International Workshop on
Big Data and Digital Humanities
In conjunction with IEEE BigMM 2016 @ April 20, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan.


  • The Call for Paper is announced.
  • BDDH 2016 webpage is online. (2016.01.01)

Workshop Description (CFP)

The Workshop on “Big Data and Digital Humanities” will be held in conjunction with The Second IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (IEEE BigMM 2016), which will take place from April 20 to April 22, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. This workshop will be a leading international venue for information scholars and professionals to share and disseminate the latest research on the interplay of big data and digital humanities.

In recent years, improvements in IT have allowed for the creation and wide availability of increasingly large data sets in the humanities field. These, for example, include the digitization of entire library and museum archives and the creation of gargantuan corpuses capable of amassing digital records from centuries of print culture. These new data sets are not limited to texts, but also include images, music, videos, virtual environments, social media, and more. A globalizing digital culture means that large quantities of digital data will be generated on a daily basis, via blogs, comments, emails, Internet searches, music downloads, “shares”, and online purchases. These huge, ever-growing data sets (i.e., “big data”) require new analytic tools for identifying trends and patterns, extracting key information, and analyzing historical or cultural trajectories under the properties and challenges of big data.

The extent and scope of these giant data sets pose clear opportunities as well as challenges for new methods and applications, as opposed to the traditional (“analog”) humanities research that has relied on compiling only “small data”, e.g., the body of work of only a few authors or artists, a body of texts from a narrowly defined historical period, or a specific literacy or artistic movement only. Big data research intersects with the humanities in multiple ways, including ongoing research on the processing and interpretation of large cultural data sets, as characterized by large communities, widely used software, collective discourses, and global IT actors . The intersection of big data and digital humanities also focuses on the human experience of large data sets via various more available interfaces. This new intersection demands a new and novel set of methods and approaches to make sense of these large data sets and present research or historical findings to scholars and practitioners in a meaningful way. Understanding the modern digital culture and how individuals interact and utilize it needs a clear and structured understanding of how large humanities data actually form, function, evolve and communicate.

This workshop aims to spark further research and practical discussions on this emergent research area of big data and digital humanities and also explore the opportunities and challenges that are developing. This expansion of technology will provide novel, groundbreaking critical insights into the cultural, artistic, and intellectual trends of the recently digitized past, as well as an increasingly digital present and future, and bring advanced and broader humanities benefits to all of society.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interests for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Text analysis and data mining of cultural and historical archives
  • New media studies and multimedia objects in the humanities, e.g., digital paintings, digital music, and films
  • Cultural analytics and social computing
  • Language and sentiment analysis
  • New infrastructure for the humanities, such as cyber- and cloud-based storage
  • Linked data, hypertexts, and semantic webs
  • Information and communication technologies that support cultural heritage
  • Interfaces, applied augmented reality, and interactive gaming
  • Geographic information systems and digital mapping
  • Large-scale retrieval over digital humanities data sets
  • Big digital humanities data collection, management, and analytics
  • Cross-modal analytic model for multimodal digital humanities data
  • Novel and incentive applications of digital humanities data in various fields (e.g., healthcare, advertisement and marketing, and entertainment)

Paper Submission

Page Limit Regular Paper: 8 pages
Industry Paper: 6 pages
Short Paper: 4 pages
Demo Paper: 2 pages
Paper Template IEEE-BigMM Formatting Guidelines
Submission Site

BDDH review is double-blind. Therefore, please anonymize your submission: do not put the author(s) names or affiliation(s) at the start of the paper, and do not include funding or other acknowledgments in papers submitted for review.

Papers submitted to this workshop must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop, conference or journal. Papers should be written in English. Each submis-sion will be evaluated by at least 3 program committee members.


Please note that at least one registration per paper published is required. At the time of submission of the final camera-ready copy, authors will have to indicate the already registered person for that publication.

Invited Speaker


Important Dates

Submission Deadline January 25, 2016
(23:59 Pacific Standard Time)
Author Notification March 7, 2016
Camera-ready Submission March 14, 2016
Workshop Date April 20, 2016

Program Committee

  • J. Stephen Downie (USA)
  • Shuyuan Mary Ho (USA)
  • Jeonghyun Annie Kim (USA)
  • Fang-Fei Kuo (USA)
  • Kiyonori Nagasaki (Japan)
  • Christof Schöch (Germany)
  • Ming-Hen Tsai (USA)
  • Suhua Tang (Japan)
  • Bei Yu (USA)
  • Jyun-Yu Jiang (USA)



If you are considering submitting to the workshop and have questions regarding the workshop scope or need further information, please do not hesitate to send e-mail to hsuanwei.chen [AT], ctli [AT], and yiyu [AT],. Thanks!