Statements by Candidates
Elections for 2 positions in the EADH executive committee
Joris van Zundert
Candidate statement of Silvie Cinková
I’m honored to be nominated for the EADH’s Executive Committee. I am working at a department specialized in NLP and computational linguistics (Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Charles University, Prague) that hosts one of the major CLARIN nodes (LINDAT-CLARIN). However, I am a traditional analogue philologist by origin, who has been learning the technological curriculum largely on her own and through collaboration with computer scientists. Hence I strongly empathize with other scholars who feel intimidated by the technological turn in their fields, and, due to my institutional background, I also now have the power to help them get started. I promote training opportunities for undergraduate students and teachers of traditional humanities subjects in NLP, text mining, data wrangling and exploration, along with statistical and machine-learning techniques at the level of an informed user. The training scope encompasses text-related libraries in Python and R, common query languages and structured formats, as well as dedicated open-source tools, such as taggers, parsers, and named-entity recognizers, which CLARIN runs as services available through APIs. In EADH’s Executive Committee, I would therefore like to focus especially on educational outreach and liaising NLP and humanities.
Candidate statement of Mikko Tolonen
Mikko Tolonen is an assistant professor in digital humanities at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki in Finland. With respect to EADH he will bring experience from the Nordic region to the benefit of EADH and also an understanding how humanities and data science develops towards the future. His background is in intellectual history. Tolonen is a PI of Helsinki Computational History Group at Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG). He has also designed the DH teaching at the faculty and been involved in DHN since it’s foundation in 2015. Tolonen was the main organiser of DHN annual conference in March 2018 in Helsinki that attracted more than 300 participants. Tolonen's current main research focus is on an integrated study of public discourse and knowledge production that combines metadata from library catalogues as well as full-text libraries of books, newspapers and periodicals. In 2016, he was awarded an Open Science and Research Award by Finnish Ministry of Education. Tolonen is a participant in the DARIAH’s DESIR project aiming to integrate digitally enabled research in the arts and humanities in Europe (2017-2019).
Candidate statement of Joris van Zundert
I am a senior researcher of humanities computing at the Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands (Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam). In 2004 I formed a digital humanities IT group which became a thriving research group. I was active in various DH projects, automating bibliographies, creating web based digital scholarly edition environments, and analyzing historical data. I directed larger European and Royal Academy projects (COST Action Interedition, Alfalab). I have made contributions to stylometry, variant analysis, stemmatology and other computational approaches for historical text analysis. My PhD studied epistemological effects of computational methods on textual scholarship from a theoretical angle. Currently I work on computational techniques to examine narrative aspects of text.
I am willing to stand for election to the Executive Committee of EADH and would be honored to serve on this committee. Many regional associations have formed the past few years, making it relevant to warrant a pan-European perspective. I hope to contribute to a well integrated network of digital humanities organizations that facilitates knowledge exchange between people of all backgrounds that are interested in or contribute to the field. The new EADH conference will be a valuable step towards this goal.