Exploring Historical Sources with Language Technology

NeDiMAHHuygensAn international workshop will take place at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, and is the joint effort of two major Europe-wide initiatives: CLARIN (Common Language Resource and Tools Infrastructure) and NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities). Applications are invited from those you would like to attend, and from those who would like to present a paper.

The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate how the application of language technology has produced a new understanding of texts in different fields of Humanities. The proliferation of digital resources in the Humanities is leading to the elaboration of new methods, concepts, and theories by means of which researchers can query and interpret large-scale textual collections. The workshop will bring together researchers who already apply language technology, and those who would like to learn about the current state of art in this new and evolving area. The organizers invite researchers (especially early career scholars) who plan to apply language technology but do not already have the necessary skills and technical background. The second main goal of the workshop is to enhance exchange of experiences, disseminate know-how, and to explore potential future collaborations.


Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5

2595 BE  The Hague


Important dates


  • Call for participation and papers issued

27 june 2014

  • Deadline for applications for participation and papers

3 september 2014

  • Notification of successful applicants

15 september 2014


8-9 december 2014

Keynote speaker

Professor Tony McEnery (ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University).

Other speakers to be confirmed.


If you would like to participate, you have until 3 September 2014 to apply for a place. Please complete this simple online form (http://bit.ly/explorehistory), where you are asked for some details and a short statement of the reasons for your interest in participating. Thanks to generous funding from NeDiMAH and CLARIN, participation will be free of charge, and funds will be available to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for a number of participants. NeDiMAH is funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF).

If you would like to submit a proposal to give a presentation at the workshop on your research results, please send it by email to by 17:00 CET on Wednesday 3rd September 2014. Proposals for presentations should be 400-500 words in length. This is not essential for participation, and if you do not submit a presentation, you will still have a chance to give a short presentation of your work, or to ask questions. Proposals should focus on research results, not descriptions of projects, resources or methods.

Organizing Committee

If you have any questions, please contact one of the organizers or .

Martin Wynne