Digital humanities

Welcome to iInstitute / DH seminar: On the “Art of Losing”—Some Notes on Digitization, Copying, and Cultural Heritage

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

When? 4 March, 9am
Location: https://lnu-se.zoom.us/j/64735625753

On the “Art of Losing”—Some Notes on Digitization, Copying, and Cultural Heritage
Copying is a creative “art of losing” that sustains culture and lends substance to heritage. This talk will aim to unpack the meaning of this statement and unravel some of the many paradoxes inherent in copying what has been inherited as culture using digital technologies. How is it that cultural reproduction and representation always entail loss while also always perpetuate things and ideas valued as culture and as heritage? What kinds of loss do digital technologies ensure? In what ways do new digital technologies sustain culture and enable heritage to persist? Attempting to unravel some of the conceptual and practical knots that formulate riddles like these, the first half of the talk will investigate a few key terms—copying, culture, and heritage. It will also survey a few of the important technologies used to copy texts in East Asia and on the Korean peninsula—brushes, bamboo slips, paper, woodblocks, new and old forms of movable metal type, photography and various forms of lithography, digital imaging, encoding schema, and forms of machine learning. This brief survey will help to situate a discussion in the second half of the talk about the current state of our creative “arts of loss” as they concern creating digital copies of cultural heritage objects. To suggest the current state of our arts, two research projects will be introduced. The first is an effort by nuns at the Taiwanese Buddhist Temple Fo Guang Shan to create an accurate digital transcription of every historical instantiation of the massive Buddhist canon. Their aim is to help ensure Buddhist heritage. The second is an effort by the National Library of Korea to make more of Korea’s textual heritage available to its patrons as digital transcriptions by using deep learning to overcome long-standing difficulties associated with the automated transcription of Korean texts. The American poet Elizabeth Bishop suggests in her poem “One Art” that “the art of losing is not hard to master.” This talk will suggest that Bishop’s poetic insight is helpful for thinking about digitization and cultural heritage. Loss is inevitable when reproducing cultural heritage by means of digital technologies. These losses are not necessarily a disaster. Each copy makes what has been inherited available again to new places and times. But how we practice this “art of losing” is important to consider since how we copy with our digital tools formulates what is inherited as cultural heritage.

About Wayne de Fremery , he is an associate professor in the School of Media, Arts, and Science at Sogang University in Seoul and Director of the Korea Text Initiative at the Cambridge Institute for the Study of Korea in Cambridge, Massachusetts (http://www.koreatext.org/). He also currently represents the Korean National Body at ISO as Convener of a working group on document description, processing languages, and semantic metadata (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 34 WG 9). Wayne’s research integrates approaches from literary studies, bibliography, and design, as well as information science and artificial intelligence. Recent articles and book chapters by Wayne have appeared in The Materiality of Reading (Aarhus University Press, 2020), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature (Ken Seigneurie ed., 2020), and Library Hi-Tech (2020). Wayne’s bibliographical study of Chindallaekkot (Azaleas), a canonical book of modern Korean poetry, appeared in 2014 from Somyŏng Publishing. In 2011, his book-length translation of poetry by Jeongrye Choi, Instances, appeared from Parlor Press. Books designed and produced by Wayne have appeared from the Korea Institute at Harvard University, the University of Washington Press, and Tamal Vista Publications, an award-winning press he ran before joining the faculty of Sogang University. Some of his recent research projects have concerned the use of deep learning to improve Korean optical character recognition (funded by the National Library of Korea), technology and literary translation (paper forthcoming from Translation Review), and “copy theory” (paper under review). Wayne’s degrees are from Whitman College, Seoul National University, and Harvard.

Are you using Twitter? Contribute to our research!

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Dear Recipient,

We study the concept of similarity on Twitter and how similarity depends on the user profile, activity, and the structure of one’s social networks. This study is multidisciplinary between computer science and the humanities.

If you have a Twitter account, we kindly ask you to go to the link below and participate in this survey.

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It is noteworthy that there are no correct answers in this survey, and we are only collecting data anonymously for fundamental research purposes.

Thanks in advance,

Research Team

Call for contributions: Journal of Data and Information Science

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Call for contributions to a Special Issue on Open Government Data (OGD) for Data Analytics and Knowledge Discovery

We are pleased to announce the Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Journal of Data and Information Science (JDIS) on Open Government Data (OGD) for Data Analytics and Knowledge Discovery. JDIS, a quarterly English language research journal, aims to publish basic and applied research on data-driven analytics for knowledge discovery, is edited by an international team of experts in the fields, and is indexed by ESCI and Scopus. The special issue intends to publish as the 4th issue of 2020.

Co-Guest-Editors-in-Chief for the special issue: Koraljka Golub, Fredrik Hanell, Guangjian Li, Arwid Lund. (more…)

Workshop on Knowledge Organization for Digital Humanities, March 27th

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

As a satellite event to the world’s annual iConference taking place in Sweden this year, on 27 March LNU’s iInstitute will host a workshop on knowledge organization for digital humanities.

Place: K2054V
Time: 27 March, 9-13

Programme:
9.00 – 9.15 Coffee available
9.15 – 09.30 Introduction to the workshop and participants
09.30 – 10.15 Shigeo Sugimoto: Metadata for Digital Humanities – An Overview
10.15 – 11.00 Atsuyuki Morishima: Combining the Power of the Crowd and AI
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.45 Shigeo Sugimoto: Long-term Use of Humanities Data Resources
11.45 – 12.30 Heather Moulaison-Sandy: Research Data Management in the Humanities

Please email koraljka.golub@lnu.se if you plan to attend, by Monday 23 March. Thank you!

Welcome!

For more information contact:
Koraljka Golub
Professor
Head of the iInstitute
Digital Humanities Initiative Co-Leader
Linnaeus University
http://lnu.se/personal/koraljka.golub

2nd Baladria Summer School on Digital Humanities, Zadar (Croatia) 15-19 June 2020

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Welcome to the second Baladria Summer School on Digital Humanities will be held in Zadar, Croatia from 15 to 19 June 2020. This year’s novelty is two tracks: 1) Digital tools and 2) Introduction to programming.

  • Registration closes: 15 April
  • Registration fee: 200 EUR

For more information, please visit http://baladria.unizd.hr

New course: Digital Humanities Research Methods (7.5 credits)

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The course “Digital Humanities Research Methods” is given at Linnaeus University, Sweden, online, in English, from 30 March 2020 till 03 May 2020, and is free of charge for EU citizens. 

The aim of this course is to learn about digital research methods to address research questions from the humanities. The course gives an overview of the impact of digitization on the way research is conducted, an insight into a range of different digital methods, as well as an awareness of difficulties related to the methodology. The deadline to apply is 15 October.

For more information about the course and how to apply see: https://lnu.se/en/course/digital-humanities-research-methods/distance-international-autumn/

DISA at ICAME 40

Monday, January 28th, 2019

The 40th Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English (ICAME) will be held at Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland, June 1 – 5. ICAME is one of the most important ongoing conference series on corpus linguistics, and since this is the 40th installment it is something of an anniversary. The theme this year is “Language in Time, Time in Language”.

This year we are happy to see that we have many of our researchers connected to DISA present to represent us and the research conducted at Linnaeus University.

The conference activities connected to DISA LNU are:

  • Jukka Tyrkkö will be organizing a workshop called “Big data and the study of language and culture: Parliamentary discourse across time and space” together with Minna Korhonen and Haidee Kruger.
  • Mikko Laitinen is presenting a paper on variation in indefinite pronouns in historical American English called “Towards the Inevitable Demise of Everybody?” together with Emily Öhman and Tanja Säily.
  • Magnus Levin and Jenny Ström Herold will present on echoic binomials in an English-German-Swedish perspective as a part of the “Languages in Time, Time in Languages: Phraseological perspectives” workshop.
  • Mikko Laitinen, Jukka Tyrkkö, Magnus Levin, Alexander Lakaw and Daniel Sundberg will be presenting a paper on the use of American English and British English in the Nordic context through the Nordic Tweet Stream.

For more information about the research within the research group for Data Intensive Digital Humanities, visit their website.

/Diana