Letters crop

Scholars in the humanities work with many different kinds of materials and sources. We risk being overwhelmed with the available amount of information, and our organizational computer skills rarely go beyond organizing files in a hierarchy of folders and sub-folders. Working within large amounts of data (in digital form) requires a more systematic management and way of approach: that of a database.

The workshop “Thinking like a database” offers insights into the opportunities and challenges of digitally gathering and storing of information, and on modelling and structuring our materials and at a conceptual level. Using an online multimedia database (LAB 1100’s nodegoat technology), we discuss and try out the complexities of organizing and managing your materials in structured datasets. This also allows you to create relational modes of analysis, mapping the geographic, social and temporal connections between your materials and data.

The workshop will be jointly organised by LAB 1100 and Prof. Joep Leerssen and Dr Christian from the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies.

Date: Thursday 4 July (morning and afternoon sessions) and Friday 5 July
Venue: University of Amsterdam, Bushuis, Kloverniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam

Free of charge for members of the Huizinga Institute

For further information and registration please contact:

Dr Christian Noack
Director of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies
+31 20 525 4677

fubThe DH Training Workshop: Digital Methods for Linguistic Investigation will take place November 13-15, 2019 at Freie Universität Berlin.

The event is organized by Simona Olivieri, Humboldt Research Fellow at Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universität Berlin, with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The workshop will bring together 20 trainees together with experts to share experiences, methods and techniques for the creation, management and use of linguistic data.
Our aim is to present a sketch of different methodologies for the digital treatment of languages and linguistic information, and to give an overall view of the benefits of applying digital methods to investigate humanities research questions.

Ideal trainees will be students, PhD students and postdocs from linguistic disciplines interested in digital treatment of languages, e-lexicography and creation of digital resources.

The training will focus on standards-compliant representations of texts in digital form, and sessions will be organized in hands-on slots on data modeling and managing.

Main instructors will be Laurent Romary (Directeur de Recherche, Inria, Team ALMAnaCH, France), Toma Tasovac, (Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (BCDH)/Director of DARIAH-EU), and Giuliano Lancioni (Roma Tre University).
The workshop will also feature public lectures to present Digital Humanities projects on Arabic and Syriac. Keynote lectures will be given by Simona Olivieri (FU Berlin) and Giuliano Lancioni (Roma Tre University), Karlheinz Mörth (Director of the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities – Austrian Academy of Sciences), and George Kiraz (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton / Beth Mardutho).

Applicants should submit their bio and a short proposal presenting their background and interest in the field. The description of a concrete project involving linguistic data that they
would like to work on during the training sessions will also be considered in the selection.

All documents should be sent as a single PDF-file attachment labelled as “Last Name_DHWorkshopFU.pdf” to Dr. Simona Olivieri by July 15, 2019.
Attendees will be required to bring their laptops and sample data to the training sessions, so to be able to work on the application of the methodologies presented by the instructors.

Participation is free of charge.

Important dates:

May 15, 2019 First call for participation
June 24, 2019 Second call for participation
July 15, 2019 Deadline call for participation
July 28, 2019 Notification of acceptance
November 13-15, 2019 Workshop dates
Further inquiries can be sent to
Read more at FUB website: https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/semiarab/semitistik/termine/Digital-Methods-for-Linguistic-Investigation.html

Starting March 1, 2019, the two research infrastructure networks CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE have begun their cooperation in the joined project CLARIAH-DE. In this joined project, the two established research infrastructures are supposed to get merged over the course of two years (2019-2021). In this fashion, academic endeavours of researchers from the Humanities and Cultural Sciences who work with complex digital tools and special data repositories shall be substantially facilitated. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and wants to make a contribution to the further development of the national research infrastructures.

More information: https://www.clarin-d.net/en/current-issues/490-successful-start-to-clariah-de


Extension deadline for submissions*

Upon several requests, the ESSLLI 2020 programme committee extends the deadline using a two step process as specified below 32nd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information - ESSLLI 2020 3-14 August, 2020, Utrecht, The Netherlands


1 June 2019 Pre-proposal Course Title submission deadline (mandatory). You are asked to submit at least the name(s) of the instructor(s), the ESSLLI area+course level and a short abstract in EasyChair.
9 June 2019 Final submission. By the 9th of June the submission has to be completed by uploading the PDF with the actual proposal as detailed below
14 September 2019 Notification


If there is enough interest, ESSLLI OC will provide information on private child care services available during the summer school.

 Date/Time  11-06-2019
Whole day
 Location  De Krook City Library
Miriam Makebaplein 1 - Gent

Researchers and developers within the Benelux have been building up expertise on geospatial technology within deep mapping and Time Machine projects. The Geohumanities rely on fast developing spatial technologies, semantic web technology and Linked open Data and at the same time explore collaborative en participatory research methods. In this first CLARIAH-Benelux meeting we bring together developers, researchers and coordinators to exchange ideas and experiences of our geospatial projects. How can we collaborate in future development and research?

See the workshop website for more information and free registration.


June 10th

Workshop dinner @ Ghent

June 11th

Inspirational talk on Deep mapping by Ian Gregory (ULancaster)
"Deep mapping texts of the English Lake District"

Line-up of local Time Machines and deep mapping projects: ambitions and challenges, Q&A


Inspirational talk by Rainer Simon (Digital Insight Lab at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)
"Places, Traces, Annotations (and where to find them in a time machine"

Break out questions

  • Which tools and libraries do we need to create and use linked data?
  • How do we use spatio-temporal ontologies?
  • Is GIS-software the right tool for deep mapping?
  • Can we put people in pipelines? How to integrate public participation in infrastructural and research design?
  • How can we use time machines in comparative research?
  •  ...