Workshop Using Large-Scale Text Collections for Research: Status and Needs

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2012 – Place: Huygens ING, The Hague, The Netherlands
This is the first workshop of the working group Using Large-Scale Text Collections for Research of the Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH). It is organized to be a pre-conference workshop to the 9th conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, Editing Fundamentals: Historical and Literary Paradigms in Source Editing, 22-24 November 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
ICT tools and methods, such as information retrieval and extraction methods including text and data mining for example, can reveal new knowledge from large amounts of textual data, extracting hidden patterns, analysing the results and summarising them in a useful format. The NeDiMAH working group ‘Using Large-Scale Text Collections’ (WP 5) will examine practices in this area, building on the work of corpus linguistics and related disciplines to develop a greater understanding of how large-scale text collections can be used for research.
The first workshop of the group takes place at the 21st of November 2012. The meeting will be used to inventorize the availability of text corpora for researchers from different disciplines in the participating countries and languages. How large are the available corpora? For what purposes were they created? What kinds of mark-up do they contain? And which tools are available to help mining the corpora? What is missing in both texts and tools to make the corpus also useful for other research disciplines than the one it was originally created for?
The first part of the day-long workshop will be used for an introductory paper by the group leader, followed by short papers of the participants sketching the situation in their country and language(s) and the needs of their own specific research discipline. The rest of the day will be dedicated to discussions about the topics addressed during the first parts: what are the shared positive points in the different countries/languages/disciplines? Is there an overlap in the different needs that were expressed? What can we learn from each other? Where can we push the developments further through a shared approach? At the end of the day, the participants will have an overview of the current status. The needs that were addressed will be used by NeDiMAH to decide on the topics of the next workshops and/or seminars to be organized by this working group.
Ten participants will be reimbursed for their travel and subsistance to a maximum of € 700 per person. These will be selected based on abstracts to be submitted before 10 September 2012. Decisions will be mailed at the end of September 2012. Abstracts of 300-500 words are expected to describe which country or area the applicant will deal with, listing the languages and time periods in question as well as the research discipline(s) covered. Some preliminary remarks about concrete plans for the future development of a large corpus or about specific needs already identified are welcomed. Abstracts can be sent to
Based on the submissions, the Steering Committee of NeDiMAH will select a diverse group of participants for reimbursement, making sure the program of the workshop will cover an optimum of different countries, languages and research disciplines. Applicants whose submissions will not be chosen for reimbursement, are very much welcome to join the workshop at their own costs (there will be no fee for attending).

Overlijden Michel Victor Huglo

Daniel Lievois deelde ons het overlijden mee van Michel Victor Huglo (14.12.1921 – 13.05.2012), een van de meest gewaardeerde specialisten in de oude (kerk)muziek. Hij werkte graag in Gent in de handschriftenzaal van de Universiteit, in het Rijksarchief en in het Stadsarchief, maar ook in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek te Brussel voelde hij zich thuis. Zijn weduwe Barbara Haggh werkt eveneens over oude muziek en voelt zich ook in Gent thuis.


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Visiting Fellowships Scheme – Leeds

The University of Leeds Centre for History and Philosophy of Science invites applications to its new Visiting Fellowships scheme for the academic year 2012-13.

Conditions :
Visiting Fellows will be provided with full IT and library access and office space where possible. There are no formal duties. Fellows will be expected to pursue their research and to participate in seminars, reading groups and other aspects of the research life of the Centre for HPS. Fellowship periods can be from 3 months to 1 year.  Junior and senior applicants are equally welcome, though applicants must hold a PhD. The fellowships are non-stipendiary.

Proposed research projects should clearly mesh with the research interests of members of the Centre for HPS.

Submissions :
To apply, please send

  • a CV, plus
  • a letter indicating the research project you would pursue during the fellowship period, and your preferred start and end dates

to the Director of the Leeds HPS Centre, Professor Steven French : by 27 July 2012.

The Centre expects to be able to appoint between one and three Visiting Fellows for 2012-13. For more on the Visiting Fellowships programme, please contact Professor French. For more on the Leeds HPS Centre, please see the Centre website at

IMC 2012 – last-minute call for papers

Below is a list of two-paper sessions which still require a third paper.

If you would like to propose a paper for any of the sessions please send your paper to us via email ( noting the session you have applied for at the top of your message. If we have included contact details for the organiser, please contact them first to discuss your paper.

Practical informations : here.
Session 1721 – Rules of Punishment