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The day before World Storytelling Day (20 March), FACT launched the Sagenjager (Eng. ‘Storyhunter’), a mobile website where you can plan a walking or cycling route past local stories and legends in the region Waterland, north of Amsterdam. The Sagenjager … Continue reading
Friday 13 December 2013, Meertens Institute (registration is closed) Sponsored by NWO CATCH Theme: Patterns in Narrative Texts Many a collection of Cultural Heritage Institutions consists mainly of historical and contemporary texts. To extract information from such large corpora, various … Continue reading
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At the conference of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) in Vilnius, Lithuania, Theo Meder organized a panel called ‘Folk Narrative in the Modern World: Computers and the Internet’ on Wednesday, June 25th, 2013. The panel was divided … Continue reading
The Tunes & Tales project hosted the third edition of the International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis at the Meertens Institute in the beginning of June. The workshop focussed on the question how current developments in knowledge engineering and information retrieval can help to understand music from different cultural backgrounds. Continue reading
International press attention for FACT-related research on automatically determining a person’s age and gender based on their tweets: English: New York Times – New Scientist – United Press International Dutch: UT Nieuws – Twittermania – Volkskrant The original research paper, … Continue reading
The Café Scientifique is an international initiative to host presentations by scientists from different domains in an informal environment. Amsterdam’s Café Scientifique is organized by students of the University of Amsterdam. For their evening on “Computer Music”, they invited me … Continue reading
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On 18 January 2013, two FACT presentations were given at the 23rd Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands (CLIN 2013). Dong Nguyen gave a talk on “Folktale Classification Using Learning to Rank” and Dolf Trieschnigg presented a poster on … Continue reading
By Dong Nguyen, Dolf Trieschnigg, Theo Meder and Mariët Theune Abstract Folk narratives are a valuable resource for humanities and social science researchers. This paper focuses on automatically recognizing folk narrative genres, such as urban legends, fairy tales, jokes and riddles. … Continue reading
By Violetta Krawczyk-Wasilewska, Theo Meder & Andy Ross. In recent years, a new cultural sphere based on instant exchange of information has led to new kinds of communication, not merely for practical purposes but also for entertainment, social contact, the exchange of … Continue reading
By Peter van Kranenburg, Anja Volk, and Frans Wiering Abstract The recurrence of characteristic motifs plays an important role in the identification of a folk song melody as member of a tune family. Based on a unique data set with … Continue reading