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Special Session
Special Session on
Artificial Intelligence and Digital Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities
 - ARTIDIGH 2020

22 - 24 February, 2020 - Valletta, Malta

Within the 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2020


Andreas Weber
University of Twente

Brief Bio
Andreas Weber is an assistant professor for the long-term development of science and technology in society at the University of Twente. He holds an MA degree in History (2005) and a PhD from Leiden University (2012). In 2015-2016, he was a John C. Haas fellow of the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. Since 2016, he is a researcher in the NWO/Brill Creative Industries project Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives. The four-years project uses different computational technologies to increase the accessibility of natural historical and other digital archive collections. Next to his historical and digital heritage research, he also uses his publications to reflect upon how the growing use of computational technologies impacts research in the humanities, and more general our understanding of culture and technology in society.
Marieke van Erp
Digital Humanities Lab KNAW Humanities Cluster

Brief Bio
Marieke van Erp is a researcher and team leader of the Digital Humanities Lab at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Humanities Cluster in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research is focused on applying natural language processing in semantic web applications with a particular interest in digital humanities. She previously worked on the European NewsReader project, which was aimed at building structured indexes of events from large volumes of financial news and the CLARIAH project, a large Dutch project to develop infrastructure for humanities research. She has been involved in the organisation of numerous workshops and conferences in natural language processing, semantic web, digital humanities and cultural heritage.
Maarten Heerlien
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Brief Bio
Maarten Heerlien is Head of Collection Information at the Research Services department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He studied Early-modern History and has been active in the heritage sector since 2008, focusing on digitization, enrichment and meaningful integration of heterogeneous heritage collection. In his current position Maarten is responsible for the management of the various primary collection data and information resources. Prior to the Rijksmuseum he worked at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the national museum of natural history in the Netherlands where he set up and contributed to several national and European interdisciplinary projects and initiatives around digitized collections.


With the help of artificial intelligence-powered services and tools the heritage sector is working towards the next level of access to and (re)use of digitized collections. In recent years libraries, archives and museums have started to apply machine learning and advanced knowledge bases to contextually enrich digitized objects, audio-visual content and texts and to make these retrievable in novel ways. In doing so institutions aim to increase the impact of their collections among a growing and diversifying audience. This special session welcomes papers that reflect upon, discuss and present the technical and societal challenges (e.g. labour to produce labeled datasets, heterogeneity of data, bias in training sets) digital heritage professionals and researchers are facing when trying to capitalise on the transformative power of artificial intelligence in the context of digital archive, image, and audio/visual collections. Next to position papers, we are also looking for papers in which project consortia discuss their approach and present first results.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

- Bias and digital collections

- Dealing with uncertainty, quality issues and collection gaps

- Multimodal collection access

- Geographic/spatial enrichment and access

- New ways of accessing collections such as associative and serendipitous search

- Network Analysis

- Natural Language Processing for the Heritage Domain

- Trend and change analysis

- Automatic collection provenance enrichment

- Reflections on the influence of AI on the heritage domain


Paper Submission: November 22, 2019 (expired)
Authors Notification: December 20, 2019 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: January 17, 2020 (expired)


Chris Dijkshoorn, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mark Gillings, Archaeology & Anthropology, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Eero Hyvönen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Marinos Ioannides, Computer Science, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Lise Jaillant, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Koray Karaca, Philosophy, University of Twente, Netherlands
Oliviero Stock, IRST-ICT, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Antal van den Bosch, KNAW Meertens Institute, Netherlands
Charles van den Heuvel, 1) History of Knowledge, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Melvin Wevers, Digital Humanities Lab at the KNAW Humanities Cluster, Netherlands
Marco Wiering, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Katherine Wolstencroft, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Sciences (LIACS), Netherlands
Gerben Zaagsma, Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), University of Luxemburg, Luxembourg


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by DBLP, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI, SCOPUS, Microsoft Academic, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ICAART Special Sessions - ARTIDIGH 2020