Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Symposium Announcement:

‘Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities’

Date: Friday October 30th 2015, 12.00 – 17.00
Location: National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague (KB), auditorium


The Talk of Europe – Travelling CLARIN Campus project aims to facilitate and stimulate pan-European collaboration in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computer Science, based on the proceedings of the European Parliament (EP) by organising three international creative camps in 2014 and 2015. These proceedings are a rich source for humanities and social sciences researchers that focus on areas such as European History, integration and politics. Given their multilinguality they are also a rich source for linguists. The Talk of Europe (TOE) project team has made these proceeding available as Linked Data for reuse and research purposes. The creative camps intend to stimulate and explore this rich source by bringing together academics from the humanities, social sciences, computer science and related disciplines. The Talk of Europe project, an initiative of CLARIN ERIC and CLARIN-NL made possible by NWO and OCW support is a collaboration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), VU University Amsterdam (VUA), National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI), DANS and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV).
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The third and final Creative Camp will be organised from 26 – 30 October 2015 at the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague. On Friday, October 30th a free public symposium will be held, titled ‘Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities’. All those interested are invited to attend. Participants can look forward to the following invited talks, which are sure to inspire and ignite discussion and debate:

12.00-13.00   Lunch buffet

13.00-13.45   ‘Measuring Political and Social Phenomena on the Web’. Presentation by prof. dr. Markus Strohmaier
Markus Strohmaier is a Full Professor of Web-Science at the Faculty of Computer Science at University of Koblenz-Landau, Scientific Director of the Computational Social Science department at GESIS – the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. His main research interests include Web-Science, Social and Semantic Computing, Social Software Engineering, Networks and Data Mining. See:

14.00-14.45   Presentations by two teams participating in Talk of Europe Creative Camp #3

15.00-15.30       ‘Who killed whom in the Gaza war? Using syntactic information for relational corpus analysis’
Presentation by Wouter van Atteveldt and Kasper Welbers

Wouter van Atteveldt is assistant professor at the VU University of Amsterdam, department of Communication Sciences. He studies political communication, especially the antecedents and consequences of mass media coverage of political discourse. His research has a strong methodological focus on using AI / Computational NLP techniques to improve automatic text (content) analysis. For more information, see:

Kasper Welbers works at the VU University of Amsterdam as a PhD candidate. In his research he focuses on the changes in the gatekeeping process due to the proliferation of digital media technologies. Specifically, he studies the interaction between gatekeepers, by using automatic content analysis to trace news diffusion patterns.

15.30-16.00          Presentation by Maarten Brinkerink

Maarten Brinkerink is Specialist Public Participation and Innovative Access for the Department of Knowledge and Innovation at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. He coordinates the contribution of the institute in (inter) national research projects and contributes to its strategic policy. Brinkerink strengthens the wider heritage sector by participating in initiatives such as Open Data and Culture Network Digital Heritage.
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16.00-17.00          Drinks

There is no charge for this symposium (lunch included), but registration is appreciated. If you would like to attend the event, please send a short message to Jill Briggeman (
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Address National Library (auditorium):
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof  5
2595 BE The Hague
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