Ancient Digital Humanities
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.
Higher Education Programs in Digital Humanities: Challenges and Perspectives
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
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.
Live Writing Workshop
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.
Miniature histories - Digitized newspapers and cultural heritage assets as source for the local history
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 https://digi.nationallibrary.fi 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!
The politics of metadata in participatory approaches: Opportunities, practices, and conflicts
This workshop seeks to expand critical perspectives on metadata in relation to public cultural heritage image collections online. We invite participants to look more closely at different types of participatory practices online in relation to metadata production in the cultural heritage domain, and at different levels of interaction. Possible sites of analysis could be the interaction between participants, the participation in the work by different stakeholders, the potentially privileged levels of interaction with the metadata, or tensions in the agency of the participants in relation to the task.
Tradition Archives Meet Digital Humanities
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.