The GhentCDH

The Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH) engages in the field of ‘Digital Humanities’ at Ghent University, ranging from archaeology and geography to linguistics and cultural studies. It develops DH collaboration and supports research projects, teaching activities and infrastructure projects across the faculties.

  • DH Support

    The Ghent CDH offers advice and guidance throughout the research project lifecycle where digital tools, methods or collections are used. For the research data management and training we work closely with the Library Lab of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Library. 

  • Geospatial analysis

    The Ghent CDH offers advice, support and training regarding geospatial data management, analysis and visualisation to the humanities and social sciences researchers at the Ghent University.

  • Digital text analysis

    The GhentCDH aims to improve digital text analysis at Ghent University by offering support and information to researchers. You can contact us for advice on TEI and digital editions, working with digital text analysis tools, and using computer-assisted qualitative data analysis.

  • Collaborative databases

    The GhentCDH offers advice and support for collaborative databases at Ghent University. It helps researchers to develop a database instance, powered by e.g. Nodegoat. It provides advice regarding data standards and linked data.


Digital approaches towards serial publications (18th–20th centuries)

The past few years have seen an increasing interest in Natural Language Processing and other text-mining techniques in the humanities. This tendency has been sparked by the distant reading approaches for literary theory, which aim to draw general conclusions on larger amounts of text using computational techniques. This way of tackling data has gained momentum, and many (large scale) projects have been set up in order to meet the expectations of humanities scholars wanting to make sense of the vast amount of digitised data that has become available in public domain, primarily, 18th and 19th but also 20th century publications. For some time NLP has been mainly used for the confirmation of existing historical knowledge, but now many techniques and tools have become more mature, it is time to draw an intermediary balance of NLP and text mining in general and the mining of serial publications in particular. Moreover, it also time to question the phenomenon of ‘scientific serendipity’ and NLP as a set of technologies enabling such serendipity.

Doctoral school on Methods and approaches in Digital Humanities

From 31 March to 31 May, the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities will be organising a doctoral specialist course to introduce humanities PhD students to the methods and approaches in Digital Humanities. The course is free for all Belgian PhD students within arts and humanities.

Programme + registration: click here

Job: Full-time post-doctoral researcher Digital Textual Analysis, Ghent University

Apply now!

The Faculty of Arts and Philosophy is looking for a full-time post-doctoral assistant in the area of digital textual analysis, within the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities. All applications must be received no later than 07/10/2016 at 23:59 (CET) at More information about this can be found on our website.

demystifying digitisation

Demystifying Digitisation: a hands-on Master Class in text digitisation: Antwerp, 29-30 September 16

Het Pand, © Ghent University, Photo Hilde Christiaens

DARIAH-EU Annual Event in Ghent: Outline Programme available

Arts, Culture and Contemporary Society

Symposium: Arts, Culture and Contemporary Society: 19-20 September, Ghent

Digital Philology

2nd International Workshop on Digital Philology for the Preservation of Multimedia Archives

Tracing mobilities

Tracing mobilities: International Doctoral Workshop: 29 June - 1 July, Mons, Belgium

DH Benelux 2016, Luxembourg

DH Benelux 2016: last few days for signing-up!

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