Research Projects & Awards

Exploring Data Driven Approaches to Researching Ephemeral Cultural Heritage

James Cook.
Lecturer in Early Music, Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art

Based on James’ previous work on Scottish pre-Reformation music, this project will focus on material in existence for Scotland which has been drastically underrepresented in the literature, simply because it is contained in often small, disparate, and complex sources. The project will pilot approaches through three case studies, exploring the application of data mining and machine learning techniques to the surviving archival material relating to music and musicians from three institutions in Historic Environment Scotland’s care. By applying DDI methodologies to the research, interpretation, and curation of important cultural heritage sites under the care of Historic Environment Scotland, the team will build a complete picture of each of the three case study institutions and will begin to develop public-facing data visualisation of the data collected, as well as working with Historic Environment Scotland on using this data for visitor interpretation.

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