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***4th Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics2017) - November
6, 2017, Singapore***

Held in conjunction with the 26th ACM International Conference on
Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2017), 6-10 November, Singapore.

The HistoInformatics workshop series brings together researchers in the
historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well
as the cultural heritage sector. Historians, like other humanists show keen
interests in computational approaches to the study and processing of
digitized sources (usually text, images, audio). In computer science,
experimental tools and methods stand the challenge to be validated
regarding their relevance for real-world questions and applications. The
HistoInformatics workshop series is designed to bring researchers in both
fields together, to discuss best practices as well as possible future

Traditionally, historical research is based on the hermeneutic
investigation of preserved records and artefacts 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 A new wealth of digitized historical documents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 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)
visualizations of historical data, (4) access to large wealth of
accumulated historical knowledge.

HistoInformatics workshops took place thrice in the past. The first one ( was held in
conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Social Informatics in
Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The second workshop ( took place at the
same conference in the following year in Barcelona. The third workshop ( was held on July
2016 in Krakow, Poland in conjunction with ADHO’s 2016 Digital Humanities

For Histoinformatics2017, 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
-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

**Keynote Talk**

Speaker: Andrea Nanetti (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

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

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.

**Practical matters**

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

Submissions need to be:

- formatted according to ACM camera-ready template (
- submitted in English in PDF format at the workshops Easychair page (

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). Accepted papers will be
published on CEUR Workshop Proceedings (

**Organizing committee**

-Mohammed Hasanuzzaman, ADAPT Centre: The Global Centre of Excellence for
Digital Content and Media Innovation, Ireland
-Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University, Japan
-Gäel Dias, University of Caen Normandie, France
-Marten Düring, Luxembourg Centre for Digital and Contemporary History
(C2DH), Luxemburg
-Antal van Den Bosch, Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

**Program committee (to be extended)**

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 Université, France
Max Kemman, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Nattiya Kanhabua, NTENT, Spain
Denis Maurel, University Francois Rabelais Tours, France
Federico Nanni, University of Mannheim, Germany

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