[Humanist] 23.606 events: visual interpretations; London Seminar; i-Society

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Jan 28 06:33:10 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 606.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (60)
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship for February

  [2]   From:    David Brown <d.brown at i-society.eu>                       (137)
        Subject: Call for Papers: i-Society 2010!

  [3]   From:    Kurt Fendt <fendt at MIT.EDU>                                (44)
        Subject: MIT humanities + digital Conference on Visual
                Interpretations - CallFor Proposals

        Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:40:43 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship for February

John Bradley, 'Pliny: providing tools for traditional scholarship'
4 February 2010, Thursday, Room 275 (Stewart House),
Bloomsbury, London, 17:30 - 19:30
All are welcome; refreshments provided.

 From its beginnings about 60 years ago, the often stated purpose of the 
digital humanities has been to transform how scholarship is done. The 
recent claim made in the report from the Summit on Digital Tools for the 
Humanities is typical: “humanists are on the verge of [...] a 
revolutionary change in their scholarship, enabled by information 
technology" (www.iath.virginia.edu/dtsummit/). My experience during the 
last 35 years in the field now called the Digital Humanities suggests a 
rather different reality and outcome. While the tools and techniques 
developed and proposed are exciting and full of possibilities for some 
kinds of scholarly investigation, I argue that they are not grounded 
sufficiently in mainstream humanities scholarship to effect the 
envisioned transformation. Many have noticed that the digital humanities 
has so far failed in its transformative mission. Many of the key people 
seem to believe that more of the same will finally make a difference. I 

Pliny represents an attempt to express in software and to augment 
central aspects of what scholars actually do when they read a text, take 
notes on it and develop an interpretation from their reading. Pliny is 
indebted to tools available for many years in the social sciences and to 
more recent research in computer science but models humanistic scholarly 
practices. It is in and of the digital humanities but marks a 
significant break from traditional software development for the 
humanities. Its design is deeply indebted to the ideas of Douglas 
Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, who argued that software with the 
least obvious presence has the greatest chance of making a difference to 
how things are done.

In my talk, I will introduce Pliny and present some of the intellectual 
foundations upon which it is built. I will also describe Pliny's second 
agenda: to bring some of the radical new research technologies somewhat 
closer to the methods of traditional scholarship.


John Bradley is a Senior Analyst for Humanities Computing at King’s 
College London and has worked on problems in the digital humanities 
since the 1970s. He came to the Centre for Computing in the Humanities 
(CCH) at King’s in March 1997, having worked previously at the 
University of Toronto (Canada). A significant element of his work at CCH 
includes the management, design and analysis of a number of major 
multi-year collaborative research projects with discipline-specific 
partners from the humanities. These projects are funded by bodies such 
as the AHRC and the Mellon Foundation. They range in subject from music 
to history, and focus on issues that arise from modelling, collecting 
and presenting highly structured data and text from complex humanities 
sources. Mr Bradley also teaches in CCH’s academic program at both the 
undergraduate and MA level.

Personal research interests have centred on exploring the impact of 
digital tools on humanities research. Bradley was the principal designer 
for the TACT text analysis system in the 1980s and 1990s - a system that 
although now over 15 years old still has today an influence upon 
thinking about text-based tools within the digital humanities community. 
In more recent work, on Pliny (pliny.cch.kcl.ac.uk), he has proposed and 
demonstrated a new role for computer tools to support scholarly research 
derived from an analysis of scholarly notetaking and its significance. 
In 2008 this work was awarded a MATC prize from The Mellon Foundation.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London: staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/

        Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:04:48 +0100 (CET)
        From: David Brown <d.brown at i-society.eu>
        Subject: Call for Papers: i-Society 2010!

Apologies for cross-postings. Please send it to interested
colleagues and students. Thanks!


International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2010),
Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
28-30 June, 2010, London, UK
The International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2010)
is Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter.
The i-Society is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative effort
that has its roots from both academia and industry. The conference
covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to information society,
which includes technical and non-technical research areas.
The mission of i-Society 2010 conference is to provide opportunities
for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing
and generate new knowledge in the field of information society.
The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science
that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge
evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap
between academia and industry with regards to research collaboration
and awareness of current development in secure information management
in the digital society.
The topics in i-Society 2010 include but are not confined to the
following areas:
*New enabling technologies
- Internet technologies
- Wireless applications
- Mobile Applications
- Multimedia Applications
- Protocols and Standards
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Virtual Reality
- Human Computer Interaction
- Geographic information systems
- e-Manufacturing
*Intelligent data management
- Intelligent Agents
- Intelligent Systems
- Intelligent Organisations
- Content Development
- Data Mining
- e-Publishing and Digital Libraries
- Information Search and Retrieval
- Knowledge Management
- e-Intelligence
- Knowledge networks
*Secure Technologies
- Internet security
- Web services and performance
- Secure transactions
- Cryptography
- Payment systems
- Secure Protocols
- e-Privacy
- e-Trust
- e-Risk
- Cyber law
- Forensics
- Information assurance
- Mobile social networks
- Peer-to-peer social networks
- Sensor networks and social sensing
- Collaborative Learning
- Curriculum Content Design and Development
- Delivery Systems and Environments
- Educational Systems Design
- e-Learning Organisational Issues
- Evaluation and Assessment
- Virtual Learning Environments and Issues
- Web-based Learning Communities
- e-Learning Tools
- e-Education
- Global Trends
- Social Inclusion
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Social Infonomics
- Computer-Mediated Communication
- Social and Organisational Aspects
- Globalisation and developmental IT
- Social Software
- Data Security Issues
- e-Health Policy and Practice
- e-Healthcare Strategies and Provision
- Medical Research Ethics
- Patient Privacy and Confidentiality
- e-Medicine
- Democracy and the Citizen
- e-Administration
- Policy Issues
- Virtual Communities
- Digital Economies
- Knowledge economy
- eProcurement
- National and International Economies
- e-Business Ontologies and Models
- Digital Goods and Services
- e-Commerce Application Fields
- e-Commerce Economics
- e-Commerce Services
- Electronic Service Delivery
- e-Marketing
- Online Auctions and Technologies
- Virtual Organisations
- Teleworking
- Applied e-Business
- Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
- Legal Issues
- Patents
- Enabling technologies and tools
- Natural sciences in digital society
- Biometrics
- Bioinformatics
- Collaborative research
*Industrial developments
- Trends in learning
- Applied research
- Cutting-edge technologies
* Research in progress
- Ongoing research from undergraduates, graduates/postgraduates and
Important Dates:
Paper Submission Date: January 31, 2010
Notification of Paper Acceptance /Rejection: February 28, 2010
Camera Ready Paper Due: March 15, 2010
Early Bird Attendee registration: January 01, 2010
Late Bird Attendee registration: February 28, 2010
Conference Dates: June 28-30, 2010
For more details, please visit www.i-society.eu

        Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:51:02 -0500
        From: Kurt Fendt <fendt at MIT.EDU>
        Subject: MIT humanities + digital Conference on Visual Interpretations - CallFor Proposals

humanities + digital Conference 2010

"Visual Interpretations" - Aesthetics, Methods, and Critiques of Information Visualization in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

May 20-22, 2010 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology/HyperStudio 
How do visual representations of complex data help humanities scholars ask new questions? How does visual rhetoric shape the way we relate to documents and artifacts? And, can we recompose the field of digital humanities to integrate more dynamic analytical methods into humanities research?
HyperStudio’s Visual Interpretations conference will bring digital practitioners and humanities scholars together with experts in art and design to consider the past, present, and future of visual epistemology in digital humanities. The goal is to get beyond the notion that information exists independently of visual presentation, and to rethink visualization as an integrated analytical method in humanities scholarship. By fostering dialogue and critical engagement, this conference aims to explore new ways to design data and metadata structures so that their visual embodiments function as "humanities tools in digital environments.” (Johanna Drucker)

We welcome submissions from practitioners and theorists of digital humanities as well as such connected disciplines as art, design, visual culture, museum studies, and computer science.
Possible topics include:
·       Expressive and artistic dimensions of visualizations
·       Subjectivity and objectivity in information visualization
·       Dynamic/multidimensional visualizations and user collaboration
·       Social media and contextualized visualization
·       Cultural history of visual epistemology
·       Limits and affordances of the translation from data to visualization
·       2D and 3D visualizations of historical/social/political data
·       Visualization across media and the archive
·       Digital visual literacy & accessibility
·       Relationships between database and interface
·       Alternative modes of data representation.
We are inviting submissions for the following conference formats:
·       Papers with 15minutes of presentation and short discussions (12 slots)
·       Short presentations, so called “6/4s” with 6 minutes of presentation and 4 minutes of discussion (18 slots available)
·       Mini-Workshops, 30 minutes each (6 slots)
·       Demos and Posters (30 slots)

Deadline for submissions:  March 31, 2010
MIT HyperStudio for Digital Humanities (http://hyperstudio.mit.edu)
MIT Communications Forum (http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/)

For more information: http://hyperstudio.mit.edu/h-digital/ or contact: h.digital at mit.edu

Thank you for distributing this call.

Dr. Kurt E. Fendt, 
Executive Director, HyperStudio - Digital Humanities at MIT
Research Director, Comparative Media Studies/Foreign Languages and Literatures
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mail: Room 14N-305 (Office: 16-635)
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Phone: (617) 253-4312, Fax: (267) 224-6814
HyperStudio: http://hyperstudio.mit.edu/

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