Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon #DHH21


General Information

  • Date: from 19 to 28 May 2021
  • Time: from 10:00 to 17:00
  • Venue: online


The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon is a chance to experience an interdisciplinary research project from start to finish within the span of 10 days. For researchers and students from computer science and data science, the hackathon gives the opportunity to test their abstract knowledge against complex real-life problems. For people from the humanities and social sciences, it shows what is possible to achieve with such collaboration. 

For both, the hackathon gives the experience of intensely working with people from different backgrounds as part of an interdisciplinary team, as, during the hackathon, each group will develop a digital humanities research project from start to finish. Working together, they will formulate research questions with respect to particular data sets, develop and apply methods and tools to answer them, and present the work at the end of the hackathon. For information on what the hackathon was like in previous years, see #DHH19#DHH18#DHH17#DHH16 and #DHH15.

In 2021, the event will be organized as an online hackathon. As a CLARINDARIAH and SSHOC summer school, the event will be truly international welcoming applications from all over Europe and beyond! Participation to #DHH21 is free to all accepted participants.  

CLARIN themes

CLARIN is present in the DHH21 with two themes: 
The first theme is based on the collaboration between CLARIN, WageIndicator and the SSHOC project:  
  • Ex­plor­a­tion of society through the lens of la­bour mar­ket re­lated doc­u­ment­a­tion - comparing the coverage, style and subjects discussed in collective labour agreements from more than 50 countries.
The second is focused on the CLARIN funded project ParlaMint
  • Par­laMint: com­par­able cor­pora of par­lia­ment­ary de­bates - comparing parliamentary debates before and during Covid-19 across multiple European parliaments from linguistic, sociological, political and computational perspectives.

Other themes

  • Finnic oral po­etry – exploring themes, characters and formulas in a highly varying corpus of oral folklore
  • Cit­izen ini­ti­at­ives, Twit­ter and journ­al­ism – studying modern-day interaction between digital newsmedia journalism and Twitter.
  • Space Wars: The loc­a­tion of re­port­ing the Great War in France, Aus­tria and Fin­land – investigating the places dominating news reporting during the Great War between 1914 and 1918
  • Pierre Bayle and Early-Mod­ern Brit­ish Text Re­use Phe­nom­ena – exploring eighteenth-century intertextuality through text reuses surrounding Pierre Bayle’s Historical and Critical Dictionary
  • Polit­ics and place in the Finnish par­lia­ment­ary de­bates – looking at the various ways locations get used in political discourse and rhetorics



  • Follow #DHH21 on Twitter to see what is going on during the Hackathon 
  • Visit the DHH21 event page for more detailed information on the event