6th Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities Large Language Models and Small Languages

When: 22 July - 26 July 2024
Where: Riga, National Library of Latvia and Online
Language: English
Duration: 5 days
Credits: 3 ECTS
Fee: 40 EUR*


Welcome to the annual Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities (BSSDH 2024)!

This year's program presents essential introductory courses tailored for digital humanists and digital social scientists eager to master Python programming and explore the application of large language models in humanities research. Recognizing the pivotal role of lemmatization and dependency parsing in text analysis, particularly for small language datasets, we've dedicated a workshop to these techniques. The course is delivered by an international team of experienced researchers and practitioners from Latvia, Norway, and Estonia, representing the fields of digital humanities and digital social sciences. As always, this presents an invaluable opportunity to connect with peers and mentors from various countries, offering a rich exchange of ideas and perspectives.

The programem includes workshops and lectures in:

  • programming with Python (basic and intermediate tracks)

  • parsing, tagging, lemmatization, dependency parsing / UDPipe

  • text and discourse analysis

  • creation of large language models for smaller languages

  • Latgalian language corpora

  • application of large language models in humanities research

  • practical guidance for using ChatGPT for humanities research

  • exploring multidimensional image data with a Collection Space Navigator tool.


The Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities is aimed at students and researchers of humanities and social sciences, library, and archives professionals. There are no prerequisites for participation, as the course does not require any background in DH computing. The working language of the summer school is English. After successful completion of the summer course, students will be awarded 3 ECTS by the University of Latvia.

40 EUR includes: Full access to all lectures and workshops, onsite or online. Food and drinks during lunch and coffee breaks for onsite students. Access is free of charge for assistants of workshops and other volunteers. Contact [email protected] to apply!

The registration is now closed. 

State Research programme
Nr. VPP-IZM-DH-2020/1-0002

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

EU Recovery and Resilience Facility project Language Technology Initiative

State Culture Capital Foundation


BSSDH 2024 is organized by a joint effort of the National Library of Latvia, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia), Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia.


Coordinator Anda Baklāne
[email protected]
[email protected]
+371 29 143 299


University of Latvia