Events by the SIEF Working Group on Archives


The Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Conference, organized by the University of Helsinki will take place from 7th March to 9th March 2018 at the University of Helsinki in Helsinki, Finland.
Tra­di­tion Archives Meet Di­gital Hu­man­it­ies Panel
Wed 7 March 9:00–12:30, location: PIII

Tradition archives have been an abode for discipline-centred, tailored systems for cataloguing and classification. At the beginning of the twentieth century, international indexing and cross-referencing classification and type-systems were developed for folklore archiving and research that later advanced to international standards, e.g., the Aarne-Thompson-Uther Motif-index of Folk-tales. In tradition archives there are various type-indexes, large corpuses, peculiar vocabularies, specific geodata, diverse cataloguing systems and a large scale of projects for collecting folklore materials. The application of various DH methods to the wide corpuses of folklore provides a promising potential to develop new computational models, and to provide novel discoveries in distant insights in the creation and content of the collections, diverse dimensions of variation and distribution of folk expression in time and space. The panel brings into the discussion several interrelated dimensions, relevant both for the development of tradition archives and for wider field of intangible cultural heritage and digital humanities.
The panel is supported by the Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives, the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme "Culture".


In September 14–16, 2016, the conference “Towards Digital Folkloristics. Research Perspectives. Archival Praxis. Ethical Challenges” took place in Riga, Latvia. The conference was devoted to the rapidly evolving field of digital folkloristics with a particular focus on tradition archives dealing with information technology.

For further information, please visit the conference website.

The Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives took place in Copenhagen, August 18, 2015 at the Dansk Folkemindesamling (The Danish Folklore Archives), Det Kongelige Bibliotek (The Royal Library).

Panels at SIEF2015 12th Congress: Zagreb, Croatia

Archives, digital collections, on-line databases and the internet Everyone an archivist?

The role of participatory archives in creating cultural heritage

Visions and traditions: the production of knowledge at the tradition archives

Ethnographic archives: should we share or should we hide?

The first meeting and seminar of the Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives took place in Oslo, Lysebu, April 13-15, 2015.

The Role of Archives in the Circulation Chain of Traditions
Founding panel at the 11th international SIEF congress, Tartu, July 2013