A datasprint series: “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, HUMlab and ETHOS Lab (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 offered 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?

There were 3 data sprints taking part as an intense interdisciplinary experiment

You can view pictures from the first event here.

You can read Göde Both’s review of the data sprint series here.

For source material and HUMlab’s description of the events, click here.

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