Understanding Euroscepticism Through the Lens of Big Data at Villa Vigoni

During the first week of December 2017 we participated in a hackathon that brought together researchers from the field of natural language processing and political science to look at ways to leverage today's abundance of digital primary sources for better understanding the continent-wide rise of Euroscepticism.

Colleagues from top academic schools like Bocconi University (Italy), Gesis (Germany), London School of Economics and Turing Institute (UK), among others, worked closely together to share and discuss complementary methodologies and developed new models of spatial placement from text for the topic of European integration.

The event was a joint effort organized by the Data and Web Science Group, the Digital Humanities Group at FBK Trento and Unitelma Roma. This collaboration is part of an ongoing larger effort from members of DWS to explore the benefits of expertise in the fields of artificial intelligence and natural language processing to support cutting-edge research in political and computational social sciences (see also our work in the context of our research collaborative center SFB 884 on the "Political Economy of Reform").