LINGUIST List 13.1287

Wed May 8 2002

FYI: Corpus Metadata, Neuroscience & Cognition MSc

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  1. Peter Wittenburg, MPI & DOBES Corpus Metadata Online
  2. UiL-OTS, Master Programme (MSc) 'Neuroscience and Cognition'

Message 1: MPI & DOBES Corpus Metadata Online

Date: Wed, 08 May 2002 08:58:35 +0000
From: Peter Wittenburg <>
Subject: MPI & DOBES Corpus Metadata Online

With this email we would like to inform you about the availability
of two metadata described corpora on the web: (1) The corpus of the 
Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, The 
Netherlands), (2) The corpus of the DOBES (Documentation of 
Endangered Languages) program. From the total about 10.000 session
descriptions not all are yet incorporated. They will integrated 

Both are described with the help of metadata descriptions following the
IMDI standard ( The resources themselves are not 
accessible by default due to privacy requirements. This policy will be
checked on an individual basis in the coming months. 
Nevertheless, the intention is that you can see what kind of resources
exist and that you see who to address to get access to the resources. 

All metadata descriptions are stored in XML format (following the
IMDI definitions) and can be browsed by downloading and starting the
IMDI-BCBrowser. This browser can be downloaded from the tools site
of the MPI ( The IMDI-BCBrowser was developed as an 
integral part of the IMDI metadata environment. The metadata was created 
mainly by using the IMDI-BCEditor. This tool can also be 
downloaded from Access to the IMDI tools will always be

If you want to have a look, please, got to the corpus web-page 
( There is some information which will guide you. It
is worth mentioning that when you downloaded the IMDI-BCBrowser, there
will be automatically a bookmark set to the corpus main node.

In case of problems with the software please, use the bug report facility. 
If you want to be informed about new versions, please, subscribe to the 
email list. 

We want to explicitly emphasize the possibility that you yourselves can use 
these tools to create and exploit metadata for your own resources.

We would like to thank all researchers, especially the DOBES and MPI people,
that have helped us create the IMDI environment and provided their data.

The MPI Corpus creation group,
The ISLE Metadata Initiative group

| Peter Wittenburg						 |
| Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics |
| Wundtlaan 1, 6525 XD Nijmegen, The Netherlands |
| Tel: 31-24-3521911/113 Fax: 31-24-3557950 |
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Message 2: Master Programme (MSc) 'Neuroscience and Cognition'

Date: Wed, 08 May 2002 16:25:15 +0200
From: UiL-OTS <>
Subject: Master Programme (MSc) 'Neuroscience and Cognition'


Neuroscience and Cognition in Utrecht covers a large research field spread
over 6 faculties, Biology, Veterinary Faculty, Pharmacy, Medicine, Faculty
of Arts and Social Sciences. This master programme is the initiative of the
Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neurosciences, the Helmholtz Institute and the
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS. Due to the broad spectrum of the
research area the programme is divided into two tracks: in experimental and
clinical neuroscience and in cognitive neuroscience.

Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience
Research in Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience has a broad focus,
ranging from gene to organism, from man to experimental animal, from
ethology to cognition, from microscopy to neuro-imaging (MRI). Besides
research on healthy individuals, patients with psychiatric and neurological
disorders are subjects of investigation.

Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive neuroscience is engaged in the relation between the central
nervous system and cognitive skills in men. Research focuses on
distinguishing the various subprocesses involved in mental skills such as
memory, perception or language, the way these subprocesses interact, and on
the nature of the representations in which the relevant information is
encoded. Research on the neuro-anatomical substrate for these processes
requires a number of disciplines such as Biology, Physics, Experimental
Psychology, Linguistics, Neurology, Psychiatry and Functional
Neuro-imaging. This programme focuses on normal function and the
consequences of neuropathology for cognition.

Scope of the Programme
The ambition of this Master Programme is to create a new type of scientist
trained to approach multidisciplinary tasks from their own scientific

Outline of the programme
The programme outline adheres to the usual scheme of 84 weeks of training,
120 ECTS. The 2 tracks have their own obligatory theoretical courses. The
courses will be in the format of 2- to 10-week independent modules and will
be organised during the course of the academical year. Students following
the experimental and clinical neuroscience track can follow courses from
the ABC-Master programme.

The faculty of the program will cover a broad spectrum of relevant
expertise from the three research institutes involved. Linguistics faculty
will include Sergey Avrutin, Michael Moortgat, Sieb Nooteboom,Tanya
Reinhart, Eric Reuland, Frank Wijnen.

Career opportunities:
Masters will find their way to:
�	academic hospitals (disease-oriented research)
�	research institutes (fundamental research on the various areas in the
cognitive sciences)
�	pharmaceutical industry (applied research)
�	policy- and management functions in science and healthcare
�	clinical settings (neuro-psychologist, clinical physicist) 

Entry requirements
The Programme may be entered throughout the academic year. The master
programme is open to bachelors of biomedical sciences (Biology, Biomedical
Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Sciences), Physics, Linguistics
and Social Sciences. An intake interview may be part of the admission
procedure. Students with deficiencies may be given the opportunity to make
up for them during the Programme.

Interested: Information can be found at: 
For information about the linguistics content of the programme you may
contact Prof. Eric Reuland ( 
For further information and applications, contact Dr. G. Croiset
NB Due to the time needed for visa and housing arrangements there is a
formal deadline for applications of May 15 2002 for those wishing to enter
the program by September 1st 2002. 


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