Symposium – The Future of Humanities: eHumanities in Practice

Date - Thursday,  29 September 2011, 09:30 – 16:00 

Venue - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Address – Trippenhuis, Kloverniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam

In the near future researchers will have improved means to exchange knowledge. This will lead them to new discoveries and findings. Alfalab builds the tools researchers need to get there. Some of these tools will be demonstrated during this symposium.

Take a peek into the future. Humanities have become eHumanities. In the digital era the researcher has also become a user, part of a digital community. This community is actively exchanging knowledge, is collaboratively using tools for description and annotation, to process image and text. eHumanities empower the expertise of researchers and leverage serendipity of discovery.

Alfalab pioneers the field of eHumanities. Alfalab is an experimental collaborative of humanities institutes of the Royal Academy to build digital tools and to investigate how these tools impact research practice.


09.45 – 10.10 Registration
10.10 – 10.15 Opening by Henk Wals – Director, Huygens ING
Chaired by Sally Wyatt – Programme Leader, eHumanities Group
10.15 – 10.45 Connecting Collections, Tools, and Scholars: Design and Development in Project Bamboo
Travis Brown, Assistant Director – Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
10.45 – 11.15 Transformational humanities: beyond user requirements in the digital humanities
Annamaria Carusi, Senior Research Associate – Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC)
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.00 The Evolving Nanopublication
Erik Schultes, Research Scientist – Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)
12.00 – 12.30 Interfacing humanities & digital technology
Joris van Zundert, Researcher & Project Manager Alfalab, Huygens ING
12.30 – 13.00 Discussion
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Continuous demonstrations and explanations:
TextLab by Karina van Dalen-Oskam – Huygens ING
LifeLab by Kees Mandemakers – IISG
GISLab by Douwe Zeldenrust – Meertens Institute and Arjen Versloot – Fryske Akademy
InterfaceLab by Smiljana Antonijevic – Roskilde University
AlfaLab Live (eHumanities portal) by Clifford Tatum – CWTS/eHumanities
Linked Open Annotation by Maarten Hoogerwerf – DANS
Enhanced On Line Publications by Leen Breure – DANS/Utrecht University
15.00 – 15.15 AlfaLab: Conclusions and Prospects
Joris van Zundert – Project Manager Alfalab, Huygens ING
15.15 – 15.30 Digital & Computational Approaches for the Humanities
Theo Mulder – Research Director, Royal Academy
15.30 – 16.00 Drinks