Recent News

CultuurLINK Linking Award
Happy and suprised to find the first (and so far only) CultuurLink Linking Award in my mail box yesterday! I checked with the nice people over at and it turns out it was a [Read More...]
Querylog-based Assessment of Retrievability Bias in Delpher
On March 17, we were invited by the National Library of the Netherlands to present the results of our study on retrievability bias in the Dutch historic newspaper archive. The research was conducted in collaboration with [Read More...]
Dr. Nana Baah Gyan and the Web for Rural Development
Freshly minted dr. Nana flanked by his two paranimphs receives the laudation from supervisor prof. Akkermans. On 5 april 2016, Nana Baah Gyan successfully defended his PhD thesis “The Web, Speech Technologies and Rural Development in West [Read More...]
A look back at the 3rd VU ICT4D symposium
VU Rector Prof. Subramaniam opens the symposium On 6 April 2016, the Third International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT for Development (ICT4D)” was hosted by the VU Network Institute, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems [Read More...]
Fahimeh Alizadeh Moghaddam wins the ASCI Track Best Flash Presentation Award at ICT.Open 2016
Fahimeh, joint PhD student from S2 group at VU and SNE group at UvA, won the ASCI Track Best Flash Presentation Award at the ICT.Open 2016 in March. Congrats Fahimeh! In her work, she introduces a [Read More...]
Stitch by Stitch: Annotating Fashion at the Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum – Modemuze – COMMIT/ SealincMedia – Wikimedia Nederland Saturday 23rd April 2016 – Cuypers Library, the Rijksmuseum Fashion heritage, collected over centuries, can be found everywhere in museums: costumes, accessories, paintings, prints and photographs. But while [Read More...]
ISWC 2016 – submissions 1 month away
It’s kind of appropriate that my last post of 2015 was about the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) and my first post of 2016 will be about ISWC. This years conference will be held in Kobe Japan. [Read More...]
Best poster award for CrowdTruth at ICT OPEN 2016
On the 22nd of March we presented our latest work on CrowdTruth at the ICT.OPEN 2016 conference. We are happy to announce that our poster received the best poster award in the Human and the [Read More...]
ICT Open 2016
Below you find some impressions from ICT.Open 2016. At this very nice event members from the Web and Media group and VU master students presented their ICT research. The images show me presenting the Observe project’s achievements so far. [Read More...]
CrowdTruth @ Watson Experience MeetUp
CrowdTruth had an appearance at the Watson Experience MeetUp last week. Together with Zoltán Szlávik, my colleague from IBM, we talked about the pervasive myths that still influence how we collect annotation from humans. While [Read More...]