Welcome to the third annual report from the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS), drawing together the range of activities we’ve been up to during the last year, since May 2021. Although the CDCS team has continued to grapple with the twists and turns of the pandemic, we’ve got a lot to celebrate from the past three years, and I’m proud of the hard work, and agile efforts, that have gone into supporting researchers across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Edinburgh with data-led approaches to both research and teaching.
Highlights of this year include our multifarious and well-attended seminar series, featuring a range of fascinating international speakers, and our second annual lecture, given by Dr Keolu Fox from the Indigenous Futures Lab at the University of California, San Diego. We’ll be organising our next annual lecture soon (and would always welcome suggestions of speakers). We’ve also trained hundreds of staff and students in specific digital research methods, and hosted our first summer school, which will be repeated and expanded this summer. We’ve supported various small research grants, and work by PhD students, helping university members navigate the fairly complex and diverse support structures on offer at Edinburgh. We’ve launched our first Digital Research Prizes, and are looking forward to learning more about the questions our communities have been posing, the methods used, and the results that have emerged. We’re doing more and more with the Edinburgh Futures Institute team, and are looking forward to the year ahead when we should start to think about moving into the Old Royal Infirmary building in real life.
CDCS is about community, and as we all continue to figure out what a post-covid, hybrid-working university looks like, we aim to support staff and students in data-led approaches to research. If we can be of help at all, please be in touch, and we look forward to the positive outcomes that will no doubt emerge from our networks over the next year.
Professor Melissa Terras, Director
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