About the Center
As a joint initiative between UC Berkeley Humanities Faculty, the School of Information, and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), the Center for Cultural Analytics develops and refines computational methods as its members interrogate cultural production across a wide range of disciplines. The research will focus on the data-driven analysis of cultural phenomena.
The digitization of ancient Egyptian coffins and their shareability in museum and academic environments
November 28, 2023 | BIDS' Center for Cultural Analytics
Lauren Klein: Historical Data, Present-Day Harms: On the Uses and Limits of Data Science for the Study of Social Movements
April 22, 2024 | Berkeley Center for New Media
Cultural Analytics in the News
Professor David Blei presents "Beyond Roll Call: Inferring Politics from Text"
September 28, 2023 | Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)
Lille spejl på væggen der, hvem er de ondeste i landet her?
July 21, 2023 | Information
Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer?
October 26, 2021 | The Guardian
How To Spot A Conspiracy Theory
January 15, 2021 | Science Friday
Research in Cultural Analytics
Rita Lucarelli's Book of the Dead in 3D
Eqyptian coffins are inscribed with spells and images which stand in for spells. All function together as a machine to resurrect the deceased and to guide them safely through the next world. Given this function, its perhaps surprising that the texts from coffins are usually published completely divorced from their position on the coffin. Any additional meaning conferred on the texts by their placement on the surrogate body or relative to each other and the vignettes is lost. In order to understand a coffin as a magical machine, it's necessary to view the spells in 3D so that this relationship can be taken into account. The aim of this project is to explore the relationship between texts and their positioning on a magical object through building annotated 3D models of coffins displaying the texts and translations.
The folklore macroscope aims to provide tools for modeling the complex dynamics of informal cultural expressive forms as they circulate on and across social networks. Tens of thousands of stories collected from, in this case, the Danish rural populations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century provide insight into the manner in which people negotiate their relationship to ongoing changes in the economic, political, social and physical environments that surround them. A macroscopic approach allows us to discern patterns in the underlying corpus that often elude traditional methods, while allowing access to multiple scales of interrogation, from the very broad to the most detailed, with access to the multiple scales in between, thereby surfacing the interdependence of stories, storytellers and the myriad contexts in which they live.