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2014 Workshop Mining Digital Repositories


Mining Digital Repositories:  Challenges and Horizons

National Library of the Netherlands

10-11 April 2014

The Hague, The Netherlands

Toine Pieters and Jaap Verheul (UU, November 2013)


Full program


The primary aim of this workshop is to assess the opportunities and challenges involved in using trans-national, multi-lingual, and multi-media digital repositories (such as newspapers periodicals and radio/television broadcasts) in computational humanities research. The workshop will discuss a number of showcases that use advanced text mining methodologies to analyze “big data” repositories in the UK,  Germany, Luxemburg, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the US. This inventory of the state-of-the-art serves as starting point for an exploration of the conceptual and technological horizons that open up ahead. The agenda setting ambition of this workshop is;

  1. To assess the opportunities and challenges of (re-)using transnational big data repositories (including practical concerns in terms of sharing data, licensing, citation, repeatability of results, interface, and tool development);
  2. To assess the opportunities and challenges of cross-border data flows;
  3. To assess the opportunities and challenges of the further development of digital multimedia and online services for research purposes;
  4. To stimulate international collaboration on the (re-)use of digital heritage resources to foster innovation (within the Horizon 2020 funding schemes).


The workshop will serve as a benchmark for state-of-the-art in data mining research within a number of ongoing collaborative research projects, such as “Translantis:  Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures; The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990” (funded by a NWO-Horizon grant) and ”Asymmetrical Encounters: Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815–1992”(AsymEnc, funded by HERA).