Presentation and Workshops - 18.12.2017


DARIAH Day is a one day workshop intended to introduce the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) to the linguistic community in Zurich. The workshop will focus on the #dariahTeach platform, which was created through the  funding of an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership to test modules for open-source, high-quality, multilingual teaching materials for the digital arts and humanities. 

Participants will:

- Discover European infrastructures for digital humanities

- Learn the basics of XML / TEI

- Find out how to use the Multimodal Literacies eTalk tool

- Meet representatives of two leading European networks (DARIAH-EU and CLARIN ERIC)

Participation is free of charge, but please send us a message to info@linguistik.uzh.ch, if you intend to participate. Please specify the session(s) that you will attend. While the topics may be of particular interest to students and researchers of linguistic fields, participants from other fields are welcome as well!

*** For participants of the afternoon session: please make sure to read the instructions found in the program, which specify the tools you need to install in advance. ***



Martin Volk (Institute of Computational Linguistics)

Tanja Samardžić (URPP Language and Space)

Wolfgang Kesselheim (URPP Language and Space)

Michaela Hnizda (Zurich Competence Center for Linguistics)



Morning Session: The Benefits of DARIAH, DARIAH and CLARIN 

Moderation: Tanja Samardžić (URRP Language and Space, UZH)

10:15h to 12:00h - Room KOL-G-204


10:15-10:35: DARIAH and Its «Architecture of Participation»  (Frank Fischer)

Click here to view the presentation slides 

A decade ago, DARIAH started to work on an pan-European digital research infrastructure for the arts and humanities. In this talk, I will introduce DARIAH's "architecture of participation" and will discuss how an infrastructure can serve the single scholar as well as the scholarly community with tools, services, and know-how.



10:35 – 10:55: Veni, vidi, CLARIN!  (Darja Fišer)

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In my talk I will present CLARIN, a European research infrastructure for language resources and technology. Using the example of parliamentary records, I will demonstrate the value of uniform corpora and interoperable tools to answer research questions in different scholarly fields as well as enable translingual, transnational and transdiciplinary studies.


10:55 –11:15​: DARIAH and the Infrastructural Turn in the Humanities (Toma Tasovac)

One of the most important challenges facing Digital Humanities today is how to consolidate and repurpose available tools; how to create reusable but flexible workflows; and, ultimately, how to integrate and disseminate knowledge, instead of merely capturing it and encapsulating it. This technical and intellectual shift is what makes the infrastructural turn in Digital Humanities. In this talk, I will discuss the role of DARIAH in this new humanities landscape.


 11:15–11:35: Getting involved in DARIAH: a Swiss adventure in European DH (Claire Clivaz​)

This talk will present the point of view of a researcher joining the Digital Humanities to a specific scholarly field (biblical studies). Starting from this concrete experiment, I will encourage Swiss scholars to get involved in DARIAH working groups and collaborations. I will also argue that «Digital Humanities» is in my eyes a label of transition, accompanying our common journey towards digitized Humanities.

11:35 – 12.00: Panel Discussion

12:00 – 13:00: Buffet Lunch



Afternoon Session: Parallel Workshops 

13:00h to 16:00h - Rooms KOL-G-204 / KOL-G-209


W1: XML and TEI (Toma Tasovac)

Room KOL-G-204


- Introduction to XML, xpath, validation, well-formedness, XML schemas

- Practical exercise with an XML editor 

- Introduction to TEI


Important Participant Information:

In order to participate in hands-on exercises, please make sure you bring your own laptop to the workshop and to preinstall oXygen XML Editor (https://www.oxygenxml.com/xml_editor/download_oxygenxml_editor.html) if you don't already have it. If you are installing oXygen for the first time, make sure you apply for a trial license before the workshop.


W2: Multimodal Literacies (Claire Clivaz and Martial Sankar)

Room KOL-G-209


- Introduction to the world of digital multimodal literacies through history, examples, experiments and editing tools

- Tutorial on how to build your own multimodal editing tool (eTalk)


Important Participant Information:


In order to participate in hands-on exercises, please make sure you bring your own laptop to the workshop and install the following tools in advance:


Procedure to install the etalks:

- the etalks code is in open source on github:https://github.com/OZWE/etalk

- you find all the explanation and guidelines for Unix users (5a) and 

non-Unix users (5b) in the Unit 3 of the course Multimodal literacies 

(enter by login as a guest, without password): 



Please also make sure to download Audacity: 


About the guest speakers


Claire Clivaz is currently Head of Digital Enhanced Learning at the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics (SIB). She leads interdisciplinary projects at the crossroad of the New Testament and the Digital Humanities, such as the project etalks, a multimedia digital editing tool (etalk.vital-it.ch), or a Swiss National Fund on a digital trilingual New Testament manuscript (humarec.org). She is member of a strategic partenariat Erasmus+ in DH with six other partner countries (dariah.eu/teach ; teach.dariah.eu) and of a H2020 research infrastructure project DESIR, lead by the ERIC DARIAH. 


Claire Clivaz


Toma Tasovac is Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (BCDH), National Coordinator of DARIAH-RS and Chair of the National Coordinators’ Committee at DARIAH-EU. His areas of interest include lexicography, data modeling, TEI, digital editions and research infrastructures. Toma serves on the Advisory Board of Europeana Research and CLARIN-DE/DARIAH-DE Technical Board. 



Toma Tasovac


Darja Fišer is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, currently active in the fields of computer-mediated communication and lexical semantics using corpus-linguistics methods and natural language processing. She is Director of User Involvement at CLARIN ERIC, Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information and President of the Slovenian Language Technologies Society.


Darja Fiser




Frank Fischer is currently Associate Professor for Digital Humanities at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow and co-director of DARIAH-EU. He studied Computer Science, German Literature, and Spanish Philology in Leipzig and London and is an Ancien Pensionnaire de l'École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He received his PhD from the University of Jena for his study on the dramatic works of Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe and their contemporary translations into Russian, Danish, and French. 
Frank Fisher




main building

The workshops will take place in the main building of the University of Zurich: Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich.

The morning session will take place in room KOL-G-204.

The afternoon sessions will take place in rooms:

KOL-G-204 (XML/ TEI) and 

KOL-G-209 (Multimodal Literacy).