About the Datasprint

The Datasprint is designed to introduce curious students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences to digital tools and methods.

HUMlab Datasprint Royal Danish Library
Max Odsbjerg Petersen, Clara Liv Larsen, Simone Harboe, and Sofie Lehmann Broe won the datasprint in 2018 with a project focused on living conditions for children in Copenhagen in 1885.

On the first day of the Datasprint, you will be introduced to the tasks, which are to be solved, as well as the software and the data sets that must be used for solving the tasks.

On the first day you will also meet the other members of your group.

Everyone who take part in the datasprint will be placed in a group. The groups will we, organizers, put together in a way that you and other participants will be mixed across academic backgrounds and competences.

HUMlab Datasprint Royal Danish Library
You will be placed in a group, and meet other people with different academic backgrounds and competences.

The organizers will then be giving introductions both on the digital methods in order to make sure that you are well prepared to meet the challenges you will encounter in the Datasprint and on the topic of 1989.

Once the Datasprint has begun, it is up to you and your group to solve as much of your chosen task as possible. The organizers will be present throughout the Datasprint and will offer you any guidance you may need.

When the time is up, and all participants have crossed the finishing line, we have all learned much more about a historical period as well as software, digital data, and workflows.

If you would like to have more information about what is going to happen during the datasprint you might would like to take a look at the programs for Aarhus and Copenhagen.

Who is the Datasprint aimed at?

The Datasprint is aimed at students and staff from universities around Denmark. Prior knowledge of digital working methods is not a condition for participating, but a good deal of curiosity is.

Organizers and supporters

  • The Royal Danish Library
  • Copenhagen University Library
  • Aarhus University Library
  • Wilson Center Digital Archive
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Aarhus University

Learning targets

The aim is to create a framework for learning about:

  • A historical topic and period
  • Cultural and social history
  • Digital research methods
  • Software for research
  • Digitized sources and digital collections