Job opening UvA

The ILLC is looking to fill a position for a Data research analyst and a Ontology specialist (‘Semantic Lead’) within the project Golden Agents: Creative Industries and the Making of the Dutch Golden Age. This is a 5-year NWO Groot project (2017-2021) funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and carried out by a consortium consisting of a large number of universities, research institutes and national cultural heritage institutions such as the Rijksmuseum, the National Library of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Institute for History of Art.

 

Data research analyst

The Data research analyst works in principle within Workpackage 1 (Meta)data and RDF representations), in a team led by Gertjan Filarski at Huygens ING (Amsterdam). The team includes specialists based at the Amsterdam City Archives, in particular a data curator and a typologist, and at VU University (advisor: Rinke Hoekstra, Computer Science, Knowledge Representation group). The Data research analyst will be formally employed at the University of Amsterdam and, for optimal cooperation, logistically hosted in the centre of Amsterdam close to the team led by Arianna Betti (Philosophy, Workpackage 2 leader & Head of Concepts in Motion Group at University of Amsterdam, as well as at a walking distance both to the City Archives and Huygens ING. The tasks of the Data research analyst are:

  • design and manage a pipeline to process and transform indexes, and semi-automated generated unstructured data from one specific database to the linked data infrastructure; the database in question is Golden Agent’s largest, the collection of notary acts from the City Archives of Amsterdam (Stadsarchief);
  • collaborate closely with the developers of ontologies working inside and outside the City Archives (Stadsarchief) in the Golden Agents project, in particular with the Semantic Lead in Workpackage 2 and other ICT specialists in Workpackage 1;
  • collaborate with the Workpackage 4 (dissemination) team led by Charles van der Heuvel (Main Leader of the Golden Agents project) and contribute to papers, reports, and proper documentation for software releases.

The appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension for a further three years. The position announced in this call is based in Amsterdam. We plan to host the position at the Department of Philosophy, and embed them in the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).

More info see here.

Ontology specialist

The ILLC is looking to fill a position for an Ontology specialist (‘Semantic Lead’) within the project Golden Agents: Creative Industries and the Making of the Dutch Golden Age. This is a 5-year NWO Groot project (2017-2021) funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and carried out by a consortium consisting of a large number of universities, research institutes and national cultural heritage institutions such as the Rijksmuseum, the National Library of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Institute for History of Art.

The Semantic Lead works within Workpackage 2 (WP2, Ontologies and Scenarios), in a team led by Arianna Betti (Philosophy, WP2 leader & Head of Concepts in Motion Group at University of Amsterdam, and advised by Rinke Hoekstra (Computer Science, Knowledge Representation group at VU University). The WP2 team based at UvA is hosted in the centre of Amsterdam and will include a Scenario Specialist Multi Agent Technology and a RDF Representation Specialist.

The Semantic Lead will play a pivotal role in Golden Agents as he/she is expected to:

  • design an effective, sustainable and sensibly implementable (ontology-based) conceptual architecture common to the whole infrastructure. The common ontology is such as to enable multi-perspective, cross-disciplinary and comprehensive front-end queries across all databases relying on multi-agent systems at back-end. At the end of the project, users are able to rely on these queries to analyze, in a scholarly non-trivial way, the interactions between producers and consumers of the different forms of art of the Dutch Golden Age.

To achieve this goal, subtasks will be:

  • achieve a deep understanding of the ‘conceptual scheme’ or knowledge structures informally presupposed by the users (scholars in humanities) involved in the project, who will provide (kinds of) research questions embedded in user scenarios; extract any additional relevant and useful knowledge from the users;
  • formalise the informal knowledge thus extracted in domain-specific ontologies;
  • design the (ontology-based) conceptual architecture common to the whole infrastructure in such a way that (1) CLARIAH tools and standards are re-used and complied with; (2) the domain-specific ontologies are subsumed under the overarching ontology; (3) the whole ontological setup serves as the general reasoning architecture that the multi-agent systems will rely on to answer user queries;
  • collaborate closely with scientific programmers and advisors from all WPs on actually and effectively implementing the (ontology-based) conceptual architecture.

The work will be organised around regular work meetings with all (groups) of partners, i.e. the users in the ontology (Workpackage 2) team, the data representation (Workpackage 1) team led by Gertjan Filarski at Huygens ING (Amsterdam), which includes specialists based at the Amsterdam City Archives, and the multi-agent system (Workpackage 3) team led by Mehdi Dastani in Utrecht. The Semantic Lead is also expected to collaborate with the dissemination package (Workpackage 4) led by Charles van der Heuvel (Main Leader of the Golden Agents project) and contribute to papers, reports, and write up proper documentation for software releases.

The appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension up to a further three years. The position is based in Amsterdam and planned to be hosted at the Department of Philosophy, and embed them in the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).

More info see here.