Date  Tuesday 6 November 2018  golden agent
Time 9:30 – 12:00
Location NIAS Conference Room, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, Amsterdam
Registration No registration necessary: everyone is welcome

We are very pleased to announce this forthcoming CLARIAH seminar with:

The seminar aims to bring together researchers and other specialists implementing and developing ontologies and standards to improve interoperability of historical data. Although in recent years significant progress has been made in the systemic integration of heterogenous and diverse data sources, semantic interoperability is still very much an open issue for historical data. This event provides the opportunity for the CLARIAH community and the NWO project group of ‘Golden Agents’ to acquaint themselves with the international Data for History Consortium. This consortium aims to develop common ontological models for historical data as extensions to the conceptual framework of the CIDOC CRM.


9:30-10:00 Arrival Coffee/Tea
10:00-10.05 Opening/Introduction Speakers
10:05- 11:00 Lecture Francesco Beretta followed by Q&A
"Interoperability of historical data and FAIR principles: an ontology management environment for sharing and aligning data models (".
11:00-12:00 Lecture Regina Varniene – Janssen followed by Q&A
“Authenticity and provenance in long term digital preservation of cultural content: Recent developments.”
12:00 Closure
Date 4 December  CLB
Time 17:00 - 17:45
Location Austria Centre, Room  2.17, Vienna, Austria

This is a reminder that we would like to invite you to a Networking Session on Language Technologies at the European Commission’s ICT 2018 conference in Vienna.
Our session “Where Multilingualism, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence meet: Language Technologies for the Next Generation Internet” takes place on 4 December 2018 in Vienna.


Europe is a multilingual society. Powerful and ubiquitous Language Technologies (LT) are needed to enable multilingualism in all economic and societal areas of our continent including the Digital Single Market, public administrations, general IT/ICT applications and connected devices (intelligent assistants, household appliances, vehicles etc.). It is exactly this next generation of multilingual and cross-lingual LT where modern AI approaches (Deep Learning) and huge data sets (Big Data) meet with the opportunity of enabling multilingualism for the Next Generation Internet technologically. For almost ten years, initiatives such as META-NET and LT-Innovate have been advocating to increase the support for the development of sophisticated LT for Europe’s languages significantly, throughout the whole spectrum of software applications. This session has four objectives: (1) to gather all involved stakeholders (LT, AI, NGI, Big Data, HPC), (2) to update one another on recent developments and upcoming European projects, especially regarding technology-enabled multilingualism, (3) to gather the stakeholders’ needs and ideas for collaboration and (4) to plan the next steps, especially with regard to upcoming opportunities and funding programmes including FP9 and our vision of the Human Language Project.


The following agenda items are planned:

Part I: Technology-enabled multilingualism in Europe
17:00 Opening remarks – Jan Hajic (Charles University, Czech Republic; META-NET)
17:05 Opening remarks – Christoph Prinz (Sail Labs, Austria; LT Innovate)
Part II: New cluster of seven EU-funded Language Technology projects
17:10 Overview of the European Language Grid project – Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany; META-NET)
17:15 Summary of the six new Research and Innovation Actions
Part III: Interactive part to collect the participants’ ideas, needs and suggested topics for collaboration
17:20 Interactive discussion
17:45 End of the Networking Session


If you plan to participate in the networking session, please register for the ICT 2018 conference under:

Organising committee

  • Georg Rehm (DFKI, Germany; META-NET)
  • Josef van Genabith (DFKI, Germany; META-NET)
  • Christoph Prinz (Sail Labs, Austria; LT Innovate)
  • Philippe Wacker (LT Innovate, Belgium)
  • Jan Hajic (Charles University Prague, Czech Republik; META-NET)
  • Andrejs Vasiļjevs (Tilde, Latvia; META-NET, LT Innovate)
  • Gerhard Backfried (Sail Labs, Austria)


Conny ChristelLast Saturday, October 6th 2018, our dear colleague Conny Kristel passed away. She was 63 years old. Conny Kristel was senior researcherat NIOD, principal investigator of EHRI and former director of DARIAH. The EHRI project – now already in its second phase – is a very important European large-scale research infrastructure project that provides online access to information about dispersed sources on the Holocaust.

Working for research infrastructures is not something which is likely to be awarded in the academic world. It is, to a large extent, what has been called ‘care work’ - often invisible but highly important, as such work lays the foundation for any further research.

Conny Kristel dedicated an important part of her career to this service, and she did not restrict her dedication to her immediate research community of Holocaust research. For many years, as one of the directors of DARIAH, she contributed essentially to the formation of the European Research Infrastructure, in which researchers, archivists and librarians and ICT specialists come together to enable humanities research across all kinds of fields and domains on a truly European scale. Conny was able to bridge between visions of the digital age, the current state of our cultural memory (to a large extent still not digital), the needs of researchers and the curating heart of archivists and documentalists. A rare talent – too soon lost!

We offer our heartfelt condolences to Conny’s family and friends, and her colleagues at NIOD.

NIOD wrote an obituary (in English and Dutch)

For a personal testimony from DANS (in Dutch) see here.

10 October 2018

The 2018 Steven Krauwer Award for CLARIN Achievements was awarded to Daan Broeder (Meertens Institute, KNAW) and Pavel Straňák (Charles University) for their outstanding contributions toward CLARIN goals.

 Daan Broeder Pavel Straňák 
Daan brought his rich knowledge and expertise into CLARIN from the very start. He was involved in a range of national and international projects and activities that are highly relevant to CLARIN, both on a technical and non-technical level.
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Pavel has been working actively at CLARIN in Czech Republic and CLARIN ERICERIC and is one of the most active people in the CLARIN community. He is specialized in the area of mathematical linguistics and has brought prominent contributions to CLARIN both locally and internationally.
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DANS invites you for the colloquium 'Digging into Data - Humanities and Knowledge organization'

Date 4 October logo DANS 
Time 15:00 - 17:00
Location Den Haag

The DANS R&D colloquium is a meeting place for researchers, archivists and ICT specialists. Organized by DANS, its focus is on research data and what you can do with it. You are invited to participate in discussing the challenge to keep data fixed and to invent tools that can evolve fast in a landscape that is on the move. If you have done projects in preserving and reusing data we find a slot for you to share your experiences.

The research consortium of the TA-P project 'Digging into the Knowledge Graph' is holding its consortium meeting October 3-5, 2018 in Amsterdam / The Hague.
On this occasion DANS organizes a Colloquium on the theme of Linked Data, Humanities research and the role of Knowledge Organisation Systems in it.


Time Speaker Topic
15:00 - 15:45 Richard Smiraglia
(University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
"Contextual Enrichment and Self-Organizing Knowledge Creation: Social Sciences and Humanities in the Knowledge Graph"
15:45 - 16:30 Charles van den Heuvel
(Huygens ING, KNAW; UvA)
“Ontologies and Interfaces for History: Golden Agents and Virtual Interiors”
16:30 - 17:00 Discussion  
17:00 - 18:00 Reception Reception (in honour of Dr. Wouter Beek, winner of the WDS Data Stewardship Award)

If you want to attend, please register online. If you have any questions, please ask .