[Corpora-List] Second call for abstract: Biographical Data Workshop at DH2016

Antske Fokkens afokkens at coli.uni-sb.de
Fri Apr 8 13:44:30 CEST 2016

Biographical Data Workshop: modeling, sharing and analyzing people’s lives. Held in conjunction with Digital Humanities 2016,12-16 July, Krakow, Poland. Date: 11 July 2016

****Apologies for multiple postings****

There is an abundance of biographical information online that begs to be analyzed with computational methods. Resources like Wiki- and DBpedia, Biographical Dictionaries, Historical Databases, Newsfeeds, Facebook and Twitter all provide information on individual’s lives. ‘Biographical data’ is of particular interest to computer scientists, because it is usually clear and well structured, since all people share common attributes such as place of birth, place of residence, parents, et cetera.

The analysis of `biographical data' with new techniques is a topic that is finding strong interest in research groups all over the world, demonstrated most recently by the first conference on Biographical Data, organized in Amsterdam in 2015. This conference brought researchers from various domains together including historians, librarians, computer scientists, data scientists, and computational linguists.

The purpose of this workshop is to take a next step in strengthening the community working with digital biographical data by exploring possibilities of turning shared interest into new international collaborations. A central theme in this next step will be connecting and linking data.

This workshop brings together researchers from various domains working on biographical data. In addition to sharing latest progress, it has the specific aim to initiate efforts to share (knowledge about) data and data models. The workshop directly contributes to the efforts of the DARIAH workgroup on biographical data and aims to involve new researchers in this collaboration. A call for organization will go out for the Biographical Data in a Digital World Conference in 2017 (2015 conference: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1399/).

We explicitly invite researchers to the workshop who work with biographical data for historical research or data analysis (e.g. historians, computational linguists, visualization experts) and are thus already very familiar with models for biographical data, but are not necessarily involved in designing them. This perspective is of great value during discussions on sharing and modeling data and can provide insights into what kind of data models are practical to work with or which links between various datasets are most valuable for research. These insights can in turn help to identify logical and practical first steps towards increasing international collaboration.

Call for abstracts

The workshop consists of two main components and, accordingly, we solicit two kinds of contributions:


Digital research with biographical data

We invite researchers to submit abstracts on their research on

biographical data. The goal of the poster session is to share latest

work on biographical data and create opportunities for collaboration, in

particular, between end users (researchers interested in working with

biographical data) and providers (data providers and researchers working

on tools and data models). Accepted contributions will be presented as

posters during the workshop.


Biographical data and data models

We invite researchers who have biographical data or are working on

models for biographical data to submit a description of their data or

data model as well as a sample of their data or an example data entry to

illustrate the data model. Accepted contributions will be included in

the comparative study of data representation and data models.


Topics which may be addressed in the poster session include, but certainly are not limited to:


Mining biographies for structured information


Biographies and linked data


Using biographical information for quantitative analyses


The canonization of people and events in history


The use or uselessness of big data for biographical research


Visualizing biographical data


Biographical Dictionaries


Dealing with biographical data in heterogeneous datasets


Practices in digitizing and converting biographical data to a software

interpretable format


Automatic biography generation


Biographies across countries and cultures


Standards, vocabularies and best practices for the encoding and

processing of biographical data

Data and data model descriptions should ideally include information about the licensing, publication status, time span concerning data and publication, language/s, and quantity.


Abstracts should have a maximum of 500 words.

They can submitted through easychair:


Authors of data or data model descriptions will be contacted with a request to submit a data sample.

The main goal of the workshop is to strengthen ties between researchers working on biographical data and to stimulate collaboration. We therefore aim to accept a high rate of contributions. Previously published results may also be submitted.

Important dates:

April 20 2016: Deadline for abstracts & data model descriptions

April 30 2016: Notification of acceptance

May 15 2016: Deadline for data sample and metadata

July 11 2016: Workshop in Krakow

For any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:

Antske Fokkens (antske.fokkens at vu.nl)

Eveline Wandl-Vogt (Eveline.Wandl-Vogt at oeaw.ac.at)

Thierry Declerck (declerck at dfki.de) Eero Hyv÷nen (eero.hyvonen at aalto.fi) Arno Bosse (arno.bosse at history.ox.ac.uk) Serge ter Braake (s.terbraake at uva.nl)

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