Digital texts processed by machines are linear strings of characters, but in most research activities in the Humanities (philology, linguistics, corpus-based analysis, cultural heritage, etc.) we store them in databases and we add markup to the text, that is a kind of intelligence made computable thanks to the use of widespread data-models, formats and standards.

In the last decades, the popularity of graph data-models has increased, in accordance with the semantic web proposition and the development of standards such as RDF and OWL. Graph databases, in the form of triple stores (such as Graph-DB) or of labeled-property-graphs (Neo4j), are regarded as powerful and flexible solutions by research and cultural institutions, and private companies alike.

The workshop is held to explore possible interactions between digital texts, the graph data-model, scholarly editions and the semantic web. The combinations of these objects/concepts, pursued in the last decades, remains experimental to date, and it represents one of the possible developments for the field of digital scholarly editing.


We are please to welcome the workshop invited speakers:

  • Ronald Haentjens Dekker (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences – Humanities Cluster)
  • Hans Cools, Roberta Laura Padlina (University of Basel – National Infrastructure for Editions)
  • Michele Pasin (Digital Science – Springer Nature)
  • Tobias Schweizer, Sepideh Alassi (University of Basel – Digital Humanities Lab)
  • Georg Vogeler (University of Graz)


The workshop would not be possible without its scientific committee:

  • Gioele Barabucci (University of Cologne)
  • Fabio Ciotti (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
  • Claire Clivaz (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
  • Marion Rivoal (DASCH – University of Lausanne)
  • Greta Franzini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Simon Gabay (University of Neuchâtel)
  • Daniel Maggetti (University of Lausanne)
  • Frederike Neuber (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
  • Elena Pierazzo (University of Grenoble-Alpes)
  • Davide Picca (University of Lausanne)
  • Michael Piotrowski (University of Lausanne)
  • Matteo Romanello (EPFL)
  • Maïeul Rouquette (University of Lausanne)
  • Elena Spadini (University of Lausanne)
  • Francesca Tomasi (University of Bologna)
  • Aris Xanthos (University of Lausanne)


The organizers of the workshop are

  • Elena Spadini (University of Lausanne, CRLR)
  • Francesca Tomasi (University of Bologna)

With the support of

In collaboration with



Important dates

9 December 2018 16 December 2018. Deadline for the submission of abstracts

14 January 2019 21 January 2019. Notification of acceptance

15 April 2019. Camera-ready version of the papers

3-4 June 2019. Workshop



Université de Lausanne – 1015 Lausanne – Switzerland


The language of the workshop is English.

Abstract submission

We invite researchers to submit abstracts for a 30 mins contribution (20 mins + 10 mins Q&A) by December 9, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed double-blind by the members of the scientific committee and receive several independent reviews.

For submitting an abstract, please visit the EasyChair submission page:


Once logged in, you will be able to insert author information, title and keywords, to choose between the suggested topics and to upload an abstract (800-1000 words). The abstract should be drafted according to the following templates:

Camera-ready paper submission and proceedings publication

Please see the page Accepted papers.



Location and travel


Attention! Switzerland has its own standard for power sockets (often referred to as “Type J”). No adapter is needed for two-pole Europlugs, but Schuko and French-style plugs will not fit without an adapter.

Workshop location

Université de Lausanne

Monday June 3, 2019. Building ‘Amphimax’, room 414. Metro (M1) stop ‘UNIL-Sorge’

Tuesday June 4, 2019. Building ‘Geopolis’, room 1628. Metro (M1) stop ‘UNIL-Mouline’

For a detailed map of the University campus, please visit planete.unil.ch.

For more information about how to reach the University, please visit UNIL Regular mobility | Reduced mobility.


Internet access

Participants can use the following wifi networks:

A. eduroam

  • if they are members of eduroam partner institutions
  • secured wifi – the data generated is encrypted

B. public-unil

  • SMS self-registration link
  • this access is free and open (the data generated is not encrypted and it can be intercepted by third parties).


Travel in Lausanne

The Web site of the Swiss Federal Railways (and their SBB Mobile app, also in English) offers travel information for all public transports in Switzerland, including bus and metro. You can search for connections using street addresses, local transport stops (bus, metro, etc.) and train stations.

You can also visit the Transport Lausanne or download the mobile app (in French only).

GoogleMap has good covering of the Lausanne region and of its public transports.

A schematic map of all possible public transport options is below (please click to enlarge):

Transport Lausanne Map


Transport card

You will be receiving a Lausanne Transport Card for the duration of your stay, provided to you by your hotel at check-in. Please be sure to keep this with you at all times when using the metro and bus. It is valid for the greater Lausanne region only.


Accommodation and tourism

Information about accomodations and tourism in Lausanne is available here. Some hotels offer reduced rates for participants to UNIL events: a complete list can be found here (when a code is not specified, just inform the reception that you are coming to the University in order to have the reduced rate).


Travel to Lausanne

The nearest airport is Geneva Airport (GVA). The airport has its own train station, Genève Aéroport, from which you can take direct trains to Lausanne (around 50 mins; 26 chf) or to Renens (might be better if your hotel is close to the UNIL-EPFL campus).

The Web site of the Swiss Federal Railways (and their SBB Mobile app, also in English) offers travel information for all public transports in Switzerland.



Switzerland is part of the Schengen area.


Cash and currency exchange

Cafeterias, canteens and restaurants on the university campus accept only CASH. Most of the places outside the campus in Lausanne, however, accept credit cards too.

In all ATM’s it is possible to withdraw EUR and CHF. Please note that on the campus there are no ATMs close to the Workshop location. ATMs on the campus are in UNIL buildings Anthropole (2nd floor) and Internef (1st floor), which are 10 minutes walking from the Workshop location; and in the EPFL building Swiss Tech Convention Center (close to EPFL metro stop and Swiss Tech Hotel), Rolex Center and at the Esplanade, all around 15 minutes walking from the Workshop locations.

Currency exchange is available in train stations at SBB Change, a service of the Swiss Federal Railways. Have a look at opening hours for Lausanne and Renens train stations. There are of course other possibilties to exchange currency in both cities.



Roaming is still active in Switzerland.