Annotation of digital oral data collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences
In many scientific fields, ranging from phonetics, applied linguistics or discourse analysis, to literary studies, sociology and history among others, annotation is the common ground for systematic and empirical analysis of oral data. While the structure and the theoretical basis for the annotation and the preferred methods of analysis might differ, the main aspects and the specific conditions pertaining to the modality of the data are shared across disciplines. In this workshop, we will first give an introduction to theoretical issues and frameworks relevant to annotation in general and discuss current methodological approaches to the annotation of oral data. In hands-on sessions we will then present and compare existing tools and web services, including editors for manual transcription and annotation such as EXMARaLDA, WebAnno or OCTRA, and their interaction with and integration of automatic web services such as WebMAUS. See
Time: Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)
Venue: To be announced
Registration: Please register for the workshop by sending an email to until 03/Dec/2018.

Developing biographical data projects using open innovation methods and practices
In this workshop we will focus on the critical role that collaborative project design, planning and decision-making can play in DH projects. Taking the transformation, exploration, and curation of biographical knowledge–in its journey from the analog to the digital–as our core concern, we will use Open Innovation (OI) and Design Thinking (DT) methods to enable “hybrid forums” for transdisciplinary problem-solving in biographical research. While we recognize that OI planning and related approaches are inspired in part by the urgency and goal-driven nature of the private-sector, we will demonstrate that DH practitioners can adapt these without any redirection of their fundamental values or purposes, and indeed they stand to gain a great deal from the focus on creative collaboration. By offering participants the opportunity to look at biographical (DH) projects as change management processes in a digital transformation setting, our DT approach will help participants think beyond the technical issues of biographical DH project management, and consider the social and intellectual processes of this digital transformation.
Time: Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)
Venue: To be announced
Registration: Email the organisers at

eLexicography: between DH and AI
Lexicography is currently embracing rapid change as the traditional methods of publishing dictionaries are replaced by the ubiquity of lexical information on the Web. Furthermore, the application of computational techniques to the process of lexicography are revolutionizing how dictionaries can be constructed. In this context, the recently started ELEXIS project aims to develop a new infrastructure for electronic lexicography across Europe, that builds a virtuous cycle of lexicography where lexicographic resources are linked across languages, in order to build improved natural language processing tools, which can then aid in the construction of novel resources and retro-digitization of dictionaries, thus driving the cycle.
Time: Thursday 6 December 2.00-6.00( half day)
Venue: To be announced
Registration: Go to:

Hyper audio linking – applying speech-to-text-technologies to research and publishing
Research and publishing in the humanities increasingly use digital, multi-modal formats, but A/V resources are often time consuming and hard to work with without transcripts that extract quotable and searchable text from the raw material. The workshop will alternate between theoretical and hands-on parts to cover a broad range of topics and use cases, from novel publication practices over e-learning to citizen science and more. First, we will focus on the possibilities of speech to text technology for DH research, presentation and publication workflows. We will cover a variety of options ranging from automated transcripts generated using everyday software like Chrome and YouTube, over semi-commercial options such as Google’s Cloud API to more complex solutions that involve training of neuronal networks. Using pre-generated material, participants will be able to try out speech to text automation and learn to tweak parameters to suit different needs. We will then introduce Hyper Audio Linking, a format for the online presentation of A/V content that allows to link transcripts to pre-defined jump marks in video or audio recordings via JavaScript. The result is an elegant and easy to use frontend interface that allows for both full-text search and easy navigation within A/V content. Participants will work with a pre-built system hosted by and create their own, personalized web page with a HAL-augmented A/V file. See our project page,
Time: Thursday 6 December 9.00-5.00 (full day)
Venue: To be announced
Registration: and

Identifying and managing humanities research data
In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to examine their own scholarly practices and those of others, refining our responses to the fundamental question: “what are Humanities research data?” Participants will be asked to consider the relationships between computer-readable data and the objects of Humanities research. The modes by which the digital disrupts traditional methodologies in the Humanities will be explored in detail, as will the ways in which Humanities methods and practices have changed to respond to digital research data. The session will combine lecture and discussion with a hands-on exercise in evaluating diverse Humanities sources, testing our ability to identify and to extract Humanities research data, and to respond to such objects in a way that reflects their digital nature. Additionally, the workshop content will cover practical solutions and tips for those who want to work with Humanities research data.  The workshop will include sessions on the following:

  • The problem with the word “data”
  • How to understand the data component of humanities research
  • Data Management Plans
  • Ethics in Research: How to Protect your Data, your Participants, and Yourself
  • Open research data
  • Data citation
  • Data-driven research in the Humanities

This workshop builds on the findings of the H2020-funded Knowledge Complexity (KPLEX) Project and has been developed as part of the Digital Scholarship and Skills workshop series, an initiative of the Trinity College Dublin Centre for Digital Humanities.
Time: Thursday 6 December 9.00-1.00 (half day)
Venue: Hardiman Research Building G010

Theoretical concepts in literary history and their confrontation with computational methods
The workshop Theoretical concepts in literary history and their confrontation with computational methods proposes a discussion of three closely-related key concepts from literary theory and history with a particular focus on how their meaning and role is affected by the application of recent computational methods of text analysis: the notion of “style” in a tension between a subjective judgement of a work’s individuality and the statistical approach to formal features of texts (chaired by Professor Christof Schöch), the “novel” as a transnational, European genre (chaired by Professor Gerardine Meaney), and the notion of “authorship” as it has been revived in authorship attribution studies (chaired by Professor Fotis Yannidis). The aim is to discuss and analyse the differences and similarities in definitions of the novel, authorship, and style across different European literary traditions; to analyse current theoretical perspectives on these notions and their relevance to computational research methods; and to examine how their use, meaning and role differs in computational versus non-computational contexts.
Time: Wednesday 5 December, Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December (three full days)
Venue: To be announced

Methods and tools of distant reading
The COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History” (CA16204) is organizing a Training School as a satellite event in the days before the EADH 2018 conference at the National University of Ireland in Galway. The Training School runs from December 5 to 7 and consists of two parallel workshops, Workshop 1 on “Methods and Tools of Distant Reading Adapted to Multiple European Languages” and Workshop 2 on “Theoretical Concepts and their Confrontation with Computational Methods”. For all information regarding grant applications, registration, workshop schedules and trainers as well as contact information, please see the following page:
Time: Wednesday 5 December, Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December (three full days)
Venue: To be announced