Extracting relations between people and events

BiographyNet is a multidisciplinary project that combines expertise from history, computer science and computational linguistics. The project is a collaboration between the Netherlands eScience Center, Huygens ING and VU University Amsterdam.

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  • Creating a semantic knowledge base out of relations between people and historic events

    Creating a semantic knowledge base out of relations between people and historic events

  • BiographyNet is a partnership between eScience Center, Huygens ING and VU University

    BiographyNet is a partnership between eScience Center, Huygens ING and VU University

Biographies

Biographies

BiographyNet uses data from the Biography Portal of the Netherlands (BP), which contains approximately 125,000 biographies from a variety of Dutch biographical dictionaries.
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Semantics

Semantics

An interlinked semantic knowledge base will be created by extracting relations between people, places, historic events and time periods from biographical descriptions.
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Inspiration

Inspiration

Through a combination of data enrichment, visualization and browsing techniques, BiographyNet wants to inspire historians to set up new research projects.
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Demonstrator

Demonstrator

The aim of BiographyNet is to develop a demonstrator which supports the discovery of interrelations between people, events, places and time periods in biographical descriptions.
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21 September 2013: Els Kloek on shortlist Libris History Price

The previously mentioned book from Els Kloek has now also made it to the shortlist for the Libris History Price 2013.

All five nominees can be found here.

BiographyNet paper runner up for Best Paper Award at ACL 2013

The paper “Offspring from reproduction problems: what replication failure teaches us” by Antske Fokkens, Marieke van Erp, Marten Postma, Ted Pedersen, Piek Vossen and Nuno Freire was runner up for the best paper award at ACL 2013!

Els Kloek on longlist Libris History Price

Els Kloek from Huygens ING (Institute for Dutch History) made the Libris longlist of ten titles on history published in the year 2012/2013 with her 1001 vrouwen. This book is the publication in book form of her Digital Women’s Lexicon, which is part of the corpus of data for BiographyNet. Els brought together almost 300 authors to write entries in this biographical dictionary of famous Dutch women. Els also works on BiographyNet on behalf of Huygens ING and was one of the applicants of the project.

The entire longlist can be seen here.

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Antske Fokkens to present at Annual Network Institute Event

Antske Fokkens will present at the Annual Network Institute Event on July 4. During this event, the different groups working together in the interdisciplinary Network Institute at VU University will come together to exchange their research ideas and results. Antske will present on the challenges involved in reproducing results in NLP research.

Piek Vossen receives Spinoza Prize

VU University Professor Piek Vossen from the Faculty of Arts has received this year’s Spinoza Prize of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The Spinoza Prize worth € 2.5 million is the highest Dutch award in science and is awarded to researchers who rank among the absolute top of science. Piek Vossen is Professor of Computational Lexicology at the Faculty of Arts at VU University and investigates how computers can understand language. As such, he is one of the project leaders of the BiographyNet project.

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