- Atelier Digit_Hum

Special Issue on
Digital Humanities: between knowledge and know-how


J. CAVERO (Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée - FR 3747)
and M.-L. MASSOT (CAPHÉS – CNRS UMS 3610, ENS Paris)

École universitaire de recherche, program “Investissements d’avenir”
ANR‐10‐IDEX‐0001‐02 PSL* and ANR‐17‐EURE‐0025


This special issue originates in the Atelier Digit_Hum held in École normale supérieure Paris since 2015. According to a theme chosen annually, these workshops explore technical solutions and new tools developed in digital humanities.
The sessions within this special issue correspond to the proceedings of each of the annual themes of the workshop. Since 2019, thanks to the editorial system of the JDMDH, these are gradually supplemented according to the results and progress of the research projects that have been the subject of a communication.

Part 1: Atelier Digit_Hum 2015 | Landscape and structuring of digital humanities

The objective of this inaugural workshop was to bring together the main actors in digital humanities from the ENS and the Paris Sciences & Letters university. The aim was to make a current assessment of the projects underway within the ENS as well as the possible structuring of digital humanities in the context of reconfiguration of the ENS and PSL.

Digit_Hum 2015 conferences: https://digithum.huma-num.fr/atelier/2015/

Part 2: Atelier Digit_Hum 2016 | Digital libraries and virtual exhibitions

Based on the constatation of the proliferation of digital libraries and virtual exhibitions, this workshop focused on the articulation between heritage projects of generalist libraries and the development of documentary collections by research teams. And therefore to the specificities of the different tools implemented according to the target audience.

Digit_Hum 2016 conferences: https://digithum.huma-num.fr/atelier/2016/


Transcribing Foucault’s handwriting with Transkribus

Massot , Marie-Laure ; Sforzini , Arianna ; Ventresque , Vincent
The Foucault Fiches de Lecture (FFL) project aims both to explore and to make available online a large set of Michel Foucault’s reading notes (organized citations, references and comments) held at the BnF since 2013. Therefore, the team is digitizing, describing and enriching the reading notes that the philosopher gathered while preparing his books and lectures, thus providing a new corpus that will allow a new approach to his work. […]

The Artist Libraries Project in the Labex Les passés dans le présent

Faizand de Maupeou, Félicie ; Le Men, Ségolène
The creation of the Artist Libraries Project was sparked by the observation that artist libraries are still not well known, yet many art historians are interested in this archive for the value it adds to understanding the person behind the artist and his or her creative process. The problem is that these libraries are rarely physically preserved. To remedy this dispersion, we built an online database and a website that house this valuable source in the form of lists of books and their electronic versions. […]

 Part 3: Atelier Digit_Hum 2017 | Data deluge: which skills for wich data?

Data deluge refers to the situation where the volume of new data available overwhelms the ability of institutions and researchers to manage and use it. The question of the skills required to process these data therefore remains to be addressed in all its complexity. And this is not a question specific to the humanities, even if the place of digital humanities within "digital studies" must be questioned.

Digit_Hum 2017 conferences: https://digithum.huma-num.fr/atelier/2017/


Mapping the Bentham Corpus: Concept-based Navigation

Ruiz Fabo , Pablo ; Poibeau , Thierry
British philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) left over 60,000 folios of unpublished manuscripts. The Bentham Project, at University College London, is creating a TEI version of the manuscripts, via crowdsourced transcription verified by experts. We present here an interface to navigate these largely unedited manuscripts, and the language technologies the corpus was enriched with to facilitate navigation, i.e Entity Linking against the DBpedia knowledge base and keyphrase extraction. […]

A Web Application for Watermark Recognition

Bounou, Oumayma ;  Monnier, Tom ;  Pastrolin, Ilaria ;  Shen, Xi ;  Benevent, Christine ;  Limon-Bonnet, Marie-Françoise ;  Bougard, François ;  Aubry, Mathieu ;  Smith, Marc H. ;  Poncet, Olivier ;  Raverdy, Pierre-Guillaume
The study of watermarks is a key step for archivists and historians as it enables them to reveal the origin of paper. Although highly practical, automatic watermark recognition comes with many difficulties and is still considered an unsolved challenge. Nonetheless, Shen et al. [2019] recently introduced a new approach for this specific task which showed promising results. Building upon this approach, this work proposes a new public web application dedicated to automatic watermark recognition entitled Filigranes pour tous. […]

 Part 4: Atelier Digit_Hum 2018 | Uses and formats of digital mapping

As the availability of geographic information and visualization tools multiply, maps and datas they contain have several uses and involve the manipulation of many data formats. Is the dissemination of mapping on the web and paper publication part of the same practice? What can the semantic web bring to geographic information? These questions concern both geographers and all those involved in the handling of spatial data.

Digit_Hum 2018 conferences: https://digithum.huma-num.fr/atelier/2018/


Part 5: Atelier Digit_Hum 2019 | Digital humanities in languages

This Workshop aims to report on the multiplication of automatic and collaborative transcription and translation platforms and to examine what digital humanities can bring to transform texts and enable their transmission and analysis.

Digit_Hum 2019 conferences: https://digithum.huma-num.fr/atelier/2019/


Optical Recognition Assisted Transcription with Transkribus: The Experiment concerning Eugène Wilhelm's Personal Diary (1885-1951)

Schlagdenhauffen, Régis
This article proposes use the Transkribus software to report on a "user experiment" in a French-speaking context. It is based on the semi-automated transcription project using the diary of the jurist Eugène Wilhelm (1866-1951). This diary presents two main challenges. The first is related to the time covered by the writing process-66 years. This leads to variations in the form of the writing, which becomes increasingly "unreadable" with time. The second challenge is related to the concomitant use of two alphabets: Roman for everyday text and Greek for private issues. […]

TraduXio Project: Latest Upgrades and Feedback

Lacour, Philippe ;  Bénel, Aurélien
TraduXio is a digital environment for computer assisted multilingual translation which is web-based, free to use and with an open source code. Its originality is threefold-whereas traditional technologies are limited to two languages (source/target), TraduXio enables the comparison of different versions of the same text in various languages; its concordancer provides relevant and multilingual suggestions through a classification of the source according to the history, genre and author; it uses collaborative devices (privilege management, forums, networks, history of modification, etc.) to promote collective (and distributed) translation. […]