• 30 November 2023
  • Utrecht

CLARIAH Annual Conference 2023

During CLARIAH’s annual conference, we want to reflect on our achievements and share our lessons learned, from the last years of the project. But more importantly, we want to look into the future.

Date and time

Thursday 30 November 2023


Utrecht, Paushuize Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, 3512 HE Utrecht

Currently, a lot is happening in the Digital Humanities (DH) field. Accumulation of big data, development of AI and digitization of all types of source materials are accelerating quickly. Yet, for many of us ‘working digitally’ is often still difficult, sometimes bewildering or even intimidating.

Where do you start? Which tools work and which do not? How can you teach your students the necessary DH methods and techniques? How can you implement digital thinking in your own research, whether you’re an academic veteran or have just started your Ph.D.? Ultimately, CLARIAH dreams that everyone has access to and can work with digital tools, data and other resources. We hope that digital thinking will become second nature for every researcher, student, teacher and cultural heritage professional.

Opportunities to get acquainted

To take a step in that direction, this year's conference focuses on Digital Humanities for future education & research. Everyone who wants to be active around this theme is invited to attend, from absolute beginners to seasoned experts, ranging from linguistics to art history. Our program will provide ample opportunities to get acquainted with digital humanities resources, brush up on skills, gain more technical insight, learn about DH methods for education and share experiences with colleagues. Plenary sessions in the morning and short workshops in the afternoon will allow everyone to get a taste of the possibilities that CLARIAH has to offer.

For all levels of digital literacy

We will provide workshops for all levels of digital literacy (introductory/intermediate/advanced), divided into three (preliminary) themes:

1) Digital thinking, linking and learning

Digital Humanities is all about process, collaboration and a step-by-step approach. During the sessions, we will demonstrate how you can use multiple resources (tools/datasets/methods/infrastructures) to answer your inquiry. Workshops will for instance cover how you can make a data story, how to link your data (LOD) and how to visualize your findings.

2) From (heritage) data to research question

CLARIAH provides access to a large amount of (digital heritage) data. But what kinds of questions can one ask and answer with these datasets? And how do they supplement your research? How do you determine whether these datasets are useful and of good quality? These workshops will use datasets of the KB (National Library) and NDE (Network for Digital Heritage) as use cases to give answers to these questions and cover the necessities of being able to work with data (e.g. annotating, standardizing, making conversions, etc.).

3) Digital scholarship and sustainable skills

Digital Humanities is evolving quickly and the amount of programming languages, platforms, tools, methods and infrastructures one can use is overwhelming. The workshops will cover all of the basic skills that everyone working in the Digital Humanities should know or master. Topics to be discussed are, for instance, tool criticism, data criticism, data management and the diligent use of AI.