Events

  • Mon
    22
    Feb
    2016
    13:00 - 17:00Lancaster University

    We will be running a launch event and workshop for a new software tool that we have created called FireAnt. The event and workshop will be held from 13:00 to 17:00 on Monday 22nd February 2016 here at Lancaster University.

    FireAnt was created by Laurence Anthony as part of the 2015 ESRC-funded CASS-affiliated DOOM project on social media analysis. FireAnt is a free and easy-to-use tool designed to help corpus linguists and social scientists analyze Twitter and other social network data without the need for programming or database management skills. The following features of the tool will be explored in this workshop:

    • import different formats of data (e.g. Twitter data in JSON format, Reddit data in CSV format, etc.)
    • search that data and its associated metadata in a variety of ways (e.g., retrieve all tweets containing #blacklivesmatter sent in December 2015)
    • export the results to other formats including a plain text file for “standard” corpus analysis, an Excel/CSV file for statistical analysis, a timeline chart, and a network graph

    We will be providing lunch at the start of the event and all materials for the workshop (including the software and help guide) on a USB drive. The schedule for the day can be found below.

    SCHEDULE

    Time Agenda
    1315-1415 PDR Room: Lunch
    1415-1430 Introduction, log on, etc.
    1430-1530 FireAnt basics
    1530-1545 Refuel: Coffee break
    1545-1645 FireAnt advanced
    1645-1700 Q&As, requests, bouquets, encores

    Please note that places are extremely limited and must be booked in advance. If you would like to attend, please email Claire Hardaker (c.hardaker@lancaster.ac.uk) in the first instance.

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2016
    10:00 - 17:00University of Cape Coast

    This free one-day workshop, arranged jointly by Lancaster’s CASS research centre and the University of Cape Coast, consists of a series of introductory lectures and practical sessions on topics in corpus linguistics and the use of corpus techniques in applied linguistic analysis.

    We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about this versatile methodology for language analysis; no specialised knowledge about language corpora is required, but basic familiarity with computers is assumed. The workshop focuses on analysis techniques and tools which participants will be able to apply to their own texts and corpora.

    Registration in advance is required, as places are limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment; registration will close on February 17th 2016, or when the event is full.

    The workshop will be taught by Andrew Hardie, Dana Gablasova, and Mark McGlashan (Lancaster University).

    Topics to be covered:

    • Introduction to corpus linguistics
    • Corpora and language learning
    • Corpora and discourse
    • Using the AntConc software
    • Using the GraphColl software

    To register for free, please click on this link (or copy the address to your browser): http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/submission/registration.php?conference=17

    • Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2016; begins 10 a.m., ends 5 p.m.
    • Location: University of Cape Coast
    • NB: Lunch will be provided.

    If you have any queries about this event please email cass@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016
    09:00 - 16:00UGCS, University of Ghana, Legon

    This free one-day workshop, arranged jointly by Lancaster’s CASS research centre and the School of Languages of the University of Ghana, consists of a series of introductory lectures and practical sessions on topics in corpus linguistics and the use of corpus techniques in applied linguistic analysis.

    We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about this versatile methodology for language analysis; no specialised knowledge about language corpora is required, but basic familiarity with computers is assumed. The workshop focuses on analysis techniques and tools which participants will be able to apply to their own texts and corpora.

    Registration in advance is required, as places are limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment; registration will close on February 17th 2016, or when the event is full.

    The workshop will be taught by Andrew Hardie, Dana Gablasova, and Mark McGlashan (Lancaster University).

    Topics to be covered:

    • Introduction to corpus linguistics
    • Corpora and language learning
    • Corpora and discourse
    • Using the AntConc software
    • Using the GraphColl software

    To register for free, please click on this link (or copy the address to your browser): http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/submission/registration.php?conference=16

    • Date: Friday 26th February 2016; begins 9 a.m., ends 4 p.m.
    • Location: UGCS, University of Ghana, Legon
    • NB: Lunch will be provided.
  • Mon
    07
    Mar
    2016
    13:00 - 17:00Green Lane Conference Centre, Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster University

    A workshop organised by British Library Labs and the ERC funded, ‘Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS & Places’ at Lancaster University, as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow (2016).

    The workshop will showcase some of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it and how interesting and exciting projects from researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs have been developed via the annual British Library Labs Competition and Awards. This will be followed by presentations about research at Lancaster University. Finally, the session will end with an ‘Ideas Lab’ encouraging participants to explore, experiment and think of ideas of what they might do with the British Library’s digital content and data. A panel will give feedback on the ideas and there will be a British Library goody bag for the best one!

    Date and Time:
    Monday 7th March 2016,1300-1700

    Cost:
    Free

    Location:
    Green Lane Conference Centre, Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster University

    Map:
    Please refer to the following map detailing how to get to the event.

    BL Labs Roadshow (2016)

    Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected for researchers to use such as digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.

    This wonderful cacophony of content is having a significant effect on how institutions like the British Library support the research needs of their users. Will people discover new information when they are no longer restricted to viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the BL build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless of whether it is a televised news report or a unique signature drawn in the margins of a map? How can we use crowd-sourced information, computer vision and machine-learning techniques to provide people with better tools to better judge and interpret the context of illustration or work? How can we exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information found in our holdings?

    This is the research space that British Library Labs explores and we want to encourage researchers at Lancaster University to work with us and share their research questions and innovative ideas around this.

    Programme:

    1300  Introduction
    Professor Ian Gregory, Professor of Digital Humanities, Department of History, Lancaster University.

    1305  'Using corpus linguistics to investigate nineteenth-century newspapers: Ireland and the Irish’
    Professor Tony McEnery, Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University.

    1330  A demonstration of CQPweb and the British Library nineteenth-century newspaper collection.
    Dr Andrew Hardie, Reader in Linguistics, Lancaster University.

    1400  British Library Labs
    Mahendra Mahey, Manager of British Library Labs.
    Ben O'Steen, Technical Lead of British Library Labs.
    Hana Lewis, Project Officer of British Library Labs.
    Dr Bob Nicholson, Edge Hill University.

    The British Library Labs project supports and inspires scholars to use the British Library’s incredible digital collections in exciting and innovative ways for their research, through various activities such as competitions, awards, events and projects.

    Labs will highlight some of the work that they and others are doing around digital content in libraries and also talk about ways to encourage researchers to engage with the British Library. They will present information on the annual BL Labs Competition, which closes this year on 11th April 2016. Through the Competition, Labs encourages researchers to submit their important research question or creative idea which uses the British Library’s digital content and data. Two Competition winners then work in residence at the British Library for five months and then showcase the results of their work at the annual Labs Symposium in November 2016.

    Labs will also discuss the annual BL Labs Awards which recognises outstanding work already completed, that has used the British Library’s digital collections and data. This year, the Awards will commend work in at four key areas: Research, Artistic, Commercial and Teaching / Learning. The deadline for entering the BL Labs Awards this year is 5th September 2016.

    Labs will further present information on various projects such as the ‘Mechanical Curator’ and other interesting experiments using the British Library’s digital content and data.

    1500  Coffee break

    1515  Examination of British Library data and previous Labs ideas
    Labs Team

    Labs will be coming along with terabytes of the British Library’s digital data on the day which the team will give an overview of, highlighting some of the challenges faced when working with “messy” data.

    1530  Ideas Lab
    Labs Team

    Labs will present an outline of the various ideas and suggestions from other researchers that have been made which explore working with the British Library’s digital content and data. The delegates will then have the opportunity to work in small groups and come up with their own ideas. The team and Lancaster staff will be on hand to help and advise.

    1630  Pitching ideas to the panel
    Lancaster University and Labs Team

    Each group will pitch their ideas to the Labs and Lancaster University panel who will give feedback on how they might be implemented - and there’s even the chance to win a goody bag!

    1700  Finish

     

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experimenting-with-the-british-librarys-digital-content-and-data-for-your-research-lancaster-tickets-21004019588

  • Tue
    12
    Jul
    2016
    Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    Lancaster University

    Lancaster University is pleased to offer six free training events that cover the techniques of corpus linguistics, computational analysis of language and geographical information systems (see the description of the individual schools below). The schools include both lectures and practical sessions that introduce the latest developments in the field and practical applications of cutting-edge analytical techniques. The summer schools are taught by leading experts in the field both from Lancaster University and other institutions (CASS Challenge Panel).

    The summer schools are intended primarily for postgraduate research students but applications from Masters-level students, postdoctoral researchers, senior researchers, and others will also be considered.

    Dates: 12 - 15 July (four days)

    Venue: Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

    Application: Apply online. [The application process closes on 1st May 2016 or when a maximum number of registrations is reached.]

    N.B. Since the places in the summer schools are limited, we recommend applying early. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

    The summer schools are free to attend; the participants will arrange their own travel and accommodation (for travel details click here).

    The following six Summer Schools will run in July 2016:

    For further details, click through to each Summer School's full description. Any queries can be directed to the Summer School administrator, Katarina Pardula (k.pardula@lancaster.ac.uk).