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SSHOC Speech-to-text Workshop

Date: 16 April 2021 – 11:00 to 12:30 Location: Online

Survey Infrastructures systematically interview tens of thousands of individuals across Europe each year. Respondents are selected at random from all walks of life, and the hour-long interviews provide a range of data which has value for researchers and subsequently policy makers.

While complex life histories or events may be coded into the structured taxonomies required for cutting-edge sociological research, a large proportion of the information conveyed in an interview is lost. A respondent’s tone of voice, linguistic fluidity, and depth of vocabulary for example can provide insights about cognitive function, socio-economic status or verbal reasoning skills.

Making use of this lost data requires the integration of social survey and linguistic infrastructures. Such integration underpins the EOSC vision. As such, the basis for the work within SSHOC on analysing voice recorded interviews seeks to provide both a proof of concept and a framework for future research that explores this approach.

SSHOC (Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud) is EU funded project aiming at creating the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) thereby facilitating access to flexible, scalable research data and related services streamlined to the precise needs of the SSH community.

Agenda

  • Judith Koops from the Generations and Gender Programme, will provide an overview of the project. She will focus on the advantages of collaboration between the different infrastructures and new insights generated over the course of the project.
  • Joris Mulder from the LISS panel will demonstrate the tools used for collecting audio data through existing survey software in online interviews. He will provide an evaluation of the challenges encountered in this project as well as the way these issues were solved. 
  • Henk van den Heuvel from the Speech and Tech team will then describe the tools used for analysis of Oral History data which could be adapted for analysis of survey interviews. In particular he will address the so-called Transcription Chain, which is based on automatic speech-to-text conversion. The resulting text can, after manual correction, be processed by NLP tools to obtain more insights into its linguistic structure, or for topic detection or text summarisation, amongst others.
  • Giovanni Borghesan from the European Values Study will lead the interactive session where participants will discuss potential applications for the tools, the use of the data for new avenues of scientific research, as well as ways to improve the collection, processing and archiving of audio data.

Register to the workshop by filling this form.

Job offer – Junior researcher

The Department of Sociology at Tilburg University is looking for an enthusiastic Junior researcher – project “European Values Study in the Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud Infrastructure” (0.8-1.0 fte for 10 months)

As a Junior Researcher, you will participate in research projects of the European Values Study (EVS). EVS (www.europeanvaluesstudy.eu) is a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values, and opinions of citizens all over Europe. It is a unique research project on how Europeans think about life, family, work, religion, politics, and society; it started in 1981. The Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is a EU-Horizon 2020 funded a program (www.sshopencloud.eu). 

In this context, the main focus will be on surveycodings.org: a facility to develop further the coding of variables that are crucial in surveys, e.g., educational level, occupation, religion, and other core demographic variables. EVS is cooperating here with other European surveys, and will extend the scope to global social surveys. Focus for the coming period will be to standardize and harmonize codings further and make them available within surveycodings.org. The Junior Researcher may also be involved in other activities of the EVS.


Job description 

  • The main tasks of the Junior researcher are the following:
  • Standardising and harmonizing codings and looking for translations in different languages;
  • Making these codings available to the research community by further developing the surveycodings.org website, writing blogs and other materials for survey research programs;
  • Assisting in developing a sustainable infrastructure for codings for the years to come;
  • Administrative / support tasks.
     
Requirements
  • You have (or will soon receive) a (research) master degree;
  • You have good knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistical programs like SPSS, Stata and/or R;
  • You are willing to learn, are open for feedback; 
  • You have good communication and teamwork skills;
  • You have a good command of English.

Employment conditions and information for applying are available here.

Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Ruud Luijkx,  principal investigator and chair of the Executive Committee of EVS: r.luijkx@tilburguniversity.edu 

The closing date for applications is 6 April 2021. The interviews will take place in April 13, 2021. The anticipated starting date for the position is 1 May 2021.

Values, Modernisation and Social Change in Europe

The Czech Sociological Review just published the special issue Values, Modernisation and Social Change in Europe, all based on EVS data. 

The special issue, edited by Ladislav Rabušic and Beatrice Chromková Manea (EVS team in Czechia), includes the following articles (all open access):

Beatrice Chromková Manea and Ladislav Rabušic: Value Modernisation in Central and Eastern European Countries: How Does Inglehart’s Theory Work?

Michal Kozák: The Work Ethic and Social Change in the Czech Republic and Slovakia – A Modernisation Theory Perspective

Barbora Hubatková and Tomáš Doseděl: The Expansion of Higher Education and Post-Materialistic Attitudes to Work in Europe: Evidence from the European Values Study

Marta Kołczyńska: The Economy and Governance as Determinants of Political Trust in Europe: An Analysis of the European Values Study and the World Values Survey 1990–2019

Edurne Bartolomé-Peral and Lluis Coromina: Attitudes towards Life and Death in Europe: A Comparative Analysis

Peter Fučík: Trends in Divorce Acceptance and Its Correlates across European Countries

Link to the special issue: https://sreview.soc.cas.cz/en/magno/csr/2020/mn6.php

CFP: ESPAnet2021

The Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) is an association of academics involved or interested in the analysis of social policy in Europe. ESPAnet organizes on 31 Aug-3 Sept the 2021 an Online conference and the registration has now opened. https://kuleuvencongres.be/espanet2021

Are our European welfare states up for the future? Given worldwide changes in economic structures and balances, the acceleration of technological developments, substantial environmental risks and globally disruptive events as, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic, will they be able to uphold, and where necessary even extend, the range of social objectives they are known for in the world? Will their social policies succeed in effectively promoting sufficiently high living standards of their citizenry?

For the first time in its existence, the ESPAnet Annual Conference will be held online. This is to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and to respond to the various, perhaps longer-lasting, health, logistical and financial risks and challenges it poses for all the colleagues from all over Europe.

The stream 24. Social policy, culture and value change in Europe, organized by EVS members Edurne Bartolomé Peral and Morten Frederiksen, focuses on cultural and social values:

“Modernization processes and human development have led through history to a set of transformations in human mindset and value structures according to a range of value preferences and attitudes, which have adapted to new social, political, scientific and technological changes. There is a continuous adaptation process between culture and structure, as value orientations in a society act as orientation for the formulation of policies. We contextualize our proposal on the process of continued modernization of European societies in a new domain gaining societal and political relevance.

The study of values and value change in their different domains increases our understanding of European societies in regard to changing cultural notions of right and wrong and the direction the formulation of policies should follow to adapt to society ́s values and value change. This stream focuses on the analysis and reflection on how values are being configured across European societies (comparative perspective), how values are changing and readapting though the times (longitudinal perspective), how values are being studied and analysed (methodological perspective) and how values inspire, shape and come into conflict with social policies (policy perspective).

This stream proposes an organization of sessions according to value domains. Papers can be related to the analysis of values and value change, social policy papers matching the different domains and methodological papers for the study of values and/or social policies. Topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Gender values and policies
  • Diversity, solidarity, migration, welfare attitudes and values
  • Beginning and end of life and its study in terms of values and policies (euthanasia, IVF,abortion, surrogacy)
  • Environment, energy transition and climate change
  • Methodological approaches and advances in the study of values and social policies”

Abstract submission here (A list of all streams can be found on the conference website.)

The deadline for abstract submission: 18 April 2021.

Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2021

Final registration for paper presenters: 1 July 2021

Final registration for non-presenting participants: 22 August 2021

Discover the online-tool ONBound Harmonization Wizard

The ONBound project (funded by DFG) seeks to increase the understanding of how national and religious identities are intertwined, or exclude each other, in the modern world. On this purpose, they browsed a vast array of existing individual level and contextual data and built a database that offers the opportunity for scientific research to explore these issues. 

ONBound offers researchers the opportunity to create customized datasets from a database containing approximately 1500 variables taken from 280 survey waves of international survey programs as well as approx. 4500 variables of country-level data. Among this, data from the EVS offers an invaluable contribution. 

The online-tool ONBound Harmonization Wizard (https://onbound.gesis.org/wizard) enables users to select the desired topic areas and countries. 

The project team involves Dr. Insa Bechert, Dr. Markus Quandt, Antonia May, Katharina Werhan, Dr. Brigitte Mathiak, Matthäus Zloch (GESIS); Prof. Annette Schnabel, Kathrin Behrens (both Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf,
Germany); and international collaborations with Dr. Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi and Dr. Cristiano Vezzoni (both University of Milan, Italy), Prof. Dr. Mikael Hjerm (University of Umea, Sweden).

NEW VERSION OF THE EVS BIBLIOGRAPHY

An updated version of the EVS Bibliography is now online. 

It includes 2495 entries:

1280 Journal Articles

279 Book

569 Book Chapters

58 Conference Papers

71 Dissertations

64 Master’s Theses

156 Working Paper

20 Miscellaneous (Newspapers etc.)

Is your EVS publication not in the EVS Bibliography?

Please send us an email at evs.bibliography@gesis.org with the bibliographic information on your publication (title, author(s), year of publication, journal or publisher, online resources). Also include information on the specific EVS data that you used, preferably by giving the title and the DOI of the dataset. If you can offer additional information on variable names, countries and time points, we would appreciate.

Information about the bibliographic citation of EVS data can be found here.

Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset

The Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset has been constructed in close collaboration of the European Value Study (EVS) and the World Value Survey (WVS).

The first release includes data of altogether 79 countries and territories: 34 from the EVS 2017 and 49 from the WVS7. Four of these countries conducted surveys in both studies EVS and WVS.

Starting from the common core questions agreed during the design phase of both surveys, it includes about 230 variables which have been standardized and harmonized on the basis of the EVS/WVS Common Dictionary.

The identical version of data and documentation of the Joint EVS/WVS is accessible through two channels:

Full release of the EVS2017 Integrated Datasets

The full release of the EVS2017 includes data and documentation of altogether 35 participating countries and two surveys of minorities. As previous waves (1981, 1990, 1999, 2008), the fifth wave maintains a persistent focus on a broad range of values.

The release includes three integrated datasets:

  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (ZA7500) contains data from 56.491 respondents and 34 countries.
  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Matrix Design Data (ZA7502) includes data from about 10.500 respondents and the four countries (DE, IS, CH, NL) that applied the matrix design. Please consult the documentation describing the concept behind the composition of the two EVS 2017 integrated datasets (GESIS Papers Guide to mixed-mode approach and matrix design).
  • The EVS2017 Integrated Dataset – Sensitive Data (ZA7501) contains data that could not be included in the SUF because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its use is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be downloaded here

In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets will be released in the context of EVS2017.

For more information, please go to the EVS Survey 2017.

The data and documentation is accessible through the GESIS data collection at GESIS- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Elected New Chairs of the Leading Bodies of EVS

Following the By-Elections of October 2020, the Theory Group and the Executive Committee met to elect their Chairs.

The nomination of Edurne Barolome Peral found full consensus among the renewed Theory Group. As Chair of the Theory Group, Edurne is ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

The renewed Executive Committee fully agreed on the nomination of Ruud Luijkx as new Chair of the Executive Committee. Ruud Luijkx is also Chair of the Methodology Group of EVS.

EVS By-Elections

Between 25 September and 9 October 2020, the EVS By-Elections took place to fulfill vacant positions in the leading bodies of the European Values Study.

The EVS community is deeply grateful to the members that supported and developed the EVS project so far and warmly welcome the new elected members:

Theory Group of EVS

The newly elected members Edurne Barolome Peral (ES); Tim Reeksens (NL), Natalia Soboleva (RU), Claudiu Tufis (RO) will join Pierre Bréchon (FR), Paul de Graaf (NL), Pedro Magalhães (PT), Ladislav Rabusic (CZ), Giancarlo Rovati (IT) in the Theory Group.

Newly elected Chair: Edurne Barolome Peral

Retired members: David Voas (UK), Loek Halman (NL), Christof Wolf (DE)

Methodology Group of EVS

The newly elected members Ferruccio Biolcati (IT) and Stefan Dahlberg (SE) will join Ruud Luijkx (NL), Frédéric Gonthier (FR), Bart Meuleman (BE), Markus Quandt (DE), Alice Ramos (PT), Ivan Rimac (HR) in the Methodology Group.

Retired members: Michael Braun (DE), Dominique Joye (CH)

Executive Committee of EVS

The newly elected members Morten Frederiksen (DK), Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir (IS), Alice Ramos (PT) will join Paul de Graaf (NL), Ruud Luijkx (NL), Vera Lomazzi (IT), Markus Quandt (DE), Maria Silvestre Cabrera (ES) in the Executive Committee.

Newly elected Chair: Ruud Luijkx

Retired members: Loek Halman (NL), Dominique Joye (CH), Christof Wolf (DE)

The new groups will be installed during the upcoming EVS General Assembly on October 20th.

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