Symposium Announcement: ‘Open Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities’


From 26 to 30 October 2015 the third and final Creative Camp will be organized at the National Library of the Netherlands as part of the Talk of Europe – Travelling CLARIN Campus project. 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.


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 professor of Web-Science at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau and Scientific Director of the Computational Social Science department at GESIS – the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Abstract: The wide-spread adoption of online and social media by political parties has catalyzed research into computational approaches towards understanding political systems and phenomena. With the web as a platform, new fine-grained, high resolution data about political actors and processes has become available that enables novel insights into how political actors communicate with voters, how they coordinate with each other, and how they participate in agenda setting and decision making. In this talk I will present ongoing research about measuring such political processes using data from Twitter during the German Bundestagswahl 2013 and data from the Online Delegative Democracy platform LiquidFeedback.


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 techniques to improve automatic text content) analysis.

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.

15.30-15.45           'Open Culture Data' - speaker to be announced

15.45-16.30           Drinks


There is no charge for this symposium (lunch included), but registration is requested. If you would like to attend the event, please send a short message to Jill Briggeman (

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Talk of Europe

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 data by bringing together academics from the humanities, social sciences, computer science and related disciplines. The Talk of Europe project, an initiative of CLARIN 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), and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV). More information about Talk of Europe





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