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.
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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.
Eight new (established in 2017) professor chairs in six faculties of the university are directly supported by HELDIG:
- Digital humanities and global interaction. Prof. Eetu Mäkelä
- Digital Social Science. Prof. Krista Lagus
- Digital Innovations and Consumer Society. Prof. Minna Ruckenstein
- Algorithmic Data Science for SSH Applications. Prof. Michael Mathioudakis
- Legal Research on Digitalization. Prof. Riikka Koulu
- Russian Big Data Methodologies. Prof. Daria Gritsenko
- Religion and the Digital World. Prof. Katja Valaskivi
- 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:
- Several professorships related to digital humanities at the Faculty of Arts, such as those of Mikko Tolonen, Timo Honkela, Jörg Tiedeman, Lauri Carlson, Martti Vainio, and Roman Yangarber
- FIN-CLARIN – Integrating the language resources in Finland
- Bank of Finnish Terminology in Arts and Sciences
- Proto-Indo-European Lexicon project
- Data, Self and Society Research Group at the Consumer Society Research Centre
- Citizen Mindscapes – analyzing social media communications (in Finnish) (in English)
- Centre for Social Data Science (CSDS), Faculty of Social Sciences
- Legal Tech Lab at the Faculty of Law
- DIG_IN – Digital Humanities Education Initiative Finland-India
- National Library of Finland: Digital humanities as Co-operation
- Several Goups at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, and HIIT, including
The core university collaborators in HELDIG are:
- University of Helsinki (UH). The largest university in Finland and the central hub of HELDIG.
- Aalto University. The largest university in Finland in technology, business, and design.
- University of the Arts Helsinki. The largest university of arts in Finland.
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).
We have been working together with museums, archives, 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
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.
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 HELDIG – Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities, but there are many more in the research groups of the professors and senior researchers listed, as well as in the HELDIG network in the large presented above.