We are happy to announce that applications for a place at the 9th European Summer University in Digital Humanities are now being accepted.
As ESU DH C & T is a member of the International Digital Humanities Training Network courses taken at the Summer University are eligible for transfer credit towards the University of Victoria Graduate Certificate in DH .
The Summer University takes place across 11 whole days. The intensive programme consists of workshops, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session, teaser sessions and a panel discussion.
The workshop programme is composed of the following courses running in parallel:
Workshops are structured in such a way that participants can either take the two blocks of one workshop or two blocks from different workshops. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 10. For more information, click here.
Thanks to our sponsors, we can again offer a whole range of scholarships to participants of the Summer University.
The Summer University is directed at 60 participants from all over Europe and beyond. It wants to bring together (doctoral) students, young scholars and academics from the Arts and Humanities, Library Sciences, Social Sciences, the Arts and Engineering and Computer Sciences as equal partners to an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience in a multilingual and multicultural context and thus create the conditions for future project-based cooperations.
The Leipzig Summer University is special because it not only seeks to offer a space for the discussion and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competences in those computer technologies which play a central role in Humanities Computing and which determine every day more and more the work done in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences, as well as in publishing, libraries, and archives etc., but because it tries to integrate also linguistics with the Digital Humanities, which pose questions about the consequences and implications of the application of computational methods and tools to cultural artefacts of all kinds.
It is special furthermore because it consciously aims at confronting the so-called Gender Divide , i.e. the under-representation of women in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Germany, Europe and many parts of the world, by relying on the challenges that the Humanities with their complex data and their wealth of women represent for Computer Science and Engineering and the further development of the latter, on the overcoming of the boarders between the so-called hard and soft sciences and on the integration of Humanities, Computer Science and Engineering.
As the Summer University is dedicated not only to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, but also wants to foster community building and networking across disciplines, languages and cultures, countries and continents, the programme of the Summer School features also communal coffee breaks, communal lunches in the refectory of the university, and a rich cultural programme (thematic guided tours, visits of archives, museums and exhibitions, and communal dinners in different parts of Leipzig).
For all relevant information please consult the Web-Portal of the European Summer School in Digital Humanities "Culture & Technology" which will be continually updated and integrated with more information as soon as it becomes available.
CLARIN-D will sponsor about 10 fellowships for participants of the Summer University.
The fellowship will cover the tuition fees.
To apply for a fellowship, a written application (ca. 500 words) in English or German, including a short statement on your research interest and information on your status (student, young researcher, ...), your university affiliation and the reason why you apply for the fellowship, has to be submitted as a file via ConfTool.
The selection of the fellows is done by a committee consisting of CLARIN-D representatives.
Fellowships are attributed only if the applicant has registered for the Summer University.
For further information about scholarships visit the website of the Summer University.
Language resources are increasingly used not only in Language Technology (LT), but also in other subject fields, such as the digital humanities (DH) and in the field of education. Applying LT tools and data for such fields implies new perspectives on these resources regarding domain adaptation, interoperability, technical requirements, documentation, and usability of user interfaces. This workshop will focus on the use of LT tools and data in DH, the discussion will focus on example applications and the type and range of research questions where LT tools can be beneficial.
LT applications are often trained and adjusted to individual text types or corpora published in specific formats. Using the tools in other contexts results in a difference in the data that is to be processed, e.g. historical data or different ‘genres’. Though it may seem obvious that the quality of the results may not be as high, the results may still be valuable, for example because of the sheer size of data that can be investigated rather than by manual analysis. Hence tools and resources need to be adaptable to different text types. Applying tools for data from non-LT areas such as the humanities also increases the demands on acceptable data formats, as the data to be processed may contain additional annotations or a variety of annotations. Additionally, in some cases new data conversion needs appear and the tools need to be robust enough to handle also erroneous data, giving meaningful status messages to a non-LT user. It is often also required that tools are adapted to the text types that they are intended to be used for. For example, data mining tools trained for one type of texts need to be adapted for another type.
LT tools often need to be combined in processing chains and workflows whose exact order and configuration depends on the particular LT application. The same is true for DH workflows. However, since the DH applications often significantly differ from those in LT, new configurations of tools need to be entertained and additional requirements for the interoperability of tools may arise. This is particularly the case for interfacing annotation and querying tools as well as the incorporation of data exploration and data visualization techniques.
The technical requirements of some LT tools and the considerable learning curve for its use poses another obstacle for non-expert users in the DH. This means, inter alia, that downloads of tools and complex local installations should be avoided and tools should be made available as web-applications whenever possible. Moreover, usability studies of LT tools for DH applications may give important feedback for the adaptation of user interaction, adaptation of algorithms, and the need for additional functionality.
This workshop invites submissions in each of these areas of LT focusing on research questions in the DH community.