[Humanist] 29.520 events: ludic literature; account books; archival hackathon

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Tue Dec 1 09:32:12 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 520.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Ian Milligan <ianmilligan1 at gmail.com>                     (29)
        Subject: CFP: Archives Unleashed, Web Archives Hackathon - deadline
                extended, 7 December

  [2]   From:    Georg Vogeler <georg.vogeler at gmx.de>                      (56)
        Subject: CfP 2nd MEDEA Workshop on "Modeling semantically Enriched
                Digital Edition of Accounts", Wheaton Mass. April 6-8 2016

  [3]   From:    Andrew Prescott <Andrew.Prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>           (20)
        Subject: Ludic Literature and Literary Games

        Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:08:34 +0100
        From: Ian Milligan <ianmilligan1 at gmail.com>
        Subject: CFP: Archives Unleashed, Web Archives Hackathon - deadline extended, 7 December

Call for Participation: 
Archives Unleashed: Web Archive Hackathon

Robarts Library, University of Toronto
3-5 March 2016

Travel grants available for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and contingent faculty
Applications due 7 December 2015 (deadline extended from Friday)

The World Wide Web has a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.

Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. Scholars broaching topics dating back to the mid-1990s will find their projects enhanced by web data. Moreover, scholars hoping to study the evolution of cultural and societal phenomena will find a treasure trove of data in web archives. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

While there has been considerable discussion about web archive tools and datasets, few forums or mechanisms for coordinated, mutually informing development efforts have been created. This hackathon presents an opportunity to collaboratively unleash our web collections, exploring cutting-edge research tools while fostering a broad-based consensus on future directions in web archive analysis.

This hackathon will bring together a small group of 20-30 participants to collaboratively develop new open-source tools and approaches to hackathon, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Researchers should be comfortable with command line interactions, and knowledge of a scripting language such as Python strongly desired. By bringing together a group of like-minded scholars and programmers, we hope to begin building unified analytic production effort and to continue coalescing this nascent research community.

At this event, we hope to converge on a shared vision of future directions in the use of web archives for inquiry in the humanities and social sciences in order to build a community of practice around various web archive analytics platforms and tools.

Thanks to the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Department of History, the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and the University of Waterloo, the University of Toronto Library, the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, the University of Québec in Outaouais, the Internet Archive, Library and Archives Canada, and Compute Canada, we will cover all meals and refreshments for attendees. We are also providing sample datasets for people to work on during the hackathon, or they are happy to use their own. Included datasets are:

- the .gov web archive covering the American government domain;
- the Government of Canada web archive from Library and Archives Canada;
- the Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups web archive from the University of Toronto.

Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a CV to Ian Milligan (i2millig at uwaterloo.ca) by midnight on 7 December 2015. This expression of interest should address the scholarly questions that you will be bringing to the hackathon, and what datasets you might be interested in either working with or bringing to the event. Applicants will be notified by 18 December 2015.

For graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in contingent positions, we have a limited number of travel grants available. These grants can cover up to $750 in expenses. If you are in an eligible position, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant. A letter of support from your graduate supervisor will also strengthen your application (it can be sent directly with your application, or separately).

On behalf of the organizers,

Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo), Nathalie Casemajor (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo), Matthew Weber (Rutgers University), Nicholas Worby (University of Toronto)

Ian Milligan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of History, Faculty of Arts
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1
P 519-888-4567, ext. 32775
C 519-807-7279

        Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:51:51 +0100
        From: Georg Vogeler <georg.vogeler at gmx.de>
        Subject: CfP 2nd MEDEA Workshop on "Modeling semantically Enriched Digital Edition of Accounts", Wheaton Mass. April 6-8 2016

Second MEDEA Workshop

Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, April 6-8, 2016

Account books allow scholars to explore the development of economic
behavior on both a macro- and micro-structural level. In our first
workshop at the University of Regensburg in October 2015, we heard from
scholars who have begun to explore models for digitizing such sources in
projects in Europe and the United States. Our second workshop will
include reports on testing of models from the first workshop as well as
presentations by scholars new to the MEDEA project.

The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) has developed useful models to encode
texts and digital scholarly editions, and the Semantic Web offers
opportunities to collect and compare data from multiple digital
projects. The MEDEA project looks at these methods with the goal of
developing broad standards for producing semantically enriched digital
editions of accounts. It fosters discussion of benefits and deficiencies
in existing standards by bringing together economic historians,
scholarly editors, and technical experts to discuss and test emerging
methods for semantic markup of account books. For this purpose we call
for contributions of scholars with experiences in the scholarly edition
of historical financial records and ideas about how to use digital
methods within this context.

We invite proposals for participation in our second workshop, which will
be held at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts (USA), April 6-8,
2016. Participants will present current research projects using data
from historical account books, describe the encoding models of their
projects, and share ideas for a common model. The discussions and
examples will focus on a set of questions intended to elucidate the
features of accounts of greatest interest to scholars. Thus the
activities will focus on the following issues:

    How might we model the economic activities recorded in these
documents? In particular: What models of bookkeeping were followed
historically and how can they be represented formally? Are data models
developed for modern business reporting helpful?

    How can we model the economic reality behind the texts? Can we
establish common resources on metrics and currencies or even the value
of money that can be reused in other projects? Is it possible to build
common taxonomies of commodities and services to facilitate the
comparison of financial information recorded at different places and
times? That is, can we develop references on the order of name
authorities and standards for geo-referencing?

    How might we integrate topological information of the transcription
with its financial interpretation? Is the 'œtable' an appropriate method?
What possibilities are offered by the TEI Manuscripts module and use of
the tei:zone element?

    How can we integrate a topological/documentary approach and the
growing linguistic interest in the texts with the interpretations that
economic and social historians extract from the documents?

Submit proposals (not to exceed 700 words) to medea.workshop at ur.de by
January 15, 2016.

The program committee will notify applicants of results no later than
January 31, 2016.

We particularly encourage proposals from early-career researchers. A
limited budget is available to support costs of travel and accommodation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

See more details on the project and abstracts/presentations from the
first workshop in Regensburg at http://medea.hypotheses.org/.

        Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:36:48 +0000
        From: Andrew Prescott <Andrew.Prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: Ludic Literature and Literary Games

Ludic Literature and Literary Games

British Library, 7 December 2015 10.00-16.00

The transformation of popular literature and children’s literature into giant franchises of book, film and game is a commonplace event in contemporary culture

It is less common to find similar transformations of canonical literary texts. This one day conference will show how literary treasures such as unique manuscripts in the British Library archive might be re-imagined through drama, film and videogame by students and young people. It will feature game-play, film and drama demonstrations, and talks by academics, educators and curators with different takes on how such transformations happen and what they mean.

This event is suitable for researchers and educators in literary studies, game studies, media studies, film studies, mediaeval studies; librarians, curators and archivists in the GLAM sector.

Keynote speakers include: 

Professor Ian Bogost, Georgia Institute of Technology; and, 

Professor Andrew Prescott, Theme Fellow, AHRC Digital Transformations.

This day marks the end of Playing Beowulf: Gaming the Library, a project conducted by UCL Education and English, in partnership with the British Library and University of Sydney, supported by the AHRC’s Digital Transformations programme

- See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/ludic-literature-and-literary-games#sthash.zUJgp8vM.dpuf

Andrew Prescott FSA FRHistS
Professor of Digital Humanities
AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations
University of Glasgow

andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk

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