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Humanist Archives: Jan. 10, 2019, 6:09 a.m. Humanist 32.312 - events: networks; African DH; personalisation; data science

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    [1]    From: Aline Deicke 
           Subject: CfP: Networks across time and space / 13th Workshop Historical Network Research (78)

    [2]    From: Peter Jones 
           Subject: Re: Workshop -- Digital Humanities - the perspective of Africa”, 9-12 July 2019, Leiden, The Netherlands (101)

    [3]    From: Seamus Lawless 
           Subject: Call for Papers: The Second Annual Workshop on the Evaluation of Personalisation in Information Retrieval, WEPIR 2019 (99)

    [4]    From: Maria Vargha 
           Subject: [ds:UniVie] Lecture Series continues with Elaine Chew on Jan 17th (84)

        Date: 2019-01-09 15:40:33+00:00
        From: Aline Deicke 
        Subject: CfP: Networks across time and space / 13th Workshop Historical Network Research

CfP: Networks across time and space / 13th Workshop Historical Network Research

Methodological Challenges and Theoretical Concerns of Network Research in the

27.-28.05.2019, Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz

From the trade networks of the bronze age to the kinship ties of medieval ruling
houses, from the exchange of scientific knowledge through letters to the
prevention of the spread of infectious diseases, people throughout the ages have
been acutely aware of how their integration or exclusion from networks could
impact their lives. Yet only with the invention of digital tools has it become
possible to reconstruct, visualize, and analyze these relational structures on
an unprecedented scale. They have transformed the way we think about groups and
societies, space and culture. Not only economists, political scientists or
researchers in literary and cultural studies but also historians and
archaeologists have adopted the concept of 'networks' to study certain forms
of information as part of a broader whole. Rather than looking at data in
isolation, the focus is shifting to the links that unite different entities, and
to the structures that emerge from their connections. Especially for
archaeologists and historians, who are often dealing with large amounts of data
that stand in a complex relation to each other - be it objects, sites or
people - network theory and formal network analysis can be very powerful tools
for study.

Particular constraints, however, surround the use of network-theoretic methods
in the historical sciences. The analysis usually deals with fragmentary
datasets, examines data of different types (sites, objects, landscapes,
institutions), or unites data from different regions or periods of time within
one study. Finding a common denominator that unites disparate and sometimes
problematic datasets within one network that sustains a valid historical
hypothesis can be a challenge. It is not always clear which analytical tools,
e.g., different centrality measures, can be applied to gain a deeper
understanding of a dataset and what exactly their use implies for the
conceptional framework of the research in question. To which kind of historical
questions can we find answers through a formal network analysis? Is a more fluid
approach dealing with metaphorical networks more useful? Which new perspectives
on existing data can network research open up to different disciplines? In order
to provide prospective and more advanced network scholars and students in the
historical sciences with a sound background and solid arguments for structuring
a network-related hypothesis, a two-day workshop is organized to:

  *   provide basic training (day 1)
  *   provide in-depth discussion on the application of network theory for
specific datasets and research questions (day 2)

The first day of the workshop aims at novices and prospective students in
network analysis in the historical sciences and archaeology (no previous
knowledge required). Participants can bring own research ideas to the workshop
to receive feedback, but this is not obligatory. The second day of the workshop
is devoted to in-depth theoretical discussion for advanced scholars, who already
have an understanding of network concepts and are applying it to their own case
studies. A general discussion will conclude the exchange within small groups
focusing on specific case studies and central issues in historical and
archaeological network research. Students participating in the first day are
welcome to attend the second day of the workshop to broaden their understanding.
There are three points of focus for discussion on the second workshop day:

  1.  Objects as Actors
  2.  Fragmentary data - fragmentary networks? Implications of source
criticism for archaeological and historical network analysis
  3.  One theory fits them all? Critical reflections on theorizing about social
networks across time and space

Participation in the workshop is free of charge; however, participants are
required to provide for their accommodation and travel.

The number of available places in the workshop is limited. To be considered for
participation, prospective participants should send an abstract of their project
or a statement concerning their motivation of participation (about 300 words) to
the workshop email address: contact-nats@protonmail.com

Submissions are due February 28th.

As the aim of this workshop is to initiate a critical discourse across
disciplines, we encourage all participants to contact us if you would like to
propose further topics for discussion on the second workshop day.

        Date: 2019-01-08 20:02:17+00:00
        From: Peter Jones 
        Subject: Re: Workshop -- Digital Humanities - the perspective of Africa”, 9-12 July 2019, Leiden, The Netherlands

From the HIFA list:
Workshop 'Digital Humanities -the perspective of Africa' -

Digital Humanities -- the perspective of Africa is a satellite workshop of
DH2019, the international ADHO conference for the Digital Humanities in Utrecht
(9-12 July 2019).

*Call for Applications*
In 2019 the ADHO Digital Humanities conference will take place from 9-12 July in
Utrecht, The Netherlands. In the week before DH2019, i.e. 1-5 July 2019, the
Lorentz Center in Leiden (also The Netherlands) will host a satellite workshop
aimed at the articulation of the specific developments in the field of DH that
are taking shape in Africa and their potential to enhance the global DH agenda.
In addition, attention will be given to capacity building and the planning of
initiatives along the lines of ‘science4development’ [https://protect-
za.mimecast.com/s/06q5CxGzD1UD30z1hwbQeD]. The programme will include
introductions into the infrastructural support for DH and the most widely used
data analysis methods with the Humanities and Social Sciences.Â

*Who can apply*
The workshop will welcome students and early-career scholars from the African
continent for a week of lectures, tutorials, presentations, networking and
debate. The selected participants are expected to attend DH2019 in Utrecht as

*Travel bursaries*
Grants to cover the costs for travel and accommodation during the Lorentz
workshop and DH2019, plus the conference fee for DH2019 can be applied for.

*How to apply*

Applicants are expected to prepare/collect the following:
--  curriculum vitae, including contact details (max 1 page);
--  letter of motivation (700-1000 words);
--  letter of support from their supervisor (max 1 page);
--  statement on the estimated height of the financial contribution by the
participant and/or their institute.

These four elements are to be submitted as one PDF-file.

In their motivation letter applicants should indicate:
--  their research interests and/or current planned research;
--  their digital skills and the DH competences they would like to develop
and/or to improve during the workshop;
--  their earlier involvement in DH events (workshops, etc.) as a
participant or otherwise.

Details on how to submit an application can be found on the workshop website:

*Important dates*
Deadline for applications: 31 January 2019
Notification of acceptance: 13 February 2019
Submission of participants’ profiles: 1 June 2019
Workshop dates: 1-5 July 2019
DH2019 conference: 9-12 July

*Links to relevant information pages*

Check https://dhafrica.blog/  for the selection criteria, venue and other
DH2019 - Homepage:Â  https://dh2019.adho.org/
DH2019 - Focus on Africa: https://dh2019.adho.org/programme/focus-on-africa/

Ina Smith

Project Manager: African Open Science PlatformÂ
Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
DOAJ Ambassador, Southern Africa Region
LIASA Librarian of the Year 2016
+Switchboard: +27 12 349 6600Â  Â
Tel: +27 12 349 6641
Fax: +27 (0) 86 576 9512
Email: ina@assaf.org.za

1st Floor Block A, The Woods, 41 De Havilland Crescent, Persequor Park
Meiring Naudé Road, Lynnwood 0020, Pretoria, South Africa.
PO Box 72135, Lynnwood Ridge 0040, Pretoria, South Africa.
Website: www.assaf.org.za


HIFA: Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa.org

HIFA Voices database: www.hifavoices.org

Peter Jones
Community Mental Health Nurse & Researcher
CMHT Brookside
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Ormskirk L39 3BH, UK
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        Date: 2019-01-08 20:01:44+00:00
        From: Seamus Lawless 
        Subject: Call for Papers: The Second Annual Workshop on the Evaluation of Personalisation in Information Retrieval, WEPIR 2019

WEPIR 2019: Second Annual Workshop on the Evaluation of Personalisation in
Information Retrieval

To be held in conjunction with the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information
Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2019
March 10-14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Call for Papers
The purpose of the WEPIR workshop series is to bring together researchers from
different backgrounds, interested in advancing the evaluation of personalisation
in information retrieval. The workshop focus is on the development of a common
understanding of the challenges, requirements and practical limitations of
meaningful evaluation of personalisation in information retrieval. The planned
outcome of the workshop is the proposal of methodologies to support evaluation
of personalised information retrieval from both the perspectives of the user
experience in interactive search settings, and of user models for personalised
information retrieval and their algorithmic incorporation in the search process.

Since the focus of the workshop is primarily on exchange of ideas and
development of new research activities, only short paper contributions will be
sought in the form of 2 to 4 page papers in the standard ACM conference format.

Topics for contributions include but not be limited to:
        --  Task design for evaluation of personalised information retrieval
        --  Test collections for personalised information retrieval
        --  Evaluation metrics for peronsalised information retrieval
        --  Protocols for evaluation of interactive personalised information
        --  User modeling for personalised information retrieval
        --  Search algorithms for personalised information retrieval
        --  Submitted contributions will be selected for inclusion in the
workshop on the basis of reviews by the programme committee

Workshop format
The topic of evaluation of the incorporation of personalisation within search
applications and algorithms and their impact on user engagement and experience
of search is currently underexplored within the information retrieval community.
This is particularly the case from the perspective of comparative evaluation of
interactive and algorithmic elements of personalised search systems, and the
representation and exploitation of user models. To reflect this, the workshop
will focus on establishing and exploring the principles working towards the
outcome of a proposed framework. The workshop will have the following elements:

        --  Invited talk: Prof. Ian Ruthven of the University of Strathclyde
will deliver an invited keynote presentation.
        --  Presentations of papers submitted in response to an open call for
research and position papers. Papers will be presented as short oral and poster
format. The number of oral presentations will be limited to allow for the
maximum of time for interactive activities, with other papers being presented as
        --  Working groups focusing on relevant topics for the evaluation of
personalised information retrieval. These topics will be defined on the day, but
could include experimental protocols, test collection development, and
evaluation metrics.
        --  Consolidation session: integration of the activities of the working
groups, and proposal of agreed framework or frameworks for the evaluation of
personalised information retrieval

Paper Submissions

The workshop is accepting short papers from 2 to 4 pages (including references)
describing approaches or ideas/challenges on the topics of the workshop.
Submissions do not need to be anonymized.

Submissions should be in ACM Standard SIGCONF format. LaTeX and Word templates
are available at (https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template).

Papers should be submitted in pdf format through the EasyChair system
) no later than midnight
Sunday 3rd of February, 2018 (AoE). Submissions will be reviewed by members of
the workshop program committee. Accepted papers will be included in the extended
CHIIR 2019 Proceedings and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. In
addition, it is planned to index the WEPIR workshop proceedings with CEUR-WS.
Authors of select papers may be invited to contribute to a journal publication
which describes the outcomes of the workshop.

Important Dates

***Anywhere on Earth Time Zone***

Midnight Sunday 3rd of February : Deadline for paper submission

Midnight Sunday 24th of February: Notification to authors

Midnight Friday 8th of March: Camera-ready papers due

Thursday, 14th of March 2019: WEPIR Workshop at CHIIR

Further information is available on our website
http://www.ir.disco.unimib.it/wepir2019/ or by emailing the workshop organizers
at wepir@adaptcentre.ie 

Workshop Organizers
Gareth J. F. Jones, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland
Nicholas J. Belkin, Rutgers University, USA
Gabriella Pasi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Séamus Lawless, ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

        Date: 2019-01-08 09:28:21+00:00
        From: Maria Vargha 
        Subject: [ds:UniVie] Lecture Series continues with Elaine Chew on Jan 17th

The research platform "Data Science @ Uni Vienna" continues its lecture
series, to which we would like to cordially invite you. Elaine Chew will
give a talk and concert mix titled "The (Data) Science of Time: From
Music to the Heart", Elaine Chew will present and discuss mathematical
models of time, timing and temporal structure in music and heart data,
with demonstrations at a Bösendorfer piano.

When: 17. January 2019, 16.30h
Where: BIG Lecture Hall, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien
Speaker: Elaine Chew, Queen Mary University
Title: The (Data) Science of Time: From Music to the Heart


The explosion of data in the music industry and technological
developments in musical instruments that can record performance nuances
have made possible modern investigations into intangible properties of
music such as expressivity. How do musicians shape performances?  How
are masterful interpretations crafted?  What are the decisions that
define a performance? What is the process of musicking: performing and
listening?  These have all become quantifiable and subject to scientific
probing.The consequent ability to capture and model the rhythmic
variations of performance transfers to other music-like systems like the
human heart. This enables descriptions of individual experiences of
cardiac arrhythmias, personalised diagnoses, and disease or risk
stratification. Elaine Chew will present and discuss mathematical models
of time, timing and temporal structure in music and heart data, with
demonstrations at a piano.

We are looking forward to seeing you! Registration for the event is not
mandatory, but it will help us with the organization. Please sign up
here: https://datascience.univie.ac.at/lecture-series/registration/

About the lecture series:
The lecture series introduces international scientists with talks about
their views on the possibilities and challenges of data science in their
respective fields. We aim to reach a broad audience from various
scientific backgrounds as well as the industry – from students to
lecturers right up to entrepreneurs and interested parties and
individuals. The next lecturers will be Elaine Chew, professor for
digital media from the Queen Mary University in London (January 17^th
2019) and Gudrun Gersmann, professor for history from the University of
Cologne (April 4^th 2019).

About us :
Data Science @ Uni Vienna is a new research platform at the University
of Vienna that presents a hub on all activities in data science at the
University of Vienna. Our primary focus is to bring researchers from
different areas together to work on and solve several of the challenges
that this new field presents. We specifically focus on problems arising
in one of the following five domains, Astronomy, Digital Humanities,
Finance, Industry 4.0, Medical Sciences.  While these areas are broad,
they have in common that they are data-driven and use similar methods
from computer science, mathematics, and statistics.

Further information: https://datascience.univie.ac.at/lecture-series/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsUniVie

Anne Marie Faisst, BA

Universität Wien
Fakultät für Informatik
Forschungsgruppe Visualization and Data Analysis

Koordination Forschungsplattform Data Science
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Institut für Geschichte
Univestität Wien

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