(photo 1: the workshop during the presentation of John Bradley, King’s College London)

The half-day workshop Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMaH) that took place in Room 122, West Wing was more of a short paper session than an actual (interactive) workshop: nine presentations by eleven lecturers provided a broad overview over different projects using ontology based annotation of digitized data like texts or audio and video files.

The workshop was organized by Emil-Christian Ore (University of Oslo), Sebastian Rahtz (University of Oxford), and Øyvind Eide (University of Oslo). Emil-Christian Ore was chairing the workshop, monitoring the tight schedule and coordinating the discussions after every presentation.


(photo 2: Emil-Christian Ore, one of the organizers)

Between 9 a.m. And 12.30 p.m., the following topics where addressed in ten-minute-presentations:

  • The Open Annotation Ontology: Applications in Textual Scolarship by Robert Sanderson (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Annotation Collaboration (AOC) Data Model by Jane Hunter (University of Queensland)
  • RDF for a Dymnamic Literary Studies Collaboratory: A Pragmatic and Incrementalist Approach by Susan Brown and Mariana Paredes-Olea (University of Alberta)
  • Annotation and Ontology in Most Humanities Research: Accommodating a More Informal Interpretation Context by John Bradley (King’s College London)
  • Criss-crossing Wittgenstein’s Nachlass by James Matthew Fielding (Université Paris I)
  • Ontologies in Digital Humanities: Without Limitations? by Amélie Zöllner-Weber (University of Bergen)
  • The Hellespont Project – Integrating Different Sources for Ancient History in a Virtual Research by Agnes Thomas and Francesco Mambrini (University of Cologne)
  • Using Centrality-Analysis for Keyword-Graphs by Josephy Wang (University Innsbruck)
  • Towards a New Kind of Research in the History of Science: Annotation of Ampère’s Corpus by Marco Segala (Universityof L’Aquila)

Abstracts of the presentations can be found under

The participants of the workshop were able to get an impression of (the collaboration between) organizations concerned with developing ontologies and programmes for structuring and analyzing digitized data, problems that developers of ontologies may be confronted with, as well as some particular projects that use ontology based annotation for different purposes.

(Although the room, in which the workshop took place, provided enough space for the participants, the room layout could have been better: due to the position of the beamer, one third of the participants were not able to follow the Power Point Presentations properly. Regarding the technical side though, everything worked perfectly smoothly – credits go out to Gurpreet, who took care of connecting the lecturer’s notebooks to the projector.)


(photo 3: Gurpreet, taking care of the technical devices)