21.100 events: 3D-simulation; e-science

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 09:42:12 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 100.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard_at_KCL.AC.UK> (28)
         Subject: 3D-Simulation of Ancient Naval Warfare (DC/WiP

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (149)
         Subject: e-Science in the Arts and Humanities lectures in June

         Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 09:26:41 +0100
         From: Gabriel Bodard <gabriel.bodard_at_KCL.AC.UK>
         Subject: 3D-Simulation of Ancient Naval Warfare (DC/WiP seminar)

Digital Classicist/Institute of Classical Studies Work in Progress
Seminar, Summer 2007

Friday 15th June at 16:30, in room NG16, Senate House, Malet Street, London

Boris Rankov (Royal Holloway)
'3D-Simulation of Ancient Naval Warfare'


A presentation of a grant proposal to the AHRC for a multi-disciplinary
project on ancient naval warfare, using a computerised ship-manoeuvring
programme and 3-D simulation. The project involves the Classics
department at Royal Holloway, the War Studies department at King's
College London, the Naval Architecture department at University College,
London, and a commercial marine-research company, HR Wallingford.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact Gabriel.Bodard_at_kcl.ac.uk or
Simon.Mahony_at_kcl.ac.uk, or see the seminar website at

Dr Gabriel BODARD
(Epigrapher & Digital Classicist)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
Kay House
7, Arundel Street
London WC2R 3DX
Email: gabriel.bodard_at_kcl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2980
         Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 09:34:02 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: e-Science in the Arts and Humanities lectures in June
From: Methnet <methnet_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 16:41:17 +0100
Please find below details of the June lectures in the eSI Thematic
Programme: e-Science in the Arts and Humanities at the e-Science
Institute in Edinburgh. The lectures are free and open to all, though
registration is required if you wish to request accommodation.  The
lectures will also be simultaneously webcast and available on demand
after the event.
Methods and Technologies for Enabling Virtual Research Communities
Monday 18 June 2007 2pm - 4pm
PART 1 The Potential of Access Grid for Collaborative Research in the
Arts and Humanities
David Shepherd, University of Sheffield
Andrew Prescott, University of Wales Lampeter
The Access Grid has been hailed as the 'Miramax of video
conferencing'. However, its use to date by many arts and humanities
researchers has chiefly been restricted to activities which could be
supported by other videoconferencing tools and techniques. Between
October 2006 and March 2007 a project was undertaken, under the
auspices of the AHRC e-science programme, at the Humanities Research
Institute at the University of Sheffield and in collaboration with a
number of other humanities and other computing centres across Britain
and Europe to identify and appraise critically the areas where the
Access Grid could potentially support collaborative research
activities between arts and humanities researchers in four activity
areas: digital images; sound and moving image; electronic texts and
databases; virtual reality and visualisation. An Access Grid workshop
was held for each of these activity areas. This presentation will
review the conclusions of these workshops and suggest future areas of
development for Access Grid use by arts and humanities researchers.
Where appropriate, extracts from recordings of the workshops will be
shown, and prototype software developed in the course of the
workshops will be demonstrated.
PART 2: Agora: Easy to use collaboration software for the Arts and Humanities
Rob Crouchley, Adrian Fish, Miguel Gonzalez, Centre of e-Science,
Lancaster University
Agora is an extremely easy to use online meeting tool, designed from
the ground up with desktop PC and laptop users in mind. Agora
facilitates the spontaneous use of video conferencing from your
office; setting up a conference can be as easy as entering a few
email addresses and clicking one button. Agora can also be integrated
into several popular portal frameworks by simply running an
installer. Agora has been designed to avoid many of the typical
problems involved in configuring similar environments, environments
where complexity and expensive equipment are a given, and skilled
administrators are essential. Despite its simplicity and ease of use,
Agora has all the features necessary for a rich e-collaboration
experience. Our talk will highlight the key features of Agora and how
these features can be used to greatly enhance research interaction
carried out by geographically dispersed teams. We will illustrate
Agora's usefulness with some use cases from the Arts and Humanities.
The talk will be primarily aimed at the researcher although there
will be a degree of technical content for anybody interested in
deploying Agora at their institution. We will commence the talk with
a live demonstration.
More information:
On-demand webcast:
Ontologies and Semantic Interoperability for Humanities Data
19 June 2007, 2007 1pm- 3pm
The lecture will cover some of the problems of semantic
interoperability for arts and humanities data. The central aim of
this workshop is to discuss existing case studies and a research
agenda for linking arts and humanities data in a semantic metadata
management system across multiple heterogeneous collections. The
lecture will cover an introduction to ontologies as a formal semantic
view of data by structuring it and creating tags to define semantic
relationships across collections. This introduction to ontologies
will be followed by a set of examples for ontologies and annotation
standards in general for the humanities. Afterwards, the scope of the
investigation will be expanded and other disciplines will be included
in order to present new semantic data and information integration
approaches (from classical ones, like OBSERVER, TSIMMIS, Carnot,
etc., to newer Semantic-Web approaches, like DWQ, KnowledgeParser,
D2R, R2O, etc.). In the last part of the talk, conclusions will be
delivered for the future use of ontologies in a humanities metadata
management system by considering some requirements for such a system.
The two speakers include experts from the humanities and from
computer science specifialised in ontological engineering. Mark
is a Professor of Early Modern History in Sheffield. He is
co-investigator at the 'Ontology-based Historical Mining in
Armadillo' project and will report on the experiences of that
project. The second speaker is Oscar Corcho
) who is working as a Marie Curie fellow at the Information
Management Group of the University of Manchester. His research
activities include the Semantic Grid, the Semantic Web, and
Ontological Engineering. He participates at the European project
OntoGrid and published a book about 'Ontological Engineering'. Oscar
will answer to Mark's experiences in the Armadillo project and will
introduce some of the latest developments in ontological engineering
that might help address some of the issues involved.
On-demand webcast:
Collaborative Text Editing
20 June 2007, 2007 2pm - 4pm
Gabriel Bodard
King's College London
Open Source Critical (= Transparent, Technically Explicit, and
Collaborative) Editions
The interest I have in collaborative research is focussed on the
question of protocols and standards for creating edited texts in
useful digital format. I shall consider these issues under the
general label of "Open Source Critical Editions", a term which I
shall briefly explain. "Open Source" is a reference to publishing and
making transparent the source code as well as the source data for the
decisions, with the explicit expectation that this be reused and
recirculated by future studies and editions. "Critical" indicates the
assumption that these digital texts are not only critically
respectably, but contain explicit machine-actionable indication of
the scholarly thinking and evidence behind the decisions presented.
"Editions" is not an entirely neutral term either, as it may
encompass eclectic editions of multiple manuscripts, for example, as
well as detailed transcriptions of individual witnesses and even
unique textual objects such as papyri, inscriptions, coins, etc. I
shall touch on the implications of collaborative editing and
annotation of such texts, and I shall also consider some models of
attribution for such work (the detailed mechanisms of both of these
issues will be discussed in more detail by Juan Garces.)
Juan Garces
British Library
Jean Carletta
University of Edinburgh
The AMI Meeting Corpus
The AMI Meeting Corpus contains 100 hours of meetings captured using
many synchronized recording devices, and is designed to support work
in speech and video processing, language engineering, corpus
linguistics, and organizational psychology. It has been transcribed
orthographically, with annotated subsets for everything from named
entities, dialogue acts, and summaries to simple gaze and head
movement. Much of the annotation was created using the NITE XML
Toolkit, which allows a distributed set of users to create, store,
browse, and search annotations for the same base data that are both
time-aligned against signal and related to each other structurally. I
will describe the process of designing and creating this complex data
set, how we are encouraging it to grow, and the technical challenges
this presents for its future maintenance.
More information:
On-demand webcast at:
Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London |
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