Abstracts submission using DHwriter

Dear DHers,

The submission page for the abstracts for DH2014 has opened. To submit a paper, panel, or poster go the following webpage, login or create a new user account and follow the instructions.  http://www.conftool.pro/dh2014/

For this year, the accepted document formats will be Word (.doc,.docx) and PDF.

In order to smooth the publication process we strongly encourage you to try to use a new writing tool called dhwriter.org. This tool produces special kinds of PDF, called “Review PDF,” that will contain the text of your abstract and also link to a clean TEI-encoded version.

Why should I try DHwriter?

Every year, reformatting the abstracts from their original submission formats (Word, PDF, etc.) into TEI (for publishing the on-line version and the book of abstracts) is a long and tedious process. Previous local organisers all agree that this task is one the most time-consuming of the entire DH Conference “adventure”. In order to make the process smoother, our local team has been actively working since the Nebraska meeting to build a web interface for writing abstracts in a format that would make possible (1) the reviewing process as usual using Conftool, and (2) an exportation in TEI for publishing the proceedings. This tool, completely independent from Conftool, should deal with all the key features you may want to include in an abstract (citations, figures, etc.). It can export in TEI and in a format we call “review PDF” which contains an automatically rendered layout of the abstract and on-line link to check a clean TEI-encoded version.  The first version of this tool is accessible on dhwriter.org. It is far from perfect as it has been developed in just a few weeks. We have made the code open-source and it is already available on GitHub.

It would help us enormously in the conference organisation if you could prepare your abstract in DHWriter, and then submit it as a Review PDF via Conftool, as it would cut down hours of work involved in preparing the book of abstracts for publication.

How should I use DHwriter to publish in DH2014?

You can think of DHwriter as a simplified version of Google docs. You can insert section, figures, lists, etc.  A word counter indicates how long your text is.

1) Go to dhwriter.org and sign in by clicking on the sign in button


2) Click on “not yet a member”


3) Fill the form and submit


4) You should arrive on a page like this one, and can start writing your abstract


5) Header. To enter the title, authors, summary and other metadata click on the small triangle near :


You should access a form where you can enter the information and the metadata.


To add, an additional author click on the (+) button


6) References To enter a reference click on the [1] icon.


There is a basic mechanism to enter citations in the form you like by simply entering a line of text. An autocompletion system is implemented looking for your reference in an (ever increasing) database of DH references.


Choose or type the citation and click on the save button. It should now appear in the text …


… and at the bottom of your text, in a special window called References


7) Images To enter an image or figure, click on


You can enter the URL of the image or upload it from your computer. You can also enter an title and caption.


A second pop-up window asks you the clarify the copyright status of the image you use.


Click “save” and the image should now be included in your text


8) Exporting in Review PDF. 

Once your abstract is finished you can export it in a format made for the reviewers called “Review PDF”. Just click on the following icon.


The first page of PDF produced includes a simple title page :


At the bottom of the page you’ll find an URL


This URL brings you to an TEI/HTML version of the your article, that displays nicely in a browser. This link will be used to publish your article on the web and in print, if your proposal is accepted.


The second page of PDF includes the abstract itself


Save this “Review PDF” in your computer. This will be the file that will be uploaded to Conftool.

9) Uploading your “Review PDF” file to Conftool

a. Go to http://www.conftool.pro/dh2014/


b. If you already have a login you can use this one. Otherwise you can proceed to create a new one :


c. Create your account and go to the Submissions form


d. Click, for instance, on “long paper” and enter the information about your paper and the metadata (please note that you will have to reenter them despite the fact that you entered them in DHwriter)

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e. Upload your abstract in the “Review PDF” format

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f. You are done !

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If you have any problems with this submission tool, or any questions about the process, please contact [email protected]. We would be glad to have any feedback regarding the DH Writer system so that we can improve its functionality.

Digital Cultural Empowerment Now Available in 23 Languages

This blog applauds the special efforts of the MLMC committee, its chair Elisabeth Burr, and all the volunteers who translated the DH2014 call for proposals in 23 languages. It is the first time that so many languages have been supported at the proposal level, featuring many non-Western languages and other languages spoken by only small populations, such as the Romontsch sursilvan, one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland.

We are very grateful for this “inverted and postive Babel” which makes us sensitive to the possibilities offered by digital culture: to build bridges between various people and to make visible cultures usually considered as minor in canonical historical Western print and academic culture.

Arabic: ألتمكين الرقمي الثقافي; Bulgarian: Дигитално Културно Упълномощаване; Catalan:  Potenciació Cultural Digital; Chinese: 數位文化賦權; English: Digital Cultural Empowerment; French: La montée en puissance de la culture numérique; Friulan: Kültürel Güçlendirme; German: Befähigung und Bewusstheit durch digitale Kultur; Greek: Ψηφιακή Πολιτιστική Ενδυνάμωση; Hebrew: העצמה תרבותית דיגיטלית; Hungarian: A digitális kultúra ereje; Italian; Presa di Coscienza Culturale e Digitale; Japanese: デジタル文化エンパワーメント; Norwegian; title not translated; Persian: توانمند سازی فرهنگی دیجیتال; Polish: Upodmiotowienie Kultury Cyfrowej; Portuguese: title not translated; Romontsch sursilvan: Cumpetenza e qualificaziun ellas scienzas humanas digitalas; Russian; Цифровое культурное применение; Serbian: Дигитално културно оснаживање; Spanish; Empoderamiento cultural digital; Turkish: Kültürel Güçlendirme; Welsh: Ymbweriad Diwylliannol Digidol