The role of knowledge maps for access to Digital Archives

3 September 2015

9:00 – 13:00        Joint session with the launch of DARIAH-Malta

9 – 9:10 – Opening and introduction

9:20 – 9:50 What is DARIAH? Introduction into the aims and challenges given by Laurent Romary and Tobias Blanke.

9:50-10:30 Digital Humanities in The Netherlands: From DARIAH, CLARIN, CLARIAH to DHx.0- A personal view (Andrea Scharnhorst – Netherlands)

10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 “If I only had …..” A brainstorm session about mundane challenges emerging in the mundane practice of (Digital) Humanities. (Moderator: Andrea Scharnhorst)

12:00 – 13:00 Feedback and Recommendations for next steps


14:30-16:30         COST TD1210 Workshop “The role of knowledge maps for access to Digital Archives

14:30 – 15.00 A new use of citation context for document retrieval (Haluk O.Bingol – Turkey)

15.00 – 15.30 Maltese Paliamentary Queries Analysed and Visualised (Joel Azzopardi, Charlie Abela, Mike Rosner – Malta)

15.30 – 16.00 Heat Maps and their usefulness in Interactive IR (Peter Mutschke – Germany)

16:00 – 17:00 Panel discussion: Visualisation in cultural institutions (panellists Tobias Blanke, Jadranka Stojanovski, Andrea Scharnhorst)

4 September 2015


COST TD1210 Workshop “The role of knowledge maps for access to Digital Archives

9:00 – 10:30        A duo of examples from Australia

9:00 – 9:30           Digital and Non-Digital Cultural Methods For Mapping the World Around Us (Professor Erik Champion)

Erik Champion is Professor of Cultural Visualisation at the School of Media Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University, Australia, and Theme Leader of Visualisation at the Curtin Institute of Computation. He was recently Acting Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities. Prior to joining Curtin University he was Project leader of DIGHUMLAB, in Denmark, a consortium of four Danish universities, hosted at Aarhus University. Here he also worked with EU research infrastructures and projects, acting as the “Research and Public Engagement” co-leader for

From 2008 to 2011 he was Associate Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Studies at the Auckland School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand. His Ph.D. dissertation was undertaken in two Faculties (Architecture and Geomatics, Engineering) at the University of Melbourne, on an ARC SPRIT grant with industry partner Lonely Planet Publications. He has worked for Hansen Technologies, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

His recent books are Playing with the Past (Springer, 2011), and the edited book Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012). His latest book is Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage, out soon in Ashgate’s Digital Humanities Series.

9:30 – 10:00 Generous Interfaces for Digital Archives  (Mitchell Whitelaw)

Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and practitioner with interests in new media art and culture, especially generative systems, data-aesthetics, and digital cultural collections. His work has appeared in journals including Digital Humanities Quarterly, Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Fibreculture, and Senses and Society. His current work spans materiality, data and culture, with a practical focus on creating “generous interfaces” for digital heritage. He has worked with institutions including the State Library of NSW, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Australia, developing innovative interfaces to their digital collections. Mitchell is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design<> at the University of Canberra<>.
The talk will be largely a demonstration of some practical interface / visualisation projects, and a discussion of the attributes of these “generous interfaces”.

11:00 – 12:30 Educational aspects – short presentations and a panel discussion

Creating Curriculum on Information Visualisations in Small Nations (Fernando Loizides, Cyprus)

An attempt for teaching programming to the masses (Haluk BIngol, Turkey)

A view from students (Dimitris Iliadis, Elli Papadopoulou – Greece)


14:00 – 16:00 Educational and explorative aspects

14.00 – 14.30 Visualizing information flows in a Trusted Digital Repository (Henk van den Berg, Andrea Scharnhorst, The Netherlands)

14.30 – 15.00 ARIADNE – an interactive interface to explore large scale bibliographic spaces – a demonstration (Rob Koopman, Shenghui Wang, Andrea Scharnhorst – The Netherlands)

15.00 – 16. 00 Closing discussion and future steps