logo partenosNowadays, academia operates largely project-based, along envisioned research paths. But innovation can neither be planned nor be forecast. Unexpected insights and results are like ‘kersen op de taart’. This news item reports of two such ‘cherries’, resulting from collaborations within and across different national and international research infrastructure projects in the Digital Humanities.

Together with five other music information retrieval (MIR) researchers, Reinier de Valk wrote a paper promoting stronger collaboration between the field of MIR and Trusted Digital Repositories holding digital music data. The paper touches on subjects such as research workflows, standardisation, and software sustainability—topics relevant both in the context of the European Commission-funded PARTHENOS project and in that of the national CLARIAH project. The paper has been accepted for the Digital Libraries for Musicology workshop, a satellite event of the highly prestigious annual International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (Suzhou and Shanghai, 23-28 October), and will be published in ACM’s International Conference Proceedings Series.

Another conference that is difficult to be accepted for is the annual International Semantic Web Conference. Albert Meroño-Peñuela, former PhD student of DANS, working for the CEDAR project; and others (including Reinier de Valk) had a paper accepted for this conference’s Resource Track. The paper describes “the MIDI Linked Data Cloud dataset, which represents multiple collections of digital music in the MIDI standard format as Linked Data using the novel midi2rdf algorithm”, and which opens all kind of new research possibilities. While CLARIAH currently does not focus on music, the researchers involved met in the context of building a DH research infrastructure for CLARIAH. This paper is a very nice example of a spin-off result from such large-scale collaborations.

For more information, see here.


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On the 26th and 27th of October 2017, the Centre for Digital Humanities organises the two-day Digital Humanities Day 2017. On 26 October, humanities scholars can attend various workshops. The next day, various DH projects within and outisde the University of Groningen are presented.


Register for the Digital Humanities Day 2017

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Digital Methods Winter School 2018
8–12 January 2018*

Everyday winter school location 
Digital Methods Initiative
University of Amsterdam
Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam

Digital Methods Winter School, Data Sprint and Mini-Conference 

The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI), Amsterdam, is holding its annual Winter School on 'the Social Lives of Digital Methods: Encounters, Experiments, Interventions.' The format is that of a (social media and web) data sprint, with hands-on work for telling stories with data, together with a programme of keynote speakers and a Mini-conference, where PhD candidates, motivated scholars and advanced graduate students present short papers on digital methods and new media related topics, and receive feedback from the Amsterdam DMI researchers and international participants. Participants need not give a paper at the Mini-conference to attend the Winter School. For a preview of what the event is like, please view short video clips from a previous edition of the 2015 Summer School.

Over the past decade digital methods of various kinds have been put to use by data journalists, national ministries, non-governmental organisations, city governments, media artists, police departments, international organisations, philanthropic funding agencies in the service of a wide variety of projects and objectives. Within the academy digital methods have spread from researchers of the internet, new media and computational culture, leading to encounters and experiments with a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, working with their own publics, partners, questions, concerns and modes of inquiry with and about the digital.. That one may intervene with digital methods is clear, but the question concerns the positioning.

In the last years, digital humanities have become a dynamically developing research trend. This is visible in the activity of the scholars and in the number of participants of the conferences organized by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (Montreal, Cracow, etc.).

Linguistic research is an important part of this trend. As the chair of the organizing committee of quantitative linguistics conference QUALICO 2018, I would like to invite members of the DH community interested in quantitative language modeling to submit their abstracts. The conference will be held in Wroclaw (Poland) from the 5th to the 8th of July 2018 (a week after the ADHO conference in New Mexico).

Here you will find the Call for Papers. For up-to-date information please visit the conference webpage at qualico2018.uni.wroc.pl

Chair of the organizing committee,

prof. Adam Pawłowski

In the upcoming Digital History Workshop (19th Octobre, 2017), we will showcase recent tools developed by CLARIAH - a research infrastructure for scholars in the Humanities.
We will focus on:

Social-Economic (Work Package 4)

Richard Zijdeman will present DataLegend and demonstrate how this tool supports research on social-economic history.

Media History (Work Package 5)

Liliana Melgar will introduce the Media Suite, a research environment that assists researchers with the exploration and analysis of audiovisual and contextual sources (such as programme guides).

The workshop will take place between 14h-17h in  Turfdraagsterpad 9, BG 1, eLab (Room 0.16).


Please register by sending a mail to .