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CFP, The Programming Historian: Computational analysis skills for large-scale humanities data

The digital humanities journal The Programming Historian invites proposals of new article-length tutorials dealing with computational analysis of large-scale digital collections.

The Programming Historian call aims to address growing challenges related to aligning researchers’ skills with the size and characteristics of digital heritage collections, as part of a new partnership with The National Archives (a leading national archive) and Jisc (an established provider of digital services for higher education).

Proposed articles should seek to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Teach humanities scholars how to solve humanities problems related to working with digital data;
  • Use digital collections as test beds for explaining a computational technique, and/or workflow;
  • Show how a computational methodology or technique can be applied to a digital collection in order to generate initial findings it as a precursor to in-depth research;
  • Demystify ‘big data’ analysis techniques for a humanities audience;
  • Describe methods that advance humanities research questions through the analysis of large-scale digital collections;
  • Demonstrate ‘Minimal Computing’ approaches to the analysis of large-scale digital collections and thereby meet the needs of scholars working ‘under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, power, or other factors’.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday 8th October 2021. Proposals may be for articles to be written in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Up to 7 original will be selected for publication, and authors whose proposals are accepted to go forward for publication will receive an honorarium of £500. Articles selected to go forward for publication must be submitted by January 24th 2022 using the Programming Historian publication workflow (see the Programming Historian Author Guidelines). Publication of articles is subject to peer review. All published articles will be published under a CC-BY license, and will be translated into a second language.

View the full call and author guidelines.