Seminar invitation: Beyond programming as primary computing skill

May 18th, 2018

The Digital Humanities invite you to the seminar: Beyond programming as primary computing skill: the case of the PDF file format – Jean-François Blanchette

Jean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the computerization of bureaucracies, the evolution of the computing infrastructure, and the materiality of digital objects. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012) and co-editor of Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2015). He is the director with Snowden Becker of the “On the Record, All the Time” project, which examines the impact of surveillance technologies to archival education and practice.

Abstract for the presentation:

LIS programs have been faced for years with the question of how to best teach students adequate information technology skills. In past decades, the answer often took the form of basic computing literacy (how to write an email, how to set up a basic database), but today, the consensus is that the most obvious representative of such a skill is the mastery of a programming language. Indeed, coding is supported today by a wide range of organizations as the most direct path of entry into the computing professions and as a requisite skill for all future workers in the knowledge economy.

In this presentation,  Jean-François Blanchette challenges this assumption as it applies to graduate students enrolled in LIS programs. He will argue that the teaching of coding aligns with a conception of computing primarily grounded in its mathematical character as an “engine of logic.” However, an equally important understanding of computing lies in its nature as an engineered system dedicated to the coordinated use of limited computing resources (processing, storage, networking). Of particular importance are the design strategies of modularity and hierarchical aggregation, which allows computing systems to allocate resources, manage complexity and technical change, while providing specific pathways for growth and functional evolution. These resources and strategies constitute the actual materials and tools used by engineers to design, operate, and maintain the extraordinarily complex assemblage of software and hardware components that constitutes networked computing.

For students, such as those in LIS, whose career success depends on the proper anticipation of the impact of information technology on their field of professional practice, such an understanding is more effective than learning to code. Using the PDF file format as example,  Jean-François Blanchette demonstrate how this approach can be used to anticipate the evolution of the format and its impact on, e.g., digital preservation, open data, accessibility, and the future of scholarly communication.


The Digital Humanities (DH) seminar series is aimed at providing a forum for relevant DH discussion in the region and beyond, inspiring collaboration with wider audiences about the emerging field of DH field and University’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. Please find more information at their website.

The Seminars are open to everyone, but we would appreciate if you would register your attendance via

VINCI 2018 – CALL FOR PAPERS (extended deadline)

April 26th, 2018

The 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI 2018) will be given in Växjö, Sweden, August 13-15, 2018. The paper submission deadline is extended until May 04, 2018 (23:59 in AoE). A selection of best papers will be invited to a special issue published by the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing (JVLC) =================================================================

Visual communication through graphics or text has long been conducted among human beings of different backgrounds or cultures, and in recent decades between human and machine. In today’s digital world, visual information is typically encoded with various metaphors commonly used in daily life to facilitate rapid comprehension and easy analysis during the communication process. Visual information communication generally encompasses information visualization, graphical user-interfaces, visual analytics, and visual languages. Visual information is increasingly being used to facilitate human-human communication through the Internet and mobile devices.

The Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI) ( is the premier international forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to discuss the state-of-the-art in visual communication theories, designs, and applications. The 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI ’18) will be held on 13-15 August 2018, in Växjö, Sweden.

Papers can be submitted as full papers, short papers or posters. All accepted papers will be published by ACM Press and made available in the ACM Digital Library (EI indexed). Authors of selected full papers of high quality will be invited to submit revised versions of their works to a special issue of an SCI-indexed journal. In addition, revised versions of selected best papers in art and design will be invited for subsequent publication in a special issue of Leonardo (MIT Press, AHCI indexed).


We solicit original, unpublished research papers that focus on all aspects of visual information communication and interaction, either via images, computer graphics, animations, virtual reality, web, or other media. Research papers may address cognitive and design aspects, underlying theories, taxonomies, implementation work, tool support, and case studies. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

= Cognitive aspects of visual information comprehension = Empirical studies of novel visual metaphors = Visual interaction through multimodality = Visual approaches for knowledge discovery = Computational aesthetics = Visual and immersive analytics = Graph drawing and (multivariate) network visualization = Information visualization = Graphical user interface design = Aesthetics in visual communication = Influence of visual arts and design = Visual modeling languages and UML = Visual communication metaphors = Visual programming languages = Visualization on mobile devices = Visualization in virtual, mixed, and augmented reality = Applications like SoftVis, BioVis, GeoVis, … = Sketching, = Human-computer interaction


Submissions that address research and development, as well as experience reports and tool demonstrations on the above and other related topics are strongly encouraged. Papers can be submitted as full papers, short papers or posters. Each submitted symposium paper will be peer-reviewed by at least three International Program Committee members. All accepted papers and posters will appear in the proceedings of VINCI2018 published by ACM Press and made available in the ACM Digital Library (EI indexed). Moreover, authors of a number of selected full papers of high quality will be invited to prepare revised versions of their work for submission to a special issue of JVLC (SCI-indexed). In addition, it is planned that revised versions of selected best papers in art and design will be invited for the subsequent publication in a special issue of Leonardo (MIT Press; AHCI indexed).

Research papers and experience reports of up to eight (8), short papers of up to four (4), and tool demonstrations or posters of up to two (2) ACM double-column pages should be submitted here. Detailed information on the electronic submission can be found on the conference web page.


  • Paper submission deadline: May 4, 2018 (23:59 in AoE)
  • Notification of decision: May 28, 2018
  • Camera-ready copy due: June 15, 2018


  • General Chair: Andreas Kerren, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Program Chairs: Yina Li, University of Science and Technology of China, China Karsten Klein, Universität Konstanz, Germany
  • Proceedings Chair: Kostiantyn Kucher, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Local organization Chair: Rafael Messias Martins, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Program committee



Inbjudan forskningsseminarium “Hur kan vi förbättra digital samverkan i vården?”

April 5th, 2018

Digital samverkan spelar en viktig roll i personcentrerad vård för att knyta ihop vård-och omsorgsgivare med närstående. Samtidigt finns idag en frustration att ”systemen inte pratar med varandra” i de situationer där man fortfarande arbetar i digitalt isolerade öar.

Det är inte en teknisk fråga att ”systemen inte pratar med varandra”. Det finns idag inga tekniska hinder för kommunikation mellan system. Vi behöver börja i en annan ände. Interoperabilitet handlar om samarbete mellan olika aktörer och deras behov att kommunicera med varandra, vilket kommer att öka drastiskt, säger Sten-Erik Öhlund, forskare och konsult vid CGI.

Fredagen den 13 april kommer Sten-Erik att presentera och diskutera sin forskning om interoperabilitet och de utmaningar som finns för att förbättra förmågan
att samverka digitalt, allt för en framtida bättre personcentrerad vård.

  • När? Fredag 13 april Klockan 10.00-11.30 (Från kl 9.30)
  • Var? eHälsoinstitutet, Kalmar Bredbandet 1, Varvsholmen
  • Anmäl dig genom att skicka ett mejl till eller ring 0480-49 71 62 (senast 11/4)

Se tidigare liveinspelade forskningsseminarium & vårens program 2018


Vetenskapsrådet satsar på tvärvetenskaplig forskning

April 3rd, 2018

Vetenskapsrådet utlyser nästa år bidrag till tvärvetenskapliga forskningsmiljöer. Utlysningen öppnar den 18 april så missa inte möjligheten till nya finansieringsmöjligheter. Enligt planen som presenterats på Vetenskapsrådets hemsida så kommer utlysningen omfattar 20 miljoner årligen i upp till sex år och cirka 4-6 bidrag kommer kunna beviljas. Vetenskapsrådet planerar att utlysa bidraget vartannat år.

Syftet med satsningen är att ge forskargrupper möjligheten att utveckla tvärvetenskaplig forskning och tvärvetenskapliga forskningsmiljöer där nydanande kunskap kan förväntas. Forskargrupperna ska kombinera teorier, metoder, sakkunskap och/eller data från olika discipliner på ett sådant sätt att de öppnar upp för nya forskningsområden och forskningsansatser. Det här är en spännande möjlighet som bör passa flera av områdena inom DISA.

Vi stödjer redan idag i stor utsträckning tvärvetenskaplig forskning inom ramen för flera av våra andra utlysningar. Men vi ser ett behov av en särskild satsning som ger forskargrupper från vitt skilda områden möjligheten att samarbeta över en längre tid och skapa de bryggor mellan discipliner som behövs för tvärvetenskapliga forskningsgenombrott, säger Sven Stafström, generaldirektör vid Vetenskapsrådet.

Här hittar du mer information om utlysningen.



March 28th, 2018

The findings, experiences, and ideas that emerge from research have traditionally been utilized through academic publication and teaching programs. However, academic impact alone is no longer enough for a successful research career. With the growing emphasis in the research funding landscape on maximizing impact beyond academia, it is increasingly important that researchers reach wider society by embedding non-academic impact strategies in their projects, by working with a range of non-academic partners, and by using ever more innovative methods of dissemination and utilization. This course showcases a range of approaches researchers can employ to ensure that their research has impact and relevance beyond universities. It will also provide students with tools that will help them best communicate the value of their work to research funding agencies and potential investors.

The course is offered to PhD students in all disciplines from Linnaeus University and three other universities. The course consists of three mandatory seminars in the autumn of 2018 (Örebro, Östersund and Stockholm) provided by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Karlstad University. The innovation office Fyrklövern covers the cost of your course travel and accommodation. The course is taught in English.

You can apply to the course from 1st March at 9:00 AM. Please send your application to by 11th May. You should provide your name, department, contact details, and a short description (max. 100 words) of your research project. Please ensure that you obtain your supervisor’s approval for attending the course, and also state their name in your application email.

For more information see course description or contact Mathias Gaunitz, Grants and innovation office at Linnaeus University


Conference: VINCI, August 13-15 2018

March 26th, 2018

Welcome to the 11th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI ‘18) that is arranged in Växjö August 13-15, 2018.

The Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction (VINCI) is the premier international forum for researchers and industrial practitioners to discuss the state-of-the-art in visual communication theories, designs, and applications.

For more information and registration:

Registration latest on August 1, 2018.


Invited journal article presentation at ACM IUI 2018 in Tokyo

March 23rd, 2018

A journal article titled “Active Learning and Visual Analytics for Stance Classification with ALVA“, co-authored by a DISA researcher Andreas Kerren, was invited for a presentation at the ACM IUI 2018 conference which took place in the National Center of Sciences Building, Tokyo, Japan during March 7–11, 2018. The article was presented by Kostiantyn Kucher, a PhD student in Computer Science with the ISOVIS group at Linnaeus University.

ACM IUI 2018 was the 23rd annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community, where novel top-quality contributions in human-computer interaction, information visualization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning were presented. The main topics of interest during the conference seemed to be interactive machine learning (iML) and user interfaces for explainable artificial intelligence (XAI).

Our article presented at IUI is very much relevant to these topics: it describes a visual analytics environment ALVA that is designed for annotation of textual data, management of an active learning classifier, and visual analysis of the intermediate data. ALVA was previously developed as part of the finished VR-funded StaViCTA project for stance analysis of social media texts, and we plan to adapt and apply it for future tasks in DISA research.

//Kostiantyn Kucher

Stort grattis till eHälsoområdet inom DISA!

March 21st, 2018

Området eHälsa får nu ytterligare förstärkning under tre år med medel för att skapa en strategisk plattform för forskning och som samverkar med det omgivande samhället. Här finns alltså möjligheter att knyta ihop tvärvetenskaplig forskning vid olika fakulteterna med forskningen inom DISA

En strategisk plattform ska utmärkas av att den bedriver forskning inom ett ämnesområde med viss bredd och samverkar med aktörer i samhället. En plattform ska involvera medarbetare från minst tre fakulteter, ha strategisk angelägenhetsgrad och även utvecklingspotential. Ledningen har också prioriterat områden med potential för extern finansiering.

För mer information kontakta Göran Petersson, Professor i hälsoinformatik inriktning läkemedelsvetenskap, verksamhetsledare för eHälsoinstitutet och vår forskningskoordinator för eHälsomorådet inom DISA


Seed funding available to get started with new research collaborations.

March 1st, 2018

We are now offer the possibility of running seed-projects within Linnaeus University Centre on Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA).The seed projects are intended to promote and nurture excellence research, development, and innovation in data intensive sciences and application with cross-discipline collaboration.

DISA can finance up to 100 000 SEK to initiate research cooperation with a connection to data intensive sciences and applications. The seed-project should lead up to an application for external funding.

The consortium should consist of one or more researches from the DISA-consortium in close collaboration with other researchers in order to build strong cross-discipline collaboration. It is important that all members in the consortium have an active role in the seed project. Please describe the different roles in the proposal. Industry/public sector collaboration is a plus.

The evaluation criteria include relevance of the proposal for the operational and strategic goals of DISA, feasibility of the project activity and chances to succeed with an application for external funding within the project time.

The deadline for new proposals are the last day of each month. The group of coordinators of research within DISA takes a decision at their monthly meetings and you will get feedback on your proposal before the end of the month.

For more information about the process and how to apply click here.

Good luck!