Conference: Machine Learning and Data Mining for Digital Scholarly Editions

On 9-10 June 2022, a conference on „Machine Learning and Data Mining for Digital Scholarly Editions“ will take place at the University of Rostock to gather researchers working at the interface of the two fields and to foster the discussion on the applicability of Machine Learning and Data Mining techniques in the area of Digital Scholarly Editing.

The conference is co-organized by the Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik, the Academy Junior Professforship for Digital Humanities at the University of Rostock, the Know Center and the Centre for Information Modelling at the University of Graz. It is funded by the University of Rostock and supported by the NEISS project.

For the full program, information about participation, etc. see:

RIDE: Call for Reviews in Cooperation with Text+

In collaboration with the Institute of Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE), the Text+ consortium of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) invites authors to submit reviews of digital scholarly editions for the journal RIDE. The reviews should be based on the IDE criteria for reviewing digital editions and focus on the application of the FAIR principles for this special issue.


Cooperation and goals

Text+ has been active since 2021. The consortium is dedicated to the development of a research data infrastructure for text- and language-based materials, divided, to start with, into three data domains: lexical resources, collections, and scholarly editions. Scholarly editions are critical representations of documents from the past that are primarily used in the study of research objectives within the humanities.

A central task of the data domain “editions” is the assessment of methods and practices of the editorial process, as well as the development of recommendations for the creation, processing and publication of research data. According to the FAIR principles, data from editions should be „Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable.“ Applying these principles to digital resources is becoming more and more important, but they are yet to be discussed in depth in the context of scholarly editions. The implementation of the FAIR principles is crucial for central aspects of working with digital editions; these include, for example, aspects of search, linking, licensing, and re-use. In order to gain a better understanding of what “FAIR” entails in the context of editions specifically and whether and how these principles can be applied to digital scholarly editions, existing practices are best described in the form of reviews. On the basis of individual case studies, reviews allow a survey of the diverse editorial landscape and can thus contribute to the development of new criteria. For this reason, Text+ has chosen to cooperate with the review journal RIDE which was first published in 2014 and has been, since then, leading in the review of digital scholarly editions. Together, Text+ and RIDE seek to further promote the discourse on best practices in the creation and publication of digital editions in general and in the application of the FAIR principles in particular.



Interested reviewers can contact us with proposals at (name, affiliation, edition). The deadline for proposals is 17 May 2022, but we may remain open for inquiries afterwards. Publication of the volume(s) will be by ‘rolling release’.

The reviews are to be based on the catalog of criteria for digital editions developed by the IDE. A handout for evaluating the “FAIRness” of a digital edition has also been developed for Text+ editions (see below). As with all RIDE reviews, a submission consists of the review text and a factsheet, the latter based on a questionnaire to be completed by the reviewer. We accept submissions in German and English.

The editors of the first edition are Tessa Gengnagel (Cologne Center for eHumanities), Frederike Neuber (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) and Daniela Schulz (Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel).


FAIR in digital editions – criteria

Reviewers should address (amongst others) the following aspects regarding the application of the FAIR-principles in digital scholarly editions:

Findable. Can the edition be found via library catalogs, discovery systems, or relevant edition catalogs (e.g., the Catalogue of Digital Editions maintained by Greta Franzini or the catalog by Patrick Sahle)? Can the data be found through disciplinary repositories or general research data repositories (including Zenodo, Dariah Collection Registry, Humanities Commons)? Is a persistent identifier used? How efficient is a search for the edition using a search engine?

Accessible. Is the edition freely accessible for any user, or are there access restrictions? Which parts of the edition are accessible (presentation layer, data layer)? Have global aspects of accessibility been taken into account, e.g. by allowing language selection? What about web accessibility and user friendliness of the edition?

Interoperable. Is the (primary) data recorded in a standardized and widely used format (e.g. according to TEI and its subsets or specific customizations such as the DTABf) which would allow for the integration of the data into larger corpora or the use of specific software solutions? Is the data on which the edition is based accessible via technical interfaces? Does the edition offer special APIs? Does it itself aggregate data via interfaces from other resources (e.g. as part of IIIF)?

Reusable. Is the edition data accessible, and if so, how (individual download, aggregate download, repository, API)? What are the licenses for the edition data? Do they allow any subsequent use at all? Are the data sets and their creation, processing and modeling documented in such a way that third parties can work with them?


Suggestions for Review

Reviewers can either choose from the a list of digital editions from German-speaking countries which we have created in the Text+ context or from the general suggestion list of RIDE. Your own suggestions are also welcome!

Das IDE auf der #DHd2022

Das IDE war auf der virtuellen DHd2022 mit dem Thema »Kulturen des digitalen Gedächtnisses« stark vertreten:

  • Im Rahmen eines von Christiane Fritze organisierten und unter Beteiligung von Franz Fischer, Patrick Sahle, Torsten Schaßan und Georg Vogeler ausgerichteten Workshops entstand das »Manifest für digitale Editionen«, das noch während der Tagung auf dem DHd-Blog erstveröffentlicht wurde. Übersetzungen in andere Sprachen sind bereits in Arbeit. Manifest auf dem DHd-Blog | Manifest und Übersetzungversionen | Abstract
  • Mit dem Poster »Informationstechnologische Gedächtnisarbeit in der Rezensionszeitschrift RIDE« erreichten Ulrike Henny-Krahmer, Frederike Neuber und Martina Scholger den dritten Platz beim Posteraward. Poster | Abstract | Slambeitrag

Neben expliziten IDE-Beiträgen, waren die Mitglieder an weiteren Postern und Vorträgen beteiligt.

  • Torsten Roeder gewann gemeinsam mit Anna Busch den Posteraward für den Beitrag zu »Aufbau eines Referenzkorpus ›Erste Sätze in der deutschsprachigen Literatur‹«. Hurra! Poster
  • Ulrike Henny-Krahmer trug gemeinsam mit Daniel Jettka zum Thema »Softwarezitation als Technik der Wissenschaftskultur: vom Umgang mit Forschungssoftware in den Digital Humanities« vor. Abstract
  • Gemeinsam mit Peter Stadler lieferte Ulrike Henny-Krahmer außerdem einen Beitrag zum Thema »Nachhaltige Softwareentwicklung – von der Inhouse-Lösung zur Open Source-Community am Beispiel von MerMEId«. Abstract
  • Alexander Czmiel und Frederike Neuber präsentierten ein Poster zum Thema »›Arbeitskulturen‹ im Wandel – Erfahrungen und Entwicklungen in 20 Jahren DH-Praxis«. Poster
  • Stefan Dumont präsentierte das Poster »Webservice correspSearch – Version 2«, in Zusammenarbeit mit Sascha Grabsch und Jonas Müller-Laackman. Poster
  • Martina Scholger stellte das Poster »Repositorien als digitale Gedächtnisträger zwischen Evolution und Langzeitplanung« gemeinsam mit Elisabeth Steiner und Gunter Vasold vor. Poster
  • Georg Vogeler präsentierte gemeinsam mit Richard Hadden, Matthias Schlögl und Gunter Vasold ein Poster zum Thema »Prosopographische Interoperabilität (IPIF) – Stand der Entwicklungen«. Poster
  • Alexander Czmiel moderierte das Panel »Offen für alle(s)? — Open Identities im Reviewprozess der DHd-Konferenz« (mit Manuel Burghardt, Lisa Dieckmann, Svenja Guhr, Janina Jacke, Nils Reiter, Walter Scholger, Ulrike Wuttke). Abstract

RIDE 14 is out!

We are pleased to announce the fourteenth issue of the review journal RIDE, published since 2014 by the Institute of Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE). The current issue is dedicated to digital scholarly editions and edited by Torsten Roeder and Martina Scholger.

The current issue is the first issue in RIDE that is published on a ‘rolling release’ basis. Three reviews (two in English, one in German) are available now, two more will follow within the next few weeks.

All reviews are available at

„Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web Technologies in Scholarly Digital Editing“ is out!

CoverWe are pleased to announce the fifteenth volume of our publication series on scholarly editing. The volume contains the updated versions of papers given at the 2019 conference in Lausanne. We are happy that Elena Spadini and Francesca Tomasi organised this great conference and edited the volume. You can order the paper version of the book (ISBN 978-3-7543-4369-2 ) via your prefered channel or wait for the digital open access version following soon.

The basics are:

Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web Technologies in Scholarly Digital Editing, edited by Elena Spadini, Francesca Tomasi, and Georg Vogeler.  Norderstedt: Books on Demand, 2021 (ISBN 978-3-7543-4369-2).


Elena Spadini, Francesca Tomasi: Introduction (1-6)

Infrastructures and Technologies
Peter Boot, Marijn Koolen: Connecting TEI Content Into an Ontology of the Editorial Domain (9-29)
Hugh Cayless, Matteo Romanello: Towards Resolution Services for Text URIs (31-44)
Iian Neill, Desmond Schmidt: SPEEDy. A Practical Editor for Texts Annotated With Standoff Properties (45-54)
Miller C. Prosser, Sandra R. Schloen: The Power of OCHRE’s Highly Atomic Graph Database Model for the Creation and Curation of Digital Text Editions (55-71)
Georg Vogeler: “Standing-off Trees and Graphs”: On the Affordance of Technologies for the Assertive Edition (73-94)

Formal Models
Hans Cools, Robert Padlina: Formal Semantics for Scholarly Editions (97-124)
Francesca Giovannetti: The Critical Apparatus Ontology (CAO): Modelling the TEI Critical Apparatus as a Knowledge Graph (125-139)

Projects and Editions
Toby Burrows, Matthew Holford, David Lewis, Andrew Morrison, Kevin Page, Athanasios Velios: Transforming TEI Manuscript Descriptions into RDF Graphs (143-154)
Stefan Münnich, Thomas Ahrend: Scholarly Music Editions as Graph: Semantic Modelling of the Anton Webern Gesamtausgabe (155-180)
Colin Sippl, Manuel Burghardt, Christian Wolff: Modelling Cross-Document Interdependencies in Medieval Charters of the St. Katharinenspital in Regensburg (181-203)

Biographical Notes

Here you can find further details.