In English

Rajapinta is a researcher community and a scientific association focused on digital social sciences. Rajapinta advocates the social scientific study of ICT and ICT applications in social research in Finland. We are based in Finland and our activities take place both in Finnish and English. The association’s goal is to improve collaboration and provide opportunities for meetings and networking for researchers in relevant disciplines.

You can join the association by submitting a membership application. For now, there are no annual membership fees nor a joining fee. If you require assistance or need help, contact us via membership at rajapinta.co.

Rajapinta mailing list and Slack

To join our mailing list send an email to: discussion+subscribe at rajapinta.co

Despite the name, the list is mainly for information sharing purposes, CFP’s, and event notices. To send a message to everyone on the list, send an email to discussion at rajapinta.co

For discussion, we have our own Slack platform, where members can join various existing channels and also create their own. Invitation link has been sent to all members, but in case you need one, send an email to membership at rajapinta.co.

Events

We organize open meetups approximately once a month. They can be used to discuss research topics and choices of methods, as well as read and comment others’ work. See https://www.facebook.com/pg/RajapintaCo/events/ for upcoming seminars. Rajapinta members are also welcome to present their work at the meetups or organise their own meetup on a topic that fits the association’s agenda. If you want to get involved, contact: meetup at rajapinta.co. Rajapinta also gives financial support to events organized by its members through the Community action mechanism.

Rajapintapäivät (Rajapinta Days) is our open and free annual unconference. The event is open for all interested in the study of digital society and digital methods. Read more: https://wiki.helsinki.fi/display/rajapintapaivat

We thank Kone Foundation for their support for these activities.

Blog

Rajapinta blog publishes the association members’ blog posts that discuss themes related to the association’s field: social science perspectives to information technologies and digital/computational data and methods in social sciences. If you have ideas for potential texts, contact Rajapinta blog editors at toimitus at rajapinta.co. Instructions for writers and more details about the publishing process can be found here.

Awards

Each year, Rajapinta awards two (or more) monetary thesis awards for excellent Master’s thesis that are

  • social science motivated studies of information technologies
  • social science research with information technology supported methodology

Proposals from all fields of study as well as from all Finnish universities are welcome.

Contact details 

  • membership at rajapinta.co – Membership related issues
  • toimitus at rajapinta.co – Want to write about your research on the Rajapinta blog? 
  • meetup at rajapinta.co – Want to present your research at our monthly meetings? Any questions about the participation in these events?
  • money at rajapinta.co – Billing Rajapinta ry – remember to reference who you interacted with (our reference) to make the billing quick to process
  • chair at rajapinta.co – All other matters

Postal address:
Rajapinta ry
c/o Margareta Salonen
PL 35 (Seminaarinkatu 15, Athenaeum 317.3)
40014 Jyväskylän yliopisto

Information about the association

We are a Finnish association and our operations are governed by the Finnish Associations Act (Yhdistyslaki) and our charter (yhdistyksen säännöt). The official language of the association is Finnish but events are also held in English. The association ID is 218.923 and further information of the association is provided in the government’s information system. We are also a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Privacy policy (rekisteriseloste) of the association’s member registry can be found here.

Executive Committee (2022)

  • Margareta Salonen (chair, University of Jyväskylä)
  • Tuomas Heikkilä (University of Helsinki)
  • Elisa Kannasto (University of Vaasa / Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences / Tampere University)
  • Minna Koivula (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Janne Matikainen (University of Helsinki)
  • Erkki Mervaala (Finnish Environment Institute / University of Helsinki)
  • Teemu Ruokolainen (Tampere University)
  • Minna Vigren (Stockholm University)
  • Laura Savolainen (University of Helsinki)

Personal email addresses are format firstname.lastname at rajapinta.co.
Name lists of old committees can be found here.

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