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.
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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.
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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
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
351/352 William T. Young Library
Univ. of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0456.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Seen in Humanist:
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 06:46:56 +0000
From: Michael Fraser
Subject: e-Learning events at Oxford
ANNOUNCING: TWO E-LEARNING CONFERENCES, OXFORD UNIVERSITY
22nd and 23rd March
Said Business School
The Shock of the Old 6: The Shock of the Social
One-Day Conference on Educational Technologies
Said Business School, University of Oxford, March 22nd 2007
The Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University Computing
Services is pleased to announce its sixth annual one-day conference
on educational technologies.
Shock 6 will explore the issues arising from the rise of social
networking tools, Web 2.0 software and related collaborative
technologies, and how best to make use of these innovative tools in
teaching, learning and research.
For more information and online booking please visit:
Beyond the Search Engine
Said Business School, University of Oxford, March 23rd 2007
Beyond the Search Engine continues the successful ‘Beyond…’ series
of talks and debates hosted by the Learning Technologies Group at the
University of Oxford. This year the theme is plagiarism and academic
integrity in the modern world of social networking and private learning.
* Does the ready provision of information in the public sphere
detract from students’ ability to develop their own knowledge?
* Does the pressure to perform undermine students’ academic integrity?
The day will consist of talks by experts in the field, and two debates.
This event follows on from the Shock of the Old conference on ICT in
Teaching and Learning, 22nd March 2007, held at the same venue and
with similar charging.
For more details and online booking please visit:
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Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Meeting of the UK Chapter: January 24th – 26th 2007
Tudor Merchants Hall, Southampton
The CAA UK chapter is intended as a forum for research in the area of archaeological computing and quantitative methods. In this the final meeting in a series of five hosted by the Archaeological Computing Research Group at the University of Southampton we have joined together with colleagues from Southampton City Museums. The conference will take place in the beautifully restored 15th century timber framed Tudor Merchants Hall.
CAA UK meetings are intended to reflect the considerable breadth of computational activity within archaeological practice, whether in research, cultural resource management or private consultancy. In addition this year we also look towards our colleagues within museums for insights into the role of computational practice in that sphere. The programme for CAA UK 2007 (overleaf) includes more than 30 papers and posters drawn from a wide range of topics, including maritime and terrestrial GIS, archaeoacoustics, CAD and VR, field survey, multimedia technologies, heritage management, archiving, data standards and dissemination, mathematical modelling, archaeological theory, and landscape design.
Stuart Weibel blogged Mike Keller’s OCLC presentation entitled “Mass Digitization in Google Book Search: Effects on Scholarship.” Weibel says:
For those unsettled by the rapidity of Googlian hegemony in library spaces, Mike constructs a vivid and compelling argument for embracing the revolution … Google Book Search (GBS) is likely to revolutionize access to books more than any single factor in the library world … Could we (the library community) have marshalled either the vision or the resources to accomplish the task on our own? It is unlikely.
Read more, including his comments about digitization competion and the cows from the dark side.
By way of planet.code4lib.org.
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.
Audio files from the Methods Network Expert Seminar ‘Virtual History and Archaeology’, held at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 19-21 April 2006, are now available.
The following audio files are currently available.
- ‘Using GIS to Study Long-Term Population Change’, Ian Gregory, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. (mp3)
- ‘Spatial Technologies in Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century’, Paul Cripps, University of Southampton, UK. (mp3)
- ‘Imaging of Historical Documents’, Andrew Prescott, University of Sheffield, UK. (mp3)
- ‘Finding Needles in Haystacks: Data-mining in distributed historical data-sets’, Mark Greengrass and Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield, UK. (mp3)
- ‘Digital Searching and the Problem of the Ventriloquist’s Dummy’, Tim Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire, UK. (mp3)
- ‘Using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) in Historical Research: Some methodological issues from the experience of the ‘Health of the Cecils’ Project’, Caroline Bowden, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. (mp3)
- ‘Crossing an “Information Divide”: The OASIS project and its use of XML schema’, Catherine Hardman, University of York, UK. (mp3)
- ‘”Oh, to make boards to speak! There is a task!” Towards a Poetics of Paradata’, Richard Beacham, King’s College, London, UK. (mp3)
- ‘Constructing a Corpus of Material Objects: The case of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland’, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK.(mp3)
- ‘Virtual Restoration and Manuscript Archaeology: A case study’, Meg Twycross, University of Lancaster, UK. (mp3)
More audio files and podcasts to come from MethNet.
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 email@example.com.
For further background:
A workshop on Open Source Critical Editions will be held on Friday 22nd September in King’s College London. The workshop is co-organised by the AHRC ICT Methods Network, the Perseus Project, and the Digital Classicist. The workshop programme is available online, and we have also made the text of positioning papers available in full. Responses may also be posted in the Wiki, and discussion will continue beyond the workshop itself either here or on the Digital Classicist mailing list.
This Thursday, 27 July 2006, Karl Fogel (of Google) is scheduled to chair a session at OSCON entitled: The (Surprising) History of Copyright, and What It Means for Open Source. You can view the abstract online, whence the following:
Much of today’s copyright debate is predicated on the notion that copyright was invented to subsidize authors, when it was actually invented to subsidize distributors … viewing copyright in this new light transforms the question from “Does copying hurt artists?” (no, and anyway copyright wasn’t about the artists) to “What kind of support mechanisms should distribution have today?”
We are pleased to announce that the full programme for CLiP 2006
“Literatures, Languages and Cultural Heritage in a digital world”
conference is now available on the conference website at
Cultural Heritage and New Technologies
(Workshop 11 „Archäologie und Computer“)
Oktober 18th– 20th, 2006
City Hall of Vienna, Austria– Wappensaalgruppe
“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)
Call for papers
Submission Of Abstracts
Participants intending to present a talk are requested to submit an abstract electronically by using of mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by May 22, 2006 (Deadline)
The abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific committee!
Notification of Speakers: June 5, 2006
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.
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
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
“Sustainability” is really just another word for survival. Open source
projects either survive or they do not. But what makes one project
survive and another die? And does the answer matter?
Open Source and Sustainability
The answer *does* matter.
- first, to the project itself and to all those individuals committing their time and energy to producing software that meets a particular need;
- second, to the open source businesses whose business model depends upon the continued flourishing of the development project; and
- third, to the colleges and universities considering investing in an open source solution by deploying it to meet some aspect of their ICT needs.
Join an international cast of experts exploring the survival issues at
Open Source and Sustainability in Oxford, 10-12 April.
Register to attend today.
Date: 10-12 April 2006
Location: Said Business School, Oxford, UK
The TEUCHOS centre – an institution that aims to provide digital research infrastructure in the fields of scholarly editing, paleography, manuscript research and history of philology and is located at the University of Hamburg – organized between 20 and 22 January a conference with the title “Digital Philology – Problems and Perspectives“. The presentations focused on tools, imaging, resources, cataloguing, and editing, and was preceded by a workshop on the digital edition of letter corpora. It did indeed provide a good overview over the state of digital editing and the tools and technologies necessary to produce these – both their achievements and problems. Some of the issues that came up during the conference were:
- the legal situation created by current copyright laws
- the relation of the digital research environment to traditional research discourses
- the need for broader agreement on issues of standards and unique identifiers
- the development of new protocols in referring to digital products
- the availability of digital editions and the tools to produce them
Another aspect was the conversations and the networking facilitated between work in different projects, countries, and languages: not only between projects mostly in German, English, French, or Italian, but also several Russian projects.
The conference organizers will no doubt wish to share more information about both the conference and the TEUCHOS project as whole in time. It is very much hoped that the TEUCHOS centre succeed in obtaining the necessary funding to begin such important work in Germany in a truly international and collaborative spirit.
(hat tip Peter Suber)
On December 5 – 6, 2005, the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries held a brainstorming meeting in Nice, France, to formulate responses to the i2010 Digital Library questions from the European Commission and to discuss the DELOS vision of the future of Digital Libraries. Participants came from within and without DELOS, from Europe and the United States, including librarians, researchers in the DL field, and representatives of the European Commission.
The final report of the meeting and related documents are now available.
The preliminary programme for the conference “Digital philology — problems and perspectives” (Hamburg, 20-22 January 2006) is now available at http://www.rrz.uni-hamburg.de/RV/other/projects/conference.html.
The organisers of the Teuchos Centre have also created an automated mailing list to distribute future information regarding the “Teuchos” centre only to those who wish to have them. To continue to receive announcements etc., please send an email with the line (please insert your email address and name): subscribe teuchos-announce your_address@your_domain (Your full name) in the body to email@example.com e.
You will receive a confirmation after a few hours. All mails going through the list will have “[teuchos]” prepended to their subject line to facilitate automatic processing. Teuchos will send announcements outside of the mailing list only very sporadically in the future.
(Posted for Daniel Decker and Dieter Harlfinger.)
A communication received today:
From: John Wallrodt
Date: December 17, 2005 11:12:53 PM EST
Subject: CSIG Meeting at Montreal
It is time once again to wake the slumbering AIA Computer Special Interest Group.
I apologize for the silence on my end. Once I sent along the groups recommendations for data projectors I got caught up in several other projects.
As you know, the AIA is providing data projectors for all sessions this year but I have not yet heard what the plans are for future years.
In any event, this year at Montreal we have a block of time and I would like to spend it discussing several new initiatives for the coming year. One of them is of relevance to next year’s AIA meetings, and the two others concern items of general interest.
The CSIG is scheduled to meet in room 520A on Saturday morning, January 7th from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. During this meeting I would like to bring up the following items:
2007 San Diego
I have been asked by the Program Committee to solicit papers for next year’s annual meetings in San Diego. As many of you know, paper submissions tend to be high for warm cities in January, but the Program Committee is specifically looking to ‘expand the scope of topics addressed at the Annual Meeting’. There traditionally have been several computer/data related papers or sessions at the AIAs, but I gather they have either fallen in number or some have been canceled a the last minute. Note that I am not specifically looking to organize a colloquium myself, although I have done so twice and can do so again. I am instead hoping that we as a committee can generate some ideas for colloquia topics so that we can help recruit those who might make such colloquia successes.
There are two other ideas that I have been playing with recently. These are mostly brought out by the requests that I get for information by those who direct field projects or are charged with handling the computer data for a field project.
Archaeological IT Services Talent Depot
I would like to talk about implementing a registry of archaeological IT talent. Think Monster.com meets IDAP (International Directory of Aegean Prehistorians). Those with specific computer skills can register those skills at a website. Those who are looking for someone with a certain skill set can search through those entries and find someone with the experience they need to get their job done. Since field work is seasonal, and field projects often need certain skill sets for a limited time only, this won’t be a place to find a career, but it would be a good place for a field director to start looking for someone who can do GIS and Windows networking, or Mac scripting and web development.
Archaeological Data Hosting Service
I am often asked about setting up a server for various projects. At UC, we host databases, file, and web services for a total of eight field projects, largely because we have standardized our database and file server software. Some projects have to bend their software requirements to fit whatever entity will host their data, and others end up trying to make their own servers for each project. I would like to investigate a business model for an archaeological hosting service (non-profit). This would be a data center, subcontracted, that would host database and file servers for the duration of a project. They would charge a monthly fee for access based on the amount of data stored and internet traffic to the site. When the project is finished, the hosting service, or someone that the project can hire from the idea above, will archive the data and send it back to the field project sponsoring entity for storage. At this stage, I would like to know if this is a idea worth pursuing.
Thanks for your attention. Please forward this to anyone whom you think might be interested. I know that the Computer Special Interest Group is a struggling one, but I do hope that we can generate some interest in the coming year.
Coord Sys Dev & Maint
Department of Classics
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210226
Cincinnati OH 45221
Digital CHASS Conference
On Friday, December 9, EPIC’s Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (CHASS) Virtual Institute will host an all-day conference focused on digital tools. This event will be an information exchange among scholars in humanities, arts, social sciences, and computer science and will be an opportunity to discuss projects that use advanced visualization and/or digital tools.
The conference will be held in the auditorium of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA; 1205 W. Clark St. , Room 1122) on the University of Illinois , Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus , from 9:00am-5:00pm Central Time.
If you are not able to attend at UIUC, you are welcome to participate via the Access Grid. For information on the Access Grid, see http://www.accessgrid.org/ . For specifics on the Dec. 9 the conference, see http://agschedule.ncsa.uiuc.edu/meetingdetails.asp?MID=12050
The agenda for the conference follows. Please help with organization by pre-registering before December 6 at www.chass.uiuc.edu/register.html or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For current news and updates visit the CHASS website, http://www.chass.uiuc.edu
“…The purpose of this organization shall be to unite all persons interested in the intersection between classical studies, libraries, and scholarly communication, in order to promote timely exchange of information and ideas and collaboration in activities of mutual concern. These include but are not limited to: user instruction, collection building, preservation, and electronic publishing. In particular, the Forum shall aim to support relevant initiatives of the American Philological Association (APA) by working closely with its officers and committees. To this end, the Forum shall maintain status as an affiliated group of the APA…”.
I wasn’t at the initial meeting last year, in fact I only found out about the organization this morning. I will be at the meeting in Montreal.
The main theme of the event is an open discussion of the theory and application of digital technologies to exhibit, preserve, maintain and develop our cultural heritage. We have a range of interesting talks bringing together some of the leading international experts from a variety of disciplines including digital architecture; archaeology; literature; curatorship and broadcasting, including Dr Paul Gerhardt, director of the BBC Creative Archive; Dr Reem Baghat of CULTNAT in Giza, the team who produced the ‘Eternal Egypt Portal’, and Vladimir Karen, one of the men behind the UNESCO World Heritage guidelines for digitising manuscripts.
Full details can be found on the website .