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Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency

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Project "CyCAT" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


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postcode: 2220

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 Coordinator Country Cyprus [CY]
 Total cost 999˙965 €
 EC max contribution 999˙965 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.4.b. (Twinning of research institutions)
 Code Call H2020-WIDESPREAD-05-2017-Twinning
 Funding Scheme CSA
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-10-01   to  2021-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) participant 219˙296.00
3    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO IT (TRENTO) participant 140˙625.00
4    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) participant 128˙343.00
5    UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA IL (HAIFA) participant 126˙575.00


 Project objective

Despite strong indications that Cyprus is now in stable economic recovery, and that the island boasts one of the highest rates of tertiary educational attainment in Europe, the picture painted regarding the level of digital skills among citizens is a dismal one. In the 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index, Cyprus ranked 22nd within the EU, and belongs to the cluster of low performing countries. These findings are particularly worrying in light of the rapid changes taking place in the information landscape, such as the global consolidation of networked information services, and the rise of proprietary algorithmic processes that mediate citizens’ access to information and opportunities. The project will establish a network of researchers with key expertise in the areas of informatics and algorithmic biases, enhancing the Cyprus Center for Algorithmic Transparency, a research center at the Open University of Cyprus (OUC). CyCAT will become the regional expert in issues of information access in light of algorithmic gatekeeping, working with local authorities, librarians and educators to promote algorithmic transparency and enhanced digital literacy skills. Expected outcomes are 1) raising the international profile of the OUC researchers as evidenced by invitations to serve on committees, editorial boards, invited talks; 2) increased output in terms of number and quality of publications of OUC researchers; 3) attraction of additional external research funds to sustain CyCAT. Expected broader impacts include: 1) creation of digital artifacts through showcase projects that are relevant to Cypriots’ information needs and that can help raise awareness of algorithmic bias in the systems they routinely use; 2) educational materials based on CyCAT scientific outputs, that can be used by librarians and teachers; 3) increased opportunities for young researchers engaged with CyCAT; 4) increased dialogue on the importance of digital skills.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Batsuren, Khuyagbaatar; Ganbold, Amarsanaa; Chagnaa, Altangerel; Giunchiglia, Fausto
Building the Mongolian WordNet
published pages: 238-244, ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3685575
Proceedings of the 10th Global Wordnet Conference 1 2020-03-05
2019 Otterbacher, Jahna; Barlas, Pinar; Kleanthous, Styliani; Kyriakou, Kyriakos
How Do We Talk About Other People? Group (Un)Fairness in Natural Language Image Descriptions
published pages: 106-114, ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3401881
The Seventh AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2019) 1 2020-01-29
2019 Chandran Nair, Nandu; Velayuthan, Rajendra S.; Batsuren, Khuyagbaatar
Aligning the IndoWordNet with the Princeton WordNet
published pages: 9-16, ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3401897
3rd International Conference on Natural Language and Speech Processing 1 2019-10-03
2019 Barlas, PInar; Kyriakou, Kyriakos; Kleanthous, Styliani; Otterbacher, Jahna
Social B(eye)as: Human and machine descriptions of people images
published pages: 583-591, ISSN: 2334-0770, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3326827
Proceedings of the Thirteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media 1 2019-10-03
2019 Ntalianis, Klimis S.; Kener, Andreas; Otterbacher, Jahna
Feelings\' Rating and Detection of Similar Locations, Based on Volunteered Crowdsensing and Crowdsourcing
published pages: 90215 - 90229, ISSN: 2169-3536, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3333356
IEEE Access TBD 1 2019-10-03
2019 Shulner Tal, Avital; Batsuren, Khuyagbaatar; Bogina, Veronika; Giunchiglia, Fausto; Hartman, Alan; Kleanthous Loizou, Styliani; Kuflik, Tsvi; Otterbacher, Jahna
\" \"\"End to End\"\" Towards a Framework for Reducing Biases and Promoting Transparency of Algorithmic Systems \"
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3401877
14th International Workshop On Semantic And Social Media Adaptation And Personalization (SMAP 2019), 1 2019-10-03

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