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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


The project will investigate how we can provide access to events data to researchers interested in the UK’s cultural and creative economy. Throughout 2022 we will be working on:

  • A roadmap pointing towards large-scale cultural analytics in the Arts and Humanities, detailing opportunities, barriers, and recommendations for research and data support structures needed to encourage the uptake of large-scale data analysis that cross-walks digitised and born-digital content;
  • An identification of data providers, controllers and processers in UK cultural data, and recommendations as to how to support and engage this community, including in future digitisation;
  • The results of a large-scale data processing pilot study of cultural events data with our partners Data Thistle, including data-linkage and analysis, which will be used to identify user and training needs;
  • A set of data service specifications, including documentation. These will draw on the actual costs of purchasing, maintaining and operating such services based on the building-block approach used for the EIDF infrastructure, based on user needs analysis;
  • Recordings of online events, discussions, and presentations.

We plan to report late Summer 2022.



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