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Interviews

Historical fortress wall discovered in man’s backyard using ‘georeferenced’ map from Utrecht University

Dutch version of this article. While deepening a pond in his garden, Erwin Jesterhoudt from the Zeeland village of Philippine, stumbled upon a piece of an old wall in early October. Using a digital historical map from Utrecht University, he learned that it was a section of an 18th-century fortress wall. The Centre for Digital…

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Stories from the Lab: AI & Media Lab – Beyond the frenzy of the day

The AI & Media Lab, a cooperation between Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Media Perspectives, works on exploring AI applications in the media and the gaming world. Operating under the umbrella of AI Labs, it actively collaborates with a varied network of partners from the IT sector and creative industry. In…

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Interview with Jeroen Bakker and Sander Prins: A simple way of harvesting and analyzing social media data with 4CAT

In this series of interviews the FAIR Research IT Innovation Fund shows what contribution projects can make to FAIR research IT. The research teams of the projects have received a grant from them. Good news for scientists whose technological skills are limited, but who want to work with social media data in their research: now…

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Interview Jeroen Salman: “The network allows researchers to learn about each other’s expertise”

Between 2016 and 2018, Jeroen Salman led the EDPOP project. What digital techniques has he used in the project? What role did Utrecht University Library and the Research Software Lab of the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) play in EDPOP? And are such roles ever played out? The EDPOP project (European Dimensions of popular print culture) is…

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Interview with Edo Storm, winner of the Digital History Thesis Award 2023

Edo Storm used a combination of computational methods and close reading to conduct research into the history of the term ‘the West’. It earned him this year’s Digital History Thesis Award. Storm: ‘I wouldn’t have seen the big overarching narrative without this computational method.’ Fellow students sometimes joked about him and his ‘digital stuff’ when…

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CDH Interview: How did we perceive animals and plants in the Netherlands over the past centuries? Language model GysBERT assists with mapping it out

How did a sixteenth-century Dutch inhabitant experience the animals and plants around him? And how did that change in the centuries that followed? When did the rabbit change from food into pet and the horse from means of transportation into pleasure animal? Literary texts, scientific texts and folk tales, in particular, offer a unique glimpse…

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Open Science Recognition and Rewards video: Digital Humanities Lab fulfills unique role between academics and support staff

Utrecht University presents its new vision on Recognition and Rewards in a series of videos. Our developers Luka van der Plas, Berit Janssen and head of DH-IT Andre van Kooij explain in this video how the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) fulfills a unique hybrid role between academics and support staff. The scientific developers of the DHLab develop…

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Utrecht Data School as ethical guide for the digital government

Iris Muis has just returned from a trip to the European Parliament, where she presented the Fundamental Rights & Algorithms Impact Assessment (FRAIA) together with Mirko Schäfer from Utrecht Data School (UDS). Muis: ‘Organizations are increasingly using algorithms to make work more efficient and to hire fewer people. But if you use technology, you also…

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Interview: How Mirko Tobias Schäfer relates to the theme of the conference “Rethink Impact”

This year’s theme of the ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) 2022 conference in Denmark is ‘Rethink Impact’. The organization of the conference interviewed Mirko Schäfer on this theme. Schäfer is cofounder and Faculty of Science Lead of the Utrecht Data School and Associate Professor at UU. Read the interview here.

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One year of Living Lab Digital Humanities, how does it work in practice?

Joint programming in Python, the best place for hybrid meetings and fiddling with screens and microphones. The Living Lab Digital Humanities, a collaboration of the University Library and the Centre for Digital Humanities, was launched a year ago. Who uses this ‘workshop’ for digital research and education? What can you do there and what could be…

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Interview with Suzanne Ros, winner of the Digital history thesis award

During her research into the term ‘Anthropocene’ for her bachelor’s thesis in history, Suzanne Ros discovered that the subject was much larger than she had expected. She decided to dive into digital methods that could help her with her analysis, and she taught herself Python through YouTube videos. Successfully. She won the recently created thesis…

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