Finished Summary Workshop “Digital Humanities Summer Days 2021″(Aug. 21, 28, Sep. 4, 11)


Category: Workshop

Research Group: C01 Digital Humanities

“C01 “Analyses of Connectivities by Digital Humanities Methods” will hold a series of 4 week seminars for study of digital humanities methods. They are designed for beginners who would like to study digital humanities methods to introduce each method by themselves. Don’t you make the first step toward the world of digital humanities this summer?
For further information, please visit the event page.”


1. Program
– Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10:00-17:00 Transkribus (Automated transcription system by machine learning)
– Saturday, August 28, 2021, 10:00-17:00 GIS (Geographic Information System)
– Saturday, September 4, 2021, 10:00-17:00 RDF (Resource Description Framework)
– Saturday, September 11, 2021, 10:00-17:00 TEI (Text Encoding Initiative)
* including 1-hour lunch break

2. Seminar Style
Online seminars via zoom, admission free
–  Each seminar includes lecture and practice (in Japanese).
–  Details including necessary software will be informed when participants have been decided.

3. Quota: about 30 PAX / day

4. Application

The number of applicants has reached the maximum, so we close the application once, though it is earlier than the deadline.
If there are any cancellations, we will re-advertise on this page.

5. Lecturers and general outline of each seminar

August 21:Transkribus
Lecturer: So MIYAGAWA (
Assistant Professor of Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters, Center for Studies of Cultural Heritage and Inter Humanities. Specialization: Linguistics, Development of Corpus, Egyptian Studies, Digital Archives. He has been involved in digitization of Coptic parchment manuscript in Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for 5 years as a researcher of German Research Foundation.
HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) is a technique which allows computers to recognize handwritten texts on papyrus, parchment, paper, etc. and digitize them. In this seminar, I will lecture how to use Transcribus, an application which spreads the most widely and is the most user friendly among various HTR. We will provide a lecture and exercises which enable you to digitize texts in handwritten documents on hand regardless of language.
Assistant:Lecturer: Ayano KOKAZE, Graduate student of Graduate School of Ochanomizu University.

August 28:GIS
Lecturer: Susumu SATO (
Research Associates in ILCAA, Specialization: Urban Geography
GIS (Geographic Information System) is a tool visualize through maps by combining various data. This tool is mainly used for city planning projects and forestry management, but recently there are some attempts to be used for combining it with historical maps. In this seminar, I will provide a lecture and exercise for learning a skill at making map data by GIS, which widely spreads in a variety of fields. The lecture will include a one hour lecture by Esri Japan.
Assistant:Lecturer&Assistant: Toshiaki IWASAKI, Esri Japan Corporation.
       Assistant: Yuri OSHIMA, Esri Japan Corporation.
       Assistant: Masayo TSUCHIDA, Esri Japan Corporation. 

September 4:RDF
Lecturer: Jun OGAWA(
Student in the doctoral course of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo. Specialization: Ancient European History
RDF (Resource Description Framework) is a data model for describing information about various resources on the web, and a basic technique of semantic web and Knowledge Graph. Recently, starting with Japan Search, it is more and more often used also for cultural resources studies and humanities and social science, and there is also a trend to describe data on person’s name, place-name, social network, and prosopography. In this seminar, we will not only provide basic knowledge and examples of actual uses, but also actually give study on a model of structurization using real documents and making and search of data in order to think about how we can use this technology for research.
Assistant: Natsuko NAKAGAWA, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics.
Assistant: Masao OI, Graduate student of Graduate School of University of Tokyo. 
Assistant: Nozomi OHTSUKI, Graduate student of Graduate School of University of Tokyo.

September 11:TEI
Lecturer: Kiyonori NAGASAKI (
For about 12 years, I have been mainly working on research for the construction of research basis of Buddhist studies in order to return its outcomes for whole field of Humanities in Japan through Digital Humanities.

I will provide a lecture and practice on the contents and state of TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Guidelines, which are a de facto standard for the structurization of text data for humanities in Western developed countries. By combining practice and lecture, this seminar aims to allow you to understand how useful TEI Guidelines are for humanities and to realize that they are simpler than their appearance and made by humanities scholars for humanities scholars.
Assistant: Jun OGAWA, Graduate student of Graduate School of University of Tokyo.
Assistant: Yifan WANG, International Institute for DigitalHumanities. 
Assistant: Yoshihiko SATO, Graduate student of Graduate School of University of Tokyo.
Assistant: Tomohiro MURASE, The SAT Daizokyo Text Database.
Assistant: Yoichiro WATANABE, Historiographical Institute The University of Tokyo. 

Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A), “Connectivity Analyses by Digital Humanities Method” (Principal Investigator: Wakako Kumakura (ILCAA); 20H05830)
/ILCAA Joint Research Project “The Visualization of the History and Historical Space of the Middle East: Sharing Knowledge in the Digital Age”
Other Co-sponsors
ESRI Japan
CESCHI, Kyoto University
ILCAA, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
International Institute for Digital Humanities
Tokyo Digital History (ToDH)
UTDH Study Group

7. Contact
Wakako KUMAKURA (kumakura[at]


Seminar series for study of digital humanities methods was held for four weeks from August to September 2021. We gave lectures and exercises for beginners on Transkribus (August 21), GIS (August 28), RDF (September 4), and TIF (September 11). We received comments from attendees that each seminar had lead them to overcome obstacles for their using software. Many attendees also requested us a higher-level seminar series for upgrading their skills. The detail of this event will be reported in our “Islamic Trust Studies” Newsletter 2021.

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