Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities

On March 14-16, 2012, the Women Writers Project and the Center for Digital Editions at the University of Würzburg organized a three-day workshop with generous sponsorship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The event brought together a group of about 40 on-site participants and a community of virtual participants who followed the live stream and the Twitter feed. We offer here a full record of the event, including videotape of each segment, slides, papers or presentation notes where available, and the full twitter stream. Annotated transcriptions of each session are now available at the WordPress site. A white paper synthesizing the event is now available.

March 14

Keynote lecture

  • , “Data Modeling for the Humanities: Three Questions and One Experiment” (paper, slides, video)

Panel discussion: Data models in humanities theory and practice

; Julia Flanders and Fotis Jannidis, moderators (video)

Theoretical perspectives I

  • , “Towards an Ontological Model of Text” (video)
  • , “Taking Modeling Seriously” (video)

Case studies: Critical editions

  • , “Preserving Virtual Worlds” (slides, video)
  • , “On the Value of Comparing Truly Remarkable Texts” (video)

March 15

Open discussion: Key themes (video)

Case studies: Research ontologies

  • , “EAC-CPF” (video)
  • , “Objects, Process, Context in Time and Space – and how we model all this in the Europeana Data Model” (slides, video)
  • , “Discovering our models: aiming at metaleptic markup applications through TEI customization” (slides, video)

Panel discussion: Data modeling and humanities pedagogy

; Julia Flanders, moderator (video)

Theoretical perspectives II

  • , “Modeling Scholarship” (paper, slides, video)
  • , “Tagging in the cloud. A data model for collaborative markup” (video)
  • , “Modeling Transcription” (slides, video)


March 16

Open discussion: Key themes (video)

Case studies: Historical archives

  • , “What is the Thing that Changes?: Space and Time through the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries” (paper, slides, video)
  • , “Data modeling for early modern emblems” (slides, video)
  • , “The Person Data Repository” (slides, video)

Theoretical perspectives III

  • , “Digital Literary History and its Discontent” (video)
  • , “Analyzing linguistic variation: From corpus query towards feature discovery” (slides, video)
  • , “Where Semantics Lies” (paper, video)

Closing keynote presentation: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen (video)

Twitter Stream

Interested in the twitter stream? Here are a few visuals...

The vocabulary:

The twitter contributors: word cloud of KODM twitter handles

The full stream for reading or download (XML)