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  • StoryCorps: History Through Stories

    Would you like to hear the most fascinating stories that happened to real people? Do you need to practice your listening skills for your English exam? Or maybe you’re looking for interesting data to study? StoryCorps can help you with all of the above. Guided by the ideas of diversity and oral history, this project has compiled a vast collection of interviews with various people. Read on to find out how their stories can be beneficial to everyone.


  • Science Communication, Digital Humanities, and Art & Science: Master’s Programs at ITMO’s Institute of International Development and Partnership.

    A focus on an innovative approach to learning helps ITMO University respond to modern challenges and fulfill international standards of education and research. In recent years, the university has become a key platform for interdisciplinary research that combines IT, humanities, biotechnologies, and art. For those who still associate the name ITMO only with programming, robotics, and photonics, we present an overview of programs that have no rival anywhere in Russia.


  • U.S. Fulbright Scholar Victoria Alexander on St. Petersburg, Isolation and Nabokov’s Connection to Evolution

    Professor Victoria Alexander, a specialist in the field of evolutionary mechanisms, came to St. Petersburg in February as part of the Fulbright Program. She had begun her academic career in literary studies and researched the works of Vladimir Nabokov. However, the writer’s interest in butterflies made Victoria interested in biology and evolutionary mechanisms. At ITMO University, she will spend the semester teaching students of the Digital Humanities Master’s program research methods of humanities and natural sciences. ITMO.NEWS asked her why she decided to come to St. Petersburg, how Nabokov is related to the theory of evolution, and how she spends her time in self-isolation.


  • ITMO Researchers' Improved Text Recognition Algorithm Helps Analyze Century-Old Russian Texts

    Staff members of ITMO University’s Digital Humanities Research Center and Laboratory of Machine Learning joined their forces to teach an algorithm to analyze archival texts and identify names, titles, and addresses. Existing algorithms that were developed using contemporary texts often fail to process books and articles from the past, especially ones that are over a century old. ITMO.NEWS got in touch with the researchers to learn more about this achievement and the St. Retrospect project, a map of the city’s historically significant sites for which this research was conducted.


  • ITMO’s International Center for Digital Humanities Research Presents Results of DH Week at NYCDH Week in New York

    On January 27-31, DH Week took place in St. Petersburg, ITMO’s first large-scale project dedicated to the development and popularization of digital humanities in the city. Last year, the university’s International Center for Digital Humanities Research organized DH Days, and this time, the citizens who got interested in the subject could attend lectures and workshops throughout a whole week. Read more about the event’s mission, activities, and its connection with an international conference in the USA. 


  • Social Sciences in the Era of Social Networks: Studying Selfies, Likes and Geotags

    What is digital philosophy? Why do we need to study Instagram and other social networks? And how can social scientists actually benefit from such research? The workshop Instagram the Almighty: Using Digital Sphere in Research was held within the framework of the Digital Humanities Week in St. Petersburg. Nina Bochkova, a digital scientist and a Master’s student at Nizhny Novgorod Pedagogical University, explained how the humanities can use social networks and why they might need it. 


  • Digital Humanities Week: Physicist and Mathematician Ivan Yamshchikov on the Use of Algorithms in Humanities Research

    ITMO University is currently hosting the SPBDH Week Digital Humanities Week, which features lectures, discussions and workshops on interdisciplinary communications and research. Opening the event was physicist and mathematician Ivan Yamshchikov, who presented his research on the topic of “Data Analysis, Reproducibility and Living People”. The researcher also expanded on the use of algorithms and data analysis in humanities research. ITMO.NEWS publishes the highlights of the lecture.


  • Living History: Interactive Digital Projects to Help You Learn About Russia

    Feel like taking a walk with famous Russian authors? Making history-changing choices with politicians? Modern technologies have opened up new ways to learn about the world through the combination of data analysis and interactivity. It’s not about memorizing facts. It’s about seeing, feeling, walking, asking questions, and making your own connections. Here are just a few of the projects that will allow you to dive into many aspects of life in Russia, the Soviet Union, and even the Russian Empire.


  • New Master’s Program ‘Data, Culture and Visualization’ at ITMO University: Digital Humanities for Everyone

    ITMO University is launching the new Master’s program Data, Culture and Visualization, designed for humanities specialists interested in learning about data analysis and for IT specialists who’d like to start working with humanities data. In the process, students will get to work on projects with some of the program’s partners in the industry: tech companies, museums, and theaters. Upon graduation, they will have an opportunity to work in digital marketing, social media and market research, cultural heritage management, and other modern creative fields.


  • Datathon on Texts Annotation: How Programmers and Humanities Specialists Analyze Texts

    This past weekend, ITMO University held the first ever datathon on texts annotation. Over 80 participants from different fields, from programming to humanities, competed to solve the tasks on the linguistic annotation of historical and culturological sources. The datathon came hand in hand with an extensive educational program presented by educators of the seminar on natural language processing organized by ITMO together with Huawei. In their presentations, they focused on topical tasks of the applied artificial intelligence and modern trends in the field of natural language processing. Here’s more about the datathon.