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Cambridge Digital Humanities


The TDM Test Kitchen is an experimental service supported by Cambridge Digital
Humanities, Cambridge University Library (UL) and Cambridge University Press (CUP), which aims to:

  • Explore the application of TDM (Text and Data-Mining) methods to CUP and UL collections.
  • Provide a 'live' learning environment where researchers, CUP and library staff involved either using TDM methods or developing TDM support services can learn more about TDM methods, share good practice and exchange knowledge about how to overcome challenges.
  • Facilitate discussion between researchers, the UL and CUP about how to develop TDM methods and services in future.

For the pilot phase of the TDM Test Kitchen, we are looking to work with researchers who are interested in developing TDM projects using collections held by Cambridge University Library and Cambridge University Press. Projects supported by the Test Kitchen will be offered a tailored package of advice covering issues such as IP rights, data access, corpus creation, access to High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, data visualisation methods and software sustainability. Our goal is to create a set of case studies based on the projects we support, focused on demonstrating the potentials and limitations of TDM methods in order to guide future research in this area.

The work of the TDM Test Kitchen will also feed into the content of Cambridge Digital Humanities’ methods programme, through the introductory training sessions and advanced workshops organised through the Machine Reading the Archive theme.

How can I get involved?
Email Dr Anne Alexander () with a brief outline of your proposed project and the data sources you are interested in using. We also welcome approaches from colleagues who would be interested in playing a supporting role for Test Kitchen projects by offering expert advice or contributing to workshops and training sessions.

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