Call for papers: 2nd Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2014)

–2nd Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics 2014)–

Held in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2014), 10 November 2014, Barcelona, Spain

————–Paper submission deadline September 1, 2014—————

The 2nd International Workshop on Computational History (Histoinformatics 2014) aims at fostering the interaction between Computer Science and Historical Science. This interdisciplinary initiative is a response to the growing popularity of Digital Humanities and an increased tendency to apply computer techniques for supporting and facilitating research in Humanities. Nowadays, due to the increasing activities in digitizing and opening historical sources, the Science of History can greatly benefit from the advances of Computer and Information sciences which consist of processing, organizing and making sense of data and information. As such, new Computer Science techniques can be applied to verify and validate historical assumptions based on text reasoning, image interpretation or memory understanding. Our objective is to provide for the two different research communities a place to meet and exchange ideas and to facilitate discussion. We hope the workshop will result in a survey of current problems and potential solutions, with particular focus on exploring opportunities for collaboration and interaction of researchers working on various subareas within Computer Science and History Sciences.

The main topics of the workshop are that of supporting historical research and analysis through the application of Computer Science theories or technologies, analyzing and making use of historical texts, recreating past course of actions, analyzing collective memories, visualizing historical data, providing efficient access to large wealth of accumulated historical knowledge and so on. The detailed topics of expected paper submissions are (but not limited to):

– Natural language processing and text analytics applied to historical documents
– Analysis of longitudinal document collections
– Search and retrieval in document archives and historical collections, associative search
– Causal relationship discovery based on historical resources
– Named entity recognition and disabmiguation
– Entity relationship extraction, detecting and resolving historical references in text
– Finding analogical entities over time
– Computational linguistics for old texts
– Analysis of language change over time
– Digitizing and archiving
– Modeling evolution of entities and relationships over time
– Automatic multimedia document dating
– Applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to History
– Simulating and recreating the past, social relations, motivations, figurations
– Handling uncertain and fragmentary text and image data
– Automatic biography generation
– Mining Wikipedia for historical data
– OCR and transcription old texts
– Effective interfaces for searching, browsing or visualizing historical data collections
– Studies on collective memory
– Studying and modeling forgetting and remembering processes
– Estimating credibility of historical findings
– Probing the limits of Histoinformatics
– Epistemologies in the Humanities and Computer Science

Full paper submissions are limited to 10 pages, while short paper submissions should be less than 5 pages. Submissions should be sent in English in PDF via the submission website. They should be formatted according to Springer LNCS paper formatting guidelines. They must be original and have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions will be evaluated by at least three different reviewers who come from Computer Science and History Science backgrounds. The accepted papers will be published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). See website for more details.

—Important dates—

– Paper submission deadline: September 1, 2014 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
– Notification of acceptance: September 25, 2014
– Camera ready copy deadline: October 1, 2014 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
– Workshop date: Nov 10, 2014

—Organizing Committee—

– Adam Jatowt (Kyoto University, Japan)
– GaÎl Dias (Normandie University, France)
– Marten D¸ring (Centre for European Studies, Luxemburg)
– Antal van Den Bosch (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

—Scientific Committee—

– Robert Allen (Yonsei University, South Korea)
– Frederick Clavert (Paris Sorbonne University, France)
– Antoine Doucet (Normandie University, France)
– Roger Evans (University of Brighton, United Kingdom)
– Christian Gudehus (University of Flensburg, Germany)
– Pedro Rangel Henriques (Minho University, Portugal)
– Pim Huijnen (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
– Nattiya Kanhabua (LS3 Research Center, Germany)
– Tom Kenter (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
– Mike Kestemont (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
– G¸nter M¸hlberger (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
– Andrea Nanetti (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
– Daan Odijk (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
– Marc Spaniol (Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany)
– Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
– Nina Tahmasebi (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
– Lars Wieneke (Centre for European Studies, Luxemburg)