Centre for Data, Culture & Society

The Centre for Data, Culture & Society builds capacity for and supports data-led and digital research methods within the arts, humanities and social sciences. A platform for methodological innovation, we help our community to develop projects, learn new skills and techniques, and share experiences and practices.

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CDCS facilitates innovation in data-led and digital research methods through supporting and leveraging cross-disciplinary experimentation. Led by our community, we work to:

  • inspire, grow and embed data-led and digital methods across EFI and beyond
  • build methodological communities of practice
  • empower our community by providing technical advice, guidance and skills development opportunities
  • develop specialised technical support services

Collaboration and community are at the heart of our work.

“We bring together our diverse interdisciplinary community to share skills and exchange ideas, provoking creativity, innovation and methodological experimentation: challenge, create, change is an ethos we share, and EFI provides the perfect context for our work!”

Lisa Otty, Acting Director

In focus

In practice

Annual Report 22-23

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An overview of our work over the last year.



Old courtyard in Edinburgh with very old houses and blue sky above.

This 100-year plan workshop was co-developed, iterated and convened by the Data + Design Lab, with organisational help from the Centre for Data, Culture and Society, both based at Edinburgh Futures Institute.


CDCS Digital Research Prizes

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Celebrating and showcasing the innovative, collaborative, and high quality, data-led work being done across our community.

Meet the team

Ed MacKenzie

Research Technologist
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Likando Kumoyo

CDCS Events and Training Coordinator
Lisa Otty

Lisa Otty

Director, Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society
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Lucia Michielin

Digital Skills Training Manager

Join us to challenge, create, and make change happen.