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Humanist Archives: Dec. 14, 2022, 8:21 a.m. Humanist 36.296 - PhD studentship (King's London); postdoc (Trinity Dublin)

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    [1]    From: Marinella Testori <>
           Subject: Fwd: [Corpora-List] PhD opportunity at King's College London (124)

    [2]    From: Jennifer Edmond <>
           Subject: Postdoc position in DH and Democracy at TCD in Dublin (36)

        Date: 2022-12-13 19:13:36+00:00
        From: Marinella Testori <>
        Subject: Fwd: [Corpora-List] PhD opportunity at King's College London

[Da: Barbara McGillivray via Corpora <>]

A fully funded PhD position is now available at King’s College London on
the project “‘Lost for words’: semantic search in the Find Case Law service
of The National Archives”, a Collaborative Doctoral Award received by
King’s College London in collaboration with The National Archives and
funded by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP
<>). This interdisciplinary project is an
exciting opportunity to work in natural language processing (particularly
computational semantics and information retrieval) applied to legal texts
and digital humanities.

About the project

Access to case law is vital for safeguarding the constitutional right of
access to justice. It enables members of the public to understand their
position when facing litigation and to scrutinise court judgements. Since
April 2022, UK court and tribunal decisions are preserved by The National
Archives’ Find Case Law service as freely accessible online public records.
This project seeks to improve Find Case Law by enhancing it with
meaning-sensitive (semantic) search functionality. It will study how
individuals without legal training use language to navigate court judgments
and it will develop tools to facilitate this navigation. In most digital
cultural heritage catalogues, while we can search for words within the
metadata describing their records, we cannot search for records based on
the meaning of words contained within these records, for example the
different words to refer to “knife crime”. Therefore, users’ access to
collection is determined by their ability to articulate their information
need precisely. Recent advances in natural language processing unlock new
possibilities for querying documents via state-of-the-art semantic search.
Incorporating such search capabilities in the Find Case Law collection is
crucial for democratising access to digital collections, helping expose the
social impact of how the law is written.

For queries specific to the project, please contact the project’s lead
supervisor Barbara McGillivray  (

Supervisory team

   - Barbara McGillivray
<> (Department
   of Digital Humanities, King’s College London)
   - Nicki Welch (The National Archives)
   - Rose Rees Jones (The National Archives)
   - Niccolò Ridi <> (Department
   of Law, King’s College London)
   - Marton Ribary
   <> (Department
   of Law and Criminology, Royal Holloway University of London)

Skills required


·         Experience with Natural Language Processing research and applied
work, including developing new tools.
·         Interest in working with UK case law for improving access to


·         Background in law or legal research.
·         Experience working with digital archives
·         Knowledge of User experience (UX) research
·         Knowledge of lexical semantics.
·         Experience with semantic search.
·         Experience with NLP applied to legal texts.

About application process

Applicants will need to submit an application for a PhD in Digital
Humanities at King’s
 (details here
and an application for the LAHP (details here
Both applications need to be submitted by *27 January 2023 at 5pm*.

About Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral students
to work on a project in collaboration with an organisation outside higher
education. They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and
partnerships and to provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain
first-hand experience of work outside the university environment. They
enhance the employment-related skills and training available to the
research student during the course of the award.

The studentship includes a stipend at the Research Council UK Home/ EU rate
(£19,668 per annum) plus fees for three and half years. The awarded
candidate will also be entitled to a £550 per annum stipend top-up.

LAHP welcomes applications:

   - From ‘home’ and ‘international’ (including EU) applicants who meet the
   residency requirements as detailed on the UKRI Guidance document on EU
   and International eligibility
   - From those who have recently completed their Masters’ programmes and
   those with relevant professional and/or practitioner experience;
   - From those wishing to study on a full-time or part-time basis;
   - From applicants of all ages and backgrounds.
   - For full details on the LAHP Collaborative Doctoral Awards, please

Barbara McGillivray | @BarbaraMcGilli
Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Cultural Computation
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS, Room 3.28, Department of Digital
Humanities, King’s College London

        Date: 2022-12-13 10:55:03+00:00
        From: Jennifer Edmond <>
        Subject: Postdoc position in DH and Democracy at TCD in Dublin

The Trinity College Centre for Digital Humanities is recruiting a post-doctoral
fellow (initial contract for 2 years, extensible for up to 36 months depending
on start date and entry grade) with fluency and expertise in digital technology
and the humanities to join its growing and diverse team. The purpose of this
position is to support the delivery of the KT4D (Knowledge Technologies for
Democracy) project.

The KT4D project will harness the benefits of an understanding of AI and big
data as knowledge technologies to foster more inclusive civic participation in
democracy. To achieve this, we will develop and validate tools, guidelines and a
Digital Democracy Lab demonstrator platform. These results will be validated
across three user needs scenarios: 1) building capacity for citizens and
citizen-facing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs); 2) creating regulatory tools
and services for Policy and CSOs; and 3) improving awareness of how to design
ethically and mindfully for democratic principles in academic and industrial
software development. Our work is underpinned by the understanding that to fully
address the social and fundamental rights costs of AI and big data, we need more
than just technological fixes, we need to address the underlying cultural
influences and barriers.  The KT4D consortium of 12 partners from across Europe
has been funded by the European Commission and is led by Trinity College
Dublin’s Professor Jennifer Edmond, Co-Director of the Trinity Centre for
Digital Humanities. The appointee will be based in the Trinity Long Room Hub
Arts and Humanities Research Institute and will work closely with Professor
Edmond and the DH@TCD Team, also based in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

The appointee will work closely and collaboratively with the Project PI to
deliver a series of activities woven into the overall goals and ambitions of the
KT4D project, documenting the history and imaginaries of knowledge technologies,
deepening our understanding of the impact of cultural factors on critical
digital literacy, and the cultural specificity of exploring the cultural
implications of frameworks for participatory and ethical software design. For
further information, see the job posting and spec here:
in-digital-humanities-and-democracy/.  Closing date for applications is 18
January, 2023.  Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jennifer Edmond.

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