DATeCH2017 - WS2

Tracer Tutorial for Computational Text Reuse Detection

Tutor(s): Marco Büchler, Greta Franzini, Emily Franzini

Date: 30th May 2017, 9 AM – 6 PM

Locations: Presentation room, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, Historical Building, Papendiek 14 37073 Göttingen


The tutorial builds on eTRAP’s research activities, most of which deploy our TRACER machine. TRACER is a suite of algorithms aimed at investigating text reuse in different corpora, be those prose, poetry, in Italian, Latin, Ancient Greek or medieval German. TRACER provides researchers with statistical information about the texts under investigation and its integrated reuse visualiser, TRAViz, displays the reuses in a more readable format for further study.

This tutorial is for anyone wishing to independently understand, use and run TRACER on his/her own data. For the purpose of the tutorial, participants will initially be working on an English data-set provided by eTRAP. Depending on the overall progress, we may also allocate some time for investigating the participants’ own data-sets! For more information about previous editions of this tutorial, visit our Events page.

If you’re interested in exploring text reuse between two or multiple texts (in the same language) and would like to learn how to do it semi-automatically, then this tutorial is for you! In order to provide everyone with adequate (technical) assistance, the workshop can only accommodate 15 participants. To apply to the tutorial, please send a short CV and a brief motivation letter to contact(at)etrap(dot)eu by 30th April 2017. Those accepted will have to register for the conference at

In summary

WHO: For humanists and computer scientists alike who bring their own laptop

HOW MANY: Maximum of 15 participants

HOW: You may attend by applying to the email address provided and then registering to the conference. Registration to the conference is necessary for attending the workshop. There will be an extra charge of €50for catering at the workshop and to receive the conference pack

LANGUAGE: The workshop will be in English, with assistance in German should it be necessary

OTHER: You will receive very clear instructions on what to bring and prepare before the workshop

Further information are provided at