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digitalHusserl is now LIVE!

The Austro-German philosopher Edmund Husserl (born in Proßnitz, today Prostějov in 1859, died in Freiburg in 1938) remains one of the most influential philosophers of our time. He is considered the founder of phenomenology, which became one of the most significant origins of what has come to be called ‘continental philosophy’. 

An astonishingly diverse range of philosophers have been directly influenced by Husserl’s works. The phenomenological method continues to be one of the richest methodological resources for philosophical thinking and scientific research, also in interdisciplinary settings and in other sciences but philosophy, such as psychology, cognitive science, sociology, etc. At its heart lies the insight that a proper understanding of the lifeworld, including a proper understanding of the objects and methods of scientific research, requires an analysis of how matters are constituted as what they are (as objects, subjects, events, significations, etc.) in correlations of object experiences (Erfahrungen) as well as lived experiences (Erlebnisse). This analysis requires a systematic description of the general structures of those correlations understood by Husserl as structures of intentionality, or consciousness. 

Here at KU Leuven we have been working on a project to organize, digitize and transcribe Husserl’s achive, and we are happy to announce that digitalHusserl is now online!

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Last DH Virtual Discussion Group for Belgian ECRs Tomorrow from 15-16h30 CET!

Tomorrow will be the final instalment of this academic year’s DH Virtual Discussion Groups for Early Career Researchers working in Belgium. The topic of tomorrow’s discussion will be lightning pitches from researchers in our community who will be giving long-form presentations at DH Benelux 2021. While DH Benelux is hosted by the University of Leiden this year, it will be happening entirely online from 2 – 4 June 2021 (a.k.a. next week!).

You can register for tomorrow’s discussion session, which will take place on Zoom from 15-16h30 here.

You can read the abstracts of the pitches for our discussion here.

And if you like both of those things, you can register for DH Benelux here!

Hope to see you tomorrow, for what will be my final time hosting the DH Virtual Discussion Group for Early Career Researchers in Belgium. However – my departure as co-host will not be the end of the story, it’s just going to be the beginning of a new chapter for the Group that we can open together in September. So watch this space!

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Word Embeddings and Their Role in Synonym Ring Construction

During the past couple of months, I have been trying to come up with an efficient way of constructing synonym rings for query expansion in a library discovery system (i.e., the online search interface of a library). I am doing this because I was given a list of e-books on the subject of Digital Humanities (DH) with the purpose of making them more discoverable on KU Leuven Libraries’ discovery platform. In my previous blogpost, I described what synonym rings are, but simply put, you can think of them as groups of similar words and phrases that should be treated as equivalent for the purpose of information retrieval. An example can be found in Figure 1, where each line forms a different synonym ring. If a user enters a search term that can be found in one of the rings, the rest of the words in the ring will also be added to the query and, thus, the query will be expanded. In this blogpost, my goal is to briefly explain the method that I chose to tackle the task of synonym ring construction.

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Event: Brussels DH Online Seminar Series!

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles have teamed up to create the Brussels DH seminars series! The next seminar will take place from 12:00 to 13:30 on 21 April 2021. The registration deadline is 15 April 2021. For more information keep reading!

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Job Alert: Information Specialist – Digital Scholarship in the Humanities at Artes

Big news! We have an opening at KU Leuven Libraries Artes on the Artes Research Team for an Information Specialist – Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. This position would report to our Artes Research Team Leader, Laura Mesotten, and work alongside Nele Noppe, our Data Librarian! The job would be a temporary to start with, and moving to permanent. It would be a full time, 1.0 FTE position (it can also be 80% if necessary). The ideal applicant would already know Dutch or be willing to learn it quickly. The position would hopefully start in June, but this is by negotiation with the hiring committee. The deadline for applications is 12 April 2021.

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DH Commons Fellowship Introduction: Creating Semantic Rings in the DH Sub-collection of E-books

If you had asked me a decade ago to describe a library, I would probably sketch a place where you can borrow books, find a quiet spot to study, or browse the Internet. This assumption changed when, in 2016, I joined the New York Public Library (NYPL) for an externship, supported by the Embassy of the United States in Athens. My assignment was to assist NYPL’s TechConnect team in designing and promoting the coding classes that they were (and still are) offering to patrons throughout the city. In so doing, I was exposed to a type of library I had not previously encountered and a type of librarian I would have never guessed existed. Witnessing the impact that library initiatives, such as coding classes, can have on patrons’ personal and professional development made me feel that this would not be the last time I would actively support a library’s mission.

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Interview: Professor Fred Truyen

Students and professors are just beginning the second semester of the Advanced Master’s in Digital Humanities at KU Leuven after a busy exam period. As a good way to start this semester, I am launching a new interview series with people at KU Leuven who are involved in different aspects of DH training and teaching. To kick off the series, I interviewed Professor Fred Truyen, head of the DH Master’s at KU Leuven and a long-time ICT enthusiast. Below, find the text version of our conversation, with some advice for the DH Master’s students as they near the end of their program!

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Job Opening: Data Manager for the BRAIN-BE project BELTRANS at the KBR (Belgian Royal Library)

Are you fluent in Dutch and/or French with a good command of English? Do you love exploring, organizing, and managing data related to contemporary literature? Do you feel comfortable with project management and want to work with a collaborative group of colleagues? Do you want to work at the Belgian Royal Library in Brussels? Then, boy, do I have a job opening for you! (Deadline 14 March 2021).

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DH Virtual Discussions 2020 – A thank you

To all of those members of our community who joined the three DH Virtual Discussions during the Fall Semester, Julie and I would like to extend our thanks!

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DH Virtual Discussion Groups – Session 3

Our first two discussion groups were a smash hit, and Julie and I are looking forward to hosting our third session before the holiday break. Join us!

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