Digital Media Institute announces two activities for 2018

Interdisciplinary research,
education and capacity building

20 Nov 2017

SMART DATA Sprint and workshop Image Networks will take place in Lisbon between January 29th and February 8th 

Supported by UT Austin I Portugal Program and promoted by iNOVA Media Lab, the Digital Media Winter Institute is dedicated to advancing the study of new media, social media methods, and data visualization. The initiative aims to promote the practice of interdisciplinary research through the data-sprint approach and other intensive hands-on work courses.

To address its goals, the initiative will offer on the beginning of 2018 two moments: SMART Data Sprint - Interpreters of Platform Data, on January 29th to February 2nd, and Image Networks - Automated Analysis of Visual Content, on February 5th to 8th.

SMART Data Sprint: Interpreters of Platform Data

During the first one, the participants will have the chance to attend to keynote lectures, short talks, and parallel sessions of practical labs, highlighting the presence of the associate professor in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Bernhard Rieder, and the Associate Professor of Journalism and Sociology at the UT Austin, Dhiraj Murthy.

Senior researchers and doctoral and masters students will also be leading Practical Labs among the themes: Data Extraction Tools; Working with tabular data; Raw Graphs; Visual content analysis with Image Plot, Network Analysis, and Image Networks. The projects will contemplate public health issues (Zika Virus) and Genre Studies (Femicide), led by senior researchers from Brazil and Portugal, and an Italian Journalist. Participants are also invited to pitch projects.

Image Networks

For your turn, the workshop “Image Networks - Automated Analysis of Visual Content” will present and discuss a set of methods and tools for studying large visual datasets which are based in the recent availability of cloud computing computer vision frameworks, dealing specifically with the Google Vision API. Possibilities and limitations of these techniques will be discussed, in addition to the learning of their implementation in research practice.


The registration must be done until January 8th sending email to with a résumé (with photo) and a brief statement introducing the research interests and explaining how the chosen event may benefit your current work.

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General information

  • SMART Data Sprint: Interpreters of Platform Data

Dates: 29 January – 2 February 2018 between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Universidade Nova de Lisboa I NOVA FCSH I iNOVA Media Lab

  • Image Networks - Automated Analysis of Visual Content

Dates: 5 – 8 February 2018 between 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Universidade Nova de Lisboa I NOVA FCSH I iNOVA Media Lab
Limit of 20 participants.