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New Centre for Digital Inquiry Launched

We are delighted to launch the brand new Centre for Digital InquiryCentre for Digital Inquiry. The CDI is Warwick’s new hub for critical digital research. As a cross-faculty research centre, it unites researchers from the humanities, social sciences and sciences to think with and through our digital condition.

Tue 30 Jun 2020, 16:25

Communities and Algorithms: Epistemological Questions for a Critical Network Science

The CDI is delighted to host Dominik Schindler and Matthew Fuller, who will share their current research, Communities and Algorithms: Epistemological Questions for a Critical Network Science, with the CDI community at Warwick. The talk is facilitated by British Academy Posdoctoral Fellow Patrick Brian Smith.

Details: 23rd May, 2pm, room FAB2.43 (in-person event), (click item heading for extended outline)

Register: please email patrick.smith.1@warwick.ac.uk to register your interest to attend.

event poster

Sun 01 May 2022, 19:11 | Tags: Algorithms, Social networks, Computational methods

Computer Vision for the Humanities: An Introduction to AI Deep Learning for Image Classification

How might we better understand, explore and investigate the diverse range of images we encounter in the humanities?

A two day in-person workshop convened by the Centre for Digital Inquiry. Led by Daniel van Strien, Digital Curator, British Library.

Please read more and register here.


Pandemic platform governance: Mapping the global ecosystem of COVID-19 response apps

As part of the international App Studies Initiative, CDI members Michael Dieter and Nate Tkacz have published the findings of their study of Covid apps, funded by the ESRC. Here is the abstract, published in the Internet Policy Review:

This article provides an exploratory systematic mapping of the global ecosystem of COVID-19 pandemic response apps. After considering policy updates by Google Play’s and Apple’s App Store, we analyse all the available response apps in July 2020; their different response types; the apps’ developers and geographical distribution; the ecosystem’s ‘generativity’ and developers’ responsiveness during the unfolding pandemic; the apps’ discursive positioning; and material conditions of their development. Google and Apple are gatekeepers of these app ecosystems and exercise control on different layers, shaping the pandemic app response as well as the relationships between governments, citizens, and other actors. We suggest that this global ecosystem of pandemic responses reflects an exceptional mode of what we call ‘pandemic platform governance’, where platforms have negotiated their commercial interests and the public interest in exceptional circumstances.

Thu 10 Feb 2022, 13:30

Networks: A Skills Workshop

Network analysis offers an interesting way of exploring and visualising networks between social, economic and political actors.

Networks: A Skills Workshop

This workshop will be led by Dr Kate Davison (University of Sheffield, History Dept.), assisted by Prof Mark Philp, Steve Ranford, and his colleagues Godwin Yeboah and James Tripp (of the newly formed Information and Digital Group Technology for Research; they are also part of the Centre for Digital Inquiry).

The concept and utility of social network analysis will be explored, and some of the software illustrated. The session will be hybrid. You are encouraged to prepare for the session by reading the Kadushin listed in below webpage, but this is not essential if you do not have the time beforehand. Although this is an event organised by the History department's Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Centre, it is open more widely to others in History and more widely. Please read more (and register if interested or share) using the following webpage.


Introductory Social Media data collection and Analysis using R

How can you collect and examine social media data? In this workshop, we will use the R statistical programming language to download and begin to examine social media data from Twitter and Reddit. We look closely at the data and then zoom out to consider overall trends. The aim of this workshop is to introduce the collection and analysis of social media data. The materials for this workshop are available on GitHub here.

The workshop is available for Warwick staff and students, who can sign up here. If you have any queries then please contact james.tripp@warwick.ac.uk

Thu 10 Feb 2022, 11:23 | Tags: Training, Reddit, Social Media, Twitter

How to create a map for print and web using QGIS

Do you want to learn a new skill in Term 2? Have you ever thought of creating a basic map for a presentation or publication? What about creating an interactive web map for your own website or just to experiment how that will look in an internet browser? If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you are in Warwick, this workshop is for you!

In this introductory course, we will give you an overview on how to use different cartographic techniques to effectively present outcomes of digital data exploration using QGIS software. We assume no prior knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information System) and will explain how to get data into the GIS as well as how to produce maps using data. The workshop lead is Dr Godwin Yeboah (g.yeboah at warwick.ac.uk).

Thu 27 Jan 2022, 09:01 | Tags: GIS, Training, Map, Interactive web map, Geocoded text, QGIS

CDI Research Support Scheme 2021/22: Rolling call

The Centre for Digital Inquiry research support scheme aims to support digital research at Warwick. We are interested in projects and/or events that either engage with digital tools and methods in critical, reflexive, and creative ways, or that substantively engage with the digital and closely related topics (data, AI, platforms, networks, etc.). Note: The CDI is a research centre and is only able to support projects that contribute toward research.

This year, the scheme will remain open until the funds are spent. All supported projects must be concluded by July 10, 2022. Up to £2,000 is available per project. The application form is available here.

Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11:01

Introductory Social Media Analysis with R - A Twitter and Reddit comparison

Our public discourse is often mediated by social media. Both the personalities and the structure of the platforms shape our debates, to construct meaning and foster our shared selves. Finding means to collect, collate, and form narratives around these platforms is useful for scholars in the Arts and humanities.

In this workshop, we (a) look at tools for interacting with APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to collect data, (b) explore some basic analysis and (c) consider critically what our tool and methods allow us to learn about these platforms and the debates within.

Tue 23 Nov 2021, 13:45 | Tags: Reddit, Social Media, Twitter

Introduction to QGIS: Creating a map for print and web

Do you want to learn a new skill? Have you ever thought of creating a basic map for a presentation or publication? What about creating an interactive web map for your own website or just to experiment how that will look in an internet browser? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you!

In this introductory course, we will give you an overview on how to use different cartographic techniques to effectively present outcomes of digital data exploration using QGIS software. We assume no prior knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information System) and will explain how to get data into the GIS as well as how to produce maps using data. The workshop lead is Dr Godwin Yeboah (g.yeboah at warwick.ac.uk).

Wed 17 Nov 2021, 11:30 | Tags: GIS, Training, Map, Interactive web map, QGIS

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