February 2016

Happy New Year!

We hope you have made it well into 2016, and that you by now have gotten well back to work, studies and other serious business! At ETHOS Lab we are excited about the semester ahead of us, and are busily preparing events, activities and projects related to research, teaching and services.

            In this month’s newsletter you can read about our upcoming publicETHOS event and about the thesis student meet-up event we recently held. We have also written a blog post that goes into further detail with what will be happening in the lab this semester and we are looking for talented students to fill three positions as junior researchers in the lab. Finally, we are proud to be able to announce a PhD course with Goeffrey Bowker on Big Data and Ethics, which we will be helping to host.

            ETHOS Lab will be celebrating its one-year anniversary this semester, and we intend to do so with lots of exciting activities. We wish you a good semester, and hope to see you out there, experimenting in the lab or the field - wherever that may be! 

Yours truly,



Teaching: publicETHOS - Scientometrics as a policy making tool

On the 24th of February, 14:00-16:00, ETHOS Lab is pleased to be able to host a talk on scientometrics, bibliometrics and digital methods in practice. We have invited DAMVAD Analytics to discuss their work with these topics, and how they are implemented in concrete use cases. DAMVAD will be represented by principal consultant Rasmus Lund Jensen and student researcher Bjarke Osmundsen - Bjarke is currently studying Digital Innovation and Management at the ITU, and is using bibliometrics/digital methods in his thesis. We are excited to see some of the methods taught at ETHOS Lab used for practical purposes, and are looking greatly forward to the event ourselves!  

You can read more about the event on the ETHOS Lab homepage and join the event on Facebook


Research: Thesis Student Meet-Up

On February 2, ETHOS Lab held its first meet-up for thesis students and students doing independent projects associated with ETHOS Lab. The first event was intended for students and supervisors to meet one another, and informally exchange experience. The event was a success, with many attendees and stimulating conversations about everything from the challenges of interview technique to the intricacies of Danish copyright law. We plan to host similar events in the future in order to facilitate thesis students in helping one another with topics such as methodology, data collection and other relevant topics.

Are you interested in writing a project or thesis with the lab? Check our project listing for potential topics which we are looking for students to collaborate with on and/or write us at ethos@itu.dk



ETHOS Blog: The Lab this coming semester

Did you know that ETHOS Lab has a blog? Here we post small snippets of laboratory life, musings on methods and experiments with tools, data and other stuff. Last semester we recounted a session from our Python Study Group, reflected on computational thinking and interviewed our head of lab, Brit Ross Winthereik - amongst other topics.

Our first blog-post of the semester is an overview of what we already have planned for the coming semester. You can find the blog on our website, under ‘News’ or you can catch the semester’s first post here


Big Data and Ethics – PhD Course w. Geoffrey Bowker

In April, the ITU and the Technologies in Practice Research Group have the honour of hosting Professor Geoffrey Bowker from the University of California as Visiting Velux Professor. In this connection Bowker will be offering a PhD Course on the topic of Big Data and Ethics. We encourage you to apply if you are a PhD student with an interest in this field!

The deadline for applying is March 1st and the course will be held May 23-24.

You can read about the course here.  


Open Positions: Junior Researchers

We are looking for volunteers! ETHOS Lab is run partly by a team of volunteers dedicated to experimenting with new tech, methods and data. We currently have three open positions within the team, all for positions as junior researcher. As a junior researcher you get to be part of a research lab, contribute to its daily operations and work on your own research. All of this together with a cool team of researchers and other junior researchers. 

We are looking for students from all ITU Programmes and at every level, from BA through to MScs - exchange students included. Read more about the open positions here.

If you don’t have the spare time to be a junior researcher, you can always become a volunteer for the ETHOS Lab. Volunteers have no formal responsibilities in the lab, but are invited to staff meetings, datasprints, hackathons and social events. To become a volunteer, write an e-mail to ethos@itu.dk with ‘volunteer’ in the subject line.