• Seminar for participants in Geography Information System, February-May 2016
  • Senior seminar entitled “New reading of Humanities: Iberian, American, Mediterranean and Transatlantic Languages and Cultures”, February-December 2016
  • Conference on Safe Internet, jointly conducted with Parents Association, 09.02.2016
  • Annual Meeting of the Transatlantic Seminar, Pleven, February 2016
  • Participation in the International Conference “Refugees Crisis in Europe, 2015-2016, organized by the EU Parliament, Brussels, 29.02.-01.03.2016
  • Strategy Planning Seminar of the Project „The Soft Power of Cultural and Scientific Diplomacy”, Brestovitsa, 18-20.03.2016
  • Research trip related to topic Bulgarian Muslims and the Challenges of the Forced Name-Change Process, 1972-1974, April 2016
  • Participation in the Annual Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Constanta, 21-24.04.2016
  • Visiting lecturers, invited for the National and Regional History Seminar:
  • - Prof Dubravka Stoyanovic, University of Belgrade, 19 April 2016
  • Meeting on: „EU Regulations: Sources of Bulgarian International Private Law, Sofia, April, 2016
  • Days of Humanities, May 2016
  • Round-table: Bulgarian Muslims and the Challenges of the Forced Name-Change Process, 1972-1974: May 2016
  • Visiting lecturers, invited for the National and Regional History Seminar: Prof Milan Ristovic, University of Belgrade, May 2016
  • Traveling seminar The Balkan City, jointly organized with the Athens University: 10-15.05. 2016, Athens
  • Lecturers visiting the Center for Regional Research and Analysis: Prof Turan Ilter, Istanbul University, New Conference Hall, 23 May 2016

Between 7th and 12th September, the Summer School in Digital Humanities and IT took place in Borovets, Bulgaria. It was organized in the framework of the Technological Ecosystems in the Humanities Research Programme of the Centre of Excellence in the Humanities to the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. This is the fourth of a series of events on the same topic that have been organized by the Digital Humanities research team at the CEH to the University since 2013.

More than 40 people were selected for participation in the two sections, among which graduate and doctoral students, young and advanced scholars from different academic institutions in over 10 countries.

The event was preceded by a public lecture at University of Sofia of the trainers in the IT section, Prof. Eduardo Miranda and Dr. Matthew Bass from the Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh, USA. Prof. Miranda presented the new and popular process of software development currently gaining popularity under the name of 'design thinking'. Dr. Bass reviewed today's distributed software systems. Both lecturers attracted a significant audience of academic researchers and software developers and their presentations provoked the interest not only of research specialists in the field of IT but also of the business.

During the 6-day training in Borovets, the main topics in the DH section were: EpiDoc TEI XML for epigraphic monuments, using authority lists and vocabularies, XLST transformation scenarios and web publishing; geo-annotation, linked spatial data and geospatial tagging (Pelagios/Recogito/Peripleo); Python for data extraction and text processing, automatic description and cataloguing. The trainers were Gabriel Bodard, Valeria Vitale and Simona Stoyanova, researchers at the Institute of Classical Studies to the UCL, UK, as well as long-term partners in the DH initiatives of University of Sofia research group.

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