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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

Announcing ToLCAAH!

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” (which we’ll abbreviate to ToLCAAH on occasion!)

Tens of thousands of cultural events happen across the UK every week, from theatre to comedy, and festivals to exhibitions. The data stream that is left as a record suggests an opportunity for researchers to analyse trends, understand the contribution that the UK creative industries makes to our culture and society, and plan ahead for the future. But how can researchers in the Arts and Humanities make use of large-scale data analysis, to explore this data?

Over the next year we’ll be working with our industry consultants The List, and various other partners, in order to develop a roadmap that will point to how data providers can work with researchers in order to allow meaningful access to this data. This will include looking at user and training needs, as well as developing a data service specification. We’ll keep you posted here with progress, and look forward to engaging with the research community!



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