The progressive integration of European states is associated with a steady increase in topics and events that have a strong influence on European citizens and the digital economy beyond language and national borders. This development leads to a large amount of information about relevant events in different languages, coming from different population groups and sources. Such information may differ between these sources in terms of their localisation, reflecting certain societal aspects, containing culturally specific references and containing both opinions and potentially incomplete or non-representative data. The main research objective of the Cleopatra ITN is therefore the effective and efficient analysis of event-based information in different languages from heterogeneous sources in order to present the results of the analysis to users in an understandable way. The user focus is particularly on journalists, researchers in the digital humanities and memory institutions.
The CLEOPATRA ITN, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network led by the L3S Research Center at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover, aims to make sense of the massive digital coverage generated by the intense disruption in Europe over the past decade – including appalling terrorist incidents and the dramatic movement of refugees and economic migrants. The CLEOPATRA ITN offers a unique interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and training programme, which will explore how we can begin to analyse and understand the major events that influence and shape our lives and our societies. It will facilitate advanced cross-lingual processing of textual and visual information related to key contemporary events at scale, and will develop innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access to and interaction with multilingual information.