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Digital Literacy | 2020-2021

A competency development course for humanities and social science researchers at Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark. 


1) Knowledge of digital technologies

to enable the individual researcher to develop and lead a research project that uses digital technologies throughout the data life cycle

2) Interdiscplinary research environments

to create interdisciplinary research environments that build experience with these technologies and can therefore contribute to existing core academic environments based on a train-the-trainer model for knowledge sharing and competence development

3) Research publications, funds and teaching

to empower participants to develop a prototype for a research project sufficient to form the basis of a research article or fund application, their research and later, teaching.


Due to the exponential growth of data, knowledge of computational techniques for the entire data life cycle (planning, collecting, processing, analysing, depositing, publishing) has become a necessity for all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. 

DL is an intense project-oriented course that aims to enable the individual researcher to use state-of-the-art computational techniques and digital methods in their research. Through a series of workshops, tutorials and sprints, DL participants will become capable of formulating and directing a research project using digital technologies, e.g. artificial intelligence, databases and web-scraping, to pursue core academic issues.

KICK-OFF | AUGUST 25-26, 2020

The official kick-off event for the Digital Literacy course will take place at the stunning Sandbjerg Gods in Sønderborg on August 25-26, 2020.

Acceptance to the course will be communicated on June 15, 2020. However, you’re most welcome to save the kick-off date already now, so you’re sure to be able to make it if your application is accepted.


Check out the inspirational research cases in the interview series “DIGITAL JOURNEYS” with participants from the first Digital Literacy course in Aarhus (2018-2019). 


  • August 25-26, 2020 | Kick-off event at Sandbjerg Gods
  • September 2020 – February 2021 | Monthly full-day tutorials, individual project support and sparring with colleagues.
  • March 2021 | Two-day seminar
  • April – May 2021 | Finalising project outputs


If there’s a group of researchers that are interested in the DL course at your university, you have the option to book a 1-hour orientation meeting (Zoom) with Mads Rosendahl Thomsen and Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo who’ll answer your questions about the course. Get in touch with Steffen Madsen at to set up the meeting. See the slides from the previous orientation meeting below: 

Slides by Mads Rosendahl Thomsen from DL information meeting on April 21, 2020 

Slides by Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo from DL information meeting on April 21, 2020 


The course is coordinated by DIGHUMLABCenter for Humanities Computing Aarhus (CHCAA) and Faculty of Arts at AU who, together with locally based staff, also provide research support during the project.

If you have any questions, check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at the bottom of this page. If your question is not answered in the FAQ, contact for general questions and for technical questions. If you’re a group of people, book an orientation meeting as described above.



The course is open for humanities and social science researchers from Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark.


Please prepare the title of your project and a 150-200 words description of the data and research question you intend to work on.

All participants must formulate a research question they are working on during the process (this can be done in pairs) and point to a data set that can be used to answer the research question. Participants do not need to have the data set ready for the course.


The course is free of charge if you are affiliated with one of the participating institutions*, and if your application is accepted. 

*The participating institutions are Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark.

The course includes two two-day seminars, 5-6 workshops, individual project support and sparring with colleagues. 

The course will have various locations in Denmark. The kickoff seminar will take place at Sandbjerg Gods. 

Yes, PhD students are more than welcome to apply for a spot in the course. 

You’re always welcome to get in touch with us at with any questions you may have. 

You’re also welcome to take a look at the cases further up on this website to get an idea about the accepted projects from the previous course. 

If you’re a group of researchers, you’re also welcome to set up an online meeting with the organisers to get a broad introdution to the course and to sort out questions.

We’re looking forward to receiving and reviewing your application. 

You are expected to participate in as many meetings as possible because an important component is sparring with colleagues. However, if you should be prevented from attending a meeting on-site, there’ll be an option to participate online. You are expected to participate in 2/3 of all meetings as a rule of thumb.

The individual support will be 15 hours per participant on average (including the tasks that the supporters will solve for you on their own, i.e. while you’re not sitting together and working).

No, there is no test at the end of the course. We are planning to host a closing seminar with project presentations from each participant.


The application deadline has been extended to June 8, 2020.
Acceptance to the course will be announced on June 15, 2020.

When you send your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
If you don’t, then get in touch with

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