[Humanist] 23.433 new text-analysis tool; CHAIN

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Fri Nov 13 11:47:33 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 433.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Lydia Horstman <lydia.horstman at kcl.ac.uk>                 (66)
        Subject: Coalition of Humanities and Arts: Infrastructures and
                Networks (CHAIN)

  [2]   From:    Peter Organisciak <organisc at ualberta.ca>                  (12)
        Subject: Seeking feedback on text analysis tool

        Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 17:01:16 +0000
        From: Lydia Horstman <lydia.horstman at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Coalition of Humanities and Arts: Infrastructures and Networks (CHAIN)

A meeting was held at King's College, London, on 26th and 27th October 
2009, between representatives of the following networks, infrastructure 
projects, and planning initiatives working with digital technologies in 
the Arts and Humanities:

    * arts-humanities.net (http://www.arts-humanities.net/)
    * ADHO - Association of Digital Humanities Organisations
    * CLARIN (http://www.clarin.eu/)
    * centerNet (http://www.digitalhumanities.org/centernet/)
    * DARIAH (http://www.dariah.eu/)
    * NoC - Network of Expert Centres in Great Britain and Ireland
    * Project Bamboo (http://projectbamboo.org/)
    * TextGrid (http://www.textgrid.de/)

We identified the current fragmented environment where researchers 
operate in separate areas with often mutually incompatible technologies 
as a barrier to fully exploiting the transformative role that these 
technologies can potentially play. We resolved that our present, 
proposed, and future activities are interdependent and complementary and 
should be oriented towards working together to overcome barriers, and to 
create a shared environment where technology services can interoperate 
and be sustained, thus enabling new forms of research in the Humanities.

In order to achieve these goals we agreed to form the Coalition of 
Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks – CHAIN. CHAIN will act 
as a forum forareas of shared interest to its participants, including:

    * advocacy for an improved digital research infrastructure for the
    * development of sustainable business models;
    * promotion of technical interoperability of resources, tools and
    * promotion of good practice and relevant technical standards;
    * development of a shared service infrastructure;
    * coordinating approaches to legal and ethical issues;
    * interactions with other relevant computing infrastructure initiatives;
    * widening the geographical scope of our coalition.

CHAIN will promote an open culture where experiences, including 
successes and failures, can be shared and discussed, in order to support 
and promote the use of digital technologies in research in the Humanities.

Sheila Anderson, King's College London (DARIAH)
Andreas Aschenbrenner, State and University Library Göttingen (TextGrid, 
David Greenbaum, University of California, Berkeley (Project Bamboo)
Seth Denbo, King's College, London (DARIAH)
Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland (centerNet)
Chad Kainz, University of Chicago (Project Bamboo)
Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University (CLARIN)
Lorna Hughes, King's College London (ADHO, NoC)
Tobias Blanke, King's College London (DARIAH)
Torsten Reimer, King's College London (arts-humanities.net)
David Robey, University of Oxford (NoC)
Harold Short, King's College London (ADHO)
Katherine Walter, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (centerNet)
Peter Wittenburg, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (CLARIN)
Martin Wynne, University of Oxford (CLARIN, DARIAH)

For further information: 

Lydia Horstman
Communications and Administrative Officer
Centre for e-Research
King's College London
3rd Floor, 26 - 29 Drury Lane
Tel: 020 7848 2689
Fax: 020 7848 1989

        Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 21:57:40 -0700
        From: Peter Organisciak <organisc at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Seeking feedback on text analysis tool
        In-Reply-To: <6e39bcbc0911031428v1bec0cb2u72d5151e3f34a111 at mail.gmail.com>

Dear all,

TAToo (Text Analysis for me Too) is a new Flash widget that one can
embed in web pages and blogs to call basic text analysis tools.
Currently we include a word cloud, words frequencies, collocates, and

We think it's ready for release, so we're looking for feedback from
the Humanist community. Help us iron out any wrinkles! Find more
information and generate your own TAToo at

We'd love to hear what you think and especially, hear of any bugs that
you find. Send feedback to Peter at organisc at ualberta.ca.

Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, Peter Organisciak

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