Archive for the ‘Call for papers’ Category

CFP: Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education and Museums

Monday, January 21st, 2008

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.

CFP: International aerial archaeology conference

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Another interesting call for papers via Jack Sasson’s Agade list:

CALL FOR PAPERS

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

Field Trip

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:

Dave Cowley
RCAHMS
16 Bernard Terrace
Edinburgh, EH8 9NX
Scotland
Email dave.cowley@rcahms.gov.uk

CFP: 3D Colour Laser Scanning

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Noted by way of the DigitalClassicist List:

Reminder – Second Call for Papers

Dear colleague,

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:

  1. 3D scanning in Education and Interpretation
  2. 3D scanning in Display and Exhibition
  3. 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:

Kalliopi Vacharopoulou,
Chorley Institute, Pearson Building, UCL
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Email: k.vacharopoulou@ucl.ac.uk
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.

Kindest regards,

Kalliopi Vacharopoulou

3D Colour Laser Scanning Project Assistant
UCL Museums and Collections

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM
Title of the Paper:
Theme [1]:
Author(s) [2]:
Corresponding Author [3]
Keywords (5-8):
ABSTRACT (800-1000 words) [4]

[1]  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.

[2]  Should include the author(s) name(s), affiliation, mailing address, e-mail.

[3]  Should indicate who the corresponding author is (i.e. the person who will be presenting the paper, in case of multiple authors)

[4]  An abstract should be 800-1000 words, and in English. It should include all main points of the paper that will be presented.

CFP “Podcasting and the Classics” APA 2009 Philadelphia

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Noted on Classics-l:

Call for Papers: APA 2009, Philadelphia
Outreach Committee

“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 camatteo@mac.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.

Digital Curation of Cultural Heritage

Monday, December 17th, 2007

By way of various email lists and blogs, we learn of the call for papers for CIDOC 2008 Athens, “The Digital Curation of Cultural Heritage”:

Digital curation emerged as an important new concept in the theory and management of cultural information.

It covers all of the actions needed to maintain digitised and born-digital cultural objects and data, going beyond digital preservation to encompass their utilisation in the context of their entire life cycle, from acquisition and appraisal to exhibition, learning and commercial exploitation.

The focus of CIDOC 2008 on the digital curation of cultural heritage will allow curators, collection managers, documentalists, archivists and museum information specialists to explore a broad range of theoretical, methodological, professional practice and technological issues related to the appraisal, digitisation, management, representation, access and use of digital cultural assets, such as those increasigly becoming part of museum information systems and digital archives.

A core emphasis of the meeting will be to understand and re-contextualise the know-how and history of established curatorial practice in museums, and memory institutions, in general, in the new field of digital cultural heritage; to review and discuss the applicability of standards- and good practice-related work in the context of managing digital cultural information; and to identify and explore the issues, methods and challenges involved with the development of new genres and contexts of virtual exhibition, e-learning and technology-enhanced services for scholarship and research.

More: http://www.cidoc2008.gr

No more old wine in new wineskins

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Tom Elliott has put out a new call for papers that looks good, “The Publication and Study of Inscriptions in the Age of the Computer.”

2nd Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

From Martin Mueller at Northwestern (full disclosure: I’ll be a speaker):

The program for the Second Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science has now been set, and you can see it at http://dhcs.northwestern.edu/index.html.

The Colloquium will take place on Sunday and Monday, October 21-22, 2007 at Northwestern University. This is an event jointly sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. Registration is free, and you are cordially invited to attend.

Information about logistics will appear shortly on the web site. You may also contact the conference coordinator, Nathan Mead (n-mead2 at northwestern dot edu).

There still is room for poster sessions, and we will be delighted to receive and review submissions on a rolling basis. Please send them to dhcs-submissions at listhost.uchicago.edu.

The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment.” The presentations range widely across cultures and technologies. There are digital surrogates of Mesopotamian cylinder seals and of 3,000 clay statuettes from a Chinese Buddhist temple that make you see things you could not easily see “in the flesh.” How to find readable and manipulable representations of the symbols that appear in Isaac Newton’s alchemical writings. How to explore the “countless links” that are at the heart of the Orlando Project about Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. How to make the history of North Carolina speak in different ways when the print records (a massive work of late nineteenth century scholarship) are translated into a digital medium.

A special session on Monday will explore the different ways in which quite similar technologies of text mining support different goals in legal, literary, and business analysis, and it will ask what these different approaches can learn from each other.

The keynote speakers, Matt Kirschenbaum (The Remaking of Reading) and Lew Lancaster (Beyond 2-D Text/Plan: The Chinese Buddhist in 3-D) nicely define the range of topics. Ray Siemens will sum it all up.

Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval Studies

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Copied from the Digital Medievalist mailing list:

Call for Papers for the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8-11, 2008, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Medieval Academy of America Committee on Electronic Resources invites submissions to the following sponsored session:

“Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval Studies”

Medievalists are increasingly turning to digital media both to produce new types of scholarship such as encoded texts and non-bookish digital projects (e.g. archives and interactive electronic resources) and to advance and increase the efficiency of traditional forms of scholarship such as critical editions. There is not yet widespread agreement, however, regarding how this new work should count for academic promotion, and many scholars working in these new media find that there are few established avenues for getting their work peer reviewed. At the same time, we are witnessing rapid and widespread changes in how we use print texts (e.g. often in scanned, searchable copies), and many traditional publishers of print journals and monographs are under enormous financial pressures from declining sales and print runs, thereby further limiting access to peer review and opportunities for publication. How can we, as a community, bring scholarship, publishing, and the need for peer review into balance?

Please email abstracts (not to exceed 300 words) to Timothy Stinson (stinson@jhu.edu). Please include name, professional/university affiliation, and contact information.

Student Bursaries for Computing in History Teaching

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Copied from the Digital Classicist mailing list

STUDENT BURSARIES FOR COMPUTING IN HISTORY TEACHING

The AHRC ICT Methods Network (www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk), which exists to promote and support the use of advanced ICT methods in arts and humanities research, is offering a limited number of bursaries to post-graduate students who wish to present a paper at the conference ‘Distributed Ignorance and the Unthinking Machine: Computing in History Teaching’. The conference takes place on 17 November at The National Archives, Kew, London, and is organized by the UK branch of the Association of History and Computing (AHC-UK).

Applications for bursaries are sought from post-graduate students registered at UK Universities whose research interests are grounded in areas covered by this years AHC-UK conference. These include: when and how you acquired your computing skills, what support and training you had or would like to have had, your perspective on the use of computers in history teaching and identification of key computing skills that history graduates should have and other areas which may be considered to be within the AHC’s sphere of interest. Applicants should submit a paper proposal via the AHC-UK website in the first instance, see http://www.gla.ac.uk/centres/hca/ahc/conf.htm

The bursaries are intended to help towards conference expenses. Successful applicants will be able to claim funds up to a total of £200 toward the cost of conference fees, accommodation and travel.

If you wish to apply for a bursary please submit a proposal for the AHC-UK conference in the first instance. You will hear if your proposal has been accpeted by the 28 September. If you are successful please complete the bursary application form, available on the AHRC ICT Methods Network website:
http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/community/postgraduates.html

If you have any queries about completing the form please contact Torsten Reimer (torsten.reimer@kcl.ac.uk) using the heading – AHC-UK Bursary Applications – in the subject bar.

Bursary winners will be asked to submit a short report to the Methods
Network following the conference.

Please address any enquiries about the AHC-UK conference to i.anderson@hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk

Electronic corpora of ancient languages

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Posted to the Digital Classicist list (from ancientpglinguistics) by Kalle Korhonen:

Electronic corpora of ancient languages

International Conference
Prague (Czech Republic), November 16-17th, 2007
http://enlil.ff.cuni.cz/ecal/
Call for papers

Aims of conference

Electronic corpora of ancient languages offer important information about the culture and history of ancient civilizations, but at the same time they constitute a valuable source of linguistic information. The scholarly community is increasingly aware of the importance of computer-aided analysis of these corpora, and of the rewards it can bring. The construction of electronic corpora for ancient languages is a complex task. Many more pieces of information have to be taken into account than for living languages, e.g. the artefact bearing the text, lacunae, level of restoration, etc. The electronic corpora can be enriched with links to images, annotations, and other secondary sources. The annotations should deal with matters such as textual damage, possible variant readings, etc., as well as with many features specific to ancient languages. (more…)

Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC’08)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

copied from Humanist:

CALL FOR PAPERS

ICTs Bridging Cultures? Theories, Obstacles, Best Practices 6th
International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC08)

24-27 June 2008 Université de Nîmes, France Conference languages: English and French www.catacconference.org

The biennial CATaC conference series ­ 10 years old in 2008! ­ provides a premier international forum for current research on how diverse cultural attitudes shape the implementation and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The conference series brings together scholars from around the globe who provide diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives in their presentations and discussions of the conference theme and topics (listed below). (more…)

Computing Panel at European Association of Archaeologists

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

A Call for Proposals from Geoff Carver (seen on Antiquist). Send abstracts or suggestions to gjcarver@t-online.de.

I still need a few abstracts for a session I’ve organised for the European Association of Archaeologists conference, to be held in Zadar, Croatia in September; I’ve included my session abstract, and if you have any more questions, let me know.

Is Invention the Mother of Necessity?

Sometimes it seems like all the recent developments in computer applications for archaeology are technology-driven: increasingly realistic graphics, higher resolution cameras and scanners, new uses for existing software, etc.

At its worst, this approach can result in technology for its own sake: cool innovations that might impress the “geeks” and “nerds,” but don’t seem to take the real needs of archaeologists into consideration.

This session aims to turn things around by discussing not just what we can do with computers in archaeology, but what we would like to do, if the technology should someday become available. We want to discuss why we use computers – our aims and goals – and why some of us feel threatened not just by the machines we use, but also by the jargon that surrounds them.

Ultimately, the goal is to begin addressing the apparent paradox that – although in some ways archaeologists escape the modern world by retreating into the past – we still study the past largely in terms of technological changes (stone, bronze, iron ages, etc.), without necessarily understanding the relationships between technology and modern archaeology.

This is a valuable discussion which touches on the perennial question Digital Humanists face about whether the “digital” or the “humanities” drives our research. On the one hand we must never lose touch with the fact that we are scholars in a humanistic discipline (be that Classics, Archaeology, History, or whatever), and that the history and expectation of scholarship in that discipline must be at the forefront of our endeavors. On the other hand, it is generally not the classicists or archaeologists who invent new technologies, but either disciplines with better funding than us, or science, medicine, and industry. It would be irresponsible of us not to borrow and build upon these technologies as they become available, so it is inevitable that digital technology (and the expertise of information scientists) will to some extent drive developments in humanistic scholarship also. Where we allow the balance to be drawn will decide the future of our disciplines.

Computers in Papyrology and Paleography

Friday, April 20th, 2007

A message from Professor Roger Boyle [roger@comp.leeds.ac.uk], Head of the School of Computing, University of Leeds.

Dear all –

I have been asked by the British Machine Vision Association to consider running a day on “Computers in Papyrology and Paleography” – specifically the use of computer imaging and image processing. The definitions for the day can be interpreted very broadly.

Such a day would probably run in Leeds, probably in late 07/early 08.

This message goes to a provisional list of those who may be interested (full list follows this message). Can I ask

  1. Might you be interested?
  2. If so, might you be prepared to contribute a paper?
  3. Might you be able to nominate a keynote speaker [perhaps yourself :-)]?

I would be grateful if you could forward this message to anyone you feel might like to receive it, and to let me know of any gross omissions.

CFP: Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

from Martin Mueller:

The second Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science will be held on October 21-22, 2007 at Northwestern University. The event is jointly sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

The theme for this colloquium will be “Exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment.” This is a call for papers and poster sessions. The deadline for submissions will be July 31, 2007, and notifications will be made by September 3, 2007. Proposal abstracts (2 page maximum) should be submitted in either PDF or MS Word format to dhcs- submissions@listhost.uchicago.edu.

Further details will be available soon at the colloquium web site (http://dhcs.uchicago.edu/), where right now you can see the program of last year’s very successful colloquium.

The sessions will be organized around the sub-themes of the query potential of high-quality image archives, the query potential of well- encoded archives, and the significance of collaborative or social computing environments for research in the humanities.

We look forward to receiving your proposals on these topics.

For further information contact

Martin Mueller
Department of English
Northwestern University
Evanston IL 60208
martinmueller@northwestern.edu

CFP: Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts 2007

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

doing digital: using digital resources in the arts and humanities

DRHA07 : Dartington College of Art : 9-12 September 2007

Bringing together creators, practitioners, users, distributors, and custodians of Digital Resources in the Arts and Humanities

The Programme Committee for DRHA07 is now soliciting imaginative and provocative contributions for the conference addressing such topics as:

  • the benefits and the challenges of using digital resources in creative work, in teaching and learning, and in scholarship;
  • the challenges and opportunities associated with scale and sustainability in the digital arena;
  • new insights and new forms of expression arising from the integration of digital resources in the arts, humanities, and sciences;
  • social and political issues surrounding digital resource provision in the context of global ICT developments;
  • the implications of “born-digital” resources for curators, consumers, and performers;
  • training methods and best practice for digital arts and humanities practitioners.

Timetable: Proposals are now invited for academic papers, themed panel sessions and reports of work in progress.Your proposal should be no smaller than 500 words and no longer than 2000; closing date for proposals is May 2nd 2007. All proposals will be reviewed by an independent panel of reviewers, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 13th June 2007. All accepted proposals will be included in the Conference preprint volume, and will also be considered for a post-conference publication.

Further information: The conference web site at http://www.dartington.ac.uk/drha07/ will be regularly updated, and includes full details of the procedure for submitting proposals, the programme, and registration information.

ECDL 2007 submission extension

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Via a note forwarded to the JISC-REPOSITORIES list, John Robertson alerts us to an extension (until 22 March 2007) of the submission deadline for “papers, panels, posters and demos, doctoral consortium and tutorial” for the 11th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries.

Journal of Employability and The Humanities

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This call for papers was circulated by the HEA History, Classics, and Archaeology Subject Centre, but the journal, I believe, is being launched by the University of Central Lancashire. It strikes me that Humanities Computing departments that teach digital humanities skills are all doing innovative teaching and that our claim to improve “employability” (horrible as that word and even that concept is) is very strong.

The Centre For Employability through the Humanities (the CETL based at UCLAN) is putting together a peer reviewed electronic journal on employability and have asked us to pass on their call for papers (pdf). This Journal of Employability and the Humanities is for everyone in the Humanities. As a bi-annual, refereed journal produced in collaboration with the Centre for Employability Through the Humanities (ceth), at the University of Central Lancashire, its intention is to create space for a dialogue between Humanities and employability. THey want to hear your experiences of teaching, developing and researching employability and stress that prior knowledge of employability literature and models is not necessary. They do, however, also encourage contributions from the experienced practitioner or theorist.

You may have something to contribute if you have been:

  1. participating in the construction of Departmental or Faculty-wide programmes/workshops addressing Student Skills (particularly, but not necessarily, in the first year);
  2. working on improving students’ presentation skills within your module/across the degree programme at either BA or MA level;
  3. engaging students in assessment schemes which go beyond essay-writing (e.g. creative projects, web-design, theatrical performance);
  4. working with the careers service in your institution to improve graduate employability.

You may be engaging with employability issues other ways, but in any case this is a good opportunity to disseminate that engagement. This opportunity is open to members of staff and postgraduate students.

The Nebraska Digital Workshop

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

See on Humanist:

Call for Proposals
The Nebraska Digital Workshop
October 5 & 6, 2007

The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska’s Lincoln (UNL) will host the second annual Nebraska Digital Workshop on October 5 & 6, 2007 and seeks proposals for digital presentations by pre-tenure faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students working in the digital humanities. The goal of the Workshop is to enable the best early career scholars in the field of digital humanities to present their work in a forum where it can be critically evaluated, improved, and showcased. Under the auspices of the Center, the Workshop will bring nationally recognized senior scholars in digital humanities to UNL to participate and work with the selected scholars. Selected scholars will receive full travel reimbursement and an honorarium for presenting their work at the Nebraska Digital Workshop.

Selection criteria include: significance in primary disciplinary field, technical innovation, theoretical and methodological sophistication, and creativity of approach.

Please send proposed workshop abstract, curriculum vitae, and a representative sample of digital work via a URL or disk on or before May 1, 2007 to: Katherine L. Walter, Co-Director, UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, at kwalter1@unl.edu or 319 Love Library, UNL, Lincoln, NE 68588-4100. For further details, see the Center’s web site at http://cdrh.unl.edu.

New Journal: Open Access Research

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

A new journal entitled Open Access Research (OAR) is now accepting submissions and plans its first issue (thereafter, thrice a year) in August 2007. It’s described as “a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that will enable greater interaction and facilitate a deeper conversation about open access.”

By way of Dorothea Salo’s Caveat Lector and planet.code4lib.org.

CAA 2007

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

The Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) to be held in Berlin in April is still accepting papers and registrations.

It is the aim of the conference to bring together experts from various disciplines to discuss new developments in computer applications and quantitive methods in archaeology. These include methods and applications of 3D reconstructions, geographic information systems, web data bases, photogrammetry, statistics, and many other subjects. With its interdisciplinary approach the conference will discover different layers of perception, and this is why “layers of perception” is the CAA 2007 conference theme.

Classics in the Million Book Library

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

A Mellon-funded working group that met immediately after the recent Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (dhcs.uchicago.edu) has now issued a position paper, Classics in the Million Book Library.

The goal is to consider how the future of publication in Classics may relate to the massive book digitization projects now being undertaken by Google, the Open Content Alliance, and others.

For anyone interested, our position paper is available in pdf and doc formats from the link under “Pages” at the upper right corner of this blog.

CFP: A Million Books!

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Very large digital libraries and the future of the humanities: What do you do with a million books?

With Google Library and the Open Content Alliance, backed by Microsoft and Yahoo, very large collections are beginning to take shape. At one extreme, we may find the best academic library ever created available on-line either for free or priced to reach a mass market. Even if this vision is not fully realized, we need to consider the prospect of having much more material previously available only in print libraries available to a much larger on-line audience. What are the implications for academia and especially for the humanities, as large, industrially produced, lightly structured digital collections present the published record of the past? The Mellon Foundation is supporting a year-long study of this problem.

We are particularly interested in the interaction of core technologies (e.g., converting page images to text, managing multiple languages and especially historical languages, and converting full text to machine actionable data) and humanities domains such as classical, early modern and English language studies. We welcome thoughtful contributions on any key issue: subscription vs. open access and/or open source, personalization and customization, new publications that build upon access to large, stable collections, new groups of contributors building Wikis or other community driven systems; the development of new services (e.g., machine translation, automatic bibliographic databases, dynamically generated timelines and maps). All submissions should consider possible implications for three audiences: those already engaged in a given area of the humanities, academics looking to work with a broader range of primary sources (e.g., using machine translation to explore Renaissance Latin), and members of society as a whole, both in the United States and abroad, who will have unprecedented access to the published record of humanity.

Papers should address one or more of the following audiences: computer and information scientists conducting research with potential application in the humanities; digital librarians, both commercial and academic; funders investing in a digital infrastructure for the humanities; professional academics conducting teaching and research; members of the general public exploring the record of humanity.

Abstracts (up to 800 words) due December 15. (This deadline has been extended to include results from the “Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science:WHAT TO DO WITH A MILLION BOOKS?? (Nov 5-6, 2006: http://dhcs.uchicago.edu/).

Abstracts will be made available for public discussion January 15 with key submissions invited to be developed into full papers due April 1, 2007 for discussion at a workshop at Tufts University, May 22-24, 2007.

For further information, contact millionbook@perseus.tufts.edu.

For further background:

http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march06/03contents.html

http://geryon.perseus.tufts.edu/data/%5Cmillionbooks%5Cmellon-april-2006-final.doc

11th International Congress “Cultural Heritage and New Technologies” – call for papers

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies
(Workshop 11 „Archäologie und Computer“)
Oktober 18th– 20th, 2006
City Hall of Vienna, Austria– Wappensaalgruppe

Why document and analyse Cultural Heritage with modern technologies?

with Symposia:

“Cultural Heritage- Funding and New Technologies” (in cooperation with ARGE Donauländer Niederösterreich)

“Bedeutung, Gefährdung und Schutz von kirchlichen Kulturgütern” (in Kooperation mit der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Kulturgüterschutz, sowie kirchlichen Institutionen)

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Call for papers
Submission Of Abstracts
Participants intending to present a talk are requested to submit an abstract electronically by using of mailto:kongrarchae@m07.magwien.gv.at by May 22, 2006 (Deadline)

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific committee!
Notification of Speakers: June 5, 2006

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Dear colleagues,

for some of you the Easter holidays will start soon, a couple of you will celebrate Eastern one week later, some of you will have in the next days Passah or a couple of you will have some other holidays. I am very sorry that I am not able to listen all the holidays, which will be in the next days.

Maybe you will find an hour or more in these days to think about the possibility of a lecture at the 11th International Congress “Cultural Heritage and New Technologies”. We are waiting for your abstract.

All the topics are online now

You are planing a project in the near future? You are searching for partners? For the first time we will organise a session called “Project-Exchange”. There you can present your project and find partners. If you are interested please send us a short statement about your project (200-300 words) and we will put it on our homepage immediatly – “autonomous” from the “Call for papers”.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Urban Archaeology of Vienna like to send you the best wishes and we hope that we can welcome the most of you – as speakers, with a poster, with a project, exhibitors or as participants.

Please forward this email also to interested colleagues.

See you in Vienna

Wolfgang Börner

Magistrat der Stadt Wien
Magistratsabteilung 7 – Kultur
Referat “Kulturelles Erbe” – Stadtarchäologie
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 5/1, A-1080 Wien
Tel. 0043 (0)1 4000 81176
Fax: 0043 (0)1 4000 99 81177
mailto:kongrarchae@m07.magwien.gv.at
http://www.stadtarchaeologie.at

Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

http://www.princeton.edu/~pswpc/

Quoted from the site:

Publisher: Department of Classics, Princeton University

The Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics is a collaborative project of the Classics Department of Princeton University and the Classics Department of Stanford University. Its purpose is to make the results of current research undertaken by members of Princeton and Stanford Universities in the field of classics available in advance of final publication.

Working Papers are pre-publication versions of academic articles, book chapters, or reviews. Papers posted on this site are in progress, under submission, or in press and forthcoming elsewhere. Although, as far as we know, this is the first Working Papers series in the field of Classics, such series are very common in other academic disciplines.

Is this really as unique as they make out? Sounds a familiar concept, but then I may just be thinking of the many individual scholars who do this sort of thing with their own papers…

BMCR calls for reviewers of electronic publication projects

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

BMCR editors Richard Hamilton and James J. O’Donnell reflect on the paucity of reviews of electronic publications, in BMCR and elsewhere:

… we have not sustained a community of practice around serious reviews of web-based publications.

This is a concern for the scholarly world as a whole in two regards. First, there are more and more very high quality and quite serious scholarly works that appear in digital form; second, many observers and participants in the scholarly communication world argue strongly for Open Access publication — that is to say, publication whose costs are defrayed in some way other than by user charges. A freely accessible web publication done to appropriate technical standards is the ideal in that regard…

But if it is true that reviewers are so strongly enticed by the prospect of a free book or a free CD that absent such an enticement they are unwilling to come forward, then we will soon be at an impasse, as more and more important material becomes available in a form unsusceptible to the enticement of reviewers. Now the future of reviewing itself is a subject of interest to us … we are for now convinced that the first and most obvious way forward is to insure that serious scholarly work, however published, gets serious scholarly reviews.

To that end, this message is designed to elicit our traditional BMCR volunteers on the usual terms.

It’s hard for me to believe that the absence of a tangible quid pro quo (e.g. a book or a CD) has much to do with the lack of people willing to review electronic publications in venues such as BMCR. I suggest that this has more to do with fairly widespread ignorance with regard to best practices, mainly because there are still very few practitioners who have walked the walk and know whereof they speak.

Personal anecdote: when BMCR published a review of Penelope M. Allison, Pompeian Households: An Analysis of the Material Culture, the reviewer had essentially nothing to say regarding the enormous online dimension to the publication (involving lookups to a hefty relational database, parameterized web pages built on the fly from xml source files, etc.). I was troubled by this, so I wrote to the reviewer privately in an effort to elicit a more substantive evaluation of what we had done well or badly in that respect. My query met with no response. So here was a case in which BMCR had an opportunity to do a thorough review of scholarly work with a major electronic component, but instead the editors chose to publish an incomplete and quite frankly incompetent review that simply ignored the electronic scholarship, as if it didn’t even exist. A missed opportunity, to say the least.

By the way, on the subject of the BMCR: an RSS 2.0 feed for the site would be a very welcome enhancement!