The new academic year has started, which always feels like a time of new beginnings and new possibilities. But for the PhDs working on the Computational Humanities projects it may feel like the beginning of the end, as many of the projects come to completion in the coming months. At our opening ‘new trends in eHumanities’ meeting on 17 September, each of the four project teams presented their work. It was great to hear about the progress being made, and particularly about the sophistication with which team members are dealing with the representation of uncertainty in their data, and experimenting with different algorithms and models. An update of the Riddle of Literary Quality project by Karina van Dalen can be found in this issue, and you can always check the website for the latest project updates.
In this issue of the eMagazine, we travel the world, with reports from the DH Benelux meeting held in Antwerp, the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Denver, and the DH conference at the Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk. Coffee tips are provided, as well as accounts showcasing the richness and diversity of the field around the world. Kim Jautze reports on work she has been doing about the translation process of Spanish plays during the Dutch Golden Age. Jacqueline Hicks reflects on a few different events she has attended, and what they mean for the future of digital humanities as a field, and how to bring together digital and computational methods with the study of the digital as an increasingly pervasive object in everyday life, a theme that also came up in Siberia.
Understanding how to use digital technologies to organize knowledge is an important strand of our work. Associate researcher, Richard Smiraglia, brings us up-to-date with his work in this area, both his ongoing project based on the music for silent film archives at the EYE Museum, and his new book on the topic, introducing tools for ontology extraction. Andrea Scharnhorst also reflects on knowledge organization, reporting on the COST workshop she attended about the fate of rare disciplines. There is a fuller announcement of another COST workshop about education indicators, organized by Christophe Guéret.
In the previous issue of the eMagazine, we announced a workshop about tool criticism – a full report of that stimulating day can now be found on the workshop website. More interesting events are planned for the coming months. Allen Riddell from Dartmouth College will be joining us for the rest of this calendar year, and on 15 October he will be presenting his work about the success of the British novel in the long 19th century – more details in this issue. Other dates to mark in your diary are 10 December when Laura Mandell from Texas A&M University will be presenting our end-of-year lecture, and 20 May 2016 for the final all-day event of the Computational Humanities projects. But first we can look forward to the 3th National eScience Symposium, being held in Amsterdam on 8 October. We are co-organising the digital humanities and social sciences track at the symposium together with the NLeSC. It promises to be a great day with speakers such as José van Dijck, president of the KNAW, and Evelyn Ruppert, editor of Big Data & Society, and many others. I look forward to seeing many of you there.