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International Digital Humanities Symposium, 7-8 November 2016

The 1st International Digital Humanities Symposium took place in Växjö, Sweden, 7-8 November 2016. The symposium invited and challenged Nordic and European researchers and practitioners in related disciplines to Digital Humanities (DH) to present, discuss and demonstrate different possibilities, current efforts and upcoming trends in this emergent field.

Conference Programme and Book of Abstracts

Conference Objective and Scope

Recent developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and interactive applications are creating new social tools and conditions for people to connect and interact; therefore changing the ways we communicate, socialize and collaborate. These new forms of digital enhanced communication and collaboration have been rapidly adopted and integrated into people's everyday lives. Understanding the nature and consequences of these new interactions and social transformations is crucial if we want to design and shape a better future where digital technologies become an integral component of our life. One major challenge we have identified is the exploration of the two-way interactions between society and ICT with a focus on the Humanities. This particular orientation has the potential to become a key success factor for the values and competitiveness of many Nordic countries having in mind recent EU and Swedish political discussions in the field of Digital Humanities.

The symposium invited Nordic and European researchers and practitioners in related disciplines to Digital Humanities (DH) to present, discuss and demonstrate different possibilities, current efforts and upcoming trends in this emergent field.

The symposium was organized by Digital Humanities Initiative at Linnaeus University. Co-sponsored by Växjö Kommun, Växjö City Library, Big Data Consortium with funding from Linnaues University with Region Kronoberg and Regionförbundet i Kalmar län, IEC - Information Engineering Centre. Supported by DARIAH-EU.

Invited speakers:

Proposals were invited for the following categories:

Presentations (typically 15 minutes plus discussion time, potentially longer if warranted) on work related to the themes of the symposium (see below).
Interactive demos on work related to the themes of the symposium (see below).
Posters on work related to the themes of the symposium (see below).

Main conference themes

  1. Defining Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities are still an emerging field and exploring how the humanities may evolve through their engagement with technology is an important discussion topic.
  2. Cross-sector collaboration in Digital Humanities to address societal challenges. Digital Humanities bear the potential for the academic and public and private sectors to collaborate on interdisciplinary research and innovation to tackle societal challenges.
  3. Combining methodologies and approaches from different disciplines supported by computational tools. Special emphasis should be given to methodological issues of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Presentations/demonstrations/posters were selected from the following topics:

  1. Curating online collections of data and information resources
  2. Metadata and interoperability
  3. Data mining large cultural data sets
  4. Application of tools provided by computing (such as Hypertext, Hypermedia, data visualisation, information retrieval, data mining, text categorization, statistics, text mining, digital mapping) in the humanities
  5. Digital publishing
  6. Novel uses and applications of Interactive visualization techniques
  7. GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
  8. Multimedia games
  9. Digital story telling
  10. Social network analysis
  11. Bibliometrics /scientometrics / informetrics.

Program Committee

The symposium organizing committee

  • Koraljka Golub, Associate Professor (primary contact), Department of Library and Information Science, School of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University
  • Marcelo Milrad, Professor, Department of Media Technology, Faculty of Technology, Linnaeus University
  • Tamara Laketic, Project Assistant at Digital Humaniries Initiative, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University