big data and history of the future

Thursday, June 3rd 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Big Data and History of the Future
Date:June 3rd, 2021 (Thursday)
Time:12:30pm - 2:00pm
Venue:Artemis & Apollo,
9-11 Moon Street, 
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Event Fee*:
Members:HKD 250
Guest of Lifetime/Patron Members:HKD 350

*Fee includes a set lunch. Vegetarian menu available upon early request. RSVPs required as seats are limited. Registration confirmed only upon payment. Please click "Register Now" below to reserve your seat(s)!


Event Description

Join us on June 3 (Thu) for a Media & Technology Sub-Committee Luncheon featuring our guest speaker, Javier Cha, PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University & Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, College of Liberal Studies, Seoul National University.

The advent of big data challenges long-held assumptions in historical research. The 59 zettabytes of data generated until 2020 reside in fragile storage devices with an average life span of 7 to 30 years. Unlike paper documents, the networked existence of big data across hundreds of thousands of servers in power-hungry data centers requires considerations of energy demands and digital information’s environmental impact. Not to mention, primary sources are no longer exclusively records left behind by human observers but also include detailed logs and photorealistic data captured by billions of smart devices. What are the implications of this new information regime in studying the past?

Javier Cha is an assistant professor of East Asian Studies in the College of Liberal Studies and the principal investigator of the Big Data Studies Lab at Seoul National University. During the 2020-21 academic year, he is on sabbatical leave as Digital Historian-in-Residence in the Department of History at Lingnan University. He was formerly a Stanford DHAsia Fellow and helped design the digital humanities minor program at Leiden University. Javier is a medieval historian of Korea with a programming background. He divides his research time across translating a fifteenth-century Korean text, building a social network database of medieval Korea's yangban aristocrats, and engaging in experimental humanities projects that propose solutions to the challenges posed by big data.


HK$250 (Lifetime/Patron)

HK$250 (Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member)

HK$350 (Prospect/Guest)

Sign Up Date

(Lifetime/Patron) : Tuesday, May 18th 2021

(Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member) : Wednesday, May 19th 2021

(Prospect/Guest) : Monday, May 24th 2021

Sign Up Deadline

Tuesday, June 1st 2021

Time & Location

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Artemis and Apollo, 9-11 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Contact Info

Harvard Club of Hong Kong Events