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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.

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.)

 

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