March 2017

Welcome Spring’17 Junior Researchers!

As if to mark the coming of spring, we are now very happy to welcome our new team of Junior Researchers. With the addition of both new and old Junior researchers from both DIM and SDT, the lab now feels whole again. The focus for several of the projects is how to inquire through mixed methods on issues such as speech recognition, the training of algorithms and the of role trust in interactions with AI. Inquiries will be opened up through both algorithmic generated data and in-situ ethnographic prompts and participation. Their projects are framed as very interesting cases for situated analytics and we are eager to follow and take part in the upcoming experimentations.

Last month we explored ‘analytical moves’ with Andrea Ballestero and co-head of lab Rachel Douglas-Jones. Researchers ranging from PhDs to Lab rats and Associated Professors got together for an inspiring workshop. The point was to try out alternative takes on analysis, and shake things up a bit by conducting a series of exercises. Following the workshop, we held our first public ETHOS of the year in which Rachel and Andrea gave a talk on their experimental Twitter analysis project.

For our second public ETHOS we have a 2-part Watson Analytics Workshop coming up. We are planning to do the same setup for Tableau, as students are also eager to explore this tool for managing and visualising data as well. Did you know that as a student you can apply for a 1 year free Tableau license? Visit their website and notice that each year you are enrolled as a full-time student, you can request a new one-year key.  

Job Alert! We are still recruiting a person to join the Mapping Colonial Copenhagen project as the website and programming map-maker. It is a paid position either as a student-worker or paid as a remuneration (honorar) contract. The person we are looking for should have experience creating website GIS maps displaying several types of data on particular locations, but we have no particular preference to preferred tools. Please contact us if you or someone in your network is interested.

DaR launch on Thursday! Stay tuned through the #DaR and their new website. You can follow the launch event through a live-stream on ITU’s Facebook page.

All the best, ETHOS Lab.


Teaching: publicETHOS #15 - Workshops on Watson Analytics

For our second publicETHOS this semester we will see the return of Watson Analytics in ETHOS context. This time around we will host a two-part event with IBM, where we invite IBM experts to guide you through analysis of your own data with Watson Analytics. The first introductory workshop is on March 8th. Here, you will be introduced to the tool, and learn some do’s and don’t’s of data analysis. The second workshop is March 15th, where you will work with your own data sets or pre-made datasets supplied by IBM. The workshops are open to everyone, but registration is required. See you there!


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ETHOS Website


ResearchUsing ANTA for your research

ANTA or Actor Network Text Analyzer is a piece of software developed by the Sciences Po médialab to analyses medium-size texts. For research, the tool can be used to create data that can readily be visualised with GEPHI. Daniel Tanev Parapunov, a 4th semester DIM student at ITU has used ANTA to look at the recent election in USA. Here, he visualised CNN news article mentions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and their distributed relations. The conclusion is indeed a very skewed picture when looking at the balance between the two former presidential candidates.

At the same time, Daniels talks about his thoughts behind using ANTA, how it helped his research progress and helped him move on with his project.

Read the whole article here and get inspired.


ServicesDataSprint @ HUSET-kbh

We had the first datasprint of the year in collaboration with Huset Kbh. Huset Kbh is a cultural institution offering a plethora of events and social settings like concerts, theater, board game café and movie screenings with sing-alongs. The collaboration took its origin in looking at data from the events Huset have hosted, and we spent a day in the wonderful rooms of the old buildings that created a perfect setting for the datasprint. This collaboration allows for on-site and participatory investigation into not just the numeric data and possible visualisations, but also within the exploration of situated analytics

If you want to read more about datasprints, check out former Junior Researcher Cæcilie Laursen’s project on data sprints in Copenhagen


In Other News

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

• Call for Participation for Digital Methods Summer School 2017 ‘Digital Methods for Visual Research’ in Amsterdam from 26 June – 7 July 2017 .

• Deloitte is hosting a Hackathon with Red Cross and has asked if we want to help spread the word

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