The Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society aims to support data-led research across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. As new technologies enable us to develop novel methods, scale up our questions, and tackle interdisciplinary challenges, research is moving in exciting directions. We will help our community stay at the forefront of developments in data-driven research, and highlight the vital contributions our researchers have to make to contemporary cultural debates and social issues.

Alongside seminars, training, supporting access to resources, and events, we will be organising pop-up research clusters, hacks, funding calls, socials, and more. We will develop and change over time: our ethos is to be dynamic, flexible and responsive.

If you’d like to work with us, have data-led research issues we can help with, or have ideas about what you’d like to see happening, get in touch.

You can also follow @edcdcs on twitter for regular updates.

Check out all of our upcoming events on Eventbrite.

What's happening

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Humanities and Social Sciences in a Br-AI-ve New World

Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th floor, Main Library

While critical discussions of algorithms and AI appear to be a current ‘hot topic’ among scholars from the humanities and social sciences, we have yet to come to terms with the present and pending implications of these technologies.

Dr. Frauke Zeller’s talk will reflect upon how humanities and social sciences can more actively engage research about and with emerging technology.


Digital Scholarship Research Clinic & Fika

26 June 2019 | 14:00–16:00

Join us for the final digital research clinic and fika meetup of this academic year!

We are holding an informal digital research clinic for staff and postgraduate students who are seeking information and advice on current or planned projects. You will have the opportunity to discuss your current research projects and any issues or advice you might need on high performance computing, research data storage services and research computing.

This month, we are combining or digital research clinic with a fika meetup - a chance to meet others working with digital resources and methods, over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Please book a place so that we know how much coffee and cake to order, and let colleagues know!

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Before Windrush: Mapping Migrants in an Age of Controversies

The image of migrants clustering into specific areas of town remains a powerful and significant symbol of the challenges of integration, but an analysis of the sources show that it lacks strong historical foundations in the UK. 

Using a sample from Edinburgh in 1911, historian Marc Di Tommasi will discuss the underlying causes behind migrant housing practices. A comparative, quantitative and spatial approach will highlight the role played by socio-economic conditions.


Upcoming workshops

Location: Training room 1.08, Main Library

Time: 14:00 - 16:00 

An Introduction to Databases Using SQLite - 19 June

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Research Clusters

Media and Communications

We’re delighted to announce that our first research cluster is Media and Communications, and includes scholars from disciplines as diverse as Law, Sociology, Informatics and Design.



We offer a wide range of support for researchers developing digital and data-intensive projects, including informal advice on early stage projects, facilitating contacts, supporting research activities and bid development, and, small scale funding. 

Get in touch and tell us what you need.