[Humanist] 27.725 events: personalized multilingual access; digital activism

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jan 22 07:43:47 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 725.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Alexander O'Connor <Alex.OConnor at scss.tcd.ie>             (49)
        Subject: CFP 1st International Workshop on Personalised Multilingual
                Information Access (PMIA 2014)

  [2]   From:    "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>            (24)
        Subject: Digital Activism

        Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:36:29 +0000
        From: Alexander O'Connor <Alex.OConnor at scss.tcd.ie>
        Subject: CFP 1st International Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Information Access (PMIA 2014)

Call for Papers
The 1st International Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Information Access (PMIA 2014)
held in conjunction with the 22nd Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP), Aalborg, Denmark, July 7-11, 2014.

With the unrelenting rise in global content production and usage, information systems increasingly need to handle 1) a growing variety of user differences (including language, culture, situational context), and 2) ever expanding heterogeneous and multilingual data sources (including corporate content, user-generated content, multimedia content). 

This full-day workshop aims tackle these challenges by bringing together researchers working on cross-/multilingual information access, multilingual semantic web, interactive search, information seeking, exploratory search, personalised search, personalisation for web and hypermedia, and recommender systems. The aim is to share, discuss, and combine ideas for novel solutions that support users according to their particular language abilities, as well as other characteristics (e.g. culture, domain expertise) and contexts (e.g. intent, topic) that influence what and how information should be retrieved, composed, and presented. The workshop aims to both advance the current state of the art in personalised multilingual information access, as well as to develop a detailed roadmap that identifies the most pressing current and future research challenges (e.g. novel information access interfaces, evaluation of complex systems).

Themes of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

• Individual user characteristics that influence information access, e.g. language proficiency, culture, user intent, topic domain
• Modeling of user profiles, e.g. multilingual data collection, model creation, model exploitation
• Novel interfaces, e.g. result presentation beyond the ranked list paradigm, presentations of content in multiple languages on a single screen, document summarisation
• Adaptive systems for personalised multilingual information access, e.g. personalised search, recommender systems
• Tools and methods for multilingual and cross lingual search
• Content analysis and processing, e.g. knowledge extraction, duplication detection
• Content translation and localisation
• Multilingual semantic web, including search and extraction
• External knowledge resources for personalised multilingual information access (e.g. ontologies)
• Domain modeling (e.g. adaptation to different domains)
• Issues and dangers of personalisation, e.g. over-personalisation (also known as “the filter bubble”), privacy issues
• Personalisation of multilingual tools
• Evaluation methods and metrics for personalised information access, e.g. how to evaluate compositions from multiple languages, aggregate search evaluation.

We encourage submissions from diverse backgrounds and aim to promote the exchange of ideas between researchers working in the above-mentioned areas. In addition, submissions that focus on non-English data, or research with a clear application in a multilingual scenario are equally welcome. We invite submissions of more established ideas and methods as long papers (8 pages), preliminary work as short papers (4 pages), and demo/poster papers (2 pages). For full details on the submission format and procedure, please refer to the Submission Instructions page athttp://www.cs.ubc.ca/~steichen/PMIA2014/submission.html. Papers will be selected based on originality, quality, and ability to promote discussion. Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings and published by CEUR. Extended versions of selected workshop papers may be included in a special journal issue (TBD). At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop.

Important dates
Apr 01, 2014: Submission Deadline
May 01, 2014: Notification to Authors
May 15, 2014: Camera-ready Due
Jul 07 or 11, 2014: Workshop day

Organizing Committee
Ben Steichen (University of British Columbia, Canada) - steichen at cs.ubc.ca
Maristella Agosti (University of Padua, Italy) - agosti at dei.unipd.it
Séamus Lawless (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) - seamus.lawless at scss.tcd.ie
Vincent Wade (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) - vincent.wade at scss.tcd.ie

For further questions please contact a member of the organising committee.

Dr. Alexander O'Connor

Knowledge & Data Engineering Group
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Alex.OConnor at scss.tcd.ie

        Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:52:38 +0000
        From: "Prescott, Andrew" <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Digital Activism

Information Politics, Digital Culture and Global Protest Movements

King’s College London – April 4th 2014
Confirmed speakers: Clare Birchall, Gabriella Coleman, Paolo Gerbaudo, Joss Hands, Tim Jordan and Guobin Yang

Twitter: @KingsDCS #DigitalActivismNow #DAconf
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HXs2Hf
Blog:  http://wp.me/p1BSEo-29 
Sign up at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-activism-now-tickets-9047139237

The so-called web 2.0 of social network sites was invented as a business strategy to react to the dot-com bust and, as revealed by the NSA scandal, it has been heavily used by the state as a tool of surveillance. Yet, this space has also seen the rise of new powerful forms of digital activism, as seen in the adoption of Facebook and Twitter as means of mass mobilisation in the context of the Arab revolutions, the Spanish indignados and of Occupy Wall Street.
These contradictions raise a number of burning questions for contemporary digital activists. What are the real opportunities and threats for digital activism at the time of social network sites and big data? How can protest movements make use of the power of mass diffusion and collective coordination afforded by social media without falling prey of state monitoring or cultural banalisation? And is it better to invest energy in creating alternative and non-commercial communication platforms or in "occupying" the digital mainstream?
         The "Digital Activism #Now" conference will explore emerging digital protest practices at a time of increasing diffusion of social media and progressive massification and commercialisation of the web. By gathering leading international researchers and activists we will examine how digital activists are making use of the affordances of the social web. Moreover, we will debate the main issues of contention among contemporary digital activists, faced with increasing possibilities of mass outreach but also with new dangers.  
Among the issues covered by the conference will feature the role of social network sites in contemporary protests, hacktivism at the time of Anonymous and Lulzsec, the activist use of digital culture, internet memes, and online pranks, as means of digital propaganda and the politics of transparency and secrecy in digital whistleblowing.
The conference is supported by the Culture, Media and Creative Industries and Digital Humanities Departments, by the China Lau Institute and the North America Institute, all at King’s College London.

Professor Andrew Prescott FRHistS 
Head of Department 
Department of Digital Humanities 
King's College London 
26-29 Drury Lane 
London WC2B 5RL 
+44 (0)20 7848 2651 

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