May 2015

Oh, sweet May

For many, both professor and students, the month of May equals the start of the exam period – for us - this means that the first batch of students to have the ETHOS Lab as part of their teaching in the Navigating Complexity: Mapping Visualisation and Decisionmaking course are finishing up.

We hope that many of them will be enjoying the use of digital methods as means in their future. Talking about digital methods, in this month’s newsletter, you can read an article about how methods might come to matter differently for value.

Furthermore, you can read about what has happened in our environment at the IT University of Copenhagen since we last got in contact with you via the newsletter – if you would like more frequently updates – you can now go follow us on Facebook

If you enjoy our newsletter – feel free to spread the word and have people sign up here

We welcome any suggestions or comments you might have for the lab, newsletter, website, projects etc. at



Teaching: ETHOS Guest Lecture at University of Copenhagen 

On May 4th, ETHOS Lab Manager, Michael Hockenhull, held a guest lecture at Copenhagen University’s Centre for Health and Society (CSS).

The guest lecture was given at the Tracing Social Emergence course and had the theme “creating better valuations of the humanities with digital methods”. Hockenhull argues that digital methods can help us better map the spread of ideas and gain a more accurate picture of how disciplines like the humanities and social sciences create value for society. This relates to one of the main questions that ETHOS Lab concerns itself with, that of how digital methods might change the way we see the world.

Besides the lecture, there was a mini-workshop covering the use of the API tool Kimono to create custom APIs from websites.

If you are interested in the use of digital methods in connection with a student or researcher project, you can read more on our website or feel free to contact us. 


ETHOS: We're now on Facebook!

We are happy to announce that we are now on Facebook! Please like, share, tag us whenever you come across something fascinating or funny concerning digital methods, in return, we will promise to do the same. On our Facebook page, you will receive updates on coming events such as Public ETHOS, but also events that take place at other labs. You will also receive inspirational links and updates on the projects we are working on in the lab. We look forward to having you follow along! Check it out -----> ETHOS Lab

We find the idea of mapping the laboratory we are building very interesting, which is why we encourage you to use the hashtag #ethosITU when posting anything related to us whether it being e.g. your own data visualizations, sharing content from our website etc. 


Big Data: New Specialization at IT University of Copenhagen

Last week, the Head of the MSc Programme Digital Innovation and Management (DIM) at IT University of Copenhagen, Christopher Gad, announced that from next semester the master’s programme has a new specialization named Big Data.

Even though a course description has yet to be unveiled, the courses are set. They consist of respectively Big Data Processes and Critical Data Management. Big Data, in its many different shapes, has become for some organizations a word that is strategically avoided and for others a technical challenge too complex to manage. A need for a critical and reflective approach, which DIM students are skilled in, is therefore definitely necessary.

The plan is to have the specialization contain elements of cooperation with students at the ITU master’s degree programme in Software Development and Technology.

ETHOS Lab is excited to have a new specialization where mixed methods meet.

Keep an eye out for more information here


Research: The value of methods, the methods of value

ETHOS Lab works with experimental digital methods to explore what can be done to “create value with IT”. But what constitutes value? We believe methods are a key ingredient to mapping and creating value, and in more ways than one might expect.

This article describes a recent project by Lab Manager Michael Hockenhull that sought to explore how methods might come to matter differently for value.  Read the article


Services: ETHOS's Collaboration with New Student Organization GATEWAY

ETHOS has initiated a collaboration with GATEWAY, the new non-profit organization at ITU. The collaboration is a great example of how student skills within digital methods can be put at play and further developed with practical cases. ETHOS has been working with GATEWAY from the very beginning helping them to ask the right questions for exploration and map the profile of their audience.

Read the article.

To learn more about GATEWAY visit their website and Facebook page 


Other News

• Would you like to gather data from Youtube? Try the Youtube Data Tool (YTDT) Read more

• Come join us at ETHOS Lab! Read more