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3rd Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2016) - 11/07/2016, Krakow (Poland)

The HistoInformatics workshop series brings together researchers in the historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well as the Cultural Heritage sector. Historians, like other humanists show keen interests in computational approaches to the study and processing of digitized sources (usually text, images, audio). In computer science, experimental tools and methods stand the challenge to be validated regarding their relevance for real-world questions and applications. The HistoInformatics workshop series is designed to bring researchers in both fields together, to discuss best practices as well as possible future collaborations.

Traditionally, historical research is based on the hermeneutic investigation of preserved records and artifacts to provide a reliable account of the past and to discuss different hypotheses. Alongside this hermeneutic approach historians have always been interested to translate primary sources into data and used methods, often borrowed from the social sciences, to analyze them. A new wealth of digitized historical documents have however opened up completely new challenges for the computer-assisted analysis of e.g. large text or image corpora. Historians can greatly benefit from the advances of computer and information sciences which are dedicated to the processing, organization and analysis of such data. New computational techniques can be applied to help verify and validate historical assumptions. We call this approach HistoInformatics, analogous to Bioinformatics and ChemoInformatics which have respectively proposed new research trends in biology and chemistry.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 11/07/2016


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Marten Düring (CVCE Luxembourg) ; Adam Jatowt (Kyoto University) ; Antal van den Bosch (Radboud University Nijmegen) ; Johannes Preiser-Kappeller (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

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Session 1: Applications and Tools

9.30 – 10.00

Dhruv Gupta, Jannik Stroetgen and Klaus Berberich DigitalHistorian: Search & Analytics Using Annotations

10.00 – 10.30

Carlos Martinez-Ortiz, Tom Kenter, Melvin Wevers, Pim Huijnen, Jaap Verheul and Joris van Eijnatten Design and Implementation of ShiCo: Visualising Shifting Concepts over Time

10.30 – 10.50

Florian Windhager, Eva Mayr, Guenther Schreder, Michael Smuc, Paolo Federico and Silvia Miksch Reframing Cultural Heritage Collections in a Visualization Framework of Multiple Space-Time Cubes

10.50 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.00

Eva Pettersson, Jonas Lindström, Benny Jacobsson and Rosemarie Fiebranz HistSearch – Implementation and Evaluation of a Web-based Tool for Automatic Information Extraction from Historical Text

12.00 – 12.30

Andreas Kuczera Digital Editions beyond XML – Graph-based Digital Editions

12.30 – 12.50

Kumiyo Nakakoji, Yasuhiro Yamamoto and Yusuke Kita Visual Interaction Design for Experiencing and Engaging with a Large Chronological Table of the History of Kyoto

12.50 – 14.30 Lunch break

Session 2: Historical Research Questions

14.30 – 15.00

Vilja Hulden Visualizing Labor and Business Testimony before Congress

15.00 – 15.30

Patrick Bos, Huub Wijfjes, Maaike Piscaer and Gerrit Voerman Quantifying "Pillarization": Extracting Political History from Large Databases of Digitized Historical Media Sources

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break

Session 3: Corpora

16.00 – 16.30

Sergio Torres Aguilar, Xavier Tannier and Pierre Chastang Named Entity Recognition Applied on a Data Base of Medieval Latin Charters. The Case of Chartae Burgundiae.

16.30 – 16.50

Aline Deicke and Anna Neovesky A network Analytical Workflow Involving Relational and Graph Databases: Contextualizing Controversies of the Post-Lutheran Reformation

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