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Representing History Through Data


HUMlab Datasprint Representing History Through Data

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Representing History Through Data

Representing History Through Data

2017 is the centenary of the sale of the Danish West Indies. On that occasion The Royal Library digitises and makes available 2000 maps and images from the former Danish colonies.

The Royal Library and IT University of Copenhagen invites employees and students to join the exploration of the maps and images and to bring analytical skills and know-how to visualize the material in three datasprints. Technical know-how is not a premise.

The datasprints offers the possibility of working with images and maps from the Royal Library’s collection and dealing with following questions: What characterizes the collection? How can its contents be analysed? And how can it be visualised not as a window to the world but as a collection with recurrent subjects and places, with certain ways of looking?

Join the three datasprints to be part of an intense interdisciplinary experiment where we will explore these questions.

When and Where?

[Datasprint #1] Tainted Images: Picturing the former Danish West Indies

01.10. 2016 from 10:00 AM to 18:00 PM

The Royal Library, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Kulturarvssalen, E-Øst

Historical images and maps from the former Danish West Indies have shaped and continue to form interpretations of the Danish colonial past. Images and maps are often reproduced to illustrate and document the past, but only rarely are they considered critically as sources or as representations with a viewpoint, bias and a history of their own. Ph.d. Mathias Danbolt gives an ignite, groups are formed, challenges given and analysis of the material begins. 

[Datasprint #2] Colonial history: The artist's view

12.11. 2016 from 10:00 AM to 18:00 PM

The Royal Library, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Kulturarvssalen, E-Øst

By analyzing images, maps and metadata, the viewpoints and biases of the collection can be defined. Storytelling can be used to structure data, and visualization to communicate results.  Artist and ph.d.  Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld gives an ignite. We resume work with analysis and visualization.    

Datasprint #3] Telling Data-Stories: Re-Presenting History

10.12. 2016 from 10:00 AM to 18:00 PM

The Royal Library, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, Kulturarvssalen, E-Øst

In this datasprint we will focus on turning the results of the previous sprints into coherent “data-stories” that effectively communicate their contents to a target-group. We will spend time polishing the data visualizations created, strengthening the narrative and rehearsing performances. At the end of the sprint each group will pitch their project and results to a panel of expert judges in the areas of data visualization, colonial history and post-colonial theory.

Registration deadline

September 15. 2016.

Source Material

Maps from the colonial period 

The maps from the colonial period is published in a special publication by The Royal Library Map Collection. Click on the following link or the map to search the database. The Map Collection special West Indies publication   

St Croix - Data Sprints - HUMlab

St. Croix Census records

The Danish National Archives have publiced transcribed census records from St. Croix and sponsors the Datasprints with a special extraction of data from The Danish Demographic Database. Search the St. Croix Census records

Mediestream releases collection of West Indian newspapers

More: Search the historical newpapers 

Sound Toll Registers online (STR)

The STR is a unique historical source. It contains information about the cargo of every ship passing Elsingore in the colonial period. Search STR online 

Photos from The Danish West Indies colonial period

Photos from the colonial period is released in a special publication by The Royal Library Photo Collection. press the following link or the picture below the search the database. Special West Indies Photo publication     

Danish West Indies - Data Sprints - HUMlab



Kort og Billedsamlingen

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Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab

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Datasprint Representing History Through Data