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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

Defining Cultural Events Data

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 permanent collection in a gallery? An artwork located outdoors? A historic site with limited opening hours? A historic site without limited opening hours? A library? An archive? Spectator sporting events like the rugby Six Nations Championship? What about a 5-a-side football fixture in a local park?

Our project partner, Data Thistle, have 30+ years of experience in dealing with events. For them, events include “Everything from opera to car boot sales”.

The scope of cultural events data – what is defined as an event and the metadata associated with it – will inevitably affect the kinds of research questions it can be used to answer.

What kinds of events would you include?


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