Digital Resources for Humanities: Integration and Development

Chronicle of events


Participants of DH VPP, Normunds Grūzītis (IMCS, UL) and Marina Platonova (RTU), took part in the conference dedicated to the State Language DayState language – it is a verb. The state language for the 21st century Latvia. It was a discussion about the Latvian language in the digital environment in the context of European languages. The conference programme can be viewed here, where you can also see the questions discussed in each part of the conference.


From the end of July to the beginning of August, the UL Livonian Institute organised the Livonian Summer University (LSU 2021) in cooperation with the University of Tartu. A number of workshops were held, focusing on digital humanitarian resources, databases and the development of digital tools.


Rēzekne Academy of Technologies performed fieldwork in Aglona together with foreign cooperation partners for five days. The task was to have recordings of Latgalian – both from young people and the elderly. Audio recordings were made on dictaphones and the topics of the audio content were multifaceted: traditions, rules for giving personal names and naming livestock, education and language policy, etc. Overview of the fieldwork on YouTube.


CLARIN Latvia conference "Latvian Language Digital Resources and Tools for Education" was organised by IMCS UL, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AiLab). You can read more here.


The conference "Young Researchers' Day" organized by LU LFMI took place on the Zoom platform. It was attended by doctoral students with various lecture topics.
Conerence programme here.


Liepāja University folklore joint deciphering work. The Folklore Materials Archive of Liepāja University contains collections of folklore practices submitted by 310 students, which were collected from 1989 to 2020.
With the support of VPP project “Digital Resources for Humanities: Integration and Development” (No.VPP-IZM-DH-2020/1-0001) these folklore materials are digitized and published online in the digital archive of the Latvian Folklore Repository
The materials of Liepāja University students are arranged in 27 collections, where 24753 folklore items have been registered, which have already been placed in the digital archive
Read more here.


Post-proceedings for the 5th Conference Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN 2020) have been published. Editors of the publication were Sanita Reinsone; Inguna Skadiņa; Jānis Daugavietis; Anda Baklāne.


For the first time the 36th International Finno-Ugric Students' Conference took place in Latvia (online), UL Livonian Institute was not only one of the organising institutes, but also took part in the readings. Milda Ona Dailidėnaitė: Indirect imperatives in Livonian and Latvian folk songs;  Annija Lazdiņa: The collection of Livonian place names by Pētõr Damberg (1909–1987); Elvīra Kalniņa: Livonian phraseology in the New Testament's ("Ūž Testament") 1942 edition.


The second episode for the "Digital Humanities Series" has been published. Anda Baklāne, Kristina Papule, Iveta Daugule-Balode and other representatives of the National Library of Latvia acquaint the audience with the digitalisation of periodicals at the National Library of Latvia.

"Digital resources for region uniqueness discovery, education and culture". During the Digital Week 2021 (On March 24, 15:00–17:00), a demonstration seminar took place, which was virtually attended by more than 110 participants. In the public seminar, researchers demonstrated the use of digital resources in the humanities for a variety of purposes.

YouTube channel for has been created. Videos related to digital humanities in Latvia and abroad will be posted there. 

The first video on the channel is "Computer analysis and visualization of text", which is the first episode from the "Digital Humanities Series". In the video National Library of Latvia invites everyone to listen to the researcher Anda and programmer Valdis talk about computer text analysis.

During the Liepāja University 27th international conference "Current issues in research of literature and culture" the digital humanities panel "Digital Resources of the Humanities: Experience and Cooperation" took place on March 10 from 14:00 until 16:30. Duritng the online conference participants of the DRH-ID introduced the participators with their research.
From 17:00 until 19:00 a demonstration seminar and discussion on the wider use of digital resources in the humanities.
In the demonstration part, the creators of digital resources of the humanities demonstrated examples and possibilities of resource use.
During the discussion, professionals from various fields, policy makers and other experts were invited to exchange views and generate ideas on cooperation directions and opportunities for wider use of digital resources.

Research Sanita Reinsone of UL ILFA gave a public lecture at Paul Stradins Museum of the History of Medicine. The title of the lecture was "Public Involvement in the Creation of Digital Collections: An Example of a Latvian Folklore Repository".

At the meeting of regional partners organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, UL ILFA researcher Sanita Reinsone informed about the VPP DRH-ID seminar "Digital resources for region uniqueness discovery, education and culture", which will take place on March 24.

UL ILFA researcher participated in the seminar "Sentiment Analysis in Literary Studies" organized by the University of Graz and Austria CLARIN.

A guest lecture course "Introduction to Digital Humanities" is held at RTU in cooperation with Linnaeus University.

organizes a seminar for the editors of the digital archive, wher also representatives from LiepU and RTA participated.

Researchers of the Latvian Language Institute of the University of Latvia Liene Markus-Narvila and Sanda Rapa participated in the seminar “Linguistic and cultural diversity: exploreAT!”, where they also advised Georg Weinberger, a student at the UGraz University of Technology, on the development of their master's thesis “Development of a User Interface for an Existing Spatial Linked Data Approach for Dialect Data” and at the same time identified the main principles of digitization of dialect texts and development of an electronic dictionary of place names. 

In cooperation with CLARIN Latvia, a practical seminar on registration of resources in the CLARIN repository was held. 

Researcher of UL Livonian institute Valts Ernštreits presented during the third virtual Zemgale Kreevins' conference "The Baltic-Sea Finns in Latvia" (Lithuania–Latvia).

Virtual visits to DH institutions – UL ILFA, RTU, IMCS UL, LNB, UL LI, RTA. (Deliverable No. D3.2.5.)

Researcher of UL Livonian institute Valts Ernštreits held the presentation "Digital resources developed by the University of Latvia Livonian Institute" during the autumn seminar "Soome-ugri keelekogud, korpused ja andmebaasid meie asutuses". (Deliverable No. D4.1-1-SU seminar).

Lecture by the leading researcher of UL ILFA Sanita Reinsone "How to". (Deliverable No. WP5-1).

LNB organised a seminar "Workshop on text mining in digital libraries" in cooperation with NordPlus project. Representatives from the Estonian and Lithuanian National Libraries, the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia and Umeå University also participated.

Researchers of UL Livonian institute Valts Ernštreits and Gunta Kļava participated in the international conference "Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries" (DHN2020) with a report "Taking the Livonians into the Digital Space".
(Deliverable No. D4.1-2-DHN2020 presentation.) 

LNB, UL ILFA and UL IMCS organised the international conference  "Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries" (DHN2020).
(Deliverable Nr. D4.2-1-DHN2020 conference.)

UL Livonian institute seminar "Digital Approaches to Endangered Language Communities: A Nordic Perspective" during the DHN2020 conference.
(Deliverable Nr. D4.2-2-DHN2020 workshop.)

Lecture by the leading researcher of UL ILFA Sanita Reinsone "Crowdsourcing in Practice: Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore" during the seminar on the digital involvement of the public in deciphering manuscripts organized by the Swedish Institute for Language and Folklore.
(Deliverable Nr. D3.2.2.)

A guest lecture course "Introduction to Digital Humanities" is held at RTU, led by Christopher M. Ohge and Martin Steer (University of London, School of Advanced Study). 

UL ILFA seminar. 
(Deliverable Nr. D3.2.1.)

Researchers of UL Livonian institute Valts Ernštreits and Gunta Kļava participated in the annual conference Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL24) with a paper sharing their experience with Livonian language teaching and acquisition.

Information about the project

The project “Digital Resources for Humanities: Integration and Development” is implemented within the framework of the National Research Programme "Digital Resources of the Humanities"

Project leader: Sanita Bērziņa-Reinsone 


The DRH-ID project aims to provide a balanced and diverse programme in order to (1) provide support for the development of the existing digital resources and tools intended for humanities avoiding uneven development and enhancing their usage in research and education; (2) prevent fragmentation and unnecessary duplication by establishing of productive alliances between institutions that aggregate similar data; (3) ensure wider visibility and public access and provide a solution facilitating interdisciplinary crosswalks among the developed resources for humanities; (4) analyze use and users of digital resources in order to understand the effectiveness of digital resources and ways how to improve their usability for different target groups; (5) advance digital humanities (DH) research and education in Latvia and (6) provide guidance for developers of digital resources and tools for humanities, policymakers, researchers, and other target groups. In order to achieve these aims, the project brings together leading research, higher education, and cultural institutions that develop digital resources and tools for humanities research and carry out DH educational programmes and research in Latvia. During 24 months, five interinstitutional working groups will carry out a targeted and balanced agenda that will considerably promote the development and usage of humanities’ digital resources and tools and will provide a remarkable impact on the development of digital humanities in Latvia.

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