Led by associate professor Eetu Mäkelä, the HSCI research group seeks to figure out the technological, processual and theoretical underpinnings of successful computational research in the humanities and social sciences. In doing so, we develop technical tools, algorithms and workflows, but also study ways to better structure the research process overall. We also work on the theoretical level, for example evaluating the epistemic soundness of different ways of integrating qualitative and quantitative modes of research.
Our primary approach in doing this is to partner simultaneously with multiple projects in the humanities and social sciences. Through working with projects that operate in different subfields, but still have commonalities in either data or analysis needs, we are able to see past individual scenarios. This way, we are able to identify and target broader classes of issues, both in tool building as well as the overall process of computational research itself.
Projects, research groups and institutions we are working, or have worked with include HSSH, FLOPO, FILTER, COMHIS, HELDIG, NDHL, STRATAS, CofK, RROL and Humanities+Design in addition to many smaller collaborations.