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Humanist Archives: April 14, 2021, 7:10 a.m. Humanist 34.330 - events: born-digital evidence; SIGCIS 2021

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    [1]    From: James A Hodges <>
           Subject: Born-Digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship (99)

    [2]    From: Laine Nooney <>
           Subject: CFP: SIGCIS 2021: ONLINE EDITION // Proposals Due June 1, 2021 (91)

        Date: 2021-04-14 05:52:54+00:00
        From: James A Hodges <>
        Subject: Born-Digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship

Good afternoon, and apologies for cross-posting:

I'm writing to announce a series of events that I have co-organized with
Thorsten Ries (UT Austin, Germanic Studies) and the UT Austin iSchool
colloquium series.

The first event has already occurred, but there's still time to join us for
the next two panels! We also have a video recording available from the
first event (See below).

Series Description:
This series features international subject expert talks from the libraries
and archives sector, a digital investigation collective and from the
cybersecurity sector to consider born-digital evidence from a Historical
Scholarship and Humanities perspective. Our digital present poses
challenges to long-term preservation and curation of born-digital archives,
but also to their cautious selection, critical appraisal and methodological
analysis and interpretation as historical evidence. Establishing, proving
and maintaining the chain of digital evidence, evaluating the evidential
status of born-digital sources and interpreting the traces of historical
digital events will be the daily practice of historians studying our
present time. The talk series Born-digital Evidence and Historical
Scholarship is a starter for the conversation about how we establish this
practice and build the skillsets, standards and procedures for Historical
Scholarship and the Humanities in coordination with libraries and archives.

Aric Toler (Bellingcat) and Charlotte Godart (Bellingcat)
Date: April 12, 10-11:30am CST

Aric Toler is the training and research director at Bellingcat, an online
publication specialized in open-source intelligence. Aric's research
including Russian intelligence operations, the war in the Donbas, and the
2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. Aric
received his Master's degree in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the
University of Kansas in 2013 and has since been working with Bellingcat.

Charlotte Godart is an open source investigator & trainer for Bellingcat.
She researches conflict zones, breaking news events, and the spread of
disinformation. She creates online training material that is available for
anyone interested in pursuing digital verification through the Bellingcat
website. She also travels globally to teach online verification techniques
and methodology to journalists, researchers, activists, and lawyers. Before
Bellingcat, she was at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley.

For those who were unable to join us, a recording is available at the
following URL:

Euan Cochrane (Yale) and David A. Bliss (UT Austin)
Date: April 19, 10-11:30 CST

Euan Cochrane is Digital Preservation Manager for Yale University
Libraries. He has a particular interest in software preservation and the
use of emulation to maintain access to born digital information. Before
joining Yale, Euan helped to establish the data archive for official
statistics at Statistics New Zealand, in addition to working in the Digital
Continuity team at Archives New Zealand and consulting for Deloitte in
Australia on Information Management.

David Bliss is the Systems and Digital Archivist at UT Libraries, where he
is responsible for a variety of digital preservation infrastructure and
processes for libraries collections. Prior to April 2021, he was the
Digital Processing Archivist at the Benson Latin American Collection at UT
Austin, focused primarily on implementing and supporting post-custodial
digitization projects based at partner repositories in Latin America. David
is a 2017 graduate of the UT School of Information.

Matthias Vallentin (Tenzir)
Date: April 23, 10am CST

Matthias Vallentin is founder and CEO at Tenzir. His PhD work at UC
Berkeley about network forensics laid the foundation for the software that
Tenzir now develops an open security analytics platform to empower
defenders. Prior to founding Tenzir, Matthias worked on high-performance
network monitoring to provide security operators with in-depth visibility
about their infrastructure.

Looking forward to the events! I hope that you can join us.



Bullard Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Texas at Austin
School of Information

        Date: 2021-04-13 18:18:06+00:00
        From: Laine Nooney <>
        Subject: CFP: SIGCIS 2021: ONLINE EDITION // Proposals Due June 1, 2021

September 23-25, 2021

The 12thAnnual (Virtual!) Conference for the Special Interest Group for
Computing, Information, and Society


SIGCIS 2021 is an open call for any and all work related to the history
of computing and information systems, broadly imagined. The SIGCIS
community is especially welcoming of new directions in research and
creative production, and encompasses academic professionals, museum and
archive professionals, IT practitioners, artists and creative
technologists, and independent researchers across the disciplinary
spectrum. We maintain an inclusive atmosphere for scholarly inquiry,
promoting diversity in STEM and supporting disciplinary interventions
from beyond traditional history of technology. We especially encourage
submissions from those who have not previously attended but wish to
learn more about our community.

Traditionally, SIGCIS holds its annual conference on the Sunday
immediately following the annual conference for our parent organization,
the Society for the History of Technology. While SHOT is going forward
with an in-person meeting this fall, this year SIGCIS has elected to
hold a virtual meeting earlier in the fall. We believe this choice will
help ensure accessibility for our wide-ranging community, which includes
many graduate students, early career scholars, precarious workers, and
international scholars who may not be able to travel. Membership in SHOT
is not required to submit to or attend SIGCIS.

SIGCIS has always invited both traditional scholarship and alternative
forms of presentation and discussion. We encourage participants to think
creatively about what forms of engagement, presentation, and scholarship
will help us bridge the experience of the last year and what is to come.
Presentation formats include, but aren’t limited to:

   * Individual presentations of scholarly work
   * Pre-constituted panels or roundtables of 3-4 scholars plus a
   * Virtual performances or exhibitions
   * Skill-shares and tutorials
   * Social activities
   * Lightning talk sessions


In order to make SIGCIS 2021 as accessible as possible within the means
of an all-volunteer organization, the following changes have been made
to the traditional SIGCIS Conference format:

   *This year’s SIGCIS conference will not be co-located or co-timed
     with our parent organization, SHOT, so as not to conflict with
     SHOT’s in-person conference

   *Our traditional one-day, 3-stream conference will be re-organized as
     a multi-day, single stream event

   *Time-zone sensitive scheduling

   *Sliding scale registration fees; membership in SHOT is not required


Submissions are due June 1, 2021 via Google form: <>.

Submissions require:

   *300-350 word abstract, summary, or prospectus (as appropriate for
     the submission type). Full panel proposals should additionally
     include 200-250 word abstracts for each paper that will be part of
     the panel.

   *100-150 word bios for each participant

If you are submitting a co-presented paper, pre-constituted panel, or
other submission involving multiple participants, please only have one
person submit for the group; contact and professional information for
other participants can be included in the Bio submission section.

Questions about the submission process should be sent to:


Laine Nooney, New York University (SIGCIS Vice-Chair of Meetings)
Morgan Ames, University of California, Berkeley
Stephanie Dick, University of Pennsylvania
Xiaochang Li, Stanford University

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