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From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:17:02 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 563.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Liza Bermingham <lizab_at_vicnet.net.au> (29)
         Subject: 3rd Biennial Open road Conference 2006

   [2] From: "Steven Totosy" <steven.totosy_at_medienkomm.uni- (32)
         Subject: Cfp: conference on hypertext in madrid, spain

   [3] From: "Michelle Ziegler" <zieglerm_at_slu.edu> (41)
         Subject: Fw: Reminder: Heroic Age CFPs

   [4] From: Paul Jones <pjones_at_metalab.unc.edu> (78)
         Subject: UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory

   [5] From: "Perry Willett" <pwillett_at_umich.edu> (57)
         Subject: Scholarship and Libraries in Transition: A Dialogue
                 about the Impacts of Mass Digitization Projects

   [6] From: Nancy Ide <ide_at_cs.vassar.edu> (65)
         Subject: CFP: LREC Workshop on Merging and Layering Linguistic

   [7] From: Nancy Ide <ide_at_cs.vassar.edu> (45)
         Subject: CFP: LREC 2006 Workshop on Annotation Science

         Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 09:54:17 +0000
         From: Liza Bermingham <lizab_at_vicnet.net.au>
         Subject: 3rd Biennial Open road Conference 2006


Vicnet , a division of the State Library of Victoria in partnership
with the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department for
Victorian Communities are pleased to announce they will be hosting
the 3rd Biennial Conference, Open Road 2006 Conference: Challenges
and Possiblities on 6 - 7 February 2006.

This is a major two day conference that you cannot miss out on if you
or your organisation engages with Culturally and Linguistically
Diverse (CALD) consumers.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from national and
international guest speakers,

Hon. Justice Marcus Einfeld AO QC
Richard Ishida, World Wide Web Consortium(W3C), United Kingdom
Maria Dimopoulos, MyriaD Consultants
Russ Rolfe, Microsoft, USA
Alexi Paspalas, BBC United Kindgom
Professor Joseph Lo Bianco, The University of Melbourne

The conference will address the challenges and possibliites of
providing access to and development of content and web services
within the multilingual environment by engaging the audience in
plenary sessions, workshops and round table discussions.

For a copy of the Conference Program and Registration form please
visit http://openroad.net.au/conferences/2006/
Enquiries can be directed to Conference Organiser, Beata Wacek on
(03) 8664 7046 or bwacek_at_slv.vic.gov.au

Beata Wacek
Project Officer, Vicnet
State Library of Victoria
Ph: 8664 7046
Email: bwacek_at_slv.vic.gov.au

         Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 06:58:04 +0000
         From: "Steven Totosy" <steven.totosy_at_medienkomm.uni-halle.de>
         Subject: Cfp: conference on hypertext in madrid, spain

Call for papers: LEETHI: Literaturas Espanolas y Europeas del Texto
al Hipertexto (Universidad Complutense) and CLDA: Committee on
Comparative Literature in the Digital Age (Dolores Romero Lopez and
Steven Totosy de Zepetnek, chairs) of the ICLA: International
Comparative Literature Association invite abstracts of papers to be
presented at the international conference "Literatures: From Text to
Hypertext" http://www.ucm.es/info/leethi/seminario/index.htm , 21-23
September 2006, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Topics of the conference include the impact of hypertext and
hypermedia on the study of literature; the evaluation of the presence
of literatures on the world wide web; analyses of the impact of new
media technology on formations of culture and on individual and
social identities; theories of/on hypertext, literatures as hypertext
before the arrival of the world wide web; the translation, reading,
and reception of hypertext; and the pedagogical aspects of hypertext
and cyber culture. 200-word abstracts and a brief bioprofile are
invited in English, French, or Spanish to Dolores Romero Lopez at
<dromero_at_filol.ucm.es> and <doloresromerolopez_at_gmail.com> by 31 March 2006.

For further detail consult the conference website at
http://www.ucm.es/info/leethi/seminario/index.htm . Following peer
review, selected papers of the conference are planned to be published
online in English in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu and in a hard-copy volume in the
Purdue University Press series of Books in Comparative Cultural
Studies http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html &
http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/series/compstudies.asp and in Spanish
online in LEETHI: Literaturas Espanolas y Europeas del Texto al
Hipertexto http://www.leethi.javart.net/ and in a hard-copy volume.

with many thanks, and best,

steven totosy de zepetnek (ph.d., professor)
clcweb_at_purdue.edu / steven.totosy_at_comcast.net
1-781-729-1680 (winchester at boston)

         Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:04:48 +0000
         From: "Michelle Ziegler" <zieglerm_at_slu.edu>
         Subject: Fw: Reminder: Heroic Age CFPs

>Issue 10: Saints, Cults, and Shrines (July 2006)
>The Heroic Age invites submissions for its 10th issue. We are
>particularly interested in articles which fit our interdisciplinary
>focus and seek to analyze saints and holy cults in a new light.
>Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the archaeology of
>saints' cults, studies on uses or shifts within hagiographic
>tradition, how saints functioned within particular cultures,
>interpretations of hagiographical or sermonic texts concerning
>saints, and the use of early saints in later centuries. We are also
>seeking new editions or translations of hagiography and/or related
>material. Please send all submissions to the Editor-in-Chief. Mailto:

>Issue 11: Baghdad, Byzantium, Aachen, and Winchester: Early Medieval
>Reformsand Reformers

>The late eighth and ninth centuries saw cultural and intellectual
>revivals and renaissances that seemed to have proceeded from East to
>West. All are related in some way to each other, but they are seldom
>examined in the same context. Harun al-Rachid, Charlemagne, and
>Alfred all sponsored reforms in their respective socieities, were in
>contact in some way with one another (or in Alfred's case, with
>Charlemagne's grandson), and may have influenced one another. In
>Byzantium c. 800 a renaissance was also occurring during the
>iconoclast controversies under Empress Irene. The Empress was able
>to maintain contacts with al-Rachid and Charlemagne.

><i>The Heroic Age</i> invites submissions exploring these rulers, the
>cultural revivals that occurred under their reigns, the factors
>leading to those revivals, the long term results, and any possible
>interplay or influence among them.

>This issue will be <i>The Heroic Age</i>'s eleventh issue and is
>planned for January 2007. Submissions will be received at any time,
>but no later than Oct. 1, 2006.

>For submission guidelines see www.heroicage.org, submissions should
>be sent to Larry Swain, haediting_at_yahoo.com
>Papers addressing ANY issue or topic of interest within the purview
>of the journal are encouraged and welcomed at any time; there is no
>need to adhere to the proposed topic.

>The Heroic Age publishes the following types of materials:
> * Feature Articles
> * Editions and Translations
> * History by Biography
> * Book Reviews
> * Film and Television Reviews

         Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:06:11 +0000
         From: Paul Jones <pjones_at_metalab.unc.edu>
         Subject: UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory


UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory
August 14-25, 2006; UC Irvine Campus

technoSpheres: FutureS ofThinking

The UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites applications from
scholars -- faculty of all ranks and students -- wishing to participate in
the third annual Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT).
Applications must be submitted online via the UCHRI's FASTAPPS system.
Deadline: Applications are due, along with a $20.00 application fee, by
February 15, 2006.

Program Overview

SECT is an intensive two-week summer program for
graduate students and faculty from the UC system
and elsewhere, as well as other scholars,
professionals and public intellectuals. The
Seminar brings together distinguished instructors
and a group of 50-60 students to study a pressing
issue or theme in contemporary critical theory,
in both its "pure" and "applied" modes. SECT is
neither exclusively an introductory survey course
nor an advanced research seminar. Rather, it is
an academy or "laboratory" where students and
faculty at all levels of previous experience can
study with scholars involved in important and
creative theoretical thought. Truly innovative
work is of necessity both fundamental and
advanced, hence needs to be presented in ways
that are simultaneously accessible and
challenging for the widest range of scholars.
Participants are encouraged to think
experimentally and critically, reflecting on
prevailing structures of thought while
dynamically engaging intellectual inheritances
and pushing for theoretical innovations.

Participants in the 2006 Seminar will explore new
ways of thinking about and with technology. The
two-week Seminar will include paired
conversations between technological innovators
and experimental humanists, around the many
issues that engage the human and the
technological. The two-week Seminar will also
include demonstrations of new technological
devices, classroom applications and scholarly
practices. Participants will have opportunities
to engage with new digital applications in the
context of small-group workshops, large-group
social networking exercises and art/technology
installations. The objective for SECT III is to
broaden the participation of humanists in the
transformation of spheres of technological
experience. SECT III is being convened by Anne
Balsamo in partnership with David Theo Goldberg.

Conversations with: Julian Bleecker; John Seely
Brown; Craig Calhoun; Lisa Cartwright; Cathy N.
Davidson; Scott Fisher; Tracy Fullerton;
Guillermo Gómez-Peña; Katherine Hayles; Lynn
Hershman; Norman Klein; Geert Lovink; Tara
McPherson; Michael Naimark; Saskia Sassen; Larry
Smarr Workshop Topics: Wikis; Blogging; Google
Jockeying; Creative Commons; New Genres of
Digital Scholarship; History of Electronic
Literature; Database Narrative; Multimedia
Documentary; Distributed Collaboration in the
Humanities; Creation of Digital Archives

Performances & Presentations: Beatriz da Costa;
René Garcia, Jr.; Guillermo Gómez-Peña; Lynn
Hershman; Perry Hoberman; George Lewis; Michael Naimark; Simon Penny


Application fee: $20.00 (non-refundable) is due
at the time of the online application submission.
Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee is received.

Registration fee: $1,750 for the SECT series. The
fee includes tuition for the two-week Seminar and
daily refreshments. It does not include the cost of housing or meals.

Scholarships: The UCHRI will make available up to
10 scholarships for full-time registered students
covering the full SECT fee. Scholarship awards
will be announced by April 15, 2006. Applicants
are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.

One-page statement covering education, relevant
publications (if any), background in an area of
study relating to the current SECT topic, and
reasons for requesting course of study; and
abbreviated curriculum vitae (two pages maximum).
To submit an online application, you must be
registered with the FASTAPPS system. If you are
not yet registered, click here. If you are
already registered, log in to FASTAPPS.

For further information, contact the SECT coordinator at sect_at_uci.edu or
(949) 824-8900.

         Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:08:33 +0000
         From: "Perry Willett" <pwillett_at_umich.edu>
         Subject: Scholarship and Libraries in
Transition: A Dialogue about the Impacts of Mass Digitization Projects

The University of Michigan is sponsoring a symposium exploring
the impact of mass digitization initiatives, March 10 and 11, 2006
in Ann Arbor MI. For more information, see the symposium website:

What are the transformative issues and implications that emerge
from mass digitization initiatives? How will initiatives such
as the Google parnership with academic libraries impact libraries,
universities, government, information policy, publishing, and
education? What are the professional, social, and economic issues?
How will we identify and respond to the challenges and
opportunities to shape future directions?

Please join us to discuss these vital issues. There is no
registration fee, but we do require registration. More
information, including the registration form and symposium
schedule, and can be found at the symposium website at:

The keynote speaker will be Tim O'Reilly, Founder & CEO, O'Reilly
Media, with closing remarks by Clifford Lynch. Panel participants

* Alan Aldworth, Chairman, ProQuest
* Barbara McFadden Allen, Director, Committee on Institutional
* Paul Courant, Professor, University of Michigan
* Nancy Davenport, President, Council on Library and Information
* Dan Greenstein, University Librarian and Executive Director of
      the California Digital Library
* Jean-Claude Guedon, Professor, University of Montreal
* James Hilton, Associate Provost for Academic, Information and
      Instructional Technology Affairs and Interim University
      Librarian, University of Michigan
* Bruce James, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Government Printing
* Brian Kahin, Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan
* Michael Keller, University Librarian, Stanford University
* John King, Dean School of Information, University of Michigan
* Ron Milne, Acting Director of University Library Services and
      Bodley=92s Librarian, Oxford
* Josie Parker, Director, Ann Arbor District Library
* Mark Sandler, Collection Development Officer, University of
* Adam Smith, Google
* Michael Spinozzi, Executive Vice President and Chief Product
      Officer, Borders Group, Inc.
* Ed Tenner, Professor & Author, Princeton University
* Hal Varian, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
* Alicia Wise, Chief Executive, Publishers Licensing Society
* Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian, University of Virginia
* Ann Wolpert, Director of the Libraries, MIT

Perry Willett
Head, Digital Library Production Service
300 Hatcher North
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1205
Ph: 734-764-8074
Fax: 734-647-6897
Email: pwillett_at_umich.edu

         Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:09:16 +0000
         From: Nancy Ide <ide_at_cs.vassar.edu>
         Subject: CFP: LREC Workshop on Merging
and Layering Linguistic Information



To be held in conjunction with
The 5th International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Magazzini del Cotone Conference Centre
Genoa, Italy
May 23, 2006


Erhard Hinrichs, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
Martha Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, USA

Treebanks and other theme-specific annotation schemes, together with
stand-alone resources such as syntactic and semantic lexicons, wordnets,
and framenets, enable annotation of natural language at different
structural levels. These resources have become crucially important for
the development of data-driven approaches to NLP, human language
technologies, grammar extraction, and linguistic research in general.
However, most of these resources and schemes have been developed by
different groups working at different sites around the world, and their
design is often driven by different linguistic theories and/or
application requirements. Efforts to merge resources and annotations in
order to exploit the information in all of them have shown how difficult
the problem of mapping categories and features reflecting a particular
conceptual design can be.

This workshop is designed to bring together researchers involved in the
development and/or use of theme-specific annotation schemes and
supporting language resources to share experiences and methodologies, in
order to provide a basis for addressing the obstacles to future resource
and annotation development efforts. Another goal of the workshop is to
move towards agreement on linguistic annotation standards for different
levels of representation; that is, frameworks that will allow (a)
individual annotations to cohabit with one another (providing
consistency), (b) specification components from different annotation
schemas to communicate with one another, in order to refer to merged
information (creating integration), (c) underspecification of annotation
information at all levels (enabling incremental addition of information
over the processing history), (d) maintenance of individual annotations
as separate schemas for development, acquisition, and processing
purposes; and (e) annotation of multi-lingual and multi-modal data.
Finally, the workshop is intended to promote collaboration within the
international research community on the harmonization of representations
for linguistic information for use in both language resources and

We invite submission of papers on topics relevant to resource and
annotation formalisms, including but not limited to:

- design principles and annotation schemes for theme-specific
    and resources such as treebanks, lexicons, etc.
- experiences with and methods for merging information in existing
    resources, including both resources of the
same type (e.g. lexical/ semantic
    resources) and those containing linguistic information of
different types
    (e.g., syntax, co-reference, discourse, etc.)
- experiences with and methods for merging annotations for different
    linguistic phenomena;
- the role of linguistic theories in annotation development;
- representation frameworks for multi-layered linguistic annotations;
- methods for and results of evaluation of annotation standards;
- tools for creation and management of integrated annotation schemas;
- applications of resources and theme-specific annotations in acquiring
    linguistic knowledge for NLP.


         Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:10:08 +0000
         From: Nancy Ide <ide_at_cs.vassar.edu>
         Subject: CFP: LREC 2006 Workshop on Annotation Science



To be held in conjunction with
The 5th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Magazzini del Cotone Conference Centre
Genoa, Italy
May 27, 2006


The high cost of manual annotation and validation of automatically
produced annotations for language data has led to the recent
development of methods to enhance the quality of
automatically-produced annotations via mechanisms such as machine
learning. To date, there has been no international forum fully
dedicated to the topic, where researchers working in different areas
and different phenomena are brought together to discuss methods and results.

This workshop will include papers describing current work on
enhancing the results of automated annotation for linguistic
phenomena and provide both an overview and assessment of the
state-of-the-art. The workshop will include an introductory
overview as well as a panel discussion following the paper presentations.

Papers are solicited on any of the following topics:

o Machine learning and other methods to enhance automatic annotation
of linguistic phenomena, including segmentation and chunking; morpho-
syntactic, syntactic, and discourse analysis; semantic annotation;
entity and event recognition; alignment of parallel translations;
annotation of dialogue, speech, gesture, and multi-modal data; etc.

o Use of information from multiple linguistic levels and/or phenomena
to enhance performance of automatic annotation software

o Machine learning and other methods for enhancing automated
knowledge acquisition (e.g, information for lexicons, ontologies, etc.)

o Evaluation and comparison of techniques to enhance the accuracy of
automatically-generated annotations, as well as discussion of limitations

o Software systems for optimizing annotation accuracy, and methods
and systems for optimizing "on the fly" annotation of web and other
language data

o Identification and separation of annotation that cannot be
automated, to simplify annotation enhancement by human proofreaders

o Identification and separation of applications that can tolerate
"noisy" analysis, for which imperfect automated linguistic analysis
would be appropriate

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