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Humanist Archives: Nov. 29, 2021, 7:41 a.m. Humanist 35.372 - events: semantic annotation in Latin texts

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 372.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2021-11-27 18:32:55+00:00
        From: Marinella Testori <>
        Subject: Recogito and TextLinker in Linked Past 7

Linked Pasts 7 Working Group
Recogito and TextLinker: pathways to semantic
annotation in Latin Texts


   - Valeria Vitale
   The Alan Turing Institute.
   - Elton Barker (, The Open
   - Francesco Mambrini
   Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
   - Rainer Simon
   Austrian Institute of Technology.

Linked Pasts 7

The activities of this Working Group will be held during the seventh
edition of the Linked Pasts symposium, *Linked Pasts 7*
( The symposium,
organized by Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, will run entirely online
between 13-20 December 2021.

Date and time of the activity
Monday, 20 December 2021, 15:00 – 17:00 CET.

Online: link shared with *registered* participants only.


This working group aims to create a shared space to discuss the potential
of linked open data in linguistic and philological analysis of historical
texts. In particular, we will look at two annotation platforms well known
within the Linked Pasts community: Recogito
( and the LiLa TextLinker. 
The first one is an online platform for semantic annotation, georesolution 
and map-based visualisation developed within the Pelagios project. The 
second is a LOD-powered online tool for the lemmatization and part-of-speech 
tagging of Latin texts.

Through demos, hands-on exploration, feedback, and user-oriented discussion
we want to take a closer look at these tools, testing them against specific
case studies and evaluating their performance. The insights we will gain
through this working group will then inform future developments of both
tools, identify synergies and potentials for interoperability, and
contribute to the design of useful and repeatable workflows.
Description: annotation with TextLinker and Recogito.

During the working group activity, we will make available to the
participants a small number of sample Latin texts, representatives of
different kinds of corpora. We will then demo the annotation of the same
text in both TextLinker, producing linguistic annotations, and Recogito,
creating more spatially-oriented annotations. We will then invite the
attendees to try their hands at the annotation processes, either with the
selected texts, or with examples from their own corpora.

After a brief round of annotations, we will analyse the added information
we have just created, and discuss the pros and cons of each approach. Can
these two annotation paths intersect in a meaningful way? Can one tool
benefit from functionality available in the other? What would the ideal
interaction look like in a system that combines linguistic annotation with
entity linking, and what technological changes and implementation steps
would be needed to make it possible? What remains outside the scope of both
Recogito and TextLinker, and how can we build one or more ideal workflows?

The discussion will be documented, through notes and questionnaires, and
will become the foundation to design more effective user profiles that
mirror actual needs and interests of our user communities.
Target audience

This activity is intended for those who work (or plan to work) on the
digital annotation of ancient texts using web tools, and who are interested
in the interactions between general linguistic annotation, semantic web
technologies, and named-entity tagging and resolution. The discussion is
focused on Latin, but it involves questions that are relevant for
professionals working with other languages and all kinds of historical
documents as well.

No prior experience of Natural Language Processing and Linked Data
technologies is required. While knowledge of Latin is preferable to follow
the annotation task, participants who don’t know Latin but are nevertheless
interested in the subject are welcome to join.

Students and teachers of Latin, who are curious about how the annotation of
named entities and other linguistic phenomena could help their learning
experience, are especially invited!
Materials and technical requirements

The annotation activity will be focused on a single Latin text (*to be
announced soon*).

The text and tools necessary to participate in the event will be provided
by the organizing team before and during the activity.

Linked Past is a free event, but advanced registration is required.

Use this form
to the register for the activity.

Please, register *BOTH* to the Linked Past Symposium here
*AND* to the Working Group activity. Protection of personal data

*Personal data gathered through the registration form is intended for the
exclusive use of the organisers to help them prepare for the activity. This
data will not be passed on to third parties nor will it be stored for
future use, but deleted no later than one month after the end of the
activity. The email may be used to inform about the activities and to share
materials (slides, texts, feedback forms).*

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