User Impressions

Online course in Web Archives and Web Archiving by NetLab – Barbara Ana Revuelta-Eugercios

“I finish the course with a much greater understanding of the challenges of modern web archiving, that I had not considered before. And with a bag full of new tricks on how to preserve things online and how to search in web archives. I think that a course like this should be taken by all historians and humanists.”

– Barbara Ana Revuelta-Eugercios, Visiting researcher, Saxo Institute , University of Copenhagen

Online course in Web Archives and Web Archiving by NetLab – Ally McCrow

“Thanks for an interesting and practical course. It has certainly given me a lot to think about, and many useful ways of approaching my data gathering for my project!”

– Ally McCrow-Young, PhD Fellow, University of Copenhagen

Workshop by NetLab – Marie Louise Tørring

“This ought to be a mandatory methodology course for all Master’s programs in the Humanities department.”

– Marie Louise Tørring, Associate professor in Anthropology, Aarhus University

Word2Vec by KB Labs – Katrine Frøkjær Baunvig

“KB Lab’s Word2Vec tool is well suited for workshops in proto discourse analysis and conceptual history in university teaching at undergrad levels. This is the experience drawn from a multitude of courses in the history of Christianity in modernity (19th, 20th and 21st centuries).

I have used the KB Lab’s Mediestream OCR enhancing tool Word2Vec in discourse analysis workshops with the purpose of detecting semantic clusters in generated word lists. On the basis of words such as ‘kristen’, ‘religion’, ‘præst’ and with great success, I have invited students to reflect upon the representation of Christianity in Danish public discourse.

Furthermore, as a Grundtvig scholar I recommend the N.F.S. Grundtvig sub-corpus for heuristically tracing the semantic network of specific terms and concepts as a first step in word embedding analyses. This is an eye-opening tool for every scholar interested in a ‘distant reading’ of Grundtvig’s collected writings.”

– Katrine Frøkjær Baunvig, Associate professor, PhD, Director at The Grundtvig Study Centre

MeLOAR by KB Labs – Jens-Bjørn Riis Andresen

“With this resource being easily accessible, we can expect future research to a much greater extent to be based on newest evidence. Researchers find themselves often under time pressure, and easy access to actual observations done by others is a crucial factor for the resilience of proposed theories. At the same time, the resolution of the information in the reports is by magnitudes higher than one finds in the indexes from databases; researchers can now easily find discoveries that normally would have drowned or be otherwise invisible in traditional contexts of documentation.

In the educational setting at universities, it is now possible to refer to this resource to the students, and thus make it possible to open uncharted avenues of research. Finally, it is now much easier for our employees at the Danish museums to document the relevance of a given investigation. It is a pure win-win situation for everybody in the heritage sector.”

– Jens-Bjørn Riis Andresen, Associate professor, Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University

SMURF by KB Labs – Mads Rosendahl Thomsen

“SMURF is an excellent tool for accessing more than two hundred years of language use in Danish newspapers. It’s easy to use, and it provides robust results, whether you are interested in the long lines of conceptual development or in specific events in history. Unlike the Google Books Ngram Viewer, one can go back to any source that has produced the results. It is a tool that is useful in many subjects for both teaching and research.”

– Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Professor at School of Communication and Culture, Comparative Literature

CLARIN – Anne Sofie Jakobsen


Making texts ready for your corpus in one take using CLARIN-DK tools

– Which tools did you use?

userimpressions-clarindk-annesophiejakobsen“I used a workflow in the CLARIN-DK tools that allowed me to convert and annotate a large number of files for a corpus. I am as a part of my PhD project investigating Danish academic vocabulary and for that purpose I am compiling a corpus of Danish academic texts, AcaDan.”

– How did the tool help you?

“The tool speeded up the process of preparing the files for the corpus in that the workflow combined the necessary preparatory steps. Each file was converted from PDF to a txt format which was tokenized, lemmatized and pos-tagged, finally the annotated file was converted to the CoNLL file format. Processing one file takes under 1 minute and it is easy to process a number of files simultaneously and still get individual output files.”

– Would you recommend the tool and to whom?

“Yes, it has been very helpful in my corpus compilation. I would reccomend it to researchers who are creating their own corpora and need a fast and easy way of preparing the texts. Note that the tool described here offers other kinds of workflows than the one described here and you can choose the workflow that fits your needs.”

ELAN supported by VILA – Thilde Emilie Møller


– Which tools did you use?

“I have used ELAN for transcribing verbal and embodied interactions. In ELAN I used different modes, e.g. segmentation and transcription. Furthermore I used controlled vocabularies to code my video data. Finally, I exported my work from ELAN to Word using the interlinear text function. ELAN is also really useful for exporting frame grabs of the video for presentations and papers.”

– How did the tool help you?

“In my PhD project I study children’s production of films in schools. I have an interest in their ways of collaborating – especially their embodied patterns of collaboration. By using ELAN I was first of all able to systematize my video data. Secondly, by playing the video frame by frame I was able to get a better understanding of the embodied ways of collaborating. In my experience, the process of segmenting the video data and then transcribing the segments has been invaluable for my project. Exporting the frame grabs from ELAN has allowed me to work with multimodal transcriptions of my data. I would like to have function to export multiple frame grabs directly from ELAN.”

– Would you recommend the tool and to whom?

“Absolutely. Also I would like to recommend the video tutorials from www.vila.aau.dk. I would recommend this tool to researchers and students working with multimodal transcriptions.”

LARM.fm – Mette Simonsen Abildgaard


Twenty-four years of heartache

“I used LARM.fm to analyze the development of the Danish youth radio programme “P4 i P1” through its twenty-four years on air, mapping how listeners’ letters and telephone calls about heartache and parental conflicts were gradually made to matter on the radio, and how that changed youth radio from 1973 to 1997.

For me, a central function of LARM.fm has been to provide context, as the archive’s comprehensive character enabled me to study what came before and after the era of youth radio central to my own work. In my opinion, LARM.fm is especially suited for longitudinal and mixed methods studies, as the audio archive provides a unique opportunity of shifting between small and large scale as well as qualitative and quantitative analyses. I highly recommend LARM.fm for students and researchers from any field, who are interested in drawing on auditory material for their work.”

LARM.fm – Morten Michelsen


National radio play lists

untitled“In order to find out what music DR did actually play in the early years, the LARM search function has been extremely helpful. Nearly all old programme sheets are available, and their information may be read in critical detail. They are searchable as well, making it possible to do basic statistics concerning the music played. The tool may be used by anybody interested in detailed historical studies be it the arts, politics, or media studies.”

 

Histories

untitled1“National radio programme hosts have often been the first to document new trends in music, literature, the arts, etc. Often you can find broadcasts containing interviews with artists involved and sometimes even the foundations of reception histories of singular works of art. Using the annotation tool it is possible to mark up in great detail such broadcasts. It is an important field of sources which have been opened up for here, and it is of great value to historians of any persuasion.”

 

 

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LARM.fm – Jacob Kreutzfeldt


Historical city sounds

Which tools did you use? 

“I used LARM.fm: www.larm.fm.”

How did the tool help you?

“It was central in gaining access to historical radio material. Without LARM.fm, it would not have been possible for me to do the research. Also the option of organising the material in selections and the annotation tool have been very important to me.”

Would you recommend the tool?

“Yes, indeed.”

Who would you recommend it to?

“All researchers and students wanting to access a historical database of radio, tv and contextual information. The OCR scanned white programs are vary valuable and easy navigatable for all kinds of historical research.”