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 .  

Dear Colleagues, 
We kindly would like to point you to the CFP for a conference on Graph Technologies in Digital Humanities inlined below. 
The full call is also online and downloadable at

Call for papers for a two day international exploratory conference organized by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur in Mainz, 18–19 January 2019.
Although graph models as a computing technology are several decades old, it is only through advancement of generally available computing capacity in the last few years that the application of graph models has become feasible for many humanities projects. As a result we are now seeing a widespread exploration of their potential in the humanities: graphs are being used to express social networks, correspondence networks, text variation, textual traditions, prosopographical data, and so forth. Furthermore, they increasingly complement relational or XML-based research data repositories. The exploratory state of graph application in the humanities is marked by a great variety of modelling approaches and various understandings of graphs as data and information structures. These different modelling approaches are to be presented and discussed at the conference as a first step towards conceivable harmonisation.
The purpose of this conference is to cast a wide net, soliciting contributions that represent the many applications that humanities researchers are currently finding for graphs. While keeping the rich variation in modeling approaches and applications in the foreground, we aim at the same time to explore the possibility of generalizing data structures for different application domains. The conference will thus focus both on celebrating a multitude of creative approaches and on identifying common ground for community-driven development of humanities-specific graph models.
Key topics of the conference include:
  1. Flexibility versus Interoperability
    Graphs are versatile structures able to express highly specific data, information, and interpretation. This facilitates humanities research, marked as it is by heterogeneous data, situated interpretation, complex research questions, and project-specific ephemeral research design. At the same time research institutions, data repositories, research infrastructures, and digital archives require standardization of data and interoperability of tools to facilitate their sustainability and reuse. Are these two features fundamentally at odds with each other, or can they be different sides of the same coin?
  2. Generalization
    Closely related to the first key topic is the question of modelling in graph structures and possibilities of generalization. Can we define generic terms, concepts, and structures  from which discipline-specific annotation systems can then be developed? What does a minimally-sustainable humanities-oriented generic graph data structure look like, and is it possible with such a structure to support the highly specific semantics required by most humanities research?
  3. Approaches to Querying and Access
    To support different research strategies it is paramount that interoperable research data repositories support adaptable query and information retrieval approaches. Several graph-oriented query languages exist (e.g. GraphQL, OpenCypher, Gremlin, SPARQL), but what requirements should be set for a graph query language geared especially towards humanities research data and questions? What can such strategies look like? Are there opportunities to find interdisciplinary approaches here?


We welcome proposals for theoretical papers that engage substantially with any of these key topics, as well as for practice-based papers that describe the practical application of graph technologies to humanities research work to these topics and/or argue practical engineering solutions and approaches to these key questions or related topics such as:

  • Graph-based data models, theoretical and practical explorations
  • Applications of graph technologies in the humanities
  • Text-as-Graph (TAG)
  • Solutions for query and comparison of different graph models
  • Strategies for, or demonstration of, various kinds of (computational) access to humanities data and information represented as graphs
  • Graph representation of specific networks of persons, objects, and information relating to humanities research questions
  • Interacting with graphs and graph interaction design
  • Graphs as a solution for information and data annotation in the humanities
  • Graphs as models for representation of provenance and transmission of information
  • Graphs as models for historical data and information, above and beyond social network analysis
  • Engineering solutions to analysis, traversal, querying graph structure data in specific humanities research contexts
  • The comparison and interpretation of graphs, subgraphs, and traversals
Proposals (between 300 and 500 words, excluding bibliographic references) should be submitted to  by 15 October 2018. Abstracts may be submitted in English or German. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent out on 25 November 2018. Authors of successful submissions will be allotted 20 minutes for their presentations, as well as a few minutes for discussion thereafter.


A keynote by Prof. Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Director of the State and University Library in Darmstadt, will be presented at the conference.

The organizers of the conference are seeking funding to support travel costs for the presenters of each accepted paper (one bursary per paper).
Presented papers will be published on line at the very least, however the program committee intends to publish selected papers in a suitable peer reviewed publication.

Program Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Tara Andrews (Universität Wien)
  • Dr. Andreas Kuczera (Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz)
  • Dr. Thomas Efer (Universität Leipzig)
  • Franziska Diehr (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin)
  • Dr. Elena Spadini (University of Lausanne)
  • Drs. Joris van Zundert (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Amsterdam)




The Italian Association of Speech Sciences (AISV) is happy to announce the AISV Annual Conference 2019 and the call for the submission of extended abstracts.

What AISV 2019 aisv
Where Arezzo, Italy
When 14-16 February 2019
About Dipartimento di Scienze della formazione, scienze umane e della comunicazione interculturale, audio archives at the crossroads of speech sciences, digital humanities and digital heritage

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 25 sept. 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 oct. 2018
  • Conference dates:  14-16 febr. 2019
  • Full papers submission: 15 march 2019


Conference Topics

Audio archives are common in different disciplines within the social sciences and humanities and Information and Communications Technology, from the various fields of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, etc) and speech technologies (natural language processing, automatic speech recognition, etc), to oral history, ethnography, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

They contain vast amounts of information relevant to social sciences and humanities but at the same time they are underutilized material of intangible cultural heritage. Crucially, the fragmentation of archives, repositories, and data centres undermines the accessibility and reuse of oral archives.

The conference aims at discussing possibilities for a closer collaboration between speech scientists, conversation analysists, speech technologists and oral historians.

Potential questions include

  • What are the challenges involved in the re-use of speech and oral archives collected for other purposes?
  • What kind of opportunities do oral archives provide for speech technology?
  • What do linguistic uses of historical narratives look like? What are the opportunities and challenges of using oral history archives in linguistic research? What are the opportunities and challenges of phonetic tools for oral history and social sciences? In what ways could oral historians profit from a closer collaboration?
  • What are the challenges involved in the long-term preservation and in the metadata description of digital archives? What are the challenges and the risks associated to legal and ethical issues?
  • What are the opportunities and the threats associated to online audio archives sharing? What are the long-established standards and the welcomed ones? What are the online share-platforms and the forthcoming projects? What are the opportunities at EU level for the preservation and maintenance of audio archives?

Following the tradition of AISV conferences, the programme will also include open sessions on any aspect of speech science research.

The languages of the conference are Italian and English. Power Point presentations and posters should be written in English.

How to submit your abstract

Authors are invited to submit an abstract by 25 September. Abstracts should be written in English or Italian, and should be restricted to 4000 characters (including spaces) and two pages in A4 format, including graphs and references. Abstracts should be submitted in .pdf format via;conf=aisv2019

Invited speakers

  • Franciska de Jong| Universiteit Utrecht | Executive Director CLARIN ERIC
    “Spoken Word Archives as Societal and Cultural Data”
    special session (supported by CLARIN ERIC)
  • Christoph Draxler, Florian Schiel – Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
    "Creating, Managing and Analysing Speech Databases using BAS Services and Emu: A Hands-On Tutorial"

Previous AISV Conferences

Proceedings of selected papers from previous AISV Conferences

Organizing Committee

  • Fabio Ardolino (Università di Pisa)
  • Silvia Calamai (Università degli Studi di Siena)
  • Letizia Cirillo (Università degli Studi di Siena)
  • Caterina Pesce (Università degli Studi di Padova)
  • Duccio Piccardi (Università di Pisa)