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

Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Image credit: Johan Oomen CC-BYFondazione Giorgio Cini. Image credit: Johan Oomen CC-BY

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.

pitch LODLAM.jpgPictured: Johan Oomen (@johanoomen) pitching DIVE+. Photo: Enno Meijers.

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.

IMG_6857.JPGPictured: each day experts shape the agenda for that day, following the OpenSpace format. Image credit: Johan Oomen (cc-by)

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.

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These awards, named in honour of Steven Krauwer (the first executive director of CLARIN ERIC) are given annually to outstanding scientists or engineers in recognition of outstanding contributions toward CLARIN goals in the areas of language resource building, tool or service development, exemplary use cases, user involvement or knowledge sharing.


In 2017, two Steven Krauwer Awards will be given, one in each of the following categories:

  1. Young CLARIN Researcher. The intended goal of this award is to promote a young person below the age of 35.
  2. CLARIN Achievements. The intended goal of this award is to recognize the work of a person or a group of cooperating people.


A certificate will be given to each recipient; in addition, the prize for Young CLARIN Scientist will be 500 Euro.


The award recipients must be researchers or engineers working in any of the countries or regions covered by CLARIN ERIC members, CLARIN ERIC observers or partners that have an agreement with CLARIN ERIC according to article 18 of the Statutes.

The recipient of the award for Young CLARIN Researcher should not have reached the age of 35 years on December 31, 2017.

The recipient of the award for CLARIN achievements should be a single person or a group of people who have closely cooperated with each other.


The recipients will be selected by the National Coordinators’ Forum (NCF) of CLARIN ERIC. The NCF is responsible for establishing the procedure for reviewing the nominees’ work and for selecting the award recipients.


There will be a prize ceremony at the CLARIN Annual Conference.


Candidates must be nominated by at least two people who are not affiliated with the nominees' home institution. Nominators and nominees must be working in the countries or regions covered by CLARIN ERIC members or by CLARIN ERIC observers. Ideally, the nominators should come from two different countries.

Nominators should provide a written account of the nominees' work and the reasons it is felt to be an outstanding contribution to CLARIN. A list of bibliographic references to the nominees' work, relevant links to language resources, language tools, use cases, user involvement, knowledge sharing and/or other related activities by the nominees are desirable.

Nominations should state the names, affiliations and contact details of all nominators and should be sent to the Chair of the NCF, Koenraad De Smedt, by e-mail to .

Nomination Deadline for 2017

July 31, 2017, 13:00 CET.