Coding for Humanists

Do you want to know how to extract and analyse data from the web? Do you want to use computers to try to sort through thousands of texts? Do you have a large amount of historical data that you want to investigate, analyse or present in an attractive way? Or even try to guess who wrote a particular book? Are you curious to find out how computerised approaches can help your humanities research? Or just curious about coding itself? If so, we have the solution for you.

In 2020, ATNU will be hosting a monthly 'Coding for Humanists' study group -- not a formal workshop with attendance requirements, not a technical course with thousands of unnecessary terms and practices to learn. Instead, we will focus only in learning the kinds of methods and programming languages that can be immediately put to use in humanities' research.

Each month, we will get together to tackle a specific humanities' problem as a group: how to use a computer to analyse a text (or a set of texts); how to visualise and explore a social network created from humanities data; how to create and use maps to present and inform research -- and anything else you want to try or learn. Instead of a formal workshop with an instructor asking you to figure out how to display 'Hello World' on a specific language, we will tackle together the lessons available on The Programming Historian as well as other sources.

Our next meeting will be on Friday 30th October at 12h00 and, much like everything else these days, it will take place remotely through Zoom. 'Coding for Humanists #1' will be a light introduction to programming in R, following this lesson plan. The study group is open to all HaSS staff and PG students. Join us!


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