Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop I | Workshop II | Workshop III | Workshop IV


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Pre-conference Workshop I: "Transkribus: Handwritten Text Recognition technology for historical documents"

Content

Transkribus (https://transkribus.eu/Transkribus/) is a platform for the automated recognition, transcription and searching of handwritten historical documents.  Transkribus is part of the EU-funded Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ) (http://read.transkribus.eu/) project. The core mission of the READ project is to make archival material more accessible through the development and dissemination of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) and other cutting-edge technologies.

The workshop is aimed at researchers and students who are interested in the transcription, searching and publishing of historical documents.  It will introduce participants to the technology behind the READ project and demonstrate the Transkribus transcription platform.  Our team has already conducted 30 similar workshops over the course of 2016, including several sessions with digital humanities scholars and students.

Transkribus can be freely downloaded from the Transkribus website.  Participants will be instructed to create a Transkribus account and install Transkribus on their laptops in advance of the workshop. They should bring their laptops along to the workshop.

Organisator

Finnish National Archive

Schedule

Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Time: 10-13

Room

Publicum, seminar room Pub361 (3rd floor)

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Pre-conference Workshop II: "Social Networks and Identity Formation: Combining Statistical, Geo- and Text Data to Mobilise Knowledge. Case Study of Norwegian Migration to the USA (1870-1920)"

Content

The workshop will demonstrate computer mediated ways of combining statistical, geo- and text data to study social networks and identity formation. We offer a tutorial in using linked data and interactive tools for visualisation on a map of statistical and textual data by demonstrating the possibilities of OpenRefine, Carto, Plot.ly and Jupiter Notebook. The potentials of these tools for studying social networks and identity formation will be shown by using the example of Norwegian-Americal migration to the USA (1870-1920). We will show how to conduct dynamic visualisations of social networks on a map linking these visualisations to text data. Computer mediated ways of studying social networks have knowledge mobilising affects as they enable perceiving social networks (and migration as a case) as spatio-temporal phenomenona. Data visualisations of space, time, statistics and texts - have performative materiality as they open a free room for a researcher to come up with his/her own narrative about the studied phenomenon of historical migrants' networks. We gain answers to major comparative questions: How did regional backgrounds of Norwegian immigrants influence their writings in the USA? Did their regional Norwegian identities hold up after immigration? The tutorial will enable participants to use computer tools for studying their own examples of social networks and identity formation. All computations were made possible by using openly accessible data from the National Archives of Norway and National Library of Norway and using collaboratively produced, open code.

Organisator

National Library of Norway & National Archives of Norway

Schedule

Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Time: 14-17

Room

Publicum, seminar room Pub361 (3rd floor)

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Pre-conference Workshop III: "Network analysis with R"

Content

This pre-conference workshop is an introductory workshop on network analysis with the statistical package R. The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Network data preparation and import in R
  • Data manipulation in R
  • Network visualisations with iGraph
  • Network analysis and interpretation with R
  • Using Visone with R

Organisator

Dr Kimmo Elo, University of Helsinki, Contemporary history

Schedule

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Time: 10-13

Room

Publicum, seminar room Pub361 (3rd floor)

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Pre-conference Workshop IV: "nodegoat: Conceptualise and Set Up a Historical Network Research Workflow"

Content

nodegoat (http://​nodegoat.​net/​) is a web-based data management, network analysis and visualisation environment. nodegoat allows scholars to build datasets based on their own data model and offers relational modes of analysis with spatial and diachronic contextualisation. By combining these elements within one environment, scholars are able to instantly process, analyse and visualise complex datasets relationally, diachronically and spatially; trailblazing. nodegoat follows an object-oriented approach throughout its core functionalities. Borrowing from actor-network theory this means that people, events, artefacts, and sources are treated as equal: objects, and hierarchy depends solely on the composition of the network: relations. This object-oriented approach advocates the self-identification of individual objects and maps the correlation of objects within the collective.

During the workshop participants will learn how to enter data into nodegoat and learn how to create their own research environment in nodegoat. Participants will be able to produce diachronic geographic and social network visualisations in nodegoat. No prior knowledge is required to attend this workshop. Participants are required to bring their own laptop to the workshop. No new software has to be installed, as you only need to use a (modern) browser.

Organisator

LAB1100 is a research and development firm established in 2011 by Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels. Their joint skill set in new media, history, and software development allows them to conceptualise and develop complex software applications. Working together with universities, research institutes, and musea, LAB1100 has built the digital research platform nodegoat and produces interactive data visualisations.

Schedule

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Time: 14-17

Room

Publicum, seminar room Pub361 (3rd floor)

 

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