clarin logoSTSeveral European organisations (APEF, CLARIN, DARIAH, Europeana, E-RIHS) and European projects (Iperion-CH, PARTHENOS) involved in the cultural heritage domain are working together to set up principles and mechanisms for improving the use and re-use of cultural heritage data issued by cultural heritage institutions and studied and enriched by researchers.
The first step in this endeavour is the definition of generic principles that CHIs and researchers could both adhere to.

In order to find out, a survey was set-up. This survey aims at gathering feedback from the various communities of interest as to the relevance of the proposal made by the engaged institutions and projects.


So please: go to the survey!!

PhD Studentship in Digital History, Loughborough University


Qualification type: PhD     


Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £14,553 per annum
Hours: Full Time  
Placed on: 15th June 2017  
Closes: 19th July 2017  
Reference: CAL17-SPGSS-MB  
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Application details:
Start date: 1 October 2017

Primary supervisor: Dr Melodee Beals
Secondary supervisor: Dr Peter Yeandle

Intro (standard):
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.

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Project Detail:
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).

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Entry requirements:
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.

Funding information:
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.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Melodee Beals
Email address: 
Telephone number:  +44 (0) 1509 228 378

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Politics, History and International Relations’.

Please quote reference number: CAL17-SPGSS-MB

Date 12 October 2017 eScience NLP
Time 09:30 - 18:00
Location Amsterdam ArenA

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.

Plenary Keynotes

  • Cecilia Aragon (University of Washington)
  • Diederik Jekel (Science Journalist)

Thematic Sessions

  • 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)

Symposium partners

SURFnet, CLARIAH, NWO-Shell programme, NeuroLabNL, Commit2Data

More information:

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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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Full call text:

Deadline: 1 September 2017

Announcement on decision: October 2017

Contact & questions: 

Dr. Martijn Kleppe

Adviseur Digital Scholarship & Internationale samenwerking

Afdeling Onderzoek, Sector Innovatie & Ontwikkeling

eScienceWorkshopsIn 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

Unix Shell and Task Automation 

Introduction to Scientific Data Analysis in Python 

Research Data Handling

Practical information

  • 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.
  • Level
    For most workshops prior programming skills are not required, but may be useful. 
  • Costs
    free for eScience project collaborators. External participants: 150 Euro.

More information?
Please mail at:

Interested, but not available?
Not able to make it on the scheduled dates? Please send us an e-mail () and we will see if we are able to organize extra workshops later this year or early next year.


Kind regards,

Carlos Martinez