14.0512 digitisation course; workshop, symposium reports [14.0501 reposted]

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 512.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 11:02:47 +0000
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: digitisation course; workshop, symposium reports [14.0501 
    >                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 501.
    >         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
    >                 <http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/>
    >                <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/>
    >     [1]   From:    "Lisa M. Spiro" <lspiro@rice.edu>                   (16)
    >                             Houston
    >     [2]   From:    NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>                  (1540)
    >           Subject: Report on EU Digitization Workshop
    >     [3]   From:    lachance@chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)      (76)
    >           Subject: Theatre & Multimedia Symposium
    >           Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 07:17:41 +0000
    >           From: "Lisa M. Spiro" <lspiro@rice.edu>
    >           Subject: Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals, Houston
    >[This announcement is being cross-posted.]
    >             Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals
    >                      HATII, University of Glasgow
    >                    Fondren Library, Rice University
    >                   Houston, Texas, March 4 - 9, 2001
    >                   http://www.rice.edu/Fondren/DCHP01/
    >Following the great success of the first Digitization for Cultural Heritage
    >Professionals course at Rice and the 1998, 1999, and 2000 Glasgow
    >Digitisation Summer Schools, the Humanities Advanced Technology and
    >Information Institute (HATII) and the Fondren Library at Rice University
    >are pleased to announce the second offering of this course in North America.
    >Full details of the course and preliminary registration materials can be
    >found at:
    >      http://www.rice.edu/Fondren/DCHP01/
    >[material deleted]
    >           Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 07:18:43 +0000
    >           From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
    >           Subject: Report on EU Digitization Workshop
    >News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    >from across the Community
    >November 17, 2000
    >                   "Digital Culture & the Information Society"
    >                  Report on EU Digitization Workshop, Jan. 2000
    >I have taken the unusual step of appending an attachment of a report,
    >unavailable on the web, on an interesting report on a workshop on
    >digitization, organized by the Cultural Heritage Applications unit of the
    >European Union's Information Society Directorate-General.
    >The brief report brings no real surprises but it underlines the need for:
    >* sustainable technical solutions;
    >* new business models and examples of success in various sizes and types of
    >* a clear, broadly accepted array of best practices in the creation and
    >management of digital resources
    >* "collaborative platforms" that can focus on interoperability issues,
    >dissemination of information on new technologies and techniques, and
    >advances in preservation policy and practice.
    >David Green
    >NINCH-Announce is an announcement listserv, produced by the National
    >Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH). The subjects of
    >announcements are not the projects of NINCH, unless otherwise noted;
    >neither does NINCH necessarily endorse the subjects of announcements. We
    >attempt to credit all re-distributed news and announcements and appreciate
    >reciprocal credit.
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    >           Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 07:19:05 +0000
    >           From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)
    >           Subject: Theatre & Multimedia Symposium
    >I have not been in person to a scholarly gathering since Computing the
    >Edition (1997) and have grown to depend upon reports supplied by
    >colleagues. I hope to return the favour with a summary, albeit
    >impressionistic, of Theatre and New Media: the meeting of two communicatin
    >worlds, a symposium held November 17, 2000, at McMaster University.
    >The afternoon was split into two complementary sessions. The first dealt
    >with new media as agents of preservation and as research tools. The second
    >was devoted to the place of new media in performance and in theatrical
    >Christie Carson, Royal Holloway University of London, currently on leave at
    >McMaster University, introduced the days proceedings and was pleased to
    >announce that the symposium coincided with the British release of the King
    >Lear CD-ROM (Cambrigde University Press). She provided an insightful tour
    >of the product which is a gem with its navigational and search features. In
    >a subsequent presentation on the Shakespearean Design Archive, she mused
    >upon the differences between the preparation and publication of scholarly
    >works for the CD-ROM format and for the World Wide Web. In both
    >presentations, it was interesting to hear a consistent concern with scope
    >and managibility of projects. One very interesting observation: the
    >Shakespearan Design Archive approached the difficulty in clearing copyright
    >for the incorporation of recorded performance (it is a akin to
    >broadcasting) as an opportunity and has turned to oral history (interviews
    >with the performers) to enhance the other records it holds.
    >Geoffrey Rockwell gave an account of the design and conception of the
    >Hamilton Performance Archive which he and Fred Hall of McMaster University
    >have made freely available at
    >http://cheiron.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~hamperf Very much in the vein of
    >sharing best practices, the researchers have made available the source code
    >and the markup of the items in the collection of 19th century notices of
    >public performances that continues to grow. From the outset they have
    >planned for growth. As with the Shakespearan, databases, there is a vision
    >here that anticipates future scholars building chronological and temporal
    >extensions to the collections.
    >Chris Dyer of Royal Holloway presented exciting work-in-progress. He is
    >currently developing a software package, Open Stages, that allows users to
    >model different performance spaces and the design effects possible in those
    >spaces. One of the great strengths of this type of tool is to recreate the
    >sight lines of actual theatres -- useful for historical reconstruction and
    >for current practice.
    >Later in the day, he demonstrated some student work and invited
    >consideration as to why students might be attracted to flat pictorial
    >rather than sculptural approaches to stage design. Pop culture was deemed a
    >possible influence upon this possible preference. Learning curves in
    >conjunction with access to the relevant software might be a factor.
    >Likewise, Robert Hamilton, presenting student film work from Sweden,
    >stressed the length structure of the school year which allowed for complex
    >projects to be undertaken and completed. He also noted the strong influence
    >of popular culture on the genres that students choosed to emmulate.
    >Catherine Graham and Paul Rivers shared their thinking on the place of
    >multimedia within the context of live theatrical performance and asked
    >participants to reflect once again on questions of scale and timing. They
    >stressed the problematic of authority granted to moving images when
    >displayed alongside live actors on stage.  Symposium attendees were able to
    >observe some of this thinking in action at an evening performance of
    >Pericles of Tyre.
    >The symposium proper ended with a selection from the holdings of the UK
    >Digital Performance Archive.  It was amusing to contrast the catalogue
    >entries as read aloud with the video clips of highlights from the
    >performances. -- the polyphony characteristic of the descriptions just
    >didn't quite jive with the screen versions. There was a rather uniform
    >videographic signature to the visuals despite their being a record of
    >distinct performances separated in time and space.  This may be a mere
    >institutional effect and have nothing to do with the nature of verbal and
    >visual constructions -- a tour of the Hamilton Performance Archive would no
    >doubt offer up similar examples of stylistic inflections, all within the
    >verbal realm.  If scholars are able to describe the hand at work in a
    >manuscript, will they be able to describe the editor at work in a
    >multimedia work? One wonders if the director in theatre might become a
    >metaphor for the hand in a manuscript....
    >Francois Lachance,
    >          http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance
    >Member of the Evelyn Letters Project
    >          http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~dchamber/evelyn/evtoc.htm

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