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From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 07:17:20 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 656.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Helena Francke" <Helena.Francke_at_HB.SE> (57)
         Subject: Human IT 7:3

   [2] From: "J. Stephen Downie" <jdownie_at_uiuc.edu> (44)
         Subject: M2K (Music-to-Knowledge) Toolkit Alpha Release 1.0

   [3] From: Maida Pacheco <pacheco_m_at_HQ.ACM.ORG> (15)
         Subject: ACM Ubiquity 6.9

         Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 06:55:32 +0000
         From: "Helena Francke" <Helena.Francke_at_HB.SE>
         Subject: Human IT 7:3

Dear Humanists,

The new issue of Human IT is now available on the Web at=20
The issue this time includes a number of articles that I hope will be of=20
interest to readers of Humanist.

The theme is Artificial Intelligence with a focus on Machine Learning. This=
fairly technical area is introduced by guest editor Ulf Johansson in an=20
editorial that starts and ends in a concert with the German group=20
Kraftwerk. The three articles that follow all show different aspects of how=
artificial intelligence can be used and improved: in order to interpret=20
ancient Roman stylus tablets, to make the computer-controlled actors in=20
computer games more similar to those controlled by humans, and to=20
facilitate predictability in data mining. The issue also contains two=20
contributions in Swedish, one on libraries' Web based user education and an=
interview with Henry Jenkins, professor at MIT.

Human IT is a multidisciplinary, scholarly journal aiming to present=20
research and discussion on digital media as communicative, aesthetic, and=20
ludic instruments.

Contents (all available free of charge):
* From Ding to =DCberding: An Introduction to the Artificial Intelligence=
Issue Theme
by guest editor Ulf Johansson
* Image and Interpretation: Using Artificial Intelligence to Read Ancient=
Roman Texts
by Melissa Terras & Paul Robertson
* Synthetic Players: A Quest for Artificial Intelligence in Computer Games
by Jouni Smed & Harri Hakonen
* Predicting the Benefit of Rule Extraction: A Novel Component in Data=
by Tuve L=F6fstr=F6m & Ulf Johansson
* Webbaserad anv=E4ndarundervisning: Ett forum f=F6r f=F6rhandlingar om=20
bibliotekariers professionella expertis [Web Based User Education]
by Olof Sundin
* Fanfiktion, datorspel och till=E4mpad humaniora [Fan Fiction, Computer=
Games, and Applied Humanities]
by Patrik Svensson

Kind regards,
Helena Francke

Helena Francke
co-editor Human IT
Swedish School of Library and Information Science
University College of Bor=E5s / G=F6teborg University
SE-501 90 Bor=E5s, Sweden

e-mail helena.francke_at_hb.se

         Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 06:56:20 +0000
         From: "J. Stephen Downie" <jdownie_at_uiuc.edu>
         Subject: M2K (Music-to-Knowledge) Toolkit Alpha Release 1.0

The International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation
Laboratory (IMIRSEL) at the Graduate School of Library and Information
Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is
proud to announce the official release of its M2K (Music-to-Knowledge)
Alpha 1.0 toolkit.

M2K is an open-sourced Java-based framework designed to allow Music
Information Retrieval (MIR) and Music Digital Library (MDL) researchers
to rapidly prototype, share and scientifically evaluate their
sophisticated MIR and MDL techniques. M2K builds upon and extends the
D2K/T2K datamining framework developed by the Automated Learning Group
(ALG) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

M2K Alpha 1.0 downloads, installation requirements & instructions, and a
wide range of documentation, can be found via:


M2K Alpha 1.0 is currently strongest in audio-based approaches to
MIR/MDL tasks. I would like to encourage all MIR/MDL researchers with
interests in symbol-based and metadata-based techniques to join in and
help us extend the functionality of M2K.

We plan to demonstrate M2K at:

2005 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries Conference
2005 ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval Conference
2005 Association for Computers and the Humanities/Association for
Literary and Linguistic Computing Conference

We also are planning two M2K workshops:

For European/UK researchers: 15-16 April, Goldsmiths College, London
For North American researchers: May or June, Graduate School of Library
and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The M2K and IMIRSEL projects are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grants No. IIS-0340597
and No. IIS-0327371).

J. Stephen Downie
Project Principal Investigator

     "Research funding makes the world a better place"
J. Stephen Downie, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Graduate School of Library and Information Science; and,
Center Affliate, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
[Vox](217) 351-5037 [Voicemail] (217) 265-5018
M2K Project Home: http://music-ir.org/evaluation/m2k
         Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 06:58:59 +0000
         From: Maida Pacheco <pacheco_m_at_HQ.ACM.ORG>
         Subject: ACM Ubiquity 6.9
This Week in Ubiquity:
        Volume 6, Issue 9
        (March 15 - March 22, 2005)
PCs in the Classroom & Open Book Exams
By Evan Golub, Human Interaction lab, University of Maryland
"What are the motivations behind giving an open-book/open-notes exam? Does
giving free access to all of the resources of the Internet conflict with
these motivations?"
Taking Information Technology To The Heart Of India
By V. Lalith Kumar, A.L.Suseela, and Akashdeep Aharma
"Today we truly live in a global village, but it is a village with elite
information 'haves' and many information 'have-nots.' With the new
technologies available to us we have an opportunity to change this."
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