SpringerWe invite submissions of papers to a special issue of the journal ”Language Resources and Evaluation”. The special issue will focus on the use of language technology for digital humanities and will have the title: Language Technology for Digital Humanities.


The use of digital resources and tools across humanities disciplines has steadily increased, giving rise to new research paradigms and associated methods that are commonly subsumed under the term ”digital humanities”. Digital humanities does not constitute a new discipline in itself, but rather a new approach to humanities research that cuts across different existing humanities disciplines.
While digital humanities extends well beyond language-based research, textual resources and spoken language materials play a central role in most humanities disciplines. Applying LT tools and data for digital humanities research implies new perspectives on these resources regarding domain adaptation, interoperability, technical requirements, documentation, and usability of user interfaces.


We invite original contributions on completed work, not published before and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of using language technology and/or language resources with the goal of finding new answers to existing research questions in a particular humanities discipline or addressing entirely new research questions
  • Case studies of expanding the functionality of existing language processing tools in order to be able to address research questions in digital humanities
  • The design of new language processing tools as well as annotation tools for spoken and written language, showcasing their use in digital humanities research
  • Domain adaption of rule-based, statistical, or machine-learning models for language processing tools in digital humanities research
  • Challenges posed for language processing tools when used on diachronic data, language variation data, or literary texts
  • Showcasing the use of language processing tools in humanities disciplines such as anthropology, gender studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, political science, and theology


Accepted papers will have a length of 20-30 pages, excluding references.

Authors are advised to use the online manuscript submission for the journal. Make sure to select the special issue when asked to provide the article type. More information, including formatting instructions for authors can be found on the journal's webpage at: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/linguistics/journal/10579#

Authors are requested to send a brief email to the guest editors () indicating their intention to participate as soon as possible, including their contact information and the topic they intend to address in their submission. Questions regarding the special issue should be sent to the same address.



  • Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tübingen
  • Marie Hinrichs, University of Tübingen
  • Sandra Kübler, Indiana University
  • Thorsten Trippel, University of Tübingen


Date 13 June 2017


Time 09.30-18.30
 Location Spinhuis
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185

Are you intrigued by Linked (Open) Data but don’t know how to get started with it? Do you have tabular data in the Arts and Humanities domain lying around? Then this workshop might just be the thing for you.

In September 2016, CLARIAH organised its first Linked Open Data Workshop, which introduced Linked Data to the wider arts and humanities community. On 13 June 2017, we will organise a second CLARIAH-wide workshop in which you can obtain hands-on experience with the CLARIAH tools for Linked Data. In the workshop, we will show you how to convert your tabular data to RDF, connect it to other datasets and explore, analyse and visualise the resulting enriched dataset.

We will aim to support two user groups explicitly: technically-savvy, but novice users and more advanced users. Novice users are typically familiar with software tools such as Excel and Access, more advanced users may already be using Python, R and MySQL.

The plan

  • Sign up via the EventBrite page
  • Send us a half-page description of your dataset one week prior to the workshop (6 June), preferably with a small data sample so we can get an idea for the types of data that participants bring
  • Bring a laptop to the workshop with your data
  • We will show and help you convert your data to Linked Data using Timbuctoo
  • Teach you how to link your data to other sources
  • Help you figure out how to explore, analyse and visualise your data to help you answer your data-driven research questions
  • We will present some short use cases to give you an idea of the types of things you can do, but after that you get to work on your own dataset.
  • Staff from the different CLARIAH domains will be on hand to give you advice


  • Contact  for more information


  • Marnix van Berchum (WP2, Engineering)
  • Jauco Noordzij (WP2, Engineering)
  • Marieke van Erp (WP3, Linguistics)
  • Albert Meroño Peñuela (WP4, Social and Economic History)
  • Victor de Boer (WP5, Media Studies)

Open ScienceYou are kindly invited to join the first national meeting for researchers on Open Science. The meeting will take place on the 29th of May 2017 and will be hosted at the Aula of TU Delft


The National Plan for Open Science can be downloaded here:

Who should attend?

The day will be a great opportunity for all researchers working in the Netherlands to give their opinion on the aims and goals of the Dutch ‘National Open Science Plan’. It’s a chance to let politicians, funders and administrators know what researchers really need to make Open Science work for them. 

The day will include experiences from several disciplines, highlighting both the benefits and challenges in practicing Open Science. Representatives of the Dutch scientific and government organizations who created the National Plan for Open Science will be present to listen, engage in discussion and answer questions. State Secretary Sander Dekker of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science is also scheduled to attend.

Learn more about what Open Science can mean for you, what the plans of the government and scientific organizations are to support and promote Open Science, and give your feedback on the National Plan Open Science. All this in a lively atmosphere with plenty of time for informal discussion with fellow researchers.  

This one-day event is free to attend. Save the date and register now! The detailed programme will become available at the end of April.


Date 11 & 12 May 2017
Time 9:00 - 18:30
Location University of Amsterdam (Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012XT, BG1, E-Lab)

CLARIAH Media Studies focus invites to a two-day symposium and expert meetings around the topic of scholarly annotations of text, image, and audio-visual materials.

This annotation symposium aims to bring together different groups and individuals who are working separately on implementing solutions to support text annotation, audio and video annotation, and image annotation. For instance, within the CLARIAH infrastructure, there is active research and development related to video annotation. Also, the Huygens Institute is actively developing a system for supporting text annotation. Equally, projects at the European and international level are implementing solutions to support this “scholarly primitive.” This event aims to provide the occasion to present an overview of research use cases, and to share experiences, problems, and ideas in implementing annotation support. The main aim is to raise awareness among all CLARIAH work packages about the need to support annotation, and to discuss collaboration possibilities within and outside CLARIAH. The event includes a full day with presentations and a hands-on workshop open to the public, and two closed expert panels.

The program is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EfdRdbsRNgKxc9_AEQiibMGAvvWI50WkBiZ5-VsZHN4/edit#

Registration to the open session starts from April 13: https://clariah_annotation_symposium.eventbrite.com

48th Annual Conference of IALHI-International Association of Labour History Institutions
in association with
Worklab-International Association of Labour Museums
Ghent, Belgium, 6-9 September 2017

Digital Dreams

Information Technology, Social History Research and the Future of Archives, Museums and Libraries

Conference location: De Krook City Library of Ghent
Hosted by Amsab-Institute of Social History

Call for Papers

The use of computers and information technology in museums, archives and libraries has been going on for several years now, however in a number of aspects the digital era in the sector is only beginning, both in the way of opportunities (think Augmented Reality) or as a threat (think Digital Dark Age). The emerging new IT technologies are challenging and changing the traditional policies of museums, archives and research institutes. Smartphones, networks and GIS technologies open up dazzling new opportunities of transmission of our collections and new communication strategies. But will the digital era be a dream or a nightmare? At what cost will it come? Will the new technologies be global or rather widen the gap with the South?

More information can be found here.