Collect & Connect: Archives and Collections in a Digital Age – CfP extended deadline!

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September 9, 2020

International conference – be part of it!

Date: 23 – 24 November 2020
Venue: Online
Deadline for submission of papers: – extended to 28 September 2020
Conference registration opens on: 21 September 2020

This conference, chaired by colleagues from the University of Twente, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden University and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, welcomes papers that present, discuss, and reflect upon the technical, social, and institutional challenges that experts and researchers in the field of digital heritage encounter when enriching heterogeneous digitized collections with context, and it:

  1. Officially concludes the NWO/Brill Creative Industries Project Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives and presents the results of finished and original research in the field of digitized archives and natural and cultural heritage collections. 
  2. Aims to promote exchange and discussion between researchers and heritage professionals in the field of digital natural and cultural heritage. 

What to expect:

Next to specialized paper presentations, the conference will also entail a variety of interactive formats (e.g., round tables or demos). Six to eight papers presented at the conference are expected to be selected for publication in the ACM Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH). All positively reviewed papers shall be submitted as proceedings volume to CEUR-WS.org for online publication.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Semantic web approaches to interlinking digitized historical archives and collections
  • Text and image interpretation in digital collections
  • Multimodal collection interpretation and access
  • Handwriting recognition and heterogeneous digital collections
  • Machine learning and digital collections
  • Bias and digital heritage
  • Computer vision and digital collections
  • Digital collections’ access and inclusivity
  • Sharing and visualisation of heterogeneous historical archives and collections
  • Citizen science (including crowdsourcing) and digital archives and collections
  • Challenges of enriching digitized handwritten archive material
  • Digital capture and annotation of heterogeneous collections and artefacts
  • Dealing with uncertainty, quality issues, data bias and collection gaps
  • Geographical and spatial enrichment of collections
  • Application of common vocabularies and data reconciliation

Paper formats & submission:

  • Extended Deadline: 28. September 2020
  • Check out the call for papers guidelines.
  • Regular papers with 10 to 12 pages (max. 12 pages, min. 10 pages) and short papers with 5 to 9 pages (max. 9 pages, min. 5 pages) need to be submitted through EasyChair.
  • All papers will be thoroughly peer-reviewed by at least two members of the conference’s program committee.


Conference Website: Collect & Connect: Archives and Collections in a Digital Age.

Link to the Project: Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives by TMO-associated member Brill

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