DH-CASE 2013
Collaborative Annotations in Shared Environments:
metadata, vocabularies and techniques in the Digital Humanities

Co-located with DocEng 2013, Florence, September 10 2013.
Workshop proceedings by ACM International Conference Proceedings Series

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Thank you for coming and for helping us create a compelling and memorable event. The proceedings are forthcoming. In the meantime, please have a look at the slides of the talks, downloadable in the Program page.


In these last few years, collections of digital text have strongly increased in number, especially in the field of humanities. Digital libraries of full-text documents, including digital editions of literary texts, are emerging as environments for the production, the management and the dissemination of complex annotated corpora.

The potential interpretative levels emerging from the analysis of textual phenomena (including bibliographic, linguistic, thematic, structural, rhetorical and prosopographic aspects) converge to produce a stratification of annotations whose complex interactions may give light to new and unexpected potentials for analysis.

Yet, each community in the field of humanities (archives, libraries, museums, literary studies, etc.) have developed independent metadata models and annotation techniques for their corpora. In a shared environment, the possibility to annotate different aspects of a text overlaps with metadata models and ontologies used for annotation (i.e. TEI, EAD/EAC, CIDOC-CRM, DC, FRBR, SKOS, etc.) and related values vocabularies (i.e. DDC, Geonames, LC, VIAF, Wordnet, Dbpedia) but also with techniques for producing annotations, both with embedded or stand-off markup methods based on XML or other formal languages possibly even in a linked data perspective (OWL/RDF).

The aim of this workshop is to explore the state of art in the field of collaboration in text annotation and to reflect on existing platforms for document sharing and management, methods and techniques for multi-level annotation, metadata and vocabularies for declaring interpretative instances.

Topics of the workshop

In detail, the focus of the workshop will be on:

  • Multi-level annotations in textual corpora
  • Collaborative platforms for digital text annotation and existent solutions
  • The metadata dialogue: crosswalk in annotating digital textual resources
  • Annotation and markup in the humanities: techniques and technologies
  • Linked data and Cultural Heritage: possibilities and perspectives in the interchange between digital/textual annotated objects
  • What is a text? The differing interpretations of what constitutes a text within different DH communities
  • OAC. The Open Annotation Collaboration. Utility and case studies in the DH domain
  • Archives, Libraries and Museums. The DH role and approach to cultural heritage
  • Annotation and ownership: Annotation in a cross-community context



9.40-10.50 - Session I: Research papers - “Classics and prosopography”

Patrick Schmitz and Laurie Pearce.

Berkeley Prosopography Services: Ancient Families, Modern Tools


Matteo Romanello and Michele Pasin.

Citations and Annotations in Classics: Old Problems and New Perspectives


Gioele Barabucci and Jacopo Zingoni.

PROSO: prosopographic records


10.50-11.10 - BREAK

11.10-12.10 - Session II: Projects presentations - “Data models and digital editions”

Valentina Bartalesi, Elvira Locuratolo, Carlo Meghini and Loredana Versienti.

A Preliminary Study on the Semantic Representation of the notes to Dante Alighieri’s Convivio


Jakub Mácha, Rune J. Falch and Alois Pichler.

Overlapping and competing ontologies in digital humanities


Annette Geßner, Christian Kötteritzsch and Gerhard Lauer.

Biblical intertextuality in a digital world - the tool GERTRUDE


12.10-12.50 - Session III: Demo tools - “Shared environments and common platform”

Monica Berti and Bridget Almas.

Perseids Collaborative Platform for Annotating Text Re-Uses of Fragmentary Authors


Elena Potapenko, Elisabeth Burr and Pascal Kovacs.

“From Leipzig into the Romania” Environment for Collaborative Annotation and Knowledge Creation


Bastian Entrup, Frank Binder and Henning Lobin.

Extending the possibilities for collaborative work with TEI/XML through the usage of a wiki-system


12.50-14.00 - LUNCH

14.00-15.10 - Session IV: Research papers - “Annotations, literature and cultural heritage”

Ilaria Bartolini, Federico Condello, Mirko Degli Esposti, Valentina Garulli, Francesca Tomasi and Matteo Viale.

Towards a taxonomy of suspected forgery in authorship attribution field. A case: Montale’s Diario Postumo


Gioele Barabucci, Angelo Di Iorio, Silvio Peroni, Francesco Poggi and Fabio Vitali.

Annotations with EARMARK in practice: a fairy tale


Vincenzo Lombardo and Antonio Pizzo.

Digital Heritage and Avatars of Stories


15.10-15.30 - BREAK

15.30-16.30 - Session V: Projects presentations - “Ontologies and linguistics”

Daria Spampinato and Ignazio Zangara.

Classical antiquity and semantic content management on Linked Open Data


Isabella Chiari, Aldo Gangemi, Elisabetta Jezek, Alessandro Oltramari, Guido Vetere and Laure Vieu.

An open knowledge base for Italian language in a collaborative perspective


Marilena Di Bari, Serge Sharoff and Martin Thomas.

SentiML: Functional annotation for multilingual sentiment analysis


16.30-17.10 - Session VI: Demo tools - “Tools and collaborative annotation”

Simone Fonda, Francesca Di Donato, Christian Morbidoni, Alessio Piccioli, Marco Grassi and Michele Nucci.



Joaquin Gayoso, Amelia Sanz and José Luis Sierra.

@Note: an electronic tool for academic readings


Jana Parvanova, Vladimir Alexiev and Stanislav Kostadinov.

RDF Data and Image Annotations in ResearchSpace




Proposals shall be submitted via EasyChair at https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=dhcase2013. A 400 words abstract needs to be submitted by June 8, 2013 June 15, 2013, and the deadline for the full paper is set to June 15, 2013 June 22, 2013. Acceptable submissions are both research papers and demo/projects, and have to be delivered as valid PDF files. All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and selected external reviewers.

Workshop proceedings will be published via the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. Relevant submissions will be considered for a further journal publication.

Research papers should be between 6 and 8 pages, whereas documents presenting demos or projects, including tool demonstrations, should not exceed 4 pages. Papers shall follow the ACM template.

Workshop Chairs

  • Francesca Tomasi, University of Bologna, Italy;
  • Fabio Vitali, University of Bologna, Italy.

Program Committee

  • Maristella Agosti, University of Padua, Italy;
  • Gioele Barabucci, University of Bologna, Italy;
  • John Bradley, King’s College London, UK;
  • Elisabeth Burr, University of Leipzig, Germany;
  • Dino Buzzetti, University of Bologna, Italy;
  • Paolo Ciccarese, Massachusetts General Hospital Biomedical Informatics Core, Boston MA, USA;
  • Fabio Ciotti, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Julia Flanders, Brown University, Providence RI, USA;
  • Claus Huitfeld, University of Bergen, Norway;
  • Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands;
  • Jan Christoph Meister, Institut für Germanistik II, Hamburg, Germany;
  • Silvio Peroni, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Paul Spence, King’s College London, UK;
  • Melissa Terras, University College London, UK;
  • Andreas Witt, Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany.

External reviewers

We also thanks heartily the additional reviewers that allowed us to provide a robust evaluation of the submitted papers:

Ilaria Bartolini, Federico Boschetti, Angelo Di Iorio, Nicola Ferro, Maurizio Lana, Damiana Luzzi, Eliza Margaretha, Federico Meschini, Francesco Poggi, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco, Desmond Schmidt, Jacopo Zingoni

Relevant Dates

  • Submission of abstract: June 8, 2013 June 15, 2013
  • Submission of full paper: June 15, 2013 June 22, 2013
  • Acceptance Notification: July 15, 2013
  • Submission of camera ready: August 1, 2013 August 23, 2013
  • Workshop: September 10, 2013
  • Submission of Selected Paper for Journal: January 10, 2014
  • Publication of Selected papers on Journal: by September, 2014


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