[Humanist] 24.430 events: archaeology; openness; archiving

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Mon Oct 25 07:07:36 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 430.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (70)
        Subject: Session at CAA2011, Beijing: Digging with words: e-text and

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (10)
        Subject: New deadline for IS&T Archiving 2010

  [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (61)
        Subject: Announcing the first HASTAC Scholars forum of the year

        Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:58:31 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Session at CAA2011, Beijing: Digging with words: e-text and e-archaeology

> Subject: 	Session at CAA2100, Beijing: Digging with words: e-text and e-archaeology
> Date: 	Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:36:20 +0100
> From: 	Stuart Dunn <stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk>
> To: 	ahessc at jiscmail.ac.uk <ahessc at jiscmail.ac.uk>

Submissions are invited for the session, Digging with words: e-text and
e-archaeology, at Computer Applications and Archaeology 2011, Beijing,
April 12th-16th 2011. For further details, including author guidelines
and submission information, please go to
 http://www.caa2011.org/#home%7Cdefault .

Deadline is *15th November 2011.*

Digging with words: e-text and e-archaeology

text, digital libraries, text mining, grey literature


There are many complex ways in which archaeology is written about.
Formal publications in journals, books, site reports, so-called 'grey
literature', field notes, excavation daybooks, diaries and, latterly,
websites and blogs, all contain a collective written discourse about the
past, and how it is discovered. Added to this may be historical sources
about sites and artefacts: if excavating a site of the Classical period
in Greece for example, it is likely that the excavator will wish to
consult Classical authors such as Strabo or Thucydides. Furthermore,
evidence from text bearing objects such as inscriptions will heavily
influence the interpretation of any site at which it is found. Hitherto,
an excavator is likely to have accessed most secondary documentary
evidence via institutional libraries and catalogues, or via booksellers
or publishers. However, the relatively recent provision on a large scale
of such documentary evidence digitally --- the Perseus library at Tufts,
and online inscriptions corpora such as the Inscriptions of Roman
Cyrenaica and Inscriptions of Aphrodisias are good examples --- combined
with increasingly sophisticated techniques for interrogating that
content, and extracting information automatically, prompts us to rethink
the very nature of the evidence with which we can form interpretations
about the past. Once distinctions between text and artefact, history (or
philology) and archaeology were clear. Now however (for example) texts
can be parsed for formal units of information and databases of entities
built, which can then be used to underpin new knowledge or enhance
resource discovery. On the other hand, the bases of comparanda for
assessing archaeological data are becoming more widely available in
digital form, along with digital representations of those artefacts,
allowing deeper comparison and (textual) annotation. This prompts
questions as to how the digital medium can be used in their
interpretation. This session will seek to explore these distinctions by
bringing together archaeologists with interests in textual evidence,
textual scholars, historians and philologists. Themes will include, but
are not limited to:

* Theoretical considerations of the nature of textual and archaeological
* The use of standards and mark-up schemas in digitized archaeology texts
* Text mining and parsing (especially including geoparsing), and
automatic entity extraction
* Linking textual evidence with archaeological evidence using linked
data and semantic web technologies
* Provision for non-Latin texts in digital libraries for archaeology,
with an emphasis on Chinese and other Asian scripts particularly encouraged

Dr Stuart Dunn
Research Fellow
Centre for e-Research
King's College London


Tel +44 (0)207 848 2709
Fax +44 (0)207 848 1989
stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk

Centre for e-Research
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL


        Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:59:23 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: New deadline for IS&T Archiving 2010

> Subject: 	New deadline for IS&T Archiving 2010
> Date: 	Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:38:03 -0500
> From: 	Maria Esteva <maria at tacc.utexas.edu>

The deadline for Archiving 2010 abstract submissions has been extended
to November 21st.

Call for Papers

Thank you,
Wayne Metcalfe and Kate Zwaard
General Chairs

        Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 06:00:34 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Announcing the first HASTAC Scholars forum of the year

> Subject: 	[HASTAC Announcement] Announcing the first HASTAC Scholars forum of the year
> Date: 	Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:46:30 -0400

/Ruby Sinreich has sent you a group e-mail from HASTAC./

Announcing the first HASTAC Scholars forum of the 2010-2011 academic year!

*Openness in Academia*
/Hosted by: Jenna McWilliams (Indiana), Jana Remy (UC Irvine) and
Susannah McGowan (UCSB)/

While the spirit of openness has gained traction in academia,
significant challenges exist. How can scholars balance a belief in
openness and transparency with requirements to tenure and career
advancement? In instruction, how open is too open? How can the
university embrace openness and still remain necessary?

Please join us for the first HASTAC Scholars Forum: Openness in
Academia. In this forum, we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of
embracing openness in research, teaching, and university policy, with a
particular focus on the changing role of academia in an increasingly
open culture. How do you approach openness in your work?

The spirit of openness is gaining traction in academia, both with
faculty who are coming to embrace openness in their teaching, research,
and publications and with administrators who work to introduce openness
in institutional policies. More than a dozen major universities now
offer some of their course content to the general public through the use
of OpenCourseWare or similar tools; hundreds of universities have
committed to making research available through open access policies; and
more than 5000 open-access journals are publishing scholarly work. Yet
this progress can obscure or restrict important conversations about the
significant challenges to embracing openness in academia.

The forum will address the following questions:

Openness in research and publishing: How can new academics gain
prominence in their field while still embracing openness? How can
academics and scholars who are committed to openness negotiate this in
their interactions with institutions that rely on scarcity and closed

Openness in professional and personal identities: To what extent is
privacy at odds with openness? How can academics make decisions about
how public to make their engagement with non-academic communities and
networks? What is the value of or drawback to developing anonymous or
pseudonymous identities, and do these conflict with the spirit of openness?

Openness in teaching and learning: How can we engage openly and
transparently with our colleagues about what happens in the classroom?
How would this affect our students?

Openness in policy: Is openness a threat to the university model? How
can institutions embrace openness and still remain necessary?
Invited Guests:

* Edward Maloney (Georgetown)
* Joshua Danish (Indiana University)
* Clay Whipkey (OpenCourseWare)
* Mark Sample (George Mason University)

Please help us think through these issues by logging on now:

Everyone is welcome to join the conversation, so please pass this on!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Fiona Barnett
Director, HASTAC Scholars
Ph.D. candidate
Literature Program and Women's Studies
Duke University
fiona.barnett at duke.edu

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