Data Science Hackathon -Citizen Mindscapes & Suomi24

Data Science Hackathon

Annankatu 34 B

The availability of large data sets and digital material is changing the landscape of research within social sciences and humanities. At the same time, tools and the understanding necessary to utilize such data are often lacking. Data Science Hackathon, organized by Citizen Mindscapes research project, University of Helsinki, Futurice Oy and Aller Media Oy, aims to tackle this problem. The event is also part of Nordic Open Data Week and organized in cooperation with Open Knowledge Foundation.

The main goal of the event is to allow researchers and coders work together and find new ways of collaborating in the field of data science. Over two days, teams consisting of coders and researchers will figure out research problems and create solutions and demos to find their answers.

The dataset used in the event is the almost entire database of Suomi24 online forum discussions ranging from 2001 to 2015, consisting of hundreds of thousands of posts and altogether over 120 million words - a set of data rather impossible to study comprehensively using traditional methods from social science or humanities. But with 1.9 million monthly visitors in the service it's also a set of data that can tell a lot about the Finnish society and human behavior online!


Friday May 29th
16:00 - 17:30 Opening presentations
17:30 - 23:00 Teaming and project briefing

Saturday May 30th
09:00 - 18:00 Team work
18:00 - 22:00 Project demos

Presentations on Friday

Pauli Aalto-Setälä (Aller Media Oy) 16.00
Suomi24 ja datan merkitys medialiiketoiminnalle

Krista Lagus (University of Helsinki), Mika Pantzar (University of Helsinki) 16.20
Citizen Mindscapes -tutkimushanke

Lauri Eloranta (University of Helsinki, Futurice Oy) 16.40
Digitaalinen murros yrityksissä ja yhteiskuntatieteissä

Antti Rauhala (Futurice Oy) 17.00
Tekstianalyysiä koneoppimisen (machine learning) avulla: case Suomi24


The event is hosted at Futurice's new office in downtown Helsinki

Citizen Mindscapes is a research collaboration focusing on the recognition of nation’s dynamic state of mind and conflict resolution based on data economics. In collaboration with CSC and Aller Media the project opened the content of Suomi24 community media available for research use in April 2015. The team aims to open and translate this qualitative data for various researchers, decision-makers and organizations to use. The team participates in the Helsinki Challenge innovation competition (