[Humanist] 28.379 software as scholarship; cultures of knowledge; NZ forum; big, rich & uncharted

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Tue Oct 7 07:14:28 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 379.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Elizabeth Williamson                                      (39)
                <elizabeth.williamson at history.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: Cultures of Knowledge Seminar: The Digital Humanist

  [2]   From:    Tara Andrews <tla at mit.edu>                                (63)
        Subject: Call for papers 'Software as Scholarship', Bern, 29-30
                January 2015

  [3]   From:    Tanja_Säily <tanja.saily at helsinki.fi>                    (25)
        Subject: CfP: From data to evidence in English language research: Big
                data, rich data, uncharted data

  [4]   From:    James Smithies <james.smithies at canterbury.ac.nz>           (2)
        Subject: New Zealand National Digital Forum annual conference,
                25–26 November, 2014.

        Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:57:38 +0000
        From: Elizabeth Williamson <elizabeth.williamson at history.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: Cultures of Knowledge Seminar: The Digital Humanist

Please find below information on a forthcoming seminar series that may be of interest to your students and colleagues. I'd be very grateful if you could circulate the details below to your mailing lists, or could forward this to the relevant person to do so. Apologies for cross-posting.

Many thanks,

Lizzy Williamson

***NEW Cultures of Knowledge Seminar Series***

The Digital Humanist: Open Resources, Shared Standards, Virtual Communities

Theme:  Modern and historical scholarly communities

When:   Mondays, Michaelmas Term (20 Oct - 24 Nov). 5.15 pm

Where:  Rees Davies Room, History Faculty, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL

All are welcome (no specialist knowledge required!), and all are warmly invited to stay for wine and chat after the paper.

Mon 20 Oct:

Professor Melissa Terras (University College London)

Transcribe Bentham:Sharing Labour, Sharing Platforms, Sharing Data

Mon 27 Oct:

Dr Kathryn Eccles (University of Oxford)

Looking into the Crowd: Understanding the Users of Digital Heritage Collections

Mon 10 Nov:

Professor Sally Shuttleworth and Victoria Van Hyning (University of Oxford)

Constructing Scientific Communities in the 19th and 21st Centuries: Science Periodicals and the Zooniverse

Mon 17 Nov:

Professor Eero Hyvönen (Aalto University)

Harmonising the Heterogenous: Shared Ontologies and Linked Data in Archives, Museums and Libraries

Mon 24 Nov:

Professor Howard Hotson (University of Oxford)

Collaboration, Early Modern Letters Online, and Horizon 2020: The Creation of One Virtual Community to Reassemble Another

The first talk, on Monday 20th October, will be delivered by Professor Melissa Terras (UCL), entitled 'Transcribe Bentham: Sharing Labour, Sharing Platforms, Sharing Data': The Transcribe Bentham project  (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/transcribe-bentham/) is an award-winning, innovative, ambitious, open source, participatory online environment that has tested the suitability of crowdsourcing for document transcription of cultural and heritage material. Although twenty volumes of the English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer Jeremy Bentham's (1748-1832) correspondence have so far been published by the Bentham Project, UCL Library Services holds 60,000 untranscribed folios. Transcribe Bentham has tested the feasibility of outsourcing the work of manuscript transcription to members of the public, aiming to digitise Bentham folios, and, through a wiki-based interface, allowing transcribers access to images of unpublished manuscript images, in order to create an encoded transcript for checking by UCL experts and further publication online. This paper presents results, themes and issues which have emerged from this successful initiative, which recently saw the 10,000th Bentham transcribed by volunteer - or 'volunpeer' - labour.

Further details on the rest of the series: http://www.culturesofknowledge.org/?page_id=4861

Dr Elizabeth Williamson
Digital Project Manager | Cultures of Knowledge

Faculty of History
University of Oxford
Old Boys' High School
George Street

T. +44 (0)1865 615026 | F. +44 (0)1865 615009
elizabeth.williamson at history.ox.ac.uk

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        Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:19:02 +0200
        From: Tara Andrews <tla at mit.edu>
        Subject: Call for papers 'Software as Scholarship', Bern, 29-30 January 2015
        In-Reply-To: <CAGAfLKmyR-0dz0ZSQv0pUOsXPB4NKfhmvEhyte8jQMiqptZRxQ at mail.gmail.com>

Dear colleagues,

I write to remind you all of the upcoming CFP deadline (11 October) for the
"Software as Scholarship" workshop and the digital publication round table,
to be held 29-30 January 2015. We warmly welcome the participation of
anyone who has thoughts on any aspect of this rather broad topic!

The full call for participation is online here:

With best wishes,
Tara Andrews

Prof. Dr. Tara L Andrews
Digital Humanities, Universität Bern

*Scholarship in Software, Software as Scholarship: From Genesis to Peer

*‘Expressions’, 29 January 2015: Workshop on Software-based Scholarship*
*Organizer: Digital Humanities, Universität Bern*

Computation and software analysis have entered nearly every imaginable
field of scholarship in the last decades, in a variety of forms from
digital publication of results to computational modelling embedded in
experimental work. In each of these digital outputs – be it an interactive
publication with mapping of relevant geo-referenced data, or perhaps a
statistical program for the categorization of millions of books according
to their literary genre – there is some manifestation directly in the
computer code of the scholarly thought that underlies the project, of the
intellectual argument around which the outcome is based.

The fact that scholarly software includes scholarly content is reasonably
well-accepted. What remains controversial is the attempt at identification,
in any particular instance, of what scholarly contribution has been made by
a piece of software. Its makers tend to express the scholarship in writing
separate from the software itself, if they even make explicit at all the
scholarly reasoning that went into the code; its reviewers and users tend
either to treat the software as a ‘black box’, opaque to informed scrutiny
and therefore to be looked on with grave suspicion, or to deny that this
particular software has any scholarship inherent to the source code. Given
that our mechanisms for identifying and evaluating the scholarship within
computer code are nearly nonexistent, we must ask: how do intellectual
arguments — how does scholarship — come to be expressed in the software of
digital humanities? How does this scholarship, so evident in theory but so
elusive in practice, fit into the scientific process of advancement of

*‘Evaluation’, 30 January 2015: Round table on Peer Review for Digital
Scholarly Work*
*Organizer: Infoclio.ch*

Related to the question of the expression of scholarship in software, and
in other forms of digital publication as well, is the question of how to
evaluate it. This topic will be the focus of a half-day roundtable, Peer
Review for Digital Scholarly Work, to be held on 30 January 2015. Digital
scholarly works such as Digital Editions, Digital Libraries, Digital
Exhibitions, Data Visualization, Geographical Information Systems and the
like are increasingly frequent in the Humanities, as main or secondary
output of research projects; the question of how best to evaluate them
takes on ever greater importance. At the moment, researchers doing digital
scholarly work are usually unable to obtain academic credit for their
work—in order to obtain scholarly recognition, they must additionally
publish a “normal” article in a print-based journal about their digital

As universities and national research funding agencies across the world
move toward encouraging more digital scholarship in the humanities, there
is an urgent need to discuss the criteria and benchmarks that should be in
place for evaluating digital scholarly work. We welcome contributions about
existing initiatives in this domain as well as more theoretical
contributions that treat the topic of peer review of digital scholarly work.

        Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:32:00 +0300
        From: Tanja_Säily <tanja.saily at helsinki.fi>
        Subject: CfP: From data to evidence in English language research: Big data, rich data, uncharted data
        In-Reply-To: <CAGAfLKmyR-0dz0ZSQv0pUOsXPB4NKfhmvEhyte8jQMiqptZRxQ at mail.gmail.com>

From data to evidence in English language research: Big data, rich data, uncharted data
***Conference in Helsinki, Finland, 19-22 October 2015***
To diversify the discussion of data explosion in the humanities, the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) is organising an academic conference that addresses the use of new data sources, historical and modern, in English language research. We are particularly interested in papers discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the following three kinds of data:

Big data

In recent years, mega-corpora and other large text collections have become increasingly available to linguists. These databases open new opportunities for linguistic research, but they may be problematic in terms of representativeness and contextualisation, and the sheer amount of data may also pose practical problems. We welcome papers drawing on big data, including large corpora representing different genres and varieties (e.g. COCA, GloWbE), databases (e.g. EEBO, ECCO) and corpora created by web crawling (e.g. EnTenTen, UKWaC).

Rich data

Rich data contains more than just the texts, including representations of spacing, graphical elements, choice of typeface, prosody, or gestures. This is further supplemented by analytic and descriptive metadata linked to either entire texts or individual textual elements. The benefit of rich data is that it can provide new kinds of evidence about pragmatic, sociolinguistic and even syntactic aspects of linguistic events. Yet the creation and use of rich data bring great challenges. We invite papers on the representation, query, analysis, and visualisation of data consisting of more than linear text.

Uncharted data

Uncharted data comprises material which has not yet been systematically mapped, surveyed or investigated. We wish to draw attention to texts and language varieties which are marginally represented in current corpora, to data sources that exist on the internet or in manuscript form alone, and material compiled for purposes other than linguistic research. We welcome papers discussing the innovative research prospects offered by new and and previously unused or even unidentified material for the study of English in various contexts ranging from communities and networks to social groups and individuals.

Abstracts are invited by 15 February 2015 for 30-minute presentations including discussion as well as for posters and corpus and software demonstrations.

The following invited speakers have confirmed their participation:

Professor Mark Davies (Brigham Young University)
Professor Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)
Professor Päivi Pahta (University of Tampere)
Dr Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
The conference forms part of the programme celebrating the 375th anniversary of the University of Helsinki in 2015 and will be held in the Main Building of the University.

More information on the conference will be available on the conference home page at: http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/d2e/. Please address any queries to: d2e-conference at helsinki.fi.

Tanja Säily
MA, Postgraduate Student
Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG)

        Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:59:25 +0000
        From: James Smithies <james.smithies at canterbury.ac.nz>
        Subject: New Zealand National Digital Forum annual conference, 25–26 November, 2014.
        In-Reply-To: <CAGAfLKmyR-0dz0ZSQv0pUOsXPB4NKfhmvEhyte8jQMiqptZRxQ at mail.gmail.com>

New Zealand National Digital Forum annual conference, 25–26 November, 2014.

The National Digital Forum annual conference is back with NDF2014 on at Te Papa in Wellington on 25 and 26 November. It’s a stellar line-up with talks covering a wide range of issues – art, transmedia, building communities, open content and open platforms, digital humanities, collection practice and more. This year NDF features three international and two local keynote speakers, all leading thinkers in the digital culture sector: Brewster Kahle, Mia Ridge, Leigh Carmichael, Evelyn Wareham and Rick Shera. Ahead of the conference there are also workshops on Monday 24 November focussing on Wikipedia and digital project management. Check out the conference programme at http://www.ndf.org.nz/programme/.

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