Over the last few months, the Distant Reading COST Action has been present at several Digital Humanities conferences with a poster providing some basic information about our Action.

  • In May, the poster was presented at the DH Budapest conference by Jessie Labov. The conference has been organized by Gabor Pálko and his colleagues at the Centre for Digital Humanities of the Eötvös Loránd University.
  • In early June, Mike Kestemont presented our poster at the DH Benelux conference 2018 in Amsterdam.
  • And in late June, Maciej Eder, Christof Schöch and Mike Kestemont have presented the poster at the Digital Humanities Conference 2018 in Mexico City (DH2018).

The poster presentations were a good occasion to spread the word about our COST Action. The conversations show that many people really like the idea of the multilingual ELTeC! They also show that many people are still unaware of what a COST Action is and are really impressed when they hear that we are already a network of researchers from 30 countries across Europe and beyond.

The next poster presentation of our Action is at the conference on Language Technologies and Digital Humanities on 20 and 21 September 2018 in Ljubljanja (LTDH 2018).

For more information, please have a look at the poster, which is available from Zenodo. Also, an abstract with slightly more text is also available from the DH2018 abstracts page.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that in the last few months, we have had three recent additions to our COST Action network! Austria, Lithuania and Denmark joined the Action, bringing the total number of countries currently involved in the Distant Reading COST Action to thirty!

We would like to welcome the colleagues who represent their country in the management committee if our Action: for Austria, these are Martina Scholger and Georg Vogeler from the University of Graz; for Lithuania, the new members are Arūnas Gudinavičius and Andrius Suminas from Vilnius University; and for Denmark, the new members are Mads Rosendahl Thomsen and Jakob Ladegaard from Arhus University.

We’re excited to see that the COST Action is still growing and are looking forward to working together with our new management committee members.

Want to find out more? There is a list of all Management Committee members on the Action’s profile page at the COST Association.

1st Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) Applications in COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History” (CA 16204)

First call for Grant Period 2, for Missions occurring before March 31st, 2019.

COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History” (CA16204) is launching a new call for applications for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). The deadline for applications is August 31th, 2018.

What is the COST Action “Distant Reading for European Literary History”? We aim to create a vibrant and diverse network of researchers jointly developing the resources and computational methods necessary to change the way European literary history is written. Fostering insight into cross-national, large-scale patterns and evolutions across European literary traditions, we will facilitate the creation of a broader, more inclusive and better-grounded account of European literary history and cultural identity.

What are Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)? STSMs aim to strengthen the existing COST Actions by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to collect data using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for Early Career Investigators (PhD students or researchers who received their PhD no more than 8 years ago).

For information about the Action, please see: http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA16204 and http://www.distant-reading.net.

For information on the application process, please see: https://www.distant-reading.net/calls/call-for-stsm-july-2018/.

We are proud to relay the news that the Czech Inter-COST project “Modeling of Complexity in Literary Texts” has just been launched. During the next three years, Dr. Silvie Cinkova and her team will investigate matters of readability in literary texts from the nineteenth century, for example adapting readability measures to the Czech language and evaluating their accuracy and usefulness for texts in Czech.

The project is associated with the Distant Reading COST Action and collaborates with several COST Action members, notably those working together in the Computational Stylistics Group.

The project is located at the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics (ÚFAL) at the Computer Science School, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, and is funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic.