CfP: Workshop on Scholarly Digital Editions, Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web Technologies

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Université de Lausanne, 3-4 June 2019


Call for Papers

Digital texts processed by machines are linear strings of characters, but in most research activities in the Humanities (philology, linguistics, corpus-based analysis, cultural heritage, etc.) we store them in databases and we add markup to the text, that is a kind of intelligence made computable thanks to the use of widespread data-models, formats and standards.In the last decades, the popularity of graph data-models has increased, in accordance with the semantic web proposition and the development of standards such as RDF and OWL. Graph databases, in the form of triple stores (such as Graph-DB) or of labeled-property-graphs (Neo4j), are regarded as powerful and flexible solutions by research and cultural institutions, and private companies alike.

The workshop is held to explore possible interactions between digital texts, the graph data-model, scholarly editions and the semantic web. The combinations of these objects/concepts, pursued in the last decades, remains experimental to date, and it represents one of the possible development for the field of digital scholarly editing.

Contributions on one or more of the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • the conceptualization of text as graph;
  • the use of graph-databases for digital editions;
  • the semantic web resources for building digital scholarly editions;
  • the interoperability among digital texts through Linked Data Vocabularies;
  • the integration of graph flavoured data into xml documents.

We welcome contributions from those involved in the development of tailor-made solutions for small scale projects as well as of large-scale infrastructure, focused on the theory and/or on the practice of this happy or unhappy combination.

The workshop includes presentations and a working group session. Please note that the word ‚workshop‘ means here a place for sharing ongoing research and not a hands-on training.

Invited speakers

  • Ronald Haentjens Dekker (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences – Humanities Cluster)
  • Samuel Müller (University of Basel – National Infrustructure for Editions)
  • Michele Pasin (Springer Nature)
  • Tobias Schweizer, Sepideh Alassi (University of Basel – Digital Humanities Lab)
  • Georg Vogeler (University of Graz)

Scientific committee

  • Gioele Barabucci (University of Cologne)
  • Fabio Ciotti (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Claire Clivaz (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
  • DASCH (University of Lausanne)
  • Simon Gabay (University of Neuchâtel)
  • Frederike Neuber (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
  • Elena Pierazzo (University of Grenoble-Alpes)
  • Michael Piotrowski (University of Lausanne)
  • Matteo Romanello (EPFL)
  • Elena Spadini (University of Lausanne)
  • Francesca Tomasi (University of Bologna)
  • Aris Xanthos (University of Lausanne)

Important dates

  • 9 December 2018. Deadline for the submission of abstracts
  • 14 January 2018. Notification of acceptance
  • 15 April 2019. Camera-ready version of the papers
  • 3-4 June 2019. Workshop


Université de Lausanne – 1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


The language of the workshop will be English.

Abstract submission

We invite researchers to submit abstracts for a 30 mins contribution (20 mins + 10 mins Q&A) by December 9, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed double-blind by the members of the scientific committee, and all submissions will receive several independent reviews.

Instructions for formatting and submitting abstracts will be published in September 2018.

Camera-ready paper submission

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 14, 2019.

The authors of accepted abstracts should send a camera-ready version of their paper by April 15, 2019. The papers will be made available on the workshop platform.

Before the workshop, the papers will be paired and a discussant will be assigned to each participant. The discussant must prepare two questions, that the corresponding author will receive twenty days before the workshop and should address in her/his presentation.

Instructions for formatting and submitting camera-ready papers will follow.

Proceedings publication

The authors of accepted contributions will be invited to submit a revised paper after the conference, to be published in an open-access, electronic conference volume endowed with persistent identifiers.

Organization committee

  • Elena Spadini (Université de Lausanne, CRLR)
  • Francesca Tomasi (Università di Bologna)

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