Workshop: Von analog zu digital: Konzeptionen der Keilschriftforschung im 21. Jahrhundert am Beispiel administrativer Urkunden | 26.-28.02.2021

The project "From analog to digital: Concepts of cuneiform script research in the 21st century using the example of administrative documents" in the disciplines of Ancient Oriental Studies and Computational Linguistics is being funded as part of the ideas competition "Small subjects: Visibly innovative!

Date: 26.-28.02.2021

Eventtitle: Von analog zu digital: Konzeptionen der Keilschriftforschung im 21. Jahrhundert am Beispiel administrativer Urkunden”

Eventtype: Workshop

Eventcategory: BMBF-Förderprojekt

Organisor: IDCS – Initiative for Digital Cuneiform Studies

Place: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

More about the event


The cuneiform text material goes into the hundreds of thousands and represents the entire range of human writing over more than three millennia, but has so far been relatively unknown to the public and academic communities outside the field of study. Against the background of the rapidly increasing importance of digital methods and information channels, a cooperation between Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Computational Linguistics is therefore particularly appropriate. Due to the ongoing digitization of research data and the support of computer science, it is now increasingly possible to process comparatively large text corpora and evaluate them using digital methods. At the same time, the digital editions reflect the interests of computational linguistics by providing digital cuneiform texts, data formats, metadata and content.


A (presence) workshop is to take place from 26-28 February 2021 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. We are looking for young scholars (PhD students and postdocs) from the disciplines of Ancient Oriental Studies, Computational Linguistics, Digital Humanities and Computer Science to come together in the workshop to discuss and address different philological editing strategies, to create further incentives for the development of tools by Computer Science, and to establish a broad discussion forum for the digitization of text editions.

Of particular interest are projects in ancient orientalism, which cover the field of "administration and economy", since it can be applied independently of language, place and time in all cuneiform script cultures from the 4th -1st millennium BC. Due to the quantity of the available text material and the diversity of the data processed in it, the administrative texts are therefore particularly suitable for cooperative processing by ancient orientalists and computer scientists.

From the perspective of computer science/digital humanities, best practices in data preparation, data analysis and digital tools for annotation, word processing, work on text analysis, automatic translation and automated Part-Of-Speech tagging of cuneiform texts are of interest.

Further information on the workshop schedule and the discussion topics can be found at



Please send a short abstract of maximum one page (DIN A4) for a 10-minute presentation as PDF as well as a short CV (max. 800 characters) with keywords about your own research interests to the following e-mail.

Topics of interest:

  •   Current reports from digital cuneiform script research, digital editions
  •     Computational linguistics and cuneiform script (POS tagging, automatic translation, hyphenation, lemmatization)
  •     Data formats and standardization approaches, including for text editions (ATF, TEI, etc.)
  •     Linking of transliteration to other text representations (3D, palaeography)

Deadline for submission is 29 November 2020 23:59 CET

Please send entries to: (subject: "Cfp: From analog to digital")

We will inform about the selection of the contributions by 11 December 2020 at the latest.

If your contribution is selected positively, it is expected that a publishable Extended Abstract on the research work will be available by February 1, 2021 at the latest.

The Extended Abstract will be published in the IDCS-Blog (

Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to 100 €. Accommodation will be provided from February 26-28, 2021.

In case the pandemic does not allow a face-to-face event at the end of February, the workshop will be offered in digital form.

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