We have an immediate opening for a full-time web master / systems administrator at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
The National Endowment for the Humanities is hiring: two “humanities administrator” positions (aka program officers), and one accountant. Better hurry: one of them closes this Friday.
Marco Büchler at the University of Leipzig just sent around this announcement:
The Natural Language Processing Division at the Computer Science Department of the University of Leipzig, Germany, is the leading partner in the E-Humanties project eAQUA – a project financed by the German Ministry of Research and Technology for applying advanced text mining technology to digital ancient texts (www.eaqua.net).
For this project we are searching for computer scientist with demonstrated research expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- Experience in Text Mining and Natural Language Processing,
- Programming skills in Java with applications in the E-Humanties,
- Processing of large digital text resources.
Prior experience in participating in large European or other transnational initiatives is highly desirable.
The starting date for this full-time position is February 1, 2009. The initial period of appointment is for two years, with the possibility of renewal subject to follow-up funding.
The position is at the rank of “Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter” (M.A. or equivalent required). The salary is determined by the German civil servants standard (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) and amounts to 42000-52000 Euro per year. The exact salary depends on the successful applicant’s experience.
Applications should include CV, an outline of research experience, as well as names and addresses of references. Applications should be sent by mail or by email to the address below.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heyer
Institut für Informatik
D – 04009 Leipzig
Applications received by January 31, 2009 will receive full consideration, although interviews may start at any time and will continue until the position has been filled.
Disabled applicants will be preferred if they have the same qualifications as non-disabled applicants. The University of Leipzig strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and therefore encourages qualified female scientists to apply.
Via Open-Access News we learn:
The University of Michigan Library has decided to adopt Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial licenses for all works created by the Library for which the Regents of the University of Michigan hold the copyrights. These works include bibliographies, research guides, lesson plans, and technology tutorials.
The Call for Papers for Digital Humanities 09, scheduled for 22-25 June at the University of Maryland, has just been issued. Abstracts are due on 31 October 2008.
The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) has released the fall schedule for their “digital dialogues” lecture series. There are a number of interesting talks. I wonder if any of these will be podcast?
Since the full schedule is only available as a PDF at the moment, I’m taking the liberty of pasting the contents here:
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
an applied think tank for the digital humanities
Digital Dialogues Schedule
Fall 2008 in MITH’s Conference Room
B0135 McKeldin Library, U. Maryland
- 9.9 Doug Reside (MITH and Theatre), “The MITHological AXE: Multimedia Metadata Encoding with the Ajax XML Encoder“
- 9.16 Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University), “Digital Humanities 3.0: Where We Have Come From and Where We Are Now?”
- 9.23 Joyce Ray (Institute of Museum and Library Services), “Digital Humanities and the Future of Libraries”
- 9.30 Tom Scheinfeldt and Dave Lester (George Mason University), “Omeka: Easy Web Publishing for Scholarship and Cultural Heritage”
- 10.7 Brent Seales (University of Kentucky), “EDUCE: Enhanced Digital Unwrapping for Conservation and Exploration”
- 10.14 Zachary Whalen (University of Mary Washington), “The Videogame Text”
- 10.21 Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Pomona College), “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy”
- 10.28 “War (and) Games” (a discussion in conjunction with the ARHU semester on War and Representations of War, facilitated by Matthew Kirschenbaum [English and MITH])
- 11.4 Bethany Nowviskie (University of Virginia), “New World Ordering: Shaping Geospatial Information for Scholarly Use”
- 11.11 Merle Collins (English), Saraka and Nation (film screening and discussion)
- 11.18 Ann Weeks (iSchool and HCIL), “The International Children’s Digital Library: An Introduction for Scholars”
- 11.25 Clifford Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information), title TBA
- 12.2 Elizabeth Bearden (English), “Renaissance Moving Pictures: From Sidney’s Funeral materials to Collaborative, Multimedia Nachleben”
- 12.9 Katie King (Women’s Studies), “Flexible Knowledges, Reenactments, New Media”
All talks are free and open to the public!
University of Maryland
McKeldin Library B0131
College Park, MD 20742
Neil Fraistat, Director
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for Free Culture have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access to publicly funded research, Open Access Day will create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.
Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators, librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide broadcasts of events.
Michael E. Smith has just blogged an opinion piece on self-archiving.
Microsoft said Friday that it was ending a project to scan millions of books and scholarly articles and make them available on the Web … Microsoft’s decision also leaves the Internet Archive, the nonprofit digital archive that was paid by Microsoft to scan books, looking for new sources of support.
The blog post in question (by Satya Nadella, Senior vice president search, portal and advertising) indicates that both Live Search Books and Live Search Academic (the latter being Microsoft’s competitor with Google Scholar) will be shut down next week:
Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes. This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs.
For its part, the Internet Archive has posted a short response addressing the situation, and focusing on the status of the out-of-copyright works Microsoft scanned and the scanning equipment they purchased (both have been donated to IA restriction-free), and on the need for eventual public funding of the IA’s work.
This story is being widely covered and discussed elsewhere; a Google News Search rounds up most sources.
Taking into consideration the latest developments in scientific publishing, the Institute for Byzantine Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation has reevaluated the aims of ΣΥΜΜΕΙΚΤΑ, a journal it has published since 1966. Under the new name BYZANTINA SYMMEIKTA, it has become a peer-reviewed open access journal with well-defined processes and scope and it is freely accessible at: http://www.byzsym.org/. Its printed version will be published at the end of each year.
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