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When Humanities Met Data Science: Tales From the Turing

May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

David Beavan (The Alan Turing Institute) discusses Living with Machines, a digital humanities project rethinking the Industrial Revolution.


How can the Humanities and Data Science best work together on research? The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence, is engaged in several Digital Humanities endeavours. This talk focusses on the flagship project Living with Machines, tasked with rethinking the impact of technology on the lives of ordinary people during the Industrial Revolution. Discover how software development methodologies have been adapted by interdisciplinary teams to produce Minimum Research Outcomes. These are new ways for scholarly projects to achieve results and outputs quickly, reach a place of academic security, and then release a more creative potential. This talk will reflect on the results of this experiment.

David Beavan is Senior Research Software Engineer – Digital Humanities in the Research Engineering Group (affectionately known as Hut 23) in The Alan Turing Institute. He has been working in the Digital Humanities (DH) for over 15 years, working collaboratively, applying cutting edge computational methods to explore new humanities challenges. He is Co-Investigator for two Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded projects: Living with Machines and Chronotopic Cartographies, is Co-organiser of the Humanities and Data Science Turing Interest Group, and is Research Engineering’s challenge lead for Data Science for Science (and also humanities).

Please note: We allow for more registrations than we have places, as we recognise that plans sometimes change and people can forget to cancel their bookings. This means that we cannot guarantee an available seat even if you have registered, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event to ensure you get a seat.


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