Workshop Twin Talks 2: Understanding and Facilitating Collaboration in DH at DHN 2020 (Virtual Event)

Workshop programme  |  About the workshop  |  Programme committee  |  Location

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The DHN2020 conference was postponed to October 20-23, and the TwinTalks workshop took place on Tuesday, October 20 2020 on Zoom, 10:00 - 12:30 CEST (11:00 - 13:30 Riga time)

Workshop programme

Time schedule Tuesday, 20 October 2020


Steven Krauwer and Darja Fišer


Invited Talk

From History to Data Science and Back: Some Reflections on Teaching, Collaborating and Publishing Across Disciplines (1)

Federico Nanni


Paper 1

An Approach for Agile Interdisciplinary Digital Humanities Research --- a Case Study in Journalism

Eetu Mäkelä, Anu Koivunen, Antti Kanner, Maciej Janicki, Auli Harju, Julius Hokkanen and Olli Seuri


Paper 2

Twin Talk: Bukvik+LitTerra+Colabo.Space - An Example of the DH Collaboration Across Disciplines, Languages, and Style

Sasha Mile Rudan, Eugenia Kelbert, Lazar Kovacevic, Sinisa Rudan and Matthew Reynolds


Paper 3

Deep Learning meets Post-modern Poetry

Timo Baumann and Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek


Paper 4

Checking reliability of quotations in historical texts - A digital humanities approach-

Cristina Vertan, Alptug Güney and Walther von Hahn

11:00 Questions related to papers 1 - 4

Paper 5

Exploring the archives for textual entry points to speech – experiences of interdisciplinary collaboration in making cultural heritage accessible for research

Rickard Domeij, Gunnar Eriksson, Susanne Nylund Skog, Jenny Öqvist and Eva Lindström


Paper 6

“A picture is worth a thousand words”? - From Project Inception to First Results: Describing Cross-disciplinary Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Project ChIA

Yalemisew Abgaz, Amelie Dorn, Gerda Koch and Jose Luis Preza Diaz


Paper 7

The Helsinki Digital Humanities Hackathon

Ruben Ros and Sarah Oberbichler


Paper 8

Building a Language Technology Infrastructure for Digital Humanities: Challenges, Opportunities and Progress

Dana Dannells and Daniel Brodén

11:50 Questions related to papers 5 - 8

Invited talk (continued)

From History to Data Science and Back: Some Reflections on Teaching, Collaborating and Publishing Across Disciplines (2)

Federico Nanni

12:15 General discussion

Winding up  

Steven Krauwer and Darja Fišer



About the workshop

Special feature of this workshop:  “Twin Talks”
This workshop is special in that the submitted talks at this workshop are authored and (if possible) 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.

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.

Why should you 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 RI 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 2.5 hour workshop will start with a 15 minute invited talk by Federico Nanni (The Alan Turing Institute, UK), followed by eight 10 minute Twin Talks, each series of four followed by 10 minutes for questions and answers.  The Twin 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 the invited speaker continues his talk and reacts to what was said or was not said in the talks.  The workshop will end with a round table discussion with all participants to formulate the lessons learned from the presentations, and to identify further steps that could be taken.

Research and teaching topics covered
All humanities research topics in a very broad sense were welcome, where we explicitly included social sciences as well as cultural heritage studies. Research or teaching activities could be completed or ongoing, as long as the presentation explicitly addressed the way the humanities researcher and the digital expert have collaborated or still collaborate.

Programme committee

This workshop is a joint initiative of CLARIN ERIC and DARIAH ERIC, and is supported by the SSHOC project.

Chairs and main organisers


  • Bente Maegaard (CLARIN ERIC / University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Eleni Gouli (Academy of Athens, Greece)
  • Franciska de Jong (CLARIN ERIC / SSHOC / Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Frank Fischer (DARIAH ERIC / SSHOC / Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
  • Frank Uiterwaal (EHRI / NIOD – KNAW, Netherlands)
  • Jennifer Edmond (DARIAH ERIC / SSHOC / Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Koenraad De Smedt (University of Bergen, Norway / CLARINO)
  • Krister Lindén (University of Helsinki, Finland / FIN-CLARIN)
  • Maciej Maryl (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Maria Gavrilidou (SSHOC / ILSP – Athena RC, Athens, Greece)
  • Radim Hladik (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
  • Ulrike Wuttke (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany / RDMO)