Norwegian Parliament in session
Time and place: Oct. 14, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, TBA

Martin Søyland (Political Science, UiO) presents his R package stortingscrape. This R package aims to effectivize this process for Norwegian parliamentary data. The package makes the data easily accessible, while also being flexible enough for tailoring the different underlying data sources to ones needs. The package philosophy revolves around three core consepts: 1) simplify data formats as much as possible, 2) make interconnected sources of data easily mergable, and 3) minimize overlap in information for different retreival functions.

EU, Court
Time and place: Nov. 18, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, TBA

Silje S. L. Hermansen presents joint work with Urska Sadl entitled Does Politicization Make International Courts Uncomfortable? Evidence from the European Court of Justice

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Time and place: Dec. 9, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, TAB

In this seminar we talk about careers in political data-science


Computer, Fox
Time and place: Sep. 9, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, Kristen Nygaards hus 2410

The Research Infrastructure Services Department at USIT is responsible for national e-infrastructure services for computation, storage of research data and more. The group is also responsible for UiO's involvement in national, Nordic and European initiatives and other cooperation projects and initiatives in the field of e-infrastructure and scientific computing.

Arabic text as picture
Time and place: June 17, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, Zoom / Nydalen

Optical character recognition (OCR) promises to open vast bodies of historical data to scientific inquiry, but OCR can be cumbersome when documents are noisy. The past 18 months have seen the launch of new OCR processors with vastly improved accuracy. In this seminar, Thomas Hegghammer will give an overview of the latest tools and present a new R package that offers access to the most powerful of them all, Google Document AI.

Time: May 6, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM

Opinion polls are not reported in the media as unfiltered numbers. And some opinion polls are not reported at all. This talk by Zoltán Fazekas from Copenhagen Business School is about how polls travel through several stages that eventually turn boring numbers into biased news. The theoretical framework describes how and why opinion polls that are available to the public are more likely to focus on change, despite most polls showing little to no change. These dynamics are empirically demonstrated using several data sources and measurements from two different democracies (Denmark and the U.K.) covering several years of political reporting. In the end, a change narrative will be prominent in the reporting of opinion polls which contributes to what the general public sees and shares, further consolidating a picture of volatile political competition.

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Time and place: Apr. 15, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, Zoom

Neil Ketchley presents Violent Contention and Decolonization: Evidence from the 1919 Egyptian Revolution 


Time and place: Mar. 11, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, Zoom / 830

Who will the Norwegian election this fall? While no answer can be definite until election has passed, the large amount of available data allows probabilistic answers. In the past, media coverage of Norwegian elections and popular party support has focused on single polls or averages of polls at best. This is suboptimal, because each poll contains random noise and systematic bias, which makes it hard to accurately gauge how party support develops over time. Furthermore, opinion polls are snapshots and do not directly address the question of how support is likely to develop in the future. To make better use of the data, Jørgen Bølstad has developed a Bayesian model of latent party support and made the results publicly available at In his presentation, Bølstad will introduce the new model and its outputs, including some results that are not available online. He will also give a brief description of the project and how the webpage is built and updated. 

Time and place: Feb. 18, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, Zoom / 830

Philipp Broniecki presents joint work with Lucas Leeman and Reto Wüest on an R-package for Improved multilevel regression with post-stratification through machine learning (autoMrP)