Applications Now Open: Digital Humanities & Research Software Engineering virtual summer school

Alan Turing Institute 2021 summer school poster


In the week commencing Monday 26 July, CDCS will be involved in a summer school hosted by the Alan Turing Institute, along with the University of Cambridge and Kings’s College London.  

The Digital Humanities & Research Software Engineering virtual summer school will involve five intensive days of training where learners have opportunities to gain a thorough understanding of the role of a Research Software Engineer in Digital Humanities research. The co-organisers will each plan a full day of the programme. 

Morning lectures will introduce examples of research projects in Digital Humanities that have benefitted from having RSE experts in the project team. The afternoon sessions will consist of hands-on activities on the topics presented in the morning. Each day will finish with an open discussion with a speaker on their career in RSE and Digital Humanities. 

The objectives of the summer school are to deliver an overview of RSE tailored to the needs and specificities of Humanities research, to illustrate the importance of best practice RSE, and to showcase the benefits of these techniques. Additionally, the summer school aims to become the first step towards a more structured training programme in the field. 

This is an introductory course open to all (including postgraduate students and early-career researchers). Attendees will be able to apply either for the morning lectures only, which focus on theory, or for both morning lectures and afternoon practical sessions. While the morning presentations will be free to access upon registration, each practical event will have a maximum number of attendees. To secure a place, attendees will need to register in advance. 

Registration is now open - closing 8 June 

CDCS will organise the activities taking place Wednesday 28 July, with a focus on data visualisation. Activities will centre on best practices and pathways to generating more informative, reusable, and open visualisations of datasets. The morning session will be presented by Dr Benjamin Bach. There will be two parallel afternoon activities offered: the first will covering basic data visualisation in R, while the second will present a networking data visualisation tool. The day will be concluded by CDCS Training Fellow Lucy Havens, discussing the path that led her to become a Digital Humanities Research Software Engineer.