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The project investigates questions of public health, communication, and social variation among residents of Edinburgh and the Lothians in relation to COVID-19. The project draws on individuals’ personal accounts of the pandemic, in the form of video/audio diary data recorded during the UK between 1 May 2020 and 30 June 2021. The intimate, immediate, and spontaneous nature of video/audio diaries makes them a unique, time-sensitive data resource for assessing drivers of individual experience, including:

  1. uptake of public health measures,
  2. impacts on mental health, and
  3. drivers of hardship, anxiety, and stigma.

The Lothian Diary Project is made possible by a cross-School collaboration among data scientists, linguists, psychotherapists, public health researchers, and political scientists.

Publications

Hall-Lew, Lauren, Claire Cowie, Stephen Joseph McNulty, Nina Markl, Catherine Lai, Clare Llewellyn, Beatrice Alex, Nini Fang, Zuzana Elliott, and Anita Klinger. 2021. The Lothian Diary Project: Investigating the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Edinburgh and Lothian Residents. Journal of Open Humanities Data 7(4):1–5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/johd.25

Hall-Lew, Lauren, Claire Cowie, Catherine Lai, Nina Markl, Stephen Joseph McNulty, Shan-Jan Sarah Liu, Clare Llewellyn, Beatrice Alex, Zuzana Elliott, and Anita Klingler. Under review. The Lothian Diary Project: Sociolinguistic Methods during the COVID-19 Lockdown. Linguistics Vanguard.

Markl, Nina & Catherine Lai. 2021. Context-sensitive evaluation of automatic speech recognition: Considering user experience & language variation. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Bridging Human–Computer Interaction and Natural Language Processing, 34–40. Association for Computational Linguistics. April 20. https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2021.hcinlp-1.6/

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