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

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 […]

Laptop screen showing graph

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 […]

Concert scene of crowd, lights and confetti.

This project aims to assess the feasibility of creating a searchable repository of cultural events data for use by arts and humanities researchers. But what constitutes cultural events data? What kinds of questions can it address? Who might use it? What is a cultural event? Is a temporary exhibition in a gallery an event? A […]

Graph of themes in Edinburgh events

We’re delighted to announce that an interdisciplinary team from the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews have  achieved funding from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, under their “Scoping future data services for the arts and humanities” scheme, for an innovative project we are calling “Towards Large-scale Cultural Analytics in the Arts and Humanities” […]


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