[Humanist] 28.245 pubs: complex networks; critical making cfp; grad training cfp; Dictionary of Welsh

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Tue Aug 5 19:27:47 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 245.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    etcl <etcl at uvic.ca>                                       (11)
        Subject: Graduate Training in the 21st Century

  [2]   From:    Andrew Hawke <ach at aber.ac.uk>                            (146)
        Subject: Re:  28.231 pubs: Dictionary of the Welsh Language
                (Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru)

  [3]   From:    Maximilian Schich <maximilian at schich.info>                (28)
        Subject: Digital Humanities in Science and Nature

  [4]   From:    "Barness, Jessica" <jbarness at kent.edu>                    (24)
        Subject: CFP Critical Making: Design & the Digital Humanities -
                Visible Language special issue

        Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:01:38 +0000
        From: etcl <etcl at uvic.ca>
        Subject: Graduate Training in the 21st Century

MediaCommons and #Alt-Academy have just launched a new project, Graduate Training in the 21st Century, which focuses on the challenges, the potential, and the pragmatics of the graduate school years that precede the move into one of many academies.

Its editors, Melissa Dalgleish (York University) and Daniel Powell (King's College London and University of Victoria), are especially interested in the changes to graduate education that are already taking place, or that should take place, in response to the proliferation of post-PhD pathways.

The project's front page can be found here: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/cluster/graduate-training-21st-century, while the longer introduction can be seen here: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/pieces/building-alternative-academy.

We are seeking contributors to our first cluster of essays, entitled "Beyond the Proto-Monograph: New Models for the Dissertation." This cluster seeks to explore how the prototypical graduate project in the humanities—the dissertation—is changing in the face of the digital turn, shifting job markets, and new visions for the academy. The call for papers can be found here: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/pieces/call-papers-beyond-proto-monograph-new-models-dissertation

We also welcome proposals or contributions on any aspect of graduate training, higher education reform, and post-degree careers, especially from current graduate students. We can be reached at gradtraining21c at gmail.com<mailto:gradtraining21c at gmail.com>.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Melissa and Daniel


Daniel Powell | Doctoral Candidate
Electronic Textual Cultures Lab | Department of English | University of Victoria
www.djp2025.com http://www.djp2025.com/  | @djp2025

        Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:17:10 +0100
        From: Andrew Hawke <ach at aber.ac.uk>
        Subject: Re:  28.231 pubs: Dictionary of the Welsh Language (Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru)
        In-Reply-To: <CFF8119C.1DECB%annelie at humnet.ucla.edu>

Dear Dr Rugg,

Thank you for your enquiry about the web-app for our historical dictionary
of Welsh.

We examined a number of options, including open sourse software, but decided
eventually to use an experienced contractor to develop the dictionary app
for us, iLEX Digital Publishing of Copenhagen, who have a lot of experience
in this field. They also supplied our editing system (iLEX) and performed
the data conversion for us. We have been very pleased with the service we
have received from them over the past three years.

The web-app is written in Java and runs under Apache Tomcat. We host the
application on a server here, where it uses a local database to furnish
results to the Web clients. The client-side is browser-based, and uses XHTML
and CSS with Javascript. It uses Ajax techniques to supply the data to the
browser, and downloads the necessary fonts for the complex typography
(especially in the etymologies) on the fly. It runs on most platforms, but
doesn't run well at all on IE 8 and below, which is the latest version
available under XP . It runs well on the most recent IE, and on Chrome,
Safari, Firefox, Opera, etc. It works well on iOS, but less well on Android.
Our intention is to commission Android and iOS apps when we have more
experience of the Web-app.

The database is quite large: around 8 million words of text in some 120,000
entries. We also supply jpeg images of the first edition pages of the
dictionary, which use a lot of storage (around 15GB).

The app was intended to offer fairly simple functionality in this first
trial version, but even so it has proved surprisingly effective. Our
dictionary is essentially a monolingual Welsh historical dictionary (like
the OED), but it also has English synonyms or definitions of the senses and
the collocations. Searches for Welsh words actually search all the headword
forms, variant headwords, collocations, and cross-references. Those
containing parentheses can be searched for all the possible expanded forms.
The English search searches the synonyms and definitions, but prioritizes
those words occurring alone or with a comma or semicolon following
immediately, at the start of the list of synonyms (which are most likely to
be directly synonymous with the Welsh), listing the matches in the order of
the Welsh headwords. Then follow matches on any examples of the search term
surrounded by punctuation, which again are likely to be synonymous, and
finally any remaining matches are listed, again in the order of the Welsh

Wildcards can be used (* = any characters or no character; ? = any single
character, + = one or more characters), which can be repeated, so "*ria?u*"
would match "geiriadur". A colour highlight is used in the entry display to
show what matches the search term (occasionally just a red dot, if there is
nothing to highlight, such as a sense). There are some 60,000
cross-references in the data which are hyperlinked to headwords,
collocations, variants, and particular senses (e.g. 2. (b)).

Phrases can also be searched for, although the app actually searches for any
occurrences of the individual words in any order, so this can return
unexpected results, although it does find the phrase.

In order to make it easier for the user, no distinction is made between
upper- and lower-case and accented and unaccented letters, and numerals and
punctuation (such as the apostrophe) are ignored. Any entries or
cross-references that match are listed in the results, so that the user can
select them. The results are presented in different weight type to
distinguish between entries and cross-references, collocations, etc.

The app can  be passed a single parameter in the form:
www.geiriadur.ac.uk/gpc/gpc.html?geiriadur which runs the app and searches
for the (Welsh) word "geiriadur" in one operation. Otherwise, when the app
is called it displays a random entry, skipping cross-references.

As a search is typed into the input box, the app shows matches on a
letter-by-letter basis, including complete words (try typing "name of a
Welsh air" slowly in the input box letter by letter to see the effect). A
lot of work went into this feature to make it work properly and quickly on
the various browsers. (It is this feature that stops it working properly on
Android, I think). The app has been fine tuned to respond very quickly, and
it is indeed very speedy, even with long entries (such as "o1" or

Various other features include a small 'word wheel' when you move the mouse
over the headword, which shows the immediately surrounding words, which are
often related, together with next and previous buttons, and a back button
which can be used repeatedly to backtrack through the user's actions.

The page images which are summoned by clicking "first edition" should
contain the corresponding entry, but there are also next and last buttons in
case it is a long entry over several pages. The page image can be dragged
with the mouse and enlarged and reduced with the mouse scroll wheel. (This
does not work on either Android or iOS, although long-pressing on the image
gives options to save it, so that it can be examined separately.)

Mouseovers are used to explain all abbreviations in the text (which is
heavily abbreviated), to give fuller bibliographical details for the texts
cited, and also to explain some of the UI buttons. The blocks of citations
can be collapsed / hidden (and expanded / revealed again) individually or
throughout the entry, which can give a better overall view of an extensive

There is a rudimentary 'help' facility with collapsible/expandable sections
which is designed to help those (rare) users who still read help files! This
could be improved substantially, I'm sure. The whole UI is bilingual, so
users can choose which language to use (and this could be extended to
include other languages in the future). The app logs usage data, recoding
date, time, originating IP address, language and search term typed into the
app, and which results were clicked on. We intend using an analysis of this
data to prioritize certain words for revision (if old and not revised for a
long time) or inclusion, if they are not found in the dictionary. BTW, if a
search does not match anything, a fuzzy search is performed, and a number of
suggestions offered to the user. The user thus never sees "not found", which
I think is psychologically beneficial!

We hope to develop an advanced search in due course, including the full text
and specific sections, regular expression searches, etc., but the dictionary
data requires further processing first, and we wish to see how the app is
used before proceeding.

If you are interested in discussing the design of the web-app, I suggest you
contact Mr Jens Erlandsen, the Managing Director of iLEX Digital Publishing,
who I am sure would be interested to hear from you (<jensemp05 at gmail.com>).
His company also develops lexicographical apps for Android and iOS amongst

I hope this is of some help.

With best wishes,

Andrew Hawke

>  Dear Dr. Hawke,>I read with interest about your online Dictionary of the Welsh Language,
>and am writing to ask if you could share more about the platform in which
>it was built and how it is hosted (in terms of server environment,
>applications in which it runs, etc.). I am the CIO at the UCLA Center for
>Digital Humanities, where we have many scholars who have or would like to
>develop an online dictionary. I am interested in learning more from those
>who have deployed an online dictionary about the technical architecture
>and lessons learned.
>If this is too much to handle in an email, I¡¦d be happy to set up a Skype
>call, assuming we could arrange a mutually convenient time. Alternatively,
>if you could point me to or share any description of the technical design
>underlying the dictionary, I would welcome that.
>Annelie Rugg
>Annelie  Rugg, Ph.D.
>Humanities CIO | UCLA Center for Digital Humanities | 310-903-7691 |
>annelie at humnet.ucla.edu

Andrew Hawke | Golygydd Rheolaethol | Geiriadur
Prifysgol Cymru, Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a
Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, Aberystwyth, SY23 3HH
Andrew Hawke | Managing Editor| University of
Wales Dictionary of the Welsh Language,
University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh &
Celtic Studies, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3HH, UK
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        Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:05:35 +0200
        From: Maximilian Schich <maximilian at schich.info>
        Subject: Digital Humanities in Science and Nature
        In-Reply-To: <CFF8119C.1DECB%annelie at humnet.ucla.edu>

Dear list members,

DH made it to Science and Nature:

A Network Framework of Cultural History
by Maximilian Schich,
Chaoming Song, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Mauro Martino, Alexander Mirsky,
Albert-László Barabási, Dirk Helbing

Science paper:

Nature News:

Nature video:
http://youtu.be/4gIhRkCcD4U /*<= must see*/ (24k views in one day)

The Economist:
" C.P. SNOW would have been heartened."

The Getty Iris:
"one of the first art history reports to be published in a peer-reviewed 
science magazine"

Project website:
http://www.cultsci.net (where we will collect all the news coverage)

Best, Max

Current phone: +49-179-6678041
Current location: Munich, Germany
Current optimal email: maximilian.schich at gmail.com

Dr. Maximilian Schich

        Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:56:55 +0000
        From: "Barness, Jessica" <jbarness at kent.edu>
        Subject: CFP Critical Making: Design & the Digital Humanities - Visible Language special issue
        In-Reply-To: <CFF8119C.1DECB%annelie at humnet.ucla.edu>

Call for Proposals

“Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities”
special issue of Visible Language

Proposal deadline: January 15, 2015
Anticipated publication: October 2015

Co-editors: Jessica Barness, Amy Papaelias

CFP online: http://bit.ly/1qQym8I​<http://bit.ly/1qQym8I%E2%80%8B>
Download PDF:  http://bit.ly/1zQQa4k​<http://bit.ly/1zQQa4k>

This special issue of Visible Language journal investigates critical making at the intersection of design and the digital humanities, which is a site for expanding the role(s) of divergent scholarly and creative work. Design and the digital humanities connect through critical making practices, centering on human experience and advancing the prevailing expectations of their respective disciplines. In keeping with the theme of merging form and content, the traditional printed journal will be expanded to include a corresponding online space for interactive and digital work. We invite dialogues on what defines scholarly works in regard to non-traditional forms of writing and disciplinary crossovers. For this issue, we encourage exploratory, creative works that incorporate evidence-based research through critical commentary, traditional analysis, audience responses or participant feedback.

Proposals should include a 300-word written abstract and a brief outline to show the structure of your argument. A corresponding visual abstract is strongly encouraged. For digital work, please include a URL or screenshots.

Please send proposals or inquiries through January 15, 2015 to Jessica Barness, jbarness at kent.edu


Jessica Barness

Assistant Professor
School of Visual Communication Design
Kent State University
226 Art Building / P.O. Box 5190
Kent OH 44242-001

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