[Humanist] 28.398 events: many and various

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Oct 15 07:49:00 CEST 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 398.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    GRLMC <grlmc at urv.cat>                                     (69)
        Subject: BigDat 2015: registration deadline 23 October

  [2]   From:    Sharon Howard <sharon.howard at sheffield.ac.uk>             (36)
        Subject: Record linkage workshop, Sheffield, 4 Nov 2014

  [3]   From:    "Downie, J Stephen" <jdownie at illinois.edu>                (42)
        Subject: MIREX Grand Challenge '14 User Experience (GC14UX):
                Volunteer graders sought

  [4]   From:    "A. Sean Pue" <pue at msu.edu>                               (85)
        Subject: HASTAC 2015 CFP Deadline Extended to 10/31!

  [5]   From:    Mia <mia.ridge at gmail.com>                                (146)
        Subject: 'Museums Beyond The Web' conference keynotes announced

  [6]   From:    Hugh Burkhart <hburkhart at sandiego.edu>                    (46)
        Subject: Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium

        Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:46:14 +0000
        From: GRLMC <grlmc at urv.cat>
        Subject: BigDat 2015: registration deadline 23 October


BigDat 2015
Tarragona, Spain
January 26-30, 2015

Organized by
Rovira i Virgili University



--- 5th registration deadline: October 23, 2014 ---



BigDat 2015 is a research training event for graduates and postgraduates in
the first steps of their academic career. It aims at updating them about the
most recent developments in the fast developing area of big data, which
covers a large spectrum of current exciting research, development and
innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific
discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself.
Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views
with the audience.

All big data subareas will be displayed, namely: foundations,
infrastructure, management, search and mining, security and privacy, and
applications. Main challenges of analytics, management and storage of big
data will be identified through 4 keynote lectures and 24 six-hour courses,
which will tackle the most lively and promising topics. The organizers
believe outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated
students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.


Graduate and postgraduates from around the world. There are no formal
pre-requisites in terms of academic degrees. However, since there will be
differences in the course levels, specific knowledge background may be
required for some of them.

BigDat 2015 is also appropriate for more senior people who want to keep
themselves updated on recent developments and future trends. They will
surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers,
industry leaders and innovators.


In addition to keynotes, 3 courses will run in parallel during the whole
event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they will be
willing to attend as well as to move from one to another.


BigDat 2015 will take place in Tarragona, located 90 kms. to the south of
Barcelona. The venue will be:

Campus Catalunya
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona


Ian Foster (Argonne National Laboratory), Taming Big Data: Accelerating
Discovery via Outsourcing and Automation

Geoffrey C. Fox (Indiana University, Bloomington), Mapping Big Data
Applications to Clouds and HPC

C. Lee Giles (Pennsylvania State University, University Park), Scholarly Big
Data: Information Extraction and Data Mining

William D. Gropp (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), tba



florentinalilica.voicu at urv.cat 


BigDat 2015
Lilica Voicu
Rovira i Virgili University
Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34 977 559 543
Fax: +34 977 558 386


Universitat Rovira i Virgili

        Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:35:51 +0100
        From: Sharon Howard <sharon.howard at sheffield.ac.uk>
        Subject: Record linkage workshop, Sheffield, 4 Nov 2014

The Digital Panopticon project is pleased to announce that it's holding 
a workshop on historical record linkage at the University of Sheffield 
on 4 November. WeÂ’re particularly interested in the challenges and 
rewards of applying automated (and semi-automated) nominal record 
linkage to very large-scale historical datasets, with all their 
variability, fuzziness and uncertainties. In addition to presentations 
about our work on 19th-century prisoners and convicts, we have three 
guest speakers who will bring extensive experience of historical record 
linkage projects from the 17th to early 20th centuries.

We would also very much welcome participants from fields beyond history 
and the humanities with interests in data linkage, including social 
sciences, health sciences and computer science.

When: 2-5.30pm, Tuesday 4 November 2014
Where: Humanities Research Institute, Gell Street, Sheffield

For more information see http://www.digitalpanopticon.org/?p=669

Attendance is free but numbers may be limited: please email Sharon 
Howard (sharon.howard at sheffield.ac.uk) to register.

About the Digital Panopticon: we are using digital technologies to 
explore the impact of the different types of penal punishments on the 
lives of 90,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 
1875, and aim to develop new and transferable methodologies for 
understanding and exploiting complex bodies of genealogical, biometric, 
and criminal justice data.

Our research questions include: How can we improve current 
record-linkage processes to maximise both the number of individuals 
linked across different datasets and the amount of information obtained 
about each individual? What is the minimum amount of contextual 
information needed in order to conduct successful large-scale record 
linkage of data pertaining to specific individuals?

Sharon Howard
Project Manager Digital Panopticon
Old Bailey Online/London Lives 1690-1800
Humanities Research Institute
University of Sheffield
sharon.howard at sheffield.ac.uk

        Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:04:52 +0000
        From: "Downie, J Stephen" <jdownie at illinois.edu>
        Subject: MIREX Grand Challenge '14 User Experience (GC14UX):  Volunteer graders sought

Dear Colleagues:

The Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX) Grand Challenge '14 User Experience (GC14UX) task requires volunteer graders to evaluate system outputs. 

The goals of this grand challenge are to inspire the development of complete MIR systems and to promote the notion of user experience as a first-class research objective in the MIR community. Your assistance will help future researchers and developers build better and more useful music retrieval systems that better meet the needs of real users.

We expect each grader to spend approximately 20 - 30 minutes exploring each submitted system. There are three systems this year to be evaluated.

Your participation as an evaluator is completely voluntary. 

For more information about MIREX, please see:

For more information about GC14UX and its task instructions:

We are opening evaluations today, 13 October 2014, and will close evaluations Tuesday, 21 October 2014. So, if you are kind enough to sign up to be a grader, PLEASE understand that we REALLY need you complete your assigned grading by 21 October. If you are a GC14UX participant, we ask that you do what you can to encourage adults over 18 years of age to be graders.

To register as a grader, please go to:

If you have any questions, please contact <mirex at imirsel.org> or <jdownie at illinois.edu>

Thank you very much everybody.


**********EVALUTION INSTRUCTIONS****************************
To evaluate the asigned MIR system we ask you to imagine you have a personal video that you are editing, and you wish to find a suitable audio track to add to the video.

In performing this task, please focus on evaluating the interaction and experience with the system as a whole, and not just the results you get. Please be aware that these systems are using an open-source test dataset (Jamendo) that is a collection of open-source music, and therefore the results may not include popular music that many of us are familiar with.

After signing up as an evaluator for GC14UX you will be assigned a number of MIR systems to evaluate (by clicking the "Get Assignment" button). The five questions we ask you to consider are:

Overall satisfaction:
How would you rate your overall satisfaction with the system?

How easy was it to figure out how to use the system?

How good is the system's ability to warn you when you're about to make a mistake, allow you to recover, or retrace your step?

How well does the system allow you to perform what you want to do?

How well does the system communicate what's going on?

There will also be the opportunity to enter general comments in a free-form text box.

Once you have completed all the questions for a given MIR system there is the opportunity to return to it and alter any of the ratings you have given it. In our analysis of the results we will take the final set of ratings that were saved.

In addition to simply rating the systems, we highly encourage evaluators to provide their feedback in free text. Your comments will not only help us understand important factors affecting user experience, but also help the participants to improve the design of their systems.

   "Research funding makes the world a better place"
J. Stephen Downie, PhD     
Associate Dean for Research     
Graduate School of Library and Information Science    
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    
[Vox/Voicemail] (217) 649-3839    

        Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:10:30 -0400
        From: "A. Sean Pue" <pue at msu.edu>
        Subject: HASTAC 2015 CFP Deadline Extended to 10/31!

HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities
May 27-30, 2015 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Submissions Deadline EXTENDED to: October 31, 2014, 5:00pm EST (Proposals are
welcomed at: <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hastac2015>)

Join us on the campus of Michigan State University to celebrate and explore
the range of Digital Humanities Scholarship, Research, and Performance! We
welcome sessions that address, exemplify, and interrogate the
interdisciplinary nature of DH work. HASTAC 2015 challenges participants to
consider how the interplay of science, technology, social sciences,
humanities, and arts are producing new forms of knowledge, disrupting older
forms, challenging or reifying power relationships, among other
possibilities.  Themes addressed by the conference include: the changing
nature of humanities research and scholarship indigenous culture, decolonial
and post-colonial theory and technology technology and education­open
learning, peer learning, and issues of access, equity for primary and/or
higher education communication of knowledge, publishing, and intellectual
property digital cultural heritage and hegemony crowd dynamics, global
outreach, and social media technology and social identity and roles: 
gender, race, and other identities digital animation and other visualization
media arts and sciences games and gaming, including for learning community
development including the importance of art and culture districts mobile
technologies, activity streams, and experience design cognitive and other
dimensions of creativity, innovation, and scholarship HASTAC 2015 will
include plenary addresses, panel presentations (variations detailed below),
maker sessions, workshops, exhibitions, performances and tech demos.

We seek proposals for participant presentations in the followingcategories:

* 5-8 minute lightning talks
* 15-20 minute talks
* 75 minute curated panels (lightning talks, longer talks, curated conversation)
* project demos
* digital and/or print posters
* creative performances or exhibitions
* maker sessions or workshops

For each submission, we will need the following information from you:
1) complete contact information including valid phone, email, and
institutional affiliation, if any;
2) 500 word abstract of the work you would like to present that must
discuss its relationship to the conference themes;
3) any technical requirements or other support (including space
requirements) that may be required for the presentation.  For
exhibitions or other performances, please indicate any equipment that is
absolutely required and that you cannot bring with you.  In the event
that we cannot guarantee access to the equipment, we regret that we may
not be able to accept your proposal.

Digital and/or Print Posters Wanted!

Print posters (4 x 3¹) and electronic posters (to be projected) are
solicited for emerging projects, ideas, and scholars. In presenting your
research with a poster, you should aim to use the poster as a means for
generating active discussion of your research. Limit the text to about
one-fourth of the poster space, and use visuals (graphs, photographs,
schematics, maps, etc.) to tell your story.  Use the regular submission
form, but indicate that you are proposing a Poster by checking the
appropriate box.

Maker Sessions & Workshops
We will provide some room and resources for individuals or groups to
create informal maker spaces, where conference participants can share,
exchange, and experiment with new online tools, personal fabrication
technologies, open source electronics such as Arduino, and other
creative and learning devices and gadgets. To propose a maker session or
workshop, please use the standard submission form and indicate that
yours is a maker session. Please also tell us how long the session

All proposals will be peer-reviewed, but we regret that we cannot
provide detailed reviewer feedback. We welcome applications from
scholars at all stages of their careers from all disciplines and fields,
from private sector companies and public sector organizations, from
artists and public intellectuals, and from networks and individuals.

Submit your proposal here.

**Submissions will be processed using EasyChair. If you do not
already have an EasyChair account, you will need to sign up for one in
order to submit a proposal.**
If you have any questions or require more information, please e-mail us at
hastac2015 at gmail.com

A. Sean Pue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture
Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Michigan State University
B-360 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
(517) 432-3568 Fax: (517) 432-2736

I Too Have Some Dreams: http://ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520283107

        Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:14:55 +0100
        From: Mia <mia.ridge at gmail.com>
        Subject: 'Museums Beyond The Web' conference keynotes announced

Dear Humanist readers,

it's my pleasure to share the programme for the Museums Computer Group's
annual conference, UKMW14: Museums Beyond The Web, with you. Many of the
papers are relevant for digital humanists, and the day itself is an
excellent opportunity to connect with people from the heritage sector. I'm
thrilled to announce that our opening keynote is George Oates, the creator
of Flickr Commons, who'll take a long view on the digital heritage sector.
Our closing keynote, the University of Leicester's Dr Ross Parry, is a
deeply thoughtful scholar whose reflections on the 'post-digital museum'
will no doubt resonate with many digital humanists.

Finally, I'd like to note that the MCG is recruiting new Committee members
ahead of the election at our Annual General Meeting on 7 November 2014.
Volunteering as a Committee member is a great way to meet people, gain
valuable skills and experience, and enhance ones' CV. In helping organise
events, discussions and partnerships, it's also an opportunity to help
create stronger connections between digital heritage and the digital
humanities. More information is available at

Best regards, Mia

As Chair, Museums Computer Group, and Co-Chair, UKMW14 Programme Committee

The MCG's UKMW14 'Museums Beyond The Web' will be held at the Natural
History Museum in London on Friday November 7 2014. We're conveniently
located in central London, and you won't believe how much we've packed into
just one day! Tickets are just £75 for members (and £37.50 for
students/unwaged). Hear expert speakers, connect with other digital museum
professionals and come away inspired. Join us by getting your ticket at

This year, the focus on technologies ‘beyond the web’ takes us beyond the
everyday of ‘online’ and towards thinking about new experiences for
visitors inside and outside museum environments. What do you need to know
to navigate the challenges wearable, immersive, mobile and haptic
technologies are going to throw at you? Come to UKMW14 to learn from the
biggest technology companies and small museums working with limited budgets
in just one inspiring day.

UKMW14 Programme
 http://museumscomputergroup.org.uk/2014/08/12/ukmw14-programme/ Mobile
Beyond the Museum

A smart phone can be so much more than an enhanced audioguide. This session
takes us out of the gallery, onto the streets and beyond even a mobile
signal, with practitioners pushing mobile technology to its limits and
delivering new experiences. Chaired by Jessica Suess.

Box of Delights, Alex Butterworth, Oxford University Museums

Box of Delights is a prototype iPhone app that delivers an emergent,
geo-located narrative premised on the conceit of a mobile phone audio guide
usurped by supernatural forces, whose voices are vying to be heard, a rich
narrative experience for visitors that draws inspiration from the museums
but takes place beyond their walls.

Piloting a mobile collection in the landscape, Anna Rhodes, Buxton Museum
and Art Gallery and Ben Bedwell, Wander Anywhere

How to meet the potential of mobile to take collections out into the world,
when you're a small museums with a limited budget? Buxton Museum share
their solution: creating a series of lightweight low-budget pilot mobile
tours using Wordpress alongside GPS technology, tested directly with the
intended user groups.

On Dartmoor nobody can hear you Google, Rick Lawrence, Royal Albert
Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)

In 2013 RAMM worked with the University of Exeter and 1010 media to deliver
a mobile museum experience on Dartmoor, where there is often no mobile or
data signal. The solution encouraged users to participate using their
phone’s built in technologies and then make the most of any signal.
Lightning Talks

Deftly chaired by Oonagh Murphy, there's no post-lunch snoozing with these
Ignite-style rapid presentations, including:


   Google's Pierre Far will share Google's perspective on mobile-friendly

   It's time to look up - iBeacons turning the physical world into the new
   digital channel; Jon Little, Kew

   Engaging and interactive display of digitised images using the
   International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF); Matt McGrattan,
   Bodleian Library, University of Oxford and Sean Martin, Independent

   Tandi Williams will present the thought-provoking results of the Digital
   R&D Fund for the Arts Survey

   The Collections Trust's Nick Poole will inspire and provoke

Connections Beyond the Organisation

The most important connections the web makes are the human ones. This
session looks at how collaborative digital experiences are created between
multiple organisations, how data itself can be better connected, and asks
whose purpose digitisation ultimately serves. Chaired by Martin Bazley.

Centenary Connections: connecting stories of the First World War, Rebecca
Bartlett, Ammba / Nymbol

Not every museum department is a digital department, but all departments
take part in creating digital content. Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) and
the Greater Manchester Centenary Partnership have delivered a connected
digital experience across multiple organisations, empowering users to track
the lives, stories and impact of WWI across Greater Manchester.

Methods for linking real world data, Stephen Brown, De Montfort University

Despite the promise of Linked Data, the majority of GLAM records are still
unavailable in this format. This paper describes an alternative approach
developed by the AHRC funded FuzzyPhoto project, based on semantic matching
techniques and fuzzy logic based algorithms which reflect the kinds of
choices made by human decision makers.

Let them speak, Oluwatoyin Sogbesan

Does digitisation in museum represent cultures in their true light or does
photographic imaging only portray Western supremacy? This presentation
focuses on the need for an inclusive participatory culture that will not
only allow openness but also gives voice to the voiceless.
Experiences Beyond the Screen

Digital media is escaping even the flat screen of mobile phones. Wearable
technology and the new generation of virtual reality offer radically
immersive experiences: can these easily become part of the everyday museum

Google Glass at the MIT Museum: a Visitor Experience Study, Marco Mason,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Leicester

The adoption of Google Glass within museums is in its infancy. How can it
facilitate visitor engagement? What are the limitations? What are the
opportunities? In a partnership sponsored by the Undergraduate Research
Opportunities Program at the MIT, the MIT Museum collaborated with a Media
Lab student to realize and test a Glassware prototype. Both the design
issues and the visitor feedback offer the opportunity to reflect on the
design of a new kind of  museum experience.

Immersive and Pervasive: Museums in Virtual Reality, Tara Copplestone

How could new technologies such as the Oculus Rift become the core of a
digital museum experience? They have the potential to fundamentally alter
the way we mediate our interactions with the internet and this paper will
explore a handful of the potentials and pitfalls for this new media format.

meSch - Material Encounters with Digital Cultural Heritage, Daniela
Petrelli, Sheffield Hallam University

The meSch project aims to bridge the gap between visitors’ cultural
heritage experience on-site and on-line by providing a platform for the
creation of smart exhibits, with which heritage professionals can compose
and realise physical artifacts enriched by digital content without the need
for specialised technical knowledge.


UKMW conferences have a proven track record in highlighting best practice
in digital cultural heritage through engaging presentations, providing
inspiring keynote speakers from within and beyond the sector, and in
offering delegates the opportunity to network and learn from each other in
a supportive environment.

Advance booking is essential. Get your ticket at

UKMW14 is sponsored by Faversham & Moss  http://favershamandmoss.com .
Faversham & Moss partners with organisations to discover opportunities for
growth and transformation through the creation of digital products. We
would also like to thank our venue sponsor, the Natural History Museum.

Check out my book! http://bit.ly/CrowdsourcingCulturalHeritage
I mostly use this address for list mail; my open.ac.uk address is checked

        Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:51:57 +0000
        From: Hugh Burkhart <hburkhart at sandiego.edu>
        Subject: Call for Proposals: Digital Initiatives Symposium

2015 University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium Call for Proposals

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Where: University of San Diego

Proposals are now being accepted for the second annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, a day-long event focused on all types and platforms of institutional repositories and digital initiatives.

This year’s symposium will focus on the intersections of libraries and the broader educational community: open educational resources, library partnerships with faculty for digital initiatives, digital humanities, and other topics, in a variety of institutional contexts.

We are accepting proposals for 45-minute concurrent sessions and 90-minute panel presentations. We welcome proposals from all types of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions.

We are especially interested in proposals that consider:

·      roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives

·      roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives

·      diverse repository platforms and functions

·      open access policies

·      repositories and distance learning

·      repositories and information literacy

·      digital humanities

·      copyright

·      open educational resources

·      instruction and scholarly communication

·      archives and special collections

Submission Guidelines and Selection Criteria

Panel discussions: 90 minutes
Concurrent sessions (case studies, white papers, demonstrations, or panels): 45 minutes
Please plan to leave 10-15 minutes for questions.

Submissions must include:

·      Session title

·      Presenters’ names, titles, and affiliations

·      A brief abstract, no more than 300 words (If accepted, the abstract will be used as part of the program and published along with conference proceedings.)

·      A longer description of the session, approximately 500 words

·      A brief statement on learning outcomes for the session

·      Specific technology or other presentation requirements

Submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance thinking about digital initiatives and institutional repositories. Acceptance is competitive. Registration fees will be waived for accepted presenters.

Submit proposals and questions to Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of San Diego, at kriddle at sandiego.edu<mailto:kriddle at sandiego.edu>.

For more information on the day’s events, please visit http://digital.sandiego.edu/symposium/.

Important Dates

December 15, 2014: Proposal submission deadline
January 23, 2015: Notification of acceptance
February 16, 2015: Selected presenters must confirm presentations
March 23, 2015: Registration deadline

Hugh Burkhart – Associate Professor, Reference Librarian
Copley Library, University of San Diego
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
hburkhart at sandiego.edu<mailto:hburkhart at sandiego.edu>
Subject Guides: http://tinyurl.com/hburkhart
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