was created by our project partner Nesta along with The Satori Lab to “better understand the problem space around arts and culture listings”. The report looks at getting events listings into the hands of potential audiences. Our […]


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