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Datasets and Demonstrations: The NewsEye User Workshop

This summer, the NewsEye blog will be looking back on NewsEye events that have been held this year. Follow along with #summernewseye.

In this final edition of our summer series focusing on NewsEye events from 2021, we are looking back on the NewsEye User Workshop. Held online on the 13th of April, this event was organised by NewsEye colleagues at the Austrian National Library.

According to the event's page on the NewsEye website, the ultimate objective of the workshop was to 'include and interact with...a cross section of our potential users in using some of the key outputs and tools of the NewsEye project'.

The day was divided into two sections:

  • The first section, which took place during the morning, focused on presentations of the project and its various outputs (including the NewsEye platform) and workflows.
  • The second section, which took place during the afternoon, focused on hands-on approaches to using NewsEye tools.

Outputs, Tools and Workflows

The morning session featured many NewsEye team members who have specialised knowledge that they have contributed to the project. Following a general word of welcome by Max Kaiser (Austrian National Library), Project Coordinator Antoine Doucet (La Rochelle Université) provided an overview of the project and its goals.

  • This was followed by a presentation about 'Data Models, Data Collection, Data Preservation and Data Generation' by Günter Hackl (University of Innsbruck).
  • Roger Labahn (University of Rostock) then presented the topic of Article Separation as it pertains to the project.
  • Afterward, the presentation of Antoine Doucet (La Rochelle Université) focused on NER (Named Entity Recognition), NEL (Named Entity Linking) and Event Detection.
  • Elaine Zosa (University of Helsinki) then closed the first half of the session with a presentation focusing on the analysis of content in a given context, the comparative analysis of content in a given context and the intelligible representation of statistical analysis.

The second half of the morning session continued with a presentation by Lidia Pivovarova and Leo Leppänen (University of Helsinki), which focused on the Personal Research Assistant feature of the NewsEye platform and its three components: Investigator, Reporter and Explainer.

Then, Axel Jean-Caurant (La Rochelle Université) presented the NewsEye Platform and its various functions. The platform is open to registered users and can be accessed in English, French, Finnish and German.

The morning was concluded with a video produced by Sarah Oberbichler (University of Innsbruck), which demonstrated a Digital Humanities case study focused on migration which she had developped during the project. This presentation can be watched below.

Hands-on Approaches to Using NewsEye Tools

As per the agenda page for the event on the NewsEye website, the afternoon's session included three demonstrations:

  1. Building a dataset using the NewsEye Demonstrator – searching, refining and adding documents on the topic of ‘Spanish Flu’ to a dataset
  2. Running automated experiments (Personal Research Assistant)
  3. Exporting the dataset and usage of external tools - how outputs from research within the Demonstrator can be used with other visualisation or analytical tools

Led by Martin Gasteiner (University of Vienna), Axel Jean-Caurant (La Rochelle Université), Sarah Oberbichler (University of Innsbruck), Eva Pfanzelter (University of Innsbruck), and Hannu Toivonen (University of Helsinki), this session contained a wealth of information regarding how to use NewsEye tools. Throughout the afternoon, users were invited to provide their feedback, which led to various fruitful discussions.

If you are interested in learning more about the NewsEye platform, you can watch Hannu Toivonen's video 'Running automated experiments on the NewsEye platform' below.