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KDEG to host 1st International Workshop on Computational History with RIA in Dublin, 27th June

News Date: 
May 21, 2014

1st International Workshop on Computational History, Friday 27th June, RIA, Dublin.
Data-driven humanities: teaching computers history so they can calculate the unknown.

Historical research adds to our knowledge of the past, and is increasingly being made available online. If this research is published in ways that computers can process, we can use computers to help us understand historical events. A wide array of theoretical and mathematical tools can be used to analyse this data for patterns or trends, and to reveal insights not otherwise available.

This workshop brings together world-leading researchers in history, social sciences, computer science and mathematics to discuss the ways in which we can use computers to improve our understanding of the past. The morning will focus on teaching history to computers - how researchers have extracted information in ways which computers can use. The afternoon session covers calculating the unknown - how we can use this information to identify, understand, and think about patterns in history.

Who should attend: researchers, students and practitioners in History, Data-driven or Digital Humanities, Linked Data, Social Complexity, Cultural Evolution, Complex Systems, Big Data, Research data sharing and Open Data.

This event is jointly hosted by the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, Trinity College Dublin, and the Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy. The workshop will be held on Friday 27 June in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street. Tickets are €20 and include lunch.

Full details are available at

Direct registration link for Friday's workshop (Eventbrite):

This workshop has been partially funded by a New Foundations Grant from the Irish Research Council.