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Experiments with Big Video

New technologies give enhanced methods for video ethnography The DIGHUMLAB community VILA supports research into embodied human interaction in a wide range of environments and with a focus on social…

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Gesta Danorum

Language technology, a shortcut to scientific evidence. This case is an example of how language technology can be exploited in research within the humanities….

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LARM.fm

This case from LARM.fm explains how to locate missing metadata for radio programmes by using the programme schedules. Be inspired to use LARM.fm….

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Research publications

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Language-based Materials and Tools

Martinez Alonso, Hector; Plank, Barbara; Johannsen, Barbara, Trærup, Anders; Søgaard, Anders: Active Learning for Sense Annotation. In: Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics NODALIDA 2015. Linköping University…

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LARM.fm

Andersen, J. S., Thøgersen, J., Larsen, B.: Larm Audio Research Archive – en infrastruktur til forskning og undervisning i radio og lyd 2010-2014 Granly, E., Stougaard, B. og Have, I….

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Netlab

Brügger, N., Schroeder, R (editors): The Web as History. UCL Press. 2017 Brügger, N.: Digital Humanities in the 21st Century: Digital Material as a Driving Force.  Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10(3), 2016….

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Experimental labs

Davidsen, J. & Kjær, M. (ed.): Introduktion til videoanalyse, Samfundslitteratur, 2018. p. 13-35 Davidsen, J., & McIlvenny, P (2017). Research on Language and Social interaction – Blog Davidsen, J. &…

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DIGITAL JOURNEYS: Helle’s case from the Digital Literacy course

New Paths, Old Sources: Cityscapes in the Danish Press, 1905-2005

Helle Strandgaard Jensen and Mikkel Thelle, both Associate Professors at Department of History and Classical Studies, Aarhus University, have studied the changing representation of cities in historical newspapers. By studying cityscapes in the Danish press, 1905-2005 they created a workflow which enables historians to do distant readings of newspapers. Participating in the Digital Literacy course has taught Helle more about the possibilities and limitations of digital methods.

Motivation

Helle’s motivation for participating in the Digital Literacy course was twofold. She had previously worked with digital literacy from a historical perspective, looking at how concepts of ‘media literacy’ had changed in the second half of the twentieth century and now wanted to explore the phenomenon in relation to her own discipline. Secondly, Helle and her colleague Mikkel Thelle wanted to provide fellow historians with an approach to digital methods they could adapt to their own subfield: 

“We wanted to show other historians some of the advantages of using digital methods. We wanted to prove how explorative approaches can complement the research methods we traditionally use in our field.”

In History, digital methods can be used for overcoming several challenges. One is to provide an explorative approach to large data sets. Using distant reading methods, researchers can explore connections in large amounts of data without committing to specific research questions from the beginning. These connections can generate new types of questions for later close reading:

“Historians have always worked with a lot of different types of data which can be combined in different ways. Historians have used statistics, big data and computers in their work since the 1950s. But to have an explorative approach is important. Being able to examine connections in a large set of data generates questions that can complement other types of data.”

About the project

New Paths, Old Sources: Cityscapes in the Danish Press, 1905-2005

Helle Strandgaard Jensen is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Cultural History. Her research focuses on two areas: Media history and historians’ use of digital and analogue archives. The Digital Literacy project is made in collaboration with her colleague Mikkel Thelle and aims to show other historians how digital methods can be used:

“The question was if we were able to produce a workflow that could be adopted by historians fairly easily, provide them with an understanding of what digital methods can do, and finally allow them to work with the research questions they are used to working with.”

Method

  • An IT supporter from the Digital Literacy course, Ross Deans Kristensen-McLachlan, developed a script that automatically aggregates the data Helle and Mikkel wanted to collect for their project. The script allowed the researchers to ask many kinds of questions about the representation of Danish cities in three big newspapers from 1905 to 2005. The results, in the form of changing cityscapes, can then be visualised on a heat map.

Data

  • Query results from SMURF which collects data from Mediestream, the media collections of the Royal Danish Library.

New personal competences

Experience with digital methods

Knowing the limits and possibilities of digital methods.

Working with large data sets

Better understanding of which research questions can be asked with a large set of data.

Communication and teaching

Communicating and teaching digital methods to students and colleagues.

Next steps

There is a growing interest in digital methods at the Department of History and Classical Studies. A BA course has been established in which students are introduced to basic digital approaches. Having participated in the Digital Literacy course has also been helpful in this regard:

“I’ve gained more confidence when I now go back and teach my students in digital methods. What entry level do we need to have, and how do we make the challenges smaller for novices?”

The workflow that Helle and Mikkel created in the Digital Literacy project will be incorporated in teaching and will also be used for asking other types of research questions.

With her colleague Adela Sobotkova, Helle is the leader of Center for Digital History (CEDHAR). In this role, she will continue to work with digital methods in research and teaching.

Behind the researcher

Helle Strandgaard Jensen is an Associate Professor of Scandinavian cultural history at the Department of History and Classical Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. 

She is also co-director of Center for Digital History Aarhus (CEDHAR).

Her research interests include e.g. contemporary media history in Scandinavia, Western Europe and the US after 1945.

Behind the Digital Literacy course

The Digital Literacy project is a competence development project organised by the Digital Arts Initiative at Aarhus University. It is a unique opportunity for researchers to qualify themselves in the digital area – with their own research questions as a point of departure.

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Mapping the Danish web and Danish digital history

How the mapping of the Danish web happens

Through the supercomputer at The Royal Danish Library and newly developed algorithms, Professor Niels Brügger dives into the Danish part of the World Wide Web to map our digital history. Here he tells how.

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DIGITAL JOURNEYS: Vladimir’s case from the Digital Literacy course

Powering large-scale reviews of energy security vs. social impact literature with topic modelling to locate cross-referencing between them

Vladimir Douglas Pacheco Cueva, Associate Professor of International Studies at Aarhus University, has embarked on a digital quest to expand his data sets to test if his analyses and hypotheses hold once scaled up. This case gives an insight into his digital journey through (and beyond) his participation in the Digital Literacy course at Arts, Aarhus University.

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DIGITAL JOURNEYS: Kirstine and Anne’s case from the Digital Literacy course

Unveiling the character gallery of sermons: Labelling and social network analysis of 11,955 contemporary Danish sermons

Kirstine Helboe Johansen, Associate Professor in Practical Theology, and Anne Agersnap, PhD student in The Study of Religion, both Aarhus University, are interested in questions of how religion is actualised in contemporary society – and how such questions can be addressed digitally. This case gives an insight into their digital journey through (and beyond) their participation in the Digital Literacy course.

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DIGITAL JOURNEYS: Janne’s case from the Digital Literacy course

Investigating the historical development of tracking and e-commerce technologies on the Danish Web

Janne Nielsen, assistant professor at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University, is widening her digital horizon to face the concrete challenges of her everyday research. Her participation in the Digital Literacy course has whetted her digital appetite, and this case provides an insight into her digital journey through (and beyond) the course.

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DIGITAL JOURNEYS: Anne’s case from the Digital Literacy course

Tracing Cold War perceptions of nuclear weapons in Denmark through distant (and close) reading

Anne Sørensen, history researcher at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, has embarked on a journey to expand her digital horizon – most recently by participating in the Digital Literacy course. This case gives insight into her digital journey through (and beyond) the course.

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Experiments with Big Video

New technologies give enhanced methods for video ethnography

Researchers at Aalborg University have been experimenting with new technologies and enhanced methods for EMCA and video ethnography. One key focus has been to collect richer video and sound recordings in a variety of settings.

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Gesta Danorum

Language technology, a shortcut to scientific evidence

This case is an example of how language technology can be exploited in research within the humanities. The resource that this case is based on is Gesta Danorum written about 1200 by the Danish historian, Saxo.

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LARM.fm

Locating missing metadata for radio programmes by using the programme schedules

Programmes that are part of a series often have the name of the series as their title. In this case, a search for the series title results in a list of programmes with the same title.

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Research publications

Find examples of relevant publications from the DIGHUMLAB community.

Language-based Materials and Tools

Martinez Alonso, Hector; Plank, Barbara; Johannsen, Barbara, Trærup, Anders; Søgaard, Anders: Active Learning for Sense Annotation. In: Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics NODALIDA 2015. Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015.

Martinez Alonso, Hector; Johannsen, Anders Trærup; Olsen, Sussi; Nimb, Sanni; Sørensen, Nicolai; Braasch, Anna; Søgaard, Anders; Pedersen, Bolette Sandford: Supersense tagging for Danish. In: Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics NODALIDA 2015. Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015.

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LARM.fm

Andersen, J. S., Thøgersen, J., Larsen, B.: Larm Audio Research Archive – en infrastruktur til forskning og undervisning i radio og lyd 2010-2014

Granly, E., Stougaard, B. og Have, I. (red.), Sound Archives, særnummer for tidsskriftet SoundEffects Vol 5, No 2.

Kreutzfeldt, Jacob: ”State Controled Avantgarde?: Emil Bønnelyckes radiophonic city portrait of Copenhagen”. A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries. ed. / Tania Ørum; Per Stounbjerg et al. Vol. 2 Edition Rodopi B.V, 2015.

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Netlab

Brügger, N., Schroeder, R (editors): The Web as History. UCL Press. 2017

Brügger, N.: Digital Humanities in the 21st Century: Digital Material as a Driving Force.  Digital Humanities Quarterly, 10(3), 2016.

Brügger, N.: Humanities, Digital Humanities, Media studies, Internet studies : An inaugural lecture.
Center for Internetforskning, Aarhus Universitet, 2015. 16 s. (Skrifter fra Center for Internetforskning)

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Experimental labs

Davidsen, J. & Kjær, M. (ed.): Introduktion til videoanalyse, Samfundslitteratur, 2018. p. 13-35

Davidsen, J., & McIlvenny, P (2017). Research on Language and Social interaction – Blog

Davidsen, J. & Ryberg, T. (2017): “This is the size of one meter”: Children’s bodily-material collaboration”. Intern. J. Comput.-Support. Collab. Learn (2017) 12: 65. doi:10.1007/s11412-017-9248-8

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