Scientists in the European joint project 3D-COFORM are creating three-dimensional digital models of artifacts such as statues and vases. Besides making for an exciting viewing experience, the 3D models constitute comprehensive documentation of objects that is useful to conservators. The longer-term goal of correlating 3D data between different objects is still a long way off. Read about it here.
Archive for the ‘General’ Category
UCL are pleased to announce vacancies for three posts in the new Centre for Digital Humanities. We are looking for a centre co-ordinator, teaching fellow, and postdoc researcher.
These are all part time but we are happy to consider applications to combine two of them into one full time post. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/kerstin-michaels/vacancies/ for details.
Please note that ideally we would like people to start in January, but are willing to be flexible for the right candidate/s if necessary. If you’d like any more information about any of these, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forwarded on behalf of Peter Stokes. Note that the following is for students who are registered for PhDs in the United Kingdom.
Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: 17-22 May 2010
The Institute of English Studies (London) is pleased to announce the second year of this AHRC-funded course in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the Warburg Institute, and King’s College London.
The course is open to arts and humanities doctoral students registered at UK institutions. It involves six days of intensive training on the alysis, description and editing of medieval manuscripts in the digital age to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. Participants will receive a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience in cataloguing and editing manuscripts for both print and digital formats.
The first half of the course involves morning classes and then visits to libraries in Cambridge and London in the afternoons. Participants will view original manuscripts and gain practical experience in applying the morning’s themes to concrete examples. In the second half we will address the cataloguing and description of manuscripts in a digital format with particular emphasis on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). These sessions will also combine theoretical principles and practical experience and include supervised work on computers.
The course is aimed principally at those writing dissertations which relate to medieval manuscripts, especially those on literature, art and history. There are no fees, but priority will be given to PhD students funded by the AHRC. Class sizes are limited to twenty and places are ‘first-come-first-served’ so early registration is strongly recommended.
For further details see http://ies.sas.ac.uk/study/mmsda/ or contact
Dr Peter Stokes at email@example.com.
Forwarded for Charlotte Tupman.
Practical Epigraphy Workshop
22-24 June 2010, Great North Museum, Newcastle
A Practical Epigraphy Workshop is taking place for those who are interested in developing hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material. The workshop is aimed at graduate students, but other interested parties are welcome to apply, whether or not they have previous experience. With expert tuition, participants will learn the practical aspects of how to record and study inscriptions. The programme will include the making of squeezes; photographing and measuring inscribed stones; and the production of transcriptions, translations and commentaries. Participants may choose to work on Latin or Greek texts.
The course fee is £100 but we hope to be able to provide bursaries to participants to assist with the cost. Accommodation will be extra, but we are arranging B&B nearby for around £30-40.
Places on the workshop are limited and applications will be accepted until 31st March. For further details please contact Dr. Charlotte Tupman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Practical Epigraphy Workshop is sponsored by The British Epigraphy Society, an independent ‘chapter’ of the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine:
… with hundreds of thousands of digital photos.
University of Washington researchers have developed a computer system to combine tourist photos lifted from the Flickr.com photo-sharing site into a 3D digital model. Using advanced techniques, they were able to ‘build’ a model of Rome from photos tagged with Rome or Roma in just 21 hours.
Here’s a recent article from the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader about the activities of the EDUCE project. It sounds like they’re at an exciting and critical point. According to lead researcher and computer science professor Brent Seales:
“We’re starting the serious work now,” Seales said. “In a few weeks, we should know whether we’ll be able to tease out some of the writing. Seeing the text is going to be the trick, but we have some tricks of our own that we think will help.”
The story links to an informative video on YouTube, entitled “Reading the Unreadable,” apparently published in January of this year.
Call for Papers for two sessions at the Forty-Fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies, held annually at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Although it is a medieval studies conference, it’s quite broad and includes sessions ranging from the Late Antique through the Renaissance. There is a lot of really fabulous work going on in the digital classics community on both of these topics and it would be wonderful to introduce that work to medievalists who aren’t already aware of it. (Kzoo, as the event is affectionately called, is also a lot of fun. You can’t bring together 3000 medievalists in one small town without a certain amount of merrymaking.)
The Digital Medievalist Community of Practice (http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/) is sponsoring two sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 7-10, 2009 (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/). See below for session names and descriptions.
Please send inquiries and abstracts for 20-minute presentations to Peter Robinson at email@example.com. Abstracts must be attached to a Participant Information Form, available in both MS Word and PDF formats from the Congress website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.
Proposals must be submitted by September 15, 2009.
Paper session: The state of the art in handwriting recognition and analysis for medieval documents
Much work has been done towards automated analysis of handwritten documents, with a focus on handwriting recognition, in the last years, and some of the developments seen in OCR and layout recognition systems may be applicable to medieval studies. Further, the increasing interest in sophisticated linkages of text and image might be enhanced by developments in handwriting recognition and analysis. We welcome papers which report on work done or ongoing in these areas, or which seek to establish methodologies.
Paper session: Collaborative tools and environments for medieval scholarship
Many groups around the world are working to develop a new generation of collaborative tools and research environments, with potential wide applicability to medieval studies. This leads to questions about the nature of collaboration itself, and about useful models of collaboration. Reports form the coal face on collaborations which have, or have not, worked are welcome, as are demonstrations of tools and ruminations on the many faces of collaboration.
Again, please send inquiries and abstracts for 20-minute presentations to Peter Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Abstracts must be attached to a Participant Information Form, available in both MS Word and PDF formats from the Congress website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF.
This is copied from an announcement I received through the Exlibris listserv, and I thought readers of The Stoa would be interested as well. I’m not a big proponent of Second Life, but I do like seeing how people are coming up with interesting (and potentially useful) ways to use the technology. I feel the same way about Twitter, incidentally.
Have you heard about virtual worlds? Ever wonder what how they might be used in the world of archives and special collections?
Come find out at Stanford University’s Special Collections and University Archives’ virtual “Open House” in the virtual world Second Life on Friday, July 31st from 9:00 to 11:00a.m. (PST). Drop in anytime during these hours for an overview of our new Virtual Archives which allows scholars to discover and use our primary resources in a virtual environment.
For the first time scholars and the casual passersby can walk Stanford’s closed stacks and browse some of our manuscript collections—a practice not offered in real life. Stanford’s Virtual Archive is a very small but growing subset of our deep storage facility replicated in Second Life. Patrons can open virtual Hollinger boxes and a sampling of scanned documents from the real life box will appear along with a link to that collection’s online finding aid. They can then post their reference questions on the bulletin board which sends email to our Special Collections staff. Stanford’s Virtual Archive provides access to patrons around the world without endangering the collection.
Second Life (SL) is a virtual world where more than 15 million users have created avatars–or online personas–enabling them to explore SL and interact with others from in real time. Reference in SL occurs through in-world text and voice chat as well as our reference bulletin board.
Please join us at our Open House to learn more at the following SLURL address (this is the Second Life location for the Stanford University Special Collections’ Virtual Archive): http://slurl.com/secondlife/Stanford%20University%20Libraries/85/224/33 This address launches the Second Life application from your web browser. For those not already in SL, joining is free at http://secondlife.com/ and we will be happy to help get you acclimated in-world. Look for Sicilia Tiratzo and my colleague in SL, Mollie Mavendorf. We will be on hand to demonstrate the archives site and answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you “in world” on July 31st.
Posted on behalf of Ben Gracy at the University of Denver: an article on an assisted transcription system that uses OCR. It sounds fascinating.
*edit: elsewhere in the article reference is made to “ancient documents and manuscripts”, which indicates that this system has been developed for handwritten materials in addition to printed… although the word “handwritten” itself doesn’t appear in the article.*
Traditional Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems give rise to transcription problems and provide results with many errors that need to be edited afterwards. State, however, is a transcription system that integrates a series of tools with which images can be processed in order to remove noise and clean up the original image, the page structure can be detected, the text can be recognised and mistakes can be quickly and easily edited with interactive tools such as an electronic pen applied directly on the text. Andrés Marzal, one of the researchers in the project, explains: “It is a practical solution to the problem of a supervised transcription, since it shortens the most time-consuming phase, that is, editing the automatic transcription so that it is true to the original”.
Gorgias Press is expanding its interest in technology and classics and welcomes book proposals regarding digital classics research, for both monographs (including revised dissertations) and edited collections (based on conference sessions or otherwise). Proposals should be no more than 4 pages pdf and include contact details and a biography of the author(s), an overview of the topic and its importance, a brief description of all chapters, and a summation of how this text will relate to other texts in the field. This is an open call. Please send proposals to email@example.com.
Note that we have had to make a change to the programme for the Digital Classicist ICS seminar series.
The correct details are on the Digital Classicist website.
July 24 Leif Isaksen (Southampton)
‘Linking Archaeological Data ‘
July 31 Elton Barker (Oxford) & Leif Isaksen (Southampton)
‘Herodotos Encoded Space-Text-Imaging Archive’
(ie these two papers have been swapped around)
Remenber also that all presentations are podcast along with slides via an RSS feed.
We are now about to hear from the speakers in the fourth in this excellent series. For those of you that are unable to make the seminar itself, we are again recording each event and podcasting it along with slides on the DC website seminar page.
In addition to this we are also featured along with some discussion (and pix where possible) on the arts-humanities.net community blog.
We now have a Twitter hash tag (#digiclass) which means you can follow what’s new there as well. Just put #digiclass in your Twitter search box.
There are a number of sessions and individual papers that will be of interest to Digital Classicists scheduled for the Digital Humanities 2009 conference, next Tuesday-Thursday, June 23-25 at the University of Maryland. There are many, many more than I’m listing here, the complete schedule is online: http://www.mith2.umd.edu/dh09/?page_id=89
Tuesday, June 23
Benjamin Banneker Room
Chair: Dot Porter
Towards an Interpretation Support System for Reading Ancient Documents
Henriette Roued Olsen, Segolene Tarte, Melissa Terras, Michael Brady, Alan Bowman
Image as Markup: Adding Semantics to Manuscript Images
Computer-Aided Palaeography, Present and Future
Peter A. Stokes
Margaret Brent Room
Chair: Patrick Juola
Medieval scribes in parts of speech (paper #3)
Karina van Dalen-Oskam
Benjamin Banneker Room
Chair: Paul Caton
Creating a Composite Cultural Heritage Artifact – the Digital Object
Fenella G. France, Eric F. Hansen, Michael B. Toth
On-site Scanning of 3D Manuscripts
Timothy H. Brom, James Griffioen, W. Brent Seales
The Ghost in the Manuscript: Hyperspectral Text Recovery and Segmentation
Patrick Shiel, John G. Keating, Malte Rehbein,
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room
Chair: Elisabeth Burr
Integrating Images and Text with Common Data and Metadata Standards in the Archimedes Palimpsest (paper #1)
Doug Emery, Michael B. Toth
Wednesday, June 24
Juan Ramon Jimenez Room
Chair: Dino Buzzetti
MAPS: Manuscript map Annotation and Presentation System
Charles van den Heuvel
Manuscript Annotation in Space and Time
The Atlas of Early Printing: Digital History and Book History
Gregory J. Prickman
Thursday, June 25
Charles Carroll Room
Digital Classicist: Re-use of Open Source and Open Access Publications in Ancient Studies
Gabriel Bodard, C. W. Blackwell, Tobias Blanke, Tom Elliott, Sean Gillies, Mark Hedges, D. N. Smith
Charles Carroll Room
Funding the Digital Humanities
Moderator: Neil Fraistat, Director, MITH, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Discussion with officers from the NEH, Mellon, IMLS, SSHRCC (Canada), NSF, DFG (Germany), AHRC (UK)
Session #2, 3:30-4:00pm, Tuesday June 23rd
Implementing Greek Morphology
Helma Dik, Richard Whaling
Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: Encoding Abbreviations in TEI XML Mark-up
There has been a small change to the programme for the Digital Classicist/ICS Work-in-Progress seminar series.
The earlier post has been updated with the full details.
The 8th IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2009) will focus particularly on the Arts, Media, and Humanities. According to the conference website (http://campwww.informatik.tu-muenchen.de/ismar09/doku.php?id=ismar09:arts_media_and_humanities_program):
ISMAR and its forerunners IWAR, ISMR and ISAR, have been the premier forums in this vital field since 1998 (http://www.ismar-conf.org). This year, we place particular emphasis on widening the scope of MR/AR toward the areas of arts, entertainment and the humanities. To this end, the “traditional” Science & Technology track will be complemented by an Arts, Media and Humanities track with its unique and separate publication. Both programs will follow ISMAR’s stringent publication requirements with reviews being provided by qualified peers from these respective disciplines.
The focus and scope of this call for participation in the Arts, Media and Humanities track are new and have different topics, reviewers and selection criteria. These will be complemented with Tutorials, Workshops, Demonstrations and Competitions will provide more opportunities for contributions and submissions.
Contact AMH@ismar09.org for further inquiry.
The InterFace 2009 2nd Call for Papers is now out. Please note that the deadline for submission (and thus attendance) is now looming!
InterFace 2009: Second Call for Papers
**PLEASE NOTE – ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PRESENT A POSTER OR LIGHTNING TALK**
**DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MAY 1ST**
1st National Symposium for Humanities and Technology
9-10 July, University of Southampton, UK.
InterFace is a new type of annual event. Part conference, part workshop, part networking opportunity, it will bring together postdocs, early career academics and postgraduate researchers from the fields of Information Technology and the Humanities in order to foster cutting-edge collaboration. As well as having a focus on Digital Humanities, it will also be an important forum for Humanities contributions to Computer Science. The event will furthermore provide a permanent web presence for communication between delegates both during, and following, the conference.
Delegate numbers are limited to 80 (half representing each sector) and all participants will be expected to present a poster or a ‘lightning talk’ (a two minute presentation) as a stimulus for discussion and networking sessions. Delegates can also expect to receive illuminating keynote talks from world-leading experts, presentations on successful interdisciplinary projects, ‘Insider’s Guides’ and workshops. The registration fee for the two-day event is £30. For a full overview of the event, please visit the website.
* Willard McCarty
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, KCL
* Dame Wendy Hall, President of the Association of Computing Machinery
University of Southampton
* Stephen Brown, De Montfort University
Knowledge Media Design, De Montfort University
* Ed Parsons
Geospatial Technologist, Google
* Sarah Porter
Head of Innovation, JISC
* Mary Orr & Mark Weal, University of Southampton
* Adrian Bell, University of Reading
The Soldier in Later Medieval England
* Kathy Buckner, Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University
e-Participation Projects in Action: a socio-technical perspective
1) Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
Arianna Ciula, European Science Foundation & Sebastian Rahtz, Oxford University
Manuel Lima, VisualComplexity.com
3) EPrints Respositories: Managing Data for Mash-ups
Leslie Carr & Adam Field
4) Interdisciplinarity & the Media
Jon Copley & Claire Ainsworth
If you are interested in attending, please submit an original paper, of 1500 words or less, describing an idea or concept you wish to present. Please indicate whether you would prefer to produce a poster or perform a 2-minute lightning talk. Papers must be produced as a PDF or in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and submitted through our EasyChair page:
- Register for an easy chair account: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/account_apply.cgi
- Log in: https://www.easychair.org/?conf=interface09
- Click New Submission at the top of the page and fill in the form.
Make sure you:
- Select your preference of lightning talk or poster.
- Select whether you are representing humanities or technology.
- Attach and upload your paper.
If you encounter any problems, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Papers should focus on potential (and realistic) areas for collaboration between the Technology and Humanities Sectors, either by addressing particular problems, new developments, or both. Prior work may be presented where relevant but the nature of the paper must be forward-looking. As such, the scope is extremely broad but topics might include:
* 3D immersive environments
* Pervasive technologies
* Online collaboration
* Natural language processing
* Sensor networks
* The Semantic Web
* Agent based modelling
* Web Science
* Spatial cognition
* Text editing and analysis
* New Media
* Applied sociodynamics & social network analysis
* Archaeological reconstruction
* Information Ethics
* Dynamic logics
* Electronic corpora
Due to the limited number of places, papers will be subject to review by committee and applicants notified by email as to their acceptance. All accepted papers will be published online one week in advance of the conference.
* Paper Submission Deadline: 1 May 2009
* Acceptances Announced: 18 May 2009
* Conference: 9th-10th July 2009
For further information, please visit the conference website (http://www.interface09.org.uk) or e-mail email@example.com.
A very exciting story reported by Xeni Jardin on the Boingboing blog a couple weeks ago (Tech Forensics in Guatemala–first prefigured in a piece two years earlier), that links some of the imaging techniques beloved of we digital philology types with new evidence for human rights abuses in Central America in the 1980s. (I think this is of Digital Classicist significance because there are several cool projects working on sophisticated means to image and decypher damaged, degraded, and fragile documents–not least among which is the EDUCE project in Kentucky, where this blog is hosted.)
This story, which is best read in full at the Boingboing link above, involves an archive of police records including evidence of the abuse and murder of “subversives”–teachers, students, journalists, campaigners, and the like–which was dumped in the basement of an old detention centre and has mouldered and rotted for 25 years. The digitization and decypherment of these records has led to the arrest and prosecution of at least one police office for the murder of a civilian in 1984. Although this is a grim story, it is heartening to hear that the work we do so painstakingly to reconstruct ancient texts has applications with current social value as well. (I’ll keep working on those curse tablets, then!) I don’t know if any digital humanities scholars were involved in this work, but would be interested to hear if anyone has any insight into that.
copied from Humanist:
From: Julia Flanders
Subject: DHQ issue 3.1 now available
We’re very happy to announce the publication of the new issue of DHQ:
DHQ 3.1 (Winter 2009)
A special issue in honor of Ross Scaife: “Changing the Center of
Gravity: Transforming Classical Studies Through Cyberinfrastructure”
Guest editors: Melissa Terras and Gregory Crane
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Dedications
Gregory Crane, Tufts University; Brent Seales, University of
Kentucky; Melissa Terras, University College London
Ross Scaife (1960-2008)
Dot Porter, Digital Humanities Observatory
Cyberinfrastructure for Classical Philology
Gregory Crane, Tufts University; Brent Seales, University of
Kentucky; Melissa Terras, University College London
Technology, Collaboration, and Undergraduate Research
Christopher Blackwell, Furman University; Thomas R. Martin, College
of the Holy Cross
Tachypaedia Byzantina: The Suda On Line as Collaborative Encyclopedia
Anne Mahoney, Tufts University
Exploring Historical RDF with Heml
Bruce Robertson, Mount Allison University
Digitizing Latin Incunabula: Challenges, Methods, and Possibilities
Jeffrey A. Rydberg-Cox, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Citation in Classical Studies
Neel Smith, College of the Holy Cross
Digital Criticism: Editorial Standards for the Homer Multitext
Casey Dué, University of Houston, Texas; Mary Ebbott, College of the
Epigraphy in 2017
Hugh Cayless, University of North Carolina; Charlotte Roueché, King’s
College London; Tom Elliott, New York University; Gabriel Bodard,
King’s College London
Digital Geography and Classics
Tom Elliott, New York University; Sean Gillies, New York University
What Your Teacher Told You is True: Latin Verbs Have Four Principal
Raphael Finkel, University of Kentucky; Gregory Stump, University of
Computational Linguistics and Classical Lexicography
Gregory Crane, Tufts University; David Bamman, Tufts University
Classics in the Million Book Library
Gregory Crane, Tufts University; Alison Babeu, Tufts University;
David Bamman, Tufts University; Thomas Breuel, Technical University of
Kaiserslautern; Lisa Cerrato, Tufts University; Daniel Deckers,
Hamburg University; Anke Lüdeling, Humboldt-University, Berlin; David
Mimno, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Rashmi Singhal, Tufts
University; David A. Smith, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Amir
Zeldes, Humboldt-University, Berlin
Conclusion: Cyberinfrastructure, the Scaife Digital Library and
Classics in a Digital age
Christopher Blackwell, Furman University; Gregory Crane, Tufts
Best wishes from the DHQ editorial team
The School of Information and Library Science (www.sils.unc.edu) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encourages applications for Ph.D. fellowships in digital curation supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded DigCCurrII project (http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/aboutII.html#cdcdf).
DigCCurr II seeks to develop an international, doctoral-level curriculum and educational network in the management and preservation of digital materials across their life cycle. This project will prepare future faculty to perform research and teach in this area, as well as provide summer institutes for cultural heritage information professionals already working in this arena.
What the Fellowship Offers
- A 20 hr/wk position as a Research Fellow for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded project, “DigCCurr II: Extending an International Digital Curation Curriculum to Doctoral Students and Practitioners.”
- A stipend of $19,000 for three years
- In-state tuition and health coverage
- Annual enrichment funds of $800
- Extensive opportunities to meet key leaders in the Digital Curation research and practice arenas through workshops and symposia to be held at UNC
Applying for the Fellowship
To apply for the fellowship, please follow the regular application procedures found on the SILS Ph.D. Admissions page. The deadline to apply for the Carolina Digital Curation Doctoral Fellowships (CDCDF) program is February 15, 2009; however, earlier applications are encouraged. In addition to the required written statement of your intended research focus, we ask that you write a separate essay elaborating on these goals and how they are related to the goals of DigCCurr II. Please send this essay in an email to Dr. Helen Tibbo at tibbo (at) email.unc.edu, Dr. Cal Lee at callee (at) email.unc.edu, or Heather Bowden at hbowden (at) email.unc.edu, no later than February 15, 2009. Earlier applications are encouraged. Please note that we are only able to accept applications from United States Citizens at this time.
For more information on Carolina Digital Curation Doctoral Fellowship opportunities, send e-mail to Dr. Helen Tibbo at tibbo (at) email.unc.edu, Dr. Cal Lee at callee (at) email.unc.edu, or Heather Bowden at hbowden (at) email.unc.edu.
Interested applicants may also direct correspondence to:
DigCCurr II Fellowships
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3360 Manning Hall
Chapel Hill NC 27566-3360
Winners of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Department of Energy Humanities High Performance Computing program were reported on Arts-Humanities.Net by Brett Bobbley (originally at the ODH site). I note that two of the three awards have a strong classical connection:
** The Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University for its project Large-Scale Learning and the Automatic Analysis of Historical Texts. The Perseus project will be using advanced computational linguistic technologies to experiment with the analysis of ancient texts for the study of classics and other fields.
The Perseus Project has been a stellar classical resource for many years now, and has been at the forefront of applying cyberinfrastructure and large-scale computing resources to Greek and Latin.
** The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia for its project High Performance Computing for Processing and Analysis of Digitized 3-D Models of Cultural Heritage. IATH will process previously-acquired raw datasets of culturally valuable objects such as artistic statuary, archaeological artifacts, and historical architecture in order to create highly accurate 3-D models for the study of art and architecture.
IATH have also been doing exciting work in Digital Classics, in particular the Rome Reborn project that is now integrated into Google Earth.
Is it just me, or are Digital Classicists getting a good slice of the DH pie these days? (Two out of three joint JISC/NEH awards last year were Classical too.)
For those who are not subscribed to the Digital Classicist podcast RSS, I’d like to call attention to the latest “occasional seminar” audio and slides online: Marion Lamé spoke about “Epigraphical encoding: from the Stone to Digital Edition” in the internation video-conference series European Culture and Technology. Marion talked about her PhD project which is to use an XML-encoded edition of the Res Gestae Diui Augusti as an exercise in digital recording and presentation of an extremely important and rich historical text and encoding historical features in the markup.
We shall occasionally record and upload (with permission) presentations of interest to digital classicists that are presented in other venues and series. If you would be interested in contributing a presentation to this series, please contact me or someone else at the Digital Classicist.
Posted on behalf of David Bamman:
Place: University of Innsbruck, 15. International Colloquium on Latin Linguistics
Date: April 6, 2009
Workshop organizers: David Bamman (Perseus Project, Tufts University), Dag Haug (University of Oslo), Marco Passarotti (Catholic University of Milan)
Invited speaker: Roberto Busa, S.J.
Classical Studies has long had a history of driving pioneering research in linguistics and literary studies. The great Classical philologists and lexicographers of the 19th century are arguably some of the world’s earliest and finest corpus linguists – but we find ourselves now lagging behind the achievements of other languages due in large part to the absence of structured digital resources on which to base our research. While the TLG and the Packard Humanities Institute each released their respective Greek and Latin corpus in the 1970s (only shortly after the release of the Brown Corpus of English in 1967), they remain today – almost 40 years later – two of our most widely used electronic resources. Those ensuing 40 years have seen the rise and widespread development of structured knowledge bases, such as huge treebanks to encode syntactic information in English, Czech, Arabic and over twenty other languages, lexical ontologies such as WordNet, and new corpora being annotated not just with their semantics and syntax disambiguated, but their named entities and propositional data made explicit as well.
We are, however, now beginning to see these same resources being developed for Latin, along with the automatic tools that can exploit them (such as automatic syntactic parsers and morphological taggers) and a new interest in quantitative research that can only exist as a result. As we enter this new era, we must take care to work together as a community going forward – the three organizers, for instance, are each leading the development of independent treebank projects for different eras of Latin (Classical, Biblical and Thomistic) and we recognize that the value of each project is exponentially greater when compatible with the others. This workshop aims to bring together scholars working in the field – both those developing such resources and those conducting linguistic research using them – to share such work and experience.
We invite presentations including the following:
* Electronic resources for Latin in development
* Corpus linguistic research
* Application and evaluation of NLP tools on Latin texts
* Development of corpus driven lexica
* Standards and standardization of annotation styles on different linguistic layers (e.g.,
morphological, syntactic, semantic, propositional)
Please submit abstracts of up to two a4 pages to Dag Haug at firstname.lastname@example.org before December 1, 2008. Notifications will be sent before January 1, 2009.
L’Observatoire Critique have posted a series of interviews recorded at the recent Digital Humanities conference in Oulu, Finland. Two questions were posed of each respondent:
First Question. What are your colleagues (in your department, in your university, or in your disciplinary specialty) thinking of your involvement in Digital Humanities and of your interest for technology and the new digital tools?
Second Question. Do you think that the Digital Humanities represent a new and distinct disciplinary area?
Several of the respondents are classicists or archaeologists with some connection to the Digital Classicist. All of the answers contribute to the ongoing discussion on the topic of our (inter-)disciplinarity and role within the academy.
9th International Art Conference on Non-destructive Investigation and Analysis, Jerusalem, May 25-30Thursday, April 17th, 2008
From the Chairman’s Letter:
The main objective of Art2008 is to bring together experts in non-destructive evaluation and material analysis with professionals from the fields of preservation of cultural heritage, archeology, art history and architectural researchers of ancient structures.
Non-destructive methods of analysis have become a routine in many areas of technology, engineering and medicine. With a growing number of application areas, non-destructive analysis found its way into the world of art and archeology. Its advantage over sampling is obvious in the cases of unique objects of cultural heritage. Continuous improvement of sensitivity and reliability has caused non-destructive investigations to become a preferred approach even in cases where microanalysis sampling is permitted.
Many non-destructive techniques and evaluation methods applied in the natural sciences offer advantages to cultural heritage preservation. The synergy between experts will lead to the continuous development and adjustments of new scientific methods and their application in the fields of preservation, reconstruction and diagnostics of museum and archaeological objects.
Conference website: http://www.isas.co.il/art2008/
One of the authors at Thoughts on Antiquity has posted a provocative reflection on a long-standing effort to digitize an out-of-copyright translation of Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke. In light of technological change, the big book-scanning projects and the continued operation of APh, the author expresses uncertainty about how or whether to proceed.
What is the role of the humanist scholar (and his home institution, and her professional society) in the era of big digitization? Readers of this blog know about the on-going Million Books discussions. I’ve opined elsewhere that the creation of stable, sustainable, massively interlinked scholarly reference works is a critical contribution. The issue also surfaces regularly in attempts to define “digital scholarship in the humanities” and to organize funding for it. Yet, clearly the questions are arising spontaneously in many quarters and there is not yet a field-wide dialog on the subject.
We may agree with Steven Wheatley that:
The day will come, not that far off, when modifying humanities with ‘digital’ will make no more sense than modifying humanities with ‘print.’ (in A. Guess, “Rise of the Digital NEH,” Inside Higher Ed, 3 April 2008).
Ask your colleagues: what is your role in getting there and how will you work when we’ve arrived? Comments welcome.