Charles Watkinson has just posted a long, interesting and important consideration of the emerging European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH). He reflects upon, in particular, the stated aims and methods of this effort and its potential adoption as a bibliometric mechanism informing hiring, tenure, promotion and library subscription decisions, as well as the emerging opposition.
One of the authors at Thoughts on Antiquity has posted a provocative reflection on a long-standing effort to digitize an out-of-copyright translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke. In light of technological change, the big book-scanning projects and the continued operation of APh, the author expresses uncertainty about how or whether to proceed.
What is the role of the humanist scholar (and his home institution, and her professional society) in the era of big digitization? Readers of this blog know about the on-going Million Books discussions. I’ve opined elsewhere that the creation of stable, sustainable, massively interlinked scholarly reference works is a critical contribution. The issue also surfaces regularly in attempts to define “digital scholarship in the humanities” and to organize funding for it. Yet, clearly the questions are arising spontaneously in many quarters and there is not yet a field-wide dialog on the subject.
We may agree with Steven Wheatley that:
The day will come, not that far off, when modifying humanities with ‘digital’ will make no more sense than modifying humanities with ‘print.’ (in A. Guess, “Rise of the Digital NEH,” Inside Higher Ed, 3 April 2008).
Ask your colleagues: what is your role in getting there and how will you work when we’ve arrived? Comments welcome.
Back in November, Gabriel Bodard posted about the importance of attaching explicit licenses (or public domain declarations) to on-line works so as to clarify for users how they can, and can’t, use these works. A new post by Cathy Davidson (“Permission Denied” in Cat in the Stack, 31 March 2008), highlights the case of an academic author who has been unable to include in his book various images of artworks created by the subject of that book because the artists’ heirs have refused permission.
Which all makes me wonder: is explicit release, in one’s own lifetime, of a work into the public domain or under license terms that permit redistribution and remixing, sufficient to prevent post-mortem claw-back by one’s institutional or personal heirs?
By way of Peter Suber’s Open Access News:
Spiro, Lisa. “Signs that social scholarship is catching on in the humanities.” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, March 11, 2008. http://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/signs-that-social-scholarship-is-catching-on-in-the-humanities/.
Spiro asks: “To what extent are humanities researchers practicing ‘social scholarship’ … embracing openness, accessibility and collaboration in producing their work?” By way of a provisional answer, she makes observations about “several [recent] trends that suggest increasing experimentation with collaborative tools and approaches in the humanities:”
- Individual commitment by scholars to open access
- Development of open access publishing outlets
- Availability of tools to support collaboration
- Experiments with social peer review
- Development of social networks to support open exchanges of knowledge
- Support for collaboration by funding agencies
- Increased emphasis on “community” as key part of graduate education
She also points to the “growth in blogging” and the proliferation of collaborative bibliographic tools.
By way of a long string of reposts, originally to AHESSC:
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:37:17 -0000
From: Stuart Dunn
CALL FOR PAPERS AND PERFORMANCES
DRHA 2008: New Communities of Knowledge and Practice
The DRHA (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) conference is held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. The conference theme this year is to promote discussion around new collaborative environments, collective knowledge and redefining disciplinary boundaries. The conference, hosted by Cambridge with its fantastic choice of conference venues will take place from Sunday 14th September to Wednesday 17th September.
The aim of the conference is to:
- Establish a site for mutually creative exchanges of knowledge.
- Promote discussion around new collaborative environments and collective knowledge.
- Encourage and celebrate the connections and tensions within the liminal spaces that exist between the Arts and Humanities.
- Redefine disciplinary boundaries.
- Create a forum for debate around notions of the ‘solitary’ and the collaborative across the Arts and Humanities.
- Explore the impact of the Arts and Humanities on ICT: design and narrative structures and visa versa.
There will be a variety of sessions concerned with the above but also with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and theorising around practice. There will also be various installations and performances focussing on the same theme. Keynote talks will be given by our plenary speakers who we are pleased to announce are Sher Doruff, Research Fellow (Art, Research and Theory Lectoraat) and Mentor at the Amsterdam School for the Arts, Alan Liu, Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara and Sally Jane Norman, Director of the Culture Lab, Newcastle University. In addition to this, there will be various round table discussions together with a panel relating to ‘Second Life’ and a special forum ‘Engaging research and performance through pervasive and locative arts projects’ led by Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of Nottingham. Also planned is the opportunity for a more immediate and informal presentation of work in our ‘Quickfire’ style events. Whether papers, performance or other, all proposals should reflect the critical engagement at the heart of DRHA.
Visit the website for more information and a link to the proposals website.
The Deadline for submissions will be 30 April 2008 and abstracts should be approximately 1000 words.
Cambridge’s venues range from the traditional to the contemporary all situated within walking distance of central departments, museums and galleries. The conference will be based around Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Site, particularly the West Road concert hall, where delegates will have use of a wide range of facilities including a recital room and a ‘black box’ performance space, to cater for this year’s parallel programming and performances.
Sue Broadhurst DRHA Programme Chair
Dr Sue Broadhurst
Reader in Drama and Technology, Head of Drama, School of Arts
West London, UB8 3PH
Direct Line:+44(0)1895 266588 Extension: 66588
Fax: +44(0)1895 269768
I would like to draw to your attention the fact that registration for the 3D Colour Laser Scanning Conference at UCL on the 27th and 28th of March has now opened.
The first day (27th of March) will include a keynote presentation and papers on the themes of General Applications of 3D Scanning in the Museum and Heritage Sector and of 3D Scanning in Conservation.
The second day (28th of March) will offer a keynote presentation and papers on the themes of 3D Scanning in Display (and Exhibition) and Education and Interpretation. A detailed programme with the papers and the names of the speakers can be found in our website.
If you would like to attend the conference, I would kindly request to fill in the registration form which you can find in this link and return it to me as soon as possible.
There is no fee for participating (or attending the conference) (coffee and lunch are provided free of charge). Please note that attendance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please feel free to circulate the information about the conference to anyone who you think might be interested.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me with any inquiries.
Spotted by way of Peter Suber’s Open Access News:
Search Pigeon is a collection of Google Co-opTM Custom Search Engines (CSEs) designed to make researching on the web a richer, more rewarding, and more efficient process.
Designed for researchers in the Arts and Humanities, with a decidedly interdisciplinary bent, the objective of Search Pigeon is to provide a tool enabling the productive and trustworthy garnering of scholarly articles through customized searching.
Right now SearchPigeon.org provides CSEs that search hundreds of peer-reviewed and open access online journals, provided they are either English-language journals, or provide a translation of their site into English.
By way of JISC-Repositories:
The 12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (25 to 27 June 2008, Toronto, Canada) has just extended its call for papers to 31 January 2008. Full details below …
Gabriel Bodard just posted a call for papers for a “virtual worlds” conference, to be held in Second Life on 8 March 2008. You can read the full CFP in the Digital Classicist Archive. I find it unfortunate that the conference organizers (Bodard is not one) have chosen to organize and publicize the conference via a facebook group that requires interested parties to log in just to read about the event.
By way of the Digital Classicists List:
Epistemic Networks and GRID + Web 2.0 for Arts and Humanities
30-31 January 2008
Imperial College Internet Centre, Imperial College London
Data driven Science has emerged as a new model which enables researchers to move from experimental, theoretical and computational distributed networks to a new paradigm for scientific discovery based on large scale GRID networks (NSF/JISC Digital Repositories Workshop, AZ 2007). Hundreds of thousands of new digital objects are placed in digital repositories and on the web everyday, supporting and enabling research processes not only in science, but in medicine, education, culture and government. It is therefore important to build interoperable infra-structures and web-services that will allow for the exploration, data-mining, semantic integration and experimentation of arts and humanities resources on a large scale. There is a growing consensus that GRID solutions alone are too heavy, and that coupling it with Web 2.0 allows for the development of a more light-weight service oriented architecture (SOA) that can adapt readily to user needs by using on demand utility computing, such as morphological tools, mash-ups, surf clouds, annotation and automated workflows for composing multiple services. The goal is not just to have fast access to digital resources in the arts and humanities, but to have the capacity to create new digital resources, interrogate data and form hypotheses about its meaning and wider context. Clearly what needs to emerge is a mixed-model of GRID + Web 2.0 solutions for the arts and humanities which creates an epistemic network that supports a four step iterative process: (i) retrieval, (ii) contextualisation, (iii) narrative and hypothesis building, and (iv) creating contextualised digital resources in semantically integrated knowledge networks. What is key here is not just managing new data, but the capacity to share, order, and create knowledge networks from existing resources in a semantically accessible form.
To create epistemic networks in the arts and humanities there are core technologies that must be developed. The aim of this expert METHNET Workshop is to focus on developing a strategy for the implementation of these core technologies on an inter-national scale by bringing together GRID computing specialists with researchers from Classics, Literature and History who have been involved in the creation and use of electronic resources. The core technologies we will focus on in this two day work-shop are: (i) infrastructure, (ii) named entity, identity and co-reference services, (iii) morphological services and parallel texts, (iv) epistemic networks and virtual research environments. The idea is to bring together expertise from the UK, US, and European funded projects to agree upon a common strategy for the development of core infra-structure and web-services for the arts and humanities that will enable the use of GRID technologies for advanced research.
DAY ONE- 10:00 – 6:00
SESSION I: GRID + Web 2.0 Infrastructure
- Rosemary Russell - ‘GRID and Web 2.0 in the DRIVER Project’
- David Giaretta – ‘GRID-WEB for Future Generations’ (CASPAR)
- David Shotton – DATA WEBS for the Arts and Humanities
- Marc Wilhelm Küster – TEXTGRID
- Tobias Blanke – The DARIAH Project
- Brian Fuchs – The Future of GRID + Web 2.0 for Humanities
SESSION II: Computational and Semantic Services: Named Entity, Identity and Co-reference
- Paul Watry: Named Entity and Identity Services for the National Archives www.liv.ac.uk
- Greg Crane – Co-Reference (Perseus)
- Hamish Cunningham/Kalina Bontcheva: AKT and GATE: GRID-WEB Services AKT/GATE
- Martin Doerr – Co-Reference and Semantic Services for Grid + Web 2.0 (FORTH)
DAY TWO: 10:00 – 6:00
SESSION I: Morphological, Parallel Texts and Citation Services
- Greg Crane – “Latin Depedency Treebank”, Perseus Project
- Marco Passarotti – “Index Thomisticus” Treebank
- Notis Toufexis – ‘Neither Ancient, nor Modern: Challenges for the creation of a Digital Infrastructure for Medieval Greek’
- Rob Iliffe – Intelligent Tools for Humanities Researchers, The Newton Project
SESSION II: Epistemic Networks and Virtual Research Environments
- Anna Maria Carusi/ Marina Jirotka – A Future Humanities VRE, OeRC
- Simon Hodson – Virtual Research Environment for Political Discourse 1500-1800
- David Arnold – EPOCH , GRID, Web 2.0 (EPOCH)
- Jurgen Renn – The Epistemic Web, Max Planck Berlin
- Martin Doerr and Dolores Iorizzo – Epistemic Networks and GRID + Web 2.0 (DELOS)
Registration fee is £60 and places are limited.
The Imperial College Internet Centre would like to acknowledge generous support from the AHRC METHNET for co-hosting this conference.
Another interesting call for papers via Jack Sasson’s Agade list:
International aerial archaeology conference (AARG 2008)
Ljubljana, 9 – 11 September 2008
Hosted by the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Proposals for sessions, papers and posters are invited
The following sessions have been proposed, for which offers of papers are welcome:
- Aerial Archaeology in the Mediterranean; New Projects; Postgraduate research;
- Airborne Thematic Mapping/Airborne Laser Scanning;
- An archaeology of natural places … from the air;
- Aerial photography in context – recording landscape and urban areas
11 September Conference Day 3
Note: session titles are provisional and all papers and session proposals are welcome.
Oral papers should usually be 20 minutes duration, and equal weighting is given to poster presentations.
Closing date for abstracts is 31st May 2008.
Address for conference correspondence:
16 Bernard Terrace
Edinburgh, EH8 9NX
By way of Jack Sasson’s Agade list:
We would like to bring your attention to the International School in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage that we’re organizing in May 2008, in Ascona, Switzerland.
It’s a jointly organization between:
- ETH Zurich
- University of SIENA, Italy
- Research center FBK in Trento, Italy
- University of California Merced
The School will face the problem of the modern technologies in the heritage field, giving participants the opportunity to obtain a detailed overview of the main methods and applications to archaeological and conservation research and practice. Furthermore, our School will give the chance to participants to enter in a very short time the kernel of the scientific discussion on 3D technologies — surveying methods, documentation, data management and data interpretation — in the archaeological research and practice.
The School will be open to ca 60 participants at graduate level, to those carrying out doctoral or specialist research, to established research workers, to members of State Archaeology Services and to professionals specializing in the study and documentation, modeling and conservation of the archaeological heritage.
The deadline for the registration is 31st March, 2008.
Grants provided by UNESCO and ISPRS will be available for students with limited budgets and travel possibilities. The deadline for the grant application is 15st February, 2008.
The School is to be held in the congress centre Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. The centre is an ETH-affiliated seminar complex located in a superb botanical park on the historic and cultural Monte Verità area, which will also be the residence of the participants with its integrated hotel and restaurant.
We would be grateful if you could also circulate this announcement to all the possible participants.
Don’t hesitate to contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org the organization if you should have any question.
Thank you and best regards,
Prof. Armin Gruen
Dr. Stefano Campana
Dr. Fabio Remondino
Prof. Maurizio Forte
From Brett Bobley:
This is a reminder that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invite applications to a digital humanities grant competition sponsored by the two federal agencies. The grant program, “Advancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital Partnership,” seeks applications for projects that would explore new ways to share, examine, and interpret humanities collections in a digital environment and develop new uses and audiences for existing digital resources. Grants are intended to spur innovation and new collaborations; advance the role of cultural repositories in online teaching, learning, and research; and develop collaborative approaches involving the scholarly community and cultural repositories for the creation, management, preservation, and presentation of reusable digital collections and products.
Projects must be collaborative with at least one museum, library, or archive as an integral member of the project team. Awards normally are for two years and typically range from $50,000 to a maximum of $350,000. Nonprofit institutions interested in applying can find guidelines online. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2008. Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal and review draft proposals. Draft proposals should be submitted six weeks before the deadline. Questions and drafts may be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com.
Monday, 21 January 2008 in room 2B08, Strand Campus, King’s College London:
- Developing International Collaboration for Digitisation: the JISC – National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) perspective, an evening panel session looking at issues related to international digitization, hosted by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities
In Brett Bobley’s recent email, he alerted us to Susan Schreibman’s survey:
Over the past few years, the idea of tool development as a scholarly activity in the digital humanities has been gaining ground. It has been the subject of numerous articles and conference presentations. There has not been, however, a concerted effort to gather information about the perceived value of tool development, not only as a scholarly activity, but in relation to the tenure and promotion process, as well as for the advancement of the field itself.
Ann Hanlon and myself have compiled such a survey and would be grateful if those of you who are or have been engaged in tool development for the digital humanities would take the time to complete an online Digital Humanities Tool Developers’ Survey.
You will need to fill up a consent form before you begin, and there is an opportunity to provide us with feedback on more than one tool (you simply take the survey again). The survey should not take more than 10-15 minutes. It is our intention to present the results of our survey at Digital Humanities 2008.
With all best wishes,
Head of Digital Collections and Research McKeldin Library University of
Maryland College Park
Noted by way of the DigitalClassicist List:
Reminder – Second Call for Papers
A conference on 3D Colour Laser Scanning will be held at UCL on the 27th and 28th of March 2008.
Proposals are invited for contributions to the conference. The proposals, in the form of extended abstracts, should focus on one of the following main themes:
- 3D scanning in Education and Interpretation
- 3D scanning in Display and Exhibition
- 3D scanning in Conservation.
More general papers related to the applications of 3D scanning technologies in the museum and heritage sector are also welcome.
Abstracts should be 800-1000 words, and in English. Author(s) should select 5 to 8 keywords and should indicate clearly on the Abstract Submission Form to which theme the paper is intended. The presenting author (corresponding author) must also be clearly indicated.
Please note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to the 8th of February 2008.
Authors will be informed whether their papers have been submitted no later than 15th February 2008. Selected abstracts will be incorporated in an edited cd-rom publication.
Please see below the proposed outline of the abstract submission form.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically or by post to:
Chorley Institute, Pearson Building, UCL
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Telephone: +44 (0)207 679 2074
The conference is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is organised by UCL Museums and Collections and UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with further enquiries or for an electronic version of the abstract submission form.
I will be looking forward to hearing from you.
3D Colour Laser Scanning Project Assistant
UCL Museums and Collections
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM
Title of the Paper:
Corresponding Author 
ABSTRACT (800-1000 words) 
 Authors must indicate clearly to which theme the paper is intended. The main themes are: Display and exhibition; Education and Interpretation; Conservation; General applications of 3d scanning in the museum sector.
 Should include the author(s) name(s), affiliation, mailing address, e-mail.
 Should indicate who the corresponding author is (i.e. the person who will be presenting the paper, in case of multiple authors)
 An abstract should be 800-1000 words, and in English. It should include all main points of the paper that will be presented.
Brett Bobley wrote to alert subscribers to the publication of updated Guidelines for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. The major change since last year: level I applications (basic research) are a maximum 5 page narrative; maximum page count for larger level II applications is 12 pages!
Noted by way of JISC-REPOSITORIES:
DCC Tutorial: The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model – A New Standard for Knowledge Sharing
January 29 2008
University of Glasgow
This tutorial will introduce the audience to the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model, a core ontology and ISO standard (ISO 21127) for the semantic integration of cultural information with library, archive and other information. The CIDOC CRM concentrates on the definition of relationships, rather than terminology, in order to mediate between heterogeneous database schemata and metadata structures. This led to a compact model of 80 classes and 130 relationships, easy to comprehend and suitable to serve as a basis for mediation of cultural and library information and thereby provide the semantic ‘glue’ needed to transform today’s disparate, localised information sources into a coherent and valuable global resource. It comprises the concepts characteristic for data structures employed by most museum, archive and library documentation. Its central idea is the explicit modelling of events, both for the representation of metadata, such as creation, publication, and use, as well as for content summarization and the creation of integrated knowledge bases. It is not prescriptive, but provides a framework to describe common high-level semantics that allow for information integration at the schema level for a wide area of domains.
The CIDOC CRM, as an effort of the museums community, is paralleled by the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) by IFLA for the librarians community. Both Working Groups have come together since 2003 and started to develop a common harmonized model. The first draft version is now available as a compatible extension of the CRM, the ooFRBR, covering equally libraries and museums.
The tutorial aims at rendering the necessary knowledge to understand the potential of applying the CRM – where it can be useful and what the major technical issues of an application are. It will present an overview of the concepts and relationships covered by the CRM. As an example of a simple application, it will present the CRM Core Metadata Element Set, a minimal metadata schema of about 20 elements, still compatible with the CRM, and demonstrate how even this simple schema can be used to create large networks of integrated knowledge about physical and digital objects, persons, places and events. As an example of a simple compatible extension, it will present the core model of digitization processes used in the CASPAR project to describe digital provenance.
In part two, the tutorial will present in detail the draft ooFRBR Model. This model describes in detail the intellectual creation process from the first conception to the publishing in industrial form such as books or electronically. It should be considered equally interesting for the digital libraries community, and it is a fine example of the extensibility of the CRM for dedicated domains.
There will be enough time for questions and discussion.
Martin Doerr, Information Systems Lab, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Vassilika Vouton.
Target audience: Ontology experts, digital library designers, data warehouse designers, system integrators, portal designers that work in the wider area of cultural and library information, but also IT-Staff of libraries, museums and archives, vendors of cultural and other information systems. Basic knowledge of object-oriented data models is required.
Duration: Part one: 3 hours
Part two: 1.5 hours
Cost: £50 for DCC Associate Network members and £75 for non members.
If you are interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to forward this message on to any interested parties.
Noted on Classics-l:
Call for Papers: APA 2009, Philadelphia
“Podcasting and the Classics”
Co-organizers Chris Ann Matteo and Ed DeHoratius
In the field of classical humanities, professors and K -12 teachers alike are witnessing the democratizing power of the “podcast” word: audio players and iPods are intimate hardware for both our students and the public we want to reach, and have proven a particularly powerful tool to restore oral and aural practice in our classrooms.
In the past few years, a number of highly successful podcasts — audio media that are free to download — have received attention from National Public Radio and other news sources. A few examples of these are WordNerds out of Reston, Virginia, The Adventures of Indigo Jones, Classical Archaeologist! sponsored by the Teagle Foundation, and Twelve Byzantine Rulers from Stony Brook School teacher Lars Brownworth.
This panel will explore the various kinds of podcasts that are available and in development, and will explore uses of this new technology to enhance our pedagogy.
The kinds of questions the panelists might address could include:
- What are some of the ways we might use this in our classrooms, in both K-12 and college-level education?
- How and why did a given podcast originate?
- How does one actually get “podcasted” (what are the “bottom-line” practicalities: how much does it cost in terms of money, time, equipment)?
- Should we regard the podcast as an oral performance text?
- What does it mean to have a “timely” podcast in our subject matter (i.e., they are “live” and yet time can lapse, and I can elect when I want to listen)?
- What role do we see podcasts playing in our culture (educational, entertainment, and research)?
- What are the political or ideological dimensions of conveying the classics in this new medium?
- How does it affect what might be perceived as a “divide” separating the classics secondary school teacher and the professoriate?
- Can podcasts be used in our scholarship and, if so, how?
- What kinds of collaboration between academic and media interests have been productive in this area?
- What other uses can we imagine for them?
Submit abstracts electronically to Chris Ann Matteo email@example.com by Friday, 1 February 2008. The abstract proper should follow the APA guidelines (one full page in 11 pt type; title in upper right-hand corner in 12 pt type) and be anonymous: it should contain a clear statement of purpose, a summary of the argumentation, some examples to be used in the argumentation, and, if appropriate, a brief explanation of the abstract?s relationship to previous literature on the topic. Papers will normally be no longer than 20 minutes long. Please include requests for audio-visual equipment and allow time for listening to excerpts in your estimate of time needed.
Noted by way of JISC-REPOSITORIES:
Please circulate as appropriate…
- OKCon 2008 – ‘Open Knowledge: Applications, Tools and Services’
- where: London School of Economics, London, UK
- when: 15th March 2008 (1030-1830)
- www: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/
- register: http://www.okfn.org/okcon/register/
- wiki: http://www.okfn.org/wiki/okcon2008/
Following on from the success of our inaugural conference last year, we’re pleased to announce that the second Open Knowledge conference (OKCon) will take place on Saturday 15th March 2008.
The event will bring together individuals and groups from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of seminars and workshops around the theme of ‘Applications, Tools and Services’. Three main sessions will focus on ‘Transport and Environment’, ‘Visualization and Analysis’ and ‘Education and Academia’. In addition there will be an ‘Open Space’ suitable for presentations and demos of general open knowledge related work.
The event is open to all but we encourage you to register because space is limited. A small entrance fee is planned to help pay for costs but concessions are available.
‘Open Knowledge’ is material that others are free to access, reuse or re-distribute and may be anything from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. In recent years we’ve seen the growth of successful open knowledge projects – from peer reviewed journals to community edited encyclopaedias – but what impact can open licensing have in education, research and commerce? Is sharing the key to scaling? What kinds of business models are available to open knowledge distributors and how is open knowledge applied in different institutional and professional contexts?
There now exists a vast amount of open content and data but what kinds of tools are available to analyse and represent this wealth of material? How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and reusability?
We’ve also witnessed the rise of web-based services — from social networking sites to online spreadsheet packages. While we have definitions for open software and open knowledge, what is an open service and what kinds of new services can be built using open knowledge?
Want to give a presentation or demo? Want to help out?
If you have a presentation, demo or workshop you’d like to give, or would like to help out with OKCon 2008 please either post on the wiki (link above) or let us know by email on info [at] okfn [dot] org.
The following by way of TEI-L:
The Scholarly Technology Group at Brown is looking for the right person to complete our team.
We’re looking for a creative, technically sophisticated individual who will use computer methods and structured data to augment the resarch process for humanities scholars. We’re not an acronym-based technical services shop; we are part of the university research environment, with a license to explore content and technology, and push the boundaries of practice where possible. If you’re not interested in digitality or the humanities, you’re probably not a good fit.
As a senior technical member of the team, you will have the opportunity to explore and to lead, in a unique academic environment.
An increased, university-wide, focus on the digital humanities and digital libraries make this an especially exciting moment to join STG. The Senior Research Programmer will be a technical contributor and a partner in defining and implementing technology in humanities research agendas at Brown.
While this is not an academic position, STG has close relationships with the academic part of the university, and can arrange departmental affiliations for an appropriate candidate.
This position requires breadth of vision and experience across significant and disparate fields. No candidate can be equally deep in all areas, so we are not limited by formal credentials in any specific area; we are looking for a candidate who can excel in an interdisciplinary environment. You will thrive here if you can communicate and think across the gap between Snow’s “two cultures.” We will also consider interested applicants without a formal humanities background. Applicants with a degree in Library Science, Information Science, or Computer Science and an interest in the kinds of problems involved in digital humanities projects and data are encouraged to apply.
Senior Research Programmer – Humanities
Scholarly Technology Group
The Scholarly Technology Group (STG) at Brown University is seeking a senior staff member who will provide technical leadership and innovation as part of STG’s involvement in, and engagement with, faculty research projects in the digital humanities. STG projects range from document databases based on XML and XML tools, to experiments in collaboration, classification, mapping and visualization. STG projects are founded in high-level information design, and require current knowledge of web standards and interaction design. The Senior Research Programmer is encouraged to have a relevant research agenda of their own, or to participate in the group’s ongoing research into digital humanities topics.
STG staff provide faculty projects with expertise in text encoding and metadata standards, accessibility, database design, web programming, digital project design, information design, and grant-writing. We combine a strong background in the humanities and social sciences with a deep interest in the meaning of digital technologies for scholarly communication.
The Senior Research Programmer works closely with faculty, STG staff and students to carry out digital humanities projects by performing project analysis, providing technical leadership, system architecture and programming and software development. Since STG is a small group, this person can contribute at all levels: to recruit, plan, manage projects, write grant proposals, stay abreast of new methods and technologies and disseminate STG’s work at conferences.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree in the humanities desirable. Formal CS coursework or equivalent.
- Experience in digital humanities, digital libraries or comparable area.
- Strong technical background in relevant areas, ideally: XML, web technologies, metadata standards, text retrieval, software development
- Interest in digital communications and collaboration, new media.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills; can formulate options, develop and recommend solutions, especially in a constantly changing work environment.
- Ability to communicate STG ideas and results within the group and externally.
STG is part of Computing and Information Services and provides advanced technology consulting to Brown humanities faculty primarily through large and small projects in support of scholarly work in the digital medium. We explore, extend anc contribute to the critical new technologies that are transforming scholarly work and helping to maintain its longevity: data and metadata standards, XML publication tools, text encoding methods, database design, and accessibility standards. We have a strong relationship with the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives, and often work on joint projects. STG consists of three staff members: the Director, a Senior Research Programmer, and a Research Programmer. STG also employs several student programmers and designers and works with graduate students who provide content expertise.
To apply: careers.brown.edu, go to job B00938
Noted by way of Antiquist:
1st Annual Antiquist Workshop
21-23 April 2008
Department of Archaeology
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
The 1st Annual Antiquist Workshop will be hosted at Southampton University Archaeology Department in April 2008. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide postgraduate students in Archaeological Informatics and associated disciplines with the opportunity to:
- Broaden their skill base with a short series of practical seminars focusing on real-world applications of IT in archaeology
- Get career guidance from professionals working in the field
- Network with peers from other institutions
- Become involved with the Antiquist online community for IT & Cultural Heritage
Seminars will be based on topics requested by participants but are likely to include GIS, web-based mapping, 3D visualisation & reconstruction, data structuring and scripting. Workshop attendance is free but participants will need to pay for food and accommodation where required. The organisers will be happy to reserve accommodation at a local hostel or hotel on request. Places on the workshop are limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Topics requested by early registrants may also be given priority. The final deadline for registration is 10 February 2008.
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The AAW team
Noticed by way of Antiquist:
As part of its initiative to develop a cyberinfrastructure, Archaeoinformatics.org is interested in obtaining input on the current conditions and needs in the field. To that end the consortium, working with the SAA Digital Archaeology Interest Group and others, has developed an online survey. We invite you to participate in this important study. As a small token of our appreciation we will offer 10 individuals who complete the survey a Starbucks gift certificate.
Workshop at the 2008 annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Chicago
Sunday, 6 January 2008, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Water Tower, Bronze Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Moderators: Rebecca K. Schindler and Pedar Foss, DePauw University
In recent years several powerful web-based research tools for Mediterranean archaeology have emerged; this workshop brings together researchers who are building and/or maintaining them. Having examined each other’s projects beforehand, presenters demonstrate their own projects, assess their functionality and usefulness, and discuss future needs and possibilities.
The projects range from macro-scale (country- or Mediterranean-wide metadata) to micro-scale (specific sites and artifact types). Two initiatives are on-line databases for archaeological fieldwork: Foss and Schindler demonstrate MAGIS, and inventory of survey projects across Europe and the Mediterranean; Fentress demonstrates the Fasti OnLine, which records excavations in Italy and several neighboring countries. Both projects employ web-based GIS to allow spatial and database searches. With the release of Google Earth and Google Maps, GIS functionality for tracking landscapes has become widely available to mainstream, not just specialist, users. Savage offers the Jordan Archaeological Database and Information System (JADIS) as a case-study of how Google-GIS functionality may be employed in archaeological research.
Numerous archaeological projects use the web to present and collect data (to varying degrees of detail). Watkinson and Hartzler demonstrate the Agora Excavations on-line, an example of how the web can clearly present a complex, long-excavated site through its organization of artifacts, documentary materials, and visual interfaces. Heath then gives a close-up look at the on-line study collection of ceramics from Ilion; what is the potential for Web-based reference collections to enhance the study of ceramic production and distribution?
ArchAtlas, presented by Harlan and Wilkinson, and the Pleiades Project, presented by Elliott, both seek to link geo-spatial and archaeological data through on-line collaborations. These projects raise issues of interoperability and shared datasets. ArchAtlas aims to be a hub for interpretive cartographic visualization of archaeological problems and data; Pleiades is developing an atlas of ancient sites. Finally, Chavez from the Perseus Project considers the challenges of accessibility, sustainability, and viability in the ever-changing world of technology — how do we ensure that these projects are still usable 20 years from now, and what new resources can we imagine developing?
These projects are representative of the types of on-line initiatives for Mediterranean archaeology in current development. Their tools enable the compilation and dissemination of large amounts of information that can lead to interesting new questions about the Mediterranean world. This is a critical time to step back, assess the resources, and consider future needs and desires.
- Pedar Foss (DePauw University)
- Elizabeth Fentress (International Association for Classical Archaeology)
- Stephen Savage (Arizona State University)
- Bruce Hartzler and Charles Watkinson (American School of Classical Studies at Athens)
- Sebastian Heath (American Numismatic Society)
- Tom Elliott (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Debi Harlan (Oxford University)
- Toby Wilkinson (British Institute at Ankara)
- Robert Chavez (Tufts University)