DH Biographical Data Workshop

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

9:30-9:45 Walk-in
9:45-10:00: Word of welcome

10:00-11:00: Session 1: Research using Biographical data
Session chair: Matthias Schlögl

10:00-10:30: Andrew Janco. Cybervetting for Refugee Status Determination.
10:30-11:00: Alison Booth, Jeremy Boggs, Purdom Lindblad, Rennie Mapp and Worthy Martin. Mid-Range Reading in Documentary Social Networks: Print and Archival Collections of Women’s lives

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-13:00: Session 2: Generating and Promoting Biographical data
Session chair: Ichiro Fujinaga

11:30 – 12:00: Jason Boyd. The Texting Wilde Project: Computer-Assisted Exegesis of a Biographical Corpus Using TEI
12:00 – 12:30: Daniele Guido, Marten Düring, Lars Wieneke and Catherine Jones. European Integration Biographies reference database (EIBIO)
12:00 – 12:30: Katalin Lejtovicz, Matthias Schlögl, Matej Ďurčo and Eveline Wandl-Vogt. APIS: How Computational Linguistics and Semantic Web can support the Exploration of Biographical Data

13:00-14:30: Lunch

14:30-15:30: Session 3: Biographical Datamodels: short presentations of submitted models
Chair: Thierry Declerck
15:30-16:00 Business Meeting (for all participants)

16:00 – 16:30: Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Hands-on Session
Chair: Thierry Declerck
17:30-18:00 Closing session: presenting outcome
Chair: Antske Fokkens

Workshop description

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.
A strong international community working on biographical data and aiming for shared data representations can directly support other domains in the digital humanities: easily accessible background information on people involved in historical or contemporary events, on artists, researchers or groups of people with common professions can provide background information and therefore be of interest to digital humanities researchers working with topics beyond research on biographical 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/).

The workshop consist of two main components: 1) a poster session where researchers can share their latest work on biographical data and computational analysis and 2) dedicated sessions about data and data models.

For our poster session, we explicitly invite researchers to the workshop who work with biographical data for historical research or data analysis (e.g. 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.

Descriptions on data models and data samples will be distributed to participants in advance and studied by a panel. The panel will present their findings and support the discussion on sharing data. Direct involvement in several projects and strong relations with other international partners guarantees an interesting set of data and data models.

We cordially invite abstracts for posters and data model descriptions. Since the purpose of this workshop is to bring people together any proposal that fits the theme of the workshop is likely to be accepted.

Important dates:

April 20: deadline for abstracts & data model descriptions
April 30: notification of acceptance
May 15: deadline for data sample
June 15: finalization of schedule

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

Antske Fokkens
Eveline Wandl-Vogt
Thierry Declerck
Eero Hyvönen
Arno Bosse
Serge ter Braake
Barbara McGillivray