Recording of TNT 2021-2022 (III) Michael Sinatra

Vous pouvez regarder l’enregistrement de / You can watch the recording of

TNT 2021-2022 (III) Michael Sinatra

ici / here

Professor Michael Sinatra (University of Montreal) will also visit us in early May to give a followup talk as part of the event / Le professeur Michael Sinatra (Université de Montréal) nous rendra également visite début mai pour donner une conférence de suivi dans le cadre de l’événement :

Literature & Computation

co-organized by the / co-organisé par la

Altissia Chair in Digital Cultures and Ethics (UCLouvain) / Chaire Altissia en Cultures et éthique du numérique (UCLouvain)

and the / et le

Digital Literature Lab (KBR & UCLouvain) / Laboratoire de littérature numérique (KBR & UCLouvain)

Stay tuned for further details! / Restez à l’écoute pour plus de détails !

TNT 2021-2022 (I) Julie Birkholz & Sven Lieber

Sven Lieber

Tuesday October 19 from 2 pm / Mardi 19 octobre à partir de 14 heures

Julie Birkholz (UGent & KBR) & Sven Lieber (KBR)

will give a talk on / donneront une conférence sur

LINKED DATA & Cultural Heritage

Abstract / Résumé :

In this talk from Julie M. Birkholz & Sven Lieber, they will explain how – Linked data can be used in cultural heritage studies. Linked data is structured data that can be semantically interlinked with other data and queried in semantic queries. The use of linked data models in the humanities and in cultural heritage institutions to structure, store, share and link knowledge on our historical past has seen a marked increase of interest and implementation. Evidence of this is the growing size of Wikimedia Foundation’s collaborative multilingual knowledge graph of Wikidata. Sharing information in this way provides opportunities for increasing its accessibly and find-ability as well as technologies for efficiently integrating and implementing previously unstructured, siloed data, at lightning speed. Despite these affordances, there remains a gap in access between those familiar with Semantic Web principles, who can implement SPARQL queries to explore data, and those new to these technologies. In this presentation we will provide two examples of leveraging data on Wikidata: 1) WeChangEd Stories- generating multimedia stories from data stored in a public knowledge graph; and 2) BELTRANS – identifying contextual information of literary translations between French and Dutch by Belgian authors since 1970 in different public data sources such as Wikidata This will be a hands-on talk, where you can query data using Wikidata’s query service.

Recommended reading / Lecture recommandée :

Thornton, K., Seals-Nutt, K., Van Remoortel, M., Birkholz, J. M., & De Potter, P. « Linking Women Editors of Periodicals to the Wikidata Knowledge Graph. » In Semantic Web, Special Issue: Cultural Heritage, 2021.

Available at / Disponible en ligne :

Julie M. Birkholz is Assistant Professor Digital Humanities at UGent and Lead of the Royal Library of Belgium’s Digital Research Lab. Her research expertise is in historical social network analysis. From 2017 – 2020 she was a DH Fellow on the ERC Agents of Change Research project WeChangEd, investigating the historical networks of women editors, periodicals and organizations in Europe, as well as the research data manager for the linked open data of the bibliographic information of these editors. From 2014 – 2017 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent, researching the identification of social networks through web data. She holds a doctorate in Organization Sciences from the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Given that the study of networks, both the theory and methods, crosses disciplines her research is inherently interdisciplinary. Her most recent research explores a computational method for extracting social networks from historical newspapers.

Sven Lieber works as a data manager for the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR) and pursues a PhD in Information Engineering Technology at Ghent University – IDLab – imec which he currently is finalizing. His work and research focuses on Knowledge Graphs and FAIR data. 

Within KBR, Sven currently works for the BELTRANS project examining literary translation flows in Belgium between French and Dutch in the period 1970-2020, involving the creation of a FAIR corpus of contemporary Belgian authors and their works. During his PhD, Sven investigated the modeling and use of constraints in Knowledge Graphs and how users could be supported with visual languages for the W3C recommended constraint language SHACL. 

Sven has been involved in several national projects such as BESOCIAL, aiming for a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium, or FAST, concerning the improvement of the customer journey when interacting with public services. He is the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed publications presented at prominent conferences such as the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), the International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap) and the ACM Conference of Web Science.

The talk followed by Q&A will take place / La conférence suivie de questions-réponses aura lieu

on / sur TEAMS

at the following link / au lien suivant

Tuesday October 19 from 2 pm / Mardi 19 octobre à partir de 14 heures.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver à l’occasion !

Altissia Chair Talk @ ADOCHS KBR

Study day on Image & Data Processing in the Cultural Heritage Sector

On Tuesday September 14th, the Adochs project organises an online study day on Image & Data Processing in the Cultural Heritage Sector. While morning presentations will shed light on the project results to improve the quality of the files produced in the context of heritage digitisation, those of the afternoon will open the discussion on the possible follow-up of this project and the evolution of our organisations in the light ofartificial intelligence



9:00 Reception
9:30 Introduction (Nico Wouters – AGR/CegeSoma)


9:45 Data Quality in the cultural heritage sector: from an image processing perspective (Tan Lu – KBR/VUB) 
10:15 Quality Management in a Heritage and Documentary Digitisation Project (Chloé Brault – CegeSoma) 


11:00 Paying down the ‘Metadata debt’: a way to invest in user experience (Anne Chardonnens – CegeSoma/ULB) 
11:30 Presentation of Data Science Lab (Ann Dooms – VUB & Frédéric Lemmers – KBR)
11:40 Presentation of (Sally Chambers – KBR / Ughent)
11:50  Conclusion of the morning (Tan Lu – VUB/KBR) 

Lunch Break


14:00  Introduction (Aan Dooms – VUB)
Collection computing, computational collections. Data as performative knowledge and live heritage (Chris Tanasescu – UCL)  
Mixing computers and cultural heritage – challenges and opportunities in cross-disciplinary collaborations (Marieke van Erp – KNAW Humanities Cluster)  
 Computer vision and digital libraries: feedback from the BnF (Jean-Philippe Moreux (BnF)
15:40  Conclusion of the afternoon presentations (Frédéric Lemmers – KBR)


16:10 Session posters
16:35  Break out rooms with researchers
17:00 End

General Information

When: September 14, 2021, 9AM – 5PM 

Where: Online, on

Organizers: CegeSoma (State Archives of Belgium), KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in the context of the ADOCHS project. 

Conference organizing committee: Chloé Brault (AGR-CegeSoma), Anne Chardonnens (AGR-CegeSoma / ULB), Ann Dooms (VUB), Frédéric Lemmers (KBR), Tan Lu (VUB / KBR ), Nico Wouters (AGR-CegeSoma).

Scientific committee of the Adochs project: Julie Urbain (Historical archives – European Commission), Maarten Savels (AMSAB – center of Expertise in Digital Heritage – Packed), Brecht Declercq (VIAA), Sally Chambers (LBR, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities), Harco Gijsbers (NIOD), Erwin Verbruggen (Beeld and geluid instituut), Frédéric Dufaux (CNRS), Hans van Dormolen (HIP), Jean-Philippe Moreux (BNF). 


Registration to the study day is free but mandatory. Please book a ticket on for the D-Day !

Do you have questions? 
Please do not hesitate and contact us!

Job Opening: Postdoc, Digital Literature Lab

UPDATE. Deadline extension: August 31st, 2021.

Job offer:
We are hiring a Specialist in Digital Humanities

1 FTE: 50% PostDoc (UCLouvain) and 50% contractual SW2 Workleader (KBR)

With special interest in Electronic Literature and/or Automatic Text Processing for the FedTwin project Prf-2020-026_KBR-DLL

KBR Digital Literary Lab #ElectronicLiterature #NLP #Library #Metadata #Corpora

Summary of the project

This research will be carried out within the framework of the FED-tWIN programme of sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutes (FSI) and the Belgian universities. It undertakes the opening of a digital literature lab in Belgium. Located in the heart of the Royal Library of Belgium and working in conjunction with UCLouvain, this laboratory will be a place for the archiving of, and research into, contemporary Belgian digital literature. It will bring together researchers working in literature, computer science, library science, and archiving in order to propose an in-depth study of the subject.

At present, works of digital literature are mostly available online, on authors’ personal sites, in virtual exhibitions set up by insiders, or even within a few rare journal issues. Some more professional initiatives allow authors to be distributed by producers or web content agencies. They also exist as independent entities, scattered or even hidden in the almost infinite virtual space of the web. It is necessary to create a place that makes them visible and consultable, hence the urgency of creating a directory. It is therefore essential for Belgium to equip itself with resources such as the Digital Literary Laboratory (DLL) to make its productions accessible in the public sphere.

The aim of this collaborative project between UCLouvain and KBR would then be to establish a media laboratory to study the emerging field of digital literature. Firstly, the objective would be to promote a corpus of digital literature in order to allow for its study and dissemination. Secondly, the project would strive to define Belgium’s rightful place in the international landscape and to develop partnerships between Belgian creators and institutions in order to stimulate the production of new works, as well as increase the visibility of older works through archiving and the creation of ontologies. Accordingly, it would be necessary to develop strategies for archiving and disseminating digital literature by integrating a network of academics and artists who are already seeking to formalize such an approach. Examples include the Canada Research Chair in Digital Arts and Literature (led by Bertrand Gervais PhD), the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO – led by Leonardo Flores PhD), or the Consortium on Electronic Literature (CELL Project – led by Davin Heckman PhD and Joseph Tabbi PhD). These organizations work to institutionalize the field of digital literature by provoking cross- fertilization between authors, academics, and institutions. We could then enable our researchers and artists significantly to integrate research and production networks, and thus contemplate long-term partnerships.

The objectives and stages of this FED-TWIN project are therefore, in brief:

1- To establish a corpus of Belgian digital literature, which involves:

a. helping to define the field of digital literature, taking into account its evolving and open nature;

b. To contribute significantly to the institutionalization of the field of digital literature through legal deposits;

c. To shed light on the specificities of Belgian productions.
2- To ensure access and visibility of electronic literary production in Belgium:

a. by efficiently archiving extant works in full understanding of their complexity (content, forms, technologies);

b. by promoting scientific research;
c. by facilitating public access to works through a proactive policy;

d. by helping to stimulate the production of new works.

In a logic of practice-as-research aimed at combining scientific approaches and creative work, a place to experiment with these new forms of writing will be set up within KBR. Different types of scientific events or events aimed at the general public can be organized there.

Appel à candidatures Profil recherché


Le chercheur ou la chercheuse devra contribuer directement à la réalisation des objectifs du projet décrits ci-dessus. Dans le cadre de ce programme FED-tWIN, elle ou il développera et mettra en œuvre des projets de recherche nouveaux et innovants et assurera une production scientifique de haut niveau, ce qui implique notamment :

  • la publication de résultats des recherches effectuées par les voies appropriées ;
  • un engagement fort en faveur de la communication scientifique, tant orale qu’écrite, pour un public cible diversifié. Compte tenu du rôle social de la KBR, en complément de la production académique sont également attendues des publications de vulgarisation ainsi quel’organisation d’événements de sensibilisation destinés au grand public ;
  • l’élaboration de dossiers de candidature pour des projets permettant le développement de la recherche scientifique interdisciplinaire et de la valorisation de la coopération entre lal’UCLouvain et la KBR ;
  • le développement et la consolidation des réseaux professionnels et sociaux des deuxorganisations dans le domaine du projet ;
  • Une activité pédagogique permettant la valorisation des acquis de la recherche dans desactivités d’enseignement à l’UCLouvain.Inscrire la KBR dans la dynamique internationale de projets en humanités numériques liés à la littérature électronique.


Diplôme de doctorat en littérature, sémiologie, humanités numérique, traitement automatique du langage ou dans un autre domaine directement pertinent pour le projet.

Le titre de docteur doit avoir été obtenu au maximum 12 ans avant la date ultime d’introduction des dossiers de candidature. La période visée est prolongée d’un an par période de congé de maternité, parental ou d’adoption à temps plein, ou pour la durée réelle des périodes attestées de maladie de longue durée du candidat ou d’un membre de famille du 1er degré.

Compétences techniques

Le candidat doit avoir un double profil avec des compétences en littérature et dans le domaine informatique. Il doit avoir un doctorat dans l’un des deux domaines et un diplôme complémentaire ou une expérience professionnelle probante dans l’autre domaine.

Dans tous les cas, la lettre de candidature devra faire état de l’expérience concrète dans le domaine de la programmation.

Le candidat doit être capable dès sa prise de fonction de prendre en main des projets informatiques (gestion de bases de données, développement de programmes, utilisation de taxonomies, etc.). On attend donc un niveau élevé de connaissances techniques et numériques, dont une connaissance approfondie :

  • –  de langages de programmation utilisés dans les sciences humaines (Python, C++, R, …),
  • –  des normes relatives au web et aux métadonnées,
  • –  de l’interopérabilité dans l’échange de données,
  • –  algorithmique du texte et / ou multimédia,
  • –  des bases de la programmation web, afin d’être en mesure de diriger l’équipe de programmation.Le candidat pourra faire état d’une expérience ou de connaissances dans un ou plusieurs des domaines suivants : traitement automatique du langage, apprentissage automatique (machine learning), sciences des données (data science), données liées (linked data), taxonomies & ontologies. Dans le domaine littéraire, le candidat devra avoir des compétences dans un ou plusieurs des domaines : analyse littéraire, analyse littéraire computationnelle (computational literary analysis), littérature numérique. Il n’y a pas de durée minimum d’expérience requise après l’obtention du doctorat.

    Compétences relationnelles. La personne recherchée aura :
  • –  Une approche orientée par les objectifs : le candidat ou la candidate devra démontrer de la volonté et de l’ambition afin de générer des résultats de qualité et assumer la responsabilité des actions entreprises ;
  • –  Des capacités d’initiative et une grande autonomie ;
  • –  Un excellent sens du contact et la capacité d’animer un réseau : il ou elle devra rester informéà propos des environnements respectifs des institutions du consortium et maintenir les conditions d’une collaboration efficace. Il s’agira notamment de développer et maintenir la structure organisationnelle du projet ;
  • –  La capacité de travailler en équipe : créer et améliorer l’esprit d’équipe en partageant ses avis et ses idées et en contribuant à la résolution de conflits entre collègues.
  • –  Un esprit de leadership : il ou elle sera capable de motiver les collaborateurs, reconnaître leurs qualités, les stimuler à prendre des initiatives en leur donnant des responsabilités et en s’adaptant soi-même ;

    Atouts complémentaires
  • –  Connaître le milieu littéraire belge.
  • –  Disposer d’un réseau professionnel dans le domaine de la littérature numérique ou destechnologies liées à l’analyse de texte.
  • –  Être familiarisé avec le secteur des bibliothèques et connaître le contexte des missions de KBR.
  • –  Avoir une bonne connaissance active du français, du néerlandais et / ou de l’anglais ;

    Connaissance des langues. Ce poste est accessible aux candidats pouvant être affectés au rôle de langue française, en application des règles à cet effet déterminées par les lois sur l’utilisation des langues en matière administrative. C’est-à-dire être diplômé d’une université francophone ou être capable de passer un test de niveau prouvant son niveau de maîtrise du français.Si, au moment du recrutement, le candidat ou la candidate ne connaît pas ou pas suffisamment le français, l’UCLouvain lui proposera une offre de formation afin d’acquérir les connaissances requises. Le candidat doit également être capable de communiquer en anglais. Compte tenu de l’environnement bilingue dans lequel il ou elle se retrouvera à la suite de son recrutement à la KBR, la connaissance du néerlandais est également un avantage. L’UCLouvain peut également apporter un soutien à la formation dans ces deux langues.

    Informations contractuelles. Le poste proposé est un poste à 100% structuré de la manière suivante :
  • –  Un contrat à durée indéterminée à 50% à prester à la KBR au statut de chef de projet (SW2) ;
  • –  Un contrat à durée indéterminée à 50% à prester à l’UCLouvain (50% chercheur ou chercheusepost-doctoral)

    Candidatures. Les candidatures doivent être composées d’une lettre de motivation de max. 2 pages, d’un CV détaillé avec une liste de publications et de deux lettres de recommandation. Le tout est à adresser par courrier électronique avant le 31 juillet 2021 [MISE À JOUR : 31 août] à :
  • M. Frédéric Lemmers, Responsable du service DIGIT, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (
  • Prof. Cédrick Fairon, Directeur du Centre de traitement automatique du langage de l’UCLouvain (Cé Les auteurs des lettres de recommandation seront invités à envoyer directement leur courrier à Sophie Vandepontseele et Cédrick Fairon, sans passer par le candidat ou la candidate.

    Procédure de sélection


Si nous recevons plus de 6 candidatures répondant aux conditions de participation, une première sélection sera effectuée sur base des CV et des lettres de motivation. Les personnes retenues seront invitées à un entretien qui aura lieu entre le 09/08/2021 et le 13/08/2021. L’épreuve orale, d’une durée d’une heure, vise à évaluer votre motivation et vos affinités avec la fonction ainsi que vos compétences techniques et comportementales. Vous serez invité à présenter en 15 minutes votre vision du projet et cette présentation sera suivie d’un débat avec le jury composé de membres de la KBR et de l’UCLouvain.

L’entrée en fonction est prévue pour le 01/10/2021.

L’UCLouvain et la KBR veulent créer un environnement de travail dans lequel tous les talents peuvent se développer autant que possible, sans distinction de sexe, d’âge, d’origine culturelle, de nationalité ou de handicap. Pour toute question concernant l’accessibilité ou les possibilités de soutien, veuillez consulter et/ou contacter

UPDATE: Deadline for submitting an application: August 31st 2021.

Altissia Chair @ Digital Humanities Virtual Discussion Group (KBR, UGhent, KUL Libraries)

We are looking forward to continuing these discussions in our upcoming session on Thursday 22 April from 15-16h30h on Zoom. You will receive a separate email the day of the session with the link to the session.

For this April session, we will discuss text analysis with two “Under the Hood” sessions by Margherita Fantoli and Chris Tanasescu. Please note it is not required that you do any of the readings, these are just recommendations that will structure and stimulate the discussion on the day. 

Should you want to do even further reading there is a review of born digital archives and quantitative text analysis from the perspective of history in the following article: Romein, C. A., Kemman, M., Birkholz, J. M., Baker, J., De Gruijter, M., Meroño Peñuela, A., Ries, T. & Scagliola, S. (2020). State of the field: digital history. History, 105(365), 291-312.

This session will include a coffee break component in smaller breakout groups, followed by the two presentations of 15 minutes in length and two separate breakout rooms to discuss the two presentations in greater depth. The coffee break is a great opportunity to meet some other researchers working in and around DH, as well as to share your own work. Come prepared by getting some links to your social media details and any projects you think the group might be interested in exploring (or that you would like some feedback on!)

If you know of other colleagues who would benefit from participating in our discussions, please ask them to register here  as soon as possible

Please let us know by responding to this email ( if you have any further questions. 

We are looking forward to seeing you online on Thursday 22 April at 15h!

Best wishes,

Julie & Merisa

Assistant Professor Julie M. Birkholz, Ghent University and KBR

Merisa Martinez, KU Leuven Libraries

Dr Demmy Verbeke, KU Leuven Libraries

Altissia Chair @ KBR-ULB-UGent Digital Heritage Series

Digital Humanities Research 2020-2021

Part II. DH Scholars in BE

KBR invites you to attend a new scholarly series on digital cultural heritage, the KBR-ULB-UGent Digital Heritage Seminar.

In the second part of this series from May to June in 2021 we will virtually host three academic scholars in presenting their work on cultural heritage materials, digital methods and digital humanities. Dealing with a variety of topics, periods and methods, these talks will be held in English, with questions in French, Dutch or English. The target audience is scholars, but the general public is warmly welcome. 

This series is co-organised by KBR’s two labs: Camille (Center for Archives on the Media and Information) and the Digital Research Lab, in cooperation with Université libre de Bruxelles and Ghent University.


  • Tuesday 25  May 15:00 – 16:30: Computationally Assembled Collections, Live Archiving, Hybridizing Corpora: Poetry as/of Data | Chris Tanasescu, Professor & Altissia Chair in Digital Cultures and Ethics, UCLouvain.

The talk will analyze the opportunities and challenges of data for/as computational approaches to poetry, with specific references to the #GraphPoem project. The latter deploys natural language processing and graph theory applications in representing, analyzing, and expanding poetry corpora as networks. But where do we find the data for the corpora, and how do we collect and assemble them?

In poetry the question becomes even more critical as we deal with both traditional/‘page based’ and digital (or electronic literature) forms and genres. Combining these genres and form(at)s begs for artificial intelligence-informed approaches that treat them specifically, at times on a poem-to-poem basis, while also establishing a foundation for making them cohere into intermedially assembled collections and computationally assembled anthologies.

In an alternative scenario, databases are put together collectively as part of interactive coding events such as the ones presented over the past few years as “institute performances” at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). Participants contribute data and run coding scripts assembling, analyzing, and sampling them automatically and feeding them into live streamed archives with a community performing function. A third relevant data-intensive approach involves corpora that are hybridized by, or submerged into, other corpora both enriching and subverting the ‘original.’ The resulting consolidated data is fed to algorithms that comb the processed neighborhoods of words, lines of verse, stanzas, passages or entire works for probabilistically close replacements and thus output conglomerates of alternative readings and reconfigurations.

The conclusion will consider poetry in digital space and media as a possible experimental gateway to tackling the present-day more general challenges related to cataloging, managing, analyzing, and expanding multi and inter-medial data within an analytical-creative framework.

Duration: 1,5 hours


Registration is free but mandatory. The morning of the event you will be sent the link to the virtual series and the etiquette to follow.

Should have any further questions please email or


Digital Humanities Research 2020-2021

Part I. International Scholars

KBR invites you to attend a new scholarly series on digital cultural heritage, the KBR-ULB-UGent Digital Heritage Seminar.

In the first part of this series from October to December we will virtually host three international academic scholars in presenting their work on cultural heritage materials, digital methods and digital humanities. Dealing with a variety of topics, periods and methods, these talks will be held on ZOOM in English, with questions in French, Dutch or English. The target audience is scholars, but the general public is warmly welcome.

This series is co-organized by KBR’s two labs: Camille (Center for Archives on the Media and Information) and the Digital Research Lab, in cooperation with Université libre de Bruxelles and Ghent University.


  • 12/10: Nicolas Perreaux (LaMOP – Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) “Historical semantics and digital methods. The case of medieval fatherhood”
  • 10/11: Juliette De Maeyer (Université de Montréal) en Dominique Trudel (Audencia Business School), “Remediating the Intelligence Triangle”
  • 08/12: Annemieke Romein (Huygens Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, Amsterdam) “Making more of volumes. Dissecting and searching norms in Books of Ordinances (1500-1850s)”

Duration: 1,5 hours

Register here:

Registration is free but mandatory. The morning of the event you will be sent the link to the virtual series and the etiquette to follow.

Should have any further questions please email or

More info at