Contributions of Contemporary History, Digital Humanities and Language Technologies, 2019, no. 1

A new thematic issue of Contributions of Contemporary History, Digital Humanities and Language Technologies, 2019, no. 1 is now available at the link http://ojs.inz.si/pnz/issue/view/18.


The current special issue of the journal Contributions to contemporary history brings papers which seem to break with the established editorial tradition. The journal has been issued regularly by the Institute of contemporary history since 1960 which was called Institute for the History of the Labour Movement until 1986. The journal was renamed at the same time as the institute, and it has since become one of the major Slovenian scientific journals in the field of history that publishes papers on the contemporary history (19th and 20th century) of Central and Southeastern Europe. With the establishment of an infrastructure programme Research infrastructure of Slovenian Historiography the Institute has entered the field of digital history and has contributed to the establishment of the European Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) since 2008. With this, the Institute of contemporary history has started to develop into one of the major digital humanities hubs in Slovenia. The current special issue is one of the results of this new research direction of its publisher and reflects a distinct interdisciplinary and heterogeneous profile of digital humanities.

With this special issue we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Language technologies conference which took place in 1998 in Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana and was organized by Tomaž Erjavec, Vojko Gorjanc, Jerneja Žganec Gros and Anica Rant. The topics of the first conference were the development and application of language technologies for Slovene and directions for the future. The conference has since been held biennially and has recently expanded its focus to digital humanities. As the intersection of digital technologies and the humanities, digital humanities is a very active research field where digital technologies are used in the study of language, society and culture, but humanities research also paves the way for the development of new digital technologies. Digital humanities is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative field which transforms traditional practices in the humanities and acts as a catalyst of new analytical techniques and methods as well as promotes discussion between the different stakeholders in the field. This initiative aims to promote integration of the disciplines and at the same act as an important hub for fellow researchers in the region.



Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
20-21 September 2018

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 organise the conference “Language Technologies and Digital Humanities” on 20 and 21 September 2018. The conference has more than a 20-year tradition, and in 2016, the thematic expansion to digital humanities was introduced.

Thematic areas of the conference

The conference aims to bring together researchers from various backgrounds and methodological frameworks. The main topics 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 submissions 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 related to the conference. The official languages of the conference are Slovene and English.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to extend their JTDH 2018 papers for a special English issue of the journal Contributions to Contemporary History. The journal is indexed in the Scopus database. Each of the selected papers will go through the journal’s regular review procedure and should be prepared according to the journal’s guidelines.

Instructions for authors

The authors are invited to submit either a full paper or an extended abstract describing work to be presented at the conference. The extended abstract will be published in the book of abstracts and the full papers in the conference proceedings, which will be published on the conference website under the Creative Commons license at the beginning of the conference. We leave it up to the authors whether to submit their contribution anonymised or not.

The official languages of the conference are Slovene and English.

More at the conference website.

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.

XML-TEI Markup Language in the Humanities

Introductory workshop on Digital Humanities 

The workshoop took place on October 15th 2014 in Prešeren hall at the Slovene academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana.

 Videos are in the Slovenian language.

Introduction to XML and TEI

Tomaž Erjavec

Introductory lecture presented the basics of XML markup standard. We looked at the structure of documents and tagging model in XML and briefly discussed the character encoding with an emphasis on standard Unicode. XML schemas, which enable the formal definition of grammar and a set of markings for a particular type of document, were presented in the follow-up. In the second part of the lecture, we learned of Text Encoding Initiative. The guidelines define a system for building XML schema and document in detail more than 500 elements that TEI provides for the marking of very diverse types of texts and for different analytical treatment. The motive for the establishment and historical overview of the TEI and the main advantages of using the TEI Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange were given at the end.

 Introduction to TEI

 Matija Ogrin


The TEI Consortium Guidelines try to accommodate the diverse needs of humanists whose main object of study is text. The Guidelines set out a comprehensive set of XML tags, which can be used to mark (encod) diversified structure of humanities texts. Symbols are grouped into modules for the various areas of work with texts. In this lecture we will learn about the general structure prescribed for TEI documents, and most importantly, the modules e used by humanists when work with text.


User case: description of the manuscripts

Matija Ogrin

Manuscripts represent one of the most important segments of cultural and especially literary heritage, which is the reason that electronic databases are being created, presenting detailed descriptions of the manuscripts together with a digital facsimile of the original. TEI Guidelines contain a special module fort his particular field. This lecture presents various opportunities from less to more complex labeling enebled by TEI guidelines.


User case: biographical and prosopographical data 

Petra Vide Ogrin

TEI Guidelines contains a special module for biographical and prosopographical data, which can be found in the archival regestae, prosopographies and especially in the lexicographical publications. Labeling of the biographical data, used at the web portal Slovenian biography (containg 3 lexicons: Sklovenian biographical lexicon (1925-1991), Slovene biographical lexicon of the Littoral (1974-1994) and the New Slovenian biographical lexicon (2013), was eneblad using these guidelines. This presentation describes the use of the TEI mark-ups for detailed labeling of the personal and variant names, titles and nobility predicates, place names, dates, occupations, family ties and their peculiarities.


User case: digitally born and structured data

Andrej Pančur

TEI Guidelines were originally created to mark-up digitised printed data of the analogue text, but they are used to label digitally born text, including scientific publications, in the last years. This presentation is going to adress the strengths and weaknesses of electronic publishing in the humanities using TEI Guidelines compared to some others in the publishing industry widespread markup languages (DocBook, XHTML, HTML5). In addition, we have shown how is it possible to include structured data from relational tables and databases into original digital text.

User case: Linguistically annotated corpora and dictionaries

Tomaž Erjavec

Computer text corpora form the basis for the empirical study of language, both in basic linguistic research as in applied linguistics, lexicography in particular. Guidelines TEI have a special module to record the corps and an additional module for the linguistic tags that you can add to text, which make the corpus much more useful. In this lecture we will look at some examples of linguistically labeled corpus of Slovenian language, and then record the cases of dictionary data for which guidelines also offer a separate module.

Copyright in digital world

In the time when digital technology and global communication network enable rapid reproduction and dissemination of all sorts of content, significant progress of the “knowledge society” is expected, especially because of the new possibilities to offer content online with the goal to create and disseminate knowledge.

But we run into troubles very quickly. Technology enables almost everything, while the law prohibits almost everything.

How do memory institutions cope with that problem? Which modern services can they offer to serve their goals?

That was the topic of the first workshop on copyright on 18th December 2012, led by dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič.

A vast quantity of questions crossed our minds at the first workshop, that is why dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič tried to answer 20 practical questions, which are common in our daily working routine. Workshop was organised on 17. July 2013 in the entrance hall of Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art.


Open Access – presentation

The presentation on Open Access of the results of public financed research took place at the Instiute of the Contemporary History. It was organised under the aegis of national initiative DARIAH-SI in organisation of Institute of the Contemporary History and Scientific research centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art.



Open Access of the peer-reviewed publications and research data: provisions of the financers and practical implementation

By clicking on the name of each presenter,  a Powerpoint presentation opens, while a videotape can be accessed by clicking on each individual title of the presentation.

PETRA TRAMTEActivities of the European Commission and Slovenia 

MOJCA KOTAR: Open Access of peer-reviewed publications 

JANEZ ŠTEBE and ANDREJ PANČURReasons for Open Access to research data: policies, principles and benefits


Presentation was the first in the series of activities in the time of public debate in the proccess of adaptation of the National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015-2020. Next event was organised by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, National and University Library, Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana and The University  of Maribor Library on 20th of May 2015, titled Practical points of view in Open Access.

National strategy of open access to scientific publications and research data in Slovenia 2015-2020 was adopted by the Slovenian government on 3rd of September 2015.


TEI text mark-up in MS Word


After well visited workshop on digital humanities (XML-TEI mark-up language in Humanities) a practical workshop followed in organisation of DARIAH-SI. The workshop took place on the December 4th 2014.
Workshop was organised for researchers who would like to tag text with some basic TEI mark-ups (http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml), but are not familiar with XML mark-up language.

Andrej Pančur, who led the workshop, has presented:

  • OxGarage – as format convertor,
  • how to transform a MS Word DOCX document to TEI.

Participants also learned how to:

  • edit MS Word document to get an optimal mark-up conversion to TEI document
  • add new TEI marks by designating new MS Word.

In the final phase of the workshop followed a presentation of the DOCX to TEI to HTML converter custom made for the needs of Slovenian DH community (http://nl.ijs.si/tei/convert/).
Workshop was based on the practical user cases on available MS Word documents.