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11th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, main conference: 9 – 11 May 2018, workshops and tutorials: 7-8 & 12 May 2018 

LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Human Language Technologies (HLT). LREC aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, communicate on-going and planned activities, identify industrial uses and needs, and address requirements from e-science and e-society, with respect to scientific, technology, policy and organisational issues.

For this edition, LREC goes East in order to support a stronger interaction and synergy with the Asian NLP community and to help promoting Asian Language Resources and Language Technologies.

CONFERENCE TOPICS:

  • Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, sign, gesture, image, in single or multimodal/multimedia data
  • Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications
  • Issues in LT evaluation
  • General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

LREC 2018 HOT TOPICS

  • Asian Language Resources

Special attention will be devoted to highlight the wide variety of initiatives for the creation, use and evaluation of Asian Language Resources and Technologies. Special attention will be paid to Less-Resourced Languages in the Asian area, including (local) Sign Languages.

  • International Contribution to Olympics 2020

LREC 2018 would like to promote all LTs that would support better interactions and communications between the Olympic 2020 visitors and the local hosts. This involves all speech- and text-based computer interactions, speech/sign to speech/sign translations, human-human communications mediated by computers, etc. Assessment of the above mentioned technologies is also an important area within LREC 2018.

  • Language Resources in the online World

In a time in which more and more (language) data are generated, either by human beings or by machines, and directly streamed, the question arises how LRs and LTs can cope with this development. A first challenge is to address and to provide for correctives to hate speeches, cyberbullying, fake news, etc. Can LT provide means to process and respond in a timely manner to such language data streamed in a huge amount at high speed? In this context, language technologists have to intensify cooperation with humanities, especially social and political sciences, psychology but also economics, and more.

PROGRAMME

The Scientific Programme will include invited talks, oral presentations, poster and demo presentations, and panels, in addition to a keynote address by the winner of the Antonio Zampolli Prize. A
n Industrial Track will also be arranged.

SUBMISSIONS AND DATES

Submission of proposals for oral and poster (or poster+demo) papers: 25 September 2017

  • LREC2018 asks for extended abstracts of no less than 3000 words (references excluded), which must strictly follow the LREC stylesheet which will be available on the conference website. Extended abstracts should be submitted through START and will be peer-reviewed..

Submission of proposals for panels, workshops and tutorials: 25 September 2017

  • Proposals should be submitted via an online form on the LREC website and will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.

Further information here

Call for Papers – CLARIN annual conference in Budapest, submission dealine 1 May

CONFERENCE AIMS 
The 6th CLARIN Annual Conference is organised for the Humanities and Social Sciences community in order to exchange ideas and experiences on the CLARIN infrastructure.

This includes its design, construction and operation, the data and services that it contains or should contain, its actual usebyresearchers,itsrelationtootherinfrastructuresandprojects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

  • Operation and use of the CLARIN infrastructure
  • Design and construction of the CLARIN infrastructure
  • CLARIN Knowledge Infrastructure and Dissemination
  • Relations with meta-infrastructure projects

THEMATIC SESSION: Multilingual Processing for Humanities and Social Science

The general aim of this thematic session is to present examples of multilingual approaches in H&SS research related to CLARIN, and to discuss infrastructural solutions to the problem of multilingual interoperability of the Language Technology that are necessary for more advanced research in H&SS.

PROGRAM

The scientific program both of the general sessions and the thematic session will include oral presentations, posters, and demos. There is no difference in quality between oral and poster presentations. Only the appropriateness of the type of communication (more or less interactive) to the content of the paper will be considered.

SUBMISSIONS

Submission of proposals for oral presentations, poster presentations and/or demos must be extended abstracts (length: up to four A4 pages including references) in PDF format, in accordance with the template provided on the website.

It is not required that the authors are or have been directly involved in national or international CLARIN projects, but their work must be clearly related to the CLARIN activities, resources, tools or services.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 1st February, 2017                    First call published and submission system open
  • 1st May, 2017                             Submission deadline
  • 24th June, 2017                         Notification of acceptance
  • 1st September, 2017                 Final version of extended abstracts due

Further information and details here

On 23 March 2017  the beta version of the #dariahTeach platform for Digital Arts and Humanities was released

#dariahTeach is an open source, extensible, online, multilingual, community-driven platform for high-quality teaching and training materials for the digital humanities specifically tailored for third-level education.

#dariahTeach supports educational values such as creation, creativity, autonomy, and social networked learning. It also is experimental in understanding online curriculum development as design thinking. The goal is to provide a flexible offering that can be integrated into diverse teaching and learning situations: both for teachers in the classroom, as well as for students who are not at institutions which offer digital humanities as a subject area.

On 23 March 2017 the beta version of the platform was launched. All modules will go through a rigorous post-launch review process.

In the coming months the platform will be opened for new content.

Further information is available from website here

New book, The Web as History, edited by professor Niels Brügger and Professor Ralph Schroeder, free PDF download

The web has been with us for more than a quarter of a century. It has become a daily and ubiquitous source of information in many peoples’ lives around the globe. But what does it tell us about historical and social change? For a researcher in the twenty-second century, it will seem unimaginable that someone studying the twenty-first century would do anything but draw heavily on the online world to tell them about peoples’ changing lives. Currently, however, the web remains an almost untapped source for research. This book aims to make a start in this direction.

The 12 chapters explore this topic from a number of interdisciplinary angles – through histories of national web spaces and case studies of different government and media domains – as well as an introduction that provides an overview of this exciting new area of research.

Chapter 3 ‘Exploring the domain names of the Danish web’ is written by Niels Brügger, Ditte Laursen and Janne Nielsen. What does an entire national web domain look like? And how can its development over time be understood? Using the Danish web as a case study, this chapter explores these questions by studying the historical development of the .dk domain names and the .dk domains archived in the Danish national web archive, Netarkivet, as well as in the international US-based web archive Internet Archive.

Editors

Niels Brügger is Professor and Head of the Centre for Internet Studies and of the internet research infrastructure NetLab, Aarhus University. He is co-founder and Managing Editor of the international journal, Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society. Recent publications include Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web (edited with Burns, 2012), and Web25, a themed issue of New Media & Society.

Ralph Schroeder is Professor and Director of the Master’s course in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute. Before coming to Oxford University, he was Professor at Chalmers University in Gothenburg. His recent books include Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (2007) and, co-authored with Eric T. Meyer, Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities (2015).

Publication and License

The book is published by UCL Press with support from the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Aarhus University Research Foundation, and Webster Research and Consulting.

It is published under a Creative Common 4.0 International license (CC BY4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Attribution should include the following information: Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder (eds.), The Web as History. London, UCL Press, 2017.  https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781911307563

Download or buy the book as hardback, paperback or epub here

The course can be taken only by appointment. There is no fixed date, since the course will be offered as needed on an ongoing basis. If you are interested, please take a further look in the brochure. 

More than 98% of the world’s data are now digital. A large part of the data are represented on the web, where content is added, deleted and edited constantly and worldwide. Web archiving is the preservation of content, and may be done individually, as well as by large-scale web archiving initiatives. Contemporary studies in the humanities and social sciences need to make use of web archives where earlier documents or versions may be retrieved, and to preserve findings on the live web for future analysis and reference.

The Online Course in Web Archives and Web Archiving will provide an opportunity to build an understanding of how and why archived web content differs from analogous material (such as printed books), and to get significant hands-on experience with web archives and web archiving, based on a focus in your own specific research interests.

The course is offered by NetLab, a national digital research infrastructure, and a community under DIGHUMLAB.

The course is free of charge for researchers and Ph.D. students at Aarhus University, Aalborg University, University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, or The Royal Danish Library.

There is no fixed date, since the course will be offered as needed on an ongoing basis. A course may be arranged individually or for a group (with a maximum of eight participants). Our capacity is limited to offering the course  2-3 times per semester; applications for the course will be treated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For researchers, it will be possible to get abbreviated versions of the course according to your specific needs.

For the full course, a course certificate will be issued upon completion.

For Ph.D. students, the course is equivalent to a Ph.D. seminar, counting as 3 ECTS.

The course is also avaliable for graduate students, for more information on this please refer to the course brochure below.

If you are interested, please take a further look in the brochure. You are welcome to download and send it to colleagues if you consider gathering people for a group course (miximum limit of eight participants).

The course can be accessed only upon agreement, after contacting us as specified in the brochure.

Find NetLab Web Archiving Course Brochure here

The course is hosted on DIGHUMLAB’s online courses portal here

Read more about NetLab, a community under DIGHUMLAB, here

Master Class, 4 – 5 MAY: Humanities and GLAMs Going Digital

The purpose of this DARIAH Master Class is to give to participants the capabilities to understand the issues involved in Humanities and “galleries, libraries, archives, and museums” (GLAMs) digitization with a focus on Europe and apply the suggested ways of enhancing digital services.

The workshop is organized by DARIAH-EU within its project Humanities at Scale, as well as DARIAH-IT, Michael Culture Association, DILL International Master Digital Library Learning, Parma University, and Tallinn University.

Scholars, GLAMs professionals, digital curators, researchers (either connected to universities, museums, cultural heritage institutions, authorities, or working independently as freelancers) are invited to submit candidatures. Please note that this is Basic Course.

Application deadline

15 April 2017

Application and further information here

Masterclass 13 – 14 June 2017: Virtual Worlds as Digital Scholarly Editions

The Research Institute in the Humanities at Maynooth University is delighted to announce a Masterclass on “Virtual Worlds as Digital Scholarly Editions” funded by the DiXIT network.

This Masterclass aims to bring together experts from the fields of Heritage 3D Visualisation and Digital Scholarly Editing to create a common vocabulary between the two disciplines.

This Masterclass will explore and problematise the affordances of Virtual Worlds within the theories and methodologies of digital scholarly editing, including the constructing, annotating, reviewing, and evaluating VWs as texts.

PARTICIPATION

This MasterClass is aimed at people with experience in the fields of Heritage 3D Modelling and Visualisation and Digital Scholarly Editing. Submissions are especially encouraged from early career researchers  or those with past and current projects that would benefit from knowledge and skills on the creation of virtual worlds as digital scholarly editions.

The MasterClass will be limited to 12 participants. The event is open to Irish, European, and international applicants. Accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants up to a maximum of €250 for participants based in the Republic of Ireland and up to €500 for participants outside Ireland. Meals for all days of the event will also be covered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 19 2017.

Application and further information here

Masterclass, 29 – 30 June 2017: Participatory Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects

An Foras Feasa, The Research Institute in the Humanities at Maynooth University is delighted to announce a Masterclass on “Participatory Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects”, funded by DARIAH and Humanities at Scale.

This Masterclass, supported by DARIAH and Humanities at Scale, will explore how participatory engagement is increasingly being considered a key component in the design of digital humanities projects. The goal of this Masterclass will be to arrive at a classification of various forms of participation and knowledge production, providing a window onto the issues of creating and managing a participatory engagement digital humanities projects.

PARTICIPATION

This Masterclass is aimed individuals who have an active and/or demonstrable interest in public engagement projects and/or citizen science initiatives. Submissions are especially encouraged from early career researchers and from those from European countries the Humanities at Scale project serves. i.e., countries who do not have a strong tradition of digital humanities research.

It will be limited to 12 participants. Preference will be given to applicants whose area of expertise falls under one or more of the topics covered during the Masterclass and who are currently working or who have worked in the past on participatory engagement projects. The event is open to Irish, European, and international applicants. Accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants up to a maximum of €250 for participants based in the Republic of Ireland and up to €500 for participants outside Ireland. Meals for all days of the event will also be covered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 30 2017.

Application and further information here

Events

DARIAH Master Class, 4 – 5 MAY, Florence

The purpose of this DARIAH Master Class is to give to participants the capabilities to understand the issues involved in Humanities and “galleries, libraries, archives, and museums” (GLAMs) digitization with a focus on Europe and apply the suggested ways of enhancing digital services.

The workshop is organized by DARIAH-EU within its project Humanities at Scale, as well as DARIAH-IT, Michael Culture Association, DILL International Master Digital Library Learning, Parma University, and Tallinn University.

Scholars, GLAMs professionals, digital curators, researchers (either connected to universities, museums, cultural heritage institutions, authorities, or working independently as freelancers) are invited to submit candidatures. Please note that this is Basic Course.

Deadline for Applications: 15 April 2017

Further information here

Hands-on-workshop, AU Library, Aarhus University, 11 May, 14:00-16:00

Visualization – introduction to Tableau

A detailed description of Tableau interface and terminology will be presented.

Furthermore, different examples of filtering, grouping, sorting and hierarchizing the data in order to create basic and advanced charts will be shown.

Moreover, it will also explore the basics of map visualizations and active dashboards that can be used later on for data analysis.

Teacher: Stavris Solo, Royal School of Library and Information Science

Participation
If you wish to participate, please send a mail before May 10th to Lisbeth Karlsson or phone +45 5056 0092

Organisers: AU Library, Nobelparken in collaboration with Aarhus University, DAI – Digital Arts Initiative, DeIC and DIGHUMLAB

State-of-the-art-visit to Digital Living Research Commons, Aarhus University, 18 May, 14:00 – 16:00

Learn about the ongoing research at DLRC, an educational and experimental space with a holistic and participatory approach to urban development. Get inspired by the vision, the mission, and the goals.

Participation
If you wish to participate, please send a mail before May 16th to Lisbeth Karlsson or phone +45 5056 0092

Organisers: AU Library, Nobelparken in collaboration with Aarhus University, DAI – Digital Arts Initiative, DeIC and DIGHUMLAB

Conference, 23 – 25 May 2017, Slovenia

The conference is an international event for the professionals of multiple disciplines and scholars working in the Digital Cultural Heritage domain.

The aim of the conference is to bring together experts, stakeholders and researchers from the cultural domain and, addressing the current challenges, start a dialogue that will lay the foundation for the creation of a multidisciplinary community of practice.

ITN-DCH Final Conference seeks original and innovative contributions in theoretical and practical applications of digital cultural heritage focusing on three main thematic topics:

1) Data Acquisition and Modelling,

2) Semantic enrichment, Ontologies and

3) Creative Reuse.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D scanning & digitization (laser, structured light, motion capture, etc.)
  • Image matching and 3D reconstruction
  • Low-cost 3D reconstruction -Building Information Modeling (BIM / HBIM)
  • 4D modelling -Multi-source data/multi-sensors approaches -Linked data and applications
  • Authenticity & provenance -Metadata aggregation
  • Digital Preservation for DCH -Quality metrics
  • Data representation -Ontology engineering -Principles, guidelines, and best practices -Application profile
  • Interoperability and mapping across domains
  • Digital curation workflows & application
  • Audio/video digital libraries -Annotations & Annotation management
  • Data Visualisation -Interactive visualisation
  • Storytelling and serious game
  • Mixed/augmented reality

Further information here 

1 – 2 June 2017 in Göttingen.

The conference brings together researchers and practitioners looking for innovative approaches for the creation, transformation and exploitation of historical documents in digital form.

Target audience

The conference aims to foster interdisciplinary work and linking together participants engaged in the following areas:

·         Text digitization and OCR.

·         Digital humanities.

·         Image and document analysis.

·         Digital libraries and library science.

·         Applied computational linguistics.

·         Crowdsourcing.

·         Interfaces and human-computer interaction.

Topics

Topics of interest are all those related to the practical and scientific goals listed above, such as:

·         OCR technology and tools for minority and historical languages.

·         Methods and tools for post-correction of OCR results.

·         Automated quality control for mass OCR data.

·         Innovative access methods for historical texts and corpora.

·         Natural language processing of ancient languages (Latin, Greek).

·         Visualization techniques and interfaces for search and research in digital humanities.

·         Publication and retrieval on e-books and mobile devices.

·         Crowdsourcing techniques for collecting and annotating data in digital humanities.

·         Enrichment of and metadata production for historical texts and corpora.

·         Data created with mobile devices.

·         Data presentation and exploration on mobile devices.

·         Ontological and linked data based contextualization of digitized and born digital scholarly data resources.

Further information here

NetLab Workshop, archived web and web archiving, Moesgaard, 8 June, 10:30 – 15.30

Workshop for scholars and researchers affiliated with School of Culture and Society. The workshop will be held in the department of Anthropology at Moesgård Allé 20.

Our workshops are aimed at researchers who intend to use archived web or do web archiving themselves as part of their research projects.

Seats still available.

Please contact Asger if you are interested.

You can read more about the workshop here:

Masterclass 13 – 14 June 2017

The Research Institute in the Humanities at Maynooth University is delighted to announce a Masterclass on “Virtual Worlds as Digital Scholarly Editions” funded by the DiXIT network.

This Masterclass aims to bring together experts from the fields of Heritage 3D Visualisation and Digital Scholarly Editing to create a common vocabulary between the two disciplines.

This Masterclass will explore and problematise the affordances of Virtual Worlds within the theories and methodologies of digital scholarly editing, including the constructing, annotating, reviewing, and evaluating VWs as texts.

PARTICIPATION

This MasterClass is aimed at people with experience in the fields of Heritage 3D Modelling and Visualisation and Digital Scholarly Editing. Submissions are especially encouraged from early career researchers  or those with past and current projects that would benefit from knowledge and skills on the creation of virtual worlds as digital scholarly editions.

The MasterClass will be limited to 12 participants. The event is open to Irish, European, and international applicants. Accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants up to a maximum of €250 for participants based in the Republic of Ireland and up to €500 for participants outside Ireland. Meals for all days of the event will also be covered.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Deadline for applications is the 19th of April 2017.

Application and further information here

The Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) are pleased to announce that the second ‘Digital Preservation for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities’ conference (DPASSH 2017) will be held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, 14-15 June 2017.

DPASSH is a response to the problem of digital preservation within the arts and social sciences domains. It seeks to address the complexities of long-term digital preservation of the full variety of research materials; and to encourage a long term dialogue around the issues created by such preservation.

Further information here

Tutorial, 18 June 2017, National University of Ireland

Where and when

This tutorial will take place on 18 June 2017, as part of the preconference programme for LDK 2017, the conference on Language, Data and Knowledge that will take place on 19-20 June 2017 in Galway, Ireland.

Background and motivation

Text is a basic material, a primary data layer, in many areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. If we want to move forward with the agenda that the fields of digital humanities and computational social sciences are projecting, it is vital to bring together the technical areas that deal with automated text processing, and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Much progress has been made in the last two decades in text analytics, a field that draws on recent advances in computational linguistics, information retrieval and machine learning. By now we know what to expect from basic tools, such as named entity recognition. To foster new areas of research, it is necessary to not only understand what is out there in terms of proven technologies and infrastructures such as CLARIN, but also how the developers of text analytics can work with researchers in the humanities and social sciences to understand the challenges in each other’s field better. What are the research questions of the researchers working on the texts? Can answering these questions be supported by computational models (in a non-reductionistic way)?

 Aims

In two lectures, devoted to text analytics applied to the Humanities and the Social Sciences, Dong Nguyen (Alan Turing Institute, UK) and Antal van den Bosch (Meertens Institute and Radboud University, the Netherlands) introduce current challenges and present working solutions. Folgert Karsdorp (Meertens Institute, the Netherlands) then offers an afternoon introductory course on using Python for the humanities and social sciences (bring your own laptop). The tutorial program is concluded with an expert session featuring the three lecturers who will answer specific questions of attendants about the most suitable resources, technologies and methodology for their research. We will be gathering these specific questions beforehand, so that we have an idea of the number of interested people and issues to be discussed, and to be able to think about our answers. If you wish to participate in the expert session, please send a brief description of your questions (optionally with links to papers with background ideas) to antal.van.den.bosch [at] meertens.knaw.nl before June 2 2017.

 Attendants

The tutorial is primarily intended for PhD students, post-docs and younger researchers working in the fields of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. No programming knowledge is required but basic experience in working with digital text collections is a plus. For the hands-on session please bring your own laptop.

Registraton details

There is a minimal registration fee of 50 EUR for the tutorial and registration is limited to 30 participants. Please register as soon as possible, registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis until full.

More information here

19-20 June 2017, Galway, Ireland

The LDK 2017 conference aims to bring together researchers from across disciplines concerned with the acquisition, curation and use of language data in the context of data science and knowledge-based applications.

With the advent of the Web and digital technologies, an ever increasing amount of language data is now available across application areas and industry sectors, including social media, digital archives, company records, etc.

The efficient and meaningful exploitation of this data in scientific and commercial innovation is at the core of data science research, employing NLP and machine learning methods as well as semantic technologies based on knowledge graphs.

Read more about LDK 2017 here

Conference, 19 – 20 June 2017, National University of Ireland

The new biennial conference series on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK) aims at bringing together researchers from across disciplines concerned with the acquisition, curation and use of language data in the context of data science and knowledge-based applications. With the advent of the Web and digital technologies, an ever increasing amount of language data is now available across application areas and industry sectors, including social media, digital archives, company records, etc. The efficient and meaningful exploitation of this data in scientific and commercial innovation is at the core of data science research, employing NLP and machine learning methods as well as semantic technologies based on knowledge graphs

Language data is of increasing importance to machine learning-based approaches in NLP, Linked Data and Semantic Web research and applications that depend on linguistic and semantic annotation with lexical, terminological and ontological resources, manual alignment across language or other human-assigned labels. The acquisition, provenance, representation, maintenance, usability, quality as well as legal, organizational and infrastructure aspects of language data are therefore rapidly becoming major areas of research that are at the focus of the conference.

Knowledge graphs is an active field of research concerned with the extraction, integration, maintenance and use of semantic representations of language data in combination with semantically or otherwise structured data, numerical data and multimodal data among others. Knowledge graph research builds on the exploitation and extension of lexical, terminological and ontological resources, information and knowledge extraction, entity linking, ontology learning, ontology alignment, semantic text similarity, Linked Data and other Semantic Web technologies. The construction and use of knowledge graphs from language data, possibly and ideally in the context of other types of data, is a further specific focus of the conference.

A further focus of the conference is the combined use and exploitation of language data and knowledge graphs in data science-based approaches to use cases in industry, including biomedical applications, as well as use cases in humanities and social sciences.

Further information here

Masterclass, 29 – 30 June 2017

An Foras Feasa, The Research Institute in the Humanities at Maynooth University is delighted to announce a Masterclass on “Participatory Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects”, funded by DARIAH and Humanities at Scale.

This Masterclass, supported by DARIAH and Humanities at Scale, will explore how participatory engagement is increasingly being considered a key component in the design of digital humanities projects. The goal of this Masterclass will be to arrive at a classification of various forms of participation and knowledge production, providing a window onto the issues of creating and managing a participatory engagement digital humanities projects.

PARTICIPATION

This Masterclass is aimed individuals who have an active and/or demonstrable interest in public engagement projects and/or citizen science initiatives. Submissions are especially encouraged from early career researchers and from those from European countries the Humanities at Scale project serves. i.e., countries who do not have a strong tradition of digital humanities research.

It will be limited to 12 participants. Preference will be given to applicants whose area of expertise falls under one or more of the topics covered during the Masterclass and who are currently working or who have worked in the past on participatory engagement projects. The event is open to Irish, European, and international applicants. Accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants up to a maximum of €250 for participants based in the Republic of Ireland and up to €500 for participants outside Ireland. Meals for all days of the event will also be covered.

APPLICATION

Deadline for applications is April 30 2017

Apllication and further information here

3 – 5 July 2017, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The DHBenelux conference is an initiative that aims to disseminate digital humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg, and foster collaboration between them.

The conference serves as a platform for DH researchers and offers an opportunity for members of the DH community to meet, present research, demonstrate tools, and discuss projects.

The fourth DHBenelux conference will be hosted by Utrecht University and is open to everyone, including researchers from outside the Benelux.

Further information here

Summer School: Exploring Cultural Big Data – combining Arts, Ethnography, and Data Analytics

In this course, participants will explore Aarhus 2017 related events to learn about how cultural analysis might be enacted in 21st century settings where digital and analog forms blur, where local and global networks collide, and because of this, studying any phenomenon is therefore a complex challenge.

Through a combination of field observations, data gathering, modelling, analysis, and prototyping the aim is to introduce and develop new tools and methods for understanding and communicating about cultural experiences in the age of Big Data.

Particularly, we are interested in how the production and collection of data has become an inevitable part of any cultural institution, yet it is unclear what counts as data, what the data is (or can be) actually used for, and how various stakeholders deal with broken data, missing data, surplus data, etc. Cities and regions, cultural institutions and organisations, as well as specific industries and economies have a strong interest in developing new models for organising and making sense of such data.

Further information here

Summer School: GAME.PLAY.THEORY – Rethink Virtual Reality

Are you interested in digital games and want to know what potentials virtual reality (VR) technologies have to offer in this regard? Today consumer VR technologies, from cardboard boxes containing lenses and smartphones to elaborate PC-driven systems, are set to become a part of everyday media use. Technology giants such as Facebook, Google and Valve are prioritizing VR and content providers of all stripes are eager to join in.

GAME.PLAY.THEORY is an interdisciplinary and project-oriented Summer School that revolves around digital games as research, media, design, culture and practice, this time with a specific focus on working with and rethinking VR.

The lecturers are themselves interdisciplinary in their approach having professional basis in media studies, information studies, digital design, educational design and technoogy, experience design and aesthetics.

The aim of the course is to gain insight into, discuss, critically reflect on and productively put to use different perspectives in a generative way in order to strengthen, sharpen and nuance one’s own profession in relation to digital games as phenomenon, practice and research domain. In this way, the distinctive humanistic theoretical, analytical, methodological and project-oriented skills and competencies of the individual student is put into play and put to use in the midterm and final exam where students and lectures meet to present, discuss and critically reflect on each others projects (perhaps even outside the university walls).

In 2017 the course has a special focus on ‘ReThink(ing) VR’ in tribute to Aarhus being the European Capital of Culture and will take the form as a mini-conference celebrating critical and creative re-thinking around the potentials, pitfalls and possibilities of VR in relation to digital games.

“RETHINK means that we build on what currently exists, while also exploring whether things can be done differently. The theme RETHINK provides Aarhus2017 with the opportunity to create a “cultural laboratory” in the whole region where innovation and alternative solutions can develop and take root.”

We will through ‘Game.Play.Theory’ work proactively with this, rethinking the meaning, design, interactions and experience that gameplay can hold.

Further information here

Text Mining the Great Unread – Data-intensive Methods and Digital Tools for Analysis of Texts in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Summer University. 24 July – 4 August 2017. Exam 9 – 11 August. Teacher: Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo. Application deadline 15 March 2017.

Books, documents, and newspapers have always been essential information resources in the humanities and social sciences. With the arrival of digital media the amount of texts available is increasing at an extremely high velocity. Classical methods for text analysis are defeated by the sheer volume leading to a massive amount of unread documents. To handle this ‘great unread’ we have to invent new computer-assisted ways of discovering meaningful patterns in texts. Such digital tools and data-intensive methods for handling big text-heavy data are currently transforming our research disciplines as well as the society around us.

In Text Mining the Great Unread you will learn how to develop and apply tools and methods for mining high quality information in texts. This will enable you to answer text-related research questions from the humanities and social sciences in a highly innovative and efficient manner. You will learn how to access digital databases, analyze thousands of documents and communicate your results to academia and industry alike.

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical, methodological and practical competences in text mining for humanities and social science students. The course will cover 1: how to delineate and evaluate research problems in terms of text mining solutions; 2: how to design and implement knowledge discovery pipelines; and 3: how to communicate through presentation, visualization and reports.

The core of the course is a series of hands-on workshops that cover concrete text-related problems and solutions. Workshops are supplemented by lectures and tutorials given by international researchers and industry experts. Participants will have the option of working with their own data sets and corpora. Importantly, participants are not expected to have prior experience with text mining (i.e., programming, statistics, or visualization). The only prerequisite is a positive interest in discovering new knowledge in texts.

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Summer School: Digital Living: Identities and complexities

In this course, participants will explore the topic of digital living by reading and discussing key issues, concepts, and theories of identity in digital contexts. Attitudes about social media and the forms of social life that emerge with them range from enthusiastic to suspicious. Scholars discuss the issues in different ways.

On the one hand, we benefit greatly from our connection to technologies. People can experiment with new personae, new social communities. We have access to more information than ever before, which allows us to acquire more in-depth knowledge, if we seek it out.

On the other hand, the “always on” state of the mobile internet (smart phones, e.g.) plus the rise of social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter, e.g.) prompts many critiques. Are we better off? What happens when our everyday activities via the internet are under surveillance? How do the algorithms of Google influence what we are exposed to? The course will take up these questions and issues.

Students will read contributions from internationally leading scholars in order to investigate ‘digital living’ and the opportunities and challenges that come with social media and the internet.

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3 – 4 August 2017, Vancouver

Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature.

LaTeCH-CLfL 2017 will put in the same room two events with a similar research focus and with some tradition: the SIGHUM Workshops on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (LaTeCH) and the ACL Workshops on Computational Linguistics for Literature (CLfL).

The LaTeCH workshop series has become a forum for researchers who develop new technologies for improved information access to data from the broadly understood humanities and social sciences. Since the formation of SIGHUM (ACL Special Interest Group on Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities), the LaTeCH workshop has also been the venue for the SIGHUM annual research and business meeting.

The CLfL workshops have focussed on applications of NLP to a wide variety of literary data. This joint event will bring together researchers from both research communities. We hope to broaden the scope, stimulate more collaboration and open new research perspectives.

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Big Data Analysis – tools and methods, Summer University, University of Copenhagen, 14 – 18 August

Big Data is omnipresent from industries to government and is frequently considered a completely new approach to problem solving. While the possibilities are often exaggerated, Big Data does indeed introduce new opportunities and challenges. The ability to analyse and combine large data from different sources has obvious applications, nonetheless, the lack of quality in the data combined with a high variance means that conventional analysis often fails.

This course will bring you to the forefront of the newest tools and methods based on cutting edge research and experience.

What you will learn
By completing the course you will be able to set up basic Big Data Analysis end-to-end; from retrieving and cleaning the data, to establishing the information level and extracting patterns and finding outliers and to curate the necessary data.

You will get acquainted with a number of advanced tools like: Data cleaning, statistical methods for very large datasets, data stream analysis and finding patterns and outliers in Big Data, collecting data from instruments and devices (i.e. internet of things) and hardware systems design for efficient BDA.

Course Content
We will use a few structured datasets consistently throughout the course, which illustrate the commerce and will be used to demonstrate the different steps in Big Data Analysis.

Core elements:

  • Data cleaning: Detecting and correcting (or removing) corrupt or inaccurate records
  • Statistical methods: Robust methods for very large datasets and data with very large variance and outliers
  • Finding patterns and outliers in Big Data: Which methods can be used to identify sparse patterns in very large datasets, and how to identify data that does not follow the overall pattern for a dataset?
  • Collecting data from instruments and devices: How to collect, store, and analyse data from a multitude of sources that produce data (i.e. Internet-of-Things)
  • Systems for Big Data Analysis: Common systems for BDA; Hadoop, PyDisco, etc., and hardware systems design for efficient BDA.

Tools/methods introduced:

  • Selected machine learning algorithms for large-scale data
  • Random forests and large-scale exact nearest neighbour search
  • Data curation: How to select data for long time curation, systems, techniques and standards for data curation
  • We will be working with several programming tools, however all techniques that are covered are easily implemented with all standard data-analysis languages; Python, R, etc.

Participants
The course is strictly focused on Big Data Analysis, thus a background in statistics and/or conventional data analysis is assumed. This course assumes an education at least at a Bachelor level and/or several years of data analysis experience.

Further information and registration here

Conference, Budapest, 18 – 20 September 2017

The CLARIN Annual Conference is the main annual event for those working on the construction and operation of CLARIN across Europe.

The  Conference is organised for the Humanities and Social Sciences community in order to exchange ideas and experiences on the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes its design, construction and operation, the data and services that it contains or should contain, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

This event is organized by CLARIN ERIC in collaboration with the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Participation in this event is by invitation only. The categories of people to be invited will include authors of accepted papers, members of national consortia and representatives of CLARIN centres as well as representatives from partner organizations.  Once you have been invited to attend the conference, you will receive registration information from your national coordinator or the CLARIN ERIC Office.

Further information will be announced soon – here.

The DeIC Conference 2017 takes place 26 – 27 september at Comwell Kolding.

The program commitee for 2017 is :

  • Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard, projektleder, DigHumLab, Aarhus Universitet
  • Carsten Andersen, teamleder, Aarhus Universitet
  • Tangui Coulouarn, projektleder, DeIC
  • Gunnar Bøe, managing director, Sigma2/ UNINETT
  • Klaus Kvorning Hansen, vicedirektør, Københavns Universitet
  • Martin Bech, CTO, DeIC
  • Jens Svalgaard Kohrt, akademisk medarbejder, Syddansk Universitet
  • Kurt Gammelgaard Nielsen, CIO, Syddansk Universitet
  • Morten Als, IT-sikkerhedskoordinator, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
  • Henriette Monrad, projektleder for DeIC konference, DeIC

More information will be available soon on the conference website here 

11th conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, main conference: 9-10-11 May 2018, workshops and tutorials: 7-8 & 12 May 2018

Conference Aims:

LREC is the major event on Language Resources (LRs) and Evaluation for Human Language Technologies (HLT). LREC aims to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art, explore new R&D directions and emerging trends, exchange information regarding LRs and their applications, evaluation methodologies and tools, communicate on-going and planned activities, identify industrial uses and needs, and address requirements from e-science and e-society, with respect to scientific, technology, policy and organisational issues.

For this edition, LREC goes East in order to support a stronger interaction and synergy with the Asian NLP community and to help promoting Asian Language Resources and Language Technologies.

LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from a wide spectrum of related disciplines to discuss issues and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support of investigations in language sciences, progress in language technologies (LT) and development of corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.

Conference Topics:

  • Issues in the design, construction and use of LRs: text, speech, sign, gesture, image, in single or multimodal/multimedia data
  • Exploitation of LRs in systems and applications
  • Issues in LT evaluation
  • General issues regarding LRs & Evaluation

LREC 2018 hot Topics:

  • Asian Language Resources

Special attention will be devoted to highlight the wide variety of initiatives for the creation, use and evaluation of Asian Language Resources and Technologies. Special attention will be paid to Less-Resourced Languages in the Asian area, including (local) Sign Languages.

  • International Contribution to Olympics 2020

LREC 2018 would like to promote all LTs that would support better interactions and communications between the Olympic 2020 visitors and the local hosts. This involves all speech- and text-based computer interactions, speech/sign to speech/sign translations, human-human communications mediated by computers, etc. Assessment of the above mentioned technologies is also an important area within LREC 2018.

  • Language Resources in the online World

In a time in which more and more (language) data are generated, either by human beings or by machines, and directly streamed, the question arises how LRs and LTs can cope with this development. A first challenge is to address and to provide for correctives to hate speeches, cyberbullying, fake news, etc. Can LT provide means to process and respond in a timely manner to such language data streamed in a huge amount at high speed? In this context, language technologists have to intensify cooperation with humanities, especially social and political sciences, psychology but also economics, and more.

Further information here