Pinned post: Welcome to The Scholarly Tales

Welcome to The Scholarly Tales blog! This blog is managed by the research team within KU Leuven Libraries Artes. Here you will find different kinds of useful content geared mainly towards KU Leuven researchers at the Faculty of Arts in particular and the humanities in general: Information about tools, training opportunities, and events, inside and outside KU Leuven. This includes, for example, much-needed training opportunities on specific tools. This way, the blog can serve as an intermediary for all kinds of…

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Training: Open Science Discovery for PhD researchers 2022 (KU Leuven)

This event is only open to KU Leuven researchers and staff. When? 24 October 2022, 1 pm – 4 pm Where? Promotiezaal (Universiteitshal, Naamsestraat 22) and online via MS Teams (link will be shared prior to the event) For whom? Training targeted at PhD researchers, but other researchers and support staff are welcome No fees, but registration is mandatory This training is an opportunity to learn from other researchers at KU Leuven how they implement Open Science principles. The focus will be on…

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Baserow: the open-source, no-code database

Are you looking for an easy way to organize your research data in a database without worrying about data loss? Do you want to build logical relationships between your data but don’t want to delve into programming languages? Then Baserow might offer the solution you need! Why build your database in Baserow Baserow makes it possible to create an online database without any technical experience. It has the look and feel of an excel spreadsheet so it is very intuitive…

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Open or closed? Which availability to choose for your dissertation

Sometimes, researchers ask us to close off access to a dissertation that had initially been made available in Open Access through our institutional repository Lirias. The main motivation for this is the fear that publishers won’t be willing to publish the material if it can already be freely consulted online. This fear stems from a general anxiety that characterizes the dissertation process: the idea that developing your dissertation is still something you mainly do alone, without publicly sharing too many…

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Job Vacancy: Social Network Analysis for the Transmission of Ideas in the Ancient World on the NIKAW Project

Within the context of the ID-N project NIKAW (Networks of Ideas and Knowledge in the Ancient World), funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of KU Leuven, applications are invited for a PhD position on the subject of social network analysis for the transmission of ideas in the ancient world. The NIKAW project aims to exploit textual information from the ancient world to reconstruct the transmission of knowledge across multilingual, geographically and chronologically extended communities. The PhD candidate will focus on the…

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Job Vacancy: Machine Learning for Information Extraction from Ancient Texts on the NIKAW Project

Within the context of the ID-N project NIKAW (Networks of Ideas and Knowledge in the Ancient World), funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of KU Leuven, applications are invited for a PhD position on the subject of machine learning for information extraction from ancient texts. The NIKAW project aims to exploit textual information from the ancient world to reconstruct the transmission of knowledge across multilingual, geographically and chronologically extended communities.  The PhD candidate will focus on the extraction of…

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From our Digital Bookshelf: “Rethinking research data” by Kristin Briney

Research data management (RDM) is as old as research itself. Scholars across the centuries have developed ways to organize and preserve the materials they work with. In today’s age of seemingly boundless technological possibilities, tool options, and ideas, more and more funders and institutions are outlining formal requirements around RDM to help overwhelmed researchers find their way to the latest best practices in handling data. These requirements aren’t always experienced as helpful, of course. The lingo of RDM can sound…

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From our Digital Bookshelf: “Embedding Creativity into Digital Resources,” by Christina Kamposiori, Claire Warwick, and Simon Mahony

Kamposiori, Christina, Claire Warwick, and Simon Mahony. “Embedding Creativity into Digital Resources: Improving Information Discovery for Art History.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 37, no. 2 (June 1, 2022): 469–82. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqab088.  In the Digital Bookshelf series, the Artes Research team shares with our readers an academic work we have been enjoying recently. This time, I’ve chosen a recently published article co-authored by Christina Kamposiori, Claire Warwick, and Simon Mahony. The article, titled “Embedding Creativity into Digital Resources: Improving Information Discovery…

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DH@rts: New DH Website at KU Leuven Faculty of Arts

Are you wanting to stay up-to-date on all the DH-happenings at the KU Leuven Faculty of Arts? In addition to following the Scholarly Tales blog, you can also visit the Faculty’s new Digital Humanities website, DH@rts, which serves as a central portal for all the DH initiatives, support, resources, and trainings. If you are thinking of writing a project proposal incorporating DH aspects, are in the beginning stages of a new research project and exploring potential DH applications, or are…

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Recap: Zotero workshop and plugin recommendations

Recap Zotero workshop On the 16th of June the Artes Research team joined forces with the research support services from the Faculty of Law to help PhD researchers get started with Zotero, a free online reference manager. The session was a success with an attendance of around 30 researchers, who were all eager to dive into the world of reference management. We kicked off the workshop with an introduction to the basic functionalities of Zotero. Nele Noppe of the Artes…

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2025 rare books for Louvain 2025

In 2025, it will be 600 years since a university was founded in Leuven, the forerunner of today’s KU Leuven. In anticipation to these festivities, KU Leuven Libraries, in collaboration with UCLouvain, is putting its academic collection in the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of the past months and years, images of 2025 rare books published by Leuven professors have now been uploaded to the Lovaniensia platform. However, this enormous growth – in May 2020, about 400 works were available…

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