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Nikola Bakarić is a PhD student at the University of Zagreb in the Information and Communication Postgraduate Studies program in the Department of Information Sciences, a part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has participated in natural language processing research regarding word-sense disambiguation, semantic similarity, and more recently, automated syllabification and computational approaches to stylistics in Croatian. He is currently employed at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Peter M. Broadwell, an academic projects developer at the UCLA Digital Library Program, works to explore emergent modes of digital scholarship at the confluence of computational analysis and digital archiving. In addition to his contributions to geo-semantic mapping of folklore from nineteenth-century Denmark, he has pursued projects involving the mapping of Holocaust survivor testimonies, social network analyses of Hollywood film composers and East Asian pop music groups, and the application of machine learning algorithms to mining large digital corpora, such as library circulation records, social media collections, and recordings of contemporary television news.

Mark Alan Finlayson is Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received a PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 2012, an MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2001, and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1998. His research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language, focusing especially on narrative. He is general chair of the international workshop series on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN).

Folgert Karsdorp is a PhD candidate at the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he is involved in the Tunes & Tales project. He is affiliated with Radboud University and the eHumanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He obtained his bachelor’s degree (Dutch Language and Culture) and his master’s degree (Linguistics) from Leiden University.

Theo Meder works at the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam as a senior researcher specializing in Dutch folktales from the Middle Ages until today from an international perspective. He is supervisor of the Dutch Folktale Database ( and is involved in several computational humanities projects. He is project leader of FACT (Folktales As Classifiable Texts) and of Tunes & Tales. Meder has published 20 books on Dutch folktales and narrative culture, and has published in international journals such as Volkskunde, Folklore, Contemporary Legend, Fabula, Folklore, Western Folklore, and the Enzyklopädie des Märchens. [End Page 122]

Iwe Everhardus Christiaan Muiser is a scientific programmer at the Database Group of the University of Twente. He now works on a project called FACT (Folktales As Classifiable Texts) at the Meertens Instituut. His key professional interests are programming, databases, visualization, and Web technology.

Dong Nguyen is a PhD student at the University of Twente. She is also affiliated with the Meertens Instituut. She received a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Twente. Her research interests include the use of natural language processing, information retrieval, and machine learning to support research in the social sciences and the humanities.

Davor Nikolić is a senior teaching assistant at the Chair of Croatian Oral Literature, Department of Croatian Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He received his PhD in 2013 by defending the thesis “Phonostylistic Description of Croatian Rhetorical Folklore Genres,” in which he proposed the classification of rhetorical genres to phonosemantic (counting-out rhymes and tongue-twisters) and pragmasemantic (blessings and curses) using their sound structure and communication effect as the criteria. His research interests outside folklore studies include rhetoric, stylistics, argumentation theory, and digital humanities.

Timothy R. Tangherlini, Professor in the Scandinavian Section and the Deptartment of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, focuses on folklore and computational approaches to the study of large folklore collections. He is the author of Danish Folktales, Legends, and Other Stories (2013), Interpreting Legend ([1994] 2015), and Talking Trauma: Storytelling among Paramedics (1998); the editor of Nordic Mythologies (2015); and co-editor, with Merrill Kaplan, of News from Other Worlds: Studies in Nordic...


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