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Biographical Data in a Digital World Workshop 2022

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Biographical and prosopographical data are invaluable sources for historical research as they provide us with essential information on thousands of historical figures: from the cultural heroes of a nation to the many thousands of other significant, yet lesser-known figures who were influential in domains such as the arts, politics, humanities, or natural sciences. Their historical life paths can provide crucial context for tangible heritage objects, which have been created, owned, or influenced by historical actors, or which depict or refer to them. The events of individual biographies can further be aggregated into (histories of) larger contextual composites: groups (e.g. guilds, family histories), institutions (e.g. art schools, universities, religious orders, political movements, companies) and regional entities (from cities to whole countries).

Computational analysis of biographies has opened up new and interesting research directions. Individuals share common characteristics that can be identified and used for information retrieval and data analysis, such as date of birth, occupation, social networks and places. Tools and approaches from the digital humanities can be used for both quantitative analyses of such data and for providing leads for more qualitative research questions.

This workshop has two main goals. First, previous events on biographical data and digital humanities have revealed that groups working in this domain have different strengths. Though many groups bring researchers from different domains together, some groups mainly consist of domain experts with a lot of knowledge of history, library studies or literature. Other teams are primarily made up of researchers specialized in automatic analysis, formal modeling or visualization. Bringing these groups together increases insights for both types of groups. Technical experts contribute insights on best practices to deal with typical challenges of the domain. Domain experts on what analyses they need, which potential technological challenges are problematic for their research questions and which are not. Second, there is keen interest in cross-national research on biographical information. Most resources are national resources and though many are open, sharing information also means understanding each other’s data representation, linking related information, etc.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Digitizing and structuring biographical data
Standards, vocabularies and best practices for processing biographical data
Biographies and Linked Data
Crowdsourcing biographical data
Automatic biography generation
Using biographical and prosopographical data for quantitative analyses
Canonization of people and events in history
Use of big data for biographical research
Dealing with biographical data in heterogeneous datasets
Creating and maintaining biographical dictionaries
Enriching biographies from external sources
Reconciling persons between biographical dictionaries
Reconciling names against a biographical dictionary
Visualizing biographical and prosopographical data
Network analysis of biographical data
Biographies and spatial analysis
Biographies across countries and cultures
Submissions, Proceedings, and Workshop Participation
We solicit submissions for the workshop as abstracts (500-1000 words). The submissions will be peer-reviewed, and the accepted submissions will be presented at the workshop (online). The submitted abstracts will not be published.

A separate call for full papers based on the abstracts will be issued after the event, with proceedings that shall be submitted to for online publication.

At least one author of each paper needs to register to the Digital Humanities 2022 conference in order to participate in the workshop. The workshop is organized online and is open for all conference participants.

Contributions can be submitted through EasyChair at

Important Dates
May 20: Deadline for submissions
May 30: Notification of acceptance
July 25: The workshop takes place
Workshop Organizing Committee
Mikko Koho,, Aalto University
Antske Fokkens,, VU University Amsterdam and Eindhoven University of Technology
Eveline Wandl-Vogt,, Ars Electronica Research Institute and Austrian Academy of Sciences
Eero Hyvönen,, Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) and Aalto University
Richard Hadden,, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Angel Daza,, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Workshop Programme Committee
Mikko Koho, Aalto University, chair
Paul Arthur, Edith Cowan University
Angel Daza, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Thierry Declerck, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Antske Fokkens, VU University Amsterdam and Eindhoven University of Technology
Richard Hadden, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG), chair
Petri Leskinen, University of Helsinki
Rennie Mapp, University of Virginia
Johannes Scholz, Graz University of Technology
Lik Hang Tsui, City University of Hong Kong
Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Ars Electronica Research Institute and Austrian Academy of Sciences
Hongsu Wang, Harvard University
David Joseph Wrisley, New York University Abu Dhabi and Princeton University

Research Unit / Event Journal/Book Series


TitleBiographical Data in a Digital World Workshop 2022
Abbreviated titleBD2022
Date25/07/22 → …
Degree of recognitionInternational event