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2020 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Lina Dencik

Biography: Lina Dencik is Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, UK and is Co-Founder of the Data Justice Lab. She has published widely on digital media and the politics of data and is currently Principal Investigator of the DATAJUSTICE project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. Her publications include “Media and Global Civil Society” (Palgrave, 2012), “Worker Resistance and Media” (Peter Lang, 2015), and “Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society” (Polity, 2018).

Presentation: Civic Participation in the Datafied Society

From the speaker: "The use of data and algorithmic processes for decision-making is now a growing part of social life and helps determine decisions that are central to our ability to participate in society, such as welfare, education, crime, work, and if we can cross borders. Citizens are increasingly assessed, profiled, categorized and ‘scored’ according to data assemblages, their future behavior is predicted through data processing, and services are allocated accordingly.

"In a datafied society, state-citizen relations become quasi-automated and dependent on digital infrastructures. This raises significant challenges for democratic processes, active citizenship and public engagement.

"In this talk I will engage with the question of advancing civic participation in a context of rapid technological and social transformation, considering also experiments in new democratic practices to ensure legitimacy, transparency, accountability and intervention in relation to data-driven governance. In so doing, I will outline emerging terrains for developing civic agency in a datafied society."

Professor Jussi Karlgren

Biography: Jussi Karlgren is a principal research scientist at Spotify and one of the founding partners of the text analysis company Gavagai. He has worked with language technology and interaction with information since 1987. His main research interest is on how to design a learning knowledge representation to handle the continuously changing form and content of human information and to meet the broad variety of human information needs an information system meets with, including entertainment and diversion. He believes human language to be very well designed representation and that technology to handle it should embrace its characteristics instead of viewing them as problems. Jussi Karlgren has worked on stylistic variation and genres in language and on large scale semantic spaces for application e.g. to sentiment analysis.

Presentation: Information Access for Evolving Media Usage 

From the speaker: "The media usage habits of the population at large change, which has effects for the educational system, for memory institutions, for the media industry, and therefore for those of us who develop technology for information access. Many of the current changes are easy to observe through introspection or through observing how people in our vicinity consume media and information: people read text on screens; watch lectures and educational material in video clips; listen to literary material and to short written texts superimposed on brief video clips to their near and dear; and stream music and movies instead of purchasing physical objects to place in shelves in their homes. There are very obvious challenges for technology having to do with how we make documents and their content accessible for search and exploration across media types, and we do not quite know what effects today's changes have on tomorrow’s media usage.

"This talk will give some examples, based in part on experiences from Spotify, a large music and podcast streaming service, and discuss one of the less obvious challenges: how to evaluate and validate new technology solutions. We know how to measure quality for systems designed to fulfil expressly formulated known information needs, but how can we measure quality of a system designed to entertain and delight? How can we assess the usefulness of systems for digital scholars? And what are the underlying assumptions that have governed the make-up of the experimental benchmarking of today's information systems?" 

Professor Lorna M. Hughes

UPDATE: Regrettably, Prof. Hughes is unable to attend and this presentation is cancelled.

Biography: Lorna M. Hughes is Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow, where she is based in the Information Studies Subject area. Her research addresses the creation of digital cultural heritage, and the use and re-use of digital collections for research, teaching, and public engagement. She has a specific interest in the conceptualisation, development, implementation and categorisation of digital methods in the humanities, and the collaborations between the humanities and scientific disciplines that drive this agenda.

Hughes has worked in digital humanities, and on the development of hybrid digital collections based on material culture held by memory institutions, at a number of organisations in the USA and UK. 

She has had leading roles – as Primary Investigator, or co-Investigator – on over 20 funded research projects, including the EPSRC-AHRC Scottish National Heritage Partnership. From 2011-2014, while based at the National Library of Wales, she led the development of ‘The Welsh Experience of the First World War’ (, a digital archive of resources related to the First World War in Wales, including 200,000 pages of archives. The project was based at the National Library of Wales, and funded by a Jisc Mass Digitisation grant. It was a collaboration between all special collections and archives in HEIs in Wales, the BBC Wales Archive, and four local archives, and it also included community generated content. 

Presentation: Co-creating digital cultural heritage: unlocking historic archives and records through new approaches to digitisation 

From the speaker: Mass digitisation of historic collections in archives, museums, libraries and universities has created a considerable volume of data for research across the disciplines, and opened up new lines of enquiry. Increasingly, community generated digital content can amplify and augment the ‘official’ digital collections, and open up previously hidden histories and encourage greater public engagement with the past. These collections have been developed through processes of co-creation , and they demonstrate how digitisation can enable our archives to expand beyond the physical boundaries of the repository, dissolving the physical boundaries which previously marked official from non-official, and creator from user. This approach highlights a fundamental shift in the material nature and location of the archive that is facilitated by the digital environment. This presentation will discuss examples of co-creation, and the digital affordances that enable it. 



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