[Humanist] 22.690 cfp: NLP for Libraries; London Seminar 2009-10

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 690.
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (54)
        Subject: cfp: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship 2009-10

  [2]   From:    Luca Dini <dini at celi.it>                                  (40)
        Subject: CFP Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries

        Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 06:37:14 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: cfp: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship 2009-10

Call for papers,
London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, 2009-10

All within range of London during the 2009-10 academic year, October 
through May, are invited to submit proposals to give a seminar in the 
London Seminar series, on any topic related to digital text and 
scholarship. The London Seminar is held once per month, at Senate House, 
Malet Street, London WC1, in Bloomsbury. It is co-sponsored by the 
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of 
London, and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College 
London. Interested individuals should write to the undersigned with a 
proposed title, c.v. or equivalent URL and a preference for date(s).

The London Seminar in Digital Text & Scholarship focuses on the ways in 
which the digital medium remakes the relationship of readers, writers, 
scholars, technical practitioners and designers to the manuscript and 
printed book. Its discussions are intended to inform public debate and 
policy as well as to stimulate research and provide a broad forum in 
which to present its results. Although the forum is primarily for those 
working in textual and literary studies, history of the book, humanities 
computing and related fields, its mandate is to address and involve an 
audience of non-specialists. Wherever possible the issues it raises are 
meant to engage all those who are interested in a digital future of and 
for the book.

The primary form of discussion is a yearly series of seminars by leading 
scholars and practitioners involved in the making of digital editions 
and scholarly textual resources, in reflecting on these productions and 
in examining the historical and material culture of written language as 
these inform practice. Running through and uniting the seminars is the 
single question, “What is to be done?” They are in that sense all meant 
to be practical investigations from which guiding theory will emerge, 
feed back into a revised practice and so help us to progress.

The Seminar is deeply rooted in the history of textual production and 
its scholarship but is preoccupied with the future. It takes as its 
starting point Alan Turing’s principle of computing as a scheme for 
constructing indefinitely many machines – from which we derive the 
practice of constructing indefinitely many varieties of the digital book 
and indefinitely many ways of studying the book in any form. Its 
question is not how to arrive at the best successors to this or that 
existing form or the best configuration of libraries to house and manage 
the products, rather how continuously to remake the digital book and its 
environment so that they serve “the living condition of the human mind” 
(Peirce). The Seminar explores through practical experiment the changing 
ways in which this continuous remaking is to be done and both the 
challenges it poses and the opportunities it offers to our institutions.

Titles and abstracts for past seminars are available online, via 
tinyurl.com/LondonSeminar and the "Past Events" and "Events Archive" links.

Willard McCarty
willard.mccarty at kcl.ac.uk

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

        Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 11:05:26 +0100
        From: Luca Dini <dini at celi.it>
        Subject: CFP Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries
        In-Reply-To: <47650. at www.di.fct.unl.pt>

Call for Papers

First NLP4DL Workshop
Viareggio, Italy
15 June 2009

Digital libraries represent a crucial contact point among traditional  libraries, recent advances in Information Technology, and Natural Language Processing technologies. In a sense, digital libraries represent a *perfect* crossroads: they are mainly  built out of text, they are consulted by humans via natural language, and one of the major tools  for accessing the information they hold, metadata, is a mix of structured and unstructured information. The First Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries (NLP4DL) workshop, organised under the auspices of the CACAO project (eContentplus Programme of the European Commission, ECP 2006 DILI 510035 CACAO), aims to collect all fundamental and innovative research which is done in connection with Natural Language Technologies applied to the digital libraries universe. The workshop will host invited speakers together with talks/papers concerning:

-free text access to full-text digital libraries;
-access to digital resources via metadata;
-NLP techniques for harmonizing metadata in digital library (DL) federations;
-cross-language access to DLs;
-cross-language harmonization of metadata;
-discovery in DLs: hyperlinking, clustering, user-oriented categorization;
-management of digital collections via NLP-based algorithms;
-adaptation of linguistic resources to thematic DLs;
-fundamental issues: named entity extraction, word sense disambiguation, translation disambiguation.

All abstracts papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted contributions will be distributed on a CD at the workshop.  A volume from the conference will be published in Fall 2009. Depending on the number of high quality submissions, a poster/demo session may also be held. 

Practical Information
The conference will be held in Viareggio, Italy on 15 June  2009. More details will be available soon at the conference website at  http://www.cacaoproject.eu/NLP4DL09 .

Important Dates

Deadline for submission (Abstract, maximum five pages): 20  April 2009 (flexible, upon notice); submission should be sent as a PDF file to <nlp4dl at research.celi.it> .
Notification of acceptance: 4 May 2009
Conference version of the paper due (Instructions will be provided to authors): 1 June 2009
Conference date: 15  June 2009
Press version of the paper due: 4 September 2009 

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