The conference proceedings have been published!

See the conference proceedings. The conference book of abstracts is also now available. See the Best Paper, Poster, and Open Science Awards that were handed out at the conference.

The DHN 2018 conference programme starts on Wed 7 March 2018 at 14:00 and ends on Fri 9 March 2018 at 20:00.

Half day pre-conference workshops are held on the morning the conference starts, Wed 7 March 2018, between 9:00 and 12:30. Full day pre-conference workshops will be held on Tue 6 March 2018. The Hacking the News pre-conference workshop starts already on Mon 5 March at 12:30.

The detailed programme is presented below. The conference attendees can follow the Conference Schedule, which includes the full programme of the conference (excluding the pre-conference workshops). Some parts of the conference are intended also for wider audience, and therefore have their own web pages, in addition.

The conference main venue is Porthania, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland (Google Maps). The Di­gital & Crit­ical Fri­day programme is located at Tiedekulma, opposite of Porthania. Some of the pre-conference workshops are located at National Library of Finland and Metsätalo (see the workshop list below for more details).

Conference Schedule

See here.

You can also browse and filter the programme in Palladio (e.g. based on presentation type, topics, session title, and room).

Focus on open science

Digital & Critical Friday at Tiedekulma
Open Science Workshops at Tiedekulma Friday 9 March

11:00–12:30 FAIRDATA: Managing, publishing and citing research data

13:30–15:30 Avoimen tieteen antologia -työpaja / Open science anthology workshop (in English or Finnish)

16:00–17:30 Redefining peer review: alternative methods of evaluation in publishing

More information:

Hacking the News Pre-conference Workshop Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 March

Hack­ing the News: from di­git­ised news­pa­pers to the archived-web: an in­tro­duct­ory work­shop to text and data-min­ing

Mon 5 March 14:00 – Tue 6 March 17:30, location: National Library of Finland, Leipätehdas, Kaikukatu 4 (Google Maps)

Libraries have been digitising historical newspapers since the early 2000’s. However, to what extent are these digitised newspaper archives being used in digital humanities research? Web-archiving began in 1996 with the Internet Archive initiative and its well-known digital archive ‘The Wayback Machine’. Since then a multitude of web-archiving initiatives have been established to continue these efforts. However, the true potential of digital newspaper corpora and web-archives is as yet under-exploited. Hacking the news: from digitised newspapers to the archived-web: an introductory workshop to text and data-mining is intended to help redress this balance.


Pre-conference Workshops Tuesday 6 March

An­cient Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies

Tue 6 March 9:00–17:30, location: Porthania P673

In recent years, a growing number of scholars of ancient history have started to explore the possibilities offered by digital humanities. The workshop ‘Ancient Digital Humanities’ aims to accelerate these developments and enter into the conversation already in progress in the larger field of history. The session brings together leading scholars who apply computational methods to the study of ancient history, culture, and literature. The term ‘ancient history’ refers here to the period extending from 3000 BCE until the beginning of the Common Era.


Mini­ature his­tor­ies - Di­git­ized news­pa­pers and cul­tural her­it­age as­sets as source for the local his­tory

Tue 6 March 9:00–17:30, location: National Library of Finland, Fabiania building, Auditorium, Yliopistonkatu 1 (Google Maps)

Workshop aims to increase awareness of available free datasets and how they could be utilized in gathering source data for participant's  own research topic, for example local history. We can gather data and explore pre-existing tools which to create word clouds, image classification or how to capture named entities from texts.  In this workshop we will utilize the digitized collections of the National Library of Finland, especially newspapers at and see what kind of applications could be made either via Wikimedia platform or otherwise from an topic of participant interest. Bring your own laptop and questions!



Soft­ware Car­pentry Work­shop: Pro­gram­ming with Py­thon and Ver­sion Con­trol with Git

Tue 6 March 9:00–17:30, location: Metsätalo, Hall 8, Unioninkatu 40 (Google Maps)

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, and task automation. The core lessons of the workshop are: Programming with Python and Version Control with Git, for more detail see SWC-DHN2018. For more information on what we teach and why, please see this SWC paper Best Practices for Scientific Computing.

Pre-conference Workshops Wednesday 7 March

Higher Edu­ca­tion Pro­grams in Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies: Chal­lenges and Per­spect­ives

Wed 7 March 9:00–12:30, location: Porthania PII

Different aspects related to higher education programs in Digital Humanities (DH), whether, what and how they should be organized, are currently discussed at many higher education institutions in Nordic countries and beyond. In recent years the establishment of new educational programs under the title of Digital Humanities, for example in the USA, UK and Germany, are an indication of a perceived need for developing such specific curricula. The aim of this proposed workshop at DHN 2018 is to bring together scholars, educators and others interested in different aspects of Digital Humanities education to explore the current potential and challenges and opportunities related to the teaching and learning of Digital Humanities. The workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences, discuss existing programs, modules and courses in Digital Humanities, research, training and development activities, evaluation approaches, lessons learned, and findings.


Link­ing the di­git­isa­tion ef­forts of nat­ural sci­ences and hu­man­it­ies

Wed 7 March 9:00–12:30, location: Porthania PIV

Digitalisation, and digitisation, are taking major steps forward in natural sciences. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, operational since 2001, will soon break one billion records on its portal. In Europe, based on the joint efforts of the collections-based research institutions forming the community of CETAF, the Distributed System of Scientific Collections, a new ESFRI proposal, will contribute by digitising and openly sharing the valuable data of additional 1 billion specimen data held by natural history museums. ICEDIG, Innovation and Consolidation for large scale DIGitisation of natural heritage, contributes to the design process of DiSSCo. Coordinated by the Finnish Museum of Natural History, of the University of Helsinki, ICEDIG will hold its opening conference in Helsinki 5-6 March 2018. This workshop will give an overview of the ongoing digitalisation and digitisation efforts in collections-based natural sciences, portray the leading digitisation efforts across the world, which have links to humanities, and seek for synergies by better linking efforts in natural science and humanities.

ICEDIG Opening Conference 5-6 March 2018 website

Live Writ­ing Work­shop

Wed 7 March 9:00–12:30, location: Porthania P344

This is a hands-on workshop in which the participants will have the opportunity to try out embodied writing and translation. Working in groups, the participants will be asked to collaborate with each other and with machine translation in the creation of improvised texts. The aim is to reflect on human-machine interaction in the context of writing, and to approach the question of how technogenesis, the co-evolution of humans and digital media, might play out in performative, digital writing of this kind.

Net­work Ana­lysis of Lit­er­ary Texts – Op­er­a­tion­al­isa­tion, Visu­al­isa­tion, In­ter­pret­a­tion

Wed 7 March 9:00–12:30, location: Porthania P722

Network analysis can be be applied to many kinds of data sets. In the humanities, the methods of network theory are used to process network data in the fields of history, linguistics, or literature. While underlying methods and algorithms are a connecting element, the pre-processing and analysis of data may differ significantly in different disciplines. This DARIAH-EU-sponsored workshop concentrates on social networks extracted from fictional texts, dramatic texts in particular. There are many ways to implement such thing, depending on the kind of research question.


Tra­di­tion Archives Meet Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies

Wed 7 March 9:00–12:30, location: Porthania PIII

Tradition archives have been an abode for discipline-centred, tailored systems for cataloguing and classification. At the beginning of the twentieth century, international indexing and cross-referencing classification and type-systems were developed for folklore archiving and research that later advanced to international standards, e.g., the Aarne-Thompson-Uther Motif-index of Folk-tales. In tradition archives there are various type-indexes, large corpuses, peculiar vocabularies, specific geodata, diverse cataloguing systems and a large scale of projects for collecting folklore materials. The application of various DH methods to the wide corpuses of folklore provides a promising potential to develop new computational models, and to provide novel discoveries in distant insights in the creation and content of the collections, diverse dimensions of variation and distribution of folk expression in time and space. The panel brings into the discussion several interrelated dimensions, relevant both for the development of tradition archives and for wider field of intangible cultural heritage and digital humanities.


The panel is supported by the Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives, the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme "Culture" and the SIEF Working Group on Archives.