Decoding the Past. Digital Tools for the Analysis of Historical Data

Decoding the Past. Digital Tools for the Analysis of Historical Data
21 February 2019, 11.00am - 22 February 2019, 5.00pm
Room G21A, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Over the last decades the number of digital approaches to History, Classics, and other fields in the Humanities have grown considerably. Digital databases of texts and images now provide quick access to social, spatial, linguistic, and cultural data on an unparallelled scale. New techniques such as distant reading, GIS, and social network analysis also offer new ways and scales of interrogating the data. These digital collections and methods have been the product of considerable intellectual effort and research funding, and they have greatly contributed to advancing our knowledge on their specific domains. Nonetheless, many of these projects have operated in relative isolation from each other, being often only known to specialists, which has curtailed their heuristic and explanatory potential across disciplines as well as their relevance to the wider public.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars and software developers from a number of recent and on-going digital projects within the fields of Classics an Ancient and (early) Medieval History, with a particular emphasis on digital prosopographies. The aim is to present the projects and to exchange and compare experiences. Among the topics we hope to discuss are Sharing and opening data to non-specialist users; and using databases with Network Analysis and GIS.

The workshop is open, but as the number of places is limited, you are requested to register beforehand with Sapfo Psani (

David Natal Villazala, Royal Holloway
Onno van Nijf, Royal Holloway/University of Groningen


Valerie James
020 7862 8716