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From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:45:42 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 423.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: David Green <davidgreen_at_knowledgeculture.com> (88)
         Subject: "Cyberinfrastructure & the Liberal Arts" - Academic
                 Commons special issue released today

   [2] From: "H.M. Gladney" <hgladney_at_pacbell.net> (45)
         Subject: DDQ 6(4) is available

         Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:22:18 +0000
         From: David Green <davidgreen_at_knowledgeculture.com>
         Subject: "Cyberinfrastructure & the
Liberal Arts" - Academic Commons special issue released today

Monday Dec 17, 2005

Academic Commons today released its December 2007 special issue
Edited by David L. Green (Principal at Knowledge Culture), the issue
is dedicated to the memory of Roy Rosenzweig (1950-2007), an
extraordinary historian who inspired a generation of fellow
historians and others working at the intersection of the humanities
and new technologies (http://thanksroy.org/).

Cyberinfrastructure offers the liberal arts new resources and new
ways of working - with revolutionary computing capabilities, massive
data resources and distributed human expertise. How will students,
scholars, teachers, librarians, museum professionals and others
connect, use and contribute to these new capabilities? Will humanists
work collaboratively and produce new forms of scholarship "more
interesting than the book"? How will institutions change the way they
do business in putting cyberinfrastructure to work?

This collection of essays, interviews and reviews captures the
perspectives of scholars, scientists, information technologists and
administrators on the challenges and opportunities
cyberinfrastructure presents for the liberal arts and liberal arts
colleges. What difference will cyberinfrastructure make and how
should we prepare?

Table of Contents:

     - David L. Green, "A Cyberinfrastructure for Us All."

*Humanities Cyberinfrastructure*
     - Gary Wells, "The (Uncommon) Challenge of the Cultural
Commonwealth" (Review)
     - Kevin Guthrie, "Beyond the ACLS Report: An Interview with John
Unsworth." (Interview)

*Beyond the Two Cultures*
     - Michael Lesk, "From Data to Wisdom: Humanities Research and
Online Content." (Essay)
     - Sayeed Choudhury and Timothy Stinson, "The Virtual Observatory
and the Roman de la Rose:
          Unexpected Relationships and the Collaborative
Imperative." (Essay)

     - Gregory Crane, "'Building the Infrastructure for
Cyberscholarship'." (Review)
     - Janet Murray, "Cyberinfrastructure as Cognitive Scaffolding:
The Role of Genre Creation
          in Knowledge Making." (Essay)
     - Amelia Carr, Guy Hedreen, and Dana Leibsohn,
"Cyberinfrastructure and the Future of
         Art History." (Roundtable Discussion)

*Institutional Change: Colleges and Museums*
     - David Green, "Leveraging Institutional Change: An Interview with
          James J. O'Donnell." (Interview)
     - David Green, "Museums, Cataloging & Content Infrastructure:
          An Interview with Kenneth Hamma." (Interview)
     - John Weber, "College Museums in a Networked Era--Two
Propositions." (Essay)

*Institutional Change: Colleges and Museums*
     - Francis Starr, "Deploying Cyberinfrastructure for the Sciences at
          Liberal Arts Colleges." (Essay)
     - Todd Kelley, "Managed Cyber Services as a Cyberinfrastructure
         Strategy for Smaller Institutions of Higher Education." (Essay)
     - Matthew Coté, "The Sciences, Cyberinfrastructure and the
Liberal Arts:
         The Case of the Bates College Imaging Center." (Essay)

Descriptions of some key organizations and networks whose missions
include leveraging cyberinfrastructure.
     - Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (AHDO)
     - American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
     - ARTstor
     - Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
     - Cyberinfrastructure Partnership (CIP) & Cyberinfrastructure
Technology Watch
     - Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced
Collaboratory (HASTAC)
     - CenterNet
     - Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
     - Ithaka
     - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
     - National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
     - NITLE
     - Open Content Alliance
     - Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research

David Green
Knowledge Culture

         Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:28:57 +0000
         From: "H.M. Gladney" <hgladney_at_pacbell.net>
         Subject: DDQ 6(4) is available

Digital Document Quarterly 6.4 (http://home.pacbell.net/hgladney/ddq.htm)

DDQ 6(4) recommends four books, and provides brief reviews:
        David Lindley's Uncertainty: Einstein,
Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science
        Ernst Cassirer's The Logical Structure of
the Humanities, and also his An Essay on Man
        Amos Elon's The Pity of It All

At the 2007 ECDL conference, Seamus Ross
summarized the state of the art of digital
preservation with, "[No] concise and
well-developed strategy that represents the views
of a broad community has yet emerged. Since 1989
at least twelve have been published." He
continues with, "as a community we need to
re-think how we are approaching research -- [and]
need to engage -- researchers in this process, and
especially those with a strong computing science and engineering=

Readers of DDQ might also be interested in an
article that responds to this invitation, Economics and Engineering
for Preserving Digital Content. An online
preprint version is available at
Its abstract reads:

Progress towards practical long-term preservation
seems stalled. We preservationists cannot afford
unique technology, but must exploit marketplace
offerings. Macro economic facts suggest shifting
most preservation work from repository institutions to their users.

Prior publications describe conceptual solutions
for all known challenges of preserving a single
object, but do not deal with software development
or collection scaling. Much of the software
needed is available. It has, however, not yet
been selected, adapted, integrated, or deployed
for digital preservation. Tools for daily work
can embed packaging for preservation without much burdening their users.

We describe a practical strategy for detailed
design and implementation. Document handling is
complicated by human sensitivity to communication
nuances. Our engineering section therefore
suggests how project managers can master the many pertinent details.

Cheerio, Henry

H.M. Gladney,
Ph.D. <http://home.pacbell.net/hgladney>
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