[Humanist] 28.562 events: biographical data; Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship

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Fri Dec 12 07:28:47 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 562.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Braake, S. ter" <s.ter.braake at vu.nl>                     (43)
        Subject: Call for Papers: Biographical Data in a Digital World

  [2]   From:    Jacob Heil <jheil at wooster.edu>                            (17)
        Subject: Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship

        Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:36:32 +0000
        From: "Braake, S. ter" <s.ter.braake at vu.nl>
        Subject: Call for Papers: Biographical Data in a Digital World

Workshop Amsterdam
9 April 2015

[Deadline January 31, 2015]

The digital age has changed the way academics work in every discipline.
Computers allow for the processing of digital data much faster than humans
can do, they are able to show patterns and statistical analyses and can
detect links that otherwise would be hard to find. This workshop explores
whether and how, in the field of digital humanities, biographical data are
special. Biographies are interesting for analysis with computer techniques,
since individuals share a set of common characteristics that can be
relatively easily identified by a machine, such as a birthdate, a partner, a
profession, and a network. Tools and approaches from the digital humanities
can be used for both quantitative analyses of such data and for providing
leads for more qualitative research questions.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from both the humanities
and the computer sciences to exchange experiences, methods and practices
with respect to ICT mediated quantitative and qualitative analysis of
biographical data. What can we do already with computational methods with
the huge amount of digital biographical data that is available? What will we
be able to do in the future? What will we not be able to do?

We invite papers with a maximum of 2.500 words, which will undergo a single
blind peer review process. After acceptance papers can be extended to 6.000

Topics which may be addressed include, but certainly are not limited to:

1) Mining biographies for structured information2) Biographies and linked data
3) Using biographical information for quantitative analyses
4) The canonization of people and events in history
5) The use or uselessness of big data for biographical research
6) Visualizing biographical data
7) Biographical Dictionaries
8) Dealing with biographical data in heterogeneous datasets
9) Practices in digitizing and converting biographical data to a software interpretable format
10) Automatic biography generation
11) Biographies across countries and cultures
12) Standards, vocabularies and best practices for the encoding and processing of biographical data

More information about deadlines and submitting papers can be found here<http://www.biographynet.nl/biographical-data-in-a-digital-world/>.

Dr. Serge ter Braake, Postdoctoral researcher
Faculty of Humanities & Faculty of Computer Science
VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105/1181, room U-349
1081 HV Amsterdam Netherlands
+ 31 (0)20 59 87751 |s.ter.braake at vu.nl<mailto:%7Cs.ter.braake at vu.nl>

        Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:53:01 +0000
        From: Jacob Heil <jheil at wooster.edu>
        Subject: Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship

Partnership of 23 LACs announces ILiADS, the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship
26 JUL - 2 AUG 2015

In the summer of 2015, from July 26 to August 2, a partnership of 23 liberal arts institutions will host ILiADS http://iliads.org/, the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. ILiADS offers participants two ways to engage the community of liberal arts practitioners and pedagogues: a team- and project-based approach and a more traditional conference structure. Those interested in the project-based component, with ideas or teams at any stage (or no stage!) of development, are encouraged to let our planning consultants guide their participation.

Option One: during the week (26-31 July), project teams consisting of combinations of faculty, librarians, technologists, and students will learn and practice the skills necessary to bring their projects closer to the finish line. However, rather than offering a development opportunity in the traditional teacher-pupil mold, ILiADS will provide collaborative support targeted to the specific challenges facing a project and/or team. Whether your project is an idea that needs to get off the ground or a developed undertaking that needs to scale up, the proposal consultants<http://iliads.org/committees/#consultants> will work with you and the growing list of noted institute specialists http://iliads.org/institute-specialists/  to define your questions, shape your team (if needed), and determine how to make the most of this focused development time. The days will offer a mix of tutorials, talks, and time to hack.

Option Two: beginning on the evening of July 31, the ILiADS conference will offer a weekend of conversations led and inspired by an impressive slate of keynote speakers http://iliads.org/conference-keynotes/   Conference attendees--who need not have attended the Institute week--can use this time to engage with other liberal arts faculty, staff, and students over the kinds of questions facing their institutions: involving undergraduates in faculty research, folding digital methods into courses, and institutional support for digital scholarship, to name only a few. While conference attendance certainly is not mandatory for those participating in the preceding week’s activities, we hope that project teams in whole or in part will be able to use the weekend to build momentum and connections with still more liberal arts colleagues.

(Implicit Bonus Option: do both!)

Important Dates:

For project-based teams
December 15th, 2014: Part One, Expression of Interest form<http://iliads.org/interest/>, due
January 5th, 2015: Teams who submit an Expression of Interest Form will be contacted by one of our consultants<http://iliads.org/committees/#consultants> by this date
February 6th, 2015: Part Two, formal institute proposal<http://iliads.org/proposal-guidelines/> submissions, are due
February 27th, 2015: Proposal acceptances sent
March 2nd, 2015: Registration for both events opens!

For Conference Attendees
December 15th, 2014: Part One, Expression of Interest form<http://iliads.org/interest/>, recommended
March 2nd, 2015: Registration for both events opens!

For more information, please visit our site at iliads.org<http://iliads.org/>

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