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Humanist Archives: May 5, 2022, 8:17 a.m. Humanist 35.685 - events cfp: biographical data workshop

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 685.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2022-05-04 08:13:40+00:00
        From: Koho Mikko <>
        Subject: CFP: Workshop on Biographical Data in a Digital World 2022

Call for Papers

Workshop on Biographical Data in a Digital World 2022 (BD2022).
July 25, 2022, online.

Held in conjunction with the Digital Humanities 2022 conference.

Biographical and prosopographical data are invaluable sources for historical
research as they provide us with essential information on thousands of
historical figures: from the cultural heroes of a nation to the many thousands
of other significant, yet lesser-known figures who were influential in domains
such as the arts, politics, humanities, or natural sciences. Their historical
life paths can provide crucial context for tangible heritage objects, which have
been created, owned, or influenced by historical actors, or which depict or
refer to them. The events of individual biographies can further be aggregated
into (histories of) larger contextual composites: groups (e.g. guilds, family
histories), institutions (e.g. art schools, universities, religious orders,
political movements, companies) and regional entities (from cities to whole

Computational analysis of biographies has opened up new and interesting research
directions. Individuals share common characteristics that can be identified and
used for information retrieval and data analysis, such as date of birth,
occupation, social networks and places. Tools and approaches from the digital
humanities can be used for both quantitative analyses of such data and for
providing leads for more qualitative research questions.

Workshop Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Digitizing and structuring biographical data
- Standards, vocabularies and best practices for processing biographical data
- Biographies and Linked Data
- Crowdsourcing biographical data
- Automatic biography generation
- Using biographical and prosopographical data for quantitative analyses
- Canonization of people and events in history
- Use of big data for biographical research
- Dealing with biographical data in heterogeneous datasets
- Creating and maintaining biographical dictionaries
- Enriching biographies from external sources
- Reconciling persons between biographical dictionaries
- Reconciling names against a biographical dictionary
- Visualizing biographical and prosopographical data
- Network analysis of biographical data
- Biographies and spatial analysis
- Biographies across countries and cultures


We solicit submissions for the workshop as abstracts (500-1000 words). The
submissions will be peer-reviewed, and the accepted submissions will be
presented at the workshop (online).

A separate call for full papers based on the abstracts will be issued after the

Important Dates

May 20: Deadline for submissions
May 30: Notification of acceptance
July 25: The workshop takes place

Organizing Committee

Mikko Koho, Aalto University
Antske Fokkens, VU University Amsterdam and Eindhoven University of Technology
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Ars Electronica Research Institute and Austrian Academy of
Eero Hyvönen, Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) and Aalto
Richard Hadden, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Angel Daza, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Committee

Paul Arthur, Edith Cowan University
Angel Daza, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Thierry Declerck, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Antske Fokkens, VU University Amsterdam and Eindhoven University of Technology
Richard Hadden, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG), chair
Mikko Koho, Aalto University
Petri Leskinen, University of Helsinki
Rennie Mapp, University of Virginia
Johannes Scholz, Graz University of Technology
Lik Hang Tsui, City University of Hong Kong
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Ars Electronica Research Institute and Austrian Academy of
Hongsu Wang, Harvard University
David Joseph Wrisley, New York University Abu Dhabi and Princeton University

Dr. Mikko Koho
Staff Scientist
Semantic Computing Research Group,
Department of Computer Science
Aalto University, Finland
+358 50 3630805

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