Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities: An ongoing conversation


In March 2012, a three-day workshop was held at Brown University on data modeling in the humanities, sponsored by the NEH and the DFG, and co-organized by Fotis Jannidis and Julia Flanders. Attended by approximate 40 experts with diverse disciplinary backgrounds, the event included theoretical presentations, case studies, panels, and wide-ranging open discussion. What we present here is a record of the event, with links to slides, video footage, and transcriptions of all presentations and discussion. In order to open up the conversation to a broader audience, the transcriptions have been extensively annotated to elucidate informal references, and to provide links and glosses on the many projects, tools, standards, people, and specialized terms that were referenced in discussion.

March 14

Keynote presentation: Wendell Piez, “Data Modeling for the Humanities: Three Questions and One Experiment” (paper, slides, video, transcription)

Panel discussion: Data models in humanities theory and practice (video, transcription)

Stephen Ramsay, Laurent Romary, Kari Kraus, Maximilian Schich, Desmond Schmidt, Andrew Ashton; Julia Flanders and Fotis Jannidis (moderators)

Theoretical perspectives I

Case studies: Critical editions

March 15

Open discussion: Key themes (video, transcription)

Case studies: Research ontologies

  • Daniel Pitti, “EAC-CPF” (video, transcription)
  • Stefan Gradmann, “Objects, Process, Context in Time and Space – and how we model all this in the Europeana Data Model” (slides, video, transcription)
  • Trevor Muñoz, “Discovering our models: aiming at metaleptic markup applications through TEI customization” (slides, video, transcripition)

Panel discussion: Data modeling and humanities pedagogy (video, transcription)

Elisabeth Burr, Elizabeth Swanstrom, Susan Schreibman, Elena Pierazzo; Julia Flanders, moderator

Theoretical perspectives II


March 16

Open discussion: Key themes (video, transcription)

Case studies: Historical archives

Theoretical perspectives III

Closing keynote presentation: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen (video, transcription)