Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

16.1.2020 at 13:00 - 6.5.2020 at 23:59


Belongs to module Digital Humanities (LDA-H50030).

Mandatory course for those taking the module.

The course is available to students from all study tracks and other degree programmes.

LDA-H501 for humanities students with no experience of programming. Computer science and other students with sufficient programming skills (ask the coordinating teacher if you think you have sufficient skills) may join the course without completion of LDA-H501.

The course is part of the digital humanities 30 cr module, the recommended optional studies vary annually depending on what courses are offered (for this check Helsinki Digital Humanities / Heldig.fi website).

This course aims to bring together students and researchers of humanities, social sciences and computer science, for a week of active co-operation in groups under the heading of Digital Humanities. The student after the course has an enhanced ability to work in a multidisciplinary way. This will also broaden her understanding of digital humanities and what is possible to achieve in the humanities with the use of digital methods.

Helsinki Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies Hack­a­thon #DH­H20

#DH­H20 will be postponed until autumn due to the coronavirus situation - new dates will be announced later.

* Application period is open until further notice - register your interest for participation now to keep informed about #DHH20: http://bit.ly/32PdOna. A show of interest now will not tie you into anything beyond your control.

* If you have already registered and would like to participate in #DHH20 in autumn, no further action is needed at the moment. If you would like to cancel your registration, please email us: dhh-hackathon ( at ) helsinki.fi

For more information on this year's hackathon, including the themes, data, team leaders, and what the hackathon was like in previous years, see: http://heldig.fi/dhh20

This course aims to bring together students and researchers of humanities, social sciences and computer science, for a week of active co-operation in groups under the heading of Digital Humanities.

Digital Humanities, as understood here, is the use of computer science to aid research in the humanities and social sciences (e.g. in fields like linguistics, literature, art, culture, history, sociology, and language philosophy). Currently, data of interest to researchers in the humanities is increasingly available in digital form. However, often the tools and understanding needed to turn that data into relevant conclusions are still lacking.

Here, collaboration across disciplines is essential. People in the humanities and social sciences have an in-depth understanding of their field, and are able to pose challenging research questions that could in theory be answered by digital collections. Computer scientists on the other hand are needed to solve the complex theoretical, algorithm and tool development challenges that currently stand in the way of such research.

The idea of this hackathon is to offer students and researchers from different backgrounds an opportunity to approach digital humanities through hands-on practice.

The course does not include any required literature other than the one possibly assigned during the course. The student may however consult, for example:

  • Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg (eds), Between humanities and the digital, MIT Press, 2015

  • David Berry, Understanding Digital Humanities, Palgrave McMillan, 2012

  • Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane and Ray Siemens (eds) Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, Routledge, 2017.

  • Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, R. and John Unsworth, A New Companion to Digital Humanities, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

The course will consist of intensive work in small groups formulating research questions with respect to particular data sets, application of particular methods and tools and presentation of the work at the end of the week. For activities undertaken in the course in 2016, see: http://dhh16.hiit.fi/

Work in group, presentation and an individual report; ; other assessment methods may also apply.

Grading scale: pass or fail.

The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching methods of the course.

Minerva Plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5 A

The course will be offered as contact teaching.

Completion of the course requires participation in small-group work for a full week during the intensive period.