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ISEBEL stands for Intelligent Search Engine for Belief Legends.

We aim to build an international search engine that is able to harvest data from several folktale databases. Beta version: http://search.isebel.eu/

Picture taken at the first international meeting of the ISEBEL group, on September 14, 2017, at the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam

The picture shows:
Theo Meder: Dutch project leader of ISEBEL, senior folk narrative researcher at the Meertens Instituut, and professor at the University of Groningen. Holger Meyer: German assistant professor in the Database Research Group, CSEE Department, at the University of Rostock. Christoph Schmitt: German head of the “Institut für Volkskunde” and Wossidlo Archive, Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Rostock. Matthijs Brouwer: Dutch software engineer at the Meertens Instituut. Vic Ding: Dutch software engineer at the Meertens Instituut (newly hired for the ISEBEL project). Tim Tangherlini: American professor at the Scandinavian Section and the Asian L&C, at the UCLA. Roman Winter: Dutch-Italian PhD student. Antal van den Bosch: Dutch linguistics professor on example-based language modelling at the Radboud University Nijmegen and director of the Meertens Instituut.

 

The following databases will be involved:

The Dutch Folktale Database

The Danish Folktale Database (see also here)

The North-East German Folklore Database WossiDia

See this pdf for a description and the first plans on ISEBEL in Dutch (published as: Theo Meder: ‘ISEBEL: Intelligent Search Engine for Belief Legends’, in: Volkskunde 119 (2018) 1, p. 87-89.)

An English slideshow about ISEBEL (presented at the SIEF workgroup on Archives in Vilnius, Lithiania, 18 October 2018): http://www.theomeder.nl/VilniusISEBEL.pdf

Here is some media coverage about ISEBEL:

https://www.nwo.nl/actueel/nieuws/2017/gw/zestien-internationale-onderzoeksfinanciers-kondigen-de-winnaars-van-de-2017-t-ap-digging-into-data-challenge-aan.html

https://www.meertens.knaw.nl/cms/nl/cms/nl/nieuws-agenda/nieuws-overzicht/236-2017/145254-nwo-subsidieert-ontwikkeling-van-intelligente-zoekmachine-voor-verhalenbanken

https://www.volkskunde.uni-rostock.de/fileadmin/uni-rostock/Alle_PHF/Wossidlo/PM-Isebel-Bewilligung-20170330_Version_2.pdf

http://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/announcements_proposals/2017/info_wissenschaft_17_16/index.html

https://idw-online.de/de/news673033

https://www.neh.gov/files/press-release/march17_grant_list.pdf