Applications open for the CDH Social Data School

16-29 June 2021, online

Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) has announced that applications for the Cambridge Cultural Heritage Data School are now open. The Social Data School takes place entirely online this year, from 16 to 29 June 2021.

Applications close: Monday, 10 May 2021.

The Cambridge Social Data School, led by Cambridge Digital Humanities in association with the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, is an online intensive teaching programme structured around the life-cycle of a digital research project, covering principles of research design, data collection, cleaning and preparation, methods of analysis and visualisation, and data management and preservation practices. This year’s Data School includes modules exploring the challenges to data protection principles in a world where networked surveillance is fast becoming the norm. We will also analyse the social and cultural impact of recent advances in machine learning driven systems for classifying and generating images and texts, and discuss and deploy data-intensive methods for the analysis of disinformation on social media platforms. 

Key topics in the programme will include: 

  • Ethical digital research design and the digital project lifecycle
  • Data protection and surveillance in a networked world 
  • How Machine Learning shapes the media  
  • Data exploration, structuration and preparation
  • Social Network visualisation and analysis
  • Machine Learning and computer vision: a critical and experimental introduction. 

Sessions will include live instruction, demonstrations and discussions on Zoom, with access to self-paced study materials and support via email-based discussion groups between sessions. Participants will need a laptop or desktop computer and internet access to participate in the sessions. Some sessions will require software installation – full instructions will be provided but please ensure you have access rights to install software on the device you will be using. 

No previous experience of programming is required to participate in the Data School. We welcome applications from outside the UK.

Please note that because of the fast moving nature of Coronavirus, the Data School timetable and content may be subject to change because of staff availability. We also recognise that the current circumstances are putting extra pressure on many people, especially those with caring responsibilities, and we understand that not everyone will necessarily be able to make every session. This will not be a barrier to participation in the Data School.

Cambridge Digital Humanities is committed to democratising access to digital methods and tools, and is offering the following subsidised participation fees to encourage applications from those who do not normally have access to this type of training. The fees include all teaching costs.

Standard Rate: £245
Small Organisations / University Staff / Staff Journalists: £145
Students / Unemployed / Community or Unfunded Projects / Freelance Journalists / Participants resident in the Global South : £45

In addition, a small number of bursaries are available to those who can demonstrate financial need.

More information and applications here:

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