On Wednesday May 8, CDHU hosted an Open House at the English Park Campus. We welcomed anyone interested in learning more about the work we do, and some of the projects we have worked with. It was a great opportunity to meet with colleagues and others across the university, and discuss digital humanities and social sciences!

Attendees were able to listen to presentations not only about CDHU, but also from our partners at the university’s research data support and UPPMAX.

Our Deputy Director Matts Lindström introducing CDHU

We also had presentations from former pilotees who talked about their experiences of working on a pilot project with the CDHU, and how it resulted in research funding applications. This included a presentation by Guy Dammann (Department of Philosophy) about his project Aesthetic Cognitivism and the Prospects of Criticism and Ashleigh Harris (Department of English) with her African Literary Metadata project, which received an ERC grant earlier this year.

Two of our more recent pilot projects were also presented. Alexandra Brankova (Department of Informatics and Media, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies) together with our research engineer Dalia Ortiz Pablo presented their work on VKontakte Data Scraping: Understanding audience engagement, patterns and content Hyperconnectivity. After that our research engineer Sushruth Badri together with Johan Ericsson (Department of Economic History) and Viktor Persarvet (Department of Economic History) presented the project Automated Procedure for Extraction and Collection of Historical Sales Deeds Data.

The event finished with mingling, some nice snacks and an opportunity to take a look at some of our project posters.

On 1 June we open applications for next academic year’s pilot projects. Read more about it on our website and if you are employed at UU and working in the humanities and social sciences field, make sure to apply! The deadline for applications is 15 September.