Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 19.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
 From: Ray Siemens <email@example.com> (61)
Subject: Humanities Computing Workshops (Victoria, BC)
 From: Charles Ess <firstname.lastname@example.org> (135)
Subject: 2nd Global Information Village Plaza
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 07:21:55 +0100
From: Ray Siemens <email@example.com>
Subject: Humanities Computing Workshops (Victoria, BC)
*Announcement: Local Humanities Computing Workshops*
University of Victoria
23-28 June, 2003
Sponsored by the University of Victoria and Malaspina
< http://web.mala.bc.ca/siemensr/HCSeminar/2003.htm >
In response to local needs for training in areas key to computing in the
Arts and Humanities, UVic and Malaspina U-C are offering a series of
interrelated workshops focusing on digitisation, text encoding,
multimedia, and text analysis tools. We anticipate that institutional
sponsors will secure most seats, but we also welcome applications from
those outside sponsoring institutions, should additional seats be
The particulars of the workshops are found below and, in more detail, on
the website listed above. For further information, and for inquiries
regarding space in the workshops, please contact Ray Siemens, Malaspina
U-C, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Stream 1: Text Encoding and Tools
Text Encoding (Susan Schreibman, U Maryland): Provides an introduction
to the theory and practice of encoding electronic texts for the
humanities. This workshop is designed for individuals who are
contemplating embarking on a text encoding project, or for those who
would like to better understand the philosophy, theory, and
practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines, and/or Encoded Archival
Description (EAD). No previous knowledge of XML, the TEI or EAD is
necessary. However, a familiarity with HTML would be useful.
Text Analysis Tools (Stefan Sinclair, U Alberta): Provides a thorough
introduction to the fundamental concepts and skills for
computer-assisted text analysis. It is appropriate for any scholar
wishing to explore how the computer can be used as an aid to textual
research, with a particular focus on literary criticism.
*Stream 2: Digitisation and Multimedia
Digitisation (Ray Siemens, Malaspina U-C, and staff from the M U-C
Centre for Digital Humanities Innovation): Conveys skills necessary to
digitise objects -- text (OCR), image, sound, video -- both via direct
capture and conversion processes. This workshop is 'bootstrap' in
orientation, assuming participants have only basic computing competency.
New Media and Multimedia (Andrew Mactavish, McMaster U): Balancing
theory and practice, participants will learn how to create interactive
works of multimedia. The course is designed for individuals with
interest in exploring, in a hands-on fashion, a range of applications of
multimedia, from research and teaching documents to works of art and
entertainment. Experience digitising multimedia objects is required;
these are imparted in the digitisation workshop, but this requirement
will be waived if the participant has requisite skills. In addition,
experience using examples of multimedia, such as web pages, educational
software, hypertext fiction, or computer games, is recommended.
* Details and Contact
More complete details - including a schedule, fuller course
descriptions, attendance costs, and local accommodation - can be found
For additional details, and for inquiries regarding space in the
workshops, please contact Ray Siemens, Malaspina U-C, at
English, Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. V9R 5S5.
Office: 335/120. Phone: (250)753-3245, x2046. Fax: (250) 740-6459.
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 07:24:52 +0100
From: Charles Ess <email@example.com>
Subject: 2nd Global Information Village Plaza
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
2nd Global Information Village Plaza: Connecting Multi-Cultural, Multi-
Lingual and Multi-Media Universes
-What is the Global Information Village Plaza?
The Global Information Village Plaza was born out of the idea of going
beyond the hype, rhetoric and expert analysis by the happy few involved
in the preparation of policies and programs supposed to support the
transition into the information society" or "digital economy. Instead, it
sought to give ASIS&T members -and information professionals at large- an
opportunity to informally and vigorously express their views about the
challenges and opportunities that the so called "information society"
represents in their personal and professional lives.
-Outcomes of the of 1st Global Information Village Plaza:
Between July and December 2002, individuals were invited to post short
position statements and engage in discussion about these issues on the
SIG-III listserv. The archive of the event can be seen at
http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/plaza.htm. The position statements and major
discussion threads (originating from the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and
Latin America) revolved around a number of recurring themes:
* Multiculturalism and multilingualism
* Lifelong learning for information professionals
* Public sphere and its information spaces
* Strategies for coping with information overload and pollution
* Switching focus from information systems toward interactive learning
* User-friendliness and reliability of ICT applications
* New patterns of work and social life
* ICT and information as instruments of domination and/or liberation
* The state of information post 9/11
-Global Information Village Plaza 2: What is next?
The goal of this second edition of the Global Information Village Plaza is
to deepen the definition of the issues and propose research and action
agendas. In addition to collecting statements about the considered issues,
new features are added: multimedia presentations and a graphic arts contest.
1- OPINION STATEMENTS
All ASIS&T members and information professionals at large are invited to
express and share their personal views on the list of themes identified at
the previous Plaza (see above). The statements should articulate what is
really new and challenging aboutin the issue; what should be investigated
and how; what individuals, information services and professional societies
should do in order for all to better deal with the issue. Additions to the
list of topics are of course welcome.
2- MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS
Since most colleagues around the world have no chance to attend an ASIS&T
Annual Meeting, we invite digital video testimonies to be recorded and
provided for display at the Plaza. They should address the selected issues
or any relevant one, and provide, as far as possible, appropriate
background and illustration for people not familiar with the particular
context to understand the points made. It his hoped that these videos could
offer a virtual trip to remote corners of the global information village.
The videos could be either MPEG films or Slideshow compatible with standard
software; they may be edited by the moderators for content and length.
3- GRAPHIC ART
Do you express yourself better through graphic arts? Then, consider
entering the contest for the best cartoon, poster, drawing, or graphic art
pieces of any kind that illustrates the issues under discussion at the
Plaza. The award for the best poster, cartoon, drawing, etc. will be
presented during the session.
-The Plaza Spirit: How to participate?
In keeping up with the spirit of the Plaza i.e., the 'public place' or
shared community space reminiscent of the public sphere- the social
interaction between the various participants and contributors is an
important part of the 2nd Global Plaza. Participate in three easy steps:
Send a short position statement (300 words maximum) to the SIG/III
discussion list (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the following questions:
1 Which of the issues listed do you consider most important for your
personal or professional life?Why? What is challenging about this issue?
How should this issue be investigated and dealt with? What should the
information science & technology community do to help you and itself cope
with the issue(s)?
2 Are there other issues that are equally or more important in your
opinion, and which result from the globalization of the information
society? What should be done in order to cope with these? What can the
information science & technology community do to address these issues?
All messages should clearly indicate "Plaza" in the subject line. Anyone
can post messages to the sigiii-l list but if you wish to see what others
have posted and participate in further discussion, we recommend that you
subscribe to the list (see http://mail.asis.org/mailman/listinfo/sigiii-l
for details on how to subscribe). Note that the list will be moderated to
avoid spamming and unrelated announcements.
Note: In the case of video shows and graphic art presentations, please send
a message to the list with a short description of the format, duration (for
videos) and content (e.g., relationship to the topics under consideration).
A copy of all multimedia products should be sent to the moderators for
display at the ASIS&T meeting. Contact the moderators for more information.
Send your comments about the statements posted on the list.
Attend the "Global Information Plaza" session at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting
in Long Beach, CA (http://www.asis.org/Conferences/) and participate in the
-What will happen at the ASIS&T Annual meeting?
A special session on the Global Information Village Plaza 2 will be held at
the annual ASIST conference in Long Beach. The moderators, Nadia Caidi and
Michel Menou will summarize the contributions:
a) The posters will be placed on the walls around the room showing teaxt
and graphic contributions; a few laptops will be used to present the video
shows. Participants will be able to move around the room and contribute to
the topics by adding their comments on stickers that will be made available
at the various panels and booths. They will also be able to discuss with
b) After 30 to 40 minutes, individual discussions will stop. The moderators
will summarize the position statements, as well as the main concept(s) and
proposals that emerged from the contributions.
c) A presentation of the position statements by the moderators standing on
a platform in the middle of the room issues and contributions will ensue,
followed by a general discussion that will be recorded.
A summary of the session will be subsequently posted on the Sigiii-l
discussion list along with edited position statement(s). It is our hope to
revise and expand these contributions and discussion threads for
publication in a professional journal, along with reflections on the
process and outcomes of the experience.
Don't miss the opportunity to say your word (politically correct language
NOT required). It might not change the course of history but it may make
you feel better.
Nadia Caidi, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
(email@example.com) and Michel J. Menou, Department of Information
Science, City University London (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Check the Global Plaza Archive on the SIG-III website
(http://proto-www.slis.kent.edu/~yinzhang/sigiii/) and stay tuned!
Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
Tel: (416) 978 4664
Fax: (416) 971 1399
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