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== BiographyNet: the Project ==
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The Biography Portal of the Netherlands links more than 75.000 Dutch people mentioned in various databases, through a limited set of metadata. This project aims to enhance its potential for historical research by transforming the available data into a semantic knowledge base and through the creation of a demonstrator. BiographyNet is a multidisciplinary project that combines expertise from history, computer science and computational linguistics.
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== Getting started ==
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The lead questions for the design of a semantic demonstrator are: Which relations can we reveal between people and events, geographical movements and networks between people? What do they tell historians about the formation of Dutch society and the ‘boundaries of the Netherlands’?
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The current search engine lacks the analytic tools to show interconnections, trends, geographical maps, time lines, etc. This project aims to strengthen the value of the portal and comparable biographical datasets for historical research, by improving the search options and the presentation of its outcomes, starting from the Simple Event Model. The demonstrator will add a semantic layer on to the current Biography Portal. This layer can also include information from external resources, such as museum objects or Wikipedia. Ultimately, the project may help to reveal unknown relations between people and events by linking data that has mainly been studied in isolation so far.
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== Project Meetings ==
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BiographyNet project meetings are once every two weeks;
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'''Next Meeting''':
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* 20-06-2013 9:30 [[agenda 20-06-13]]
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'''Other meetings''':
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* 23-05-2013 9:30 [[agenda 23-05-13]]
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* 16-05-2013 9:30 [[agenda 16-05-13]]
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* 06-05-2013 9:30 CANCELLED
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* 25-04-2013 9:30 [[agenda 25-04-13]]
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* 11-04-2013 9:30 [[agenda 11-04-13]]
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* 28-03-2013 9:30 CANCELLED
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* 14-03-2013 11:00 [[agenda 14-03-13]]
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* 28-02-2013 9:30
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* 14-02-2013 9:30
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* 24-01-2013 9:30
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* 07-01-2013 9:30
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etc.. TBA
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The location is WN-U325 (the Exact Sciences building at VU University in Amsterdam).
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'''Meetings in 2012''':
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* 05-10-2012 kick-off, [[Media: BiographyNet-meeting-2012-oct-05.pdf‎ | notes]]
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* 28-10-2012 9:30, [[Media: BiographyNet-meeting-28-10-2012.pdf‎ | notes]]
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* 12-11-2012 9:30,[[Media:Verslag_bijeenkomst_BiographyNet_121112.pdf‎ | notes]]
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* 26 and 27-11-2012, [[Media: BiographyNet_bijeenkomst_26_en_27_november.pdf‎ | notes]]
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* 10-12-2012 9:30
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== Presentations ==
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* eScience Center, 21 March 2013 (Guus, Susan, Serge, Antske, Niels)
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* NIAS, 21 March 2013 (Piek)
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* VU, Stafcolloquium Geschiedenis, TBA 2013/2014 (Serge)
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== Documentation ==
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* [[Files]]
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== Publications ==
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[[Planned Publications]]
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== Who are we? ==
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'''Project Leaders'''
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* Prof. dr. [http://www.cs.vu.nl/~guus/ Guus Schreiber] (VU, Computer Science, Web and Media)
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* Prof. dr. [http://www.let.vu.nl/nl/organisatie-van-de-faculteit/wetenschappelijk-personeel/medewerkers-alfabetisch/medewerkers-t-z/prof-dr-p-t-vossen/index.asp Piek Vossen] (VU, Computational Linguistics)
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* Prof. dr. [http://www.let.vu.nl/nl/organisatie-van-de-faculteit/wetenschappelijk-personeel/medewerkers-alfabetisch/medewerkers-l-s/prof-dr-s-legene/index.asp Susan Legêne] (VU, Modern Political History)
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* Dr. [http://www.elskloek.nl/ Els Kloek] (Huygens ING, Head Digital Reference Works)
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'''Researchers'''
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* [http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/~afokkens/page.php?id=publications Antske Fokkens], MSc (VU, Computational Linguistics)
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* Dr. [http://www.let.vu.nl/en/about-the-faculty/academic-staff/staff-listed-alphabetically/staff-a-d/dr-s-ter-braake/index.asp Serge ter Braake] (VU, History)
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* Drs. Niels Ockeloen (VU, Computer Science, Web and Media)
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'''Advisors'''
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* Dr. [http://www.few.vu.nl/~vbr240/ Victor de Boer] (VU, Computer Science, Web and Media)
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* Dr. Milena Ivanova (eScience Center, Engineer)
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* Dr. [http://www.huygens.knaw.nl/hoekstra/ Rik Hoekstra] (Huygens ING, Historian, ICT development)
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* Dr. [http://www.huygens.knaw.nl/sluijter/ Ronald Sluijter] (Huygens ING, Historian, Digital Reference Works)
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* Dr. [http://www.huygens.knaw.nl/ravenek/ Walter Ravenek] (Huygens ING, Programmer)
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* Dr. [http://www.gerbrandy.com/en/company Jelle Gerbrany] (Gerbrandy Software, Programmer)
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== Related Projects ==
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* [http://agora.cs.vu.nl/ AGORA] (VU, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Dutch national audiovisual archive Beeld en Geluid)
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* [http://www.newsreader-project.eu/ NewsReader] (VU)
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* [http://www.niod.nl/nl/projecten/verrijkt-koninkrijk Verrijkt Koninkrijk] (VU; UvA, NIOD, DANS, Meertens Instituut). See also the succesful efforts of BiographyNet computer scientist Niels Ockeloen at the [http://videbo.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/the-verrijkt-koninkrijk-hackathon-report/ Verrijkt Koninkrijk Hackathon].

Revision as of 08:14, 17 June 2013

Contents

BiographyNet: the Project

The Biography Portal of the Netherlands links more than 75.000 Dutch people mentioned in various databases, through a limited set of metadata. This project aims to enhance its potential for historical research by transforming the available data into a semantic knowledge base and through the creation of a demonstrator. BiographyNet is a multidisciplinary project that combines expertise from history, computer science and computational linguistics.

The lead questions for the design of a semantic demonstrator are: Which relations can we reveal between people and events, geographical movements and networks between people? What do they tell historians about the formation of Dutch society and the ‘boundaries of the Netherlands’?

The current search engine lacks the analytic tools to show interconnections, trends, geographical maps, time lines, etc. This project aims to strengthen the value of the portal and comparable biographical datasets for historical research, by improving the search options and the presentation of its outcomes, starting from the Simple Event Model. The demonstrator will add a semantic layer on to the current Biography Portal. This layer can also include information from external resources, such as museum objects or Wikipedia. Ultimately, the project may help to reveal unknown relations between people and events by linking data that has mainly been studied in isolation so far.

Project Meetings

BiographyNet project meetings are once every two weeks;

Next Meeting:

Other meetings:



etc.. TBA

The location is WN-U325 (the Exact Sciences building at VU University in Amsterdam).


Meetings in 2012:

Presentations

  • eScience Center, 21 March 2013 (Guus, Susan, Serge, Antske, Niels)
  • NIAS, 21 March 2013 (Piek)
  • VU, Stafcolloquium Geschiedenis, TBA 2013/2014 (Serge)

Documentation

Publications

Planned Publications

Who are we?

Project Leaders

Researchers

Advisors

Related Projects

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