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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

Tag: cultural analytics

scaffolding type structure made from cubes

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]


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