[Humanist] 30.830 events: computationalism & information; Web Archive Datathon

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 830.
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  [1]   From:    Ian Milligan <ianmilligan1 at gmail.com>                     (80)
        Subject: Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed 4.0 in London,
                England, June 2017

  [2]   From:    Fintan Nagle <fsnlists at GMAIL.COM>                         (46)
        Subject: Corrected Call for Papers (updated submission date to 1
                Sep): RoPP special issue on Computationalism and Philosophy
                of Information

        Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:06:30 -0400
        From: Ian Milligan <ianmilligan1 at gmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed 4.0 in London, England, June 2017

Dear all –

Please find this call for participation below. This datathon is part of a
broader "Web Archiving Week," to be held in London between June 11th and
16th. You can see more details about that here:

Any questions, please do let us know!


Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed 4.0
Web Archive Datathon
The British Library

June 11 – 13, 2017
Travel grants will be available for US-based graduate students.

Applications for all attendees are due 31 March 2017.

Call for Participation
This event is the fourth workshop in the Archives Unleashed series. Each
event is a standalone datathon aimed at building the Web Archiving
community and providing a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The World Wide Web has a profound impact on how we research and understand
the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and,
crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new
opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within
web archives.

Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from
individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites.
These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and
humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude
of fields. Scholars broaching topics dating back to the mid-1990s will find
their projects enhanced by web data. Moreover, scholars hoping to study the
evolution of cultural and societal phenomena will find a treasure trove of
data in web archives. In short, web archives offer the ability to
reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

While there has been considerable discussion about web archive tools and
datasets, few forums or mechanisms for coordinated, mutually informing
development efforts have been created. Our series of datathons presents an
opportunity to collaboratively unleash our web collections, exploring
cutting-edge research tools while fostering a broad-based consensus on
future directions in web archive analysis.

This event will bring together a small group of 35 – 45 participants to
collaboratively develop new open-source tools and approaches to web
archives, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects.
Researchers should be comfortable with command line interactions, and
knowledge of a scripting language (such as but not limited to Python) is
strongly desired. By bringing together a group of like-minded scholars and
programmers, we hope to begin building unified analytic production effort
and to continue coalescing this nascent research community.

At this event, we hope to continue to converge on a shared vision of future
directions in the use of web archives for inquiry in the humanities and
social sciences in order to build a community of practice around various
web archive analytics platforms and tools.

The event is sponsored by the British Library (lead sponsor), Rutgers
University, University of Waterloo, the National Science Foundation and the
International Internet Preservation Consortium. In addition, there will be
a reception the first night and a dinner the second night, supported by
funding from the NetLab at Aarhus University, the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council, and Rutgers University.

We are also providing sample datasets for people to work on during the
datathon, or they are happy to use their own. Included datasets are:

• The .gov web archive covering the American government domain
• The End of Term Web Archives (.gov/.mil), from 2008, 2012, and 2016
• Social media collections from the 2016 archive
• Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups collection and
other datasets to be announced

Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of
interest and a CV to Ian Milligan (i2millig at uwaterloo.ca) by 7 April 2017
with “Archives Unleashed” in the subject line. This expression of interest
should address the scholarly questions that you will be bringing to the
datathon, and what datasets you might be interested in either working with
or bringing to the event. Applicants will be notified by 15 April 2017.

We expect to be able to issue a limited number of travel grants available
for US-based doctoral students; preference will be given to those who have
not participated in the Archives Unleashed program in the past, although we
welcome returning participants. These grants can cover up to $1,000 USD in
expenses. If you are in an eligible position, please indicate in your
statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel

On behalf of the organizers,

Matthew Weber (Rutgers University), Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo),
Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo), and Olga Holownia (British

        Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:14:07 +0000
        From: Fintan Nagle <fsnlists at GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Corrected Call for Papers (updated submission date to 1 Sep): RoPP special issue on Computationalism and Philosophy of Information

The submission date on our previous call should read 1 September 2017
(not 1 July). Please accept our apologies for any confusion.


Review of Philosophy and Psychology invites submissions for a special
issue titled ‘Computationalism Meets the Philosophy of Information’.

The view that the human mind is a kind of computational machine began to
make waves with the advent of the first computers in the middle of the last
century. McCulloch and Pitts suggested early on that the mind may be
something like a Turing machine. This view came to be known as ‘classical
computationalism’. It was quickly met with an onslaught of objections, and
in reaction a number of liberalisations ensued.

 One view that has recently been gaining ground attempts to articulate the
notion of computation in terms of information and information-processing.
Interest in these two areas, i.e. computationalism and the philosophy of
information, is on the ascendancy. This special issue is devoted to the
intersection between them, especially to papers that engage in a meaningful
way with recent work in cognitive science.

Accepted papers will complement invited contributions from:

   - Rosa Cao (NYU)
   - Nir Fresco (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
   - Michael Rescorla (UCLA)
   - Mark Sprevak (Edinburgh)

Suitable papers may address such questions as:

   - What species of information are there, and which, if any, are
   processed by the mind?

   - Is there any evidence from neuroscience to support e.g. the claim that
   the brain operates with Shannon-information?

   - What is computation and how is it related to information processing?

   - Do certain theories of information privilege classical vs
   connectionist computationalism?

   - Can computation and/or information illuminate representational content?

   - Do measures of information flow capture learning?

   - How are human and deep learning analogous?

   - Can Bayesian models provide an adequate account of our cognitive

Answers to these and related questions promise to extend our understanding
of computation, information, the human mind, and its neural underpinning.

Submissions and refereeing

Submissions, no more than 8,000 words in length, are to be made through the
online editorial manager https://www.editorialmanager.com/ropp/default.aspx,
by September 1, 2017. Each submission will be peer-reviewed by no less
than two referees.

Guest Editors

Brian Ball (Philosophy, NCH and Oxford), Fintan Nagle (Psychology, NCH and
UCL), and Ioannis Votsis (Philosophy, NCH and LSE). Enquiries can be made
to the Guest Editors at firstname.lastname at nchlondon.ac.uk.

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