20.034 events: What to do with a Million Books; e-Documentation in Cultural Heritage

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 10:01:34 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 34.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (132)
         Subject: What to do with a Million Books: Chicago Colloquium on
                 Digital Humanities and Computer Science (2006)

   [2] From: "Marinos Ioannides" <gammat_at_cytanet.com.cy> (34)
         Subject: INVITATION and 2nd CALL - International Conference on
                 e-Documentation in Cultural Heritage in Cyprus

         Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 09:53:22 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: What to do with a Million Books: Chicago Colloquium
on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (2006)

[From Arno Bosse <abosse_at_uchicago.edu>]

What to do with a Million Books: Chicago Colloquium on Digital
Humanities and Computer Science

Sponsored by the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago and
the College of Science and Letters at the Illinois Institute of

In the wake of recent large-scale digitization projects, aimed at
providing universal access to the world's libraries, humanities
scholars and computer scientists find themselves newly challenged to
make these resources functional and meaningful.

As Gregory Crane recently pointed out (1), digital access to "a
million books" confronts us with the need to provide viable solutions
to a range of difficult technical problems: analog to digital
conversion, machine translation, information retrieval and data
mining, to name a few. But mass digitization leads not just to
problems of scale. A key goal is to catalyze the development of new
computational tools for context-sensitive analysis. If we are to
build systems to usefully interrogate massive text collections for
meaning, we will thus need to draw not only on the technical
expertise of computer scientists but also learn from the long
traditions of self-reflective, inter-disciplinary inquiry practiced
by humanist scholars. If we do not, we run the risk of having our
interaction with these resources defined by purely technical and
commercial interests. In addition, computer scientists may also
enable humanities scholars to interact with texts in novel ways,
particularly as linguistic, visual, and statistical processing
provide us with new modes of reading, visualization, and understanding.

The book, as the locus of our knowledge, has long been at the center
of discussions in digital humanities. But as mass digitization
efforts accelerate the shift from a print-culture to a networked
digital-culture, it will become increasingly necessary to pay more
attention to how the notion of a text itself is being re-constituted
collectively. This shift makes evident the necessity for humanities
scholars to enter into a dialogue with computer scientists to
understand the new language of open standards, queries, visualization
and social networks.

Digitizing "a million books" is not only a problem for computer
scientists. Tomorrow, a million scholars will have to re-evaluate
their notions of archive, textuality and materiality in the wake of
these developments. Our familiar modes of scholarly edition,
analysis, interpretation and publication are being challenged and
transformed in a world where blogs and wikis are busy creating new
knowledge and folksonomies are shaping our access to online archives.
How will the humanities scholar and the computer scientist find ways
to collaborate in the "Age of Google?"

The goal of this colloquium is to bring together scholars and
researchers in the Humanities and Computer Sciences to examine the
current state of Digital Humanities as a field of intellectual
inquiry, and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives
for future research.

(1) http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march06/crane/03crane.html


November 5th & 6th, 2006


The University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Keynote Speakers:

Ben Shneiderman is Professor in the Department of Computer Science,
founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction
Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the University of
Maryland. He is a leading expert in human-computer interaction and
information visualization and has published extensively in these and
related fields.

John Unsworth is Dean of the Graduate School of Library and
Information Science and Professor of English at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at
the University of Virginia where he also led the Institute for
Advanced Technology in the Humanities. He has published widely in the
field of Digital Humanities and was the recipient last year of the
Lyman Award for scholarship in technology and humanities.

Program Committee:

Prof. Helma Dik, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
Dr. Catherine Mardikes, Bibliographer for Classics, the Ancient Near
East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago
Prof. Martin Mueller, Department of English and Classics,
Northwestern University
Dr. Mark Olsen, Associate Director, The ARTFL Project, University of
Prof. Shlomo Argamon, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute
of Technology
Prof. Wai Gen Yee, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute of

Call for Participation:

Participation in the colloquium is open to all. We welcome
submissions for:

    1. Paper presentations (20 minute maximum)
    2. Poster sessions
    3. Software demonstrations

Suggested submission topics:

     * Representing text genealogies and variance
     * Automatic extraction and analysis of natural language style
     * Visualization of large corpus search results
     * The materiality of the digital text
     * Interpreting symbols: textual exegesis and game playing
     * Mashup: APIs for integrating discrete information resources
     * Intelligent Documents
     * Community based tagging / folksonomies
     * Massively scalable text search and summaries
     * Distributed editing & annotation tools
     * Polyglot Machines: Computerized translation
     * Seeing not reading: visual representations of literary texts
     * Schemas for scholars: field and period specific ontologies for
the humanities
     * Context sensitive text search
     * Towards a digital hermeneutics: data mining and pattern finding

Submission Format:

Please submit a (2 page maximum) abstract in either PDF or MS Word
format to dhcs-submissions_at_listhost.uchicago.edu.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submissions: August 15th
Notification of Acceptance: September 15th
Full Program Announcement: September 15th

Contact Info:

General Inquiries: dhcs-conference_at_listhost.uchicago.edu

Organizational Committee:

Mark Olsen, mark_at_gide.uchicago.edu, Associate Director, ARTFL
Project, University of Chicago.
Catherine Mardikes, mardikes_at_uchicago.edu, Bibliographer for
Classics, the Ancient Near East, and General Humanities, University
of Chicago.
Arno Bosse, abosse_at_uchicago.edu, Director of Technology, Humanities
Division, University of Chicago.
Shlomo Argamon, argamon_at_iit.edu, Department of Computer Science,
Illinois Institute of Technology.

         Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 09:54:34 +0100
         From: "Marinos Ioannides" <gammat_at_cytanet.com.cy>
         Subject: INVITATION and 2nd CALL - International Conference
on e-Documentation in Cultural Heritage in Cyprus

Dear Madame/Sir,

The island of Cyprus and the organizing committee are pleased to
announce a joint conference to be held from the 30th of October to
the 4th of November, 2006 focused on building regional capacity in
Cultural Heritage
   www.cipa2006.org :

   "The e-volution of Information Technology in Cultural Heritage,
   Where Hi-Tech Touches the Past: Risks and Challenges for the 21st Century".

   A joint event for the exchange and sharing of know-how in the areas
of Cultural Heritage (CH) and Information Technology (IT) focusing
on e-documentation and Computer Graphics:

   - The 37th CIPA International Workshop on e-Documentation and
Standardisation in Cultural Heritage (http://cipa.icomos.org )
   - The 7th VAST International Symposium on Virtual Reality,
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.
   - The 4th Eurographics Workshop on Graphics and Cultural Heritage
(http://www.eg.org )
   - The 1st Euro-Med Conference on IT in Cultural Heritage.
   - EPOCH General Assembly and EPOCH SME meeting (http://www.epoch-net.org/ )
   - The 6th RecorDIM Roundtable (http://extranet.getty.edu/recordim/ )

   It is the first time that several organizations have decided to
join together in order to create an optimal environment for the
discussion and explanation of new technologies, exchange of modern
ideas and in general to allow the transfer of knowledge between a
maximum number of professionals and academics during one common time period.

   We would appreciate it if you would distribute this announcement to
any interested colleagues.

   We hope you find this 2006 joint conference to be of interest and
look forward to seeing you in Cyprus!
   For questions or requests for additional information, please visit
our website: www.cipa2006.org or www.vast2006.org

   Best regards,
   Marinos Ioannides
   Email: chairman_at_cipa2006.org
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