[Humanist] 27.519 events: blindness & reading; media innovations; DH & CS; crowdsourcing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Fri Nov 8 10:36:46 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 519.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Ben Brumfield <benwbrum at gmail.com>                        (77)
        Subject: Crowdsourced Transcription Hackathon

  [2]   From:    "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>            (23)
        Subject: Call for Papers: "Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal
                Reading" conference

  [3]   From:    "Jaskot, Paul" <PJASKOT at depaul.edu>                      (109)
        Subject: 8th Annual Chicago DH and Computer Science Conference:
                Registration and Preliminary Program

  [4]   From:    Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>                            (135)
        Subject: Final call for papers - 3rd International Symposium on Media
                Innovations - Oslo, April 24-25, 2014

        Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 04:25:20 -0600
        From: Ben Brumfield <benwbrum at gmail.com>
        Subject: Crowdsourced Transcription Hackathon

The organizers of the Biodiversity Specimen Label Transcription
Hackathon have extended their deadline to November 15 and asked me to
reach out to people in the humanities, particularly those on HUMANIST.
 Note that expenses for participants are funded.

For those interested in exploring crowdsourcing, transcription tools,
and OCR, this is a really neat opportunity to see what's going on in
natural science collections.

I attended the Augmenting OCR hackathon in February and learned a
tremendous amount about OCR.  Better yet, one of the tools I developed
for processing entomology labels was re-used successfully by folks at
the Early Modern OCR Project  for their work dealing with 18th-century
English printed books.

I wrote up the experience here:
(see especially the third post)

Ben Brumfield

Forwarded announcement:

Biodiversity Specimen Label Transcription Hackathon

iDigBio (www.idigbio.org) and Zooniverse's Notes from Nature Project
(www.notesfromnature.org) are pleased  to announce a hackathon to
further enable public participation in online transcription of
biodiversity specimen labels.  There are approximately 1 billion
specimens of this type in US collections alone, but it is estimated
that information from just 10% of them is currently digitized and
online.  Digitization of natural history collections grants
researchers access to vast quantities of information in their
investigations of timely subjects such as climate change, invasive
species, and the extinction crisis.  The magnitude of the task of
bringing those collections into digital format exceeds that of any
single organization and will require new, Internet-scale approaches to
engage the public.  This is an exciting opportunity to work on a
ground-breaking citizen-science endeavor with immediate and strong
impacts in the areas of biodiversity research and applied

The event will occur from December 16-20, 2013, at iDigBio in
Gainesville, FL.  There is up to $1200 for support of travel and
lodging for each participant.

The hackathon will produce new functionality and interoperability for
Zooniverse's Notes from Nature (www.notesfromnature.org) and similar
transcription tools.  There are four areas of development that will be
progressively addressed throughout the week.  On Monday, the focus
will be (1) linking images registered to the iDigBio Cloud to
transcription tools to create efficiency and alleviate storage issues.
 Starting on Tuesday, topics will include (2) transcription QA/QC and
the reconciliation of replicate transcriptions, (3) integration of OCR
into the transcription workflow, and (4) new UI features and novel
incentive approaches for public engagement.

We expect that most participants will arrive on Monday afternoon and
depart on Friday late afternoon/evening or Saturday morning.  There
will be a social at the Florida Museum of Natural History on
Wednesday, December 18.  There will be opportunities to narrow the
focus in each category of activity in a teleconference tentatively
scheduled for early in the week of November 25.

**If you wish to be considered for one of about ten open invitations
(of a total of about 30), please send (1) your CV/resume, (2) a short
description (<250 words) of your relevant expertise (citing example
products where appropriate), (3) the development areas that interest
you (of the four numbered above), and (4) the days that you can attend
to Austin Mast (amast at bio.fsu.edu) by Friday, November 15, for assured
consideration.  At least 3 slots will be reserved for qualified
graduate students.**

With best regards,

Austin and Rob Guralnick (UC-Boulder), co-organizers

Austin Mast

Associate Professor · Director, Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium ·
Associate Editor, Systematic Biology and Systematic Botany ·
Treasurer, American Society of Plant Taxonomists · Steering Committee
Member, iDigBio, The National Resource for Advancing Digitization of
Biodiversity Collections

Department of Biological Science · 319 Stadium Drive · Florida State
University · Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295 · U.S.A.

Office is King Life Science Building, room 4065 · Lab is King Life
Science Building, rooms 4068 and 4084 · Herbarium is Biological
Science Unit One, room 100

Voice: 1 (850) 645-1500 · Fax:  1 (850) 645-8447 · amast at bio.fsu.edu

        Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:24:05 +0000
        From: "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Call for Papers: "Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading" conference

> From: Matthew Rubery <m.rubery at qmul.ac.uk<mailto:m.rubery at qmul.ac.uk>>
> Subject: Call for Papers: “Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading” conference
> Date: 7 November 2013 11:22:06 GMT

Dear Colleagues,

Here are the details about the conference I’m organizing on “Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading” in London on June 27-28, 2014. Would you mind forwarding the call for papers (attached and below) to anyone you know who might be interested? Thanks, Matt

Call for Papers: “Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading”
Date: 27-28 June 2014
Venue: Wellcome Collection, London (http://www.wellcomecollection.org/)
Website: http://blindnessconference.wordpress.com/
Closing date for submissions: 1 February 2014

“Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading” is a two-day conference focusing on the relationship among visual disabilities, reading formats, and multimodal literacy from historical as well as present-day perspectives. It brings together internationally renowned figures from the humanities, sciences, and public sector to discuss technological innovations designed to make reading material accessible to blind and other print-disabled readers. The conference will involve researchers working on a wide range of topics including embossed printing, talking books, text-to-speech reading machines, refreshable braille displays, screen readers, and electronic note-takers. Questions to be considered include: How can visual material be translated into media accessible to other senses including touch, hearing, scent, and taste? How are new techniques of representation linked to new forms of cognition and community? What lessons have been learned about the practice of reading from historical experiments with print access? In today’s digital environments, how does multimodal literacy encompass both blind and sighted readers?

Keynote speakers include Georgina Kleege (Berkeley), Pat Beech (RNIB), Julie Anderson (Kent), George Williams (South Carolina Upstate), and Selina Mills (writer and journalist).

We invite proposals for 15-20 minute presentations. Please email abstracts of 250-300 words and a short cv or bio to Matt Rubery (m.rubery at qmul.ac.uk<mailto:m.rubery at qmul.ac.uk>) and Mara Mills (mmills at nyu.edu<mailto:mmills at nyu.edu>) by 1 February 2014.

This event is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust and will take place at the Wellcome Collection in central London, near several museums, archives, and other centers at the forefront of preservation efforts related to the history of blindness.

Dr Matthew Rubery
Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature
School of English and Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
London E1 4NS

Web: http://www.sed.qmul.ac.uk/staff/ruberym.html

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        Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:46:03 +0000
        From: "Jaskot, Paul" <PJASKOT at depaul.edu>
        Subject: 8th Annual Chicago DH and Computer Science Conference: Registration and Preliminary Program

Hello! Registration for the Chicago DHCS 2013 is now available at the following URL:


Feel free to share with colleagues.



Robin Burke, Professor
College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University
rburke at cdm.depaul.edu<mailto:rburke at cdm.depaul.edu>

The preliminary program for this event is as follows:

DCHS 8th Annual Conference
DePaul University
Draft Program

3 November 2013


(Paul B. Jaskot, DePaul University)

(Chair:  Mark Olsen, University of Chicago)

"Inferring Authorship Through Myers-Briggs Type Inventory"
Elizabeth DeCarlo (Duquesne University)

"Story-morphing Capabilities in the Affective Reasoner"
Clark Elliott (DePaul University)

"Genre Trouble: The Social Implications of Using Durable Narrative Genres in Video Games"
Sara Humphreys (Trent University)

(Chair: George K. Thiruvathukal, Loyola University Chicago)

Akrasia and Elude: Designing for Emotional Health, But for Whom?
Barbara Harris and Doris C. Rusch (DePaul University)

Interactive Documentary on Students and Emotional Well-Being
Anuradha Rana and Doris C. Rusch (DePaul University)

Lucidity: Transmedia Games and Emotional Health
Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago)

(Chair: Robert Buerglener, DePaul University)

"More Material than the Materials: The Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project"
Megan Ward (Point Park University)

"iDig: The Development of an Archaeological Field Recording App"
Matthew Baumann (The Ohio State) and Bruce Hartzler (American School of Classical Studies at Athens)

"Old Wine in New Bottles: Franz Rosenzweig and the Reappraisal of the Authoritative Text, from Holy Text to E-text"
Ynon Wygoda (Yale University)


POSTERS/DEMOS (during Thursday evening reception in Library Scholar's Lab, beginning 6:15PM):

"Diverse Data in Three Dimensions: Developing the Scholarly 3D Toolkit"
James Coltrain (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

"Digital Reconstruction of Niobid F3 at Hadrian's Villa"
Tassie Gniady (University of Indiana)

"GPS-Enabled Stories and the Quantification of Creative Density"
Josh Fisher (DePaul University)

"The Newberry's Civil War Transcription Project: An Experiment in Scale and Scope"
Anne Flannery and Adam Strohm (Newberry Library)

"Corroborative Collaboration: On a Digital Edition of Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption"
Matthew Handelman (Michigan State University)

"A fonds of Edwardian Postcards as a Site to Explore Social Networks"
Mary-Louise Craven (York University)


(Chair: TBA)

"English Majors in the Lab: Expanding the History of Books to Digital Formats"

John Shanahan and Megan Bernal (DePaul University)

"Social Network Analysis in the Humanities: Faculty-Student Projects Using NodeXL"
(Colgate University)
Alexander Nakhimovsky, Computer Science and Linguistics,
Jesi Bender, University Libraries and Collaboration for Enhanced Learning,
Zlatko Grozl, ITS and Collaboration for Enhanced Learning,
Alice Nakhimovsky, Russian and Eurasian Studies; Jewish Studies
Robert Garland, Department of the Classics

"A Dip In the Lake on DePaul's Campus: Maps, Google Earth, and the Art of Geography"
Euan Hague and Patrick McHaffie (DePaul University)

(Introduction: Robin Burke, DePaul University)

Michael Chwe (Department of Political Science at University of California Los Angeles)

Steven Jones (Loyola University), Discussant
Discussant #2, TBA

(LUNCH 12:45-2:00)


"Promoting Digital Humanities Collaborations in the CIC: A Roundtable"
Angela Courtney (Indiana University)
Dean Rehberger (Michigan State University (MATRIX)), co-chair
Katherine Walter (University of Nebraska-Lincoln (CDRH)), co-chair
Jon Winet (University of Iowa)

(Chair:  Mark Olsen, University of Chicago)

"Semantic Annotation and Network Visualization in the Digital Scholarly Archive"
Silvia Stoyanova (Princeton University)

"Syntax as Ontology: Tracking Agency in the Scientific Literature using Dependency Grammars"
T. Clay Templeton, Kenneth R. Fleischmann, and Rachel Simons (University of Texas, Austin)

"Two methods for discovering cross-language text reuse"
Christopher Forstall and James Gawley (University of Buffalo)

(Chair: Paul Jaskot, DePaul University )

"The Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) Prototyping Project: Background and Goals"
Stephen Downie (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne)

"GIS Meets Humanities: The Potential and Limits of GIS for Geospatial Humanities Scholarship"
Julie Hwang (DePaul University)

"Virtual Verse in the Library: A Needs Assessment for Indexing Online-Only Poetry"
Harriet Green (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne) and Rachel Fleming-May (University of Tennessee Knoxville)

"Forging Stronger Connections Between the Humanities and Computer Science"
Paul Fishwick (University of Texas, Dallas)

(Robin Burke, DePaul University)

Paul B. Jaskot
Professor of Art History
Dept. of the History of Art & Architecture
DePaul University
2315 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

        Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 05:53:58 +0000
        From: Charles Ess <cmess at drury.edu>
        Subject: Final call for papers - 3rd International Symposium on Media Innovations - Oslo, April 24-25, 2014

Dear Humanists,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, and with the usual apologies for
duplication, etc. - and the request for further distribution to potentially
interested communities and individuals. Many thanks in advance -
Charles Ess

Final Call for papers:
From Digital Taxes to Beta Newsrooms: Media Innovation, Digital Industries
and Good Lives 
The Third Annual International Symposium on Media Innovations (ISMI14)

Dates: April 24-25, 2014
Venue: University of Oslo
Sponsors include: the Centre for Research on Media Innovations (CeRMI); the
Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo; Telenor Research
We invite scholars, editors, producers, and executives to contribute to our
on-going exploration of how changing technologies, and changing modes of
media usage and engagement bring about innovation and transformation of the
media sector. 

ISMI14 specifically examines recent transformations in the broadcast and
telecommunication industries. These include the impact of taxation policies
on innovation in digital services and focus on our shared interests in good
life and work vis-à-vis digital media innovations and innovation processes.
Keynote speakers
Thor Gjermund Eriksen, Director General of NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting
Corporation). Keynote: ³Conditions for Innovations in Public Broadcasting²
Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Senior Vice President, Telenor Research
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Professor
Provisional keynote title: ³Living the Good Life: IT Innovations and the
Quantified Self²
Submissions are invited that address the themes listed below.  Submissions
will be peer-reviewed.  Extended abstracts of proposed papers (750-word
maximum) should be sent to <symposium at mediainnovations.no>.
Deadlines and Dates
November 22, 2013: extended abstracts due
December 20, 2013: acceptance notices due
March 14, 2014: full papers due
April 14, 2014: best paper award announced
Special issue: Journal of Media Innovations.  Submitted papers will be
further reviewed for inclusion in a special issue of The Journal of Media
Innovations, Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall, 2014.
Anthology: Papers submitted to the workshop/seminar on digital media and
taxation policies (see below) will be considered for a planned anthology.
Themes for paper and panel presentations
(Workshop/seminar) Digital media and taxation policies: What are the roles
and implications of value-added tax (VAT) policies for the innovation
processes of new digital services?

Taxation policies regarding new digital services (e.g., eBooks, online
newspaper, music services) are central to both business practices (ranging
from design to decisions as to what country in which to incorporate) and
policy makers (e.g., as potential revenue streams are diverted to other
nations). Innovation processes within digital media are thus shaped and
influenced through taxation policies in multiple ways.  The goal of the
workshop is to bring forward new research and insight in this domain ­ in
part with a view towards publication of selected papers in a forthcoming

For additional information on the workshop/seminar, including abstract
submission details (due December 15, 2013), please contact the organizer,
Terje Colbjørnsen, <terje.colbjornsen at media.uio.no>.
Beta mentality: How are newsrooms dealing with constant change?
The speed of technology innovations is breath-taking, as is the way users¹
media habits are changing in front of our eyes.  New media platforms have
been introduced to the media mix, including Twitter, which has introduced a
new dimension of speed to news reporting.

To keep up with the development, many newsrooms are forced to change the way
they organize, work and think.  But change can be painful, difficult and
frustrating. What are some of the lessons media companies have learned in
order to adapt to this constantly changing media landscape?
Innovation and the good life
"We no longer have a way of living together ­ of conducting any domain of
life ­ _without_ media but we don¹t yet know how to live _well_ with media"
(Couldry 2013: 15; emphasis in the original).

Media production is often justified and/or evaluated in normative terms. 
For example, journalism is often defended in terms of freedom of expression
and its contribution to debate crucial to democratic societies.

We invite papers that offer normative analyses of media innovations, e.g.,
Do innovative forms of journalism ­ including so-called "citizen journalism"
or crowdsourcing- contribute to a greater diversity of viewpoints,
tolerance, debate, and healthier democratic processes and/or to
(anti-democratic) fragmentation, Œherd mentality¹ and polarization?
The following themes are also of interest:

§  media entrepreneurs and small media firms as innovators, particularly:
"Break-through" examples that may serve as models for others?
"Learning from our failures" ­ how not to pursue innovation?

Best-case / worst-case examples of innovation
§  innovation in journalistic practices and media content
§  innovation in New Product Development routines and practices in media
§  ICTs and innovation in media production tools
§  innovation, accessibility, and customer service
§  innovation in children's media
§  genre innovation, including new genres and styles in e-books, social
media and mobile media
§  gender and media innovation
§  innovation vis-à-vis media economics and media and cultural policy
§  humanistic approaches to innovation in media design;
§  media innovations and political communication;
§  mobile media, apps, and innovation
§  media innovation and cultural institutions (museums, libraries, etc.)
All papers must be firmly connected with concrete and focused examples of
media innovation practices and products.
Accommodations: We strongly urge potentially interested participants to
explore the resource lists on the conference website
ccommodation.html> of recommended accommodations and book as early as
possible.  Notifications of acceptance will be issued sufficiently early
(December 20, 2013) so as to allow cost-free reservation cancellation if
need be.
Planning Committee
Jens Barland, Gjøvik University College
Niamh Ní Bhroin, University of Oslo
Charles Davis, Ryerson University
Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, University of Oslo
Bente Kalsnes, University of Oslo
Arne H. Krumsvik, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Philippe Ross, University of Ottowa
Knut Kvale, Telenor 
We look forward to welcoming to you Oslo!

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