October 2015

October is Autumnal 

As the leaves begin to change and the sun dips down from its summer high point to hug the horizon once more, fall encroaches even further.  For the ETHOS Lab, September brought with it a pleasant start to the semester. We welcomed David Turnbull to Copenhagen for our September edition of publicETHOS, and together with Invizo hosted a workshop on using the visualization program Tableau for this term’s Navigating Complexity students.

We have also added several new entries to our blog including Jakob Bæk Kristensen’s post on the Messiness of Public Facebook Data, as well as Lab Manager, Michael Hockenhull’s post identifying the ETHOS lab and its position within the ITU laboratory ecosystem as a whole.

But wait! wait! there's more than all this, our first study group on programming in Python which is open to all skillsets is meeting regularly too! Our first fall term has started with a bang, but this by no means is to say that our work is done – quite the opposite, in fact.

In this month’s newsletter you’ll find all sorts of fun tidbits including some of our research projects that are in search of students, a sneak peek of what the ETHOS Lab is planning for Culture Night, and how even you can get involved in our programming study group.

Are you curious about the ETHOS lab and what we do? Then come and visit us! We'd be happy to discuss research directions or our partner services. We're located on the 1st floor of ITU in room 1C05 or on the web through our facebook pageWe’re also on Twitter so follow us there too! @ethosITU

Yours Affectionately, 

The ETHOS Lab Team


TEACHING: Python Programming Study Group

ETHOS lab is proud to announce that our first ever peer-led study group in the programming language Python is just getting underway. The group has chosen to meet every Wednesday at 4pm and already after the first meeting have decided to develop a Scraper for the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter. All proficiencies are welcome so if you want to make some new friends while learning Python, email group coordinator, Bastian Jørgensen at bmjo@itu.dk


RESEARCH: Projects Seeking Students

The ETHOS Lab research group is getting down to business this semester with a number of exciting and intriguing projects and we are looking for collaborators! So if a particular project piques your interest – reach out to us!

This month one of our featured projects focuses on the notion of a “legacy system” which within the field of IT often holds negative, if not downright derogatory, connotations. But in actuality, legacy systems are all around us and still play an important role in defining and framing many technology systems of today. Sound interesting? Then contact Marisa Cohen at mcoh@itu.dk.

Our second featured research project is a Danish-language collaboration with Copenhagen power plant, Avedøreværket and its visitor center. The plant is looking for help developing meaningful and engaging data visualizations that awaken people’s curiosity and spark critical discussion. If this sounds like a good fit for you; contact Brit Ross Winthereik at brwi@itu.dk.


SERVICES: ETHOS Lab @ Culture Night

To many Copenhageners, October means Culture Night, and this year for the first time ever, the ETHOS has been invited to participate in Culture Night at ITU.

We don’t want to say too much about what we are planning to debut on October 9th, but we will say is it will be something digital and something visual.

If this intrigues you to the point of participation during Culture Night then remember to tag your photos with the hashtag #Kulturphoto15



Female Coders Copenhagen is a new organization that has recently sprouted up at ITU after gaining sizable momentum online. The group is committed to bridging the gender gap in the tech industry by providing a platform for sharing knowledge and skills, mentoring and networking amongst women and others within a notoriously male industry. If this sounds like something you are interested in then sign-up for their first event on Monday October 12 at 6pm at Analog. 


Other news

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