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DH Research at Cambridge

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The University of Cambridge is made up of six academic Schools. Research in the Digital Humanities is mainly undertaken in the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which together comprise eighteen faculties and departments including CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

But the DH research community at Cambridge extends across four of the six Schools, along with the University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In addition to researchers based in the humanities and social sciences departments, there are others in STEM subjects who have taken part in DH projects. The largest group of STEM researchers in the Digital Humanities is based in the Computer Laboratory, namely, the Natural Language and Information Processing Research Group (NLIP), which undertakes research in computational linguistics and a range of related topics. Other computer scientists are interested in big data methods for social science, social media and policy, visual representation, aesthetic image processing, end-user development, and interdisciplinary design. There is a smaller group of STEM researchers in physical sciences who have applied imaging techniques in arts and conservation or undertaken network analysis in the humanities.

A recent audit revealed that Cambridge DH researchers have been involved in over 100 major projects, many of which have attracted significant financial support from external funders. This collective body of work has been widely praised for the innovative methods and tools developed to investigate diverse data and media in both traditional and new forms, along with issues, ideas, behaviours, and much else. DH research at Cambridge has also vigorously interrogated and reflected on the knowledge and insight that 'the digital' affords.

Several thematic clusters have emerged in recent DH research at the University of Cambridge, although these do not encompass all of our research activity. To read the issue of Research Horizons dedicated to Digital Humanities at Cambridge, click here.

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