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SAS joins 16 partners for €3.9 million cutting-edge European digital research and training

Two early stage researchers (ESRs) based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, will explore the digital legacies of the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics, and national and transnational coverage of a decade of European parliamentary elections. 

SAS Marie Curie Project
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 812997).

They are part of the CLEOPATRA (Cross-lingual Event-centric Open Analytics Research Academy) project, which aims to make sense of the massive digital coverage generated by the intense disruption in Europe over the past decade – including appalling terrorist incidents and the dramatic movement of refugees and economic migrants.

The project, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, will fund the 15 PhDs (including the two at SAS) that will be awarded across the consortium, its contribution to training the next generation of researchers. SAS will lead on the dissemination, community building and exploitation aspects of the project, which will start on 1 January 2019.

In recent years, Europe has experienced a large number of events that have affected the continent as a whole, across language and community borders. Some of these events have been sudden and frequently traumatic, for example the terrorist attacks of 2015 in Paris; and some have been planned or foreseeable, for example European parliamentary elections; while others have played out over time, often in unpredictable ways, for example the large-scale migration seen in the second decade of the 21st century.
 
These events have been documented online on an unprecedented scale, on the web and in social media, through text, image and film. However, this data is produced by different communities, organisations and institutions, and in different languages and for different purposes. So meaningful analysis of these complex and disparate primary sources is extremely challenging. But it’s more important than ever if we wish to engage critically with the digital world, trace flows of news and information online, and distinguish fact from fake.
 
The CLEOPATRA project, led by the L3S Research Centre at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hanover, offers a unique interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and training programme, which will explore how we can begin to analyse and understand the major events that influence and shape our lives and our societies. 

It will facilitate advanced cross-lingual processing of textual and visual information related to key contemporary events at scale, and will develop innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access to and interaction with multilingual information.
 
The CLEOPATRA consortium consists of eight core beneficiaries, who will host the ESRs: 

•    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
•    University of London (UK)
•    University of Southampton (UK)
•    Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany)
•    German National Library of Science and Technology (Germany) 
•    Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia)
•    University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
•    University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Nine partner organisations will collaborate to provide data, training and research placements:

•    Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) 
•    Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
•    Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (Slovenia) 
•    British Library (UK)
•    The National Archives (UK) 
•    Ontotext AD (Bulgaria)
•    Slovenian Press Agency (Slovenia)
•    VICO Research & Consulting GmbH (Germany)
•    Tilde (Latvia)