[Humanist] 31.424 events: digital publishing & the virtual lab (Sydney)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 424.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:14:09 +0000
        From: Francesco Borghesi <francesco.borghesi at sydney.edu.au>
        Subject: SDH Public Lecture and Workshop with Massimo Riva and Dino Buzzetti on 22 and 24 November

Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group
Upcoming Events

November Events

1. Digital Publishing for the Humanities: Some Theoretical and Methodological Remarks

Public Lecture presented in collaboration with Fisher Library and the Department of Italian Studies.
Presenter: Massimo Riva< https://vivo.brown.edu/display/mriva>, Brown University

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Time: 4-5:30pm
Location: Fisher Seminar Room 218, Level 2, Fisher Library
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/sdh/digital_publishing.shtml

In the age of data mining, distant reading, and cultural analytics, scholars increasingly rely upon automated, algorithm-based procedures in order to parse the exponentially growing databases of digitized textual and visual resources. While these new trends are dramatically shifting the scale of our objects of study, from one book to millions of books, from one painting to millions of images, the most traditional outputs of humanistic scholarship— the critical edition of classic works from the past and the single author monograph—have maintained their institutional pre-eminence in the academic world, while showing the limitations of their printed format. Whereas, however, the reconfiguration of critical editions on the digital platforms has been the focus of extensive methodological discussion in the past two decades, also going through a number of  innovative implementations, the monograph has lagged behind. Recent initiatives, such as the AHRC-funded Academic Book of the Future<https://academicbookfuture.org/> in the U.K. and the Andrew W. Mellon-funded digital publishing initiative<https://mellon.org/resources/shared-experiences-blog/monograph-publishing-digital-age/> in the U.S., have answered the need to envision new forms of scholarly publication on the digital platform, and in particular the need to design and produce a digital equivalent to, or substitute for, the printed monograph. Libraries, academic presses and a number of scholars across a variety of disciplines are participating in this endeavour, debating key questions in the process, such as: What is an academic book?  Who are its readers? What can technology do to help make academic books more accessible and shareable without compromising their integrity and durability? Yet, a more fundamental question remains to be answered, as our own idea of what a “book” is (or was) and does (or did) evolves: how can a digital, “single-author” monograph, or, for that matter, a collaborative digital edition, effectively draw from the growing field of networked culture, without losing those characteristics that made them perhaps the most stable forms of humanistic culture since the Gutenberg revolution? This lecture will address these questions focusing on two pilot projects of the Brown University Digital Publishing initiative, generously supported by the Mellon Foundation.

2. Virtual Humanities Lab: Looking Ahead

Workshop presented in collaboration with Fisher Library and the Department of Italian Studies.
Presenters: Dino Buzzetti <https://eadh.org/dino-buzzetti>, Università di Bologna, and Massimo Riva <https://vivo.brown.edu/display/mriva>, Brown University

Date: Friday, 24 November 2017
Time: 10am-12:30pm and 2-4:30pm
Location: Fisher Exhibition Meeting Room 1 (233), Level 2, Fisher Library
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/sdh/virtual.shtml

This workshop aims to present and discuss future directions of the Virtual Humanities Lab, a Brown University-based initiative, which provides a portal for interdisciplinary projects in Italian Studies and a platform for the encoding and annotations of a mini-corpus of late Medieval and humanist texts, including: Giovanni Villani, Nuova Cronica; Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron and Esposizioni sopra la Comedia di Dante; Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Oratio De Hominis Dignitate and Conclusiones Nongentae. It will showcase various features of the VHL and focus particularly on the Pico Project, which uses the VHL platform to allow scholars and students of the Renaissance humanist Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) to contribute to the translation and annotation of the some of his works from anywhere in the world in a collaborative digital setting. The workshop will provide an opportunity to address critical issues concerning the future of digital editing: the evolution of remote collaboration and text mining techniques to be employed for textual analysis.
The workshop will be run by Dino Buzzetti and Massimo Riva, and facilitated by Francesco Borghesi (Department of Italian Studies).

For further information please see the Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group page http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/sdh/index.shtml  or contact the Research Group Leader Francesco Borghesi francesco.borghesi at sydney.edu.au

Free and open to all.

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