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Trinity College Dublin

2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities

The programme for the workshop has been released.
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Event location: Trinity Global Room, on the first floor of the Watts Building. Click here for a map.

This workshop is an IFIP Joint Event supported by the IFIP Working Group 12.7 on Social Semantics and Collective Intelligence. Funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme.


This workshop focuses on the challenges and opportunities of data-driven humanities and seeks to bring together world-leading scientists and scholars at the forefront of this emerging field, at the interface between computer science, social science, humanities and mathematics.

As historical knowledge becomes increasingly available in forms that computers can process, this data becomes amenable to large-scale computational analysis and interpretation. what are the impacts for humanities, social sciences, computer science and complex systems? Perhaps mathematical analysis of the dynamic, evolutionary patterns observed in the data helps us to better understand the past and can even produce empirically-grounded predictions about the future.

We seek:

  • computer scientists and digital humanities experts to introduce technologies and tools they have applied in order to extract knowledge from historical records in a form that can be processed by computers without losing its meaningfulness.
  • scientists working at the forefront of mathematical and theoretical analysis of historical data, to describe what is possible with current tools.

Keynote speaker:

The keynote will be delivered by Professor Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford, on Ritual and social evolution: Understanding social complexity through data. Professor Whitehouse is Chair of Social Anthropology, Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, and a Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. He is one of the founders of the cognitive science of religion field. He is especially well known for his theory of “modes of religiosity”, which proposes that the frequency and emotionality of rituals determines the scale and structure of religious organizations.


Registration is free, but is required. You can register at the event registration page.


The event will be held in the Trinity Global Room, which is located beside the Academic Registry on the first floor of the Watts Building. A map of the location is shown below.


The following papers have been confirmed for the workshop:

  • Giovanni Colavizza. Epidemics in Venice: on the Small or Large Nature of the pre-Modern World
  • Serge Ter Braake, Antske Fokkens, Niels Ockeloen and Chantal van Son. Digital History: Towards New Methodologies
  • Jennifer Edmond. Will Historians Ever Have Big Data? Theoretical and Infrastructural Perspectives
  • Simon Donig, Maria Christoforaki and Siegfried Handschuh. Neoclassica - a new Multilingual Domain-ontology. Representing Material Culture from the Era of Classicism in the Semantic Web
  • Siobhan Grayson, Karen Wade, Gerardine Meaney and Derek Greene. The Sense and Sensibility of Different Sliding Windows in Constructing Co-occurrence Networks from Literature
  • Erik Tjong Kim Sang. Part-of-speech tagging of Seventeenth-Century Dutch
  • Janneke van der Zwaan, Maarten van Meersbergen, Antske Fokkens, Serge Ter Braake, Inger Leemans, Erika Kuijpers, Piek Vossen and Isa Maks. Storyteller: Visualizing Perspectives in Digital Humanities Projects

Important dates:

  • Full Paper submission due: 10 April 2016
  • Acceptance Notification: 30 April 2016
  • Camera ready deadline: 13 May 2016
  • Date of the workshop: 25th May 2016

Topics of interest:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Ontologies and linked data vocabularies for historical data
  • Data curation for research in the humanities and social sciences
  • Data visualisation for the humanities and social sciences
  • Constructing big data for research in the humanities
  • Text- and data-mining of historical and archival material
  • data-driven transdisciplinary research
  • data-driven historical macrosociology
  • data-driven cultural and social evolution
  • data-driven economic history/cliometrics
  • mathematical modeling of long-term social processes
  • construction and analysis of historical datasets


Submitted papers must be original, unpublished, and not submitted to another conference or journal for consideration. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference. All submitted papers will be evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All papers will be refereed by 3 members of the PC. All submissions must be in English. We solicit (i) short papers describing new ideas (5-6 pages) and (ii) longer papers presenting more tangible results (max. 10 pages). At least one author of each accepted paper must register by the early date indicated on the conference website and present the paper. Authors must follow the Springer LNCS formatting instructions.

Please submit your papers on the Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities submission site.


All accepted papers will be published by Springer in the proceedings of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology and made available through IFIP Digital Library, one of the world's largest scientific libraries. Proceedings will be submitted for indexing by Google Scholar, ISI, EICompendex, Scopus and many more. Accepted papers after presentation and extension may be invited to be published in a special issue of Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution (e-ISSN: 2373-7530) and indexed by Scopus.

Organizing committee:

  • Dr. Bojan Bozic (co-chair), KDEG, TCD
  • Dr. Gavin Mendel-Gleason (co-chair), KDEG, TCD
  • Dr. Christophe Debruyne (co-chair), ADAPT/KDEG, TCD

Steering committee:

  • Prof. Declan O'Sullivan (general chair), ADAPT/KDEG, TCD
  • Prof. Peter Turchin, UConn, USA
  • Dr. Kevin Feeney, ADAPT/KDEG, TCD
  • Dr. Rob Brennan, ADAPT/KDEG, TCD

Program Committee

  • Prof. Arkadiusz Marciniak, AMU Poznan, Poland
  • Dr. Daniel Hoyer, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Dr. Daniel Mullins, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Prof. Douglas R. White, University of California, USA
  • Prof. Enrico Spolaore, University of Exeter, UK
  • Prof. Harvey Whitehouse, University of Oxford, UK
  • Prof. Peter N. Peregrine, Lawrence University, USA
  • Prof. Peter Turchin, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Dr. Pieter Francois, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Dr. Thomas E. Currie, University of Exeter, UK
  • Dr. Jodi Schneider, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Prof. Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Dr. Justin Tonra, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Dr. Georgeta Bordea, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Dr. Brian Davis, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Dr. Marieke van Erp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Leif Isaksen, University of Southampton, UK
  • Dr. Aidan Kane, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Dr. Antske Fokkens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Sharon Webb, University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr. Serge ter Braake, ‎University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Isa Maks, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Paul Buitelaar, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Dimitris Kontokostas, Univeristy of Leipzig, Germany
  • Dr. Monika Solanki, University of Oxford, UK




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