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Digital Humanities Conference

Digitial Humanities 2013 Lincoln, Nebraska  

Conference Report  - Lex Berman   (Download PDF of Report)

The DH conference gathers a number of national and regional groups under an international umbrella, the AHDO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations). The annual meeting covers a wide range of topics, dealing with the digitization, encoding, classification, analysis, and scholarship related to any number of humanities topics. There is a strong emphasis on the use of XML and TEI for encoding documents, on tools for scholarly analysis of texts and images, and a lesser focus on data visualization, including mapping. However, there seems to be a growing interest in the DH community related to geographic, and especially historical-geographic information modelling, for which the sessions were full to standing room only. An outcome of the meeting is the formation of SIG (special interest group) on space and place, as well as space and time, which has a proposed name of geo-humanities SIG.

Fortier Prize for best student paper: Mapping Homer's Catalog of Ships. Ben Jasnow, Courtney Evans (Univ of Virginia). 

See also the panel session on Space and Time in Digital Humanities.


Notable Papers on digital scholarship, geography and space-time issues:

Wed Jul 17th

Digital Textual Studies, Social Informatics, and the Sociology of Texts: With a Case Study in Early Digital Medievalism. Grant Leyton Simpson. [previous paper]

Practical Interoperability: The Map of Early Modern London and the Internet Shakespeare Editions. Martin Holmes, Janelle Jenstad. 

Coding Media History. Eric Rutledge Hoyt. 

Scientific Visualization for the Digital Humanities as CLARIN-D Web Applications. Thomas Zastrow, Erhard Hinrichs, Marie Hinrichs, Kathrin Beck. 

Visualizing Uncertainty: How to Use the Fuzzy Data of 550 Medieval Texts? Stefan Jänicke 

Fine-tuning Stylometric Tools: Investigating Authorship and Genre in French Classical Theater. Christof Schöch. 


Thu Jul 18th


MESA and ARC, developing disciplinary metadata requirements in a multidisciplinary context. Dot Porter.

Prosopography in the time of Open data: Towards an Ontology for Historical Persons. John Bradley.

A catalogue of digital editions. Greta Franzini. 

Collation on the Web. Desmond Schmidt. 

Computing Place: Naturehoods in large US Cities. Karl Grossner.

CULTURA: Supporting Professional Humanities Researchers. Eoin Bailey, Mark Sweetnam, Micheál Ó Siochrú , Owen Conlan. 

The Science Fiction of Science: Collaborative Lexicons and Project Hieroglyph. Edward Finn.


Fri July 19th

A Community Fab Lab: Introduction to Making. Robert E. McGrath. 

Text to Image Linking Tool (TILT). Desmond Schmidt. 

TXM Platform for analysis of TEI encoded textual sources. Serge Heiden, Alexei Lavrentiev. 

Text Encoding, the Index, and the Dynamic Table of Contexts. Susan Brown, Nadine Adelar, Stan Ruecker, Stefan Sinclair, Ruth Knechtel, Jennifer Windsor. 

ChartEx: a project to extract information from the content of medieval charters and create a virtual workbench for historians to work with this information. Helen Petrie, Sarah Rees Jones, Christopher Power, Roger Evans, Lynne Cahill, Arno Knobbe, Michael Gervers, Robin Sutherland-Harris, Adam Kosto, Jon Crump. 

eResearch Tools to Support the Collaborative Authoring and Management of Electronic Scholarly Editions. Roger Osborne, Anna Gerber, Jane Hunter. 

Modeling Time, Dates, and Periods for Historical Geographic Data. Lex Berman.