[Humanist] 23.788 events: collaboration; community collections

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Fri Apr 30 09:50:56 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 788.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Alun Edwards <alun.edwards at oucs.ox.ac.uk>                 (16)
        Subject: Free workshop: community collections 26 May Oxford

  [2]   From:    I-CHASS <chass at ncsa.uiuc.edu>                             (50)
        Subject: ARTCA Summit Explores Collaboration Across the Americas

        Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:29:36 +0100
        From: Alun Edwards <alun.edwards at oucs.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: Free workshop: community collections 26 May Oxford

Community collections, (like The Great War Archive www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa), help to harness the collective resources of a wider community and spread the costs of creating and contributing to a collection across the education and public sectors. A community can also be harnessed to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments (like Galaxy Zoo, www.galaxyzoo.org). Oxford University would like to invite those interested in such projects to take part in a free RunCoCo workshop on 26 May (http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/runcoco/events/index.html).

The RunCoCo workshop has a number of purposes:

 - This is a chance for managers and others from community collection projects to share best practice and exchange knowledge.

 - This will be an opportunity for projects with some shared interests to meet face-to-face. The JISC-funded project, RunCoCo, has launched an online 'community of interest' (http://groups.google.com/group/runcoco - follow the link on the right of that Web page to Join This Group) for those involved in community collection or working to harness a community to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments. In the past Oxford has done this successfully for other subjects (like teaching First World War literature). However, these ventures have a better chance of working well when participants have met in person. 

 - RunCoCo will disseminate the processes, CoCoCo open-source software and results of the Great War Archive, a pilot community collection project based at Oxford, which ran for 3 months in 2008. We are also making this material available online on the RunCoCo website so this will be your chance to help ensure the resources are correctly focussed on what projects need to run this kind of initiative.
 - Be an opportunity to hear from a number of projects such as Citizen Science, Galaxy Zoo and East London Lives 2012, as well as Dr Andrew Flinn, UCL and Chris Batt OBE, author of Digitisation, Curation and Two-Way Engagement. The JISC Strategic Content Alliance will lead a Q&A surgery on the issues surrounding copyright and IPR.

Places are limited, and a similar event exclusively for Oxford projects was over-subscribed. So please register your interest (providing as much information as possible in support of your application) by completing our form on SurveyMonkey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/runcoco26may by 1200 on 14 May 2010. We will confirm your place as soon as possible after that date. We look forward to welcoming participants from a wide range of education or public sector projects.

The meeting will be held 10.00am - 5.00pm, at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX26NN. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided free-of-charge. Further details will be available soon at http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/events/index.html 

(RunCoCo will run two further free training workshops during Summer 2010. Venues and dates are to be confirmed, but we anticipate one will be held in Wales and one in northern England or Scotland).

For further information about the JISC-funded RunCoCo project please see http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ or email Alun Edwards, Project Manager at runcoco at oucs.ox.ac.uk 

Alun Edwards
Manager of RunCoCo | Learning Technologies Group | Oxford University Computing Services | 13 Banbury Road | Oxford OX26NN
E: runcoco at oucs.ox.ac.uk  
W: http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ RunCoCo: how to run a community collection online

        Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 21:36:38 +0100
        From: I-CHASS <chass at ncsa.uiuc.edu>
        Subject: ARTCA Summit Explores Collaboration Across the Americas

The Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA / http://www.artcaonline.org<http://app.bronto.com/public/?q=ulink&fn=Link&ssid=9193&id=kho3i1ko1hohvyu028adim2er4prc&id2=cl7wzylyxcip34yfgvh3vq1cxyatc&subscriber_id=apoycbfqzrolkeoaqptzyskwlzfbbkj&delivery_id=abcehbasdyeewotkhhlfbvsqhfkubmc>) Summit on Advanced Computing in the Americas, held March 11-12, 2010, at the Costa Rican Embassy and the ACCESS Center in Washington, D.C., brought together leading research centers, government agencies, and foundations focused on developing multi-institutional, inter-disciplinary, international collaborations to address grand challenges facing the hemisphere.  Organized by the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) and the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA), the summit kicked off with a reception honoring Luis Diego Escalante, Costa Rican ambassador to the United States, for his work promoting hemispheric collaboration, followed by a day of presentations and discussions aimed at finding collaborative research and application possibilities across the Americas.

“The summit sought to ask how we can we frame and develop the next generation of advanced computational technologies to positively impact communities on the ground, without regard to physical, geographical, institutional, disciplinary, and organizational boundaries” said ARTCA principal investigator Kevin Franklin, the executive director of I-CHASS.

"Resources are scarcer than ever, the pressure on our ecosystems is at a level never before seen, and society’s problems have grown more complex.  In this new scheme, no single country or organization can expect to try and effectively resolve these problems on its own.  Collaboration is now more important than ever, but more than that, new models of collaboration are called for," said Hermann L. Faith, Executive Director of CRUSA.

A significant aspect of ARTCA’s efforts focused on discussions of building the computational competency and infrastructure across the Americas regardless of domain content. “Computers and computational capabilities are increasingly assisting all aspects of not only scientific research and development, but literally all other aspects of the human environment -across the globe,” stated Danny Powell, executive director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. “Health care, the environment, energy, security, manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, and education; nearly every aspect of our lives are being more and more integrated with computer infrastructure and capabilities.”

The summit concluded with the signing of an letter of intent between CRUSA, I-CHASS, NCSA, and the Social Security Administration of Costa Rica to design and implement an emergency management system that will enable Costa Rican hospitals to be viewed as a single virtual organization by the National Emergency Operations Center. This partnership will assess existing infrastructure and design an emergency management system for Costa Rica that can be scaled throughout the Americas. “ARTCA offers incredible new opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaboration in research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences,” communications researcher and University of Illinois professor M. Scott Poole stated. “The wide array of institutions and funders represented at the ARTCA kickoff conference as well as the Emergency Management system project is a great illustration of this.”

For more information contact:

Jennifer Guiliano, guiliano at illinois.edu<mailto:guiliano at illinois.edu
Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) | National Center for Supercomputing Applications | 1205 W. Clark St., MC 257 | Urbana, IL 61820 | US

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