About us

The Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis is one the leading Digital Humanities units within the UK and Ireland. Founded in 1999, CDDA has consistently pioneered linkages between information technologies and humanities research. Founded before the Internet became mainstream, the unit was amongst the first of its kind, and, due to its innovation and dynamism, has grown in skills and resource since then.

As the technical and professional landscapes of the humanities and social sciences have shifted over the past 16 years, so too have the expertise and objectives of the Centre. CDDA now has four key aims.

  • First, to continue to be a leading, not-for-profit digitisation organisation.
  • Second, to utilise resources generated in scholarly outputs, such as traditional monographs or e-journals.
  • Third, to continue to pioneer the development of new methodologies which can adequately manage and make practical, the datasets which are a central part of a range of commercial and research areas.
  • Finally, the Centre works with colleagues in the University, and internationally, on grant applications, and to fulfil shared objectives and advance the ways in which digital methods can be used in different, professional arenas.

With bespoke accommodation within the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, a skilled and experienced team, some of whom have worked with the Centre since its creation, and over £250,000 of specialised digitisation equipment, CDDA are optimally placed to deliver results both locally and globally. It has attracted more than 80 research grants and contracts, offers a comprehensive digitisation service, advanced analytic tools, and has an outstanding track record in project management and the successful completion of research. The latest research themes involve complex visualisation of 3D artefacts, work on Big Data, and projects on Humanities Geographical Information Systems.

There is an impetus for commercial and academic organisations to explore the linked brochure, and to consider the expertise assistance we can offer. In a climate of cutbacks it is notable that CDDA has an upward trend in both funding applications and successful bids. If you have a relevant research concept, and would like to collaborate, please contact us.