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ALIGNED receives Research Award and hosts Workshops


22 Feb 2016

On 16th February 2016, ALIGNED received an award from the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations scheme for Cliodynamics Research Network Ireland II.

This award will support the building of an international interdisciplinary network of researchers who are interested in Cliodynamics - the study of historical dynamics through data-driven history and mathematical modelling. It will bring together researchers of all stripes to drive further development and research in this area - computer scientists, archaeologists, social scientists, archivists, and historians.

As part of this research network, ALIGNED is organising the 2nd IFIP International Workshop on Computational History and Data-driven Humanities in Dublin on May 26th.
This workshop focuses on the challenges and opportunities of data-driven humanities and seeks to bring together world-leading scientists and scholars at the forefront of this emerging field, at the interface between computer science, social science, humanities and mathematics.
As historical knowledge becomes increasingly available in forms that computers can process, this data becomes amenable to large-scale computational analysis and interpretation. What are the impacts for humanities, social sciences, computer science and complex systems? Perhaps mathematical analysis of the dynamic, evolutionary patterns observed in the data helps us to better understand the past and can even produce empirically-grounded predictions about the future.

The keynote will be delivered by Professor Harvey Whitehouse, Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, on "Understanding Social Complexity through Data".

Workshop website
Workshop flyer

ALIGNED is holding its next plenary meeting in Vienna, 2nd-4th March. This will include a public Semantic Web Meetup in Vienna that we are organising on the topic of Combining Data Science and Software Engineering

ALIGNED is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 644055. The chief goal of ALIGNED is the development of software that will allow developers to incorporate big data from the web into their applications, such that flexible apps and analytics can use data that exists in a variety of formats. This will lay the foundations for the next generation of big data systems that lower costs and deal with the challenges of dynamism, complexity, scale, and data inconsistency on the web.

ALIGNED brings together world class computer science researchers (Trinity College Dublin, the University of Oxford, and the University of Leipzig), software companies specialised in data-intensive systems (Semantic Web Company), information companies (Wolters Kluwer) and academic curators of the Seshat Global History Databank, large datasets describing world history and archaeology (University of Oxford, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań).

Posted by Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin.