February 2017

Analytic Moves in February

Semester start is here yet again! Exams are officially over, Café Analog is open and student life is once again blooming in the great, glass-home that we call ITU.

For ETHOS, the last couple of months have been a transitional period, but we are now firmly settled in and we are excited to present some of the things planned for the semester and our continuous inquiry into methods. To mark this, the Heads of Lab have published a letter on our blog, introducing the mode of Situated Analytics as a defining part of the ETHOS Lab experiments with methods. 

A new semester also means the coming of new junior researchers and projects. Yay! This spring, we are excited to welcome many new applicants for the positions, as most of our old junior researchers move on to theses and jobs. New blood is something we love in the lab - It's time for new experiments, new ideas and most of all, time to welcome new faces to the ETHOS community. 

To get started, we present our first publicETHOS featuring our very own co-head of lab, Rachel Douglas-Jones who will be accompanied by the always interesting Andrea Ballestero from Rice University who will be talking about Twitter and Ethnography.

Receiving grants are phenomenal! Launching two major research projects this year; Virt-EU and Data As Relations will open up a lot of opportunities. But, smaller grants also count and ETHOS Lab will be collaborating with University of Copenhagen and many other partners on the interacting map-making project 'Mapping Colonial Copenhagen'. We are sending out a call to find the right student/programmer to code this project with us - please share it with any candidate you have in mind. Scroll down for more information.    

For those who have never coded in Python but would like to attend a Python Study Group later on in the ETHOS season, we recommend attending an introductory course as a 4 part series at HUMlab. Here, GitHub will also be introduced as a collaborative tool. We are collaborating with HUMLab and ITU/ETHOS students therefore have exclusive access, so be sure to sign up!   

Last but not least we want to draw your attention to a new initiative by the ITU called "Open ITU". Since we are big fans of knowledge sharing, we highly recommend that you check out these events, first of which is held already today at 16:00 in Scrollbar. The initiative is inspired by the events in Christiania "Science&Cocktails", which the ETHOS lab community has happily attended several times. The concept is short, precise talks in a language that most people can understand. It's public in the broad sense: Sharing knowledge with the people.

Best wishes,



Teaching: publicETHOS #14, Twitter and Ethnography

Kicking off this year's first publicETHOS, we are excited to present Assistant Professor of Rice University Andrea Ballestero and Assistant Professor of ITU Rachel Douglas-Jones. Following the PhD-workshop Analytic Moves, their talk will focus on experiments with ethnography on Twitter. Andrea and Rachel performed experimental research on twitter during 2015 to find the meaning of "The ethnographic tweet" and the significance of public conversations for ethnographic research. This publicETHOS will be a tale of their experiences during the research.


Research: Mapping Colonial Copenhagen

Introducing a new project, recently funded by Europeana, we are thrilled for this opportunity to collaborate with University of Copenhagen and project partners: The Royal Library, the Uncertain Archives project, the Past’s Future project, and the author Lene Asp.  

Purpose of the project is to create an interactive map of Copenhagen that highlights and investigates Danish colonial heritage. This year marks the centennial of the sale of the Danish West Indies which also framed the datasprint 'Representing History Through Data'.

We are currently seeking a student that can work part-time from March-May in designing and implementing the interactive mapping website. See details here


Introduction to Python and Github

Our ambition is to run a Python study group later on in the year. In the meanwhile, for those ITU students that are completely new to Python (and GitHub), there is an opportunity to join 4 introductory sessions at [Humlab] this spring. ETHOS are co-hosting these events, and we look very much forward to the collaboration with [Humlab]

The study group will be aimed at students who are new to programming, and there are a limited number of open spots. You can sign up on the [Humlab] website by clicking on the individual events.

The study groups will be held: February 24thMarch 17th, April 10th and May 18th 


In Other News

• We are currently seeking a part-time programmer for The Mapping Colonial Copenhagen Project, that can design and implement an interactive web-map. Read the job description here

• Most of the projects conducted by our Junior Researchers during the fall semester are now on our webpage. Find the projects here

• Our publicETHOS in March will be a two-part workshop on Watson Analytics. Save the dates March 3rd and 15th from 11:00-14:00 and keep an eye out on our facebook page where we will provide you with more information shortly.

• Note to Self has created a podcast series called the Privacy Paradox. They investigate, and inform about the data you are giving up, when signing up for apps and services, and provide you with tips for making digital decisions that feel right for you. Sign up for their newsletter, take part in the challenges, and listen to the podcasts at privacyparadox.org 

• Our opening hours are from Tuesday - Thursday from 12.30-16:00 and you are also welcome to drop us an email on ethos@itu.dk