EVENTS2017 workshop


The EVENT2017 Workhop was co-located with the SEMANTiCS conference and was held on 11 sept 2017 in the Meervaart, Amsterdam.

Cultural heritage institutions are continuously rethinking the access to their collections to allow the public as well as scholars and professionals to interpret and contribute to their collections. An important role in the interpretation of cultural heritage collections is played by ‘historic events’, which meaning keeps being re-discovered and re-interpreted in light of modern discussions.

The EVENTS2017 workshop is intended for researchers, practitioners, and students of ICT, Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage domains. The workshop will explore top-down the state-of-the-art and work in progress in the space around events, e.g. detecting, modelling and representing events, with a special focus in the cultural heritage domain.


please find the preliminary programme below

9:00 – 10:30 Session 1: Events Modeling in Cultural Heritage

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Events and Linked Data in Cultural Heritage

  • Events for Explorative Search in Cultural Heritage Collections
    • Introduction to DIVE+ Explorative Search (30 mins)
    • Student posters & papers within the DIVE+ project (30 mins)
      • Linking Dutch World War II Cultural Heritage Collections with Events Extracted by Machines and Crowds by Jessie Both, Didi de Hooge and Ramses IJff, pdf, poster
      • Event Extraction From Radio News Bulletins by Kim van Putten, pdf, poster
      • Optimizing​ ​Explorative​ ​Search​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Needs​ ​of Media​ ​Professionals:​ ​The​ ​DIVE+​ ​Use​ ​Case by Justin​ ​Verhulst, pdf, poster
      • Proposing an Event Typology for the Collections in DIVE+ by Victor Kramer, poster
      • DIVE+: User Interaction Design with Digital Humanities by Minyi Cheng, poster

12.30 – 13.30 Coffee break

13:30 – 15:00 Handson session: “Diversity in Events Interpretation”

  • Introduction by Oana Inel (20 mins) (slides)
  • Handson tagging of Events (40 mins)
  • Discussion of results (30 mins)

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break and END OF EVENTS2017 WORKSHOP

Aim of the workshop

Why events?

Cultural heritage institutions are continuously rethinking the access to their collections to allow the public as well as scholars and professionals to interpret and contribute to their collections. Their collections are challenged with advancement of the Web. They need to be presented in a sustainable way online, and to be instantly searchable and understandable for experts and lay audiences [1]. Hermeneutics is humanities theory of interpretation. Currently it is amended to digital hermeneutics to form the appropriate context to think about providing access to and interpretation of online cultural heritage collections [2].

Important role in the interpretation of cultural heritage collections play ‘historic events’, which meaning keeps being re-discovered and re-interpreted in light of modern discussions. History changes over time and with the presence of the social Web it is under continuous evolvement. “It is not only ‘grand’ historical events that are subject to changes in interpretation. Single words, concepts, ideas and books can also have different meanings across time, space and social groups.”. Automatic text analysis techniques provide the means to mine large amounts of unstructured data and give scholars access to `big data’. To understand better this ‘big data’ we observe a shift towards deeper data mining focussed on the retrieval of meaningful units, e.g. answers, entities, events, discussions, and perspectives. Additionally, we also observe, a push towards the automatic creation of knowledge graphs that are populated with rich semantic units, e.g. entities, relations, activities, events provide possibilities of diving into more the details and address more complex questions. All this comes as a response to the need to understand better ‘events’ and their semantic structure and thus help, on the one hand, heritage institutions assigning meaning and value to online collection objects, and on the other hand, help humanities scholars in the exploration and contextualization of their tasks.

This workshop is motivated by the (1) increasing demand for facilitating deeper understanding of the semantics of online cultural heritage collections, and by the fact that (2) events emerged as a key element in the representation of data in areas such as history, cultural heritage, and multimedia. We envision that workshop presentations and discussions will bring insights on the understand the diversity of event representations, event relationships and their interactions with applications and data, i.e. how can events be represented in to support collection browsing, serendipitous exploration, narrative building; what are useful tools for event annotation by experts and lay crowds; what are efficient ways of crowdsourcing event annotations; what are successful methods for event visualisation & interaction.

Aims of the workshop

The workshop is aimed to be multi-disciplinary. It is intended for researchers, practitioners, and students of ICT, Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage domains. The expected number of participants is 20-25.

We aim to gather researchers and practitioners to share their experiences, results and challenges related to understanding semantics and utilizing the notion of events as context for online cultural heritage objects, as well as to explore various practical use cases of applications of semantics technologies for addressing these challenges.

We aim to bring together computer scientists, computational linguists and humanities and social sciences scholars in order to build upon and expand the results in existing research communities, e.g. NLP, Information Retrieval, Semantic Web, Social Web Analytics, Multimedia analysis, and provide structure and deeper understanding in history, media, journalism and cultural heritage research, with a specific focus on how events are used as a key concept for representing knowledge and organising media in online web collections. The ultimate goal is to distill a research and application roadmaps for event semantics in Cultural Heritage, e.g. achieving a social consensus on processes, identify practical standards and protocols, defining the infrastructure needed.


The submission deadline for EVENTS has passed, however, we still welcome additional contributions to the workshop, please contact the workshop chairs ( and for more information or suggestions.

Download the EVENTS2017 CFP (PDF)

During the workshop we aim to identify the typical user groups, tasks and roles in order to achieve an adequate modelling and representation of events in online multimedia collections. We intend to create a base level of mutual understanding of the main topics, to provide a platform for joint exploration of concrete solutions to existing challenges.


Suggested list of topics (but not limited to):

  • Modeling, representation & detection of events
  • Crowdsourcing approaches for event detection and extraction
  • Search, exploration & interpretation of online collections enriched through events
  • Events for the representation & organisation of knowledge
  • Events as enablers of new interactions with online collections for humanities scholars, heritage professionals and lay audiences
  • Explorations in event identity and definitions
  • Interface designs & visualizations for online and mobile event-based exploration;
  • (Deep) learning technologies for content analysis with focus on event detection;
  • Combinations of machine- and crowd-based event detection;
  • Use of social media content and analytics for the detection of events;
  • Digital storytelling, narratives, smart summaries with focus on events.


  • July 17, 2017: deadline to submit papers (extended)
  • August 1, 2017: notifications to authors
  • August 21, 2017, August 28, 2017: camera ready versions
  • September 11, 2017: workshop


We invite full papers as well as short papers. Contributions can include original research papers, position papers, or papers describing tools, demonstrators or datasets. Accepted contributions will be published on the CEUR-WS website (or equivalent).

Contributions should follow the ACM ICPS guidelines for formatting and not exceed 8 pages in length for full papers and 4 pages for short papers, including references and optional appendices. Layout templates can be found at .

Papers should be submitted through the EasyChair submission system at


The organizing committee currently consists of the following persons:

  • Lora Aroyo (, Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Victor de Boer (, Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Oana Inel (, IBM, the Netherlands
  • Gerard Kuys, Ordina, the Netherland
  • Lodewijk Petram, Huygens ING, Amsterdam, the Netherlands