Annual Conference of the Data for History Consortium

Data for History 2021: Modelling Time, Places, Agents

14:00 - 18:00
Data for History-Konsortium, Professur für Digital History (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes

The effects of the growing integration of digital tools and methods in historical research make the issues of interoperability of data produced in different projects and domains (archives, museums, etc.), and their reuse in the context of open science and FAIR principles (data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) ever more pressing. In fact, we are at a turning point in historical research: The change from a primarily analogue based to a primarily digital based working context requires a major reconsideration of the very foundations of our field. Historians have to consciously think through how this change affects their practices and determine the means to best form this new, digital working environment to facilitate the ends of historical research.

This question becomes particularly clear in the context of datafication, the conversion of analogue information into digital data. In this process, fundamental decisions are taken whose outcomes will determine not only the fidelity of the representation of the primary sources but the reusability of that data into the future. Data modelling decisions taken today will deeply shape and affect the kind of research that will or will not be feasible tomorrow. The challenge is, thus, to make modelling choices in such a way that the highest possible degree of data reusability and sustainability can be guaranteed, while respecting the particular source modelled as well as the specific nature of historical data, such as ambiguity, uncertainty, incompleteness, and change over time.

The objective of this year's conference therefore is to gain a better understanding of current ideas and practices in modelling time, space and agents as historical data and to assess the implications of these choices on the process of historical research and analysis. Throughout all of this, the focus is on exchange and building up a community.

The virtual conference will take place each Wednesday afternoon via Airmeet from May 19 to June 30, 2021. If you are interested to attend, please register here


Programm (June 2, 2021)


14:00 – 16:00: Poster Session and Poster Slam


  • Vincent Baillet (Archéovision, CNRS, Université Bordeaux Montaigne): The life cycle of 3D digital data in an archaeological research: case study in Greek archaeology with the lesbic kyma
  • Sebastian Bondzio (GHI Washington): Large Card Indexes in Historical Research – Contemplating Historical Big Data
  • Frederike Buda, Andreas Birk (Jacobs University): 3D Digitization of the Bunker "Valentin": Methods, Challenges and Possibilities
  • Miguel Calleja-Puerta (University of Oviedo):The encoding of agency in Iberian notarial charters (XIIth-XVIIth centuries)
  • Natália Da Silva Perez (Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen): Modelling Historical Concepts of Privacy: The Challenges of Creating Datasets for Text Mining in Historical Documents
  • Ingo Frank (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg), Monika Barget (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz): Ontology-based Modelling of Time, Places, Agents in the Project DigiKAR (Digitale Kartenwerkstatt Altes Reich / Digital Map Lab Holy Roman Empire)
  • Julia Jaklin, Elias Berner, Peter Provaznik, Matej Santi (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna): Telling Sounds: Annotating and Connecting Audio(visual) Sources for Musicological Research
  • Christian Knüpfer, Clemens Beck (University of Jena): Modelling prosopographic knowledge from historical events
  • Stephan Kurz, Matthias Schlögl (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): Modelling the Austro-Hungarian Administration as a Resource
  • Nicolas Lasolle (University of Lorraine): Temporal Knowledge Representation and Exploitation for the Henri Poincaré Correspondence Corpus
  • Lars Müller, Kilian Schmidtner, Stefan Cramme, Clemens Schulz (Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, Frankfurt/M.): Modelling Prussian Teachers' Biographical Data
  • Cord Pagenstecher (CeDiS, Freie Universität Berlin): Oral history archives: Time, space and agency in research environments for audiovisual research data
  • Marie Puren, Pierre Vernus (Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, Lyon): Better preserving the European Silk Heritage with the SILKNOW ontology. A CRM extension for modelizing the production process of silk artefacts
  • Marie Puren, Pierre Vernus (Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, Lyon): Elaborating and using a CIDOC CRM extension to study and compare Cultural Heritage artefacts produced over several centuries in Europe. A case study on historical silk-related artefacts
  • Marie-Odile Rousset (Archéorient, Lyon), Francesco Beretta (Université de Lyon), Vincent Alamercery (Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, Lyon), Sébastien Durost (Bibracte EPCC), Jean-Pierre Girard (Archéorient, Lyon), François Mistral (Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Supérieur), Miled Rousset (Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée - Jean Pouilloux, Lyon): HisArc-RDF: prototyping an operating chain, related to the Linked Open Data, on structurally and semantically heterogeneous archaeological data sets
  • Matthias Schlögl, Marcella Tambuscio (Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Vienna), Maria Mesner (University of Vienna), Matthias Trinkaus (Kreisky Archives, Vienna): Diachronic analysis of co-occurrences networks: a case study on Staribacher diaries and Austrian politics
  • Wolfgang Schmidle (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin): ChronOntology, a gazetteer for temporal terms
  • Henri Sergent (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Paris): Modelling Time, Places, Agents for the HyperOtlet research project
  • Lixuan Song (Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, Lyon): Research in History with the method of life science
  • Giorgia Tolfo (British Library, London), Timothy Hobson (The Alan Turing Institute, London): Supporting an interdisciplinary research agenda through meta-modelling. The case of Living with machines

16:15 – 17:00 Session 6: Uncertain Time and Space

  • Pim Van Bree, Geert Kessels (LAB 1100, The Hague): Chronology Statements for Nodegoat: A Temporal Topology to Interface with Vague, Relational, and Actionable Dates
  • Grzegorz Myrda, Tomasz Panecki (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw): Stable Identifiers for Historical Topographic Objects

17:15 – 18:00 Session 7: Space and Agents

  • Philipp Schneider (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Heraldry as a Historical Source to Conceptualize Medieval Spaces and Agents: From Historiographic Concepts to Data Modelling Approaches
  • Simon Donig (Universität Passau), Maria Christoforaki, Siegfried Handschuh (University of St. Gallen): Space, Time and Period—the Neoclassica Approach