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Karl-Steinbuch-Stipendium for Young Researchers

Dec 08, 2013

Students of the Cluster's Research Area C and the Institute of Sinology have been awarded the Karl-Steinbuch-Stipendium for innovative research projects. Their project "Eine offene Infrastruktur zur semantischen Annotation chinesischer Quellen anhand des Siku quanshu" will be funded from November 2013 to September 2014.

Manuel Sassmann, PhD student of MC13.1 "Standards of Validity", and Gesa Stupperich, PhD student of MC5 "Global Concepts", from the Cluster "Asia and Europe", together with David Höppner and Qiu Zhiqiong from the Institute of Sinology in Heidelberg have been awarded the scholarship to build an open access online platform for collaborative semantic annotations for one of the most important text collections of premodern China, the Siku quanshu. Additional to a user friendly semantic markup editor and an OCR service on the website, they want to experiment with automatic annotations (e.g. for quotations, personal names, and official titles), visualize certain structural features of texts (e.g. prosody and parallel prose style) and lay the foundation for future researchers to implement their own modules for computational textual analysis by the use and development of open source IT technologies.

The Karl-Steinbuch-Stipendium is offered each year for innovative projects in the sciences related to IT or media. It is awarded by the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG) for students that are enrolled in one of this federal state's universities.

Read the press release by the MFG (in German).


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  • Awarding Ceremony, from left: Gesa Stupperich, Qiu Zhiqiong, Klaus Haasis (MFG), David Höppner, Jürgen Walter (state secretary MdL), Manuel Sassmann (©MFG Innovation)

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