CfP: DH-CASE 2013

13 May 2013 (All day)

Workshop: Collaborative Annotations in Shared Environments: metadata, vocabularies and techniques in the Digital Humanities (DH-CASE)
Venue: Co-located with DocEng 2013, Florence
Date: September 10, 2013
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1. Abstract
In the last few years, collections of digital text have strongly increased in number, especially in the field of humanities. Digital libraries of full-text documents, including digital editions of literary texts, are emerging as environments for the production, the management and the dissemination of complex annotated corpora.
The potential interpretative levels emerging from the analysis of textual phenomena (including bibliographic, linguistic, thematic, structural, rhetorical and prosopographic aspects) converge to produce a stratification of annotations whose complex interactions may give light to new and unexpected potentials for analysis.
Yet, each community in the field of humanities (archives, libraries, museums, literary studies, etc.) have developed independent metadata models and annotation techniques for their corpora. In a shared environment, the possibility to annotate different aspects of a text overlaps with metadata models and ontologies used for annotation (i.e. TEI, EAD/EAC, CIDOC-CRM, DC, FRBR, SKOS, etc.) and related values vocabularies (i.e. DDC, Geonames, LC, VIAF, Wordnet, Dbpedia) but also with techniques for producing annotations, both with embedded or stand-off markup methods based on XML or other formal languages possibly even in a linked data perspective (OWL/RDF).
The aim of this workshop is to explore the state of art in the field of collaboration in text annotation and to reflect on existing platforms for document sharing and management, methods and techniques for multi-level annotation, metadata and vocabularies for declaring interpretative instances.

2. Topics
In detail, the focus of the workshop will be on:

  • Multi-level annotations in textual corpora
  • Collaborative platforms for digital text annotation and existent solutions
  • The metadata dialogue: crosswalk in annotating digital textual resources
  • Annotation and markup in the humanities: techniques and technologies
  • Linked data and Cultural Heritage: possibilities and perspectives in the interchange between digital/textual annotated objects
  • What is a text? The differing interpretations of what constitutes a text within different DH communities
  • OAC. The Open Annotation Collaboration. Utility and case studies in the DH domain
  • Archives, Libraries and Museums. The DH role and approach to cultural heritage
  • Annotation and ownership: Annotation in a cross-community context

3. Submissions
Proposal will be submitted via EasyChair at A 400 words abstract needs to be submitted by June 8th, and the deadline for the full paper is set to June 16, 2013. Acceptable submissions are both research papers and demo/projects, and have to be delivered as valid PDF files. All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and selected external reviewers. Workshop proceedings are planned to be published via the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. Relevant submissions will be considered for a further journal publication. Research papers should be between 6 and 8 pages, whereas documents presenting demos or projects, including tool demonstrations, should not exceed 4 pages. Papers shall follow the ACM template.

4. Relevant Dates

  • Submission of abstract: June 8, 2013
  • Submission of full paper: June 15, 2013
  • Acceptance Notification: July 15, 2013
  • Submission of camera ready: August 1, 2013
  • Workshop: September 10, 2013
  • Submission of Selected Paper for Journal: January 10, 2014
  • Publication of Selected papers on Journal: by September, 2014

5. Workshop Chairs
Francesca Tomasi, University of Bologna, Italy; Fabio Vitali, University of Bologna, Italy

6. Program Committee
Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy; Gioele Barabucci, University of Bologna, Italy; John Bradley, King’s College London, UK; Elisabeth Burr, University of Leipzig, Germany; Dino Buzzetti, University of Bologna, Italy; Paolo Ciccarese, Massachusetts General Hospital Biomedical Informatics Core, Boston MA, USA; Fabio Ciotti, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy Julia Flanders, Brown University, Providence RI, USA; Claus Huitfeld, University of Bergen, Norway; Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jan Christoph Meister, Institut für Germanistik II, Hamburg, Germany; Silvio Peroni, University of Bologna, Italy Paul Spence, King’s College London, UK; Melissa Terras, University College London, UK; Andreas Witt, Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany.

7. Contacts
For any enquiry about the workshop, please contact the chairs:
Francesca Tomasi, francesca.tomasi{at} Fabio Vitali, fabio.vitali{at}

More details and the programme will be available on the workshop website: