Histoinformatics2017 CIKM 2017
In conjunction with the 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2017), Singapore


HistoInformatics2017 - the 4th International Workshop on Computational History will be held on 6 November, 2017 in conjunction with the 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2017), Singapore. Traditionally, historical research is based on the hermeneutic investigation of preserved records and artifacts to provide a reliable account of the past and to discuss different hypotheses. Alongside this hermeneutic approach historians have always been interested to translate primary sources into data and used methods, often borrowed from the Social Sciences, to analyze them. A new wealth of digitized historical documents have however opened up completely new challenges for the computer-assisted analysis of e.g. large text or image corpora. Historians can greatly benefit from the advances of Computer and Information sciences which are dedicated to the processing, organization and analysis of such data. New computational techniques can be applied to help verify and validate historical assumptions. We call this approach HistoInformatics, analogous to Bioinformatics and ChemoInformatics which have respectively proposed new research trends in Biology and Chemistry. The main topics of the proposed workshop are: (1) support for historical research and analysis in general through the application of Computer Science theories or technologies, (2) analysis and re-use of historical texts, (3) analysis of collective memories, (4) visualisations of historical data, (4) access to large wealth of accumulated historical knowledge.

This is a highly interdisciplinary workshop that goes beyond traditional computer science topics. The workshop emphasizes non-standard, research-oriented informatics technologies for solving novel research problems and scenarios. Our objective is to provide for the two different research communities a place to meet and exchange ideas and to facilitate discussion. We hope the workshop will result in a survey of current problems and potential solutions, with particular focus on exploring opportunities for collaboration and interaction of researchers working on various subareas within Computer Science and History Sciences.

Themes and Topics

We are interested in a wide range of topics which are of relevance for history, the cultural heritage sector and the humanities in general. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Natural language processing and text analytics applied to historical documents
  • Analysis of longitudinal document collections
  • Search and retrieval in document archives and historical collections, associative search
  • Causal relationship discovery based on historical resources
  • Named entity recognition and disambiguation
  • Entity relationship extraction, detecting and resolving historical references in text
  • Finding analogical entities over time
  • Computational linguistics for old texts
  • Analysis of language change over time
  • Digitizing and archiving
  • Modeling evolution of entities and relationships over time
  • Automatic multimedia document dating
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to History
  • Simulating and recreating the past course of actions, social relations, motivations, figurations
  • Handling uncertain and fragmentary text and image data
  • Automatic biography generation
  • Mining Wikipedia for historical data
  • OCR and transcription of old texts
  • Effective interfaces for searching, browsing or visualizing historical data collections
  • Studies on collective memory
  • Studying and modeling forgetting and remembering processes
  • Estimating credibility of historical findings
  • Probing the limits of Histoinformatics
  • Epistemologies in the Humanities and Computer Science

Paper Submission

Full paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere. Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content including references and figures. Short paper submissions must describe small and focused contribution. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages (including references and figures). Submissions should be sent in English in PDF via the submission website. They should be formatted according to ACM camera-ready templates. Submissions will be evaluated by at least three different reviewers with backgrounds in Computer Science and History. The review process will be double-blind, and submissions must be properly anonymized. The accepted papers will be published on CEUR Workshop Proceedings.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference, and present the work as scheduled in the workshop program for having their paper included in the proceedings. Papers that are not presented at the workshop may be removed from the final version of the proceedings.

    Important Dates
  • Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2017 July 30, 2017 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
  • Notification of acceptance: August 12, 2017
  • Camera ready copy deadline: August 19, 2017
  • Workshop date: November 6, 2017

Keynote Talk

Computational Interactive Global Histories: Machine Readable Primary Sources and the Historian's Perennial Chase for Truth

Andrea Nanetti
Associate Professor
School of Art
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


With a crucial focus on primary sources provenance and validation issues in an artificial intelligence perspective, this keynote will address the serious challenges and fascinating scenarios that computational approaches imply. Reloading of the treasure of human experiences in an artificial intelligence perspective is the next frontier of the humanities and history should be at the forefront, but it is somehow the cinderella of computational humanities. The first part of the talk presents the reasons of this impasse and proposes solutions. The second and main part of the talk focuses on how databases are the next generation of (machine readable) critical editions of primary historical sources able to feed Agent Based Modeling and Simulations for Historical Sciences at the Computational turn as an algorithmic tool to serve the historian's perennial chase for truth.

Accepted Papers

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PC Members (to be added):

  • Sharon Webb, University of Sussex, UK
  • Robert Allen, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Frederick Clavert, Paris Sorbonne University, France
  • Antoine Doucet, University of La Rochelle, France
  • Adam Kosto, Columbia University, USA
  • Serge Ter Braake, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • James Baker, University of Sussex, UK
  • Roger Evans, University of Brighton, UK
  • Pim Huijnen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Marc Spaniol, University of Caen Normandie, France
  • Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Ricardo Campos, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, LIAAD / INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Nina Tahmasebi, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Ching-man Au Yeung, Zwoop, Hong Kong
  • Christian Gudehus, University of Bochum, Germany
  • Patrice Bellot, Polytech Marseille - Aix-Marseille Universit√©, France
  • Max Kemman, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Nattiya Kanhabua, NTENT, Spain
  • Federico Nanni, University of Mannheim, Germany


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