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Digital History Finland Workshop & Anthology

Are you a historian interested in starting digital research, but don’t know where or how to start? Have you got an idea for your first DH publication, and you want to learn how to collaborate? If yes, this workshop is designed for you!

 

We invite doctoral students and researchers in historical disciplines from Finnish universities to Aalto University to submit paper proposals for a two-day digital history workshop, aiming at joint publication as an end-result. During the workshop, the participants will together with a method specialist and an established scholar do the digital analysis for a small project of their interest. After the workshop, the participants will write a 10-15 page article, based on the analysis done at the workshop, which will be published by the end of the year in a joint peer-reviewed edited special issue or anthology.

The workshop will take place in Otaniemi, Espoo on Wednesday-Thursday May 16-17, 2018.

Before the workshop, the participants will prepare their projects and the used sources. During the workshop they will, together with invited advisors and digital technology researchers, do the digital research part of their project in which they require the most help. After the workshop, the participants will have four months to finish an article manuscript based on the computational analysis done in the workshop.

The topic of the individual small research projects can be anything with relevant research questions from the point of view of historical disciplines. The only prerequisite is that the project has to involve the use of a digital analysis method such as text analysis (topic modeling, collocation analysis, etc), network analysis, or GIS visualizations, but the participants can propose also other relevant digital methods to be used. The participants do not need to know how to do the digital analysis by themselves, but they need to understand the basic idea behind it, and what kinds of research questions the method works for.

The sources need to be digital/digitized and polished before the workshop, so that the time of the workshop can be used for doing the digital analysis. If the participants are unsure how to pre-process their sources, in what kind of formats they need to be, or what kinds of preparations they will need to do before the workshop, they can indicate need for help at the application form, and the organizers will help them before the workshop.

The idea of the publication is to give an overview of the different ways of doing digital history research in Finland, and the topics covered. The organizers aim at an open access peer-reviewed edited volume in a good quality academic publisher.

The deadline for submitting the ready 10-15 page articles for peer review is September 15, 2018. The articles can be written in Finnish, Swedish, or English.

The organizers will cover the travel costs, accommodation and meals of workshop participants who are PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers. We expect to be able to cover the costs of approximately two persons from each university. We accept also applications of senior scholars, but their costs can be covered only as exceptions (please, indicate at the application form). The organizers expect to be able to secure enough funding to pay a small grant for some of the participants. The decision upon funding will be done based on the article drafts that the participants will submit in two weeks after the workshop.

 

Please, apply for participation in the workshop and the publication project by April 23th, 2018 by filing in this form.

https://goo.gl/forms/jqQ4EVXErWPMF4T33

 

Further information:

Mila Oiva (mila.oiva@aalto.fi) & Mats Fridlund (mats.fridlund@aalto.fi)

 

“The Digital History Finland” workshop is a continuation of the Roadshow on digital history research methods, organized in January-February at the Universities of Oulu, Jyväskylä, Eastern Finland, Turku, Tampere and Helsinki and part of the research project “From Roadmap to Roadshow” funded by the Kone Foundation and led by Professor Mats Fridlund at Aalto University.

 

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Roadshow!

Digital History Research Method Workshop Tour in January 29th – February 9th, 2018 at the University of Oulu, Jyväskylä, Eastern Finland, Turku, Tampere and Helsinki.

Are you wondering how to use computer assisted text analysis to grasp changes in historical newspaper texts? Would you like to visualize the events that you are analyzing in a map? Are you suspicious about all the fuzz around digital research?

You are warmly welcome to come and get acquainted with digital research methods, and to discuss how to utilize them in history research!

We are organizing a workshop tour on digital research methods. During the workshop we will give a general overview of digital research methods, get hands on and try some easy-to-start digital research methods and programs, and network with other researchers interested in digital history research methods.

 

Roadshow Schedule

Oulu – Monday-Tuesday January 29-30, 2018;

Jyväskylä – Wednesday January 31, 2018;

Eastern Finland (Joensuu) – Thursday-Friday February 1-2, 2018;

Turku – Monday-Tuesday February 5-6, 2018;

Tampere – Wednesday February 7, 2018;

Helsinki – Thursday-Friday, February 8-9, 2018

 

All the events include some of the following lectures and hands on workshops:

Introduction to Digital History as Method & Field

The Humanities in the 2020

Topic Modeling

Network analysis with Gephi

Text Reuse with the COMHIS tool

Doing Digital History 1.5 using Swedish and Finnish Digitized Newspaper Archives

From Archival Documents to Dots in the Map

 

Want to learn more? Check some useful links here.

The event is part of a workshop tour that visits, organized by ”From Road Map to Roadshow: A collective demonstration & information project to strengthen Finnish digital history“ project. It is a Kone Foundation funded project, which aims at collecting best practices of facilitating digital history research in Finland, promote understanding on the opportunities and challenges of digital research methods among historians, and build networks among them. The Principal Investigator of the project is Professor of Industrialization Mats Fridlund from Aalto University. Other people working in the project are Jo Guldi, Johan Jarlbrink, and Mila Oiva and Petri Paju. The people in the projects steering group are Anu Lahtinen, Jessica Parland-von Essen, Hannu Salmi, Visa Immonen, Marko Tikka, Ilkka Mäkinen, and Mikko Tolonen.

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Roadshow coming up!

Our digital history project will organize a workshop tour that visits the Universities of Oulu, Jyväskylä, Eastern Finland, Turku, Tampere and Helsinki in January-February 2018.

During the workshop we will give a general overview of digital research methods, get hands on and try some easy-to-start digital research methods and programs, and network with other researchers interested in digital history research methods.

A more detailed program and registration will be sent out at the beginning of January.

In the project, we aim to collect best practices of facilitating digital history research in Finland, promote understanding on the opportunities and challenges of digital research methods among historians, and build networks among them. The Principal Investigator of the project is Professor of Industrialization Mats Fridlund from Aalto University. Other people working in the project are Jo Guldi, Johan Jarlbrink, Mila Oiva and Petri Paju (to contact both of the latter ones via email, use firstname.lastname@utu.fi).

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Aloitusseminaari, Kick off event

Projektimme aloittaa uuden vaiheen ja järjestää Helsingissä seminaarin kesäkuun 2. päivä 2017 kello 12 lähtien. Sen esiintyjiin kuului kotimaisten tutkijoiden ohella digitaalisen historiantutkimuksen tunnettu asiantuntija Yhdysvalloista: apulaisprofessori Jo Guldi. Hän on muun muassa kirjoittanut David Armitagen kanssa kirjan The History Manifesto (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014) ja ollut kehittämässä mm. Paper Machines -työkalua.

Ilmoittautuminen (kahvi- ym. tarjoilua varten) 24. 5. mennessä tästä:

https://alumninet.aalto.fi/Portal/Public/Event/Apply.aspx?EventID=658

Tässä englanninkielisen seminaarin tarkemmat tiedot:

Fastlanes and Potholes on the Road to the Future of Digital History 

Kick off event of “From Roadmap to Roadshow – A collective demonstration & Information project to strengthen Finnish digital history” project

June 2, 2017

Hall 505, Tieteidentalo, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki

Program

12:00-12:10 Opening words – Mats Fridlund

MAPPING THE OBSTACLES OF TODAY’S FINNISH DIGITAL HISTORY

12:10-12:50 Final results of the ending project – Petri Paju

12:50-13:50 PANEL Digihum projects discussing the needs and current obstacles of digital research, and suggestions how things could be improved – Reima Välimäki, Anu Lahtinen, Hannu Salmi, Mikko Tolonen, Eetu Mäkelä.

13:50-14:10 COFFEE

ON THE ROAD TO THE FUTURES OF DIGITAL HISTORY

14:10-14:25 Introduction of the new project – Mila Oiva

14:25-14:45 Goals and aims of Digital History section of the Finnish Historical Society – Hannu Salmi

14:45-15:30 Thoughts on the future of Digital History – Jo Guldi, commentator – Jessica Parland-von Essen

15:30-16:00 Finishing discussion

16:00-17:00 Cocktail & mingling

Raportti kyselyvastauksista

Keväällä ja kesällä keräsimme historiantutkijoiden näkemyksiä digitaalisesta historiantutkimuksesta. Verkkokyselyyn saatiin 17 vastaajaa, joista monet olivat onneksi ahkeroineet avointen tekstikysymysten äärellä. Ajatuksena on ollut ja julki lausuttu (esim. Digitaalista historiantutkimusta tavoittamassa, HAik 2/2016, 246), että raportin tiedot ovat tutkijoiden käytettävissä tulevan syksyn rahoitushauissa ja muuten alan yhteistyön edistämisessä. Myöhemmin materiaalia käytetään tutkimusartikkelien aineistona ennen tallennusta Tietoarkistoon. Kyselyvastauksista on nyt koottu tämä raportti (PDF), jota saa mielellään myös kommentoida.

Lainatakseni joitakin vastaajia digi-ajan edessä:

”Kaipaisin ’kotinörttiä'”

”[E]n juurikaan käytä aiempia tutkimuksia vaan teen sitä itse”

”Olemme nyt uuden edessä ja onhan se jännittävää! En usko, että ”digi” myllertää koko alan, mutta jotain uutta se tuo.”

Petri Paju

projektitutkija, Aalto-yliopisto/Turun yliopisto

Projektbakgrund och nyheter på svenska

Nu finns det information om detta digi-projekt också på den andra inhemska: se här! Stor tack till Jessica Parland-von Essen för översättning!

Kortfattat: Projektet kartlägger den digitala historiens introduktion och forskarnas tankar om nuläget. Med forskarenkät är avsikten dels att dokumentera utvecklingen, dels att utreda vilka behov forskare har i dag. Resultaten behandlas anonymt och materialet kommer att arkiveras i Samhällsvetenskapliga dataarkivet. En preliminär rapport planeras bli klar i augusti 2016.

 

Kysely / Questionnaire

Verkkokyselyn ”Digitaalinen historiantutkimus Suomessa: ennen, nyt, huomenna” tarkoitus on selvittää digitaalisen historiantutkimuksen taustoja, nykytilaa ja etenkin tutkijoiden toiveita alueen kehittämiseksi tulevaisuudessa. Millaisia ajatuksia, kenties toiveita ja pelkoja historiantutkimuksen digitalisoituminen herättää? Miten hahmotat nykytilanteen historiaa, haasteita ja mahdollisuuksia?

Toivomme vastauksia niin aihepiirin kokeneilta tutkijoilta, vasta-alkajilta kuin epäilijöiltä kokonaisvaltaisen kuvan saamiseksi.

Vastata voi nimettömästi mutta yhteystietojakin voi jättää jatkotutkimusten avuksi. Selvityshankkeen tuloksia kootaan ensin alustavaan raporttiin, joka valmistuu elokuussa 2016, jotta sen tiedot ovat tutkijoiden käytettävissä tulevan syksyn rahoitushauissa.

Kysely on avoinna 30.6.2016 asti.

Lisätietoja antaa hankkeen tutkija Petri Paju, puh. 02 333 5712, etunimi.sukunimi (at) utu.fi
sekä projekti- ja ohjausryhmän jäsenet.

Kyselyyn pääset tästä linkistä.

Lue myös kyselyn tieteellisen_tutkimuksen_rekisteriseloste.

Kiitos vastaamisesta!