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Published on Wednesday, October 05, 2016


The aim of the planned workshop is to develop basic standards for oral History descriptions in the perspective of building an online system for exchanging information about such resources.


Part I : Developing standards for descriptions of oral history collections: metadata and controlled vocabularies

October 3rd, 2016, 11:00-16:00

Digital Humanities Lab UW
S. Banacha 2C street
CeNT-1 (2 floor)
02-097 Warsaw


e-mail: lach@uw.edu.pl
phone: +48 22 554 35 95


  • Joanna Majdanik i Łukasz Kowalski (Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre),
  • Marcin Wilkowski (LaCH UW)

Core description

The University of Warsaw, the coordinator of DARIAH-PL consortium, together with the“Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre, a member of the Coalition for Open Education, is inviting  participants for the first workshop of "Public humanities and digital humanities: mutual inspiration and common (digital) tools" series, which will take place in Warsaw on October 3rd (11:00-16:00).

The aim of the planned workshop is to develop basic standards for oral history descriptions  in the perspective of building an online system for exchanging information about such resources. The workshop program includes primarily the work on the draft of a controlled vocabulary for oral history metadata schemas.

The workshop will take place in the Digital Humanities Lab UW, S. Banacha 2C street (CeNT-1, floor 2). We welcome researchers using oral history methods in their academic work as well  the members of institutions involved in gathering and researching oral history resources.


  1. the presentation of "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" experiences in the field of oral history recordings collecting and processing;
  2. the draft presentation of the integration system for information on Polish oral history collections;
  3. the working discussion on the sketch metadata schema for oral history recording based on recommendations from the Polish Society of Oral History;
  4. the preliminary development of the controlled vocabulary for oral history recordings and transcriptions metadata.

The program can be slightly modificated due to the proposals suggested by the participants.

Part II

Lublin 10 – 11.10.2016

Monday 10.10.2016

  • 13:00 : Basic network visualisations – Radosław Bomba

The main objective of the workshop is to present the assumptions of the new science of networks and its practical applications. The workshops will discuss the major categories of research used in network analysis. They will also include a presentation of open source software available for use in the participants' own projects.

  • 13:00 : LoCloud Collections as a digital storytelling platform – Błażej Betański

The workshop will introduce the LoClour Collections tool. The service allows its users to share heritage resources online with the use of cloud technologies. LoCloud Collections is based on the Software-as-a-Service model, which means that users do not need to purchase server space or install standalone applications to maintain digital collections. The shared resources can be used in the creation of research services and visualisations. Of particular importance for the workshop will be creating virtual exhibitions and digital storytelling with the use of LoCloud Collections. The service is mainly directed at small cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, research teams and private individuals.

  • 15:30 : Dynamic social networks: analysis and visualisation – Wiesława Osińska

Dynamic social networks: analysis and visualization. The aim of the workshop is to present two programmes used for dynamic network and data analysis, namely: Gephi and Cytoscape. We will discuss three key issues: downloading data from the Internet, visualisation, and interpretation of research results.


  • 15:30 : Promoting 3D documentation using the example of the 3D Scanning Work Group as part of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw – Marta BuraJanusz Janowski

"Based on their six-year experience, the work group will present the problems inherent in heritage and historical landmark documentation, both in the areas of promotion and research.
During the workshops, participants will have an opportunity to discover methods of acquiring data point clouds and their types (Remake Autodesk, P30 Leica laser scanner, Leica Cyclone, Smarttech). The workshops will also include a presentation of basic software, and the capacities of the modern Internet in publishing data point clouds and 3D models (Sketchfab, TrueView, Pdf 3d), as well as methods of presenting documented objects/landmarks using VR technologies."

Tuesday 11.10.2016

  • 9:00 :  Image analysis and visualisation tools – Andrzej RadomskiKamil Stępień

The aim of the workshop is to present selected tools for analysis and visualization of digital images. Digital images are understood widely. The scope of this concept consists of works of art, graphics, movies, or video games. The main problem for modern science is excess data. This also applies to images. Contemporary society produces a huge amount of digital images. Existing methods are often unsuited to processing large data packets or big data. In recent years, however, there were created applications through which we can analyse large sets of data. In the course of the workshop there will be presented programmes such as: ImageJ, Image plot, Sigma Scan Pro, Magix. The specific examples will be shown in terms of their basic capabilities and limitations.

  • 9:00 : Cool but dangerous visualisations: testing methodological limits using the example of Wikipedia articles edited in Rstudio – Marcin Wilkowski

Visualising data and text is one of the most important methodologies of digital humanities. The wide accessibility of visualisation tools that enable users to create visually appealing presentations, however, does not come in hand with an awareness of the limits of the medium and common mistakes made while working with data. During the workshop, which is aimed at participants who did not previously work with visualisations, we will discuss and present the characteristics of specific Wikipedia entries and resources. To do this, we will use the Wikipedia API, the R programming language, and visualisation tools available online, to gain an in-depth understanding of the infrastructure of the modern humanist's work tools, and the importance of open heritage institutions resources.

Workshop participants should bring their own laptops (including mouse); tablets are not suited to work with data. participants will also have to download and install the free RStudio software (available on all platforms at https://www.rstudio.com).

  • 13:00 : On creating scientific visual narratives in digital collections  Konrad Niciński, Paweł RyżkoAgnieszka Kochańska

The aim of the workshop is to show the usage of selected visual materials on Nplp.pl website, such as: logotype, typography, extracted graphics from Library of IBL PAN, videos, ways of navigating maps and emphasizing their functions in the narration of a digital collection. Using the example of two collections, Prus Plus and Atlas Polskiego Romantyzmu, methods of implementing visual materials will also be discussed, as well as obstacles pertaining to the process.

  • 13:00 : Designing an online research service – Łukasz Kowalski

Cultural and scientific instututions more and more often create online research services. These services can employ digitised books, photographic and iconographic material, or audio and video recordings. In some cases they also use more complicated tools, such as games or 2D and 3D visualisations. During the workshop we will discuss the challenges inherent in such undertakings: methods of project coordination, choice of technological solutions, maintaining the project, ascertaining its usability, team work. Each workshop participant will also offer his or her own project idea.

Part III

Day 1. Friday, 14th October  2016, 14:00 - 19:00

Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI (Text Encoding Initiative)

Wrocław University,

Institute of Romance Philology

pl. Bp. Nankiera 4


max. 20 


  • dr José Luis Losada Palenzuela (UWr)
  • dr Michał Kozak (PCSS)

Users are free to bring own laptops – please, install oXygen www.oxygenxml.com/xml_editor/download_oxygenxml_editor.html - a free 30 days trial available

Course description

The workshop goal is to provide a basic introduction to digital scholarly editions (DSE) encoded with TEI, an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) promote by a TEI Consortium, which develops a standard for the representation of texts in digital form and offers general guidelines for the encoding.

The theoretical introduction will be followed by a hands-on experience (no previous knowledge needed) in using TEI with a XML Editor (oXygen).

An example of working service Karaites Digital Archive eJazyszłar – based on TEI described documents, developed and maintained by Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center –will be presented.


  1. General introduction to Digital Scholarly Editions
    1. Examples of digital editions
    2. Criteria for evaluating DSE
    3. Structure (Schema), Content (Transcription), Visualisation (Stylesheets), Information (Metadata).
  2. Markup and XML
    1. Descriptive markup (form vs content)
    2. TEI Basic Structure
    3. TEI Guidelines
  3. Karaites Digital Archive eJazyszłar (http://www.jazyszlar.karaimi.org/) as an example of using TEI standard for on-line publishing of information about cultural resources
  4. Introducing oXygen (XML Editor)
    • Create, add markup, validate
  5. Metadata in <teiHeader>
    • Title and publication statement
    • Source description
  6. Encoding Names, People, Places.
  7. Encoding variants.


3+3  hours (45 min.), including coffee and lunch breaks

Sharing resources - reducing legal barriers to support reuse

Wrocław University,

Institute of Romance Philology

pl. Bp. Nankiera 4


max. 20


  • Kamil Śliwowski (Centrum Cyfrowe)

The workshop will address the legal aspects of sharing resources online – especially cultural resources - in a way that promotes their re-use for educational, creative and commercial purposes. During the workshop we will discuss both the strategic importance of openness and legal standards (in particular such tools like Creative Commons) and basic conditions that must be met in order to provide users with content that can be freely used/reused and shared further.


90 + 90 min including coffee break

Day 2. Saturday, 15th October 2016, 10:00 - 13:30

Wrocław University,

Institute of Library and Information Science

pl. Uniwersytecki 9/13

Workshops will be delivered in two parallel sessions

A. Use of  digital collections for research purposes: current possibilities and needs of humanities researchers


  • Karolina Bohdanowicz (PCSS)
  • Marcin Werla (PCSS)

Course description

This workshop is dedicated to humanities researchers who are using on-line collections from digital libraries, museums and archives in their research. The aim of the workshop is to present current possibilities which are offered by Polish Digital Libraries Federation and Europeana and to discuss its limitations in the context of researchers needs. The outcome of this workshop will be included in the development of strategies for providing access to digital collections in the Federation.


max. 25


  1. Overview of current state and development directions of Polish Digital Libraries Federation and Europeana, including Europeana Research platform (40 min)
  2. Examples of tools for working with digital collections: Virtual Transcription Laboratory, LoCloud Collections, selected Europeana Research prototypes (50 min)
  3. Coffee break (30 min)
  4. Discussion about current limitations in using digital collections for research and about needs of humanities researchers in this context (up to 90 min)


90 min + 90 min + coffee break, lunch after workshop

B.  Processing digital data for delivering – act locally, think globally


  • dr Piotr Malak (UWr)

Course description

The course should provide its participants with a knowledge on preparing and retrieving data using Europeana search engine. The most important metadata formats will be discussed, as well as methods of indexing data and users’ search strategies.


max. 15


  1. The way users search cultural and historical data – case study on Europeana (results of Cultural Heritage in CLEF evaluation labs),
    • query expansion or query normalisation,
    • indexing – how it works on collection and on user side,
    • searching support (guided search) for the system,
    • what is vital and important to be provided in metadata,
  2. The way a document can be retrieved
  3. Good description means good matching (proper metadata representation of a document)
    • the most common mistakes in digital metadata – a case study of data provided to FBC (http://fbc.pionier.net.pl/) by Polish digital libraries,
    • few gold practice hints,
    • proposition of unifying solutions for digital metadata
  4. Availability and accessibility of digital collections - handy standards:
    •  XMP,
    • schema.org,
    • Dublin Core,
    • Open Graph,
    • Europeana Data Model


90 min + 90 min + coffee break, lunch after workshop


  • CeNT I, 2 floor - Digital Humanities Lab UW S. Banacha 2C street
    Warsaw, Poland (02-097)
  • Wrocław University, Institute of Library and Information Science, pl. Uniwersytecki 9/13
    Wrocław, Poland
  • Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre, Grodzka 21, 20-112 Lublin
    Lublin, Poland


  • Monday, October 03, 2016
  • Friday, October 14, 2016
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • Monday, October 10, 2016
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016


  • standard, data, metadata, vocabulary, reuse


  • Dominik Purchala
    courriel : d [dot] purchala [at] uw [dot] edu [dot] pl

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  • Dominik Purchala
    courriel : d [dot] purchala [at] uw [dot] edu [dot] pl


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