The European Researchers’ Night is an event that highlights the diversity of research and is dedicated to bringing researchers closer to the public. The ACDH has been part of the annual event since 2017.
ACDH @ European Researchers' Night 2019
At this years European Researchers' Night in Vienna on 27 September 2019 the ACDH was present with the projects Elexis and Exploration Space. Visitors of all ages tried their hand at the craft of lexicography, engaged in a collaborative mapping process on sustainable development goals or explored augmented reality during a hands-on workshop.
Scientific Booth ELEXIS:
“Inside the Dictionary Matrix - ELEXIS and the multilingual dictionaries of the future”
At this year's European Researchers Night, the ACDH was presenting ELEXIS, a research project that revolves all around languages and words. The ACDH is one of seventeen institutional project partners all around Europe that are working on the development of a multilingual, digital lexicographic infrastructure.
Therefore a digital and partially automatically generated "Dictionary Matrix" is created and makes it possible to connect the words of many different languages at the semantic level and will allow users to find dictionary entries on words of the same meaning in all the languages included in it - making it possible to translate even between language pairs for which no dictionary has been written yet.
The ELEXIS Dictionary Matrix is still under development, but at ERN 2019, visitors of all ages could gain insight into how it is created and at the same time try their hand at the craft of lexicography: Who can connect a word in a (more or less familiar) language with its counterparts in other languages and help to expand our (analogue) multilingual dictionary?
Scientific Booth Exploration Space:
"Futurecraft 4 a social city Vienna - Digital scenarios and sustainable development goals"
Exploration Space in collaboration with Ars Electronica - knowledge for humanity hub, Knowledge City Vienna and Social City Vienna is organizing for the European Researchers Night (ERN) a collaborative mapping for envisioning interactions concerning citizen innovation and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a personal level (Good Life Goals GLG).
Participants engaged in a collaborative mapping process with a digital focus, contributing to information landscapes for more sustainable futures. The session, based on experimental participatory design materials developed by researchers, was also an opportunity for knowing more about the SDGs, which address various areas of urgency at the global level for sustainable development, such as reducing inequalities or protecting the environment.
Workshop Exploration Space:
"The easy way - Cultural Storytelling via mixed reality"
On the intersection of science, art and emerging technology, Exploration Space in collaboration with ars electronica, artivive and the visual artist Daniela Litto invited participants to a joint exploration and discovery of that topic. In an augmented reality workshop, participants and hosts worked together to discover individual narratives framing our culture in an urban space hands-on. Against the background of food as a product, service and emotion, they explored the role of food as tangible and intangible heritage, discussed their experiences with food trends and envisioned food of the future. The findings and stories that resulted from this were expressed in animated pictures.
The workshop gave an introduction into augmented reality and the artivive app, which allows users to simply leave digital traces in the air in the form of letters, pictures, tatoos, paintings or videos. The lab offered the opportunity to create your own animations and bring these to life on site. Participants worked with their own digital tools: smartphones, tablets and/or notebooks.