Research activities in the Hub

Research activities in the Hub reflect our expertise in Classics, English, History and Modern Languages, and connect to one or more of our core values of inclusiveness, openness, engagement with cultural heritage, and responsible computing.

The majority of our projects/initiatives are collaborative, which is how we like to work! We welcome discussion about new partnerships and project ideas, and are able to support applications to a number of postdoctoral fellowship schemes (including Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships and Newton International Research Fellowships); see School page on Fellowships for a full list.

Our current and recent activities include:

Text encoding, analysis and editing

Linked data

  • Congruence Engine: Digital Tools for New Collections-based Industrial Histories - the Congruence Engine is a three-year research project that will use the latest digital techniques to connect industrial history collections held in different locations. It is one of five ‘Discovery Projects’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the ‘Towards a National Collection’ programme.
  • Heritage Connector: Transforming Text into Data to Extract Meaning and Make Connections - in partnership with the Science Museum Group and the V&A, the project will deliver insights into cataloguing practices that have the potential to increase the depth of materials categorised, expand access to museum records, identify new digital catalogue formats, and cross-reference materials so that more thorough and systematic data analysis can be undertaken.
  • Standards for Networking Ancient Person-data (previously SNAP:DRGN), linked open data recommendations for interoperability between prosopographical and other databases of historical persons. Ongoing development of SNAP standards will be carried out under the auspices of the Connecting Late Antiquities project.
  • Pelagios Network –  a long-running initiative that links historical information online through common references to places.

Community

Language

  • CLEOPATRA: Cross-Lingual Event-Centric Open Analytics Research Academy - a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network which aims to explore how we can begin to analyse and understand how the major events that influence and shape our lives and societies play out online.
  • Digital Modern Languages - a seminar series and section of the Modern Languages Open journal focusing on digital research in Modern Languages and resulting from the AHRC’s Open World Research Initiative.
  • Disrupting Digital Monolingualism - a workshop and forthcoming report on multilingualism in digital theory led by the Language Acts & Worldmaking project at King’s College London in collaboration with the Cross-Language Dynamics project at the School of Advanced Study.
  • Digital Diasporas - a Special Collection of open access research on cross-language and cross-cultural perspectives on the relationship between digital technologies and diasporic communities, resulting from an international conference in 2019.
  • Various activities in computational linguistics and ancient languages, including: Language of Greek Religion - a series of workshops and working groups looking at lexical and semantic clustering as an entry into ancient religious vocabulary; Projects exploring the intersection of text encoding and linguistic annotation for close reading of classical texts and small collections.

Born-digital archives and culture

  • WARCnet: Web ARChive studies network researching web domains and events - the aim of the WARCnet network is to promote high-quality national and transnational research that will help us to understand the history of (trans)national web domains and of transnational events on the web, drawing on the increasingly important digital cultural heritage held in national web archives.
  • Big Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities - the project developed an interface for working with the dataset derived from the UK domain crawl from 1996 to 2013 (that is, when legal deposit legislation was extended to cover digital materials), totalling approximately 65 terabytes and constituting many billions of words.
  • Terry Pratchett Project is a new collaboration between Senate House Library, Trinity College Dublin, and Liverpool University focused on the archives of the fantasy writer Terry Pratchett. The Project has so far hosted several engagement events, including hackathons, workshops, and public talks at the Being Human Festival. #born-digital archives #fantasy literature #fan studies #collections management #data 

Digital methods and Policy

  • Covid Rumours in Historical Context - is a one-year AHRC-funded research project to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak on social media. At a point in history where rumours about COVID-19 present an unprecedented health challenge, this project will deploy a novel longitudinal study of relevant historical rumours and government efforts to address them in order to assist policy-makers. It will track rumours circulating in the UK on Twitter relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination programme using diachronic linguistic techniques to compare contemporary data to historical precedents.

Material Culture

  • 3D imaging and modelling of artefacts from the Hellenic and Roman Library’s Ehrenberg Collection of classical ceramics and other objects, using photogrammetry to create an educational and engagement resource to be available alongside this handling and teaching collection. Gallery on Sketchfab and 3D prints for use in events.
  • DH and Materiality seminar - a collaboration with Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania exploring diverse digital approaches to material culture; ongoing events and publications are foreseen.