Event Schedule: Upcoming and Past Events

Upcoming Events

2018 CSCDS Spring Research Slam and Networking Lunch

Date & Time: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Location: Thomson House Ballroom, 3rd floor 

RSVP before Friday, May 4, 2018

This event will bring together researchers from the social, cultural, and computational sciences for a half-day, multi-disciplinary collaborative event, with the goal of informing, inspiring, and connecting. Participants will be eligible to apply to CSCDS for seed funds for new interdisciplinary research projects. 


Past Events 

How to study the history and communication of science in the Royal Society: A large-scale analysis of the linguistic development of scientific writing using information theory

Date: April 24, 2018 from 11:00 to 12:30 AM
Communication of scientific knowledge in written form has a longstanding tradition starting with the first world’s scientific journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in 1665 published by the visionary editorship of Henry Oldenburg. While the function remained essentially the same, namely to inform the scientific community of the latest discoveries, the journal has undergone significant change over time. We focus on socio-linguistic changes driven by the overarching hypothesis that the linguistic development of scientific writing is characterized by mechanisms of specialization and conventionalization serving to optimize efficiency in communication. To capture this optimization process in our Collaborative Research Center we developed a new approach based on information-theoretic measures, which supports studying variation in language use on a large scale.

Celebrating the Centre's official launch

On October 25th, the Centre for Social and Cultural Data Science celebrated its official launch. Centre Director Derek Ruths opened the event to a packed hall of over 170 attendees - including McGill faculty and students as well as civic and industry leaders.
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Datascapes 2017 Hackathon

​Over the weekend of Nov 11, CSCDS and the McGill Office of Innovation partnered with the Ville Intelligent de Montreal and the Business Development Bank of Canada to run Datascapes 2017 - a data analytics hackathon.
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