20.069 events: Chicago Colloquium; ontology workshop

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 06:27:30 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 69.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Karin Armstrong <karindar_at_uvic.ca> (47)
         Subject: Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (25)
         Subject: Workshop on Ontology Content and Evaluation in

         Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 06:20:12 +0100
         From: Karin Armstrong <karindar_at_uvic.ca>
         Subject: Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

On November 5th and 6th, 2006

What to Do with a Million Books: Chicago Colloquium on Digital
Humanities and Computer Science


The goal of this colloquium is to bring together researchers and
scholars in the Humanities and Computer Sciences to examine the
current state of Digital Humanities as a field of intellectual
inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives
for future research.

In the wake of recent large-scale digitization projects aimed at
providing universal access to the world's vast textual repositories,
humanities scholars, librarians and computer scientists find
themselves newly challenged to make such resources functional and

As Gregory Crane recently pointed out (1), digital access to "a
million books" confronts us with the need to provide viable solutions
to a range of difficult problems: analog to digital conversion,
machine translation, information retrieval and data mining, to name a
few. Moreover, mass digitization leads not just to problems of scale:
new goals can also be envisioned, for example, catalyzing the
development of new computational tools for context-sensitive
analysis. If we are to build systems to interrogate usefully massive
text collections for meaning, we will need to draw not only on the
technical expertise of computer scientists but also learn from the
traditions of self-reflective, inter-disciplinary inquiry practiced
by humanist scholars.

The book as the locus of much of our knowledge has long been at the
center of discussions in digital humanities. But as mass digitization
efforts accelerate a change in focus from a print-culture to a
networked, digital-culture, it will become necessary to pay more
attention to how the notion of a text itself is being re-constituted.
We are increasingly able to interact with texts in novel ways, as
linguistic, visual, and statistical processing provide us with new
modes of reading, representation, and understanding. This shift makes
evident the necessity for humanities scholars to enter into a
dialogue with librarians and computer scientists to understand the
new language of open standards, search queries, visualization and
social networks.

Digitizing "a million books" thus poses far more than just technical
challenges. Tomorrow, a million scholars will have to re-evaluate
their notions of archive, textuality and materiality in the wake of
these developments. How will humanities scholars, librarians and
computer scientists find ways to collaborate in the "Age of Google?"

(1) http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march06/crane/03crane.html

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         Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 06:22:59 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: Workshop on Ontology Content and Evaluation in Enterprise

****Deadline Extended: Abstract 30 June, Paper July 10 *******

                         - OnToContent 2006 -
       Workshop on Ontology Content and Evaluation in Enterprise
             -With two tracks on eHealth and Human Resources-

*** Proceedings published by Springer LNCS ***
*** Invited Speaker: To be announced ***
*** Topics: Ontology Content, Evaluation, standardization ***
*** Enterprise, eHealth, Human Resources ***
*** http://www.starlab.vub.ac.be/staff/mustafa/OnToContent06 ***

     In conjunction of the International Federated Conferences (OTM '06)

                    3-4 Nov 2006, Montpellier, France


Dr. Mustafa Jarrar
   STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
   mjarrar_at_vub.ac.be | mustafa_at_jarrar.info
   Tel: +32 2 6293487 , Fax :+32 2 6293819
   Mobile: +32 495 687077 Skype: mjarrar

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