Seminar invitation: Beyond programming as primary computing skill

Friday, 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

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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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.


Invited journal article presentation at ACM IUI 2018 in Tokyo

Friday, 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

Seed funding available to get started with new research collaborations.

Thursday, 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!


Call for Papers – Digital Humanities Congress 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

The University of Sheffield’s Digital Humanities Institute is delighted to announce its Call for Papers for a three-day conference to be held in Sheffield, 6th – 8th September 2018. The Digital Humanities Congress is a conference held in Sheffield every two years. Its purpose is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.

Digital humanities is understood by Sheffield to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. As such, proposals related to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and heritage domains are welcome. Proposals are welcome from academics, researchers, postgraduate students, professionals from within the cultural, heritage and information sectors, technologists and SMEs. Proposals are welcome from UK and international contributors. Contributors can propose individual papers, or sessions of three or more papers on a related theme.

Koraljka Golub from the Digital Humanities environment here at Linnaeus University encourage you to submit a paper and/or attend the congress. The deadline for submitting papers are on February 28th. For more information about the call see the congress website.


Welcome to DISA-DH Winter seminar February 16th

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Welcome to the DISA-DH Winter Seminar. This is an opportunity for our researcher to present results/research-oriented parts that focuses on ongoing/completed research activities in the Digital Humanities field. As a participant you get to listen to the ongoing work and maybe even find potential collaborations.

  • When? Friday 16 Feb, 2018 at 8.30–15.30
  • Where? Lammhultsrummet in the F-building at the Linnaues University
  • Sign up by e-mailing Mikko Laitinen


9.00–9.30 Morning coffee

9.30–9.45 Opening (Mikko Laitinen)

9.45–10.15 Koraljka GolubAutomatic indexing on DIVA

10.15–10.45 Pernilla SeversonThe politics of women: Digital archives in journalism history

10.45–11.15 Daniel Sundberg & Johan Nilsson Papa Revisited: A Corpus-Stylistic Perspective on Hemingway’s Authorship

11.15–11.45 Aris Alissandrakis Using Virtual & Augmented Reality in the Digital Humanities

11.45–12.00 Alexander Lakaw The effects of sentiment on agreement with collective nouns

12.00–13.00 Self-funded lunch

13.00–14.00 A guest lecture by Professor Pelle Snickars, Umeå University KBLab and DH environments in Sweden (preliminary title)

14.00–14.15 Coffee

14.15–15.30 Discussion and next steps



Seminar in Statistics “Estimating deformation of polar ice”

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The department of statistics would like to invite you to the Seminar in Statistics that will be held at their department on December 12th. The presentation under title “Estimating deformation of polar ice” will be given by Professor Aila Särkkä from Chalmers University of Technology. Seminar starts at 14:00 in room K2084V. No sign-up is required.



Analysis of deep polar ice cores has become an important tool for deriving climate information from the past. Interpretation of ice core records requires an accurate dating of the ice. The recent dating relies on models where the key element is the simulation of the individual history of ice deformation for each specific core site. We present a two-stage method for the estimation of the deformation history in polar ice using the measured anisotropy of air inclusions from deep ice cores. First, we fit ellipsoids to the pattern of point-to-point distance vectors to estimate the direction of anisotropy. Then, we estimate the scale of anisotropy by identifying the back-transformation resulting in the most isotropic pattern. Finally, the method is applied to estimate the compression in polar ice air bubble patterns.

For more information please contact: Jolanta Pielaszkiewicz,

HiPEAC Computing Systems Week 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Stuttgart (DE) hosted the HiPEAC Computing Systems Week from Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2017. Considering that in Stuttgart are located large automotive companies, such as Bosch, Daimler, and Porsche, and about 1500 SMEs, the focus of this event was on mobility. Mobility is of crucial interest for computing community in Europe. We had two representatives there from DISA Sabri Pllana, from Computer Science at Linnaeus University and Henrik Jansson, logistics from Södra.

According to Sandro D’Elia, Programme Officer in the Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry Unit of the EC DG CONNECT, in 2022 an average car will comprise electronic components worth € 6000. The trend towards cooperative and autonomic mobility poses many Big Data challenges that we need to address in the upcoming period. Therefore, five European projects (CHIPSET, Mobility4EU, SISSDEN, OPTIMUM, BalticSatApps) and a large Swedish company (Södra) met in Stuttgart to discuss about “Big Data in Mobility and Transport.” Presentations of participants highlighted various complementary aspects including, computer science methods and infrastructures for Big Data, visions for future of mobility in Europe, security aspects, and multi-modal vehicle routing optimization.

During discussion the participants discovered areas for future cooperation, and future dialogue between participants (such as, AIT and Södra) was planned. Sabri and Henrik are grateful to HiPEAC for providing an excellent meeting infrastructure and we are looking forward to here more about future cooperation.