9.194 Pin Cushion; NDLB 96; MOO event

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 20:16:33 -0400 (EDT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 194.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: miriam goldberg <miriam@inch.com> (45)
Subject: spirituality and tech writeup for Humanist

[2] From: Hans Burg <jfmburg%cs.vu.nl@Princeton.EDU> (130)
Subject: NLDB'96 CFP

[3] From: John Merritt Unsworth (10)
Subject: Resistance to Technology

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 07:18:12 -0400
From: miriam goldberg <miriam@inch.com>
Subject: spirituality and tech writeup for Humanist

Pin Cushion Forum is something that will develop over time, as a web-based
"place" for artists, writers, and academics to come together with the
larger Internet community. My intention in starting the Forum was to
encourage interdisciplinary discussion by using the Internet's unique
capability to include and combine various media.

By approaching a topic from several angles, perhaps (as in the current
Forum event) represented by a painter on one hand and a philosopher on the
other, I hope to use the Forum as a way to open up new perspectives on key
issues. Therefore, I try to choose topics that are already being approached
through a variety of media, and I bring together people who are already
thinking about an issue, albeit in different ways.

By bringing together these thinkers and their works, I'm hoping that Pin
Cushion can create a space and an energy that will make new ideas
accessible to a wide range of people.

The current topic on Pin Cushion Forum is "spirituality and technology."

Anyone interested in this topic is invited to join the artists in a
web-based discussion, or to just visit and check out the work that's on the
site. The discussion pages are linked directly to the above address, and
are currently active.

The artists involved are Shalom Gorewitz (video) and Eva Lee (painting).
Michael Heim, the philosopher and author of "The Metaphysics of Virtual
Reality," is the third participant.

In addition to the web pages and discussion, there will also be a one hour
real-time chat to start things off. This will happen on ECHO (just telnet
to echonyc.com and login as "echolive") on Wednesday, October 4, at 8 PM
EST. More details about the real-time chat are available at the Pin Cushion
web site - http://www.itp.tsoa.nyu.edu/~student/pincushion/cushion1.html

I am developing Pin Cushion Forum as part of my graduate thesis at New York

Please pass this information along to any others who might be interested,
and email me at goldbrgm@acf2.nyu.edu if you have questions.

Miriam Goldberg NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program
miriam@inch.com goldbrgm@acf2.nyu.edu

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 07:46:59 -0400
From: Hans Burg <jfmburg%cs.vu.nl@Princeton.EDU>
Subject: NLDB'96 CFP


Second International Workshop on
Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 26-28, 1996


This workshop aims at bringing together research results, practical
experiences and new possible ideas and directions within the field
of applications of natural language in database and information systems.
The integration of databases and natural language has been an utopia
for a long time. Since two decades, consulting databases or getting
answers in natural language remain a dream for many users. Nowadays,
this is an accessible convergent point on which a lot of researchers
are focusing, mainly due to the large progress of research in natural
language and to the development of new technologies which allow the
storage of real semantic electronic dictionaries. Each aspect of the
life cycle of the information system may be improved by using natural
language techniques : database design (specification, validation,
conflicts resolution), database query languages and consulting programs
that use new software engineering research results allowing natural
language program specifications. As information systems are now evolving
into the communication area, the term databases should be considered the
in broader sense of information and communication systems, abbreviated
to ICS.

The Workshop Organizers invite submissions of original papers, as well
as posters descriptions, product demonstration outlines and panel
proposals to NLDB'96, which will be held in Amsterdam on June 26-28, 1996.

More and up-to-date information is available at:


Major topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the

- Natural languages interfaces for database querying,
- Natural language as a specification interface for design of ICSs.
- Paraphrasing the design of ICSs as conceptual schemas in natural language,
- Natural language for the validation of specifications of ICSs,
- Linguistic aspects of view integration,
- Conceptual modelling and linguistic knowledge,
- Use of linguistic tools and electronic dictionaries,
- Textual databases, indexing and retrieval,
- Generating texts from structured data,
- Generation of natural language texts from formal specifications,
- Semi-formal interfaces for interacting with databases,
- Hypertext facilities for database querying.

Program Committee:

Chairman: Reind van de Riet,
Vrije Universiteit,
The Netherlands

Ana Paula Ambrosio U. of Brasilia, Brazil
Elisa Bertino U. di Milano, Italy
Mokrane Bouzeghoub PRiSM, U. of Versailles, France
Janis Bubenko U. of Stockholm, Sweden
Hans Burg Vrije U., The Netherlands
Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau Essec, France
Roland Dachelet Inria, France
Jan Dietz U. of Delft, The Netherlands
Frank Dignum U. of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Paul McFetridge Simon Fraser U., Canada
Christian Fluhr CEA, France
Sabine Geldof Vrije U. Brussels, Belgium
Jon Atle Gulla GMD Darmstadt, Germany
Henri Habrias U. of Nantes, France
Jean-Noel Meunier PRiSM, France
Elisabeth Metais U. of Paris VI, France
Anton Nijholt U. of Twente, The Netherlands
Erich Ortner U. of Konstanz, Germany
James Pustejovsky Brandeis U., USA
Anne de Roeck U. of Essex, UK
Bram van der Vos Vrije U., The Netherlands
Hans Weigand U. of Brabant, The Netherlands
Chien-ho Wu UMIST, UK

Organizing Committee:

Chairman: Hans Burg (jfmburg@cs.vu.nl)
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel: +31-20-444 7769, fax: +31-20-444 7653

Mokrane Bouzeghoub PRiSM, U. of Versailles, France
Jon Atle Gulla GMD Darmstadt, Germany
Anton Nijholt U. of Twente, The Netherlands
Reind van de Riet Vrije U., The Netherlands
Bram van der Vos Vrije U., The Netherlands

The proceedings of the conference will be available at the conference.
A special issue of Data and Knowledge Engineering (North-Holland) is planned
containing the best papers of the workshop.

Workshop Format:

The workshop will be three days long from Wednesday to Friday, and will
include invited talks, paper presentations, panel discussions, product
demonstrations and poster sessions to encourage the participation of newcomers.

Instructions to authors:

The Workshop Organizers invite submissions of original papers (4
copies with a maximum of 5000 words, including a short abstract),
as well as poster descriptions (including title and presenter(s)),
product demonstration outlines (including product and
organization name) and panel proposals to NLDB'96. To contribute,
please submit to the program committee chairman:

prof. dr. R.P. van de Riet
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science,
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1081a,
1081 HV Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
tel: +31-20-444 7757,
fax: +31-20-444 7653,
secretary: +31-20-444 7730

Important dates:

Paper, poster, demo and panel submission deadline: February 1st, 1996
Notification of paper, poster, demo and panel acceptance: April 1st, 1996
Camera-ready papers due: May 15th, 1996

Related Workshop:

Succeeding the NLDB'96 workshop the related LAP'96 (Language Action
Perspective) workshop will be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands. More
information about this communication oriented workshop can be found
at: http://infolabwww.kub.nl:2080/infolab/lap96/

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 01:09:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: John Merritt Unsworth <jmu2m@jefferson.village.virginia.edu>
Subject: Resistance to Technology

Readers of Humanist may be interested in the proceedings of a MOO-based
conference called "King Ludd: The Resistance to Technology," organized by
David Erben and Valerie Allen, and held at the University of Virginia's
IATH-MOO (hero.village.virginia.edu 8888) last Saturday, September 23rd.
Conference participants included E. Ann Kaplan, Allucquere Rosanne Stone,
Greg Ulmer, Douglas Kellner, Mark Poster, John Carlos Rowe, Catherine
Hayles, and Michael Joyce. The conference program, pre-conference
statements by speakers, and full text of the conference proceedings,
plus audience remarks, are available at:


John Unsworth