19.038 ACH/ALLC 2005; Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 06:48:48 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 38.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Alejandro Bia <abia_at_umh.es> (11)
         Subject: ACH/ALLC: Full program and early registration notice

   [2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants_at_unb.ca> (112)
         Subject: Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities

         Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 06:35:39 +0100
         From: Alejandro Bia <abia_at_umh.es>
         Subject: ACH/ALLC: Full program and early registration notice

[Apologies for cross-posting]

Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to announce that the full schedule of presentations for
ACH/ALLC 2005 is now online at: http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/achallc2005/

The deadline for early-bird rates at the conference has been extended to
June 2nd (the reasons for the original deadline no longer obtain). Fees
for non-sponsored attendees at the pre-conference workshops/Summer
Institute will also remain unchanged until then. Note, members of ACH/ALLC
now qualify for the sponsor-rate at the Institute (see Registration page
for details).

Peter Liddell Alejandro Bia
Chair, Organizing Committee Chair, Program Committee

         Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 06:39:30 +0100
         From: "David L. Gants" <dgants_at_unb.ca>
         Subject: Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities

Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities

September 28-30, 2005
University of Virginia

Summit Objective: Digital tools and the underlying cyberinfrastructure=20
expand the opportunities for humanistic scholarship and education.
=B7 They enable new and innovative approaches to humanistic=
=B7 They provide scholars and students deeper and more=
access to cultural materials, thus changing how material can be taught and=
=B7 They facilitate new forms of collaboration of all those who=20
touch the digital representation of the human record.
The evolving vision of a digitally enabled humanities community creates new=
challenges and opportunities for the tool-building and tool-using=20
communities. As these communities become more active and interactive, there=
is a need for a Summit that can assess the state of development of digital=
tools for humanities research, as well as the effectiveness of the=20
supporting and integrating cyberinfrastructure. The Summit on Digital Tools=
for the Humanities will bring together scholars from diverse disciplines of=
the humanities, such as history, literature, archeology, linguistics,=20
classics, and philosophy, and some social scientists and computer=

Digital tools in the humanities are =96 for the most part =96 in their=20
infancy. They serve many purposes: analysis, creative development of new=20
material, education, presentation, as well as productivity enhancement. The=
Summit will address tools for textual as well as non-textual media (audio,=
video, 3-D and 4-D visualization), since it is important for the community=
to consider the collective effect of these tools and the resulting=20
collections of resources, if they are to be shared and interoperable.

The Summit will address issues that derive from the state of tool design=20
and development. This includes the proliferation of new data formats;=20
effective markup language annotation; integration of multiple modes of=20
media; tool interoperability, especially when tools are shared across=20
multiple disciplines; open source for shared and evolving tools; tools with=
low (easily mastered by an untrained end user) and high (usable only by=20
expert personnel) thresholds of usability; data mining; representation and=
visualization of data in the geo-spatial framework; measurement; game=20
technology; and simulation.

To attend the Summit, please submit a one page issue paper & bio
via e-mail to <mailto:dtsummit_at_virginia.edu>dtsummit_at_virginia.edu by June=20
20, 2005

Participation: Participation in this Summit will be by invitation only and=
will be restricted to 35-50 people, depending upon funding support. Those=20
who wish to participate should submit a short =96 one page =96 issue paper=
presents one idea or issue that should be discussed at the Summit. An issue=
paper should not present an individual=92s own project; participants will=
be asked to present their own research but to participate in the Summit=92s=
dialogue, bringing the expertise gained from their own development and use=
of digital tools for research and education. Each issue paper should be=20
accompanied by a short (one-page) biography.

Based on the issue papers submitted, the Organizing Committee will select a=
diverse group of participants from a variety of scholarly=20
fields. Participants will be asked to read a package of preparatory=20
materials that includes all accepted issue papers, so as to give everyone a=
common starting place for discussion and debate.

Program: The Summit begins on Wednesday evening, September 28, with a=20
keynote speech and discussion. Discussions continue on Thursday and end=20
mid-afternoon Friday. Discussion topics and the structure of the sessions=
will be determined by the issue papers submitted by participants.

Product: The Organizing Committee will produce a final report, which will=
give an overview of the opportunities, challenges, and recommendations=20
discussed during the Summit. It is our hope that the Summit will produce=20
charettes for new tools, as well as recommendations that can attract=20
funding sponsorship, and that new and existing interdisciplinary=20
collaborations will be facilitated by the Summit in order to build a more=20
effective community focused on the challenges of cyberinfrastructure and=20
digital tools.

Location: The Summit will be held at the University of Virginia in=20
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.

Support: Local meals and lodging will be paid by the Summit=20
sponsors. Some support for travel costs is available upon request.

Sponsors: The University of Virginia and the Institute for Advanced=20
Technologies in the Humanities are supporting the Summit. In addition, we=
have requested support from the National Science Foundation.

Organizing Committee:
Bernie Frischer, Director, Institute for Advanced Technologies in the=20
Humanities (IATH), University of Virginia (Summit Co-chair)
John Unsworth, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Library and=20
Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Summit=
Arienne Dwyer, Anthropology, University of Kansas
Anita Jones, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia
Lew Lancaster, Director, Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI),=20
University of California, Berkeley, and also President, University of the=
Geoffrey Rockwell, Director, Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR),=20
McMaster University
Roy Rosenzweig, Director, Center for History and New Media, George Mason=20
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