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DH Training Workshop: Digital Methods for Linguistic Investigation

Nov 13, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019
DH Workshop FU

DH Workshop FU

The workshop will bring together 20 trainees together with experts to share experiences, methods and techniques for the creation, management and use of linguistic data. The event is organized by Simona Olivieri, Humboldt Research Fellow - Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universität Berlin, with the support of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Syncro Soft.

The training will focus on standards-compliant representations of texts in digital form, and sessions will be organized in hands-on slots on data modeling and managing.

Ultimate objective is to give an overall view on the benefits of applying digital methods to investigate humanities research questions


Applicants should submit their bio and a short proposal presenting their background and interest in the field. The description of a concrete project involving linguistic data that they would like to work on during the training sessions will also be considered in the selection. All documents should be sent as a single PDF-file attachment labelled as “Last Name_DHWorkshopFU.pdf” to Dr. Simona Olivieri simona.olivieri@fu-berlin.de.

Attendees will be required to bring their laptops and sample data to the training sessions, so to be able to work on the application of the methodologies presented by the instructors.

Participation is free of charge.


The workshop will be articulated in a number of training sessions: the instructors will first present the digital methods, and then attendees will work on the application of the methods on their sample data.

Main topics of the working sessions will be:

  • XML/TEI markup for scholarly digital editions
  • Standards-compliant creation of digital linguistic resources
  • Python programming for text and TEI/XML analysis

The workshop will also feature public lectures to present Digital Humanities ongoing projects. Keynote lectures will be given by Simona Olivieri (FU Berlin) together with Giuliano Lancioni (Roma Tre University), Karlheinz Mörth (Director of the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities – Austrian Academy of Sciences), and George Kiraz (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton / Beth Mardutho)

Instructors and speakers

George Kiraz - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton / Beth Mardutho

Giuliano Lancioni - Roma Tre University

Karlheinz Mörth - Director of the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities – Austrian Academy of Sciences

Simona Olivieri - Freie Universität Berlin

Laurent Romary - Directeur de Recherche, Inria, Team ALMAnaCH, France

Toma Tasovac - Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (BCDH), Director of DARIAH-EU

Important dates:

May 15, 2019: First call for participation

June 24, 2019: Second call for participation

July 15, 2019: Deadline call for participation

July 28, 2019: Notification of acceptance

November 13-15, 2019: Workshop dates


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is a foundation established by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as other national and international partners. As an intermediary organization of German foreign cultural and education policy, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation aims to promote international academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from Germany and from abroad.

Syncro Soft

Syncro Soft is a privately held software company founded in 1998 with a large area of expertise in XML technologies and single-source publishing. The main product, Oxygen XML Editor, provides the best coverage of today's XML technologies. It complies with the established standards released by W3C and other organizations and enhances the productivity of developers and content authors through an intuitive and innovative XML IDE. Syncro Soft is a member of the W3C.

Time & Location

Nov 13, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019

Freie Universität Berlin

Further Information

Further inquiries can be sent to simona.olivieri@fu-berlin.de

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