17.019 h.c. workshops; Global Info Plaza

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Wed May 14 2003 - 02:37:59 EDT

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 19.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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       [1] From: Ray Siemens <siemensr@mala.bc.ca> (61)
             Subject: Humanities Computing Workshops (Victoria, BC)

       [2] From: Charles Ess <cmess@lib.drury.edu> (135)
             Subject: 2nd Global Information Village Plaza

             Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 07:21:55 +0100
             From: Ray Siemens <siemensr@mala.bc.ca>
             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 siemensr@mala.bc.ca.


    *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
    via http://web.mala.bc.ca/siemensr/HCSeminar/2003.htm.

    For additional details, and for inquiries regarding space in the
    workshops, please contact Ray Siemens, Malaspina U-C, at

    R.G. Siemens
    English, Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. V9R 5S5.
    Office: 335/120. Phone: (250)753-3245, x2046. Fax: (250) 740-6459.
    siemensr@mala.bc.ca http://purl.oclc.org/NET/R_G_Siemens.htm

             Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 07:24:52 +0100
             From: Charles Ess <cmess@lib.drury.edu>
             Subject: 2nd Global Information Village Plaza


    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
    on the
            international scene
        * 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.

    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.

    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:

        STEP #1:
        Send a short position statement (300 words maximum) to the SIG/III
        discussion list (sigiii-l@asis.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.

        STEP #2:
        Send your comments about the statements posted on the list.

        STEP #3:
    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
    other participants.

    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
    (caidi@fis.utoronto.ca) and Michel J. Menou, Department of Information
    Science, City University London (menou@soi.ctiy.ac.uk)

    Check the Global Plaza Archive on the SIG-III website
    (http://proto-www.slis.kent.edu/~yinzhang/sigiii/) and stay tuned!

    Nadia Caidi
    Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Information Studies
    University of Toronto
    140 St. George Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
    Tel: (416) 978 4664
    Fax: (416) 971 1399
    Email: caidi@fis.utoronto.ca

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