Centre for Digital Scholarship hosts workshop on Visual Arts Data Skills for Researchers

The Centre for Digital Scholarship at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has hosted a workshop on Visual Arts Data Skills for Researchers as part of an on-going project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Around 50 delegates from universities throughout the UK came together at workshops held at Glasgow and UCA Epsom to discuss data management and the use of research data in the context of the visual arts, an area in which the Centre for Digital Scholarship (formerly known as VADS) is a sector leader.

The sessions, organised in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art and Falmouth University, were aimed primarily at postgraduate students and early career researchers and explored the nature of research data in the visual arts, its importance, and the basic principles and reasons for data curation and preservation.

Speakers for the day included Amy Robinson, Programme Manager for Digital Curation, Rebekah Taylor, Archivist and Special Collections Officer, Amanda Couch, Lecturer in Fine Art and Leigh Garratt, Director of the Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Leigh Garrett said: “UCA leads the sector in exploring the nature and curation of research data in the visual and creative arts.  Research data is a valuable resource which, with careful curation, can enhance our future learning, teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities.

“With the support of the AHRC, the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Falmouth the University has been working with colleagues across the sector to ensure our research cultural and achievements are secure and available to future scholars and artists.”

The Centre for Digital Scholarship, hosted by Library & Student Services at UCA, aims to pursue new knowledge and interpretations which resolve the challenges facing digital infrastructure, curation and engagement with digital resources in the visual arts.