Are you an early career data scientist, social scientist, computer scientist, humanities scholar, or more simply put, a researcher working with or interested in our digital collections, such as the web archive, 100 million pages digitised text or ground-truth sets? Then we’re looking for you!
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its fully paid Researcher-in-residence program in 2021. This program offers a unique chance for early career researchers of all disciplines to work in the library with the Digital Scholarship team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB, what kinds of possibilities it offers and how we can improve our services.
You will be assisted by one of our research software engineers, an advisor and collection and data specialists. The output of the project will be incorporated in the experimental platform of the KB, the KB Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.
This year we are also accepting applications for a remote residency and can offer short-term fixed contracts for researchers currently not affiliated with a university or research institute!
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands, is a research library with a broad collection in the fields of Dutch history, culture and society. As a national library we aim to collect and store all (digital) publications that appear in the Netherlands, as well as a part of the international publications about the Netherlands. The KB has planned to have digitised and OCRed its entire collection of books, periodicals and newspapers from 1470 onward by the year 2030. Over 100 million book, newspaper and magazine pages are currently available via the search portal delpher.nl and dbnl.org, but we also offer born digital collections, such as our web archive, which contains 38 TB of data and consist of more than 16.000 websites.
The KB has formulated a Research Agenda for the period 2018 – 2022 in which we indicate five themes that we wish to focus our efforts on such as our role in the shaping of the information society, as well as the quality, availability, and breadth of representation in our digital collections. The KB is also one of the co-founders of the Cultural AI Lab, which aims to accelerate excellent research on the intersection of humanities and artificial intelligence. For this venture, four research themes have been described, which include topics such as trust, bias, and a focus on using advanced technologies to uncover hidden collections and/or address the colonial history of our collections.
The Researcher-in-residence project will be carried out in the Research department of the KB and there will be two consecutive placements in 2021.
We’re open to all kinds of projects that use our data and benefit your research and other users of the KB and/or the KB Lab. We encourage you to define your project by:
We’re looking for talented early career researchers of any nationality but eligible to work in the EU who are:
We wish to specifically invite researchers from underrepresented communities to submit a proposal.
Please use the template to formulate your research proposal and submit this as a pdf before 30 September 2020 via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, after having carefully read our terms and conditions. The form contains the following elements: details, project description (including research question, theoretical background and applied methods and techniques), outcomes, work plan, personal background, your availability in 2021 and a checkbox on our terms and conditions.
Before you start working on your proposal, we strongly advise you to contact email@example.com in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and KB support with the Digital Scholarship team. Consultation slots with (part of) the team are available and advertised on lab.kb.nl.
All proposals will first be reviewed on eligibility by an internal KB committee and then forwarded to an external committee of representative experts from several Dutch universities and institutions that have backgrounds in relevant fields. The commission consists of:
All entries will be judged on:
You will be notified of the outcome of this call in October 2020.
For answers to more questions, read our FAQ. Please also read the terms of this call and placement.