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Exploring Historical Sources with Language Technology: Results and Perspectives

CLARIN, NeDiMAH and ESF logos
Monday, 8 December, 2014 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 9 December, 2014 - 17:00

An interdisciplinary workshop jointly supported by CLARIN, NeDIMAH and Huygens ING. Please note that registration for this event is now closed.

Logo for Huygens INGThe programme is now available in PDF here. The call for papers and participation is archived here.

The twitter hashtag for the workshop is #nedimah.

Programme

Monday 8th December

09:00

Arrival, registration, welcome and introductions

09:30

Tony McEnery & Helen Baker, The Corpus as Historian - Using Corpora to Investigate the Past (abstract, slides)

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Kat Gupta, Constructing the "militant suffragist" in The Times (abstract, slides)

11:25

Carsten Schnober, Welt der Kinder : Knowledge and Interpretation of the World as Portrayed in Textbooks and Children Books between 1850 and 1918 (abstract, slides)

11:50

Stefano Menini, Computational Analysis of Historical Texts (abstract, slides)

12:15

Discussion

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Alex O'Connor, Cendari: Leveraging Natural Language Processing for Research in Historical Archives, (abstract, slides)

13:55

Maarten van den Bos & Mariona Coll Ardanuy, Building a new political sphere? Early European Integration in Dutch digitized newspapers (abstract, slides)

14:20

Florentina Armaselu, Text Encoding and Enrichment for Linguistic Analysis: Archives on the policy of Armaments within Western European Union (abstract, slides)

14:45

Discussion

15:00

Tea break

15:30

Tomaz Erjavec, Modernising historical words (abstract, slides)

16:00

Show and Tell Lightning Presentations

Presentations

17:00

End of day

19:00

Dinner

Tuesday 9th December

09:00

Arrival

09:15

Ralf Morton, Using TEI mark-up and pragmatic classification in the construction and analysis of the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus (abstract, slides)

09:40

Susanne Haaf, Text Type Classification for the Historical DTA Corpus (abstract,slides)

10:05

Renata Bronikowska, Possibilities of searching the corpus of baroque texts – goals and objectives (abstract, slides)

10:30

Coffee break

11:00

Victor de Boer, DIVE: Dynamically Linking Collections on the Basis of Events (abstract, slides)

11:25

Amelia Joulain, The spatial patterns in historical texts: combining corpus linguistics and geographical information systems to explore places in Victorian newspapers (abstract, slides)

11:50

Lígia Gaspar Duarte, Kinship: complex relation extraction in Portuguese eighteen century narrative sources (abstract, slides)

12:15

Discussion

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Maciej Eder, Stylometry and historical corpora: 8,281 Latin texts of the Church Fathers (abstract, slides)

13:55

Martijn Naaijer and Dirk Roorda, Bible Research: Humanistic Information Retrieval (abstract, slides)

14:20

Tea break

14:40

Discussion: Language Technology and History, respondents Jan Odijk and Rik Hoekstra

16:00

End of workshop

Overview

This international workshop will take place at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, and is the joint effort of two major Europe-wide initiatives: CLARIN (Common Language Resource and Tools Infrastructure) and NeDiMAH (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities).

The proliferation of digital resources in the Humanities is leading to the elaboration of new methods, concepts, and theories by means of which researchers can query and interpret large-scale textual collections. The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate how the application of language technology has produced a new understanding of texts in different fields of Humanities.

The workshop will bring together researchers who already apply language technology, and those who would like to learn about the current state of art in this new and evolving area. The organizers invite researchers (especially early career scholars) who plan to apply language technology but do not already have the necessary skills and technical background. The second main goal of the workshop is to enhance exchange of experiences, disseminate know-how, and to explore potential future collaborations.

Keynote speaker: Professor Tony McEnery (ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University).

Applications for places for the workshop are now closed. We received a very large number of excellent submissions, and successful candidates will be informed by the end of Friday 19th September.

Thanks to generous funding from NeDiMAH and Clarin, participation will be free of charge, and funds will be available to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for a number of participants. NeDiMAH is funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF).

Important dates

Call for participation and papers issued 

27.6.14

Deadline for applications for participation and papers

3.9.14

Notification of successful applicants 

15.9.14

Workshop

 8-9.12.14

Organizing Committee

Karina van Dalen-Oskam, Huygens ING (home page)

Rik Hoestra, Huygens ING (home page)

Gabor Mihaly Toth, University of Passau (home page)

Martin Wynne, CLARIN ERIC (home page)

If you have any questions, please contact one of the organizers or exploringhistory@clarin.eu.

Address: 
Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5
The Hague
Netherlands