Automated Motif Discovery in Cultural Heritage and Scientific Communication Texts (AMICUS) aims to bring together researchers who have thought deeply about the use of Information and Communication Technologies for the exploration of cultural heritage data, prominently narrative texts, with an eye for advanced analysis of the discourse of scholarly communication such as scientific publications. As both application areas are part of the same important and difficult terrain, aiming at creating or assigning semantic markup based on higher-order content agglomerates for advanced access, a key goal for our planned workshop is to explore innovative ideas and designs which represent parts of an emerging solution to the above puzzle.


The 1st AMICUS workshop is a one-day meeting that will take place on the 21 October in Vienna, as a satellite event of the CLARIN/DARIAH conference, held at the same venue. The AMICUS workshop aims to overview methods and infrastructure related to motifs, and to facilitate community interaction and cross-fertilisation of research. Primarily based on invited research papers, the workshop will offer a cross-section of ongoing work in AMICUS and related projects, while we invite submissions in the form of position papers and research posters to be exhibited and discussed by participants as part of the workshop program.


Confirmed speakers are

- Pierre Maranda (Départment dAnthropologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada)

- Antal van den Bosch (Tilburg University, Netherlands)

- Ted Sanders (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

- Piroska Lendvai (Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungary)

 - Sándor Darányi (Swedish School of Library Science, Boras, Sweden)

- Scott Malec (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)

- Pablo Gervás (Natural Interaction based on Language, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

- Thierry Declerck (Language Technology Lab, DFKI, Germany)

- Anette Frank and Niels Reiter (Computational Linguistics Department, University of Heidelberg, Germany)

- Anita de Waard (Elsevier BV, and Utrecht University, Netherlands)

- Sophia Ananiadou (School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, National Centre for Text Mining, UK).


Talks, research posters, and position papers will be published in the workshop proceedings.

Research posters are a well-known means of presenting applied research methods, data, or other infrastructure, identifying specific issues and discussing them in detail, or reporting on experiences in the field, studying results, or reporting on application development.  They will be peer reviewed by the program committee.

Position papers are essentially extended business cards - they ensure that other participants have your name, contact information, and a description of what you are interested in. You can use bulleted lists, expository text, images, or whatever you like to get the idea across, limited to one page - they are meant to be skimmed. Position papers are optional - you can attend the workshop even if you don't submit one, but submitting one is a good way to get the right conversations started.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Extraction of content agglomerates for semantic markup from (folk) narratives and/or scientific texts;

- Automated or semi-automated semantic markup of (folk) narratives and/or scientific texts;

- Parallel multilingual/multicultural corpora for the above;

- Survey of methods, tools and corpora (test collections) for the above.


Position papers (limited to one page) and posters (limited to two pages) for publication must be in the standard ACM conference paper format.


All submissions have to be in PDF and can be submitted to

Deadline for submission is June 30, 2010.


Attendance is free of charge, but requires registration.



Kate Byrne, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Thierry Declerck, Language Technology Lab, DFKI, Saarbruecken

Zoltán Hermann, Károli Gáspár University, Budapest

Mihály Hoppál, Ethnographical Research Institute, Budapest

Artem Kozmin, Russian State University for the Humanities, Center of Typological and Semiotics Folklore Studies, Moscow

Éva Pócs, Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Pťcs

Agnes Sándor, Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble

Caroline Sporleder, Cluster of Excellence / Computational Linguistics, Saarland University

Pirkko Suihkonen, Department of Linguistics, University of Helsinki

Vilmos Voigt, Department of Folklore, Lorand Eotvos University, Budapest



Abstract Submission: June 30, 2010 (passed)

Notification of Acceptance: July 24, 2010

Registration: September 30, 2010

Workshop: October 21, 2010


AMICUS workshop organisers

Sándor Darányi, Digital Humanities Research Group, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Boras, Sweden <>

Piroska Lendvai, Research Institute for Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary  <>