Standard tools and methods for retro-digitising dictionaries

6 ‒ 10 July 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Funded by COST Action IS 1305 the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa is hosting the first ‘European Network of e-Lexicography’ Training School, in Lisbon.

COST Action IS1305 invites researchers in countries participating in COST (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/cost_countries) to submit applications for the Training School.

Participants of the Training School in Lisbon, 6-10 July 2015

By retro-digitisation we mean the process of converting existing print dictionaries into digital publications. The training school aims to bring together students from many countries. They will be introduced into each step of the process of retro-digitisation by means of theoretical courses and hands-on sessions.


  • Introduction (presentation of different successfull retro-digitisation projects)
  • How to produce a digital copy of dictionaries (digitisation from paper to image to text)?
  • How to encode and enrich dictionary data (requirements, standards and tools)?
  • How to manage retro-digitisation projects (project design, resources, time schedule, budget)?

Classes will combine theoretical instructions on standard tools and methods for retro-digitising dictionaries with practical lessons giving participants the opportunity to work on their own material and to learn which steps are necessary to transform a printed dictionary into a marked-up dictionary as a basis for a database or an online-publication.


Time9:00-12:00 (Theoretical session)14:00-18:00 (Practical sessions / presentations)
MondayIntroductionPresentation of students’ use cases
TuesdayFrom image to text / requirementsDigitisation instructions and requirements
WednesdayData modeling IStructure analysis, encoding
ThursdayData modeling IIEncoding and enrichment
FridayProject managementPresentation of results


Jesse de Does, Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL), Netherlands

Katrien Depuydt, Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL), Netherlands

Jens Erlandsen, Erlandsen Media Publishing ApS, Denmark

Vera Hildenbrandt, Trier Center for Digital Humanities, Germany

Toma Tasovac, Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities, Serbia

Who can apply?

The training school is addressed to students, PhDs, Post-Docs, Early Stage Researchers and Advanced Researchers who want to take advantage of the innovative and interdisciplinary character of the school.

We expect students of various backgrounds and especially those who are participating in or starting to participate in projects to retro-digitise dictionaries. Each student will be expected to bring along a sample of dictionary data that they are interested in working on (NOTE: computers will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their laptops).


ECTs (European Credit Transfer) will be offered for a report that the participants will need to submit after the training school. The report will be graded by the training team.


To support their participation in the Training School, the applicants can be reimbursed according to the COST Action guidelines.

  • The final grant amount will be confirmed in due course, and will be an average of 500 €, depending on the country of the trainees and on budgetary considerations.
  • Prior to the Training School, each trainee will receive a grant letter stipulating the fixed amount on his or her grant. The grant is intended to cover the majority of trainees’ travel, accommodation, and subsistence during the Training School.
  • Trainees will be required to pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence prior to receiving their grant.

How to apply?

Applications should contain the following:

  1. a brief CV (with the indication of the date of receipt of the PhD or other higher degrees.
  2. a short motivation letter (not more than one page) describing your retro-digitisation project, including a brief statement of how your contribution to your project may be enhanced by participation in the Training School.

If you are interested in participating, please send your application via e-mail to Tanneke Schoonheim (Tanneke.Schoonheim@inl.nl) and use the subject line: “Application COST Training School 2015”.

Deadline for application

The deadline for the submission of applications was Friday 27 March 2015. The notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 10th April 2015 at the latest.


Applications will be selected by a panel that consists of the following persons :

  • Tanneke Schoonheim, Short Term Scientific Mission Manager
  • Rute Costa, Training School Manager
  • Vera Hildenbrandt, Chair of Working Group 2: Retro-digitised dictionaries

The selection will be confirmed by the Management Committee.


  • for financial questions/reimbursements: Tanneke Schoonheim, Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Tanneke.Schoonheim@inl.nl
  • for logistic questions: Rute Costa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Departamento de Linguística, costamrv@gmail.com
  • for queries on the content of the Training School: Vera Hildenbrandt, Trier Center for Digital Humanities, vera.hildenbrandt@uni-trier.de

We look forward to meeting you in Lisbon!




Campus de Campolide
1099-032 Lisboa
T: 0351 213 837 000

Note : 15-20 minutes walking distance

Pre-reservation: 5-11 July 2015 (6 nights) Beds Daily rate Rate for 6 nights*
15   TWIN ROOM with shared bathroom 30 20.00 € 110.00 €
2     SINGLE ROOM with shared bathroom 2 25.00 € 137.50 €

* Staying for 5 days or more – each day as from the 5th day: 25% discount

Bedding and towels supplied.
Breakfast NOT included. The residence comprises shared kitchens and a coffee shop.
Wireless Internet Connection


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