Research/academic projects (since 2017)
2023-2025: Towards Development of Open and FAIR Digital Humanities Ecosystem in Latvia (DHELI). Funded by the Latvian Science Council. Head of the project
2022–2023: Teaching Nordic and Baltic Lives. Lead partner: Tartu University. Funding: NordPlus
Digital resources and tools
The Pandemic diary project was started in March 2020 and was never finished. It is part of the Autobiography collection, i.e. collection No. LFK-Ak-166. Together with the culture magazine Punctum, my team started this project with the aim of documenting the strange time of the pandemic in diaries. At the beginning of the pandemic, or the so-called first wave, this project became very popular in Latvia and enjoyed great media attention. 238 authors participated, documenting a total of 2324 days. All texts are published online, the places mentioned in the texts are annotated and maps in different visualisations are available on garamantas.lv. The text corpus is available in the Clarin repository.
Autobiography Collection (Archives of Latvian Folklore, ILFA) was established in 2018. I initiated its creation for three main reasons: (1) to document the tradition of life writing, (2) to provide a centralised solution for the preservation of life writing in Latvia, and (3) to provide material for research, in particular for the creation of a corpus of diary texts. Currently, it contains more than 200 collections. Several of them include impressively extensive diaries in many volumes, e.g. written over 50 years. Almost all collections are digitized and processed, and available for research. Some of them are publicly accessible.
Digital Archive of Latvian Folklore, launched on 2014. It is a participatory digital archive with integrated crowdsourcing tools for manuscript transcription, translation, and text annotation. The central digital platform for archiving materials of folklore, vernacular culture, and oral history. Since 2016, we have established a volunteer transcriber community. Their commitment to digitizing handwritten manuscripts has been enormous! As of June 2022, more than 46k volunteering hours spent in the digital archive.
I started to work on this project on 2013 and led its development by the end of 2020. I continue to be involved in the development of garamantas.lv, especially in the context of the Autobiography collection and communication with the volunteer community.
iesaisties.lv (in English: 'get engaged') is simple crowdsourcing and citizen science platform developed by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia (ILFA). It includes all society involvement activities provided by research groups of ILFA. It provides direct links to citizen science calls by garamantas.lv, literatura.lv and other projects. In 2023, it is planned to develop the platform as a general Latvian citizen science information point. I keep leading and working on this project since 2017.
I initiated digitalhumanities.lv in 2018 for one important reason - to bring together Latvian institutions and researchers working in the fields connected to digital humanities. With joint efforts, it had very successful results - we are organizing various events, such as conferences, and summer schools, we collaborate in development of digital tools and resources for humanities, and we carry out joint projects. Today, digitalhumanities.lv is an active community dedicated to the development of digital humanities in Latvia.
It is a wiki-based database containing >3500 Latvian legends published by folklore researcher Pēteris Šmits in the 1920-30s. German translation of the collection is held by the archive of Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities Folktale Encyclopaedia („Enzyklopädie des Märchens“). Digitization and building of the corpus was carried out around 2010 by the Archives of Latvian Folklore, ILFA and the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. With only 3 of the 15 volumes included in the corpus, this work definitely needs to continue.