12.0577 conference; presentation

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 20:13:02 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 577.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Kurt Fendt <fendt@mit.edu> (50)

[2] From: Elli Mylonas <ELLI@BROWNVM.BITNET> (38)
Subject: Bodleian Library Presentations 4/28

Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 20:01:39 +0100
From: Kurt Fendt <fendt@mit.edu>


A National Conference
October 8-10, 1999

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

To celebrate the launch of our graduate program in Comparative Media
Studies, we invite your participation in a conference on the topic of "Media
in Transition."

This conference will also mark the conclusion of the Media in Transition
Project, a series of lectures, forums and conferences begun in 1997 by the
MIT Communications Forum and funded by the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation.

We intend this culminating conference to address the defining themes of the
project by situating our current experience of media and cultural
transformation in the perspective of earlier periods of technological and
social change.

The Media in Transition Project aims to nourish a pragmatic, historically
informed discourse about the significance of new communications technologies
and the role of economic, political, legal, social and cultural institutions
in mediating and partly shaping technological change.

A good deal of work on such topics has emerged in recent years across a
range of academic disciplines. But one consequence of this intellectual
diversity has been that scholars of comparative media have had little
contact with each other. The Media in Transition conference hopes remedy
this isolation by bringing together an interdisciplinary roster of scholars
committed to understanding the past, present, and future of media.

We encourage papers that address the following themes:

The transformation of the book and book culture in the digital age
Conceptions of intellectual property
Democratic culture and new media
The aesthetics of transition -- technological change and the arts and
The "virtual community" as an historical construction
Media change and central institutions (schools, libraries, banks,
corporations, etc.)
Privacy, public safety, surveillance
Global media and local or national cultures
Media audiences
"Vernacular theory" -- the role of science fiction, popular
journalism, and other popular discourse in explaining emerging media
Technology and journalism -- the impact of technological change on
journalism; newspapers and local readership
Social and cultural factors influencing the use and diffusion of
new media
Childhood and adolescence in a mediated culture
Hypertexts: history, theory, practice

SUBMISSIONS: 1-2 page abstract to be submitted no later than July 1, 1999.
Papers should be sent to: Media in Transition Conference, CMS office,
14N-430, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139.

For more information about the Media in Transition Project:

Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 20:03:47 +0100
From: Elli Mylonas <ELLI@BROWNVM.BITNET>
Subject: Bodleian Library Presentations 4/28

The Brown Computing in the Humanities Users' Group presents

SGML as Metadata in Digital Imaging Projects:
the Oxford Experience
EAD and DFAS at the Bodleian

Richard Gartner and Lawrence Mielniczuk

Bodleian Library, Oxford University

4:30 pm Wednesday, April 28, 1999 STG Conference Room, Grad Center
Ground Floor, Tower E

Richard Gartner will present a discussion of two digital imaging projects
based at Oxford University which use SGML as the basis of their metadata:
the Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ) provides 20 year runs of six
18th- and 19th-century journals, and the Refugee Studies Programme Digital
Library Project (still in its early stages) is experimenting with the
digitisation and OCR of grey literture. Both use the EAD and TEI as the
basis of their collection and item descriptions respectively.

Lawrence Mielniczuk will present a discussion of the implementation of EAD
at the Bodleian, and the Library's involvement with the DFAS (Distributed
Finding Aid Server) Project, a cooperative project with four US

Richard Gartner has been the Pearson New Media Librarian at the Bodleian
Library, Oxford since 1991. In this role, he has worked extensively in the
areas of digitisation (and particularly the use of SGML as metadata for
digital library projects). Previously he has worked for Oxford Polytechnic
and OXFAM amongst others. He is currently involved in the MASTER project,
which aims to produce a union catalogue of medieval manuscripts in European

Lawrence Mielniczuk was born a long time ago. He read philosophy at
Central Connecticut State University and has an MSc in Computer Science
from the University of Bristol. He has worked at the Bodleian Library for
one year dividing his time between Western Manuscripts and systems/database

CHUG provides a forum for discussing the use of computers in the humanities
and for sharing ideas and information about computing techniques and
applications. We regularly have talks and discussions by members of the
Brown community and others about ongoing and future projects, research
ideas, and computing techniques. We meet when opportunity arises, as
announced on the newsgroup brown.bboard.announce. We always have

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