Intensive and practice-oriented 5-day course on cutting-edge image technologies in Digital Humanities.


Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium


 Exact dates to be confirmed by February at latest


Undergraduate (BA3), graduate (MA) and postgraduate (PhD, postdoc) students as well as professionals in the field of Humanities.

Course description

Whereas the Digital Humanities have traditionally had a strong orientation towards texts, images have been rapidly gaining prominence in the field, due to recent improvements in both computer hardware and software. Research increasingly goes beyond the mere digitisation of cultural artifacts and is exploring new ways of:

  • opening up images to a larger audience through innovative protocols such as IIIF;
  • analysing image data through the use of advanced artificial intelligence;
  • understanding handwritten textual documents, whose contents have long remained inaccessible to computers.

This summer school offers an in-depth and hands-on curriculum to familiarise novice (digital) humanists with the state-of-the-art technologies that are nowadays available to researchers who take an active interest in ‘pixel-based’ artifacts in the Humanities. The tutorials will be given by established experts in their respective fields and will include the following topics:

  • The main descriptive mark-up protocols (including XML-TEI and ALTO-XML)
  • The IIIF protocol for making available images collection online (and its integration with content management platforms such as Omeka)
  • Modern methods (neural networks) from computer vision to analyse (e.g. classify) images.
  • Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) as an alternative to Optical Character Recognition (e.g. the Transkribus platform)

Course requirements

No advanced computer knowledge is required, although students should have a recent laptop at their disposal (excluding so-called netbooks or tablets), running Windows, Mac OS X or a Linux distribution, with sufficient RAM (over 8GB).


3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme, including extra assignment.

Registration fee

Early birds: to be confirmed by February at latest
Full fee: to be confirmed by February at latest

The fee includes orientation and course material, lunch, coffee breaks, social activities and a farewell dinner. Does not include accommodation.

University of Antwerp students are entitled to a refund of €150.

Application details

Will be available through Mobility Online by February 2019.