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

VINCI 2018 – CALL FOR PAPERS (extended deadline)

Thursday, 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



Conference: VINCI, August 13-15 2018

Monday, 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.


Join the Data Governance Conference, Oxford, UK, 20-21st March

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Anna Wingkvist, senior lecturer in Computer Science wants to inform you about this conference in Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK, 20-21/03/2018. Linnaeus university is a part of the Human Brain Project that is mentioned below and we will be represented at the conference.

On the conference website the say the following: “From its inception, the Human Brain Project has pursued questions of data governance. It has now developed a set of data policy principles and practices that foster research collaboration. The Data Governance working group, in collaboration with the UK ORBIT Project, will host this two-day conference to bring together international expertise and cutting-edge research on the topic of data governance in large collaborative neuro-ICT projects. Our purpose in doing so is to clarify current practice, identify obstacles and barriers and propose future ways of organizing data governance, particularly in the context of the GDPR coming into effect.

If you have any thoughts or questions, please contact Anna Wingkvist.


Forskningsseminarium: Bättre vård när patienter är delaktiga

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Tekniska lösningar sägs vara svaret för att klara välfärden när befolkningen åldras. Men hur gör man så att individen ska känna sig trygg med tekniken?

Linda Askenäs, lektor i information vid Linnéuniversitetet presenterar och diskuterar under seminariet sin forskning om hur man introducerar tekniska lösningar för att skapa tryggare och bättre vård.

Det är viktigt att patienter och äldre får vara innovatörer och känna sig delaktiga i processen, säger Linda Askenäs.

  • När? Fredag 9 mars Klockan 13.15-14.45
  • Var? eHälsoinstitutet, Bredbandet 1, Varvsholmen; Kalmar
  • Anmälan: skicka ett mejl till eller ring 0480-49 71 62 (Senast 7/3 då vi ska beställa fika)

Seminariet är del i den seminarieserie som arrangeras av eHälsoinstitutet och forskningsgruppen för eHälsa inom Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA)

Se våra liveinspelade forskningsseminarium och program för våren 2018 på


Workshop invitation: “The Beautiful Science of Data Visualisation”

Friday, February 16th, 2018

We are pleased to invite you to attend a workshop on the topic “The Beautiful Science of Data Visualisation” that will be held at Linnaeus University

  • When? March, 2nd between 13:00-15:00
  • Where? D1136 (D Building).

This workshop will be given by Thierry Driver, Academic Program Strategist at Tableau Software. The aim of this event is to give an overview about the features of Tableau and how it helps people see and understand data. During this workshop, participants will get an introduction to Data Visualisation, including visualisation best practices and hands-on activities with the software.

As space is limited, the confirmation of your attendance will be greatly appreciated. Please complete the online registration form for the workshop.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact:

Alisa Lincke
Thierry Driver

For the program and more information about the workshop click here.


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.


Inbjudan Forskningsseminarium 2/2: Äldre stängs ute i det digitala samhället

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

400 000 äldre i Sverige saknar idag helt någon form av apparat att koppla upp sig digitalt med. Ny forskningvisar att det inte bara är en övergående generationsfråga.

Regeringen satsar på digitalisering som ska lösa utmaningarna med en åldrande befolkning. Samtidigt visar forskning att var femte äldre stängs ute i det digitala samhället.
– Det beror bl.a. på faktorer som äldres ekonomi och att teknik och kunskap bör uppdateras regelbundet, vilket vi tenderar att få allt svårare att klara av, säger Dino Viscovi, forskare och lektor i medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap, Linnéuniversitetet.

Tid: Fredag 2 Februari klockan 10.00-11.30 (Vi bjuder på fika från 9.30)
Plats: eHälsoinstitutet Varvsholmen, Kalmar (Adress Bredbandet 1)

Anmäl dig genom att skicka ett mejl till

Forskningsseminariet kommer också att sändas via länken

Det här är andra delen i vår serie forskningsseminarier eHälsa som eHälsoinstitutet och DISA eHealth bjuder in till våren 2018.


Digital Humanities Seminar: Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism – Arwid Lund

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Arwid Lund, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University will give a talk within the emerging field of Digital Humanities (DH) that is a part of the DH Seminar series hosted by the Digital Humanities Initiative at the Linnaeus University.

  • Date: 6 December 2017
  • Time: 13:00-14:00
  • Location: K1040, Building K, Växjö

Abstract: Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism, Arwid Lund

The digital world has transformed the conditions for discussing freedom within liberalism. Private property more obviously clashes with the freedom of speech (the public sphere), when the costs of mediated and reproduced art, journalism, information and literature nears zero and the exchange of these takes fluid forms, similar to social communication. The concept of “open”, similar but still opposite to “free”, has taken on an accentuated ideological importance in this context, but so have also alternative visions of intellectual commons. This article contains a case study of Open Knowledge Network’s perspective on openness’ relation to private property and capitalism in the informational field. It does so first through an analysis of the network’s understanding of the copyleft principle, and second through an analysis of the organisation’s view on open business models. A theoretical reading of classical political perspectives on the concept of freedom supports the analysis. One result is the identification of a central ideological lacuna in absent discussions of unconditionally opened-up resources that strengthen the accumulation cycle of capital. This logic favours the negative freedom of closed business models in the competition with open ones that could foster more positive notions of freedom, although open business models are generally advocated and commons are mentioned as desirable. In a dominant ideological formation, openness is used to promote its opposite in the economic field. (more…)