Archive for February, 2007

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Additional Scholarship (University of Victoria)

Copied from the Digital Classicist mailing list.

Announcing Additional Scholarships and an Extended Deadline (March 8th) for the 2007 Digital Humanities Summer Institute
University of Victoria

June 18-22, 2007

We are pleased to announce that, due to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to offer additional scholarships spots in our program. These will be awarded to faculty, staff, and students working in the digital humanities. We have extended the application deadline to March 8th, and the application form is available on line at:

Limited travel funding for graduate students is available via bursaries sponsored by the Association for Computers and the Humanities. You may apply for the this bursary at the same time as for Institute scholarships, by indicating on the scholarship application form that you are a graduate student member of the ACH and would like to be considered for the ACH bursary.

This year, we are fortunate to be able to highlight several unique offerings, including the following:

* Susan Schreibman (U Maryland Libraries) is offering an advanced Text Encoding Consultation.

* Hugh Craig (U Newcastle, NSW) is leading a Master Class in Textual Analysis.

* Dot Porter (U Kentucky) will be leading a seminar on Edition Production tools.

* Lynne Siemens (U Victoria) will again be leading a consultation on Project Planning and Management, focusing on humanities research case studies.

* Stan Ruecker and Alan Galey (U Alberta) are leading an advanced consultation on Interface Design for Humanities Visualization

For more information, please visit the institute’s website at:

Job Openings at CHNM – Post-Doc, Digital History Associate, Summer Intern

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is hiring:

Post-Doc in History of Science & Technology and/or Digital History: This is a one-year position (with possible renewal) at the rank of Research Assistant Professor at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM), which is closely affiliated with the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. A PhD or advanced ABD in History or a closely related field is required. We are especially interested in people with some or all of the following credentials, but they are not all required for the position: 1. experience in digital history or digital libraries; 2. strong technical background in new technology and new media; 3. administrative and organizational experience; 4. background in the history of science, technology, and industry, broadly defined; 5. background in post-1945 U.S. history. Please send letter of application, CV or resume, and three letters of recommendation (or dossier) to or Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive MS 1E7, Fairfax, VA 22030. Electronic submissions encouraged. Please use subject line “Digital Historian.” We will begin considering applications 15 March 2006.

Digital History Associate: The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is hiring two “Digital History Associates.” We are seeking energetic, well-organized people who take initiative and work well collaboratively. We are especially interested in people with some combination of research experience, administrative experience, and web development and programming experience. These exciting, grant-funded positions are particularly appropriate for someone with combined interest in history and technology, but the only specific requirements are a BA by June 1, 2007, and a demonstrated interest in both history and the web. Please apply for position #10384Z online at and attach both a resume and a cover letter. We will begin considering applications on 3/15/07 and continue until the positions are filled.

Summer Intern – Humanities Computing: The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is seeking creative, energetic, well-rounded, and well-organized college/high school students for 8-12 week paid summer internships in 2007 at a leading digital humanities center. Ability to work in a team is very important. Strong grades are essential. Preference will be given to those with working knowledge of one or more of the following: web- database development in PHP and MySQL; JavaScript, XML, CSS, and other technologies critical for Firefox development; and command-line Linux system administration. This is an especially good opportunity for someone with a combined interest in computing and history. Please send resume and cover letter with subject line: “humanities computing internship” to We will begin considering applications on 2/15/07 and will continue until the position is filled.

About CHNM: Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to change the ways that people—scholars, students, and the general public—learn about and use the past. We do that by bringing together the most exciting and innovative digital media with the latest and best historical scholarship. We believe that serious scholarship and cutting edge multimedia can be combined to promote an inclusive and democratic understanding of the past as well as a broad historical literacy that fosters deep understanding of the most complex issues about the past and present. CHNM’s work has been internationally recognized for cutting-edge work in history and new media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and is accessible by public transportation.

Journal of Employability and The Humanities

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

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

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

You may have something to contribute if you have been:

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

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

Classicists and Text-criticism Technology?

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

I’ve just spotted this blog entry from back in October, but it raises questions worth addressing (questions of perception as well as practice…):

Last week, at the ITSEE launch, I –and several other people– had the opportunity to hear Michael Reeve. He delivered a talk called “Disembodying texts: inflammatory thoughts fuelled by the editing of Pliny’s Natural History,” during which he stated that classicists, unlike New Testament scholars and those in other fields, did not readily make use of computer technologies. An alarm went off in my mind, while images of Digital Classicist and Perseus flashed in front of my eyes. Is it possible –I thought– that I have just imagined these things?

Fortunately, a quick look at the Digital Classicist Wiki makes evident that Classicists clearly are making use of electronic resources. Well, then I am not as out of touch as I thought. However, the fact that classicists might be using some electronic resources does not mean that these resources concentrate in textual scholarship. Indeed, a survey of the Projects found in the DC Wiki shows that of the 20 listed projects, only 5 appear to present edited texts (Curse Tablets from Roman Britain, Digital Nestle-Aland Prototype, Electronic Boethius, Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project and Vindolanda Tablets Online). The other 15 projects are databases, archives, concordances and other tools for the study of classical texts. But there is even more, Netither the Digital Nestle-Aland nor the Electronic Boethius really fit in the “Classical box.”

(Note that the correct link to the Digital Classicist wiki should now be

Full entry at:

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Black Sea Studies: Open Access Publications

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

All the Centre’s products are published online. This includes any product from conference abstracts, to manuscripts, oral papers, and pdf files of the Centre’s printed publications.

The Nebraska Digital Workshop

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

See on Humanist:

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

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

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

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

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:
The symposium is co-sponsored by the University Libraries, Department of English, and Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland.

Gentium resurgens: refined Cyrillic, Unicode 5, smart rendering

Monday, February 19th, 2007

From Victor Gualtney, on the latest regarding the Gentium font by way of the Gentium-Announce List (links mine):

Update #4 – Gentium project revived, Cyrillic, Charis

Dear friends of Gentium,

No – there’s not a new version out yet. :-) But we’re pleased to report that Gentium is under development again after a while in hibernation. We’re actively refining the Cyrillic, adding support for Unicode 5, and preparing the font for the addition of smart rendering support using three different smart font technologies – OpenType, Graphite and Apple AAT.

If you want to see the target character, glyph set and behavior we’ll be supporting in the next version, you can take a look at our Doulos SIL and Charis SIL fonts:

Gentium will support every character and behavior that these fonts do, plus Greek. This also means that if you’re wondering whether the next version will support a specific character, see if it’s in Doulos SIL or Charis SIL. Note that since these fonts do not support full Greek, some of the Greek improvements (digamma, etc.) will not be there, but will be in Gentium.

Because we want to get this major upgrade to you as soon as possible, the next version will still be only regular and italic. We hope, however to get it to you sometime mid-year (that’s 2007, if we’re able to keep on track).

One more little note: Since Gentium has been released under the SIL Open Font License, it has gained lots of support in the GNU/Linux community. It has also made its way into some Linux distributions, and even has been shown on the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child). There’s a good pic (in both large and small resolutions) of Gentium Greek on the OLPC at:

Thanks for your continued interest in Gentium!

Promotion and Tenure Criteria for New Media

Friday, February 16th, 2007

The University of Maine has produced an argument for redefining promotion and tenure criteria for faculty in new media departments of today’s universities. It seems to provide an excellent point of departure for a discussion of how to include a proper assessment of new media contributions in the tenure and promotion processes in Humanities and Social Sciences. [With thanks to Dan Cohen for the reference].


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 or email


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?

Interview: Knowledge to the people

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Article seen in the New Scientist:

Interview with Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia.

From issue 2589 of New Scientist magazine, 31 January 2007, page 44-45

Questions include:

Was Wikipedia a fully formed concept right from the start?

When did you realise the old way wouldn’t work?

What happened with Wikipedia and China?

And many more.

online at