2013Q3 Reports: SIGHUM

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The SIG currently has 85 members and is still managed by the founding officers:
Kalliopi Zervanou (acting contact person), Caroline Sporleder, Antal van den Bosch and Piroska Lendvai.


The main event for the SIGHUM community has been the organisation of the upcoming LaTeCH workshop (Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities).

This 7th edition of LaTeCH, now associated with SIGHUM, received a record number of submissions (27) on topics covering diverse aspects of humanities, cultural heritage and social sciences research in NLP, such as creation of historical corpora and lexical resources, spelling normalisation and correction, cultural heritage access and retrieval applications, information extraction and text mining applications in folktales, social media, public policy and social sciences.

Other events organised include:

  • The Soeterbeeck eHumanities Workshop (June 13-14, 2013 Soeterbeeck Study Centre, the Netherlands) which aimed at bringing together traditional humanties researchers with e-humanities researchers and language technologists and combined research presentations with hands-on tutorials on practical e-humanties applications.

  • The Nijmegen Spring School in eHumanities (April 3–5, 2013, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) which was an intensive three-day spring school aiming at equipping junior and senior humanities and social sciences scholars with basic IT skills for digital humanities research purposes. Training sessions focused in programming in Python, statistics in R and network analysis with Gephi.

  • The Second Workshop on Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities (ACRH-2) (November 29th, 2013, University of Lisbon, Portugal, held in conjunction with TLT 11). The ARCH workshop aims at building a tighter collaboration between people working in various areas of the Humanities (such as literature, philology, history etc.) and the research community involved in developing, using and making annotated corpora accessible.


  • SIGHUM Nominations and Elections
  • Organisation of LaTeCH 2014
  • Setting up a repository of resources (or links to resources) on SIGHUM website
  • Encouraging information exchange among SIGHUM members using the SIGHUM mailing list