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Bandi

Research fellowship in Digital Humanities / Digital Medieval Studies / History of Medieval Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage / Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities

Duration: 12 months, with the possibility of renewal (up to 36 months)
Payment: EUR 35.000 gross p.a. (net salary of around EUR 2.500 per month)
Project: ERC-2021-StG project “Polyphonic Philosophy: Logic in the Long Twelfth Century (c. 1070-1220) for a New Horizon in the History of Philosophy”
PI and contact: Prof. Caterina Tarlazzi (caterina.tarlazzi at unive.it<mailto:caterina.tarlazzi at unive.it>)

Prof. Tarlazzi would be delighted to be contacted by prospective candidates to discuss the job and the overall project. For administrative details about the application, please refer to the email address in the full job advertisement.

Required skills and expertise in:
– digital scholarly editions
– mark-up languages
– semantic technologies (RDF, Linked Open Data)
– programming languages Javascript and/or Python
– databases
– basic knowledge of Latin (if any)
– master’s degree (no formal award of doctorate required)

DATES
Application deadline: February, 8th, 2023
Interviews: February, 27th, 2023
Start: April 1st, 2023 (or as soon as possible after that)

ABSTRACT
In the framework of the ERC-2021-StG project “Polyphonic Philosophy: Logic in the Long Twelfth Century (c. 1070-1220) for a New Horizon in the History of Philosophy”, a digital resource will be developed dealing with manuscripts and commentaries on Porphyry’s Isagoge, Aristotle’s Categories and De interpretatione, and Boethius’s De divisione and De differentiis topicis. In particular, the product will have two main and intertwined components: a digital catalogue of manuscripts, and a scholarly digital edition of certain texts, selected from the manuscripts. Modelling will be followed by the development of the infrastructure and data management. Later on, a system and interface to visualise data will be developed in order to consult data, analyse data through searching and indexing, and to produce the final publication. In this context, the research fellow will have to develop a data model for describing and enhancing data concerning digital textual criticism and the analysis of manuscripts. In particular, the data model will be based on web technologies such as XML/TEI, IIIF, RDF and Linked Open Data.The research fellow will work in close contact with other team members, including experts in codicology and paleography, Latin textual criticism, and history of mediaeval philosophy. He or she will be responsible for the digital and IT aspects of the product meta-analysis thereof. He or she will also collaborate with IT-staff for the most technical aspects, and with scholars from the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH). Proven expertise in digital humanities is therefore required.

FULL JOB ADVERTISEMENT

English version: https://www.unive.it/data/28825/?chiavi%5Bglobale%5D=tarlazzi&cerca=cerca

Versione in italiano: https://www.unive.it/data/12137/?chiavi%5Bglobale%5D=tarlazzi&cerca=cerca

Call for paper

The 3rd Conference on Digital Preservation and processing technology of Written heritage  will be held in conjunction with the 7th IEEE International Congress on Information Science and Technology (IEEE CiSt’23) the week of December 16th – 22th 2023 in Agadir – Essaouira, Morocco.

Written cultural heritage is constituted by an immense and constantly growing number of texts conveyed by books, manuscripts, documents, and any supporting medium. They are a means of communication and transmission of knowledge and traditions, cultures and beliefs, literature and law, across space and time. Written cultural heritage  gives witness to the evolution of humanity, sciences, and arts. It is considered as guardian of speech and language.

Preservation, accessibility and exploration of written heritage are core tasks of heritage institutions such as archives, libraries and museums as well as of universities and other academic bodies. Digital 
technologies provide new and more comprehensive approaches for safeguarding texts and historical documents as well as for enabling meaningful engagement with our written heritage not only by expert 
curators but also by citizen scientists and the general public.

More recent enhancements of digitization technologies and computational tools allow for considerable advances in classification, archiving, analysis and interpretation of documents. However, the 
transformation of the textual heritage into digital assets gives rise to many concerns and challenges. The digitization process of handwritten texts, prints and historical documents represents a paramount task. The loss of information issue from acquisition of an original object is but one of many problems to handle.

The digital turn not only presents technological challenges.  Methodological and theoretical implications question traditional ways of perceiving and defining texts and textuality, including the mechanisms and means of textual transmission. Digitally transformed ecosystems of knowledge are based on the digital representations of texts and text bearing objects, with the potential of allowing a more efficient preservation and, potentially, a more accurate comprehension of their history and tradition which may help to better understand the present and plan for the future.

The conference aims to serve as a valuable venue for researchers and practitioners to exchange their insights, experiences, and best practices.

The conference will focus on various aspects related to the preservation strategies and workflows, digital content management and automatic processing systems as well as infrastructures, frameworks 
and tools used for preserving and making accessible written heritage.

Topics

We solicit submissions of original ideas and papers describing significant results and developments in the digital curation of written cultural heritage focussing but not restricted to the following topics:

– Digitisation workflows, tools and infrastructures
– Heritagization criteria and practices
– Born digital textual heritage
– Page segmentation, layout analysis and classification
– Image/video preprocessing (incl. multiview geometry, 3D computer 
vision) and analysis
– Handwritten text recognition (HTR), optical character recognition 
(OCR) and manual transcription
– Digital representation of texts: standards and formats
– Annotation, indexing and search
– Textual authenticity, fidelity and reliability
– Licenses and legal issues
– Knowledge representation: accumulation, integration, management
– Accessibility, usability and impact of digital resources

Chairs

Dr. Ouafae Nahli, ILC CNR, Pisa Italy
Dr. Franz Fischer, VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia Italy
Dr. Angelo Mario Del Grosso, ILC CNR, Pisa Italy

Paper submission

Prospective authors should submit, by using EDAS online paper submission platform, a paper of 4 to 6 pages maximum, including references in scholarly English and describing their original work 
using the IEEE template.

Publication

Accepted papers will be published in the proceeding and submitted to IEEE Xplore Library, Scopus and DBLP. Furthermore, Authors of high quality papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for publication in a special issue/section of an international journal.

Important dates

– Paper Submission: May 07, 2023
– Acceptance Notification: June 25, 2023
– Camera-ready Submission: July 30, 2023
– Author’s Registration: September 13, 2023
– Conference Dates: December 16-22, 2023

Contact information
For any inquiry, contact us by email at: cist@ieee.ma

SEMANTiCS 2023 EU | Sep 20-22, 2023 | Leipzig, Germany

SEMANTiCS – 19th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Leipzig, Germany

September 20-22, 2023

The Research and Innovation track at SEMANTiCS 2023 EU welcomes papers on novel scientific research and/or innovations relevant to the topics of the conference. Submissions must be original and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers must follow the guidelines given in the author instructions, including references and optional appendices. Each submission will be reviewed by several PC members who will assess it based on its innovativeness, technical merits, and effectiveness at solving real problems.

SEMANTiCS 2023 especially invites contributions that target the following main topics, sub-topics in the context of semantic-based research and systems as well as applicative domains.

Topics of Interest

  • Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Web Semantics & Linked (Open) Data
  • Enterprise Knowledge Graphs, Graph Data Management
  • Machine Learning Techniques for/using Knowledge Graphs (e.g. reinforcement learning, deep learning, data mining and knowledge discovery)
  • Knowledge Management (e.g. acquisition, capture, extraction, authoring, integration, publication)
  • Terminology, Thesaurus & Ontology Management
  • Reasoning, Rules, and Policies
  • Natural Language Processing for/using Knowledge Graphs (e.g. entity linking and resolution using target knowledge such as Wikidata and DBpedia, foundation models)
  • Crowdsourcing for/using Knowledge Graphs
  • Data Quality Management and Assurance
  • Mathematical Foundation of Knowledge-aware AI
  • Multimodal Knowledge Graphs
  • Semantics in Data Science
  • Semantics in Blockchain environments
  • Trust, Data Privacy, and Security with Semantic Technologies
  • Economics of Data, Data Services, and Data Ecosystems
  • IoT and Stream Processing
  • Conversational AI and Dialogue Systems
  • Provenance and Data Change Tracking
  • Semantic Interoperability (via mapping, crosswalks, standards, etc.)

Special Sub-Topics:

  • Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
  • LegalTech, AI Safety, Explainable and Interoperable AI
  • Decentralized and/or Federated Knowledge Graphs

Application of Semantically Enriched and AI-Based Approaches:

  • Knowledge Graphs in Bioinformatics and Medical AI
  • Clinical Use Case of AI-based Approaches
  • AI for Environmental Challenges
  • Semantics in Scholarly Communication and Open Research Knowledge Graphs
  • AI and LOD within GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) institutions

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: May 09, 2023 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
  • Paper Submission Deadline: May 16, 2023 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 20, 2023 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
  • Camera-Ready Paper: July 04, 2023 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)

Submission via Easychair on https://easychair.org/

Author Guidelines and Submission

  • The Research and Innovation Track welcomes long and short papers. Long papers should have 12-15 pages of content (excluding references) and short papers of a maximum length of 6 pages of content (excluding references). Since references are excluded from page counting, it is fine to have one or more additional pages for references if they are relevant to the study submitted.
  • Submissions should follow the guidelines of IOS Press. Details are available at https://www.iospress.com/book-article-instructions.
  • Abstract submission for all papers is a strict requirement. To facilitate bidding, we strongly suggest the authors submit structured abstracts.
  • All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via EasyChair.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions must be anonymous; the reviewing process is double-blind, but reviewers will be able to disclose their identities if they wish, by signing their reviews.
  • Accepted papers will be published in open access proceedings by IOS Press, and the text of all the reviews (excluding the scores) of all the accepted papers will be posted on the conference website and will be archived on Zenodo as publicly available material.
  • At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper.
  • All authors are strongly suggested to provide optional links to code, materials, and datasets during the submission process – we will have specific optional fields in the EasyChair submission form – the review process will take these into account when provided. To anonymise resources for the reviewing process, authors can use services like Anonymous GitHub or figshare/Zenodo as described here.
  • The Research and Innovation Track will not accept papers that, at the time of submission, are under review or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference.
  • All authors will have the opportunity to provide an ORKG comparison in the Open Research Knowledge Graph (https://orkg.org) during the submission process – we will have a specific optional field in the EasyChair submission form.

Review and Evaluation Criteria
Each submission will be reviewed by several Programme Committee members. The reviewing process is double-blind. However, reviewers can disclose their identity by signing their reviews and/or adding one of their persistent identifiers (e.g. their ORCID).

The text of all the reviews (excluding the scores) of all the accepted papers will be posted on the conference website with the basic bibliographic metadata of the reviewed submission (i.e. title and authors), and it will be archived on Zenodo as publicly available material. All the signed reviews of the accepted papers will be licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY, the copyright holder will be the reviewer), except the anonymous ones that will be released in CC0.

Papers submitted to this track will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness
  • Originality, novelty, and innovativeness
  • Impact of results
  • Soundness of the evaluation
  • Proper comparison to related work
  • Clarity and quality of writing
  • Reproducibility of results and resources

We are looking forward to your contribution!

Maribel Acosta & Silvio Peroni
Research and Innovation Track Chairs

Call for proposals: IIIF 2023 Annual Conference

The 2023 IIIF Annual Conference will be held in Naples, Italy, June 5-8, 2023. The conference will be jointly hosted by the University of Naples Federico II and the IIIF Consortium.

The IIIF Conference Program Committee invites proposals for presentation in the following formats:

  • Up to a ½ day workshop (4 hours)
  • 7 to 10 minute lightning talks
  • 15-20 minute presentations (plus 5-10 mins questions)
  • 90 minute open block (Could be panel session or grouped presentations)

Only panel sessions that have a diverse set of panelists will be considered, with representation along many possible dimensions, including but not limited to, race and ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and socio-economic status. Similarly, representation from a variety of geographic regions or institution type/size will be prioritized. All submitted proposals are peer-reviewed and will be considered for inclusion in the conference schedule by a volunteer program committee.

Please submit a proposal of no longer than 500 words for your presentation by February 6. In your proposal, please be sure to discuss how your presentation is relevant to IIIF, its contribution to the IIIF Community, and whether it is directed toward a technical or general audience. To ensure that the Conference features a wide range of speakers and presentations, we ask that individuals limit their submissions to no more than two:

Call for Submissions Portal

Final versions of the accepted abstracts and presentations will be made openly available after the conference.

We encourage showcasing developments in IIIF and in particular would welcome presentations in the following areas:

  • Interoperability in IIIF contexts and beyond / Linked Open Usable Data (LOUD)
  • Innovative IIIF use cases and implementations, including Audio/Visual, 3D, AI/machine learning, etc.
  • Teaching and learning examples and best practices using IIIF resources
  • Implementations of IIIF outside of North America/Europe
  • Beyond “deep zoom”: Annotation, including full-text or academic use cases
  • Discovering IIIF resources
  • Sustainability and preservation in IIIF contexts

If you have any questions please contact us at events@iiif.io.

Call For Paper – ACM Hypertext 2023 – Deadline 31 Mar 2023

ACM Hypertext 2023
4-8 September 2023, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, Italy
https://ht.acm.org/ht2023/
Deadline: 31 March 2023 23.59 AOE

Important Dates
• Regular papers and Workshops
 – Submission: 31 March 2023 AoE
 – Notification: 15 May 2023 AoE

• Late breaking, blue sky, demos, traversals, and doctoral consortium
 – Submission: 26 May 2023 AoE
 – Notification: 26 June 2023 AoE

• Camera ready version of accepted papers
 – 14 July 2023: 23 July 2023 AoE

• Conference 4-8 September 2023

Note: The submission times are 11:59 pm AoE time (Anywhere on Earth)

The ACM Hypertext conference is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on hypertext theory, systems, applications, publishing, artwork and related practices. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research including social and intelligent media, narrative systems and applications, authoring, reading and publishing hypertext, workflows and infrastructures as well as reflections and approaches.

All accepted contributions will be published by ACM and will be available in the Proceedings via the ACM Digital Library. Selected contributions will be invited to submit an expanded version after the conference to a special issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia.

Submissions are welcome in the following tracks:

Interactive Media: Art and Design
Track chair Dr Sam Brooker (Richmond American University London, UK)

This track is dedicated to papers that explore creative expression through digital technology. Submissions may showcase new approaches to – or applications of – interactive media technology for creative expression, or evaluate existing work from a new perspective. Hybrid presentations that mix theory and practice are welcome, though work should be rooted in hypertext as method or approach.
Topics include but not limited to:
• Demonstrations: Live exhibition or exploration of a new or existing creative work.
• Critical analysis: Reflection on or discussion of pre-existing works or theoretical approaches.
• Traversals: Demonstrations performed on historically appropriate platforms, with participation and commentary by the authors of the works.
• Interdisciplinary creative work: Evaluation or demonstration of creative work that crosses disciplinary boundaries

Authoring, Reading, Publishing
Track chair Dr Leah Henrickson (University of Leeds, UK)

This track is dedicated to exploring how hypertext has transformed authoring, reading, and publishing by disrupting, subverting, or complementing book and media culture and practice. Submissions may focus on specific case studies or theories of new emerging practices, rhetorical analyses, or methodological reflections that take inspiration from fields such as book history, digital humanities and/or media studies.
Topics include, but not limited to:
• Authorship: Contextualising the production of hypertexts.
• Book history: Historically-informed frameworks, theories, and concepts for understanding hypertextual production, dissemination, and reception.
• Digital scholarly editions and adaptations: Hypertextual representations and reconceptualisations of extant texts.
• Digital storytelling and electronic literature: How hypertexts are used to communicate ideas and facilitate alternative textual experiences.
• Reading practices and reader response: How hypertexts are read (or not read) and interpreted.
• Rhetorics and poetics: How hypertexts are framed in popular and scholarly discourse, as well as theoretical considerations on forms of expression supported by hypertextual formats.
• Text, paratext, and multimodality: Manifestations and effects of digital forms of intra- and intertextual connectivity.,

Workflows and Infrastructures
Track chair Dr Davide Picca (Université de Lausanne, CH)

This track is dedicated to hypertext systems and their professional applications to the GLAM field  in order to facilitate access to cultural knowledge. The main purpose is to illustrate through the different contributions to the track, how STEM disciplines can help and support the preservation and dissemination of tangible and intangible cultural resources. This track welcomes contributions that present real-world applications of hypertext systems, with a focus on the benefits, challenges, and gaps that emerge from daily practice in fields of study such as (but not limited to) Digital Museology, Intangible Cultural Heritage applications and NLP approaches to cultural resources.
Topics include, but not limited to:
• Semantic knowledge: How formal ontologies and formal modelling can contribute to organise cultural knowledge
• GLAM applications: Pipelines and digital curations for restoration and preservation of cultural artefacts
• Digital Museology: Innovations, trends as well as practical challenges encountered  in the fields of museology
• Intangible Cultural Heritage applications: How Big Data workflows and digital transformation methods can be applied to cultural objects
• NLP approaches to cultural resources: Computational semantics and pragmatics, machine translation and multilingual NLP for cultural objects

Social and Intelligent Media


Track chair Dr Grégoire Burel (Knowledge Media Institute, UK)

The social and intelligent media track is dedicated to the understanding and modelling of sociotechnical systems and their role in shaping communication and information access, both virtually and offline. Submissions should consider any online systems that include socially and AI-mediated information such as social networks, recommender systems, online publication tools and discussion platforms. As the focus of this year conference is “Humanity within”, authors are encouraged to submit interdisciplinary articles centred around the impact of social media and AI on how hyperlinked content is accessed and consumed and its impact on Humanity. This track welcomes submissions that further the understanding of the technical inworkings of digital communities and their societal impact, as well as novel methods and algorithms that shape online communication, content creation and socially-mediated information access.
Topics include, but not limited to:
• Privacy and Anonymity in Social Media – The way social media protect and/or blur the lines between the real and virtual world.
• Inclusiveness of Social Media – The role of social media in including minorities, disabilities and minoritised communities.
• Diversity and Representativeness of Social Media – The way social media favour (or not) content diversity and its representativeness as well as the involvement of individuals (e.g., echo chambers, content moderation).
• Immersive Social Media (e.g., metaverse) – The development and impact of new interaction paradigms on real-world interactions and online communication.
• Network Effects in Social Media – The impact of social and hyperlink ties on content access and distribution e.g., information access, ranking, misinformation and bot networks).
• Social Media Algorithms – The structure, development, design, and analysis of social media platforms and algorithms.

Reflections and Approaches
Track chair Dr Mariusz Pisarski (University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, PL)

This track considers how hypertext has transformed society and its tools: new perspectives, future directions, and ongoing transformations that challenge our assumptions about hypertext. This track welcomes submissions focused on (but not limited to) critical reflection on the evolution of hypertext systems, paradigms for new hypertext applications, as well as theories for understanding and navigating the complexity of digital communities enabled by hypertext design and systems.
Topics include, but not limited to:
• Histories of hypertext: hypertext systems in critical discourse, technology discourse and in the arts community.
• Histories of social media: how the pioneering formulas of early systems – such as BBS, MUD and email discussion groups –  evolved to modern social media.
• Designs, paradigms and theories: evolution of hypertext in scholarly and artistic practice
• Self-reflectivity of systems: historical impact of one hypertext system upon another; remediations, migrations and borrowings of features in contemporary writing/reading platforms
• Visual histories and meta-histories of social media and hypertext: hypertext and social media communities and ideas in visual and big-data analysis.

Submissions

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ht23

Submission deadline: 31 March 2023

Call for Papers – Comparing Landscapes: Approaches to Space and Affect in Literary Fiction

Call for Papers of the 2023 Conference ‘Comparing Landscapes: Approaches to Space and Affect in Literary Fiction’, to be held in Bielefeld (Germany), on April 20-21, 2023.


The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1288) – Practices of Comparing at Bielefeld University in collaboration with the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies at Bielefeld University and the Swiss National Science Foundation invites submission of proposals for an exciting interdisciplinary conference at the ZiF Bielefeld, Germany.

This will be followed by the training school ‘Digital tools for the identification of textual practices of comparing. An introduction to annotation and operationalisation with CATMA’ on April 22.

We would be very grateful if you could share this announcement with your colleagues and across departments and organisations that might have an interest in literaturedigital humanities and practices of comparing.

https://comparing-landscapes.github.io/

The deadline for submissions is on the 1st of February, 2023.

Concorsi

PhD position available at King’s College London on the project “Lost for words: semantic search in the Find Case Law service of The National Archives”.

A fully funded PhD position is now available at King’s College London on the project “‘Lost for words’: semantic search in the Find Case Law service of The National Archives”, a Collaborative Doctoral Award received by King’s College London in collaboration with The National Archives and funded by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP). This interdisciplinary project is an exciting opportunity to work in natural language processing (particularly computational semantics and information retrieval) applied to legal texts and digital humanities.

About the project

Access to case law is vital for safeguarding the constitutional right of access to justice. It enables members of the public to understand their position when facing litigation and to scrutinise court judgements. Since April 2022, UK court and tribunal decisions are preserved by The National Archives’ Find Case Law service as freely accessible online public records. This project seeks to improve Find Case Law by enhancing it with meaning-sensitive (semantic) search functionality. It will study how individuals without legal training use language to navigate court judgments and it will develop tools to facilitate this navigation. In most digital cultural heritage catalogues, while we can search for words within the metadata describing their records, we cannot search for records based on the meaning of words contained within these records, for example the different words to refer to “knife crime”. Therefore, users’ access to collection is determined by their ability to articulate their information need precisely. Recent advances in natural language processing unlock new possibilities for querying documents via state-of-the-art semantic search. Incorporating such search capabilities in the Find Case Law collection is crucial for democratising access to digital collections, helping expose the social impact of how the law is written.

For queries specific to the project, please contact the project’s lead supervisor Barbara McGillivray  (barbara.mcgillivray@kcl.ac.uk).

Supervisory team

  • Barbara McGillivray (Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London) 
  • Nicki Welch (The National Archives)
  • Rose Rees Jones (The National Archives)
  • Niccolò Ridi (Department of Law, King’s College London)
  • Marton Ribary (Department of Law and Criminology, Royal Holloway University of London)

Skills required

Essential 

·         Experience with Natural Language Processing research and applied work, including developing new tools. 

·         Interest in working with UK case law for improving access to justice

Desirable 

·         Background in law or legal research.

·         Experience working with digital archives 

·         Knowledge of User experience (UX) research 

·         Knowledge of lexical semantics. 

·         Experience with semantic search. 

·         Experience with NLP applied to legal texts.

About application process

Applicants will need to submit an application for a PhD in Digital Humanities at King’s (details here) and an application for the LAHP (details here). Both applications need to be submitted by 27 January 2023 at 5pm.

About Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral students to work on a project in collaboration with an organisation outside higher education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships and to provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment. They enhance the employment-related skills and training available to the research student during the course of the award.

The studentship includes a stipend at the Research Council UK Home/ EU rate (£19,668 per annum) plus fees for three and half years. The awarded candidate will also be entitled to a £550 per annum stipend top-up.

LAHP welcomes applications:

Open Position: Research Fellow at OpenCitations (University of Bologna, Italy)

Title: Evolving the OpenCitations infrastructure as a scalable and interoperable cluster of services

Job Venue: Bologna, Italy

Contract duration: 12 months

Net salary: 22.797,92 euros per year

Application deadline: 28 February 2023

Call for applicationshttps://bandi.unibo.it/ricerca/assegni-ricerca?id_bando=66012

OpenCitations is seeking applicants for a one-year Research Fellow position to be held from April 2023, for which the application closing deadline is 28 February 2023. The Research Fellow will work directly with Professor Silvio Peroni and will become a member of the Research Centre for Open Scholarly Metadata at the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna, Italy.

OpenCitations (http://opencitations.net/) is as a fully free and open infrastructure to provide access to global scholarly bibliographic and citation data, of quality and coverage to rival those from proprietary services, such as Web of Science and Scopus. OpenCitations is not-for-profit and all its services are free. OpenCitations is managed by the Research Centre for Open Scholarly Metadata of the University of Bologna (https://openscholarlymetadata.org).

Currently, the amount and complexity of the data made available by OpenCitations opens up several issues related to the improvement, scalability and optimisation of its infrastructure. Therefore, it is crucial to study and customise recent approaches for managing Big Data to create a knowledge base to build decentralised, scalable, long-lasting and easily-customizable services.

The goal of the Research Fellowship is

  1. to study the current limitations and possible improvements to introduce in the OpenCitations infrastructure 
  2.  to reengineer the current infrastructure to make it more scalable, reliable, interoperable, reusable and distributed.

Thus, the Research Fellow is expected to address issues related to the provision of Web services, the management of distributed and heterogeneous databases and services, data conversion and ingestion processes, parallel computing and security. Particular attention will be given to data preservation and the long-term maintenance and update of the infrastructure.

Requirements

The minimal formal requirement for this position is a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Digital Humanities or equivalent. 

Moreover, applicants are expected to have

  • sysadmin skills 
  • computer programming skills
  • the ability to read, write and speak in good English

It is highly desirable for the applicants to have 

  • demonstrable expertise in using and managing Linux servers (especially Debian and Raspbian), container orchestrator systems (e.g. Kubernetes), infrastructure-as-code systems (e.g. Terraform), Web servers implementing FastGCI (especially lighttpd), graph databases (especially Blazegraph), Python programming and Python Web Application Frameworks (especially web.py and Flask), Git-based version-control systems (especially GitHub); 
  • a strong and demonstrable commitment to open science
  • demonstrable knowledge of Semantic Web technologies, Linked Data and Web technologies

Teamwork abilities and a good knowledge of Italian would also be very beneficial.

How to apply 

The Research Fellowship application (written either in Italian or in English) should minimally comprise the following: 

  1. a cover letter of application, motivating why the candidate is applying for this position;
  2. a full Curriculum Vitae containing information about prior scientific and professional jobs and the scientific production of the candidate;
  3. a public portfolio of software, projects and activities undertaken within the past ten years, with a clear indication of the applicant’s role in each.

The Call for Applications (in Italian and in English) is available online on the website of the University of Bologna. It also includes an attachment with a description of OpenCitations and of the activities related to the position. As indicated in the Call for Applications, candidates need to apply exclusively through the University of Bologna web portal.

Apply here: https://personale.unibo.it/pol/welcome.htm?siteLanguage=en

Supervisor: Professor Silvio Peroni (silvio.peroni@unibo.it )

Wokshop

Workshop “Textual annotation: tools and methods” 23 gennaio 2023

Il 23 gennaio 2023 si terrà il workshop “Textual annotation: tools and methods“, organizzato dal team di ricerca del progetto WoPoss (Università di Neuchâtel). L’evento sarà in formato ibrido: in presenza all’Università di Neuchâtel o online. Sono previste tre sessioni, che consisteranno in una parte teorica (lezione frontale) e una parte pratica, in cui i partecipanti potranno testare personalmente le piattaforme di annotazione e i diversi tipi di annotazione testuale presentati. Ecco il programma della giornata:

  • Silvia ORLANDI (University of Rome La Sapienza): Latin language and digital epigraphy: different approaches and multiple solutions
  • WoPoss team (University of Neuchâtel): Multilayered semantic annotation: the WoPoss approach
  • Irina BIGOULAEVA (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Presentation of the annotation platform INCEpTION

Il link per la partecipazione online verrà inviato previa registrazione. La registrazione è obbligatoria sia per i partecipanti in presenza che per quelli online. La data limite per registrarsi al workshop è fissata al 9 gennaio.

Per accedere alla versione dettagliata del programma, al registration form, o per ulteriori dettagli visitare la pagina https://woposs.unine.ch/outputs/workshop-annotation.html

Per qualsiasi domanda non esitate a inviare a una mail a paola.marongiu@unine.ch

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