Network of Collaboration

HELDIG is a collaboration network in Digital Humanities research, education, and application. Support for this is provided by advanced shared research and data infrastructures and tooling, as well as educational online materials that support researchers, students, and developers to utilize novel technological aids. The work is based on multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in humanities, social sciences, and computer scientists.

There are several ways to join the network, please have look at our Contact Info.

Inside University of Helsinki

Department of Digital Humanities

Personnel at HELDIG includes, via double affiliation, the Department of Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Arts. This department includes research areas such as digital humanities, language technology, cognitive science, and phonetics.

HELDIG Professors

Eight new (established in 2017) professor chairs in six faculties of the university are directly supported by HELDIG:

  1. Digital humanities and global interaction. Prof. Eetu Mäkelä
  2. Digital Social Science. Prof. Krista Lagus
  3. Digital Innovations and Consumer Society. Prof. Minna Ruckenstein
  4. Algorithmic Data Science for SSH Applications.  Prof. Michael Mathioudakis
  5. Legal Research on Digitalization. Prof. Riikka Koulu
  6. Russian Big Data Methodologies. Prof. Daria Gritsenko
  7. Religion and the Digital World. Dr. Johanna Konttori
  8. Big Data Learning Analytics. Prof. Petri Ihantola

When planning HELDIG, over sixty professors and senior researchers were identified working on Digital Humanities related topics in seven faculties of the university. Strengthening these actitivies through collaboration and coordination is a major goal of HELDIG. Some examples of DH related activities at UH are listed below, but there are many more:

Collaborating Universities

The core university collaborators in HELDIG are:

There are, however, also collaborations with other universities in Finland, EU, US, and beyond. The doors are open!

Of particular importance are the connections between researchers in humanities, social sciences, and arts, and computer scientists at UH, Aalto, and their joint research centre Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT).

Memory Organizations

We have been working together with museums, arhieves, libraries, and media organizations, including:

  • National Board of Antiquities, National Gallery, Espoo City Museum
  • National Archives, Finnish Literature Society SKS, The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
  • National Library, Helsinki City Library, Public Libraries in Finland
  • National Broadcasting Company Yle

Public Organizations

For example, several Finnish ministries have been involved in our work, including Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Transport and Communications.


We collaborate with companies, such as CSC - IT Center for Science, Nokia, Edita Publishing Ltd and many others.

Other Organizations

We also collaborate with various other organizations and  movements, such as Open Knowledge Finland and Wikidata Finland.


In the following you find some pointers to people  associated actively with Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities, but there are many more in the network as discussed above.

University of Helsinki

Professor (tenure-track) in Humanities-Computing Interaction

University of Turku - University of Helsinki - VIB/KULeuven, Belgium

Docent in applied mathematics & Academy research fellow 2016-2021. Co-founder of the OKF Open Science work group. 

Statistical machine learning, bioinformatics, and digital humanities.

University of Helsinki

Doctoral student in ethnology studying e-books and new reading practices. Interested in the impacts of new technologies to book culture and how these impacts are received and experienced by readers.

University of Helsinki

Doctoral student in Language Technology who wants to develop computational tools for scholars in the humanities to better access and analyze the hidden knowledge in underexplored datasets.

University of Helsinki

Doctoral student in Finnish language and corpus linguistics studying semantic and conceptual changes and polysemy.

Helsinki University Library

Information specialist interested in open digital cultural heritage, teaching students and the occasional theoretical debate Maija works with a network of cultural heritage institutions and libraries.

University of Helsinki

Doctoral student in ethnology investigating practices that appear from teaching and learning heritage-related subjects using digital resources in upper-secondary education. Interested in understandings of digital cultural heritage.

University of Helsinki

Doctoral student in Classical Philology exploring the metrics and phonology of late antique Greek poetry using a computational approach to analyse texts in a large scale. Also developing a public database of Ancient Greek Metrics (AGMDb).

University of Helsinki

Doctoral student whose primary interests are different kinds of uses of history in the present. Her PhD project is a study on counterfactual scenarios and experimental history in simulation computer games.

University of Helsinki

Doctoral candidate in Media and Communication studies. Interested in organizations, organizing and new media as well as different methodological approaches of studying the online.

Aalto University

Assistant professor in computer science, working on algorithms and theory of computing, with the main focus on distributed and parallel computing. Interested in algorithmic challenges arising from e.g. linguistic research questions.

University of Helsinki

Postdoctoral researcher at the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG), Department of Modern Languages. Interested in multidisciplinary collaboration on developing tools and methods for the study of language variation and change in its sociocultural contexts.