• 24 November 2022
  • Utrecht

CLARIAH & NDE Annual Conference 2022

Thursday November 24th 2022, CLARIAH and NDE jointly organise their annual conference in Utrecht. This year's theme will be 'Heritage meets Digital Humanities'.

Date and time

24 November 2022, 09:30 - 17:30

Plenary Programme

Walk-in, 09.00 - 9.30 hours

Conference Host


The conference will be led by chairperson Kirsten Paulus. Kirsten is a presenter, presentation coach and chairperson, frequently supporting NDE events. Kirsten can be seen on L1 TV, where she presents 'Limburg Centraal', the daily current affairs program.

Heritage Host: De Munt, 9.30 - 9.45 hours


The conference will start with an introduction about the conference's location, the Muntgebouw Utrecht. This location is of general interest for its cultural-historical value, connected to the history of Dutch coinage. Chairperson Kirsten Paulus will speak with Marcel van der Beek, former curator at Het Nederlands Muntmuseum and Het Geldmuseum, and currently working as an expert at Heritage Auctions Europe.

Plenary Opening and State of Affairs, 9.45 - 10.15 hours


The programme will start with an overview of the current state of affairs of Digital Humanities in interaction and collaboration with the Dutch heritage field.

Kirsten Paulus will interview Afelonne Doek and Dirk van Miert. Afelonne Doek is Director of the Dutch National Archives, National Archivist and chairperson of the NDE Board. Dirk van Miert is CLARIAH's Principal Investigator, director of the Huygens Institute for History and Culture of the Netherlands and Associate Professor of Early Modern Cultural History at Utrecht University.

Together they will answer questions like: how do academic researchers and heritage professionals meet and exchange their knowledge and expertise? What are examples of fruitful collaborations and why? Where are there still many bridges to cross?

Keynote Speech, 10.15 - 11.00 hours


The keynote will be given by Kathryn Eccles, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Pembroke College. She will talk about her work at the intersection of research and digital heritage.

Hashtag Heritage: How can social media contribute to placemaking and the collaborative construction of heritage?

This talk will ask how the collection and analysis of social media about cultural and heritage sites can help us to understand how people engage with these spaces, and point to a collaborative construction of heritage. It features a knowledge exchange case study, where the researchers partnered with a heritage organisation to jointly pose questions about how and why visitors use particular sites and what else can be gleaned from these digital traces. It also examines how effective machine learning tools, specifically object recognition tools, can be in sifting through large image datasets, and touches on how critical data studies can assist in navigating presence and absence in these data-driven tools.

Coffee break, 11:00 - 11:30

Location: Foyer

Parallel Sessions

Research with Heritage Data

During the parallel sessions, researchers will present the results of their research in which they used digital heritage datasets and tooling that has been developed within the context of CLARIAH. After presenting their research results, each will reflect on the opportunities and challenges of the used datasets and tools. Presenters will focus on research from:

  • Media Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Oral History
  • Social-Economic History

Round 1, 11.30 - 12.30 hours

Location: Penningzaal | Dutch

Lunch break, 12:30 - 13:30

Location: Foyer

Round 2, 13.30 - 14.30 hours

Location: Penningzaal | Dutch

  • Grassroots heritage as research data, by Norah Karrouche (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).
  • Media War: Press, Radio and Propaganda in Nazi Occupied Netherlands, 1940-1945, by Vincent Kuitenbrouwer (University of Amsterdam).
  • Towards dialect-specific automatic speech recognizers, by Henk van den Heuvel (Radboud University).

Digital Support for Heritage & Research

This session is about the digital infrastructure that is being developed by CLARIAH and NDE. Taking practical use cases in heritage research as a starting point, presenters will update you on the current state of the infrastructure and its roadmap. Topics include:

  • Digital support
  • FAIR Data & Annotation
  • Linked Data & Data Stories
  • Secure & Large Scale Analysis of Heritage Data

Ronde 1, 11.30 - 12.30 hours

Location: Zilversmederij (plenary hall) | Dutch

  • General introduction about the digital tools and datasets developed by CLARIAH for research, by Roeland Ordelman (Sound & Vision and CTO at CLARIAH), and Thomas Vermaut (CTO at KNAW HuC Digital Infrastructure & WP2 leader CLARIAH).
  • Authority, Autonomy & Annotation - Annotations as FAIR data and the implications for information literacy by Marijn Koolen (researcher at the Huygens Institute) and Hennie Brugman (Lead Developer at KNAW HuC).

Lunch break, 12:30 - 13:30

Location: Foyer

Ronde 2, 13.30 - 14.30 hours

Location: Zilversmederij (plenary hall) | Dutch

  • General introduction about the digital tools and datasets developed by CLARIAH for research, by Roeland Ordelman (Sound & Vision and CTO at CLARIAH), and Thomas Vermaut (CTO at KNAW HuC Digital Infrastructure & WP2 leader CLARIAH).
  • Disclosing Domestic Servants Registers as Linked Open Data by Richard Zijdeman (Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Researcher, IISG & WP4 leader, CLARIAH).
  • Welcome Records in Contexts! A new approach to archival accessibility by Merel Geerlings (Projectleader Linked Data at Stadsarchief Amsterdam).
  • Termennetwerk, by Enno Meijers (Adviseur afdeling Onderzoek bij KB & Programmamanager NDE-Bruikbaar).
  • Epistolary Networks, by Ingeborg van Vugt (Postdoc SKILLNET Project at Utrecht University and Data Engineer at KNAW HuC).
  • DataStories, by Thomas Vermaut (CTO at KNAW HuC Digital Infrastructure & WP2 leader CLARIAH).

Coffee break, 14:30 - 15:00

Location: Foyer

AI and Heritage

In the digital world of research and heritage, the topic of AI cannot be missing. We will show how AI is used in research and heritage using striking examples from the field. This session consists of multiple presentations surrounding important themes around AI:

  • AI and proprietary production process to access collections smarter & differently
  • AI for the benefit of diversity and inclusion
  • Applied AI for the benefit of audience experience
  • AI, heritage & challenges

Round 3, 15.00 - 16.00 hours

Location: Zilversmederij (plenary hall) | Dutch

  • Introduction by Victor de Boer (VU, Cultural AI Lab)
  • LegaSea: exploring natural history heritage of the beach using AI and Citizen Science by Isaak Eijkelboom (PhD Candidate Marine Biodiversity at Naturalis).
  • Bias in metadata, Cindy Zalm (Hoofd Realisatie at Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen).
  • Utrecht Time Machine: what 1 night working with data yields with help from AI by Rick Companje (Het Utrechts Archief, Globe4D, Doodle3D, Creative Coding) and Shannon van Muijden (Datamanager Collection at Zuiderzeemuseum).

A number of abstracts of the presentations given in the parallel session have been made available. Please click on the button below to view them.

Poster and Demosession

Round 3, 15.00 - 16.00 hours

Location: Depot | Dutch and English (bilingual possible)

A comprehensive poster and demo session provides a window into the rich variety of activities at the intersection of research and heritage, for inspiration and discussion. The posters will be on display in the Depot throughout the day, but will be explained by a presentation and/or demo during this session.

Expect posters, demos and presentations from CLARIAH fellows and from researchers around the topics of AI & Heritage, Digital Support and Research with Heritage Data. There will also be plenty of room for discussion and questions.

Poster presenters include the following names: Michel de Gruijter (KB), Mirjam Cuper & Savvina Daniil (KB, CWI), Rick Companje (Het Utrechts Archief, Globe4D, Doodle3D, Creative Coding), Wouter Beek (Triply, VU), Ivo Zandhuis (freelance voor o.a. IISG & HackaLOD), Marian Hellema (ICT-erfgoedspecialist), Mari Wigham & Rana Klein (Beeld & Geluid), Dirk Roorda & Sohini Mallick (KNAW HuC, Maastricht University), Henk van den Heuvel & Arjan van Hessen (Radboud Universiteit, Universiteit Twente), Annette Langedijk (SURF), Pieter van Everdingen (Platform Linked Data).

Furthermore, these CLARIAH fellows will also present a poster: Thunnis van Oort (Radboud Universiteit), Jelke Bloem (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Beyza Sümer (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Berber Hagedoorn, Susan Aasman & Sabrina Sauer (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), en Berrie Jens van der Molen (Universiteit Utrecht).

Get Together & Connect

Drinks, 16.30 - 17.30 hours

Location: Foyer

Through the day and at the closing reception, heritage and digital humanities professionals can meet, exchange ideas and initiate new collaborations. Food and drinks are served in the Foyer, where the posters from the Poster and Demo Session will also be on display for the whole day.