[Humanist] 26.301 events: archaeology; museums; libraries

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Thu Sep 13 08:29:59 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 301.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    info at museumsandtheweb.com                                 (32)
        Subject: Call for Proposals: Museums and the Web 2013

  [2]   From:    Øyvind Eide <oyvind.eide at iln.uio.no>                     (34)
        Subject: CAA modelling session

  [3]   From:    Barbara Mackenzie <bmackenzie at rilm.org>                   (68)
        Subject: NFAIS Humanities Roundtable: More Information

  [4]   From:    Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>               (19)
        Subject: Digital engagement in archaeology

        Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:32:22 -0700
        From: info at museumsandtheweb.com
        Subject: Call for Proposals: Museums and the Web 2013

The MW2013 Program Committee is now accepting proposals for 
participation in the conference program for Museums and the Web 2013, 
17-20 April 2013 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon

The MW program is built from the ground up, based on your suggestions 
for sessions, papers and presentations. Proposals are encouraged on any 
topic related to museums creating, facilitating, delivering or 
participating in culture, science and heritage through networked 
technologies – wherever the network may reach. The MW Conference Program 
is selected through peer-review by an international Program Committee.

Submit your proposal online through September 30, 2012: 

Museums and the Web is an annual conference featuring advanced research 
and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and 
scientific heritage. Formed by leading professionals from around the 
world, our community has been meeting since 1997. The products of our 
meetings and conversations – the MW proceedings, Best of the Web 
archives and discussion Forum – are an unparalleled resource for museum 
workers, technologists, students and researchers that grows every year.

MW offers a range of professional learning opportunities, from plenary 
sessions to un-conference sessions, from formal papers to informal 
networking, from museum project demonstrations to commercial exhibits, 
from professional debates to lightning talks, from how-to sessions to 
crit rooms and the Best of the Web awards.

Prior to the conference, there are full-day and half-day workshops and 
a day of pre-conference tours.

Read more at http://mw2013.museumsandtheweb.com/

Nancy Proctor & Rich Cherry
MW2013 Co-chairs

info at museumsandtheweb.com

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        Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:49:12 +0200
        From: Øyvind Eide <oyvind.eide at iln.uio.no>
        Subject: CAA modelling session

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in
Archaeology CAA 2013 Conference ‘Across Space and Time’, which will be
held at the University Club of Western Australia in Perth, Australia on
25-28 March 2013,  we would like to invite you to consider to attend 
session "S20. Modelling space and time as rooms of possibilities" that we 
will chair. The session abstract is included below.

For information about the Call for Papers please refer to the following web
pages: http://www.caa2013.org/drupal/papers (call for papers); 
http://www.caa2013.org/CAA2013sessions.pdf (list of sessions). 
The submission deadline is 10th October 2012.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the
conference organiser, Dr Arianna Traviglia on arianna.traviglia at mq.edu.au or
Øyvind Eide on oyvind.eide at iln.uio.no.

We hope you will consider submitting a proposal for the session. The abstract is as follows:

S20. Modelling space and time as rooms of possibilities 
Chairs: Ø. Eide, J. Holmen, C.-E. Ore
Format: Paper presentation (LP)

During the last two decades, large collections of cultural heritage material have become available in digital format, including historical source texts, museum catalogues, and excavation reports. Although a number of advanced methods already exist for searching and integrating such resources, they are still under-utilised in storytelling and advanced reasoning. It is still the case that many scholarly users only access such resources through free text or simple metadata searches, if they use them at all.

On the other hand, there are several well defined standards and methods for data integration at various levels, including, e.g., CIDOC-CRM, Linked Data and RDF/OWL. But such methods are only applied to limited data sets. Although no uncontested history is known or even knowable based on available source materials, the sources can still be interpreted as representing a series of events happening in time and space, involving actors and objects. Even if these events do not give themselves to the researcher as a well ordered series steered by causality, they are still related.

We envisage systems which should be able to handle questions in the form of more or less developed hypotheses. This may imply that a tool can build up a scenario based on interpretation of available source material and also be used to scrutinise the plausibility of such scenarios, including likely connections between events in time and space. This will, of course, include speculations about causality.

For the session, we invite papers presenting ways to integrate historical events as they can be read from historical documents. Our experience leads us to believe that hybrid human-computer methods are better suited for solving such problems than fully algorithmic or fully manual approaches, but we are looking forward to being challenged by papers seeing this differently.

We are looking for well developed plans and prototypes for how such data integration can be done in practice, ideally based on real life examples. Rather than providing answers, we would like a focus on organising the information for the researchers so that they can use the systems for developing new questions; but again, we are happy to be challenged by proposed papers. Questions we would like to see addressed in paper proposals include, but are not restricted to:

- How to use various sources to verify co-references within one source material as well as across collections. Co-referring items could, e.g., refer to events, artefacts, places, or actors.

- If and how inferred information can be separated from «basic» information, at all levels from theory to the level of implementation.

- Can rules be established for how events and actors are distributed in time and space, e.g., based on maximum travel speed at a certain time and place?

- Can rules be established for how to use causality and other relationships between events to decide on and reduce uncertainty in their possible time spans and locations?

- Which tools are already available, and what would be needed in order to move forward in this area? Can existing tools be used in better ways?


Kind regards

Øyvind Eide
Jon Holmen
Christian-Emil Ore
Unit for Digital Documentation, University of Oslo.

        Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:16:38 -0400
        From: Barbara Mackenzie <bmackenzie at rilm.org>
        Subject: NFAIS Humanities Roundtable: More Information

Register Now for the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable XI, *Focus on Libraries*,
Scheduled for October 1, 2012

A one-day NFAIS program*, **Focus on Libraries*,* *is scheduled for October
1, 2012 at the state-of-the-art Graduate Center of the City University of
New York  http://www.gc.cuny.edu/about_gc/campus/interview_architects.htm in
Manhattan, from 9:00am to 4:45pm EDST. Both on-site and virtual
registrations are now available (go to:

The meeting will take a look at the needs and concerns of librarians on
such issues as the discovery of humanities content in today’s library
environment, information literacy and the training of end-users, best
practices for building effective working relationships among librarians,
vendors and content providers, the decision-making criteria used to
determine the products and services in which to invest, and the current
digital humanities environment. Librarians who attend will learn how their
peers are addressing these issues and content providers will gain insight
on the how to create and deliver more effective products and services for
scholars, students, and librarians in the humanities.

The day will begin with a keynote address by Elliot Shore, Chief
Information Officer and Dean of Libraries, Bryn Mawr College, who will
provide an overview of the digital humanities environment, including how
PhD researchers in the humanities intersect with the library community.  This
will be followed by a look at the humanities information retrieval process
and how today’s discovery services are used with or as an alternative to
traditional abstracting and indexing databases. The final session of the
morning will examine information literacy from the point of view of the
librarian training students as well as from the perspective of the vendor
creating materials in support of that training.  It will highlight the
objectives for both groups in developing multiple formats and channels for
delivering effective instruction.

After lunch (which will be provided) a panel of librarians will discuss
effective marketing and promoting information to end users.  This will be
followed by a facilitated and highly-interactive session that will focus on
best practices for building solid working relationships among diverse
groups within the information community (business partners, content
providers, and librarians), each with their own interests and objectives.
And the meeting will close with a presentation by *Matthew
Gold**,*Assistant to the Provost, CUNY Graduate Center, Project
Manager of the CUNY
Academic Commons, Co-Director of CUNY's Digital Humanities Institute, who
will discuss the impact of technology in changing the humanities landscape,
the rise of the digital humanities, and the emergence of digitized special

More information on the program, registration, and other logistics may be
accessed at: http://www.nfais.org/page/370-2012-nfais-humanities-roundtable.

Register soon, as seating is limited. On-site registration for this one-day
session, including continental breakfast, lunch and two refreshment breaks,
is only $145 for NFAIS members and $165 for non-members. Registration for
virtual participation is $95 for NFAIS members and $115 for
non-members.  Unlimited
virtual attendance (3 or more staff from the same organization) is $275 for
NFAIS members and $335 for non-members.

 For more information contact:  Jill O’Neill, NFAIS Director, Communication
and Planning, 215-893-1561 (phone); 215-893-1564 (fax); mailto:
mailto:jilloneill at nfais.org <jilloneill at nfais.org>.

Founded in 1958, NFAIS is a premier membership organization of more than 60
of the world’s leading producers of databases, information services, and
information technology in the sciences, engineering, social sciences,
business, and the arts and humanities.

*NFAIS:  Serving the Global Information Community*


*Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie*
*Editor-in-Chief, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)*
*Director, Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation*
The Graduate Center of The City University of New York**
365 Fifth Avenue  •  New York, NY 10016
T: 212.817.1991 •  F: 212.817.1569  •  BMackenzie at rilm.org
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        Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:37:05 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Digital engagement in archaeology
        In-Reply-To: <65E399A21347464895570D6005BCAF950B92D482 at blmbmbex1.local>

*Digital engagement in archaeology conference*

On the 8^th and 9^th November, a conference on “Digital engagement in
archaeology” will be hosted by UCL as part of the CASPAR/ACRN programme
that has been running on strategy and digital communication. It also
follows up on the publication of “Archaeologists and the Digital:
Towards Strategies of Engagement” earlier this year.

Speakers include:

·Bob Bewley, Heritage Lottery Fund

·James Doeser, Arts Council England

·Melissa Terras, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities

·David Dawson, Wiltshire Museum

·Gary Lock, Oxford University

·And many more…

Unfortunately it will cost £25 or £15 but this just covers costs for the
speakers, so if you can’t afford to go to the Museums Association
conference, come to this instead!

Details on the 2 day event are here:

We hope to see some of you there!

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