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 KB, National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its fully paid Researcher-in-Residence program in 2022. 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.
We also accept applications for a remote residency and can offer short-term fixed contracts for researchers currently not affiliated with a university or research institute!
The 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 portals Delpher and DBNL, and we also offer born digital collections, such as our web archive, which contains 47 TB of data and consists of more than 21.000 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 one placement in 2022.
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:
1. Formulating a fundamental research question that stems from your field of expertise, and can be linked to the KB Research Agenda or the Cultural AI Lab in any way.
2. Formulating a project that preferably (but not necessarily) uses one (or more) of the following collections: papers, magazines, web archive and/or ground-truth sets. For more information about other possible collections, see our Data services website. We also offer derived datasets on our KB Lab and you can browse through our collection of newspapers, magazines, radio bulletins and books on Delpher and DBNL. Within the above collections we prefer projects with a focus on our digital born datasets or datasets that haven’t been used a lot, like the web archive and Dutch novels (1950-2000). Please note that in case you wish to perform research on our web archive, you can only opt for the on-site residency because you need to be able to physically come to the KB for copyright reasons.
3. Formulating a project that is different from or builds on the previous Researcher-in-Residence projects in terms of data, techniques and research question. See the table in the attachment for an overview of previous projects and outcomes.
Who are we looking for?
We’re looking for talented early career researchers of any nationality 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 2021 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 2022 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 2021.
For answers to more questions, read our FAQ. Please also read the terms of this call and placement.