Doktorandensymposium: Research on Online Databases in History (RODBH 2019), 4./5. April 2019, Leipzig Doctoral Symposium on Research on Online Databases in History (RODBH 2019), April 4th-5th 2019, Leipzig
Call for Papers | Accepted Papers | Agenda | Registration


The Doctoral Symposium is hosted by the Leipzig University of Applied Science, Faculty of Informatics and Media (HTWK) as part of the Research project Early Modern Professorial Career Patterns - Methodological research on online databases of academic history, in cooperation with the European Consortium on Data for History. A general meeting of the DfH Consortium is part of the workshop and includes the application of the OntoMe - Ontology Management Environment, a platform to design vocabularies using ontologies contributed by the participating Ph.D. students.


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

  • Arrival
  • 16:00 - 19:00 City Tour (please join after arrival)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

  • 09:30 Coffee and Registration
  • 10:00 Welcome Session
  • 10:30 Session 1: Doctoral students presentations (1)
  • 12:00 Lunch at Mensa
  • 13:00 Session 2: Data for History Meeting
    • New member presentations
    • Pierre Vernus: SilkNow (project presentation)
    • Charles van den Heuvels: DARIAH working group (proposal)
    • Sebastian Hellman: DBpedia data bus
  • 14:30 Coffee-Break
  • 15:00 Session 3: Current Issues on Data for History
    • Richard Light, Marie Puren: Issues about prosopography, networks, etc.
    • Bogumil Szady, Carmen Brando: Issues about geographical places
    • Lodewijk Petram and Sebastiaan Derks, Regina Varniene Janssen, Charles van den Heuvel: Issues about metadata and general modelling
  • 16:00 Parallel Sessions
    • Session 4: Doctoral students presentations (2)
    • Session 5: Working Groups
  • 17:30 Coffee-Break
  • 18:00 Summary of discussions and working groups
  • 18:30 End
  • 20:00 Conference Dinner

Friday, April 5th, 2019

  • 09:00 Coffee
  • 09:30 Session 6: OntoMe workshop (aligning vocabularies and training)
  • 11:00 Coffee-Break
  • 11:30 Session 7: Summary, Perspectives, Research Funding
  • 13:00 Lunch at Mensa
  • 14:00 Additional Workshops
  • 15:30 End

Activities like a visit of German National Library will be planned for Friday evening.


The Doctoral Symposium and Data for History meeting takes place at HTWK Leipzig:

Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (HTWK)
Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
Gustav-Freytag-Str. 42
04277 Leipzig


For the registration we provide an online form. Participation is open for researchers and students who are interested in the topic of research on online databases in history. There is no participation fee. Participants will be asked to pay for lunch (15 Euro/day) at the Mensa in advance. For those PhD students who submitted a paper or abstract and have been accepted, accommodation is provided as well as parts of the travel expenses which get reimbursed pro rata, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG).


The HTWK has reserved a limited number of rooms at Leonardo Hotel Leipzig. Using this contingent please contact the hotel and use the reference code “Data for History” for booking. The price per room and night including breakfast is 65,- Euro.

Hotel Leonardo****, Windscheidstraße 21-23, 04277 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 30330 Fax: +49 341 3033555 E-Mail:

There are plenty of hotels within the city centre. The HTWK is located within the lively district Connewitz in the south of Leipzig. It is easy to reach by public transport or by bicycle (e.g. nextbike bike sharing). Parking is free at the HTWK parking lot.


The organizer committee is happy to answer any request regarding the event: Edgard Marx (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany,, Jennifer Blanke (Herzog-August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, and Vincent Alamercery (École normale supérieure de Lyon, France,

Thomas Riechert,