Workshop - Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH at DHN 2019


The workshop “Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH” takes place during the 4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Conference (DHN 2019) in Copenhagen from 6-8 March 2019. This full day workshop was held on Tuesday, 5 March 2019.

A blog post about this event is available on the PARTHENOS website

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Workshop programme


Workshop TwinTalks: Understanding collaboration in DH

Location: Njalsgade 136, Room 15A.0.13) 

Registration: Registration opens at 09:00 before the start of the workshop. You can register for the workshop in room 27.0.49. 

Tuesday March 5 - draft schedule Author and title
09:00 Registration  
09:30 Opening & introduction Steven Krauwer & Darja Fišer
09:45 Invited talk Mikko Tolonen

Why humanities research questions should come first? Reflections on different kinds of collaboration in digital history

10:30 Coffee  
11:00 Long paper 1 Martijn Kleppe, Thomas Smits and Willem Jan Faber
    Three perspectives on a collaborative attempt to use computer vision techniques to automatically classify historical newspaper images
11:30 Short paper 1 Konstantin Freybe, Florian Rämisch and Tracy Hoffmann

With small steps to the big picture - A method and tool negotiation workflow 

11:50 Short paper 2 Alptug Güney, Cristina Vertan and Walther von Hahn

Combining hermeneutic and computer based methods for investigating reliability of historical texts

12:10 Short paper 3 Börge Kiss, Daniel Kölligan, Francisco Mondaca, Claes Neuefeind, Uta Reinöhl and Patrick Sahle

It Takes a Village: Co-developing VedaWeb, a Digital Research Platform for Old Indo-Aryan Texts

12:30 Lunch  
14:00 Long paper 2 Vanessa Hannesschläger and Peter Andorfer

I want it all, I want it now: Literature researcher meets programmer

14:30 Short paper 4 Eetu Mäkelä, Mikko Tolonen, Jani Marjanen, Antti Kanner, Ville Vaara and Leo Lahti

Exploring the Material Development of Newspapers

14:50 Short paper 5 Maria Papadopoulou and Christophe Roche

Twinning Classics and A.I.: Building the new generation of ontology-based lexicographical tools and resources for Humanists on the Semantic Web 

15:10 Short paper 6 Amelie Dorn, Yalemisew Abgaz and Eveline Wandl-Vogt

Opening up cultural content in non-standard language data through cross-disciplinary collaboration: insights on methods, processes and learnings on the example of exploreAT!

15:30 Coffee  
16:00 Round table discussion All
16:50 Wrapping up Steven Krauwer & Darja Fišer
17:00 Closing  


You can register for the workshop (and for the conference) at the conference website:
Please note that early bird registration ends on February 6 and that there will be no on-site registration, so that you will need to register and pay on March 4 at the latest.

Description of the workshop

Special feature of this workshop: Twin Talks

This workshop is special in that all submitted talks at this workshop are submitted and presented by a humanities researcher and a digital expert. They report on the research carried out together, both from their individual perspective (either humanities research or technical), as well as on their collaboration experience. 

Why twin talks instead of solo talks?

The main objective of the workshop is to get a better understanding of the dynamics on the Digital Humanities work floor where humanities scholars and digital experts meet and work in tandem to solve humanities research questions. The best way to do this seems to be to give both parties the opportunity to present their achievements and to share their collaboration experiences with the audience. The insights gained should help those involved in the education of humanities scholars, professionals and technical experts alike to develop better training programmes. 

Who should submit?

Pair of a humanities and a digital expert who have done joint research and who want to report on their work and on their collaboration experience.

Why should you submit and/or attend?

Humanities research can only benefit maximally from new developments in technology if content and digital experts team up, very similar to the hard sciences where research is done in teams working on a specific problem, where everybody brings in his/her specific content and technical expertise and skills. Co-design, co-development and co-creation are the rule rather than the exception, but very little is known about how this collaboration works in practice and how better training and education of both humanities scholars and digital experts could facilitate the way they collaborate. This is what this workshop wants to address, based on real life collaboration examples. We especially invite researchers, professionals, educators, and operators with a special interest in creating the conditions where humanities scholars and technical experts can fruitfully collaborate in answering humanities research questions.

Format of the workshop

The full day workshop will start with an invited talk, followed by six 25-minute twin talks, i.e. talks presented by pairs consisting of a humanities scholar and a digital expert, followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion.  The talks should contain the following three components: presentation of the humanities problem and its solution, presentation of the technical aspects of the research done, and a report on the collaboration experience itself, including obstacles encountered and recommendations how better training and education could help to make collaboration more efficient and effective. After the talks there will be a round table discussion with all participants to formulate the lessons learned from the presentations. 

Research topics

All humanities research topics in a very broad sense are welcome, where we explicitly include social sciences and well as cultural heritage studies. Research may be completed or ongoing, as long as the presentation explicitly addresses the way the humanities researcher and the digital expert have collaborated or still collaborate.

What we expect from the submissions

  • They are authored and presented by one more humanities scholars and one or more digital experts
  • They start from a humanities research question (i.e. not a technical question)
  • They describe the research carried out jointly and its results
  • They describe the technical aspects of the methods used and the results obtained
  • They analyse the way the scholar and the technician collaborated, addressing issues such as (but not limited to):
    • What was easy and what was difficult – and why?
    • How did the researcher and technician change each other’s way of looking at things?
    • Did they, for instance, make each other aware of blind spots they had?
    • Did the combination of thinking from a DH research question and thinking from a technical solution lead to new insights?
    • How could better training or education of scholars and digital experts make collaboration easier, more effective and more efficient?

Programme committee

Chairs and main organisers:


  • Franciska de Jong (CLARIN ERIC / Utrecht University)
  • Bente Maegaard (CLARIN ERIC / University of Copenhagen)
  • Jennifer Edmond (Trinity College Dublin) / PARTHENOS)
  • Ulrike Wuttke (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam / PARTHENOS)
  • Frank Uiterwaal (NIOD – KNAW / PARTHENOS)
  • Eleni Gouli (Academy of Athens / PARTHENOS)
  • Koenraad De Smedt (University of Bergen, CLARINO)
  • Others to be confirmed


For more information please contact Steven Krauwer (



University of Copenhagen