Until August 24, the call was open for the first event on which participants will present current research projects using data from historical account books, give insight into the encoding models of their projects and share ideas about how a common model might look. The discussions and examples will concentrate on a set of questions intended to elucidate the features of accounts of greatest interest to scholars. Thus the activities will focus on the following issues:

  • How might we model the economic activities recorded in these documents? In particular: What models of bookkeeping were followed historically and how can they be represented formally? Are data models developed for modern business reporting helpful?
  • How can we model the economic reality behind the texts? Can we establish common resources on metrics and currencies or even the value of money which can be reused in other projects? Is it possible to build common taxonomies of commodities and services to facilitate the comparison of financial information recorded at different dates and places? That is, can we develop references on the order of name authorities and standards for georeferencing?
  • How might we integrate topological information of the transcription with its financial interpretation? Is the “table” an appropriate method? What possibilities are offered by the TEI Manuscripts module and use of the tei:zone element?
  • How can we integrate a topological/documentary approach and the growing linguistic interest in the texts with the interpretations that economic and social historians extract from the documents?

Proposals should not exceed 700 words and should be submitted to by August 24, 2015. We particularly encouraged proposals from early-career researchers from Europe and from the United States.

The proposals were assessed by the programme committee. Applicants received their notifications of acceptance no later than September 2, 2015.

There are funds to support you on travel and accommodation costs.

If there remain any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.