From text to data - new ways of reading

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2019-02-07 13:00 till 2019-02-08 15:00

Location: The National Library of Sweden

The title of this conference – From text to data: New ways of reading – indicates the underlying two-fold goals for the event. One intention is to preach the potential in language technology and text analysis tools for researchers in humanities and social sciences. Another intention is to demonstrate to the institutions within the heritage sector (Archives, Libraries and Museums) the huge research opportunities and potentials they can support by making their resources available in open and digital format, accessible for language-based analysis.

We will not go into the actual tech/programming/computational linguistic angle of this, as the idea is more to stress the usefulness of the tools and methods to people who are not very familiar with programming, language models or how to analyze large textual corpora. As you all well know, with language technology and text analysis tools you can do what you’ve always done, only faster and easier, but you can also do things that no one would have thought possible just some decades ago. 

The event is co-arranged by the National Library of Swedenthe National Archives and Swe-Clarin, a language technology consortium aiming to build an infrastructure to support humanities and social sciences with tech, tools and methods for scholars to find new paths in their respective fields. The idea with the conference is to take a further step from earlier national seminars on the use/value of digital culture as Digital Paths to the Collections (2015) and Digital Humanities in Archives & Libraries (2016). 

This conference will provide an opportunity to meet scholars that, although representing a wide range of research interests, share the focus on text as data. The presentations will be of great interest for researchers within the humanities and social sciences as well as archivists, librarians and curators who manage collections at our heritage institutions, collections whose research potential might be further increased by the digital format.

A detailed programme will be published shortly. 

Day 1 – Thursday 7th February 13.00–17.00

The transformation from text to data challenges concepts such as heritage, trustworthiness and ownership. It also opens up for alternative modes of reading and new approaches to research strategies. These topics will be addressed by the following speakers:

Alexandra Borg, Researcher, Dpt. of Literature, Uppsala University

Jussi Karlgren, Adjunct Professor of Language Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Tim Sherratt, Associate Professor of Digital Heritage, University of Canberra

Melissa Terrass, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh

Day 2 – Friday 8th February 9.30–15.00

The presentations will demonstrate how digitised collections can provide valuable resources for data driven research and discuss experiences from implementing such research infrastructures in a Library context. 

Måns Magnusson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dpt of Computer Science, Aalto university

Annika Rockenberger, Research Librarian and Chief Strategist for Digital Humanities, National Library of Norway

Simon Tanner, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage, Kings College, London

Lotte Wilms, Digital Scholarship Advisor, KB lab, National Library of the Netherlands


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