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The project aims at developing an analytical approach, called “Cultural Data Analytics”, which integrates existing Tallinn University strengths in cultural semiotics and cultural theory, data analytics, digital culture studies and creative industries’ studies to work with digitised cultural heritage as well as with born-digital data scraped from contemporary platforms.

This aim will be accomplished by establishing an ERA Chair (a professorship) position and the transdisciplinary and innovative cooperation platform – Open Lab – at Tallinn University.

The ERA Chair, funded by the European Commission, will as a whole link existing capabilities of studying creative industries, open data, cultural dynamics and policy making thus creating synergies across multiple areas, in order to connect and combine various data sources to cultural practices of both consumption and production. As a team the chair fill consist of at minimum one professor and her/his 6 associates. Three of Tallinn University schools cooperate in facilitating the ERA Chair: the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), the School of Humanities (SH) and the School of Digital Technologies (SDT). One of the aims of the project is develop new interdiscplinary cooperation models between different schools.

The practical extension of the ERA Chair will be the CUDANOpen Lab. The Open Lab will be cooperation platform designed to work with multiple external partners, both public and private. Therein the aim will be to collect, analyse and use digital cultural data and to develop relevant new analytic methods – all in order to better understand contemporary cultural dynamics and incorporate this understanding into public cultural service designs, and cultural and creative industries’ policymaking processes. Many of the relevant partners TLU is already cooperating with, but now the aim is to do it more systematically by developing new cooperation formats and entirely new physical space for the Open Lab.

1. Data based studies of audiovisual heritage (film and television, projects could focus on their histories, their databases and corpora, their metadata, the ways databases and corpora represent or mediate history)

2.Data usage in contemporary media organisations (media organisations in smaller countries preferred, projects could focus on their data collection and analytic practices and opportunities, analysis of related value propositions)

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States