The Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS) brings together a vibrant network of researchers engaged in exploring the ways in which data and digital technology are transforming our world.

Our mission is to support, facilitate and inspire data-led and digital research across the arts, humanities and social sciences. We support research groups and projects, facilitate collaborative partnerships, and run an exciting programme of seminars, events, training and networking opportunities. We also provide support for those developing data-led and digital projects, including technical guidance, advice on grant bids and funding sources, and bursaries for specialised training. 

An initiative of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the Centre is directed by Professor Melissa Terras, and provides a locus for data-driven and digitally-engaged research across the disciplines. Each of the CAHSS schools is represented within our core team. The CDCS Lead for ECA is Beverley Hood, Reader in Technological Embodiment and Creative Practice.

As component of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, CDCS was founded in the wider context of CAHSS’s commitment to the Edinburgh and South West Scotland City Region Deal. As data and digital technology transform our university, our city and our world, CDCS and EFI aim to ensure that the vital contributions that the arts, humanities and social sciences make to this transformation are recognised and celebrated.

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