Archive for July, 2007

ccLearn: Creative Commons education division

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

An interesting development for teaching materials and collaboration protocols:

Creative Commons is pleased to announce the launch of a new division focused on education: ccLearn.

ccLearn is dedicated to realizing the full potential of the Internet to support open learning and open educational resources (OER). Our mission is to minimize barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials — legal barriers, technical barriers, and social barriers.

  • With legal barriers, we advocate for licensing of educational materials under interoperable terms, such as those provided by Creative Commons licenses, that allow unhampered modification, remixing, and redistribution. We also educate teachers, learners, and policy makers about copyright and fair-use issues pertaining to education.
  • With technical barriers, we promote interoperability standards and tools to facilitate remixing and reuse.
  • With social barriers, we encourage teachers and learners to re-use educational materials available on the Web, and to build on each other’s contributions.

ccLearn will be in transition over the remainder of the summer, 2007, reaching full operation this Fall. ccLearn is generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and is working closely with members of the Foundation’s Open Educational Resources Program. This is an international project, and we will be working with open educational sites and resources from around the world.

Post-doctoral Research Assistantship in e-Science, Imaging Technology and Ancient Documents

Friday, July 27th, 2007



(Sub-Faculty of Ancient History)


Further Particulars (more…)

Doctoral Studentship in e-Science, Imaging Technology and Ancient Documents

Friday, July 27th, 2007


(Sub-Faculty of Ancient History)


Further Particulars (more…)

Digital Projects Technical Coordinator

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Copied from Humanist


Northern Illinois University Libraries seek a dynamic individual to coordinate technical aspects of their award-winning digital projects.

Responsibilities include setting markup and metadata standards for all of the library Digitization Unit’s new projects, supervision of the digitization of materials on-site and at collaborating institutions, including training student workers and other staff members in necessary skills and processes, and development of searchable databases presenting online materials. Responsibilities also include supervising the maintenance and operation of existing online materials and maintenance and further development (as needed) of the Digitization Unit’s large internal databases. For complete job description, see

The Digitization Unit’s work is currently funded by the university, a variety of federal, state, and private foundation grants, and collaborations with the private sector. Successful candidate must be capable of extensive self-directed work and continuing professional growth and acquisition of new skills. Must also be eager to identify and solve new, technically oriented problems as they emerge in project work. Project materials include searchable text, image, sound, video, and interactive map resources. The library’s digital projects are available for review at:

Northern Illinois University is located approximately sixty miles west of downtown Chicago, Illinois.

Required: Bachelor’s degree; working familiarity with markup and metadata standards in digital project development, including SGML/XML, Dublin Core, and METS. Strongly preferred: MLS or significant experience in digital project development; extensive experience with MySQL database development, PHP scripting language, and UNIX/Linux system administration; basic understanding of American history.

Renewable, 12-month appointment; vacation and sick leave; competitive salary.

To assure full consideration, apply by September 3, 2007. Direct letter of application, resume, and names/contact information of at least three references to: Kathy Sherman, Northern Illinois University Libraries, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. AA/EEO.

Drew E. VandeCreek
Director of Digital Projects
Northern Illinois University Libraries
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-7179

Project Research Fellow Post at CCH

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London is seeking someone to assist with the technical research development of research projects:

Project Research Fellow

Full-time, open-ended
Closing date for applications: 10th August 2007
Reference: W2/AAV/123/07

The successful candidate to this position would be required to work with discipline specialists to analyse a wide variety of humanities materials and to model them using database and other highly-structured approaches; to design, write and modify programs to search, query, retrieve and display them; and to collaborate in the creation of integrated web-based interfaces to publish them.

Experience in design and building environments powered by relational database technologies is essential. The department uses primarily Java and J2EE technologies to publish database materials on the web, and experience with these technologies is also critical. Familiarity with standards-compliant XHTML and CSS and issues around accessibility is highly desirable, as is familiarity with XML and some of the emerging XML technologies that work with highly structured data such as XSLT 2.0 and XQuery.

Proven experience in creating integrated research applications using a range of technologies would be a significant advantage.

In addition you will need to have a good understanding – and preferably experience – of how research is conducted in the humanities and social sciences and will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently. The successful candidate should have good communication skills and the ability to document their work in clear written English.

This appointment is on the RAII scale, currently ranging from £29,927 to £39,602 per annum plus of £2,323 London Allowance.

For further particulars please contact

Electronic corpora of ancient languages

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

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

Electronic corpora of ancient languages

International Conference
Prague (Czech Republic), November 16-17th, 2007
Call for papers

Aims of conference

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

CommentPress 1.0 released

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

CommentPress is a free theme for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog. CommentPress was developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book “to enable social interaction around long-form texts.” Some of the possibilities:

  • scholarly contexts: working papers, conferences, annotation projects, journals, collaborative glosses
  • educational: virtual classroom discussion around readings, study groups
  • journalism/public advocacy/networked democracy: social assessment and public dissection of government or corporate documents, cutting through opaque language and spin
  • creative writing: workshopping story drafts, collaborative storytelling
  • recreational: social reading, book clubs

Update: University Publishing In A Digital Age now set up for social annotation.

Advisory board for cyberinfrastructure for archaeology

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Eric Kansa just posted this on the Digging Digitally blog, a collaborative organization involving a consortium of five institutions has asked for the assistance of the Digital Data Interest Group in filling positions on an advisory board that will help shape and guide the emerging cyberinfrastructure for archaeology. Such an infrastructure will facilitate integrated access to distributed archaeological data sources including databases (spatial and aspatial), textual resources (gray literature, articles), images, and other media. This group believes that such a cyberinfrastructure must embrace archaeology done in both academic and applied contexts. Interoperability will be an important priority, both internationally and with related disciplines. has been awarded a 1 year planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to develop a large scale implementation proposal. is partnering with the SAA to guide and steer work toward these important goals. Keith Kintigh and Dean Snow have requested that the Digital Data Interest Group nominate four individuals for “at-large” positions on the disciplinary advisory board of…”

Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC’08)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

copied from Humanist:


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

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.