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About the Hellenic OCR Team

In late 2017, a unique crowdsourcing platform was born. The Hellenic Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Team represents the first scientific crowdsourcing initiative that aims exclusively at the processing and study of parliamentary textual data. It builds on the plain idea that a decentralized group of people can be more than the mere sum of individuals.

Our team members are virtually linked through an online exchange platform and gather regularly for monthly meetings, where problems are discussed and best practices are exchanged. Newcomers receive basic training on entering the group, while more experienced members, called ‘mentors’, provide peer-to-peer advice and support. Text processing follows a well-defined streamlined process, which is developed in order to build quality corpora of parliamentary relevance. The resulting content is brought in an open and structured format, such as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), and enables the use of novel tools and methods from the exciting field of computational linguistics.

The opportunities that arise from the study of the aforementioned corpora are tremendous, as they allow for interlinking of several – formerly distant – areas of research, such as history, political science and linguistics, thus opening up new horizons in the understanding of parliamentary data and discourse. The Hellenic OCR Team is rapidly expanding and we are looking for interested individuals to further enhance our dynamic interdisciplinary team.

 

We need..
  • A bit of your spare time
  • A lot of scientific curiosity
  • Your engagement and support
We offer..
  • Certified training
  • Opportunity to join an international scientific network
  • Early access to scientific projects
  • Hands-on working experience on state-of-the-art tools and methods

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   The Team

Dr. Fotis Fitsilis
Dr. Fotis Fitsilis

Founder and Team Leader

Hellenic Parliament

Prof. Giorgos Mikros
Prof. Giorgos Mikros

Co-Founder and Head of Science

Prof. Iasonas Lamprianou
Prof. Iasonas Lamprianou

Head of Methods

University of Cyprus

Prof. Ioannis Armakolas
Prof. Ioannis Armakolas

Comparative Politics

University of Macedonia

Marina-Eirini Kousta
Marina-Eirini Kousta

International Health Policy

London School of Economics

Alexandra Fiotaki
Alexandra Fiotaki

Computational Linguist

University of Ioannina

Katerina Tzortzi
Katerina Tzortzi

Computational Linguist

University of Crete

Polytimi Mountanea
Polytimi Mountanea

International Political Economy

Eleni Zisioglou
Eleni Zisioglou

Law student

Anna Maria Moutsai
Anna Maria Moutsai

Law student

Democritus University of Thrace

Spyridoula-Anna Pappa
Spyridoula-Anna Pappa

Italian Philology

University of Athens

Dr. Michael Fitsilis
Dr. Michael Fitsilis

Head of Programming

Software developer

Ioanna Soulioti
Ioanna Soulioti

Political Science and History

Sotiris Leventis
Sotiris Leventis

Head of Technology

Natasa Theochari
Natasa Theochari

Italian Philology postgrad. student

University of Athens

Konstantinos Christopoulos
Konstantinos Christopoulos

Law student

Democritus Univ. of Thrace

Vasilis Kesidis
Vasilis Kesidis

Italian Philology student

University of Athens

Eleni Tsaireli
Eleni Tsaireli

Contemporary European Studies

Foteini Kakaitsa
Foteini Kakaitsa

Italian Philology postgrad. student

Athanasia Pliakogianni
Athanasia Pliakogianni

Political Science

University of Bamberg

Alexandros Fikas
Alexandros Fikas

Italian Philology student

University of Athens

Anna Karampali
Anna Karampali

Computational Linguistics Lab

University of Athens

Sotiris Kranias
Sotiris Kranias

Computational Social Science

Member Locations

Athens

– Hellenic Parliament

– National and Kapodistrian

University of Athens

Komotini

Democritus University of Thrace

Nicosia

University of Cyprus

Thessaloniki

University of Macedonia

Coventry

Warwick University

Linköping University

Sweden

London

London School of Economics and Political Science

 

Our Blog

hellenicOCRteam.gr/blog

Happy birthday Hellenic OCR Team!

The Hellenic OCR Team, a novel crowdsourcing initiative for the processing and analysis of parliamentary data, celebrates its first birthday. What started as a confined experiment within the Hellenic Parliament and Greece’s oldest academic institution, the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, has now evolved into an international cooperative platform.

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The Hellenic OCR Team web site is now online!

The Hellenic OCR Team has now its own website! Following our presence on Linkedin, our website shall present our crowdsourcing activities and extend our visibility to interested third parties. Information science professionals, data scientists, linguists and students from a wide spectrum of fields are hereby invited to participate to an one-of-its-kind cooperative platform for the processing and study of parliamentary data. More details may be found in our open Call for Members.

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Linkedin page

The Hellenic OCR Team just got its dedicated Linkedin page! A presence in the Linkedin universe provides a reach out to a wide business-oriented audience and -at the same time- added-value to connected team members and supporters. Below one may found a series of screenshots from the Linkedin page, but why not visit it directly and build your own opinion?

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Hellenic OCR Team Newsletter #2: May 2018

This is the May 2018 newsletter of the Hellenic OCR Team. Overall, it is the second one and the first one drafted in English. It is also the last one before the hot Greek summer. However, work within the team never stops! The next newsletter will appear in late September with more insights on team development, collaboration with related organisations and more information the processing and analysis of parliamentary texts.

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Hellenic OCR Team Newsletter #1: April 2018

Το πρώτο newsletter της Eλληνικής Oμάδας OCR (Hellenic OCR Team) είναι γεγονός! Σε αυτό ενημερώνουμε τα μέλη μας για την εξέλιξη των εργασιών μας, τη διεύρυνση της ομάδας και πολλά άλλα ενδιαφέροντα θέματα. Η Eλληνική Oμάδα OCR, πρώτη στο είδος της, είναι μια ανοικτή πρωτοβουλία για την επεξεργασία και μελέτη κοινοβουλευτικών δεδομένων. Περισσότερες πληροφορίες μπορείτε να βρείτε εδώ.

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Hellenic OCR Team reaches milestone!

The crowdsourcing initiative Hellenic OCR Team reaches an important milestone. After less than three months of operation, the team has now expanded to 10 members. The members are originating from the private, the public and the academic sector. Currently, team members are resident in Greece and in France.  They are virtually linked through an online exchange platform and regularly gather for monthly meetings, where problems are discussed and best practices are exchanged.

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Hellenic OCR Team

Hellenic OCR team

Interdisciplinary science at its best – Be part of it!

On the eve of 2018 a new crowdsourcing platform came to life. The Hellenic Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Team represents the first scientific crowdsourcing initiative that aims exclusively at the processing and study of parliamentary data. Naturally, the application, handling and further development of OCR processes stand in the core of our endeavor.

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