University of Edinburgh scholars are at the forefront of developments and innovation in Digital Scholarship. Some of their most recent research can be explored below.


guitar neck soundwave visualisation

The goals of this project are wide ranging: to explore numerical techniques, and especially finite difference time domain methods, for the simulation of a variety of instrument families, in order to generate synthetic sound.

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Sixth Sense Transport

transport app diagram

Our research vision is to understand the extent to which behavioural change in transport habits and practices can be facilitated through the creation of a new form of ‘transport network’, based on extending social networking principles to transport users and their individual vehicles.

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Walking Through Time

old and new maps

Walking Through Time is a mobile application that allows smart phone users with built-in GPS to not only find themselves in the present, but find themselves in the past.

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Ben Jonson’s Walk

Dunfermline Abbey with map marker

In July 1618, Ben Jonson set out to walk the 400 miles from London to Edinburgh. This project is about producing a scholarly edition of a recently-discovered account of Ben Jonson’s epic walk between London and Edinburgh in the summer of 1618.

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Lit Long 2

Edinburgh literary map

LitLong uses natural language processing technology informed by literary scholars’ input in order to text mine literary works set in Edinburgh and to visualise the results in accessible ways. Text-mining and georeferencing has been applied to large and diverse collections of digitised books from among others the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and the Hathi Trust, as well as individual publishers and authors. Users can create their own 'literary paths' on the site.

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