Announcements

Datasets for Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

This request for proposals (RFP) will fund the creation, labeling, augmentation, or maintenance of
datasets for machine learning in languages in sub-Saharan Africa. We envision that these datasets will
both enable specific tasks in natural language processing (NLP) and broader research in machine
learning with the ultimate goal of supporting social impact.
This RFP closes on 6 November 2020. Proposals will only be accepted through the online portal on
Lacuna Fund’s website (http://www.lacunafund.org/apply). This document contains further details
about the RFP’s eligibility criteria, selection criteria, timeline, Q&A process, and purpose and need, as
well as application requirements.
Thank you for your interest in Lacuna Fund, and for your dedication to closing data gaps to allow the
machine learning community to better solve urgent problems. We look forward to receiving your
proposal!

Symposium on African Digital Storytelling, 8 October 2020

The importance of storytelling in African societies dates back to different forms of oral tradition that make knowledge, history, and experiences transferable across time, cultures, and groups. The symposium on digital storytelling in Africa will center the ways in which digital media hardware and software expand the forums and techniques available to African to tell stories about different aspects of life on the continent. We bring together participants from different parts of the world, including African locations, to think together about digital storytelling and what it might mean in the context of African digital cultures.

The conversation will be of interest to anyone interested in storytelling and the digital humanities more generally. The Symposium is free, online, and open to anyone to join.

CLARIN Annual Conference 2020 (Virtual Event)

The CLARIN Annual Conference is the main annual event for those working on the construction and operation of CLARIN across Europe, as well as for representatives of the communities of use in the humanities, and social sciences.

CLARIN2020 is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools and services that it contains or for which their is a need, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

We are looking forward to welcome all authors of accepted papers, members of national consortia and representatives of CLARIN centres, representatives from partner organizations, and anybody else who has interest in becoming part of the CLARIN community and would like to learn more.

DSA Research Award

Data Science Africa is announcing a call to support research addressing local challenges in Africa. We aim to support up to ten pilot and early stage research projects that leverage data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) methods to develop tools with broad societal benefits. Up to four projects responding to the immediate crises facing Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the locust invasion in East Africa will be selected for expedited support. The aim of this RFP is to provide access to resources currently limiting research productivity in Africa with a focus on data science research.