As part of the conference, 3 workshops take place on November 1–2 and 6 workshops (in 2 parallel sessions) are held on November 3, 2017, organised in cooperation with Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics (GSLPS), ELM Astra project EKMDHUM and the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies for graduate students.

Workshops are open to everybody, participation is free of charge, pre-registration required.

Graduate students can earn 3 ECTS points. The requirements for receiving the points are the following:

– listening to conference presentations
– taking part in doctoral school workshops
– writing an essay based on the topics touched upon at the conference plenary lectures or doctoral school workshops (at least 5000 characters, emailed to by November 10, 2017)

The widening availability of open data has created a need for specific skills. The graduate school will open a discussion, lead by experts from around the world, about the benefits of open data to the society in general and to the humanities in particular. Lectures and workshops aim to increase the motivation to use open licences, open content and open data.

Graduate school is funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund, ASTRA project (EKMDHUM) and Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies and is organised by Estonian Literary Museum.

Workshop abstracts

Wed, Nov 1st 15:50-17:20

Aleksei Kelli “Copyright and cultural heritage”

The workshop focuses on the interaction of intellectual property (IP) and cultural heritage. Particular attention is given to copyright and related rights. During the workshop the following subjects are discussed: IP protected subject matter, authorial rights, exceptions and limitations, IP contracts. The discussion concentrates mainly on issues raised by participants. Every participant is expected to send a description of a (potentially) problematic case to the address by 25th of October.

Thu, Nov 2nd 14:40-16:10

Liam Wyatt “Bringing Wikipedia inside the cultural institution”

In his workshop we will discuss together the best-practices, good projects, and common concerns about having a direct relationship between a museum and the Wikimedia projects. Wikipedian-in-Residence is just the start!

Krista Liin “Language annotation workflows in your web browser”

There are many ways to enrich your text automatically – you may want to find all the words in the text, sort them by frequency, find the sentence structures, annotate any organizations or add geographic coordinates to place names that occur in the text. There are also language technology tools available to do that, but installing them on your computer or trying to make them work together can be troublesome. In the workshop you will learn to use workflow managers Keeleliin (for Estonian) and Weblicht (several European languages) – web environments where you can upload your text to be annotated. The tools that have been added there can be used and chained together with little effort and the results can be downloaded or shared with your colleagues or students.

Fri, Nov 3rd 9:00-12:15

Dolly Jørgensen “Blogs as Research Communication”

In this workshop, Professor Dolly Jørgensen will discuss how an online blog can be used as a research communication tool. The participants in the workshop will have an opportunity to write up a blog post. Before the workshop, participants need to select a ’thing’ (object, image, sounds recording, etc) from their own research/museum to write about. The selected object should be something that the participant can tell a story about and work through the kind of evidence that might be mobilized to tell that story as well as the audiences for it. Each person should come to the workshop with a digital file of their ‘thing’ that can be used in the blog post. Participants should bring a laptop if possible so that each person can work on the blog posts during writing time. I’ll be asking the participants to think about how consciously writing for an interdisciplinary audience rather than specialists might change the way they think and write. I want them to think about what they can take for granted that a reader knows and what they need to explain on the blog.

Tiiu Tarkpea, Maksim Mišin “Resources of Open Data”

The idea of Open Sciense comprises access to open research data, that should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). The workshop will introduce data repositories and registries, paying extra attention to DataCite (free for Estonian researchers), OpenAIRE portal (Horizon 2020 results) and DataDOI (University of Tartu repository). The findability of datasets depends on metadata. The minimal requirements for metadata will be discussed.

In the second part of the workshop, the participants will get an opportunity to learn and explore APIs that become increasingly popular ways in which repositories distribute both data and metadata. We will start by discussing what APIs are and why they are useful. This will be followed by a practical hands-on exercise, during which participants will use their laptops to quickly filter and obtain large amounts of structured data from a few popular repositories.

Fri, Nov 3rd 13:15-16:30

Paul Reilly “Potential futures for DH in Estonia: some scenarios”

How do we anticipate plausible digital futures for digital humanities and prepare for them? In this workshop participants will build high-level stories or ‘scenarios’, using a technique called Scenario Planning, to drive action orientated agenda. We will not attempt to forecast the impact of introducing any particular technology. Our aim is to direct attention to plausible future contexts and identify some critical issues that will impact significantly how digital technologies are likely to be introduced into DH.

Asaf Bartov “Wikidata for Humanists: A Gentle Introduction to Wikimedia’s linked data project”.

The workshop would present Wikidata, Wikimedia’s open and free linked-data repository, and walk attendees from absolute beginner level through contributing to Wikidata and querying Wikidata using SPARQL as well as external tools and Google Spreadsheets. The examples used throughout would touch on topics of interest to digital humanists.

Fri, Nov 3rd 17:00-18:30

Graeme Earl “Tailoring Open”

This workshop will explore the connections that can be made between different open scholarship resources, and the interaction design implications of tailoring these resources to different users. The workshop will use existing activities at Portus, Italy as a starting point and then concentrate on the individual needs, expertise and materials of the participants.

Eetu Mäkelä “Using cultural heritage data in research”

“Using cultural heritage data in research
In this workshop, multiple hands-on glimpses will be given to
different tools and parts of a digital humanities research
process. Through these, both the potential as well as the problems of
using open cultural heritage data in research will be highlighted.”