The opportunity to access query mechanisms & expertise within ELEXIS is a tremendous gain for my project.

Veni – vidi – vici. Asil Çetin took part in ELEXIS’ first call for travel grants and convinced the transnational access committee with his project idea: As an experienced software developer, he is ambitiously chasing his goal to develop a data visualization tool for language varieties, which can be adapted to any language source and any corpus engine. Read the details here:

How did you learn about the ELEXIS travel grants?

My home institution, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at Austrian Academy of Sciences, is a member of the ELEXIS project.
I learned about this call when it was shared online on various channels and I read about the details on the ELEXIS website.

“Applying the most effective methods
in various humanities disciplines
opens up many exciting and interdisciplinary questions and challenges.”

What is your project about?

The aim of my project is to develop an explorative data visualization application in order to analyze and visualize regional language varieties and statistical differences in lexical uses of languages.

The project runs as a collaborative design study and focuses on the target group of mainly young researchers and students in the fields of linguistics, philology and humanities. Following a user-centric research approach allows the project to have a solid base of domain understanding, abstraction of the most meaningful tasks and application of effective visual encodings and algorithms. In order to implement this nested model, many interviews with multiple researchers are conducted as an iterative practice of evaluation.

The software architecture of the application will follow a decoupled service pattern separating data collection / curation, corpus access and frontend of the web application. Hence, a software architecture like that would offer the opportunity to reuse the application for different language sources and different corpus engines.

During the design, development and evaluation phases of this project, it is crucial to be in contact with relevant data sources and domain experts. Thus, having the opportunity to access the query mechanisms and the expertise of Real Academia Española (RAE) will be a tremendous gain for my project.

“A user-centric approach is crucial to have a solid domain understanding, abstraction of the tasks and application of visual encodings and algorithms.”

What is your background that brought you up to this point?

I am a software developer at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and responsible for development and design of software solutions in the context of research infrastructure initiatives such as CLARIN, DARIAH, PARTHENOS, and the go! Digital projects. Currently I’m in the process of finishing my Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Vienna and my Master’s thesis is highly connected to the project I’m conducting within my ELEXIS travel grant.

Where does your interest in languages/lexicography come from and what keeps you motivated?

I’m highly interested in the fields of information management technologies, human-computer interaction and visual data analysis. Applying the most effective methods of these fields in various humanities disciplines, including corpus linguistics and lexicography, opens up many exciting and interdisciplinary questions and challenges. Tackling these challenges and understanding domain specific tasks and concepts with each iteration during a user-centric study keeps me motivated to deliver quantifiably better solutions to extracted tasks in order to contribute further to the research community of these disciplines.

Find out more about ELEXIS visiting grants and former winning projects:

Profile: Asil Çetin
Travel Grant Call 1
Period of stay 7.4.2019 – 27.4.2019
Project title Visual Data Analysis
for Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Language Varieties
Home institution Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities
(OeAW, Austria)
Hosting institution Real Academia Española
(RAE, Spain)