DHN2019: Final proceedings are online
The association of Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN) held its 4th conference at the University of Copenhagen on March 6-8, 2019.
Below, you can read about the personal conference experience of Steffen Madsen, secretary and communications officer at DIGHUMLAB.
DHN2019 – experiences and reflections from a conference participant
DHN2019 aimed to provide an overview of research, education and communication on the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities. Furthermore, the conference aimed to connect researchers and practitioners addressing all kinds of DH topics. The conferences attracted 210 participants from 27 countries.
Overall, during its three days, the conference offered insights into state-of-the-art research impressive in both disciplinary breadth and depth, new opportunities for networking, inspirational cases of cross-disciplinary collaboration and last but not least, a smooth execution on the part of the conference organisers. All in all, a massive success.
Tuesday March 5, 2019 – Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH
On Tuesday, March 5, DHN2019, CLARIN and PARTHENOS held a full-day pre-conference workshop called “Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH” organised by Steven Krauwer and Darja Fišer (CLARIN). The aim of the workshop was to gain a fuller understanding of the dynamics of digital humanities work and collaboration.
The workshop was kicked off with an invited talk by Mikko Tolonen entitled “Why humanities research questions should come first? Reflections on different kinds of collaboration in digital history”. The following eight talks featured 28 researchers undertaking various interdisciplinary research projects. All talks contained three components:
- Presentation of the humanities research problem and solution
- Presentation of the technical aspects of the research
- Report on the collaboration experience itself (obstacles, recommendations for better training and education).
After the talks, all workshop participants had a round table discussion, recapitulating the lessons from the presentations and sharing first reactions. During this session, several topics were discussed:
- the language barriers between humanists and computer scientists
- the importance of establishing an attractive environment for young scholars
- focus on what computer scientists get out of collaborations with the humanities (such as complex questions and answers)
- the benefits of physical proximity between work partners
- how to make research question-driven
- reflections on how to reach out to the industry and public sector to the benefit of all parties
- how to spread the message outside the community (how “to preach” to others than “the choir”).
Read an in-depth blog post of the workshop on the PARTHENOS website or read the proceedings from the Twin Talks.
Wednesday March 6, 2019 – official welcome, keynotes and reception at Copenhagen City Hall
The first day of the conference was kicked off in the beautiful Royal Danish Library with an official welcome by Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen.
After this, there were three keynotes from Catherine de Rose (DH Lab, Yale University Library), Maud Ehrmann (DH Laboratory, EPFL) and Marianne Gullberg (Lund University Humanities Lab). Click on the images to read the abstracts for the presentations.
Thursday March 7, 2019 – plenary session, short and long papers and poster session
The second conference day started out with a plenary session with as diverse topics as automated compositional change detection, open source tesseract in RE-OCR, reconstruction of intellectual networks and linked open data services.
After the plenary session, conference participants broke out into four tracks of parallel short paper talks, followed by long paper talks and a poster session buzzing with activity, inspiration and knowledge exchange. Specifically, the topics of the conference contributions included (but are not limited to):
- corpus linguistics applied to historical or literary data
- linked data for historical studies
- the application of NLP methods for different tasks
- the automatic treatment of audio files
- the use of eye tracking for improving speech analysis
- the automatic identification of Twitter bots
- the use of photogrammetry and other technologies in the study of ancient museum objects
- the automatic extraction of attitudes towards immigrants from media
- improvements and evaluation of OCR methods and tools
- the construction of corpora from social media or from digitised data
- the analysis of research methods for digital humanities
- strategies for teaching computational methods to students from the humanities.
Friday March 8, 2019 – talks, poster session and closing session
For the last day of the conference, more inspiring talks were lined up followed by a poster session and a closing session. At the closing session, Bente Maegaard, University of Copenhagen, declared the conference officially over with a final “ding ding” with the DHN triangle.
Bente Maegaard then handed over the triangle to the hosts for next year’s DHN. She made the official announcement that DHN2020 will take place in Latvia organised by the National Library of Latvia, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia) and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, University of Latvia).
A huge thanks to everyone involved for an inspiring and thought-provoking conference.