A blog about the Master Programme in Digital Humanities at Uppsala University

Author: The DH Faculty

Library and information science courses offered for second year DH master students

Information management and information structures, taught week 35-39, autumn 2022

What is this course about? 

The course Information management and information structures introduces multiple theoretical and practical perspectives on knowledge/information/data management. Specifically,  it covers data, information, and knowledge management from information studies’ and digital humanities’ perspectives and explores practical implementations at organizational, cultural, and individual levels. It is offered at the Master’s Programmes in Digital Humanities and Library and Information Science simultaneously and therefore has an intrinsically collaborative nature.

What are two good examples of tasks/assignments/workshops that the students will engage in during the course?

Final group project assignment invites students to practice methods for analyzing and developing knowledge/information/data management – crucial skills for library, information and digital humanities professionals working for example with resource or content management or data curation. The assignment is to analyze a knowledge/information/data management case, paying particular attention to how knowledge/information/data for organizational or scholarly purposes can be managed both by technology and systems and by cultures and behaviors.

What relevance(s) does the course have for a DH student?

As it was mentioned by one of the students in the course’s evaluation survey “Management in organizations was especially helpful [takeaway] and would be a great asset when you start working”. 

Digital Libraries, taught week 40-44, autumn 2022

What is the course about?

In the course Digital Libraries, the students acquire relevant knowledge about methods and theories for approaching issues of information access, digitization, metadata, organization, and user behaviour. The students will also learn to critically examine issues relating libraries and knowledge organizations.

What are two good examples of tasks/assignments/workshops that the students will engage in during the course?

The students are asked to 1) examine and discuss texts relating to important and current research problems within a library information context, e.g., gender and sustainability issues. They are also asked to 2) prepare a presentation on the topic of digitization and approach this topic from a critical perspective.   

What relevance(s) does the course have for a DH student?

The course prepares the students for further studies of information related topics on a PhD level. By providing them with knowledge about the library as a social institution, it also gives the student insight into a job context in which DH skills are very much sought-after.

Foundations of Library and Information Studies, taught week 50-02, autumn 2022

What is the course about?

The course Foundations of Library and Information Studies introduces library and information studies as a research field situated between humanities and social sciences. The course also provides insight into tone-setting research of library and information studies, and into theoretical and empirical approaches common to the field.

What are two good examples of tasks/assignments/workshops that the students will engage in during the course?

The students are asked to 1) compose a research proposal and 2) to prepare an oral presentation. Both assignments constitute valuable skills that are necessary within the academia.  

What relevance(s) does the course have for a DH student?

The students acquire understanding of important information perspectives and research approaches within both information studies and digital humanities.

Introduktion till Zotero / Introduction to Zotero Online

Our university library course in the introductory course serires we will help you get started using Zotero.

Course contents:

  • Save references to Zotero from journal databases, library catalogues and web pages
  • Add references manually for material that cannot be automatically imported
  • Attach PDF files
  • Organise your Zotero library
  • Insert citations and create bibliographies in your document
  • Add more reference styles and change format for your references
  • Use Zotero in Google Docs (if there is an interest)
  • Synchronise your references with Zotero.org
  • Share references and collaborate
  • Create backups

This course is free of charge and available for students and employees at Uppsala University.

If requested, the course will be given in English.

Before the course starts, please download the Zotero software and a Zotero Connector to your web browser: https://www.zotero.org/download/.

Date:

Friday February 25th 2022

Time:

10:15 – 11:30

Audience:

  Anställd/forskare/researcher     Doktorand/Ph.D. Student     Student  

Categories:

  Zotero  

Online:

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Registration is required. https://libcal.ub.uu.se/event/3831839

Introduktion till GIS och geodata / Introduction to GIS and geodata

Uppsala University Library offers opportunities for DH scholars to develop deep learning of digital tools for DH resarch. There is a workshop on GIS coming soon.

In this workshop you will learn about using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and geodata in your research. We will look into how you can find and/or create geodata and how you can analyse and visualise this data in QGIS.

In preparation of the workshop, you need to install QGIS on your computer. Software and installation instructions can be found here. QGIS is open source software and is therefore free to download and use. If you already have a data set you want to work with, i.e. a list of place names or a downloaded data set with coordinates, please bring this with you to the workshop.

No previous experience is required.

If requested, the course will be given in English.

Related LibGuide: Databearbetning och -analys

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021 Time: 10:15 – 11:30 Audience:   Anställd/forskare/researcherDoktorand/Ph.D. StudentStudent   Categories:   Databearbetning och -analys / Data Processing and Analysis   Online: This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Please see more information on the university library website.

Preparations for KBLab’s TM Workshop on date 2021-11-09

Preparation instructions for those that are interested in Topic Modelling workshops with KBLab (forwarded message from KBLab research co-ordinator:

Hi,

Welcome to KBLab’s workshop on Topic Modeling!

The workshop will be structured as follows:

·       Tuesday 9th November, 09.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 14.00

·       Wednesday 10th November, 13.00 – 13.45, for a session to discuss a small interpretative assignment that you’ll be given on Tuesday.

All you need to participate on Tuesday is:

1.       Zoom-link:

Meeting URL:https://kb-se.zoom.us/j/63318805820
Meeting ID:633 1880 5820

2.       Follow ”Option 1” under Preparations here:

https://github.com/love-borjeson/tm_ws_cloud

To guarantee we can get started straight away, please check you can reach the project page in RStudio Cloud before the workshop. If you have any problems doing so, just drop us a line (kblabb@kb.se).

The Zoom-link for Wednesday’s discussion session is:

Meeting URL:https://kb-se.zoom.us/j/69532604963
Meeting ID:695 3260 4963

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday morning!

Kind regards,

Chris

Chris Haffenden, PhD

Research Co-ordinator, KBLab


National Library of Sweden
PO Box 5039
SE-104 51 Stockholm
Visits: Humlegården, Stockholm
Phone: +46 10 709 31 91

E-mail: chris.haffenden@kb.se
Web: www.kb.se/kblab

Topic Modeling Workshop with KBLab

National Library of Sweden is organizing a great event on Topic Modeling Workshop. You are warmly welcome!

See detailed information on their webpage and also forwarded as below:

What is topic modeling and how does it work in practice? How do the choices that we make in building such models affect the eventual output? And why is interpretation key to making sense of the results?

Kollage av SOU och dagstidningar.

Over the past decade, topic modeling has become an established method for researchers working with large volumes of data in the social sciences and humanities. Yet despite its proliferation, the approach remains more often feared than practiced – and more often flirted with than well understood.

This workshop at KBLab offers a practically-orientated introduction to the methodology of topic modeling. The first session gives a hands-on tour of making topic models within the widely-used program, R; while the second session explores the process of interpreting such models. Through practical exposure to the mechanics of topic modeling, we provide participants with the skills – and the curiosity – to consider using this approach in their own research projects.

How to participate?

The workshop will be held online via Zoom, in English, and is entirely free of charge. We welcome participants from across the spectrum of the digital social sciences and humanities, and no prior experience of programming is necessary. While open to all, including researchers and Masters students, space will be prioritized for PhD candidates.

Places are limited, so please get in touch if you are interested in taking part!

Workshop with KBlab

Where: Zoom
When: Session 1: Tuesday 9th November, 09.00 – 14.00 (with breaks).
Session 2: Wednesday 10th November, 1 hour discussion groups between 13.00 – 16.00.
How to apply: Send an e-mail to kblabb@kb.se by Friday 29th October.

About KBLab

KBLab is a national infrastructure for data-driven research at the National Library of Sweden (KB). Beyond supporting large-scale analysis of KB’s collections by pioneering research projects in the humanities and social science, we also use the library’s vast data resources to train and release open-source language models that are being used by a wide variety of actors in the public sector and beyond. Read more about KBLab here.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the workshop, or about our work at the lab in general.

Interesting seminars at the deparment and faculty – join!

Teaching Digital Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Center for Digital Humanities Uppsala (CDHU)

Their webpage: https://www.abm.uu.se/cdhu-eng/events-en/event-en/eventdetail-en/?eventId=62720

  • Date: 22 September, 14:15–16:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Johan Jarlbrink, Fredrik Norén, Thomas Nygren, Kristen Schuster
  • Organiser: CDHU
  • Last day of registration: 9/21/2021 at. 2:00 PM.
  • Contact person: Karl Berglund
  • Sign up for this event
  • Seminarium

Research in the humanities and social sciences are increasingly incorporating digital methods, but integrating such elements in teaching at the BA and MA levels is not always easy. Do all students need to learn some basic statistics? What about technical and more hands-on skills? Are digital methods to be seen as a special branch, to be taught in e.g. the digital humanities? And are there innovative (digital) ways to teach digital methods? This seminar gathers four scholars from different backgrounds to engage in these and related questions.

Presentation 1: Kristen Schuster: “Bridging Research and Practice with Methods and Methodologies”

Presentation 2: Fredrik Norén & Johan Jarlbrink: “Editing a Textbook on Digital Methods”

Presentation 3: Thomas Nygren: “Games for Change: Working (and Playing) with the Public to Collect and Analyze Text”

Kristen Schuster is lecturer in digital curation in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. One of her core areas of teaching focuses on developing sustainable interdisciplinary research methods.

Fredrik Norén is PhD in media and communication and a senior research assistant at Humlab – the digital humanities center at Umeå University – with a special focus on digital text analysis.

Johan Jarlbrink is associate professor at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University, where he is also the director of studies.

Thomas Nygren is associate professor of history and education and senior lecturer at the Department of Education, Uppsala University.

The seminar will be held digitally in Zoom and is open to everyone interested. You do, however, need to register before the event.

Interdisciplinary possibilities, practices and challenges – an exploratory seminar series at Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS)

Their webpage: https://www.humsam.uu.se/circus/evenemang/interdisciplinary-possibilities/

Aim

The aim of the seminar series is to expand our collaborative understanding of different aspects of performing interdisciplinary research. The series is meant to be a collectively maintained venue for discussing the practices, challenges, and opportunities with cross-disciplinary research endeavours.

Themes

The series has several running themes where you can choose to follow all of the seminars or follow a theme of your choice.

  • Practices and skills: seminars designed to discuss various skill-sets and practices specific to working in interdisciplinary contexts. Topics include collaborative writing, seminar cultures, publishing strategies, developing research ideas and grant applications etc.
  • Career: seminaries designed for early-career researchers who are already working across disciplines or who are interested in initiating interdisciplinary research. Topics include careers paths, challenges in switching disciplines, professional identity and self-imagery etc.
  • Leadership: seminars designed for principal investigators, project leaders and participants in interdisciplinary collaborative projects. Topics include challenges and practices in leading a cross-disciplinary research group, designing and developing group cohesion etc.

Seminars Autumn 2021 at CIRCUS

Welcome to CIRCUS’ seminar series on interdisciplinary possibilities, practices and challenges. We are planning to host the first seminar of the semester on Zoom. The link to the Zoom room will be sent to registered participants. The second seminar in November will be held at the Old Observatory, restrictions permitted. That means that we will have a limited number of seats. More information on how to register will follow in September.

September 28, 13:15-15:00: Leadership – Lessons from Editing Cross-Disciplinary Scholarly Collections (in English)
This seminar centres on the practice of putting together edited collections that bring together scholars from a few or several different disciplines. The edited collection is sometimes being frowned upon in terms of merits. Yet, the collaborative practice of making a cross-disciplinary edited volume can provide many valuable results and lessons. It can be important for fostering new and inspiring conversations and research trajectories. Moreover, the editorial crafting of something concrete and held together like an edited volume provides ample valuable lessons for leading other inter- or multi- disciplinary scholarly endeavours. The seminar will thus provide several insights into the editorial craft and why it may be something worthwhile to try for your own development as well as for broader scholarly benefits. We will also look at how lessons learned from such practices can be valuable when being in other cross-disciplinary situations.

November 26, 13:15-15:00: Career – Academic Housekeeping and its Effect on Interdisciplinary Early-Career Development (in English).
This seminar deals with the theme of academic housekeeping, that is, important but ‘menial’ tasks that keep a research environment strong but that are not necessarily credited as formal academic merits. Examples include reading manuscripts for colleagues, organising social events, emotional mentoring of peers, and taking part in committees on equality and work environment issues. Taking the time to perform academic housework can have negative effects on a person’s career advancement in academic cultures of ‘publish or perish’ where only certain valuable contributions are counted. If you work in an interdisciplinary research setting the issue of uncounted valuable contributions might be further alleviated given the time and effort required to negotiate and administer cross-cutting collaborations. In this seminar, we discuss who performs academic housekeeping in our research environments with a focus on its effect on early-career development and in particular if or how interdisciplinary oriented scholars are particularly affected. We will look at current research on the allocation of academic housekeeping and discuss ways to increase solidarity between staff and how to turn academic housekeeping into visible labour.

Please join and share!

New term starts!

Welcome everyone! Now we have started the autumn term! It’s been a wonderful introduction meeting for the first year students at the program of Digital Humanities this Monday. It is great that the second year students have already charged new energy and some have started planning the thesis project. It feels nice to meet in person, although we have to keep causious still for COVID-19. Wish everyone of us will have a fruitful autumn term 2021!