[Humanist] 28.853 events: web archives; archaeological networks

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 853.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Tom Brughmans <tom.brughmans at yahoo.com>                   (21)
        Subject: CFP Sunbelt SNA session archaeological network science
                deadline 31 March

  [2]   From:    Alix Keener <alixkee at umich.edu>                          (101)
        Subject: CFP: Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze

        Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:45:14 +0000 (UTC)
        From: Tom Brughmans <tom.brughmans at yahoo.com>
        Subject: CFP Sunbelt SNA session archaeological network science deadline 31 March

Call for papers

We would like to bring the session 'Challenges in Archaeological Network Science' to your attention. The session will be held at the Sunbelt Social Network Analysis conference in Brighton on 23-28 June 2015. We welcome all abstracts that address the challenges mentioned in the session abstract below.Please note the deadline for submissions is 31 March 2015. Please visit the Sunbelt website for more information and to submit an abstract: http://insna.org/sunbelt2015/?page_id=607Please ensure to select the session ‘Challenges in Archaeological Network Science’ during the submission process. Feel free to notify us if you decide to submit an abstract.

We look forward to meeting you in Brighton,

Termeh Shafie and Tom Brughmans

Challenges in Archaeological Network Science
The application of network analysis in archaeology has only become more common in the last decade, despite a number of pioneering studies in the 1960s and 70s. The use of different techniques for the analysis and visualisation of network data has already led to new insights into past human behaviour. However, this renewed interest in network science is also accompanied by an increasing awareness of a number of methodological challenges that archaeological network scientists are faced with. These include, but are not limited to the following:

– How to deal with spurious data?

Sampling strategies in archaeology are often dominated by the geopolitical and financial constraints of excavation campaigns. Moreover, differences in the preservation of different materials provide a very fragmented picture of past human behaviour. As a result, networks constructed from archaeological data can be very sparse with apparent uncertainties.

– How to introduce more complex assumptions concerning tie dependency in the reconstruction of archaeological networks?

Network modelling is based on hypotheses from archaeological theory which in turn is based on archaeological evidence. A major challenge is how to infer the structure of an archaeological network given a set of assumptions regulating the occurrence of ties.– How to deal with the poor chronological control of archaeological data?

The contemporaneity of observations and the exact sequence of events are often uncertain. This is problematic for network science techniques that assume node contemporaneity or require knowledge of the order of events.

– How to consider complex socio-spatial phenomena?

Archaeologists commonly study the spatial distribution of their data and evaluate to what extent spatial constraints influenced human behaviour. A limited number of spatial network techniques are currently available and many of these are not or hardly applicable in archaeology (e.g. network analysis of road networks).This session invites papers that address these or other methodological challenges that network scientists in archaeology are faced with.

This session is organized by and will be chaired by:

Termeh Shafie, 
Termeh.Shafie at uni-konstanz.de, Department of Computer & Information Science, University of Konstanz.

Tom Brughmans, 
Tom.Brughmans at uni-konstanz.de, Department of Computer & Information Science, University of Konstanz.

        Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:11:42 -0400
        From: Alix Keener <alixkee at umich.edu>
        Subject: CFP: Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze

Call for Proposals:

Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze
November 12-13, 2015 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Proposal deadline: May 15, 2015 

The University of Michigan Library and Bentley Historical Library are proud
to announce  Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze , a two day
symposium to be held on November 12-13, 2015 at the University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor).  For more information on this event, please see

Proposals may be submitted via email to webarc2015 at umich.edu

Research in almost all disciplines increasingly relies on evidence gleaned
from websites, social media platforms, and other online resources.  As
scholars and instructors embrace these primary sources and discover new and
innovative ways to interact with the data, their efforts are
aligned--knowingly or not--with those of developers and archivists.

While each of these communities recognize the web’s significance as an
object and subject of research, questions about their respective
assumptions, methodologies, and practices remain:
  - How do collecting policies and appraisal decisions shape web archives?
  - How can web archives be effectively integrated with classroom 
  instruction and academic discourse in general? 
  - How do available resources and technologies influence the extent and 
  success of web captures? 
  - How do scholars want to access and interact with web archives? 
  - How can individual scholars ensure that the materials that they need 
  will be available both for their research and for documenting their work? 
  - What tools can optimize the use and reuse of archived websites and 
  online materials? 
  - What measures of confidence does the academic community have in the 
  use of archived websites for research? 
  - How can librarians, archivists, and technologists preserve the 
  functionality and utility of complex web resources over the long-term?

Proposals are welcome from librarians, archivists, faculty, researchers,
developers, practitioners, students, and other interested parties; we are
especially interested in papers and workshops that address:
  - The role of libraries, archives and museums in building and sustaining 
  curated web collections. 
  - Methods and tools for preserving and curating online materials. 
  - Resources and best practices to promote access to and use of preserved 
  websites and social media platforms. 
  - On-demand web archiving and the creation of public web archives for 
  documenting research. 
  - Descriptive and citation practices for web archives. 
  - Approaches to studying and analyzing web archive data. 
  - Pedagogical strategies for teaching in the archive and with archival 
  - Analysis of web and social media materials as cultural documents. 
  - Preservation threats (such as technological and format obsolescence) 
  that could impact the rendering and use of archived web content over the 
Presentation formats include :
  - Workshops - lead a hands-on session in which you introduce tools, 
  techniques, or methods to other conference participants (75 minutes in 
  - Paper presentations - present your own research related to topics 
  listed above (20 minutes) 
  - Panel presentations - curate 3-4 presentations that are thematically 
  related (75 minutes)
Proposal instructions :

Please send an email with your proposal to webarc2015 at umich.edu. Clearly
indicate your proposed format and include a 200-300 word abstract, along
with brief biographical statements for each participant.  Proposals must be
received by May 15, 2015. 
About the Hosts :

The University of Michigan Library  http://www.lib.umich.edu/  is one of
the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant
university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten
graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5
billion a year. To enable the university's world-changing work and to serve
the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly
and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the
reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Bentley Historical Library  http://bentley.umich.edu/  collects the
materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great,
intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of
Michigan.  The library’s holdings include materials from more than 10,000
individual and organizational donors and comprise more than 45,000 linear
feet of primary source material, 10,000 maps, 80,000 printed volumes, and
1.5 million photographs in addition to extensive collections of of
digitized and born-digital archives.  The Bentley launched its web
archiving program in 2000 to complement its holdings and advance its
mission of documenting the university and state.  Since joining a
subscription service in 2010, staff have employed essential archival
principles and strategies to create a focused collection of more than 1,500
archived websites, with more than 3.7 TB of data.

For more information on this event, please see

Alix Keener
Digital Scholarship Librarian
University of Michigan Library

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