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Humanist Archives: Feb. 1, 2023, 7:47 a.m. Humanist 36.368 - pubs: collective intelligence; digitised newspapers

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 368.
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    [1]    From: Willard McCarty <>
           Subject: new journal: Collective Intelligence (52)

    [2]    From: Estelle Bunout <>
           Subject: New publication: Digitised newspapers - A New Eldorado for Historians? (151)

        Date: 2023-02-01 07:42:02+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: new journal: Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence (SAGE & ACM)

> Collective Intelligence, a new online open-source journal, launched
> its inaugural issue this past fall. The editors* hope the journal
> will help stimulate the discovery of the fundamental principles that
> underlie collective intelligence — a phenomenon found in complex
> systems from swarms of ants and crowds of humans to bacteria in
> biofilms, and networked computers. When these groups solve problems
> together, they often (but not always) make “smarter” choices than
> their individuals would working alone.
> As a phenomenon, collective intelligence has fascinated scientists
> and scholars since at least the 1700s. But as a field of study, it
> remains relatively underdeveloped compared to other areas of research
> that inform complex systems science.
> The journal is entirely dedicated to collective intelligence across
> scales and systems from “adaptive matter and physical systems, to
> molecular and neural systems, hybrid human-AI systems, sports teams,
> economies,” and beyond, says SFI Professor Jessica Flack, one of the
> four editors-in-chief.
> The lineup of authors for the first issue illustrates the spectrum
> and ambition for the field, with high-profile contributors publishing
> on human, insect, and machine collectives, and trends in the field,
> such as the emerging influence of artificial intelligence.
> As a society, we face several challenges — from pandemics to climate
> change — that require smart, nuanced responses. “A richer
> understanding of collective intelligence offers the potential for
> better design of the systems we depend on to solve complex, shared
> problems,” the editors write in their introduction to the first
> issue. “Starting a new journal… can accelerate our understanding of
> how to do better.”
> Read the full inaugural issue of Collective Intelligence (open
> access), co-published by SAGE and the Association for Computing
> Machinery (ACM), with the collaboration of Nesta's Centre for
> Collective Intelligence Design.

> *Collective Intelligence Editors-in-Chief: Jessica Flack (SFI), Panos
> Ipeirotis (New York University), Geoff Mulgan (University College
> London), and Scott Page (University of Michigan, SFI), with Founding
> Editor Thomas Malone (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

        Date: 2023-01-31 15:13:27+00:00
        From: Estelle Bunout <>
        Subject: New publication: Digitised newspapers - A New Eldorado for Historians?

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the volume "Digitised
newspapers - A New Eldorado for Historians?" which brings together the
contributions of a workshop held in April 2020 on tools, methods and
epistemological reflections on the use of digitised newspapers.

Organised in the context of the project 'impresso - Media Monitoring of the
Past', this workshop gathered digital humanists, historians and librarians
to share their research practices, experiences and insights when working
with digitised newspaper collections. The primary target audiences are
researchers and students in history, as well as researchers and
practitioners in the field of digital humanities.

The book is available in open access here:

You are welcome to join the book launch event on Tue 7.02.2023, 16:00
-16:45 CET to exchange with the editors. This event will be held online and
onsite at the C2DH, Belval campus in Luxembourg.
Please register here (free) before 6.02.2023:

We hope you enjoy reading and look forward to welcoming you online and on

Best regards,
Estelle Bunout, Maud Ehrmann and Frederic Clavert

*Back cover*

The application of digital technologies to historical newspapers has
changed the research landscape historians were used to. An Eldorado?
Despite undeniable advantages, the new digital affordance of historical
newspapers also transforms research practices and confronts historians with
new challenges. Drawing on a growing community of practices, the impresso
project invited scholars experienced with digitised newspaper collections
with the aim of encouraging a discussion on heuristics, source criticism
and interpretation of digitised newspapers.

This volume provides a snapshot of current research on the subject and
offers three perspectives: how digitisation is transforming access to and
exploration of historical newspaper collections; how automatic content
processing allows for the creation of new layers of information; and,
finally, what analyses this enhanced material opens up.

‘impresso - Media Monitoring of the Past’ is an interdisciplinary research
project that applies text mining tools to digitised historical newspapers
and integrates the resulting data into historical research workflows by
means of a newly developed user interface. The question of how best to
adapt text mining tools and their use by humanities researchers is at the
heart of the impresso enterprise.

Table of Contents

The volume is composed of eighteen articles (13 in English, 4 in German and
3 in French) and is organised in three parts.

Introduction: Digitised Historical Newspapers: A Changing Research Landscape
<>.  Maud
Ehrmann, Estelle Bunout and Frédéric Clavert

Part 1: The Allure of Digitised Newspapers: Prospecting the Eldorado

Hunting for Treasure: Living with Machines and the British Library
Newspaper Collection
<>. Giorgia
Tolfo, Olivia Vane, Kaspar Beelen, Kasra Hosseini, Jon Lawrence, David
Beavan and Katherine McDonough

Mapping Texts
Examining the Effects of OCR Noise on Historical Newspaper Collections. Andrew
J. Torget

Von der analogen Sammlung zur digitalen Forschungsinfrastruktur
<>. Irene
Amstutz, Martin Reisacher and Elias Kreyenbühl

Volltextoptimierung für die historische Wiener Zeitung
<>. Claudia

Feuilleter la presse ancienne par gigaoctets

Tracing Discourses in Digital Newspaper Collections
<>. Sarah
Oberbichler and Eva Pfanzelter

Digitising and Presenting a Nazi Newspaper
Hanzig, Martin Munke and Michael Thoß

Des usages des collections numériques de presse pour écrire l’histoire du
génocide des Tutsi du Rwanda
Robinet and Rémi Korman

Part 2: Unearthing New Artefacts: Digital Reshaping of Newspapers

Classified News.

Mining Historical Advertisements in Digitised Newspapers.
<> Melvin

Towards an Ontology and Epistemology of Text Reuse
<>. Petri
Paju, Heli Rantala and Hannu Salmi

Part 3: Mining Digitised Newspapers: Source Criticism and the Making of
(Digital) History

Contextualising Queries:
for Research using Current Collections of Digitised Newspapers.  Estelle

Kulturgeschichte der Popularisierung von Börsennachrichten in Wien
<>. Monika

Analyser un processus mémoriel au travers des archives de presse numérisées
et physiques.
<> Malorie
Guilbaud Perez

A Source Like Any Other?
<> Zoé

The Crimes of Preachers:
Religion, Scandal, and the Trouble with Digitised Archives. Suzanna

Korrespondentenberichte im Journal de Genève und ihre sprachlichen Muster.
von Waldkirch - The Transformation of ‘the Political’ in Post-War Sweden.
<>  Fredrik
Norén, Johan Jarlbrink, Alexandra Borg, Erik Edoff and Måns Magnusson

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