[Humanist] 28.382 events: industrial text-processing; humanities hack; conference, workshop, colloquium

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Thu Oct 9 07:34:34 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 382.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Meni Adler <meni.adler at gmail.com>                          (9)
        Subject: Symposium on Semantic Text Processing - Industrial Outlook

  [2]   From:    "James O'Sullivan" <josullivan.c at gmail.com>               (40)
        Subject: DHSI 2015 Colloquium

  [3]   From:    Lieke Ploeger <lieke.ploeger at okfn.org>                    (38)
        Subject: Open Humanities Hack: 28 November 2014, London

  [4]   From:    Antonio Lieto <lieto at di.unito.it>                        (120)
        Subject: First Announcement Sixth Workshop on Computational Models of
                Narrative (CMN'15) - Atlanta, USA

  [5]   From:    Dot Porter <dot.porter at gmail.com>                         (59)
        Subject: CFP: Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, July 22-24 2015

        Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:25:27 +0000
        From: Meni Adler <meni.adler at gmail.com>
        Subject: Symposium on Semantic Text Processing - Industrial Outlook

Symposium on Semantic Text Processing - Industrial Outlook

First announcement (apologies for duplicate notice)

A symposium on semantic text processing, focused on an outlook towards the fast growing industrial activity in this area, will take place at Bar Ilan University, on November 18-19, 2014.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a broad perspective on the evolving directions for semantic text processing, which are likely to impact the industry in this area while influencing academic research as well. The program includes keynote talks of international speakers, an applied tutorial, overview and position talks on recent scientific progress in this field, presentations by European partners in the EXCITEMENT project, as well as a substantial number of presentations from the rich Israeli scene in this area, coming from industrial research, established high-tech companies and start-ups. In addition to presentations, a desk session, where lead companies in this field present their novel technologies, will take place during a lunch reception, allowing interaction and forming new connections between participants. With this broad program and mixture of speakers, we believe that the symposium will be a quite unique and enriching event.

The list of talks is given below; the detailed program will be posted to the symposium website in a couple weeks.

For more details and registration (registration is free, but pre-registration is needed and urged for your earliest convenience): http://u.cs.biu.ac.il/~nlp/workshop14

The symposium is organized by the EU-funded project EXCITEMENT (http://www.excitement-project.eu/), which developed textual inference methods and provides a comprehensive open source software platform for multilingual textual inference, available to the scientific and technological communities.

Ido Dagan, Bar-Ilan University

On behalf of the organizers


        Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:58:32 -0400
        From: "James O'Sullivan" <josullivan.c at gmail.com>
        Subject: DHSI 2015 Colloquium

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the DHSI Colloquium,
to be held in June 2015 at the University of Victoria. Open to all
attendees, the DHSI Colloquium offers an opportunity to present research
and projects within an engaging, collegial atmosphere. Submissions are
peer-reviewed, with participants subsequently invited to contribute to
proceedings published in an open-access journal. *Digital Humanities
Quarterly *will be the venue for 2014 papers.

We invite proposals of 300-500 words for these presentations. Successful
proposals will focus on specific applications, aspects and/or cases of
Digital Humanities research. Topics may include, but are not limited to,
the scholar’s role in personal and institutional research projects, tool
application and development, perspectives on Digital Humanities
implications for the individual’s own research and pedagogy, etc.
Submissions are welcome from emerging and established scholars alike,
including, but not limited to, graduate students, early career scholars and
humanities scholars who are new to the Digital Humanities; librarians, and
those in cultural heritage, alt-academics, academic professionals, and
those in technical programs.

Submissions are welcome across a number of formats. In your abstract,
please indicate which format you would prefer, but note that, due to
scheduling requirements, not all preferences can be accommodated:

*Short Paper Presentations*
Contributors have 5 minutes to complete a high-impact presentation

*Poster Session*
Contributors display A1 landscape posters at a conference reception

*“Soap-box” Session*
Contributors have 3 minutes and one-slide to pitch their project

The Colloquium will run throughout the duration of DHSI, so please indicate
which week(s) you will be in attendance. The poster and “soap-box” sessions
will only run during the core week, June 8-12.

Please submit abstracts via
<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dhsi2015>. The deadline for
submissions is *January 16, 2015*. Submissions will be peer-reviewed, with
authors being notified by late February 2015. For more information, contact
James O’Sullivan (josullivan.c at gmail.com) and/or Mary Galvin (
galvin.mg at gmail.com).

For further information on the DHSI Colloquium, see

        Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:20:31 +0200
        From: Lieke Ploeger <lieke.ploeger at okfn.org>
        Subject: Open Humanities Hack: 28 November 2014, London

Dear all,

You are invited to join us on Friday 28 November 2014 for the second Open
Humanities Hack event at King’s College, London. This is the second in a
series of events organised jointly by the King’s College London Department
of Digital Humanities, the Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E)
project, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Humanities Working

The event is focused on digital humanists and intended to target
research-driven experimentation with existing humanities data sets. The aim
of the hack day is not to produce complete applications but to experiment
with methods and technologies to investigate these data sets so that at the
end we can have an understanding of the types of novel techniques that are

During the day, we will form groups of computing and humanities researchers
that will work together to come up with small-scale prototypes that
showcase new and novel ways of working with humanities data.

Date: Friday 28 November 2014
Time: 9.00 – 21.00
Location: King’s College, Strand, London
Sign up: Attendance is free but places are limited: please fill in the
sign-up form
to register.

More information is also available from
For an impression of the first Humanities Hack event, you can have a look
at this blog report  http://dm2e.eu/444/ .

Best regards,

Lieke Ploeger.

Lieke Ploeger

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        Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:40:11 +0200
        From: Antonio Lieto <lieto at di.unito.it>
        Subject: First Announcement Sixth Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN'15) - Atlanta, USA


First Announcement
Sixth Workshop on Computational Models of
Narrative (CMN'15)
Special Focus: Cognitive Systems and Computational

in association with:
The Third Annual Conference on Advances
in Cognitive Systems (ACS)

May 26-28, 2015 
Tech Square Research
Building, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia,
http://narrative.csail.mit.edu/cmn15/ [1] 


February 2, 2015. Submission deadline.
March 6, 2015.
Notification of acceptance.
March 30, 2015. Final Versions Due.
May 26-
May 28, 2015. Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia.
May 29-31, 2015. ACS


Narrative provides a framing structure for
understanding, communicating, influencing, and organizing human
experience. Systems for its analysis and production are increasingly
found embedded in devices and processes, influencing decision-making in
venues as diverse as politics, economics, intelligence, and cultural
production. In order to appreciate this influence, it is becoming
increasingly clear that research must address the technical
implementation of narrative systems, the theoretical bases of these
frameworks, and our general understanding of narrative at multiple
levels: from the psychological and cognitive impact of narratives to our
ability to model narrative responses computationally.

Special Focus:
Cognitive Systems
This inter-disciplinary workshop will be an
appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental topics and questions
regarding narrative. Papers should be relevant to issues fundamental to
the computational modeling and scientific understanding of narrative.
The workshop will have a special focus on the building cognitive systems
that are distinguished by a focus on high-level cognition and decision
making, reliance on rich, structured representations, a systems-level
perspective, use of heuristics to handle complexity, and incorporation
of insights about human thinking, meaning we especially welcome papers
relevant to the cognitive aspects of narrative. Regardless of its topic,
reported work should provide some sort of insight of use to
computational modeling of narratives. Discussing technological
applications or motivations is not prohibited, but is not required. We
accept both finished research and more tentative exploratory


Janet H. Murray, Georgia Institute of
Technology, USA


- How is
narrative knowledge captured and represented?
- How are narratives
indexed and retrieved? Is there a universal scheme for encoding episodic
- How can we study narrative from a cognitive point of
- Can narrative be subsumed by current models of higher-level
cognition, or does it require new approaches?
- How do narratives
mediate our cognitive experiences, or affect our cognitive abilities?
What comprises the set of possible narrative arcs? Is there such a set?
How many possible story lines are there?
- Is narrative structure
universal, or are there systematic differences in narratives from
different cultures?
- What makes narrative different from a list of
events or facts?
- How do conceptions and models of spatiality or
temporality influence narrative and cognitive systems?
- What are the
details of the relationship between narrative and common sense?
- What
shared resources are required for the computational study of narrative?
What should a "Story Bank" contain?
- What shared resources and tools
are available, or how can already-extant resources be adapted to the
study of narrative?
- What are appropriate formal or computational
representations for narrative?
- How should we evaluate computational
and formal models of narrative?
- How can narrative systems be applied
to problem-solving?
- What aspects of cross-linguistic work has
narrative research neglected?


- Mark A. Finlayson
(Florida International University, USA)
- Antonio Lieto (University of
Turin, Italy)
- Ben Miller (Georgia State University, USA)
- Remi
Ronfard (Inria, LJK, University of Grenoble, France) 

Antonio Lieto
Post-doc research fellow at University of Turin
Department of Computer Science
Corso Svizzera 185 - 10149 Torino (Italy)
http://www.di.unito.it/~lieto/ [2]
e-mail: lieto at di.unito.it [3] -
lieto.antonio at gmail.com [4] 

[3] mailto:lieto at di.unito.it
mailto:lieto.antonio at gmail.com

        Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:20:54 -0400
        From: Dot Porter <dot.porter at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP: Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, July 22-24 2015

(apologies for cross-posting)

See call for presentations below for the Keystone Digital Humanities
Conference. The name of the conference is taken from Pennsylvania's
official nickname "The Keystone State," and although we encourage proposals
from within the state we welcome proposals from anywhere, and from any area
of the digital humanities.


Keystone Digital Humanities, a conference at the University of Pennsylvania
with the KeystoneDH Initiative


The Keystone Digital Humanities conference will be held in the Kislak
Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the
University of Pennsylvania Libraries, July 22-24, 2015. Proposals are now
invited for long presentations (20 minutes), short presentations (7
minutes), and project showcases (10 minutes) in all areas of digital
humanities. Presentations may take the form of interactive presentations,
short papers, project demos, or panel discussions. We welcome proposals
from emerging and veteran students, teachers, and scholars. For more
information, visit our conference website at

The community will be invited to vote on proposals that they would like to
see included in the program. The 10 proposals with the highest scores are
guaranteed a slot at the conference. The Program Committee will curate the
remainder of the program in an effort to ensure diversity in program
content and presenters. Community votes will, of course, still weigh
heavily in these decisions.

Please send your name, email address, and a proposal of 200-300 words to
keystonedh.conference at gmail.com. The proposal deadline is January 2, 2015,
and community peer review will run from January 15-February 15. Proposers
will be notified by March 1.

We anticipate that we will have a small number of travel bursaries for
graduate and undergraduate students.

Thanks from the Conference Organizing Committee

Dawn Childress, Penn State University
Molly Des Jardin, University of Pennsylvania
Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania
Patricia Hswe, Penn State University
Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University
David McKnight, University of Pennsylvania
Dennis Mullen, University of Pennsylvania
William Noel, University of Pennsylvania
James O'Sullivan, Penn State University
Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
Katie Rawson, University of Pennsylvania
Matt Shoemaker, Temple University
Stefan Sinclair, McGill University
Rebecca Stuhr, University of Pennsylvania

Dot Porter (MA, MSLS)
Digital Medievalist, Digital Librarian
Email: dot.porter at gmail.com
Personal blog: dotporterdigital.org
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