Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas 2014: ‘Data’

Thank you to all the speakers and to everyone who attended this year’s inspirational Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas 2014.

For a synopsis of the whole day please see Nicola Osborne’s excellent liveblog.

Videos of all the Digital Day of Ideas 2014 presentations

View photographs from the day

‘Data’, according to Boyd and Crawford (PDF), ‘is increasingly digital air’. But what do we mean when we speak of ‘data’?  From the big promises of big data, to the need to maintain a sense of the value of small data, from algorithmic culture to the reworking of what we mean by interpretation – the data and computational turn in research is posing some profound questions for scholars across the disciplines.

Digital Scholarship Day of Ideas 2014 addressed the question of ‘data’, by bringing together social scientists and humanities scholars to present their work and lead debate. The one-day event included inspirational speakers and great networking opportunities in the beautiful setting of the recently redesigned and refurbished Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Date: 14 May 2014
Venue: Conference Room, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ
Time: 9.30am-5.15pm
Open to: all College of Humanities and Social Science staff and PhD students; colleagues from CSE and CMVM are also welcome

9.30 Coffee and registration
10.00 Introduction: Prof Dorothy Miell
Head of College of Humanities and Social Science
10.15 Prof Annette Markham
Department of Informatics, Umeå University, Sweden
Department of Aesthetics & Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark
School of Communication, Loyola University, Chicago
Can we get beyond ‘data’? Questioning the dominance of a core term in scientific inquiry
chair: Dr Sian Bayne
11.15 Prof Ken Benoit
Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods, London School of Economics and Political Science
Crowd-sourced data coding for the social sciences: Massive non-expert coding of political texts
chair: Prof John McInnes
12.15 Lunch
1.15 Dr Lisa Otty
Lecturer in English Literature and Digital Humanities, University of Edinburgh
Reading Data: Experiments in the Generative Humanities
chair: Dr Tom Mole
2.15 Dr Stephen Ramsay
Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska
Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
Algorithm and Interpretation
chair: Prof James Loxley
3.15 Tea
3.45 Prof Rob Procter
Professor of Social Informatics, University of Warwick
Big Data and the Sociological Imagination: A Collaborative Response
chair: Prof Robin Williams
4.45 Conclusion: Prof Dave Robertson
Head of School of Informatics
Edinburgh Data Science initiative
5.15 Finish