May 27, 2016
by Anouk Lang

Workshop on structuring and visualizing data

This event is sold out.

Do you work with data, and do you want to learn how to visualize complex systems?

The Digital Humanities Research Group within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology is offering an introduction to working with historical data and database design. This workshop will introduce a workflow for creating Continue Reading →

May 18, 2016
by Anouk Lang

Digital Day of Ideas 2016

The Digital Day of Ideas was held on 18 May 2016, and was an excellent day of inspiring papers, engaging conversations and exploring new approaches in workshops.

Nicola Osborne has done a comprehensive liveblog of the day, and Lorna Campbell has produced a Storify of the tweets. There’s also a Twitter archive of the day’s events here (select the Archive tab at the bottom of the page). Videos of the keynote addresses and notes from some of the workshops will be up on this site shortly.

We would be grateful if attendees could take a few minutes to fill out an evaluation survey, so we can learn what worked well and what should be changed for next time.

Thank you to our three keynote speakers, all our workshop leaders, and the student helpers who helped to make it an excellent day. Particular thanks to Cath O’Shea and Elise McDonald in the College office who worked unstintingly to make sure everything ran smoothly.

We hope to see you next year!


March 14, 2016
by Anouk Lang

British Library Labs Roadshow @ The University of Edinburgh: Liveblog and Storify now available

Huge thanks to all those who helped to make the British Library Labs Roadshow event on 26 February 2016 a success.

Find out more about the roadshow (external link)

Particular thanks to:

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March 7, 2016
by Anouk Lang

New ‘Research data management and sharing’ online course

EDINA, The University of Edinburgh and the CRADLE project at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have teamed up to deliver a new skills-based Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the topics of research data management and data sharing for the benefit of researchers and support professionals alike.

This is an ‘on-demand’ style MOOC, with a rolling registration period, to allow cohorts of learners to proceed through the material at the same time, over a 5-week period. Material is free and learners can earn a certificate for a small fee.

Find out more on the MOOC ‘Research Data Management and Sharing’ (external link)

Vox pop video on research data management and sharing (external link)

The MOOC complements our well-known Research Data Management Training (MANTRA) online self-paced course on similar topics.


Robin Rice, Data Librarian, EDINA and Data Library, The University of Edinburgh, @sparrowbarley


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February 24, 2016
by Anouk Lang

Regular Expressions workshop, Wed 23 March, 2-3.30pm

Digital Humanities workshop:
Regular Expressions for Absolute Beginners
Wednesday 23 March, 2-3.30pm
Room 3.29, 50 George Square

Have you ever tried to clean up a document by using Find & Replace, and found yourself frustrated by the limitations of what can be done? Perhaps you have a file from which you want to extract a sequence of dates or words, or you are trying to clean up repetitive OCR errors in a scanned document, or remove special characters from a text file so it will load properly as a spreadsheet. Regular expressions, or regex, are useful in all these situations and more, as they offer a more powerful and flexible way of doing pattern matching.

This workshop assumes no prior knowledge at all of regular expressions. Those who have some experience will likely find it on the slow side. Participants will need to bring their own laptops in order to do the practical exercises.

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February 24, 2016
by Anouk Lang

Introduction to the Command Line, Wed 9 March, 2.30-4pm

Digital Humanities workshop:
A Gentle Introduction to the Command Line
Wednesday 9 March, 2.30-4pm
Room 110, 24 Buccleuch Place

The command line, also known as the bash shell, takes you beyond the familiar graphical user interface of your computer into the matrix the file structure. It allows you to navigate around your files and folders and manipulate them using text commands. It is a good first step in learning to control your computer rather than allowing its interface to control you. If you think you might want to learn some programming in the future, getting comfortable on the command line is a good place to start.

For this workshop, you will need to bring your own laptop (either a Mac or a PC). If you are bringing a PC, you will need to run Powershell (press the Start button and type Powershell into the search box, which should bring it up.) This workshop assumes no prior knowledge at all of the command line. Those who have some experience will likely find it on the slow side.

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February 24, 2016
by Anouk Lang

QGIS workshop, Thursday 3 March, 9am-12noon

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Digital Humanities workshop: QGIS for Beginners
Thursday 3 March, 9am-12 noon
50 George Square, Lab 1.02

QGIS is an open-source application for spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation. Unlike ArcGIS it is completely free, and has a growing base of users and developers. In this workshop you will learn to set up QGIS with the right projection system, pull in backdrop mapping from the web, add data from a file as a point layer, style the points and add a colour gradient. If time, we will also look at heat maps and how to include demographic data in your map.

This workshop will be delivered by Tom Armitage, GIS and geodata specialist at EDINA, and will include an introduction to Digimap resources. No prior knowledge of QGIS is assumed. We will be working on lab PCs, though if you want to bring your laptop with QGIS already loaded (version 2.8.3 or later), that is also fine. Places are more limited than usual so you are advised to book soon.

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February 10, 2016
by Anouk Lang

Digimap & QGIS courses at EDINA

EdinbMapFor those interested in learning more about the Digimap collections, EDINA is running courses and webinars in February and March 2016.


Collections for Support staff: Library, George Square, Central Area

11 May 2016, 9.30am-4pm



Ordnance Survey Collection – Copyright
24 February 2016

Geology Digimap
2 March 2016

Digimap data and QGIS
9 March 2016


For more about EDINA’s work and resources, visit

January 24, 2016
by Anouk Lang

Experimenting with the British Library’s Digital Content and Data for your Research


Join us for a series of presentations exploring the British Library’s remarkable digital collections, organised by British Library Labs and the University of Edinburgh as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow (2016).

The Roadshow will showcase examples of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it, and how interesting and exciting projects from researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs have been developed via the annual British Library Labs Competition and Awards. This will be followed by a presentation from James Loxley, representing the Palimpsest team who were runners up in the BL Labs Research Award category (2015). Finally, Claire Grover from the University of Edinburgh will give a presentation on Geoparsing Historical Texts. The full programme and Eventbrite registration can be found here.

Speakers: Mahendra Mahey, Ben O’Steen, Nora McGregor, James Loxley and Claire Grover
 Friday 26th February 2016