I have an exciting job opportunity for you all!
Anyone interested in computational linguistics and/or anyone who knows
how to do a bit of database stuff might want to earn some money helping
with this interesting academic project!
Check it out -
We seek expert help for continued development of PC-ACE (Program for
Computer-Assisted Coding of Events) a freeware academic software
designed to carry out a specific type of social-science textual
analysis: Quantitative Narrative Analysis (see www.pc-ace.com
<http://www.pc-ace.com>). PC-ACE is an application of Microsoft Office
ACCESS. *The ideal candidate will have had some familiarity with
relational database design, MS ACCESS, and VBA. Detailed job
descriptions for each development task will be provided. Interested
candidates should get in touch with Prof Roberto Franzosi at
PC-ACE is a relational database composed of some 40 fully normalized
tables and over 80,000 lines of VBA code. In fact, it is not just one
database, but a set of four inter-related databases: pc-ace.accdb, the
"frontend," the data.mde and userlog.mde "backends" where data are
stored; and the help.mde database that contains all the information
displayed in the online help (still under development). The data.mde
database stores the data collected from a set of documents and
userlog.mde stores information about PC-ACE users (login and logout
times, the type of work carried out in PC-ACE during each session, etc.).
PC-ACE offers a variety of tools for the storage and retrieval of large
bodies of text in a database environment in the complex structure of a
"story grammar," where a story grammar is the set of Subject-Verb-Object
and respective modifiers. In narrative, the Subject is typically a
social actor (individual, group, organization), the verb is an action,
and the object is either a social actor, a physical object, or an
abstract object. Typical modifiers are the time and space of action, its
reasons and outcomes, the name, sex, race, etc. of social actors.
PC-ACE does NOT perform AUTOMATCALLY any parsing of narrative
information into the categories of a story grammar. All information must
be entered manually in text/combo boxes from a set of input documents,
albeit with the help of a number of tools to make the task easy and
efficient. PC-ACE, however, does provide several routines for the
automatic analysis of textual data in different software (e.g., network
models in Gephi, GIS maps in Google Earth or QGIS).