PhD Studentship in Digital History, Loughborough University
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£14,553 per annum|
|Placed on:||15th June 2017|
|Closes:||19th July 2017|
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Start date: 1 October 2017
Primary supervisor: Dr Melodee Beals
Secondary supervisor: Dr Peter Yeandle
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.
In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, newspapers and magazines played an important role in the creation and shattering of identities within the English-speaking world. The development of these information networks was essential for the economic success of settlement communities as well as their ability to maintain or cast off cultural ties. Yet, these networks were fundamentally shaped by the practicalities of trans-oceanic communication and changing interpersonal connections between receiving and sending communities.
The successful candidate will work with specialists in 19th-century media history to develop a project that integrates physical and digitised periodical collections, alongside personal manuscripts, ephemera and other artefacts of cultural identity, to better understand transoceanic communication and culture, including perceptions of class, gender, race, religion, ethnicity or imperial identity or the practicalities of migration and trade. Proposals engaging with the digital humanities are particularly encouraged and full support and training in digital methods will be provided.
If appropriate to the project, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to the T-AP funded project Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing global information networks in historical newspaper repositories, 1840-1914, working with digital humanities scholars from Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Mexico and the United States to illustrate the global connectedness of nineteenth-century newspapers.
As part of your application you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal (approximately 2,000 words).
Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/phir/pg-study/apply/
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in history or a related subject and a relevant Master’s degree. Experience or interest in the digital humanities is an advantage.
The studentship is for three years and provides a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.
How to apply:
All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select ‘Politics, History and International Relations’.
Please quote reference number: CAL17-SPGSS-MB
|Date||12 October 2017|
|Time||09:30 - 18:00|
Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice
Our understanding of human behavior and the brain, dealing with the challenges of climate change and discovering new energy sources, analyzing social and cultural interaction, processing sensor data from billions of devices from transportation to health - digital technology cuts through all scientific disciplines.
At this one-day symposium, we will discuss in different thematic sessions what this means for scientific research. From the humanities to physics and beyond.
The symposium will feature two plenary keynotes and five thematic sessions showcasing world-class data-driven and compute-intensive research in different fields.
- Cecilia Aragon (University of Washington)
- Diederik Jekel (Science Journalist)
- Internet of Things
- Natural Language Processing
- Energy Science
- Brain, Cognition and Behavior
The Future of Machine Learning
Special thematic session on Natural Language Processing
- Aurelie Herbelot (University of Trento)
- Antske Fokkens (VU University Amsterdam)
- Francisca de Jong (Utrecht University)
- Emiel Krahmer (Tilburg University)
- Antal van den Bosch (Radboud University)
- Malvina Nissim (University of Groningen)
SURFnet, CLARIAH, NWO-Shell programme, NeuroLabNL, Commit2Data
More information: www.esciencecenter.nl/event/nlesc17
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its Researcher-in-residence program to start in 2018. This program offers a unique chance to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB.
This year we invite academic researchers with a background in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence to apply for one of the two following tracks:
- an ‘open track’in which we will address your Humanities or Social Sciences research question in a 6 month project using the digital collections of the KB and computational techniques.
- An ‘information extraction track’in which we invite Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence as well as Social Sciences and Humanities scholars to use or collaborate in our ongoing research on extracting structured data from our extensive collections of unstructured text.
For both tracks you will be assisted by one of our research software engineers. The output of the project will be incorporated in the experimental platform of the KB, the KB Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.
Who are we looking for?
For both tracks we search for talented early career researchers who are:
- PhD-student in their final stages of their PhD project or researchers that have obtained their PhD between 2013 and 2017
- Have a background in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence
- Employed at a university or research institute in the EU as academic researcher
- Interested in using one (or more) of the digital collections of the KB,
- Available for 0.5 fte over a period of 6 months (preferably Jan – Jun 2018 or Jul – Dec 2018) and able to spend at least 1 day a week at the KB premises.
What can we offer you?
- A secondment with the KB for 0,5 fte for a period of 6 months based on your current salary
- Access to all datasets of the KB,
- An office space,
- Travel costs within the Netherlands,
- Support from a programmer, researcher, collection and data specialists.
How do I apply?
Please use a template available on our website to formulate your research proposal and submit this as a pdf before 1 September 2017 via the email address , after having carefully read our terms and conditions. All proposals will first be reviewed on eligibility by an internal KB committee and then forwarded to an external committee of representative experts from several Dutch universities and institutions that have backgrounds in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Results will be announced in October 2017.
Deadline: 1 September 2017
Announcement on decision: October 2017
Dr. Martijn Kleppe
Adviseur Digital Scholarship & Internationale samenwerking
Afdeling Onderzoek, Sector Innovatie & Ontwikkeling
In September and November, the eScience Center offers a number of hands-on 1-day workshops for its project collaborators. We thought you might be interested in one or more of the workshops. Please find some more information below, including the registration links and course descriptions.
The workshops are free of charge for researchers that work on eScience Center projects. The workshops are meant to optimize the collaboration between project partners and the eScience Center. For example, we commonly use Git and GitHub for version control and therefore would like to help our partners getting started with that in one of these workshops.
Version Control and Collaboration with Git and GitHub
- Date & location: Wednesday, September 6, SURF Utrecht
- Course description & registration
Unix Shell and Task Automation
- Date & location: Thursday September 7, SURF Utrecht
- Course description & registration
Introduction to Scientific Data Analysis in Python
- Date & location: Friday, September 8, SURF Utrecht
- Course description & registration
Research Data Handling
- Date & location: Monday, November 6, SURF Utrecht
- Course description & registration
- Target group
researchers involved in current eScience Center projects, independent of their academic discipline.
- External participants
If not all slots are filled, the September workshops will be opened for registration for external participants after July 24. After September 6, external registration will open for the Research Data Handling workshop in November.
For most workshops prior programming skills are not required, but may be useful.
free for eScience project collaborators. External participants: 150 Euro.
We are excited to announce that DIVE+ has been awarded the Grand Prize at the LODLAM Summit, held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini this week. The summit brought together ~100 experts in the vibrant and global community of Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums. It is organised bi-annually since 2011. Earlier editions were held in de US, Canada and Australia, making the 2017 edition the first in Europe.
The Grand Prize (USD$2,000) was awarded by the LODLAM community a recognition of how DIVE+ demonstrates social, cultural and technical impact of linked data. A the Open Data Prize (of USD$1,000) was awarded to WarSampo for its groundbreaking approach to publish open data.
A total of five finalists were invited to present their work, selected from a total of 21 submissions after an open call published earlier this year. Johan Oomen, head of research at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision presented DIVE on day one of the summit. The slides of his pitch have been published, as well as the demo video that was submitted to the open call. Next to DIVE+ (Netherlands) and WarSampo (Finland) the finalists are Oslo public library (Norway), Fishing in the Data Ocean (Taiwan) and Genealogy Project (China). The diversity of the finalists is a clear indication that the use of linked data technology is gaining momentum. Throughout the summit, delegates have been capturing the outcomes of various breakout sessions. Please look at the overview of session notes and follow @lodlam on Twitter to keep track.
What is DIVE+
DIVE+ is an event-centric linked data digital collection browser aimed to provide an integrated and interactive access to multimedia objects from various heterogeneous on-line collections. It enriches the structured metadata of online collections with linked open data vocabularies with focus on events, people, locations and concepts that are depicted or associated with particular collection objects. DIVE+ is result of a true interdisciplinary collaboration between computer scientists, humanities scholars, cultural heritage professionals and interaction designers. DIVE+ is integrated in the national CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) research infrastructure.
DIVE+ is a collaborative effort of the VU University Amsterdam (Victor de Boer, Oana Inel, Lora Aroyo, Chiel van den Akker, Susane Legene), Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Jaap Blom, Liliana Melgar, Johan Oomen), Frontwise (Werner Helmich), University of Groningen (Berber Hagendoorn, Sabrina Sauer) and the Netherlands eScience Centre (Carlos Martinez). It is supported by CLARIAH.
About the challenge
The challenge is sponsored by Synaptica. We would also like to thanks the organisers, especially Valentine Charles, Antoine Isaac of Europeana and Ingrid Mason of Aarnet for all of their efforts.
LODLAM 2017 has been a truly unforgettable experience for the DIVE+ team.