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COVID-19 App Store and Data Flow Ecologies

CDI members Dr Michael Dieter and Dr Nate Tkacz secure funding to study COVID-19 phone apps.


Found Sound

Found Sound brings together alumni artists and interdisciplinary academics to showcase sound archive as part of the City of Culture programme. Their 2020 project was commissioned by Coventry CreatesLink opens in a new window in partnership with Coventry Cathedral Archive. This new version of the project samples materials from the National Cycling Archive at the Modern Records Centre and has been created by Jonathan Heron and Kieran Lucas, in collaboration with James Ball.

Digital Love in the Time of Covid

Carolina Bandinelli

Digital Love in the Time of Covid is a study on the digital culture of love during coronavirus restrictions. The project deployed a qualitative research framework including focus groups and interviews to explore the affective investment that dating app attract and the symbolic practices they produce, in a context when meeting another person is perceived as difficult and risky, when not altogether forbidden. The project’s findings suggest that the pandemic has accelerated two interconnected processes: the emergence of dating as a dimension deprived of sensual and romantic connotations, and the experience of digital media as erotic objects in themselves.

CDI member Justin Tackett and Senior Research Software Engineer James Tripp collaborated a prototype and mini project.


In the Title Cards project a prototype website was created to present title cards from silent films. We used the Tropy desktop application to annotate a set of title cards and then upload these to Omeka S, which offer excellent support for sector wide metadata standards and allows the researcher to create an online exhibit.

Prototype to be published soon...

The "Speaker"

The word evolution project examined words referring to the "speaker" in the text. Research software engineers helped identify and analyse historic texts containing "speaker"-related terms using the Gale Scholar Lab. Further analysis using the prosodic library written in Python to better understand these texts by inferring the meter of prose. Our work demonstrated the impact of large corpus analysis tools such as Gale Scholar Lab.

a map of Sardinia with a pin in Sassari with a book symbol on it.

Dante’s Transnational Female Public in the Long Nineteenth Century

CDI member Frederica Coluzzi and Senior Research Software Engineer James Tripp are collaborating on this project.

The Dante’s Female Public is in active development. Using the Omeka S platform, the project presents information about female authors who have written about Dante, the libraries where their works can be found and associated information. The website includes a map of showing the location of libraries and the number of works these contain. In addition, a map of library locations in Italy was created and released on the github platform (source codeLink opens in a new window, map websiteLink opens in a new window).