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Gender, places and Academical level at the DHd2016

Some weeks ago we published some visualizations of the data of the attendants at the DHd 2016 that we take from the program of the conference. The organization of the conference liked what we did, and while speaking with them, I pointed out that I had the feeling that significantly fewer women were at the conference if compared to the Spanish DH Conference 2015 (in which the gender distribution of the speakers were more or less 50%). So the organization gave us more data about the participants, of course anonymized, and for that we are very thankful.

So, let’s start with the basic gender question. Was I supposing correctly, that there were more men than women?

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Verba Alpina: open data + elegant solutions

In the context of the Junge Forum Romanistik, there were workshops with a focus on digital tools in literary and linguistic studies organized by CLiGS together with the FJR and the AG Digitale Romanistik. In one of the workshops, Thomas Krefeld and Stephan Lücke presented the project Verba Alpina:

Screenshot from 2016-03-17 07:11:16This project studies dialectal data from the very multinational area of the Alps. The classical dialectal projects took a national approach that hides the linguistic processes that go across the border.  It impressed me for three reasons: two very simple and elegant solutions that they are applying in the project and how open the data and the tool are.
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DHd 2016: countries, cities and institutions of the speakers

The CliGS group had the opportunity of being at the German Digital Humanities Conference  in Leipzig (DHd 2016). As we did with the  DH Spanish Conference of last year, we decided to take the data of the program to see in detail some general information of the people talking at the conference.

The data used in this post come all from the conftool of the conference. In that website is also the information about the pre-conference workshop and the EADH-Day.  It is important to have clear that this represent how visible are in the program countries, cities and institutions, and not about all the participants. We are only taking the data from the people that presented something (conference paper, poster, session…) and if someone took several roles during the conference, his information is also repeated.

I took the HTML, I cleaned it with scripts as best as I could; the tricky part was with this kind of things:

As we can see, the relationship between person and institution is not one to one. I checked the results of some of the most complicated cases and the scripts did a good job, but I wouldn’t dare to plunge my hand in the fire for this data 😉 If there are some errors and you want to give a try to clean the data in a better way, let us know with a comment! For the visualisation I have used the very user-friendly and intuitive tool RAW.

Lets start with the countries, in which country do the people in the program work? Results:

Well, not a huge surprise that Germany is the first country (428). Now the difference between Austria (37) and Switzerland (13) I didn’t expect. It is interesting to see how Italy and the Netherlands are well represented, specially if we compare it with other European countries, specially France, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland…

Lets go a step deeper in the data. And, now, a word of explanation: apparently the participants of some universities are more homogeneous when naming their institutions as other: while Universität Paderborn didn’t have any variant, there was a lot of variants in some Universities, example: Universität Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, GA Universität Göttingen, Uni Göttingen… So I tried to curate the data the best way I could and searched for the locations of many institutions and I didn’t know:

Berlin, Leipzig, Göttingen, Würzburg, Wien, Darmstadt, Stuttgart… And from that we can go a step deeper and see the different institutions in each city. Because while some cities like Berlin, Wien or Göttingen contain a great number of institutions working in the Digital Humanities, other cities like Frankfurt or Würzburg are represented by a single institution.

So the data after institutions looks like this:

After the University of Leipzig, the one holding the conference, the best represented institutions in the program are the Universities from Würzbug, Darmstadt, HU-Berlin, Stuttgart, BBAW, ÖAW, NSUB-Göttingen, Köln…


Workshop „Advanced Methods in Stylometry“

The junior research group „Computational Literary Genre Stylistics“ (CLiGS) is organizing a hands-on workshop on „Advanced Methods in Stylometry“ which will take place at Würzburg University, Germany, on December 9-11. (All further information will be posted here; see bottom of this post for practical information.)

The workshop targets doctoral students in literary studies already familiar with computational text analysis and interested in using specific, advanced methods for their use-cases and research questions. The aims of the workshop are to help participants move beyond out-of-the-box functionality in stylo, either using advanced functionality in stylo or using specific Python packages. Participants are encouraged to bring their own datasets to the workshop.

The workshop will be taught by Maciej Eder (Paedagogical University, Kraków, Poland), Mike Kestemont (University of Antwerp, Belgium), and Jeremi Ochab (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland), three experts in stylometry. It is being coordinated by Christof Schöch. The workshop will have three parts, adresssing the following issues:

  • The first part of the workshop will focus on designing and implementing workflows in R, aimed at performing large-scale custom stylometric experiments. To this end, a few low-level functions of the package ’stylo‘, as well as a number of generic R functions and routines will be introduced.
  • The second part will offer an introduction to the popular Machine Learning toolkit for Python: sklearn ( The workshop will focus on sklearn’s powerful suite of text processing algorithms. Using relevant examples from stylometry, it will be demonstrated how sklearn equips users with an arsenal of easily available (un)supervised machine learning routines.
  • The third part will be an introduction to models of complex networks as well as to the most prominent results on empirical networks. They will cover the most relevant graph characteristics, and will further expand to graph-based unsupervised clustering techniques, so-called community detection algorithms.

The workshop requires familiarity with the fundamental assumptions of computational text analysis including stylometry as well as solid competencies in using R and Python. If you are interested in joining us for the workshop, please send an application to until November 20, 2015, specifying why you would like to participate and how you have achieved your current level of competency in stylometry.

The workshop will start on Wednesday, December 9 at 9:30 am and end on Friday, December 11 at 1:00pm. Participation is free except for a small contribution for drinks and snacks during the breaks. The working language of the workshop will be English, but text collections used may be in the language of your choice. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop computers with the latest version of R (with stylo) as well as Python (version 3, with numpy, pandas, sklearn) installed.

The workshop is organized by the CLiGS group with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF).

Practical information:

  • The workshop will take place at Würzburg University, Campus Hubland, Philosophisches Institut, Building 8, room 8.E.18. The pointer on this map points there.
  • The closest bus stop is „Philosophisches Institut“. From Würzburg Hauptbahnhof, buses 14, 114 and 214 take you there.

Workshop „Computergestützte literarische Gattungsstilistik“

Topic-/Roman-Netzwerk am Beispiel eines Korpus französischer Kriminalromane (Ausschnitt; Klicken für größere Ansicht)
Topic-/Roman-Netzwerk am Beispiel eines Korpus französischer Kriminalromane (Ausschnitt; Klicken für größere Ansicht)

Am 29. September 2014 findet der erste Workshop der Nachwuchsgruppe „Computergestützte literarische Gattungsstilistik“ am Lehrstuhl für Computerphilologie der Universität Würzburg statt. Interessierte KollegInnen und Studierende sind herzlich zur Teilnahme eingeladen.

Der Workshop hat ein dreifaches Anliegen: Erstens, mit beteiligten und assoziierten WissenschaftlerInnen aus Literaturwissenschaft, Linguistik und Informatik das Rahmenthema der Nachwuchsgruppe zu diskutieren. Zweitens, sich über die geplanten Einzelprojekte der DoktorandInnen auszutauschen. Und drittens, durch eine kleine Anzahl allgemeinerer Vorträge bestimmte Aspekte des Rahmenthemas der Gruppe aus literaturwissenschaftlicher, linguistischer und stilometrischer Perspektive zu vertiefen.
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