A new centre is designed to support researchers doing research on language and communication disorders, as well as researchers studying second language learning, bilingual language learning and sign languages. The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE) is a collaboration between the Centre for Language and Speech Technology from Radboud University and The Language Archive of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
For many of us it’s unimaginable to try to think of a world without seamless communication. But for 1 in 12 children and for millions of adults, struggling to communicate is still the reality of day-to-day life. Good quality research, using good quality research data, is crucial if we want to work towards improving their situation. We need it to increase our understanding of, for instance, processes in language learning, speech disorders, and mechanisms involved in sign language.
How and where to store
ACE will provide an all-round service for researchers working with data on atypical communication. Experts will provide help and advice on how to create new datasets on atypical communication, and how and where to store these datasets to make sure they are secure. They will maintain a helpdesk and organise workshops to help researchers make the most effective use of their research data. The Language Archive (TLA) offers a safe, secure archive for the datasets that researchers produce. They provide cutting-edge privacy and data protection securities, including strong authentication procedures, layered access to data and persistent identification.
ACE isn’t just for those who want to create their own datasets. Through The Language Archive, researchers will be able to get access to the resources donated by others. For example, via The Language Archive, researchers can access the SLI RU-Kentalis database, which contains the results of language tests performed with 63 Dutch-speaking children with developmental language disorder (find access the dataset here). A whole range of information can be found here; datasets of how language is used by deaf adults, by bilingual deaf children, or by children with ADHD (see the VALID website for more information).
Data sharing, via archives like The Language Archive, is essential. It means that researchers don’t have to reinvent the wheel (so to speak) for every project; they can re-use the resources provided by others. And it means that every participant who takes part in a study can be sure that a better, more efficient, use is being made of the precious information they provide.
The Knowledge Centre for Atypical Communication Expertise (ACE) is acknowledged by and part of the CLARIN infrastructure.
If you would like further information, please contact:
- Henk van den Heuvel,
- Science Communication Radboud University, , +31 (0)24 361 6000
- Find out more about the ACE Centre at its website here: https://ace.ruhosting.nl/
|Date||21 november 2019|
|Location||Vossius room of the University Library, Witte Singel 27, Leiden|
|Organisation||Leiden University Center of Digital Scholarship (LUCDS) & the LU Center for Digital Humanities (LUCDH)|
|Registration||Sign up now!|
The Centre for Digital Scholarship of Leiden University Libraries (UBL) and the Leiden Centre for Digital Humanities would like to invite you to the symposium on Tools Criticism on Thursday 21 November, from 10.00-18.00. The symposium will be held in the Vossius room of the University Library at Witte Singel 27, Leiden. The symposium also includes the public lecture from Visiting Scaliger Professor Ted Underwood, Professor of Information Sciences and of English at the University of Illinois. This lecture will be held in the Academy Building and will be followed by a reception.
|10:15-10:45||Theoretical introduction and rationale of the theme Tools & Data Criticism by Julia Noordegraaf, Professor of Digital Heritage, University of Amsterdam.|
|10:45-11:15||Lecture 1: Peter Verhaar, Assistant Professor Book & Digital Media Studies & Digital Scholarship Librarian, Leiden University:
'Relations between algorithms, data and interpretation'.
|11:15-11:45||Lecture 2: Karin van Es, Assistant Professor of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University.
‘Accountability & Tool Criticism’.
|11:45-12:15||Lecture 3: Gerhard Lauer, Professor Digital Humanities, University of Basel, ‘The value of exact scholarship. Towards a methodology for tools criticism'.|
|13:00-15:00||Practical examples of Tools Criticism. During this session, a number of scholars will give a lecture on their research and the tools they use. They will go into the 'bias' of using certain tools and data and the implications of the research results.|
|13:00-13:30||Lecture 1: Marijn Koolen, Software Engineer, KNAW Humanities Cluster. ‘Tools that encourage criticism: digital humanities infrastructures and research.’|
|13:30-14:00||Lecture 2: Melvin Wevers, Researcher, Digital Humanities Lab, KNAW Humanities Cluster. ‘Signals and Noise: Modelling patterns and bias in cultural data.’|
|14:00-14:30||Lecture 3: Jasmijn van Gorp, Assistant Professor of Television and Digital Heritage, Utrecht University. ‘Teaching methodologies and pedagogy for Digital Humanities. A model for Digital Tools Criticism.’|
|14:30-15:00||Panel session on methodology/best practices in tools criticism. Moderator: Sjef Barbiers, Professor of Dutch Linguistics, Leiden University. Panel: Gerhard Lauer, Adriaan van der Weel, Julia Noordegraaf, Ted Underwood.|
Public Lecture by Visiting Scaliger Professor Ted Underwood, Professor of Information Sciences and of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In an age of print media, it was easy to see how scrutinizing novels and historical documents prepared students to scrutinize arguments in the newspaper. It is harder to feel confident that the humanities are preparing students for civic life now that influence is exerted through algorithmically filtered social media and microtargeted ads. Many observers have concluded that the scholar's role in our era is simply to oppose the infiltration of culture by algorithms. In this talk I will try to sketch a more optimistic vision of the future, pointing to places where humanists are joining hands with data science to create a form of public reflection that fuses the scale of machine learning with the historical self-consciousness of humanistic tradition.
The Open Access and freely downloadable "Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018” have been published online at Linköping University Electronic Press .
It contains four contributions from the Netherlands:
|Discovering software resources in CLARIN||Jan Odijk|
|Media Suite: Unlocking Archives for Mixed Media Scholarly Research||Roeland Ordelman, Liliana Melgar, Carlos Martinez-Ortiz, Julia Noordegraaf and Jaap Blom|
|Operationalizing “public debates" across digitized heterogeneous mass media datasets in the development and use of the Media Suite||Berrie van der Molen, Jasmijn van Gorp and Toine Pieters|
|LaMachine: A meta-distribution for NLP software||Maarten van Gompel and Iris Hendrickx|
The wonderful world of animals and plants still has so many undiscovered stories. The ATHENA data portal combines historical, archaeological and ecological data by species to facilitate interdisciplinary research into Dutch biodiversity in the near and distant past.
During the launch, the initiators talk about the realization of the project with the help of many partners, the inexhaustible resources and the limitless possibilities. This promises to be an interesting afternoon for nature lovers and professionals.
This project is financed by CLARIAH: a distributed research infrastructure for researchers in the humanities.
|When:||Monday 1 July 2019, 13:00 - 17:30 (including drinks)|
|Where:||Aula Academiegebouw (reception and drinks in Room 1636) Domplein 29, Utrecht, The Netherlands|
|Sign up:||Mail to|
|13:00 – 13:30||Reception with coffee & tea|
|13:30 – 13:40||Opening|
|13:40 – 14:10||Database and biology: Thomas van Goethem, Radboud Universiteit & Universiteit Utrecht|
|14:10 – 14:40||History: Jan Luiten van Zanden, Universiteit Utrecht|
|14:40 – 15:10||Archeology: Inge van der Jagt & Otto Brinkkemper, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed|
|15:10 – 15:30||Citizen science project: ‘'Adopt an animal or a plant’|
|15:30 – 16:00||Casestudy ‘De bolderik’: Joop Schaminée, Radboud Universiteit & Wageningen University & Research|
|16:00 – 16:30||Casestudy ‘De ringslang’: Rob Lenders, Radboud Universiteit|
|16:30 – 17:30||Closing & drinks|
More information can be found here: https://www.clarin.eu/news/clarin-searching-external-relations-officer.
Please, feel free to share this information with your contacts or anyone who might be interested in the offered position.
Note regular presence at CLARIN Office in Utrecht is required, but the job could in principle be taken up from any country in Europe as basis.
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