OpenMethods: Highlighting Digital Humanities Methods and Tools

OpenMethods: Highlighting Digital Humanities Methods and Tools is a new DARIAH initiative created by the Humanities at Scale project in cooperation with OPERAS. Humanities at Scale is a H2020-project of the DARIAH ERIC (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities).
The OpenMethods platform highlights curated content about Digital Humanities Methods and Tools, an important area currently underrepresented in the DH peer-reviewed literature especially, but not exclusively, from a European perspective.
With digital methods and tools becoming more and more part of the daily research routines of humanities scholars, practical reflections, descriptions of scientific breakthroughs accelerated by DH techniques and theoretical reflections play an emerging role in scholarly communication. Knowledge and critical discussion of digital methods and tools is much needed to prove the value, chances and challenges of “the humanities computing”.
With the enormous amount of material available online, from blog posts, articles, expert reports, etc., we strongly feel the need to highlight and promote especially valuable multilingual and multidisciplinary Open Access content in the field of Digital Humanities Methods and Tools on one dedicated platform. OpenMethods answers to this need using an innovative “metablog approach”.
The OpenMethods “metablog approach” entails that experts as members of the “OpenMethods” Editorial Team will select already published content proposed by Community Volunteers and materials of their choice to be highlighted on the OpenMethods metablog. Topics of interest are descriptions of methods and tools, tool and methods critique, as well as practical and theoretical reflections about how and why humanities research is conducted digital and how the increasing influence of digital methods and tools changes scholarly attitudes and scientific practices of humanities research






Digital Diplomatics: a new range of interpretation of historical documents

Historical seminar of Scientific Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of  Science and Arts has in collaboration with  Postgradual School ZRC SAZU organised a lecture by prof. dr. Georg Vogeler with the title

Digital Diplomatics: a new range of interpretation of historical documents.

Lecture was held on Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at the premises of ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana.

A video of the lecture, which is in English,  is available at the link.

As an old auxiliary historical discipline (introduced by Mabillon in the 17th century), diplomatics has a clearly defined scope and subject: the study of official historical documents (charters) as reliable sources, since they contain distinct information on the place and date of creation. Therefore, these documents are relevant not only for historical research, but also for linguistics and other disciplines that deal with historical facts. But the documents do not always tell the truth. Diplomacy developed its basic methodology precisely to identify fakes. Since the birth of diplomacy, her research interests have developed in particular in the direction of cultural history (literacy, symbolic communication, etc.). With the development of computer technologies, the modern branch has also developed: “digital diplomatics”. The lecture will show what this research area covers and how it affects the research interests of diplomatics. This example can serve as an example, in which we better understand what happens if digital tools are applied to research objects of humanists.

Georg Vogeler works as a professor of auxiliary historical sciences and their use in digital humanities at universities in Graz and Munich. He was one of the founding members of the research institute Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik for the development of digital methods in the field of scientific texts, especially historical documents. Since 2006, he has been the technical director of the consortium monasterium.net, which includes over 500,000 documents from the Middle and Early Modern Centuries. Since 2007, monasterium.net has been involved in the ICARUS consortium, Vogeler carries out the tasks of a technical director for the entire consortium. He led or co-organized a series of symposia and summer schools on the subject of digital humanities, in particular a series of international symposia Digital Diplomatics.

Proceedings of the Conference on Language Technologies & Digital Humanities 2016

On the Slovenian Language Technologies Society website are available proceedings from the Language Technologies an Digital Humanities conference, which took place in Ljubljana from September 29 to October 1 2016. The proceedings contain 58 accepted papers, 5 of which are from invited speakers, 30 regular full papers, 17 abstracts, and 6 student contributions, with 41 contributions in Slovenian, with the others in English, Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian languages.

Invited lectures are also available as videostreams with presentations. You can find all five videos at Videolectures.


Language Technologies & Digital Humanities 2016


Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
September 29th – October 1st, 2016

First call for papers

The 10th Conference on Language Technologies will widen its scope to the field of Digital Humanities. Digital humanities is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, radically changing the accepted practices in humanities research but has so far lacked a national or regional event to present its results and encourage discussion.

Therefore the Slovenian Language Technologies Society (SDJT), the Centre for Language Resources and Technologies at the University of Ljubljana (CJVT) and the research infrastructures CLARIN.SI and DARIAH-SI will, at the end of September 2016, organise the conference “Language Technologies and Digital Humanities”.

The topics of interested include, but are not limited to:

  • speech and other mono- and multilingual language technologies
  • digital linguistics: translation studies, corpus linguistics, lexicology and lexicography, standardisation
  • digital humanities and historical studies, ethnology, musicology, cultural heritage, archaeology, and fine arts
  • digital humanities in education and digital publishing

We welcome submission that present guidelines, research, good practices, projects and results in these areas.

The conference will also include invited lectures, a student section, and round tables on topics connected with the conference.

Important dates

  • 01. 03. 2016 submission of extended abstract
  • 01. 04. 2016 notification of acceptance
  • 01. 06. 2016 (optional submission of full paper)
  • 15. 07. 2016 (notification of acceptance)
  • 01. 09. 2016 submission of final paper or abstract
  • 29. 09.–01. 10. 2016 CONFERENCE

Instructions for authors

The authors first submit extended abstracts, which, on acceptance, can be extended to full papers. These will undergo another round of reviewing, with the final version being published in the conference proceedings. Alternatively, the authors can submit the final version of the extended abstract, which will be published in the book of abstracts.

The official languages of the conference are English, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin and Macedonian.

The extended abstracts should be two pages long (excluding the bibliography), and the full papers 8–10 pages long. The camera ready papers and abstracts should be formatted according to the conference guidelines, which will be published shortly.

The contributions are collected using EasyChair at

The authors of the contributions should indicate if it is a student contribution, where all the authors should be students. These papers will have a separate section at the conference, with the best student paper award.

The abstract booklet and conference proceedings will be available on the Web in time for the conference.

More at the conference web site.


5th General VCC meeting, Ljubljana, 22-24 April 2015

5th General VCC meeting, Ljubljana, 22-24 April 2015

DARIAH-EU’s 5th General Virtual Competency Centre (VCC) meeting will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 22-24 April 2015.

The meeting will take place at the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, with the possibility of some additional break-out sessions at other locations close to the Ministry.

To help us put together a varied and interesting agenda for the meeting, a Programme Committee has been established, which includes representatives from the local hosts, our Virtual Competency Centres and DARIAH-EU.

Practical information (flights, venue, hotels)
For more information, please contact: dariah-info@dariah.eu.