About the Consortium

Introduction

At the consortium for ‘Digital History of Telecom and Exchanges in Finland and Sweden’ we make full use of the opportunities arising from the “big data revolution” in the humanities and social sciences. By working closely together on methodological issues we have developed a unique research design centered around collaboration across research institutions and empirical cases. Currently we are 8 researchers (4 senior, 3 doctoral student and 1 research assistant) working together on four empirical cases.

Method

The archival “big data revolution” provides increased technical capacities, affordability, and ease to digitize and store large sets of historical data and explore it in new ways. To make full use of these opportunities, we have developed a relational database where we store, code and analyze all our data (see figure below).  In addition, relational structure of our data enable us to directly utilize modern tools for data analysis such as topic mapping, word vector analysis and different tools for network mapping and analysis.

Database

Empirical focus

Our current work adopts a 2 by 2 research design where we study the co-evolution of technology and regulation of two industries (financial exchanges and telecom) in two national contexts (Finland and Sweden). To date we have gathered and digitized over 12000 unique sources and conducted over 40 oral history interviews in these cases.

Cases Sweden Finland
Financial Exchanges Stockholm Stock Exchange, OM (Options Exchange) Helsinki Stock Exchange, SOM (Options Exchange)
Telecom Televerket/Telia Telecom Finland/Sonera