A central goal of HELDIG is to foster use of digital methods, tools, and services in Humanities and Social Sciences. To advance this, HELDIG organizers not only courses for students but also educational and disemination activities targeted for researchers and teachers willing employ digital methods more is their work. Such lifelong learning activities take place at the HELDIG Digital Humanities Forum, and may include
- short presentations of research areas, technology, methodology, or data service,
- seminars and workshops of general interest,
- presentations of projects and organizations,
- dissemination of research results,
- publishing events of applications and
- other programme of interest to the DH community.
The general goal of HELDIG Forum activities is to introduce topics of wider interest in Digital Humanities, and to provide a communication platform where representatives from the different HELDIG research areas can learn from each other and come up together with better results in their work.
The possibility of proposing an activity in the HELDIG Forum is open for anyone in the HELDIG community. If you have an idea of a Forum event, please contact Krista Lagus, Jouni Tuominen or Eero Hyvönen with a short draft description of your activity: Topic, presenters, date and time, targeted audicence, goals of the activity, a short description of its contents, and language used. For example, if you have given a tutorial in an international conference, why not give it also to the Finnish community in HELDIG? HELDIG can help you in finding a venue for the tutorial and the audience. Participation in the HELDIG Forum events is by default open and free of charge.
Introducing new HELDIG professors
The sessions introduce first HELDIG and the new Dept of Digital Humanities, and then the new HELDIG professors.
Morning coffee is served on Fridays (see the detailed programme below) 10:00–11:00, Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40, in Hall 2 (spiral staircase up from the lounge, on the right) or Hall 4 (stairs up from the lounge, on the left). The presentation starts at 10:15.
Register here by the preceeding Wednesday latest to order your free coffee. You are welcome to join the sessions also without registration, we only use it to estimate the amount of coffee!
Tentative programme (changes possible!)
|9.2.||4||prof. Eero Hyvönen
prof. Martti Vainio
HELDIG – Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities
|16.2.||4||prof. Krista Lagus||
*** Session canceled due to illness ***
Chair: Digital Social Science
|2.3.||4||prof. Minna Ruckenstein||
Chair: Digital Innovations and Consumer Society
|16.3.||2||prof. Eetu Mäkelä||Chair: Digital Humanities and Global Interaction
Title: Humanities/Social Sciences–Computing Interaction
Abstract: Applying modern data processing to complex social and historical data works best when done in collaboration - between the social scientists/humanities scholars who have the questions, between the computer scientists who deeply understand the methods and between the institutions who own and best understand the data used. At its best, collaboration also has something unique to offer each of these groups inside their own field of study. For user interaction and algorithmic data science research, this field offers complex, meaningful challenges, both in terms of data as well as use cases. In this presentation, I will go over my work, done in collaboration with over a dozen projects in the humanities, in trying to distill general scholarly data-centred workflows that can be supported by computational tools, and the interesting challenges encountered therein.
|6.4.||2||prof. Petri Ihantola||Chair: Big Data Learning Analytics|
|13.4.||National Library of Finland, Fabiania building, Auditorium, Yliopistonkatu 1||Tuula Pääkkönen
Title: Digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi demo, open data and interfaces
Title: Research and development efforts on the digitized historical newspaper and journal collection of The National Library of Finland
*** Please register already on Thursday 5th April at the latest to get free coffee! ***
|20.4.||2||prof. Daria Gritsenko||Chair: Russian Big Data Methodologies
Title: Digital Russia Studies
Abstract: After the Soviet collapse, Russia built a new political regime, which successfully utilized some democratic institutions for exercising and preserving personalist political power. Currently, this regime is being reconfigured in the context of digitalisation, Big Data and algorithmic governance. Whether Russia will be able to improve its institutional performance with the use of technological advancements and technocratic policy solutions depends on a multitude of factors, both political and technological. Use of novel digital research tools can aid multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary studies in this area to understand Russian politics as the intersection of 'digital' and 'soci(et)al'.
|27.4.||2||prof. Johanna Sumiala||
Chair: Religion and the Digital World
|4.5.||2||prof. Riikka Koulu||Chair: Legal Research on Digitalization
Title: Law and Digitalisation or, How Technology Confounds Existing Legal Structures
Abstract: The legal system is often defined by its reactive nature, where the legal framework for technological innovation is established by regulation and ex post legitimacy control in the state courts. However, new digital platforms, Internet transactions and regulation-averse technologies such as the blockchain are confounding existing legal conceptualisations, structures and governance models. It is clear that traditional legal methods are unable to perceive the complex phenomena related to legal digitalisation. However, it is unclear how the normative nature of legal scholarship could accommodate this need. In her presentation, Koulu presents the work of the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab and sketches possible ways forward by introducing algorithmic fairness as a potential collaborative effort.
|prof. Eero Hyvönen||
Tutorial: Introduction to Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
This occasion also celebrates the publication of the first textbook in Finnish about the topic, with an emphasis on Cultural Heritage applications: E. Hyvönen: Semanttinen Web - Linkitetyn avoimen datan käsikirja, Gaudeamus, 271pp., 2018.
|18.5.||4||prof. Michael Mathioudakis||Chair: Algorithmic Data Science for SSH Applications
Title: Echo Chambers on Social Media
Abstract: Echo chambers, i.e., situations where one is exposed only to opinions that agree with their own, are an increasing concern for the political discourse in many democratic countries. In this session, we'll discuss the phenomenon of political echo chambers on social media. In particular, we'll discuss recent work that attempts to quantify the degree to which the phenomenon is present on social media and study the role played by different types of users.
Title: Using Internet Advertising Data for Demographic Research
First, I will show how we can use Facebook data for advertisers to study the levels of assimilation of Arabic-speaking migrants in Germany, as seen through the interests they express online. Our results indicate a gradient of assimilation along demographic lines, language spoken and country of origin. Given the difficulty to collect timely migration data, in particular for traits related to cultural assimilation, the methods that we develop and the results that we provide open new lines of research that computational social scientists are well-positioned to address.
Next, I will switch gears and show the how we use LinkedIn data to understand gender gaps in the US. We study gender trends in employment across various dimensions in the United States by analyzing anonymous, aggregate statistics that were extracted from LinkedIn’s advertising platform. The data contains the number of male and female LinkedIn users with respect to (i) location, (ii) age, (iii) industry and (iv) certain skills. We studied which of these categories correlate the most with high relative male or female presence on LinkedIn. In addition to examining the summary statistics of the LinkedIn data, we model the gender balance as a function of the different employee features using linear regression. Our results suggest that the gender gap, as measured using LinkedIn data, varies across all feature types, but the differences are most profound among industries and skills. A high correlation between gender ratios of people in our LinkedIn data set, and data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, serves as external validation for our results.
*** Please register already on Tuesday 5th June at the latest to get free coffee! ***
18.12.2017 DARIAH-FI Workshop
Topic: DARIAH is a pan-european infrastructure for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods, one of the large EU level ERICs (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) . It supports digital research as well as the teaching of digital research methods. University of Helsinki (2017) and Aalto University (2016) are co-operative partners of DARIAH. This means that doors are open to everybody in these universities participate in DARIAH activities, such as the workgroups. For example, HELDIG is already active in the groups "GeoHumanities" and "Analysing and Linking Biographical Data". The DARIAH-FI Workshop discusses what does DARIAH EU offer to us, and why should we take part in this ERIC for humanities.
Targeted audience: Researchers interested in EU collaborations within DARIAH
Presenters: Several presenters, including Sally Chambers for DARIAH-EU