21.198 events: language engineering; indigenous peoples; digital media & peer-review

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 10:12:32 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 198.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Sergei Nirenburg <sergei_at_umbc.edu> (98)
         Subject: Advances in Language Engineering conference

   [2] From: "Philipp Budka" <philbu_at_gmx.net> (81)
         Subject: Call for Papers - Indigenous Peoples Knowledge
                 Society: Transformations and Challenges

   [3] From: simon mahony <simon.mahony_at_KCL.AC.UK> (35)
         Subject: CFP: Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval Studies

         Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 10:04:46 +0100
         From: Sergei Nirenburg <sergei_at_umbc.edu>
         Subject: Advances in Language Engineering conference

Call for Participation

NATO Advanced Study Institute on
Advances in Language Engineering
for Low- and Middle-Density Languages

Batumi, Georgia
October 15-27, 2007

This Advanced Study Institute is devoted to the development of
computational language resources for languages for which these
resources are not available or are underdeveloped. Related research
and development is being carried out around the world and progress on
one language or group of languages can guide work on others. The
Institute will seek to facilitate new language engineering
initiatives for additional languages and to expose linguists and
software engineers to a variety of techniques and case studies.

The Institute will include mini-courses, lectures,
workshops, software demonstrations and, possibly, a poster session
and a panel discussion.

Target Audience
The Institute is geared toward students and
practitioners of computational linguistics, linguistics and computer

Application for Participation
If you would like to participate in the
Institute, please submit the application form available on the
Institute=E2=80=99s website: http://ilit.umbc.edu/ASI. Please pay attention
to eligibility conditions related to your country of citizenship. The
deadline for application submissions is August 17, 2007. (Apologies
for such short notice.) Selection of participants will be carried
out by the co-directors in consultation with the lecturers.

Participant Support
The Institute has funds to offset the travel and
living expenses of those participants who do not have other sources
of travel support. You can indicate on the Application for
Participation whether you would like to be considered for financial
support. If you are granted such support, you will be expected to
attend the full two weeks of the Institute.

Participation options Participants may:

Simply attend the ASI.
Attend the ASI and submit a proposal to do a system demonstration.
Attend the ASI + submit a paper to be considered for workshop
presentation or poster session.

See the Web site for details about submissions. All submissions will
be reviewed by a subset of the lecturers. Authors of outstanding
papers may be invited to contribute to a collection to be published
after the Institute by IOS Press. The program of the Institute will
be made sufficiently flexible to accommodate any accepted
presentations, demos and posters.

Location Batumi is a resort town on the Georgian Black Sea coast. You
can find more about it, for example, in=20
Wikipedia: http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batumi

Courses (alphabetically by lecturer; a small number of courses may
still be added)

Building Computational Resources for Treebanks: from Syntactic
Constituency to Dependency Structures
Rodolfo Delmonte (Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy)

Bi- and Multilingual Electronic Dictionaries, Their Design and
Applications to Low- and Middle-Density Languages
Ivan Derzhanski (Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science,
Sofia, Bulgaria)

Applying Ontological Semantics and Finite State Morphology to Georgian
Oleg Kapanadze (University of Tbilisi, Georgia)

Hybrid Machine Translation for Low- and Middle-Density Languages
Stella Markantonatou (Institute for Language and Speech Processing,
Athens, Greece)

Practical Computational Descriptive Linguistics=20
for Low- and Middle- Density Languages
Marjorie McShane (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

Building Computational Resources and Processors for Persian and Armenian
Karine Megerdoomian (MITRE Corporation, USA)

Ontological Semantics and Its Applications
Sergei Nirenburg (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

Developing Computational Morphology for Low- and Middle-Density
Kemal Oflazer (Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Extracting Bilingual Lexicons from Parallel Corpora
Dan Tufis (Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian
Academy of Sciences, Bucharest Romania)

Practical Syntactic Processing of Flexible Word Order Languages with
Dynamic Syntax
David Tugwell (St Andrews University, Scotland)

Applying Meaning Text Linguistic Model to Automatic Text Synthesis of
Low- and Middle-Density Languages
Leo Wanner (ICREA and Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain)

Building lexicons and morphological and syntactic processors for Low-
and Middle-Density Languages, With Examples from Hebrew and Arabic
Shuly Wintner (University of Haifa, Israel)

ASI Co-Directors
Oleg Kapanadze, University of Tbilisi, Georgia
Sergei Nirenburg, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA

Have questions? Send e-mail to Sergei Nirenburg: sergei AT umbc DOT edu


Sergei Nirenburg
Professor, CSEE
Director, Institute for Language
and Information Technologies

         Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 10:07:10 +0100
         From: "Philipp Budka" <philbu_at_gmx.net>
         Subject: Call for Papers - Indigenous Peoples Knowledge
Society: Transformations and Challenges

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to bring to your attention the=20
following event and call for papers:

KCTOS: Knowledge, Creativity, and Transformation of Societies
Vienna, Austria, 6 to 9 December

2007 Call for Papers for the section: Indigenous=20
Peoples Knowledge Society: Transformations and=20
Challenges / Indigene in der Wissensgesellschaft:=20
Transformationen und Herausforderungen=20

Of the more than 300 Million Indigenous Peoples=20
recognized by the United Nations, a growing=20
minority is actively shaping indigenous visions=20
of a knowledge-based society. These visions are=20
not simply indigenous responses to global=20
mainstream debates over post-industrial=20
development or techno-scientific culture, etc.=20
More importantly, they articulate the actual=20
deployment of new media and information=20
communications technologies (ICTs) by indigenous=20
communities to forward their own policies and=20
practices. They frame how indigenous communities=20
are mobilizing over the internet and on the Web=20
to communicate their lived experiences and extend=20
their local networks to global audiences,=20
including and especially, a global indigenous=20
audience. For academics in the field, online=20
indigenous communities are opening up spaces of=20
inquiry beyond the digital divide by actively=20
co-creating virtual communities and transforming=20
their cultural experience through ICTs (i.e.,=20
real life in cyberspace). Questions about=20
resources, knowledge/power and access continue to=20
be important, but they have become more=20
complicated by issues of networking and social=20
life, virtual reproduction, and information=20
policy. These new social, political, and cultural=20
forms of indigeneity will be discussed within=20
this section. Details on Submission: You are=20
invited to submit abstracts (250 words, English)=20
till the 24th of August 2007. Please include your=20
contact details (name, affiliation, email, and a=20
brief bio). Successful candidates will be=20
notified by the end of August. Full paper=20
submissions should be about 4.000 words long,=20
formatted according to the APA guidelines (e.g.=20
http://www-distance.syr.edu/apa5th.html), and=20
submitted by the 16th of November. Accepted=20
papers will be published in TRANS =AD Internet=20
Journal for Cultural Sciences=20
(htttp://www.inst.at/trans/index.htm) and=20
included in a book project (full text on CD-ROM,=20
more info at:=20
Please note that the conference organizers are=20
unable to fund travel or hotel costs for=20
conference attendees. Please send abstracts to=20
the section leads Adam Fiser (University of=20
Toronto) adam.fiser_at_gmail.com and Philipp Budka=20
(University of Vienna) ph.budka_at_philbu.net

Abstracts should address one or more themes=20
reflected in the following research questions:
-- How can/should social sciences describe and=20
explaiin local indigenous knowledge production in=20
a potentially global knowledge system? What are=20
the socio-cultural and political inter-linkages between local and global?
-- How do indigenous communities integrate=20
new media practices and ICTs into processes of=20
local media production and networking to=20
participate in socio-cultural life, political=20
movements, economic development, healthcare, education, and so forth?
-- How might indigenous communities' uses of=20
new media and ICTs reflect challenges for=20
diversity, conflict, global ethics, pluralism, gender, youth and heritage?
-- What best practices have=20
indigenous organizations developed around the=20
inter-linkages of knowledge production, new=20
media, ICTs, and local/global community networks=20
(that could inform practitioners and scholars)? All the best, Philipp

-- Philipp Budka philbu_at_gmx.net Dreyhausenstra=C3=9Fe=20
18/7 A-1140 Wien, Austria http://www.philbu.net

         Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 10:08:26 +0100
         From: simon mahony <simon.mahony_at_KCL.AC.UK>
         Subject: CFP: Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval Studies <fwd>

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 10:32:14 -0400
From: Timothy Stinson <tlstinson_at_gmail.com>

Call for Papers for the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May
8-11, 2008, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Medieval Academy of America Committee on Electronic Resources invites
submissions to the following sponsored session:

"Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval Studies"

Medievalists are increasingly turning to digital media both to produce new
types of scholarship such as encoded texts and non-bookish digital projects
(e.g. archives and interactive electronic resources) and to advance and
increase the efficiency of traditional forms of scholarship such as critical
editions. There is not yet widespread agreement, however, regarding how
this new work should count for academic promotion, and many scholars working
in these new media find that there are few established avenues for getting
their work peer reviewed. At the same time, we are witnessing rapid and
widespread changes in how we use print texts (e.g. often in scanned,
searchable copies), and many traditional publishers of print journals and
monographs are under enormous financial pressures from declining sales and
print runs, thereby further limiting access to peer review and opportunities
for publication. How can we, as a community, bring scholarship, publishing,
and the need for peer review into balance?

Please email abstracts (not to exceed 300 words) to Timothy Stinson (
stinson_at_jhu.edu). Please include name, professional/university affiliation,
and contact information.

Simon Mahony
Research Associate
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
Kay House
7 Arundel St
London WC2R 3DX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2813
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2980
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