Tweets per user_lang in a #DH2018 archive

I collected an archive of #DH2018 tweets from accounts with at least 10 followers. The main quant summary is in the table below, which I also tweeted earlier:

Twitter Activity for #DH2018, archive by Ernesto Priego

I wanted to take a quick look at number of tweets per user_lang. “user_lang” filters the language that appears in the user twitter profile. (Please note “user_lang” is different from “lang”, which, when present, indicates a BCP 47 language identifier corresponding to the machine-detected language of the tweeted text).

Filtering the #DH2018 tweets archive by user_lang and then counting the number of tweets per user_lang gives us the following table:

tweet count per user_lang

The archive only collected tweets from acounts with at least 10 followers. The table above can be, just for fun, visualised as a simple bar chart, as a means to quickly show the difference in volume:

user_lang #dh2018 archive bar chart

Please note the archive collects unique tweets including RTs,  therefore it can be a unique tweet by a unique user who has been retweeted several times (or none) that contributes to the count or a given user_lang.

In other words, the counts above do not indicate there were x number of users whose Twitter profiles had x language code, but merely the number of tweets in this specific archive organised according to the user_lang code from the tweeter’s Twitter profile.

Therefore what this can possibly provide an indication of is of the over or under-representation of tweets from accounts whose Twitter profiles have specific language codes. It’s not that x number of tweets in the archive were in this or that language, nor that x number of tweeters using the hashtag speak this or that language.

What becomes apparent is that an overwhelming majority of accounts with tweets in the archive have ‘en’ as the language code in their Twitter profiles; it is interesting that, in the archive, only one tweet was collected by an account with ‘es-MX’ as the language code in its Twitter profile.

One must also take into account that often ‘en’ is or might be the default user_lang code in Twitter profiles.

I still need to go back to my archives from previous years, but it does look like that in spite of the usual over-representation of the ‘en’ user_lang code, at least there is a diversity of user_lang in the archived tweets, with ‘es’ in second place.

Once I refine and anonymise the data I will be depositing the source data for this post.

*This blog post was typed quickly, typos and wonky syntax might have remained.


Deadline extended for the 2nd Digital Humanities Meeting, Mexico City

2nd DH meeting Mexico City logo

As a member of the organising committee of this event, I am sharing the following information. Hope you find it interesting. Please note new deadline: January 20, 2014.

For this call in other languages, please go to and click on the “Encuentro 2014” tab on the top navigation bar.

Call for Participation 

2nd Meeting of Humanistas Digitales: Digital Humanities in a Global Context  

Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City, May 21 to 23, 2014

New deadline for submissions: January 20, 2014.

Following the success of the First Meeting of Humanistas Digitales (17 and May 18, 2012), this Second Meeting intends to continue to innovate, bringing together researchers, teachers, students and the general public interested in the use of technology in the Humanities from around the world.

In close cooperation with the Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities (GO :: DH) initiative, part of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), this first joint event calls for Digital Humanities practitioners worldwide. Through presentations, keynote speeches, panel discussions, posters, discussions and project presentations, we seek to share answers and questions about the Humanities at the present time and the increasing use of technologies (mainly computational) in the different areas of study that make up our field of practice, the Digital Humanities.

Main Theme

This event will explore the advancement of the Digital Humanities in academic and cultural institutions, the role they play in the academic curriculum and the future of the field on a global scale.

Who is the event for?

  • Researchers, professors, lecturers, students, librarians, technologists and the general public interested in presenting their progress on Digital Humanities projects or interested in the debate around the digital turn in Humanistic studies.
  • Researchers and technologists who have created or used technology as one of their principal tools or methods in humanistic or social studies.


  • Representation, equal access, translation, impact, international collaboration and mutual learning within the area of ​​Digital Humanities.
  • Building resources for the humanities: text markup, digital museums, digital critical editions and advanced technologies for the Humanities
  • The current state of the global Digital Humanities.
  • The design, management and use of digital resources for the humanities.
  • The use of networks for research in relation to the state of the humanities around the world.
  • The role of Digital Humanities in research and teaching in the Humanities
  • Information technology in the intellectual content of the humanities and contemporary theoretical approaches that incorporate computing.


To submit your proposal you must first create an account on EasyChair. Once your account is activated you can submit your proposal using the EasyChair system. If you have questions, send us a message to
The deadline for submissions  January 20, 2014.

Types of presentations

  • Paper: A 20 minute talk in traditional format, followed by a brief question and answer session. The papers will be arranged by theme around discussion panels.
  • Posters/Demos: Poster presentations can include any research or digital project in progress or finished.
  • Panels: Groups can propose thematic panels with a group of 3 or 4 panelists.

Format for proposals

To participate you should send us a 800-1000 word abstract. Please indicate what type of format you prefer (paper, poster or demo). For panels we ask you to send a 800-1000 word description of the panel and brief 400-500 word descriptions of each of the papers. All participants should indicate their name, and if relevant, their institutional affiliations.


  • RedHD
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (ADHO)
  • Digital Humanities Center (Columbia University)