DATeCH 2019 – 2nd Call for papers + Abstract deadline extension

Impact Centre of Competence DATeCH2019

Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage (DATeCH)

8-10 May 2019, Brussels, Belgium


Call for Papers

The International DATeCH (Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage) conference brings together researchers and practitioners seeking innovative approaches for the creation, transformation and exploitation of historical documents in digital form. This interdisciplinary conference, takes place at the intersection of computer science, (digital) humanities, and cultural heritage studies.  

Following the previous successful editions of the conference at the National Library of Spain in 2014 and the Göttingen State and University Library, Germany in 2017, we are delighted to announce that the 3rd edition of DATeCH will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in the heart of Brussels, Belgium.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:16 December 2018, 23:59 CET 09 January 2019, 23:59 CET
  • Full Paper submission deadline: 20 January 2019, 23:59 CET
  • Decision notification: 20 February 2019
  • Camera-ready papers due: 25 March 2019
  • Conference: 8-10 May 2019

Target audience

The conference aims to foster interdisciplinary work and the linking together of participants engaged in the following areas:

  • Text digitisation, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR).
  • Digital Humanities, Digital Cultural Heritage.
  • Image and document analysis.
  • Digital libraries, Library and Archival science.
  • Museum and Heritage Studies.
  • Applied computational linguistics.
  • Crowdsourcing.
  • Interfaces and human-computer interaction.


Topics of interest are all those related to the practical and scientific goals listed above, such as:

  • OCR and/or HTR  technology and tools for minority and historical languages, including dialects.
  • Methods and tools for post-correction of OCR and/or HTR results.
  • Document layout analysis, document understanding.
  • Automated quality control for mass OCR and/or HTR data.
  • Innovative access methods for historical texts and corpora.
  • Natural language processing of ancient languages (e.g. Latin, Greek, Arabic, Coptic ...).
  • Visualisation techniques and interfaces for search and research in digital humanities.
  • Publication and retrieval on e-books and mobile devices.
  • Crowdsourcing techniques for collecting and annotating data in digital humanities.
  • Enrichment of and metadata production for historical texts and corpora.
  • Data created with mobile devices.
  • Data presentation and exploration on mobile devices.
  • Ontological and linked data based contextualisation of digitised and born-digital scholarly data resources.


The conference will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in the heart of Brussels, Belgium.

Programme Committee

The DATeCH Programme Committee is Chaired by Apostolos Antonacopoulos (Salford University, UK) and Marco Büchler (Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Germany) and includes:

  • Alessio Salomoni, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Alicia Fornés, Computer VisionCenter, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Aly Conteh, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, USA
  • Amir Zeldes, Georgetown University, USA
  • Ann Dooms, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Antoine Doucet, University of La Rochelle, France
  • Ashok Popat, Google LLC, USA
  • Basilis Gatos, Computational Intelligence Laboratory, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos”, Greece
  • Clemens Neudecker, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Germany
  • Christy Henshaw, Wellcome Collection, UK
  • Elie Dannaoui, University of Balamand, Lebanon
  • Eric Lease Morgan, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Francesca Frontini, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France
  • Frédéric Lemmers, Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
  • Fredrika Haneborg-Luhr, Lumex AS, Norway
  • Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Gerhard Heyer, Automatic Language Processing Chair, Computer Science Department, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Gimena del Rio Riande, IIBICRIT, CONICET, Argentina
  • Günter Mühlberger, Universität Innsbruck, Austria
  • Isabel Galina Russell, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
  • Janneke van der Zwaan, Netherlands eScience Center, The Netherlands
  • Jean-Philippe Moreux, Gallica scientific expert, Département de la Coopération, Bibliothèque nationale de France, France
  • Jennifer Edmond, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Karina van Dalen Oskam, Huygens ING, The Netherlands
  • Klaus Schulz, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany
  • Kristoffer L. Nielbo, Department of History & SDU eScience Center, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Laurent Romary, Inria, France
  • Luis Morgado da Costa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Merisa Martinez, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden
  • Mikko Tolonen, Department of Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Neil Fitzgerald, The British Library, UK
  • Puneet Kishor, Independent Open Science Advocate and Consultant, Berlin, Germany
  • Rafael C. Carrasco (DLSI & Impact Centre of Competence, Universidad de Alicante), Spain
  • Sally Chambers, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Simone Marinai, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Sinai Rusinek, OmiLab, The Open University Media and Information Lab, Israel, The Digital Humanities Program, Haifa University and Science and Technology program, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Stefan Pletschacher, University of Salford, UK
  • Stoyan Mihov, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Thierry Paquet, Université de Rouen, Normandie, France
  • Tomasz Parkoła, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland
  • Tracy Powell, National Library of New Zealand


The following criteria will be applied to all papers submitted to DATeCH 2019, see:

  • Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 500 words.
  • Followed by full papers of up to 6 pages in length.
  • Only original material will be accepted.
  • All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, indexed in a major digital library.
  • The authors of the best contributions will be invited to prepare an extended version for a collective publication of selected papers in an indexed journal (an additional reviewing process will be applied).


Pre-conference workshops are organised by invitation. However, we are open to hear your proposals. If you are interested in contributing with a workshop, please contact us at

Organisation committee

The DATeCH International Conference is jointly organised by IMPACT Centre of Competence, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal, DARIAH-BE and CLARIN-VL. The organisation committee is composed by:

  • Sally Chambers, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University/DARIAH-BE.
  • Isabel Martínez Sempere, IMPACT Centre of Competence.
  • Katrien Depuydt, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal.
  • Joke Daems, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University.
  • Vincent Vandeghinste, Instituut voor der Nederlandse Taal/CLARIN-VL.


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DATeCH 2018 is organised by:

Impact Centre of CompetenceThe Impact Centre of Competence

The Dutch Language Institute

DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) Belgium

CLARIN Dutch Language Union, Flanders (Common Language Resources and Infrastructure)

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