Archive for the ‘Conferences’ Category

Open Knowledge 2008 (London, 15 March)

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Noted by way of JISC-REPOSITORIES:

Please circulate as appropriate…

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.

More Information

‘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.

1st Annual Antiquist Workshop

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Noted by way of Antiquist:

1st Annual Antiquist Workshop

21-23 April 2008
Department of Archaeology
Southampton University
www.antiquist.org

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.

In order to register please send an email to l.isaksen@soton.ac.uk stating your name, institution and course, two specific topics which would be of interest to you, and whether accommodation arrangements should be made.

Please feel free to forward this to any person or list likely to be interested.

Best wishes

The AAW team

Web-based Research Tools for Mediterranean Archaeology

Friday, January 4th, 2008

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.

Panelists:

  • 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)

Seminar: Critical Editions in the 21st Century

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Friday, 4 January 2008, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Burnham, Hyatt Regency, Chicago

Cynthia Damon, organizer

advanced registration required

Greek and Latin texts in editions that harness technological advances for scholarly desiderata will serve us well in our work and in our endeavor to make classical antiquity accessible beyond our ranks. This seminar will consider what such editions might look like in a variety of textual traditions: verse vs. prose, literary vs. technical, individual vs. collective authorship, unique vs. multiple transmission, etc. Pragmatic considerations such as collaboration, funding, intellectual property rights, and the degree to which the academy values such infrastructure-building ventures will also be addressed, and projects already under way will be scrutinized as potential models.

Digital Demosthenes: Using New Technology for Teaching and Learning Latin and Greek

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Saturday, January 5th, noon – 1:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom B, Hyatt Regency, Chicago (APA Annual Meeting 2008)

Roundtable discussion group; joint APA/AIA session
Moderators: Andrew Reinhard (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.) and Jennifer Sheridan Moss (Wayne State University)

The Future is Now? Digital Library Projects and Scholarship and Teaching in the Classics

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Saturday, January 5th, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Crystal Ballroom C, Hyatt Regency, Chicago (APA Annual Meeting 2008)

Sponsored by the APA Committee on Publications

Donald Mastronarde, Chair

Thanks to digitization projects by both the commercial and the open-access sectors, the long-predicted transition from books and paper to digital formats for resources and information used in research and teaching may at last be occurring. This panel brings together speakers who represent classics and classical archaeology, libraries, and open-content organizations to address issues of coverage, quality, and accessibility of digital materials, to assess the trends indicated by current and planned projects, and to identify the tools needed to take advantage of the new digital riches and to allow new scholarly questions to be asked and effectively pursued.

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

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.

Session on Digital Reconstruction at Villa of the Papyri conference

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

(Thanks to Lizzie Belcher, Classics outreach officer at Oxford for drawing my attention to this.)

A Conference on The Villa of the Papyri

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, 2007
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies and Christ Church, Oxford

Of particular interest to Digital Classicists ought to be the Sunday afternoon session:

Session 3. Digital Reconstruction

2:05 – 2:10 pm Introduction

2:10 – 2:50 pm
Diane Favro (UCLA)
From pleasure, to ‘guilty pleasure,’ to simulation: rebirthing the Villa of the Papyri

3:00 – 3:40 pm
Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford)
Innovation and Impact in Digital Reconstruction of the Herculaneum Library

3:50 – 4:30 pm
Richard Janko (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
The leaves of the Sibyl: rediscovering the lost originals of forty Herculaneum papyri

4:40 – 5:00 pm Tea

5:00 – 5:40 pm
Mantha Zarmakoupi (University of Oxford)
The digital model of the Villa of the Papyri: issues of reconstruction

5:50 – 6:30 pm
Reinhard Förtsch (Universität zu Köln)
Fragmented understanding of Roman Villas. Some levels of perception in antiquity and 3 D

6:30 – 7:00pm Discussion and concluding remarks.

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

UK JISC Digitisation Conference 2007

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Joint Information Systems Committee

Copied from JISC Digitisation Blog

“In July 2007 JISC held a two-day digitisation conference in Cardiff and the event was live blogged and podcasted. Here you can find links to all the resources from the conference, from Powerpoint presentations and audio to the live reports and conference wiki.”

The link to this blog which has audio, Powerpoints and PDFs from the wide range of speakers:

http://involve.jisc.ac.uk/wpmu/digitisation/digitisation-conference-2007/


There is much there about building digital content and e-resources.

More can be found about the JISC digitisation programme at: 

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/digitisation_home.html

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…)

Mapping the Past discussion ongoing

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

The AHeSSC / NeSC sponsored workshop on Space and Time: Methods in Geospatial Computing for Mapping the Past (23-24 July), is in process. It seems that the web-cast of the proceedings is currently suspended, but discussion is ongoing both at the venue in Edinburgh and online at the Digital-Arts-Humanities workspace. All users are welcome and encouraged to join the community.

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

Virtual Congress on Textual Editing

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Forwarded from Humanist:

The second virtual congress of [the Romance Literature Department, University of Lisbon] on Textual Editing, begins next Monday, 16th of April. Soon, you will be able to know the announced lectures and papers , as well as to participate in the discussion.

In the same day, it will be inaugurated the virtual exhibition Masterpieces of the World Literature. The Beginning . Be prepared for a travel by the intimacy of literature, from the 20th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D.; from Spain to Portugal, crossing Greece, Poland, Israel, China, Japan, Chile, Brazil etc.

The music by Mário Laginha and Maria João will keep you company while you’ll observe the writing in plank of clay of Gilgamesh or many versions of a poem of Eugénio de Andrade; the writing of the Confucius’s Analects or that of the Leopardi’s poems etc. It will also be a precious opportunity to observe the palimpsest involving the Confessions of St. Augustine and Pliny’s Natural History.

Ângela Correia & Cristina Sobral

Departamento de Literaturas Românicas
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

I may be missing something in the announcement, but it was not immediately obvious to me what technologies were being used to participate in this “Virtual Congress” (apart from email). An interesting event, in any case.

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.

e-Science in the Arts and Humanities

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
A series of lectures organised by the (UK) Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre:
AHeSSC is coordinating a ‘Theme’ entitled ‘e-Science in the Arts and Humanities’ at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh. For more details click here.

The first phase of the theme’s activities will be a lecture series that will run from April to July 2007. A full programme for these is now available on the e-Science Institute wiki. The lectures are free and open to all (although registration will be required), and will be webcast. More details webcasting and registration will be posted here shortly.

This Theme aims to explore the new challenges for research in the Arts and Humanities, and to define the new research agenda that is made possible by e-Science technology. It will encourage innovation and the pushing back of intellectual boundaries, while seeking to be accessible to and inclusive of those researchers who are not currently engaged in this agenda. The Theme will consider the international context of UK research, and will identify the strategic considerations for researchers, students and funding agencies as this agenda is taken forward.

We will run a series of lectures, workshops and training activities that will present several examples of the advanced grid-based research that is being carried out by, for example, historians, linguists, performers, classicists, art historians and archaeologists. In September there will be an International Expert Seminar to examine aspects of funding and strategy.

(Declaration of interest: I’m speaking at one of these events in June, on Open Source Critical Editions.)

Conference: Historic Environment Information Resources Network

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Data Sans Frontières: web portals and the historic environment

25 May 2007: The British Museum, London

Organised by the Historic Environment Information Resources Network (HEIRNET) and supported by the AHRC ICT Methods Network and the British Museum, this one-day conference takes a comprehensive look at exciting new opportunities for disseminating and integrating historic environment data using portal technologies and Web 2.0 approaches. Bringing together speakers from national organisations, national and local government and academia, options for cooperation at both national and international levels will be explored.

The aims of the conference are:

  • To raise awareness of current developments in the online dissemination of Historic Environment Data
  • To set developments in the historic environment sector in a wider national and European information context
  • To raise awareness of current portal and interoperability technologies
  • To create a vision for a way forward for joined up UK historic environment information provision

This conference should be of interest to heritage professionals, researchers and managers from all sectors.

The conference costs £12 and a full programme and online registration facilities are available at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/HEIRNET/ There may be tickets available on the day, but space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

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.

TEI Workshops @ Kalamazoo

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Copied from Humanist:

The Medieval Academy of America Committee on Electronic Resources is pleased to announce two TEI workshops to be held at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2007. Both workshops will be on Thursday, May 10 (sessions 32 and 138; see
www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/sessions
for complete conference schedule).

1) XML and the Text Encoding Initiative Workshop I: Introduction to TEI Encoding

This workshop offers an introduction to best practices for digital scholarship, taught by a medievalist, James C. Cummings, specifically for medievalists. Instruction includes introductory-level XML and structural encoding, as well as new TEI P5 standards and guidelines, markup concerns for medieval transcription, and a brief consideration of XML Editors. Assignments will be completed during the following clinic.

2) XML and the Text Encoding Initiative Workshop II: Advanced TEI Encoding and Customization

This workshop offers advanced instruction in advanced topics in TEI encoding and the customization of the TEI for an individual project’s needs, taught by a medievalist, James C. Cummings, specifically for medievalists. Instruction includes metadata for medieval manuscript description, advanced-level concepts of TEI P5 modularization, schema generation and customization for individual projects, and a brief survey of related technologies. Assignments will be completed during the following clinic.

Dr. Cummings works for the Oxford Text Archive, University of Oxford. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, and he has extensive experience leading TEI workshops.

Both workshops are limited to 14 participants, and registration is required.

The fee *per workshop* is $45/$60 (Medieval Academy members/nonmembers) for pre-registration, $55/$70 for walk-ins (pending available space).

Please send contact information and a check payable to Medieval Academy of America c/o

Dorothy Carr Porter
RCH
351/352 William T. Young Library
Univ. of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0456.

Symposium: The Future of Electronic Literature

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

Seen in the Academic Commons blog:

Registration is now open for the Electronic Literature Organization and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities’ public symposium on The Future of Electronic Literature.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2007
Location: University of Maryland, College Park
Symposium URL: http://www.mith2.umd.edu/elo2007/index.php
The symposium is co-sponsored by the University Libraries, Department of English, and Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland.

Theoretical Approaches to Virtual Representations of Past Environments

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

There are some places available for this all-day seminar taking place at Goldsmith’s College on 7 March.

For further details, or to register, visit http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/activities/workshops.html or email neil.grindley@kcl.ac.uk.

THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO VIRTUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF PAST ENVIRONMENTS

A seminar run by Kate Devlin, Goldsmiths College, University of London (7 March 2007)

Computer graphics have become a popular way of interpreting past environments, for educational and entertainment value, and also as an aid to research, but they are not subject to the same scrutiny that text invites. Without supporting data to indicate the motivations for particular representations of data, the images may merely be one subjective picture of the past.

Something that proves particularly difficult when creating 3D computer-generated representations of past environments is how to provide context of an intangible nature, such as a social, temporal or even emotional interaction with the representation. For example, many representations are sterile, empty spaces, devoid of the people who would have built and used them. We need to look at ways that allow us to convey the information outside of the physical structure of a scene.

This seminar will address the issues above and other questions including:

  • Why are virtual representations being created and are they really being used?
  • How do we reconcile the work of computer scientists with the work of archaeologists?
  • How do we introduce non-visual and intangible elements to our representations?