Heldig aims at making longstanding strategic profiling changes in Digital Humanities research at the University of Helsinki, and at supporting and coordinating already exisiting research in related fields.

We also aim at establishing new projects and collaborations within the Heldig Network, based on external project funding from national sources, EU, and other countries.


In the following your find a few links to projects associated with Heldig.

Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland, 1640–1910 (COMHIS)

The COMHIS consortium identifies overlooked moments of transformation in public discourse in Finland 1640–1910 by blending historical and computational approaches. The research will reflect on how social change and public discourse are intertwined, and how cultural, institutional, legal and technological changes are reflected both in publication metadata and the textual content of the publications. Particular attention is paid on transparent and reproducible data analysis approaches, published as an open data analytical ecosystem. The newspaper materials digitised by the National Library of Finland up until 1910 are freely available through the service. The consortium members include Finnish national library (Centre for Preservation and Digitisation), University of Helsinki (Faculty of Arts) and University of Turku (Departments of Cultural History and Information Technology).

We are looking for a PhD candidate starting in fall 2016. For more information, see open positions.

HelsinkiDH: Mikko Tolonen, Leo Lahti, Hege Roivainen

University of Turku: Hannu Salmi, Tapio Salakoski

National Library of Finland: Kimmo Kettunen, Tuula Pääkkönen

Funding: Academy of Finland

Enabling a Virtuous Cycle of Research in the Humanities (VISCERA), 2015-2018

The goal of the VISCERA project, underway at Aalto University under funding from the Academy of Finland is to develop tools that support each step in the lifecycle of a digital humanities project, as well as to crucially enable the results of such research to be published as data for others to use in further research. To accomplish this, the project partners with multiple other projects in the digital humanities, both locally and interationally.

HelsinkiDH people involved: Eetu Mäkelä

Funding: Academy of Finland

Interfacing Structured and Unstructured Data in Sociolinguistic Research on Language Change (STRATAS), 2016-2019

Funded by the Academy of Finland, this project integrates and aligns VISCERA tool development to the field of historical sociolinguistics. Partners in the project come from the Research Unit for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English, as well as the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Helsinki. Additional support on user interface development is gained from the Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction (TAUCHI) at the University of Tampere.

HelsinkiDH people involved: Eetu Mäkelä, Tanja Säily

Funding: Academy of Finland

Reassembling the Republic of Letters (RRL), 2014-2018

An EU COST Action with 31 participating countries seeking to plan a state-of-the-art digital infrastructure within which to collect a pan-European pool of highly granular data on the Republic of Letters. This involves designing tools for collecting, standardizing, navigating, analysing, and visualizing unprecedented quantities of epistolary data, and for facilitating new forms of international and interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration. In Finland, both the University of Helsinki as well as Aalto University are involved.

HelsinkiDH people involved: Eero Hyvönen, Eetu Mäkelä, Jouni Tuominen