Digital humanities

Emerging Information Field, iSchools Organisation, and Potential for Linnaeus University

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Michael Seadle, Executive Director of iSchools and the Dean of Faculty of Arts at Humboldt University and Sam Oh, iCaucus Chair-elect and the Head of School of Library & Information Science and Data Science Department at Sungkyunkwan University will be talking about the emerging information field, organisation of iSchools and the potential it has for Linnaeus University and the region.

The core idea is to establish iSchool (information School) at Linnaeus University. An iSchool refers to university-level research and education in the information field (iField) which relies on interdisciplinary approaches to enrich and facilitate generation, transfer and curation of data, information, and knowledge by the widespread use of technology in order to maximize the potential of humans.

The iSchools Organization today involves over 70 prestigious universities from around the world such as: University of California, Berkeley; University College London; University of California, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon University; University of British Columbia; University of Hong Kong; Humboldt University of Berlin, to mention a few of those ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. The University of Washington was one of the first iSchools that was instrumental in developing the iSchools movement into what it is today.

More about the iSchools organization can be found at and related project at Linnaeus University at

/Tamara Laketic

Visualization focus in Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

During October 1-6, 2017 Andreas Kerren, professor and Rafael Martins, Post-doc in Computer Science at Linnaeus University attended the IEEE VIS Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. IEEE VIS is the absolute top-level conference in the area of Visualization and this year they had, state-of-the-art presentations from the biggest names in the field.

During the conference Rafael Martins presented a paper at a co-located workshop, the 2nd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (VIS4DH). The purpose of the workshop was to propose new research directions in visualization for the digital humanities, to familiarize the visualization research community with the problems faced by digital humanities researchers, and to foster future collaboration between visualization and digital humanities research.The paper presented by Rafael Martin is entitled StanceXplore Visualization for the Interactive Exploration of Stance in Social Media

The conference had a very strong focus on the combination of Machine Learning (ML) and Visualization, both from the perspective of interactive steering of ML techniques and also explaining the inner workings of complex techniques such as Deep Learning. There was also a lot of discussion about Visualization literacy, meaning, how people understand Visualization and how to improve on this.

Overall the conference was productive and full of interesting and diverse work and we are looking forward to see how the new insights can become valuable in from a DISA-perspective.


Seminar series within Digital Humanities

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Digital Humanities Initiative at Linnaeus University with the support of Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities is happy to present a seminar series in the Digital Humanities (DH) field.

The DH Seminar series is aimed at providing a forum for relevant DH discussions in the region and beyond, inspiring collaboration with wider audiences about the emerging field of DH field and LNU’s DH Initiative, thus both strengthening the DH Initiative’s established network, as well as creating a space for collaboration between universities and cross-sectoral partners at national and international levels.

Seminars planned for the autumn of 2017 are

  • 25 September 13.00-14.30 (M1051), What’s in a name? – Metadata and the curation of access to digital audiovisual collections: Dagmar Brunow, Senior Lecturer, Department of Film and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University
  • 17 October 13.00-14.30 (K2084), Too much information? – Negotiating the archives of the web: Jane Winters, Professor, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • 28 November 13.00-14.30 (K2054), Some perspectives on digital and critical text editions: Elisabet Göransson, Associate Professor, Centre for Languages and Literature, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University
  • 06 December 13.00-14.00 (K1040), Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism: Arwid Lund, Senior Lecturer, Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University

The Seminars are open to everyone, but please register by sending an email to


Co-chairing at BESC2017

Monday, May 29th, 2017

BESC 2017 is the 4th International Conference on Behavioral, Economic, and Socio-Cultural Computing and will take place in AGH – University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland / 16-18 October, 2017. BESC 2017 aims to become a premier forum for researchers and industry practitioners from data mining, artificial intelligence, statistics and analytics, business and marketing, finance and politics, and behavioral, economic, social and psychological sciences can meet, present and together identify future research directions.

Our own Koraljka Golub, Accociate Professor and involved in the DISA work in Digital Humanities will be Co-chairing the track for Digital Humanities during the conference.