Center for Creation, Content and Technology (CCCT) Seminar

Friday, 17 February 2012, 16.00-17.00 (followed by drinks), Science Park, room A.104.

Under the CCCT umbrella, researchers from the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences collaborate in a multidisciplinary setting on information-rich research topics. CCCT is organizing a bi-monthly seminar in which one of the three faculties hosts speakers from the other two to report on research activities that are of shared interest.

Speakers
– Prof.dr. Rens Bod (Faculty of Science/Faculty of Humanities UvA)

Computational humanities: modeling literature, music, art and history

Computational Humanities is a new, largely unexplored, field which is situated at the interface between the humanities and computer science. While computational approaches to the humanities exist since the 1960s, it is only during the last decade or so that digitized data have become available in such quantities that we can observe the emergence of a new overarching field. One of the major aims of this field is to automatically detect novel patterns and concepts in historical, musical, textual and artistic data. While initial work in computational humanities focused on local and low-level patterns, there is a shift towards unraveling more complex, higher-level patterns such as the notion of quality in literature, style in painting and music, and long-term relations in history. In this lecture I will give a short introduction to this upcoming field, and discuss one particular project, i.e. the riddle of literary quality which can be modelled by techniques from computational linguistics.

– Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst (DANS/KNAW Amsterdam)

The role of information sciences for new trends in e-humanities and beyond

E-humanities or digital humanities are inseparable from digital collections, digital archives and digital libraries. In this talk the abstract concept of a “knowledge space” is introduced and applied for different knowledge systems, such as Wikipedia and library classification systems. Departing from these concrete research examples the role of visualizations for e-humanities as means of translation, exploration and dissemination is discussed.

Moderator
– Dr. Marcel Worring (Informatics Institute)

Date and Time
Friday, 17 February 2012, 16.00-17.00 (followed by drinks)

Location
UvA Science Park, room A.104
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Background
Prof.dr. Rens Bod is professor in Computational and Digital Humanities at both the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. He was previously professor in Artificial Intelligence at the University of St Andrews (UK). Bod has widely published in the fields of computational linguistics and computational musicology, and also wrote books on the comparative history of the humanities from a scientific perspective. His recent work “The Forgotten Sciences: A History of the Humanities” was voted as the best Dutch historical book in 2011, and is translated into English (Oxford Univ. Press) and Russian (Progress-Tradition).

Dr. Andrea Scharnhorst is Head of e-Research at Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) – an institution in the Netherlands – a large digital archive for research data primarily from the social sciences and humanities. She is also member of the e-humanities group at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, where she coordinates the computational humanities programme. She has a background in physics (Diploma in Statistical Physics) and in philosophy of science (PhD on the application of mathematical models to the science system as self-organizing system). Her current work can best be characterized as part of the information sciences. She has published extensively in international peer reviewed journals. She is on the editorial board of the journal Scientometrics. Together with Andreas Pyka she edited a book on “Innovation networks” for the Springers Series on Complexity in 2009. In the same series a new edited book just appeared: Scharnhorst, Andrea, Katy Börner, and Peter Besselaar, eds. 2012. Models of Science Dynamics. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/978-3-642-23068-4.