Call for papers: 3rd Workshop on Big Humanities Data, held in conjunction with IEEE Big Data 2015

******** Submission Deadline extended to 7 September 2015 ********

The 3rd IEEE Workshop on “Big Humanities Data” will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015, in conjunction with the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2015), which takes place between October 29 and November 1 2015 in Santa Clara, California, USA, and which provides a leading international forum for disseminating the latest research in the growing field of “big data”.

This workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities, arts, culture, and social science, the challenges and possibilities that such increased scale brings for scholarship in these areas.

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European Holocaust Research Infrastructure

This year will see the end of the first phase of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (, which was big data before big data became a name. We hope it will still go into  a second phase, which we will know in early 2015. But in any case, Conny Kristel and I are finally allowed to make available our paper that summarises some of EHRI’s intentions.

I hope this explains a few things.

EHRI – International Journal of AH Computing FINAL-PDF

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Big Humanities Data space

Welcome to the Big Humanities Data space, a site co-managed by Mark Hedges and Tobias Blanke from King’s College London, and Richard Marciano from the University of Maryland. We hope to use this site to provide updates on a number of shared workshops, projects, and awards that explore the development of algorithms and infrastructure for big data for the humanities.

The latest updates (see “Events” tab)  include the Aug. 2013 “Society of American Archivists” (SAA) annual meeting lightning session on crowdsourcing,  the Oct. 2013 “Big Data for the Humanities” workshop held in conjunction with the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, the Nov. 2013 Southern Historical Association (SHA) annual meeting panel on the future of digital humanities, the Nov. 2013 RCUK India workshop, and the Oct. 2014 “Big Humanities Data” workshop to be held in conjunction with the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data in Washington DC.

A new “Project” tab highlights relevant and cutting-edge projects.  The first project is the “National Redlining Collection”.

Relevant topics  (but not restricted to) include:

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Text- and data-mining of historical and archival material.
  • Social media analysis, including sentiment analysis
  • Cultural analytics
  • Cyber-infrastructures for the humanities
  • Relationship between ‘small data’ and big data
  • NoSQL databases and their application, e.g. document and graph databases
  • Big data and the construction of memory and identity
  • Big data and archival practice
  • Construction of big data
  • Big data in Heritage
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