[Humanist] 23.49 events: geospatial methods; histories of computing(s); formal ontologies

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu May 28 07:23:37 CEST 2009

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 49.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Galton, Antony" <A.P.Galton at exeter.ac.uk>                (93)
        Subject: FOIS2010 call for papers

  [2]   From:    Shawn Day <s.day at RIA.IE>                                  (17)
        Subject: DHO Geospatial Methods Workshop Illuminates Place

  [3]   From:    Gerhard Brey <gerhard.brey at gmail.com>                    (128)
        Subject: cfp: Michael Mahoney And The Histories of Computing(s);
                Pittsburgh, 18 Oct 2009

        Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 10:42:10 +0100
        From: "Galton, Antony" <A.P.Galton at exeter.ac.uk>
        Subject: FOIS2010 call for papers

         |                                          |
         |                 FOIS 2010                | 
         |    Sixth International Conference on     |
         |  Formal Ontology in Information Systems  |
         |       http://www.formalontology.org      |
         |                                          |
         |      C A L L   F O R    P A P E R S      |
         |                                          |  


The FOIS conference series began with the first meeting in Trento,
Italy, in June 1998, which was followed by meetings in 2001, 2004,
2006, and 2008. The sixth FOIS conference will be held in Toronto,
Canada, during 11-14 May 2010, and we are now calling for papers to be
considered for inclusion in the conference.

Ontology began life in ancient times as a fundamental part of
philosophical enquiry concerned with the analysis and categorisation
of what exists. In recent years, the subject has taken a practical
turn with the advent of complex computerised information systems which
are reliant on robust and coherent representations of their subject
matter. The systematisation and elaboration of such representations
and their associated reasoning techniques constitute the modern
discipline of formal ontology, which is now being applied to such
diverse domains as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics,
bioinformatics, GIS, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and
the Semantic Web. Researchers in all these areas are becoming
increasingly aware of the need for serious engagement with ontology,
understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations
making up their respective domains of enquiry, to provide a solid
foundation for their work.

FOIS is intended to provide a meeting point for researchers from these
and other disciplines with an interest in formal ontology, where both
theoretical issues and concrete applications can be explored in a
spirit of genuine interdisciplinarity.


   Conference chair: Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
     Program chairs: Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
                     Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
Local organisation:  Chris Welty (IBM Research, Hawthorne, NY, USA)
                     Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)


We seek high-quality papers on a wide range of topics. While authors
may focus on fairly narrow and specific issues, all papers should
emphasize the relevance of the work described to formal ontology and
to information systems. Papers that completely ignore one or the other
of these aspects will be considered as lying outside the scope of the
meeting.  Topic areas of particular interest to the conference are:

Foundational Issues
*  Kinds of entity: particulars vs universals, continuants vs 
   occurrents, abstracta vs concreta, dependent vs independent, 
   natural vs artificial 
*  Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence,
   constitution, subsumption, instantiation 
*  Vagueness and granularity
*  Identity and change
*  Formal comparison among ontologies
*  Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, ...)
*  Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells,
   organisms, ...) 
*  Ontology of artefacts, functions and roles
*  Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions and
   other mental attitudes; emotions, ...) 
*  Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms,
   social relationships, artistic expressions, ...) 
*  Ontology of the information society (information, communication,
   meaning negotiation, ...) 
*  Ontology and Natural Language Semantics, Ontology and Cognition

Methodologies and Applications
*  Top-level vs application ontologies
*  Ontology integration and alignment; role of reference ontologies
*  Ontology-driven information systems design
*  Ontology-based application systems
*  Requirements engineering
*  Knowledge engineering
*  Knowledge management and organization
*  Knowledge representation; Qualitative modeling
*  Computational lexicons; Terminology
*  Information retrieval; Question-answering
*  Semantic web; Web services; Grid computing
*  Domain-specific ontologies, especially for: Linguistics,
   Geography, Law, Library science, Biomedical science, E-business,
   Enterprise integration, ... 


Submissions:  23 October 2009 
Notification of acceptance: 18 December 2009 
Final camera-ready submission: 15 January 2010 
Conference: 11-14 May 2010

Submitted papers should not exceed 5000 words (including
bibliography). Details of the submission process, and formatting
guidelines, will be provided on the conference web page at
http://fois2010.mie.utoronto.ca. Proceedings will be published by IOS
Press and available at the conference.

        Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 17:34:44 +0100
        From: Shawn Day <s.day at RIA.IE>
        Subject: DHO Geospatial Methods Workshop Illuminates Place

The DHO, along with experts from the Discovery Programme and the UCD  
School of Archaeology, conducted an exciting workshop providing  
humanities scholars from throughout Ireland with an opportunity to  
meet, learn, discuss and share experiences in geospatial methods. The  
workshop featured lectures demonstrating real world application of  
geospatial techniques in the disciplines of archaeology, history,  
literary studies, and classics. During subsequent sessions, attendees  
were introduced to the various standards, tools, and issues in the  
field and attendees discussed how these could be applied to their own  

This oversubscribed event event provided Irish researchers with the  
foundations for adding a geospatial component to their research. It  
also provided the opportunity for attendees to expand their  
understanding of tools such as Google Earth, ESRI ArcGIS, Many-Eyes  
and Yahoo Pipes.

The course materials are now available at the Geospatial Workshop  
event site (http://dho.ie/geospatial).

        Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 12:11:06 +0100
        From: Gerhard Brey <gerhard.brey at gmail.com>
        Subject: cfp: Michael Mahoney And The Histories of Computing(s); Pittsburgh, 18 Oct 2009

> From: James Sumner <james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>
> Date: 27 May 2009 07:35:38 BST
> To: mersenne at jiscmail.ac.uk
> > Pittsburgh, 18 Oct 2009
> (Crossposted from SIGCIS-Members. European and other international  
> perspectives are more than welcome.)
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Michael Mahoney And The Histories of Computing(s)
> SIGCIS History of Computing Workshop in Memory of Michael S. Mahoney
> Sunday, October 18, 2009, Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
> The Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group  
> for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS - www.sigcis.org)  
> welcomes submissions for "Michael Mahoney And The Histories of  
> Computing(s)," a daylong workshop on the history of computing in  
> memory of historian Michael S. Mahoney. In keeping with Mahoney's  
> broad historical perspective, we encourage submissions not only  
> about computers themselves but also about the technologies and  
> knowledge systems into which computers have been embedded as well as  
> the societies in which they are used. Contributions directly related  
> to Mahoney's work are welcome but not required.
> The keynote speaker, William Aspray, will discuss Mahoney's  
> contribution to the development of the history of computing.
> The workshop will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on  
> Sunday, October 18, 2009. It will occur on the final day of the  
> annual SHOT meeting with sessions in the morning and afternoon.
> SHOT has reserved that day for SIG events and therefore the workshop  
> will not overlap scheduled sessions and most other SHOT functions.  
> It will be held at the same site as the SHOT meeting.
> SIGCIS encourages scholars of all levels and affiliations to  
> participate.
> Organized sessions and individual papers are both welcome. In  
> keeping with the conference theme contributions that address  
> historiographic issues or situate work within a particular history  
> of computing are particularly welcome. Individual contributions can  
> fit one of a variety of formats.
> 1. Traditional 20 to 25-minute presentations followed by a question  
> and answer session with the SIGCIS community. In this case a one- 
> page abstract (maximum 400 words) will be reviewed and included in  
> the electronic conference program. Abstracts should address the  
> paper's topic, argument, evidence used, and contribution to the  
> existing literature. A full version of the paper should be sent to  
> the session commentator at least a week prior to the meeting.
> 2. Dissertation proposals. We hope to include a dissertations in  
> progress session, in which individuals will present their ongoing  
> dissertation work and seek feedback from the history of computing  
> community. In this case submit an abstract of your dissertation  
> proposal. The full proposal will be included in the electronic  
> conference program if accepted. Participants will be encouraged to  
> read this prior to the session. You will have five to ten minutes to  
> introduce the material, leaving the bulk of time available for  
> discussion.
> 3. Works in progress. This is your chance to receive informal and  
> expert discussion of draft dissertation chapters, journal articles,  
> or book chapters. Submit a one-page abstract (maximum 400 words)  
> including discussion of the current state of the work and any  
> specific kinds of feedback you are seeking. If your proposal is  
> accepted you will need to supply the draft for discussion by 1  
> October for inclusion in the electronic program for the workshop.  
> You will have five to ten minutes to introduce the material, leaving  
> the bulk of time available for discussion.
> 4. Proposals in other formats are also welcome. For example round  
> table discussions, demonstrations of software of interest to  
> historians of computing, or "author meets critics" sessions.
> SHOT presenters are encouraged to apply but must present material  
> significantly different from that presented in the main conference  
> program.
> Submission Procedures
> Individual submissions should be made at http://www.sigcis.org/?q=workshop09a 
> , and must include:
>   1. an abstract or dissertation proposal as described above. Paste  
> this text into the web submission form.
>   2. a one-page curriculum vitae, including current e-mail addresses  
> as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. Upload this via the web  
> submission system. Use the filename AuthorLastName_vita. For example  
> Smith_vita.
> Proposals for complete sessions should be made at http://www.sigcis.org/?q=workshop09b 
> , and must include:
>   1. The name of the session and the names, email addresses and  
> paper titles of the presenters, organizer, chair and commentator (if  
> applicable)
>   2. a one-page description (maximum 400 words) of the session that  
> explains how individual papers contribute to an overall theme
>   3. an abstract for each presenter in the form described above
>   4. for the each presenter and other participants (including  
> commentator if used) a one-page curriculum vitae. Compile as one  
> Word or PDF document and upload via the web submission system.
> Questions should be addressed to Joseph November  
> [november(at)sc.edu] who is serving as program committee chair for  
> the workshop.
> The deadline for proposals is June 22, 2009. Notifications will be  
> sent by June 29, 2009. If you are a graduate student seeking travel  
> funding please submit ASAP for expedited review because the SHOT  
> deadline for funding is June 1.
> Workshop Organizers
> Joseph November, Program Committee Chair
> Jeffrey Tang, Local Arrangements Chair
> Brent Jesiek, Internet Infrastructure
> Thomas Haigh, SIG Chair

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