Our mission is to support, facilitate, promote and inspire data-led and applied digital research across the arts, humanities and social sciences.
The Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS), founded in 2019, is an initiative of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Directed by Professor Melissa Terras, it provides a locus for data-driven and digitally-engaged research across the disciplines and forms the foundation of an open and inclusive community in which such research can grow and thrive.
As a component of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, CDCS was founded in the wider context of CAHSS’s commitment to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. As data and digital technology transform our university, our city and our world, CDCS and EFI aim to ensure that the vital contributions that the arts, humanities and social sciences make to this transformation are recognised and celebrated.
The core CDCS team includes Leads from different Schools across CAHSS. The Centre also operates a Stakeholders Forum, which meets biannually and is open to all interested parties, and is overseen by a Steering Group. Meeting papers are available on the CDCS governance sharepoint site (University of Edinburgh login required). The Annual Report for 2019/20 can be accessed here: a word document version is available by contacting the CDCS team below.
Early Career Researchers and PhD Students within CAHSS whose research focuses on relevant topics, can apply to become affiliates of the Centre (how to apply).