you are warmly invited to the DARIAH-FI Christmas Workshop on December 19. The venue is one of my favorites in Helsinki: Minerva Plaza K226, the birthplace of many successful DH projects in Finland. Since January 2022, our network has been building new tools, datasets, and data pipelines designed for SSH research, and now it is the harvest time. Without the generous funding from the Academy of Finland our hard work would not have been possible, so yet again I would like to thank wise people making wise and impactful decisions.
The aim of the workshop is to show how our infrastructure can help researchers conduct even better research in the 21st century. If this sounds too bold, think about Tolstoy for a moment. As a young man, he wanted to write the ”history of yesterday”, that is, to recount all the impressions, thoughts, and events occurring to him within a single day. Tolstoy gave up after three weeks; the chaos of everyday life was too much to be tamed by one man. Now jump mentally from the year 1851 to 2023 and from one individual to humanity as a whole. Each day we produce more than 300 billion emails, perhaps 500 million tweets, nearly 4 million YouTube videos…you get the picture. The volume of data available for research increases day after day, and if humanists and social scientists want to make sense of this great abundance, our traditional methods need to be combined with new modes of thinking. And this is why DARIAH-FI was born; by bringing together talented researchers, coders, librarians, and archivists, we can better understand those complex histories of human existence.
By coming to our workshop, you learn about latest computational tools and machine-readable datasets, you hear how real researchers have addressed real research questions with the help of our services, and most importantly, you have an opportunity to discuss with like-minded people interested in the future of humanities and social sciences. Everyone is welcome, from students to professors, from Excel novices to R wizards, from historians to computer scientists. Your sincere feedback is all we seek.
Sign up here by December 1:
See you in Helsinki,
Risto Turunen, National Coordinator of DARIAH-FI