[Humanist] 26.736 events: graduate research; GIS

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Thu Jan 31 08:29:25 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 736.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Anouk Lang <anouk.lang at strath.ac.uk>                      (52)
        Subject: Two-day workshop on "GIS software for the Digital

  [2]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>                  (46)
        Subject: Digging the Digital

        Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:37:51 +0000
        From: Anouk Lang <anouk.lang at strath.ac.uk>
        Subject: Two-day workshop on "GIS software for the Digital Humanities"
        In-Reply-To: <1F943C50E37E194BB891501E163237A801A4E9A32030 at E2K7-MS2.ds.strath.ac.uk>

GIS software for the Digital Humanities: A free two-day workshop
Lancaster University, 11-12th April, 2013

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly used by
historians, archaeologists, literary scholars, classicists and others,
however adoption of the technology has been hampered by a lack of
understanding of what GIS is and what it has to offer to these disciplines.
This free workshop, sponsored by the ERC’s Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS,
Places project and hosted by Lancaster University, provides an introduction
to the use of GIS software aimed specifically at researchers from the
humanities and arts.

Outline syllabus:

In an intensive two days we will introduce the basics of GIS software from
a humanities perspective.  The course assumes no prior knowledge of GIS
software but a basic competence in computing is needed. We will provide
hands-on training in ArcGIS, the most widely used commercial GIS software
package. Other software will also be discussed. The course will cover: how
GIS software represents geographically features; the basics of GIS
functionality; using GIS to produce high-quality maps; using GIS as a
database; getting point data into GIS; and exporting data to Google Earth.

Who should come?

This event will provide a short but intensive introduction to GIS software.
It will be relevant to post-graduate students and early career academics
who can subsequently develop these skills in their own research.  It will
also be suitable for more senior academics, grant-holders and managers who
want a brief introduction to GIS software to allow them to manage GIS
projects.  Over the summer we will be hosting a four-day summer school
(15-18th July 2013) which will allow us to explore topics in more depth and
to which participants can bring their own data, we do not recommend
attending both events as there will be significant overlap.  The workshop
builds on a one-day seminar held in Lancaster in November 2012.  People who
participated in this are encouraged to attend although attendance at this
or similar events is not a requirement.

How much will it cost?

The workshop is free and includes lunch and refreshments, all other costs
must be borne by the participants.  Accommodation on Lancaster University’s
campus includes: Guest rooms (
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/conferences/campus-bed-breakfast) from £35 per night
or the Lancaster House Hotel (
http://www.classicbritishhotels.com/hotel/lancaster-house) from £87 per
night. Please do not book accommodation until your place on workshop has
been confirmed.

How do I apply?

Places are limited, as part of registering please include a brief
description (max 200 words) of your research interests and what you want to
gain from the workshop. The deadline for applications is Friday 1st of

Please email a booking form (attached) to: I.Gregory at lancaster.ac.uk.
For more details of this and subsequent events see:
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/spatialhum or contact Ian Gregory at the above
email address.

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        Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:17:46 -0700
        From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: Digging the Digital
        In-Reply-To: <1F943C50E37E194BB891501E163237A801A4E9A32030 at E2K7-MS2.ds.strath.ac.uk>

The University of Alberta Humanities Computing Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for its annual conference: 

"Digging the Digital 2013: Graduate Research in Digital Humanities" 

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Location: Alumni House, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Website: http://diggingdigital2013.wordpress.com
Keynote Speakers: TBA.
The Humanities Computing Programme at the University of Alberta invites proposals for a graduate student conference aimed at showcasing current humanities scholarship involved with computing and digital processes.  We seek graduate scholars who are exploring the intersection of humanities and any digital process, to enhance or inform their discipline.  The broad scope of this conference reflects the numerous categories of Humanities Computing / Digital Humanities, including librarians involved with digital work, researchers engaging online communities, artists employing digital tools, and design teams using new technologies.
 As an interdisciplinary field, the digital humanities naturally imply research from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including culture, language, and literature.  Therefore, we encourage papers from a variety of disciplines at the graduate student level.
Proposals for individual papers as well as hour-long panel proposals organized by topic will be considered. We are also accepting full panels, digital demonstrations, round table sessions, and posters. 
There is a possibility that presentations may be accepted as papers published in an inaugural edition of an upcoming digital humanities student journal.
Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
multimedia tools in academia
humanities computing and the internet
text analysis (XML, hypertext, TEI, etc.)
cyborg in culture and literature
electronic texts
digital libraries
knowledge management
collaborative creation and  crowd sourcing
digitization of literature
online art, virtual worlds, interactive soundscapes
social media
technologies for accessibility
open-source culture
artificial intelligence
digital storytelling
Semantic Web
legal issues of digitization
cloud computing
Please submit an abstract of 200-words describing individual papers, either as a Word file or a PDF attachment, in addition to contact information (including name, institutional affiliation, degree level, and email) and a short 100 word biography to hucostudentgroup at gmail.com by February 25, 2012.
The conference organizers will notify presenters of their acceptance as soon as possible following the February 25th, 2012 deadline for abstracts.   
There are no registration fees for this conference. 
If you have any questions regarding the application process or conference details, please contact the organizing committee at: hucostudentgroup at gmail.com   

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