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
2022–2023: Archives Community Building. Lead partner: Norsk etnologisk gransking at Norsk Folkemuseum. Funding: Nordic Culture Point
2021–2024: Research on Modern Latvian Language and Development of Language Technology. State Research Programme. Lead partner: Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, University of Latvia. Funding: Latvian Science Council. Leading researcher
2020–2022: Digital Resources for Humanities: Integration and Development. The consortium consists of 8 partner institutions. State research programme. Funding: Latvian Science Council. Head of the project
2019–2022: New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent. COST (The European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action No. CA1623. Science communication manager
2020–2021: Nordic-Baltic Network of Life Writing. Funding: Nordic Culture Point. Head of the project
2018–2021: Documenting the Self: Innovation in Knowledge and Interpretative Models of Written Self-Narratives (eWING). Funding: Latvian Science Council. Head of the project
2017–2019: Empowering knowledge society: interdisciplinary perspectives on public involvement in the production of digital cultural heritage. Funding: European Regional Development Fund. Head of the project
2016–2018: The Network of Nordic-Baltic Tradition Archives. Funding: Nordic Culture Point. Partners from Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Head of the project
2016–2017: DigArch_ICH: Connecting Digital Archives of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Funding: EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Partners from Estonia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Head of the project
Digital resources and tools
The Pandemic Diary Project, which is part of the Autobiography Collection (collection number LFK-Ak-166), was started by my team in March 2020 in collaboration with the culture magazine Punctum. The goal of the project was to document the unusual times of the pandemic through diary entries. During the first wave of the pandemic, the project gained popularity in Latvia and received significant media attention. 238 authors contributed to the project, writing about a total of 2324 days. The diary entries are published online and the locations mentioned in the entries are annotated. Maps with various visualizations can be found on garamantas.lv, and the text corpus is available in the National Corpus Platform and CLARIN repository.
The Autobiography Collection (Archives of Latvian Folklore, ILFA) was established in 2018 through my initiative. The primary motivations for creating the collection were to document the tradition of life writing, centralize the preservation of these written works in Latvia, and provide a resource for research, particularly the creation of a corpus of diary texts. Currently, the collection holds more than 200 collections, several of which feature extensive multi-volume diaries written over the course of 50 years or more. The collections have been digitized and processed, and while some are publicly accessible, they are all available for research. One such diary, the 100-year-old diary of Emīls Pudelis, has been published on Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis since 2018.
The Digital Archive of Latvian Folklore is a landmark project, launched in 2014 with the goal of preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Latvia. This participatory platform invites users to play an active role in digitizing folklore, vernacular culture, and oral history, through its innovative crowdsourcing tools for manuscript transcription, translation, and annotation.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of a passionate community of volunteer transcribers, over 46,000 hours have been invested in the archive as of June 2022. garamantas.lv is a vibrant hub of cultural preservation and exchange.
I played a leadership role in the development of garamantas.lv from 2013 until the end of 2020 and remain involved in its ongoing evolution, particularly with regard to the Autobiography collection and communication with the volunteer community.
iesaisties.lv (in English: 'get engaged') is a straightforward crowdsourcing and citizen science platform created by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia (ILFA). The platform brings together all of ILFA's society involvement initiatives and provides direct access to citizen science initiatives hosted by garamantas.lv, literatura.lv, and other projects. The goal is to evolve the platform into a central hub for Latvian citizen science. I have been leading and working on this project since 2017.
I initiated digitalhumanities.lv in 2018 with a clear purpose: to bring Latvian institutions and researchers in the digital humanities together. Through our combined efforts, we have achieved great results, organizing conferences, summer schools, and collaborating on the creation of digital tools and resources, and infrastructures. Now, digitalhumanities.lv is a dynamic community fully dedicated to promoting digital humanities in Latvia. It is a privilege to be a part of this amazing interinstitutional team.
Parallel text corpus of Latvian legends in Latvian and German
This is a wiki-based database that features over 3,500 Latvian folk legends, which were originally published by folklore researcher Pēteris Šmits in the 1920s and 1930s. The German version of this collection is kept at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities Folktale Encyclopedia (Enzyklopädie des Märchens). The digitization and development of this corpus was accomplished by the Archives of Latvian Folklore, ILFA, and the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences in around 2010. Despite the progress made, much work still remains, as only three out of the fifteen volumes are currently included in the corpus.