Including or Excluding Context – from the Information Crisis to Natural Language Processing

Event: Conference

Location: Zoom

26 May 2022, 18.00-20.00 (Bucharest time)

Professor of Sociology, Department of Organisation, Leadership and Management, Faculty of Social Science, Lillehammer (Norway)

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A common thread in the debates over the digital age, since its inception in the 1940s, is the question whether information must have a meaning or not. Or, whether a text depends on its context or not. Both meaning and context are at times kept away from being relevant topics in these debates, but they somehow come back again. From the controversies between librarians and documentalists in the 1950s, to mass-digitization of books and the contemporary controversy over the sources for the datasets in Natural Language Processing (NLP). The talk shall look into some of these debates in order to show how and why the question of context and meaning tends to return.

This event is organized within the framework of the NetIAS lectures series (Network of European Institutes of Advanced Study) hosted by NEC.