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Published on Thursday, May 11, 2017


Digital Humanities is widely understood to mean the use of computer-aided and data-driven research methods and techniques in both the arts and humanities. Some examples of this are critical editions, lexicographical projects, as well as the historical reception of large-scale collections, whether of visual objects or literary textual corpora. But intrinsic to the digitally-enabled arts and humanities are the holdings and collections offered up to researchers by libraries and other cultural heritage and memory institutions. In addition academic libraries also have an integrating role to play between the researcher, the interested public and the collections not only of libraries, but also of museums and archives especially, where strong regional cooperation or collaborations across borders have been established. Essential to this for this role are services that present appropriately curated digitized materials and provide access to them.


Background and Motivation

This three-day international conference will bring together notable cultural heritage, research and infrastructure organizations, as well as acclaimed keynote speakers in the field. The event will explore and discuss the above themes with the aim of enriching and cementing the links between research, the public and memory institutions, further defining the critical role of libraries in the process, supporting open data in the humanities and understanding better how to create new and sophisticated interactions with the digital public.

The organizer of the conference is the standing committee “Academic and Research Libraries” of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in cooperation with:

  • BBAW - The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin
  • DARIAH - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities in Europe
  • DINI - Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerk-Information/German Initiative for Network Information
  • LIBER - Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries
  • Library of the Humboldt-University Berlin.


Target Group

The conference is open to digital scholars, professionals working in cultural heritage institutions sector (archives, libraries, musuems, galleries), funders and sponsors of digital humanities projects. We have room for 120 participants.



No specific requirements exist applicants have to fulfill for attending the conference.



The registration fee of € 100 includes the attendance of the conference, the get together (August 15), the evening dinner (August 16), two lunches and all the coffee breaks. Please find program of the satellite meeting, hotel information and registration under the following link: https://dh-libraries.sciencesconf.org/



August 15

Senate Hall of the Humboldt University – Main Building – Unter den Linden 6

04:30 pm: Registration with coffee

05:00 pm: Welcome

Chair of the session: Andreas Degkwitz (Humboldt University Berlin)


- President of Humboldt University: Prof. Dr. Sabine Kunst

05:30 pm: Opening Key Note: Toma Tasovac (Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities): Libraries in the Age of Digital Infrastructures (and Other Catastrophes)

06:30 pm: Get Together

August 16

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science (BBAW) - Leibniz Hall (Markgrafenstr. 38)

08:45 am: Registration

09:15: Welcome

Chair of the session: Wolf-Hagen Krauth (BBAW)


- BBAW-President: Prof. Dr. Martin Grötschel

- Chair of the IFLA Section “Academic and Research Libraries”: Vicki Mc Donald (State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer - State Library of Queensland )

09:30 am: Keynote: Emmanuelle Bermès (Deputy director for services and networks in charge of technical and scientific matters - Bibliothèque nationale de France): Text, data and link-mining in digital libraries : looking for the heritage gold

10:30 am: Coffee break

11:00 am - 12:30 am: Discoveries and results of data driven research projects in the humanities

11:00 - 11:30 am: Delphine Vernozy, Paule Desmouliere and Krystelle Denis (Observatoire de la vie littéraire: University of Paris, Sorbonne): Apollinaire-Marie Curie platform presentation (Observatoire de la vie littéraire)

11:30 - 12:00 am: Jing Zhang, Jiaping Lin and Peng Xiao (Sun Yat-sen University – China):  Investigation of the Current Situation of Digital Projects of China's Music Intangible Cultural Heritage

12:00 – 12:30 am: Raymond Pun (Fresno, California – USA): Building 9066 Archive into Wikipedia: A Case Study of Digital Scholarship, History and Activism at Fresno State

12:30 - 01:30 pm: Lunch

01:30 - 05:15 pm:  The tasks and the role of libraries and other institution of the cultural heritage

Chair of the session: Laurent Romary (INRIA - DARIAH)


- President of LIBER: Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen (Director of Library Network Services - National Library of Finland )

01:30 – 02:00 pm: Sumitra Duncan (Frick Art Reference Library-USA): Web Archiving at the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC): Collaboration to preserve specialist born-digital art resources

02:00 – 02:30 pm: Michele Casalini (Casalini Libri – Italy): BIBFRAME and Linked Data practices for the stewardship of research knowledge

02:30 – 03:00 pm: Artur Rozestraten, Vania Mara Alves Lima and Cibele De Araújo Camargo Marques Dos Santos (University of Sao Paolo): ARQUIGRAFIA: digital images in the collaborative environment on the Web

03:00 - 03:30 pm: coffee break

03:30 – 04:00 pm: Lotte Wilms (KB - National Library of the Netherlands), Michiel Cock (Free University Amsterdam) and Ben Companjen (Leiden University Libraries): Digital Humanities Clinics - Leading Dutch Librarians into DH

04:00 – 04:30 pm: Edgardo Civallero (Independent LIS professional): The archive of the community's voices. Libraries and oral tradition in the digital era

04:30 – 05:00 pm: Ruth Wallach (University of Southern California, Los Angeles – USA): Learning Opportunities for Librarians: Embarking on a Digital Humanities Project´

05:00 - 05:15 pm: Summary

06:30 pm: Dinner in the Leibniz Hall

August 17

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science (BBAW) - Leibniz Hall

Chair of the session: Mike Mertens (DARIAH-EU)


-  President of DARIAH-EU: Laurent Romary (INRIA – DARIAH)

09:00 – 12:30 am: Digital Humanities and citizen science

09:00 – 09:30 am: Jarmo Saarti and Satu Soivanen (University of Eastern Finland): The Karjala database – challenges and solutions for digitizing heterogeneous, old genealogical documents for the internet use

09:30 – 10:00 am: Michael Gasser (Library of the ETH Zürich – Switzerland): Direct access, user participation, new services – Some of ETH Library's steps beyond digitisation

10:00 – 10:30 am: Matthias Reinert (Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Science) and Dirk Scholz (Bavarian State Library): “Deutsche Biographie” as Historical Biographical Information System

10:30 – 11:00 am: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 am:  Hot Topic Discussion (in two additional rooms) – Moderator: Sally Chambers (University of Ghent – Belgium) and Lotte Wilms ((KB - National Library of the Netherlands) - LIBER WG Digital Humanities

11:00 – 12:00 am: Discussions in three rooms (to be announced)

12:00 – 12:30 am: Summaries of the discussions

12:30 am: Lunch and End of the Meeting

Programme Committee

  • Lluis ANGLADA (Catalan Academic Library Consortium),
  • Gerald BEASLY (University of Alberta),
  • Mimi CALTER (Stanford University),
  • Andreas DEGKWITZ (Humboldt University),
  • Janet FLETCHER (Victoria University of Wellington),
  • Jeanette FREY (Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire BCU Lausanne),
  • Kristiina HORMIA-POUTANEN (National Library of Finland),
  • Katja Krause (Humboldt University),
  • Wolf-Hagen KRAUTH (The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin),
  • Leo MA (The Chinese University of Hong Kong),
  • Vicki McDONALD (State Library of Queensland),
  • Gerald NEUMANN (The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Berlin),
  • Laurent ROMARY (DARIAH-EU), Jan SIMANE (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut)


  • Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science (BBAW) - Leibniz Hall (Markgrafenstr. 38)
    Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany


  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017


  • IFLA, DARIAH, DARIAH-EU, cultural heritage


  • Andreas Degkwitz
    courriel : andreas [dot] degkwitz [at] ub [dot] hu-berlin [dot] de

Information source

  • Andreas Degkwitz
    courriel : andreas [dot] degkwitz [at] ub [dot] hu-berlin [dot] de


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