20.297 events: CS, library, literature

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 07:48:04 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 297.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il> (13)
         Subject: Workshop on Machine Learning and NLP

   [2] From: Fomi <fomi_at_loa-cnr.it> (102)
         Subject: FOMI Call for Participation

   [3] From: "FOCA_at_ESSLLI" <esslli06_at_LOA-CNR.IT> (125)
         Subject: 2nd Call for Contributions to Applied Ontology

   [4] From: Marian Dworaczek <Marian.Dworaczek_at_USASK.CA> (7)
         Subject: Library Related Conferences

   [5] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (35)
         Subject: call for papers: Digital Americanists at the American
                 Literature Association's annual meeting

   [6] From: Lisa Spiro <lspiro_at_rice.edu> (69)
         Subject: De Lange Conference on Emerging Libraries

         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:12:16 +0000
         From: Shuly Wintner <shuly_at_cs.haifa.ac.il>
         Subject: Workshop on Machine Learning and NLP

Machine Learning and NLP

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Workshop presented by

The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation Institute for
Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science
University of Haifa

and organized by Shalom Lappin and Ido Dagan.

The full program is available at:
http://www.cri.haifa.ac.il/events/2006/machine_learning/ machine_learning.php
Iscol mailing list

         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:13:36 +0000
         From: Fomi <fomi_at_loa-cnr.it>
         Subject: FOMI Call for Participation



    Apologies for multiple copies of this message


        Second International Workshop on
        Formal Ontologies Meet Industry


        December 14-15, 2006

        University of Trento


This event is jointly organized by:
       - Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento
       - University of Trento
       - University of Verona
       - Creactive Consulting S.r.l., Affi


Following the great success of the previous edition, we are glad to
invite you to attend the second Formal Ontologies Meet Industry
Workshop (FOMI 2006).

Information about registration, accommodation and=20
traveling is now available on our website:


        Please notice: DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: November 30


   For further information, send your requests to:


We look forward to seeing you in Trento!

The Organizing Committee of FOMI 2006


         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:16:55 +0000
         From: "FOCA_at_ESSLLI" <esslli06_at_LOA-CNR.IT>
         Subject: 2nd Call for Contributions to Applied Ontology

Following FOCA, workshop held at ESSLLI from July 31 to August 4, 2006

Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents, special issue for the
journal Applied Ontology (http://www.applied-ontology.org/)


Roberta Ferrario
Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR Trento (Italy)
(ferrario at loa-cnr.it)

Laurent Prevot
Academia Sinica, Taipei (Taiwan)
(prevotlaurent at gate.sinica.edu.tw)


Following the workshop "Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents"
that took place within the last ESSLLI summer school in Malaga, we would
like to invite contributions for a special issue of the international
journal ''Applied Ontology''.
We especially invite the authors of the paper presented at FOCA 2006 to
submit an extended
version of their contribution. However, anyone is invited to submit a
relevant contribution for the topic of the special issue described


In recent years lots of efforts have been devoted to formal studies of
human and artificial agent communication. Research advancements have
been achieved along three main lines: (i) agent's internal states and
dynamics, (ii) social interaction and conventional communicative
patterns, (iii) semantics-pragmatics interface - especially in the
dialogue context (i.e. the interplay between the semantic content of
messages and the communicative acts themselves). There is a recent
trend of studies trying to integrate these approaches in many ways. On
the other hand, formal ontology has been consecrated as a good solution
   for comparing and integrating information and thus its application to
this specific domain is very promising . More precisely, an ontological
   analysis of the fundamental ingredients of interaction and
communication will make explicit the hidden ontological assumptions
underlying all these proposals.
Ontology has also proven to be a very powerful means to address issues
related to the exchange of meaningful communication across autonomous
entities, which can organize and use information heterogeneously.
The purpose of this special issue is therefore to gather contributions
that (i) take seriously into account the ontological aspects of
communication and interaction and (ii) use formal ontologies for
achieving a better semantic coordination between interacting and
communicating agents.


We encourage contributions concerning the two main areas listed below
with a particular attention to explore the interplay between
ontological analysis and its applications in practical cases.

* Ontological aspects of interaction and communication
     - Ontological analysis of interaction and communication
     - Studies on the structure and coherence of interaction
           - Logical models for communicative acts
     - Primitives of interaction and communication
     - Formal semantics of dialogue (dealing with ontological issues)
     *Semantic coordination through formal ontologies
     - Dialogue semantics and formal ontology
     - Dynamic ontology sharing
     - Ontological primitives for meaning negotiation, ontological
alignment and semantic interoperability
         - Ontology evolution through communication
         - Concrete problems and experiences in terminological
disambiguation and integration


Although a formal contribution is not an absolute requirement for
contributing to Applied Ontology, the contributors should keep in mind
the aim and scope of Applied Ontology, an interdisciplinary journal of
Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling.

Applied Ontology is a new journal whose focus is on information content
in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of
content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis
and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate
the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous
philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and
linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various
analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful
computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge

Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus
on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an
interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the
realm of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary
duplication with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors
will be encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to
those outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review
process will be tailored to this end. For example, authors of
theoretical contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of
their theory for applications, while authors of more technological
papers will be encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded
theoretical perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers
focusing on representation languages or algorithms only where these
address relevant content issues, whether at the level of practical
application or of theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish
descriptions of tools or implemented systems only where a contribution
to the practice of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is
clearly established.

         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:21:22 +0000
         From: Marian Dworaczek <Marian.Dworaczek_at_USASK.CA>
         Subject: Library Related Conferences

Extensive list of Library Related Conferences is available

Marian Dworaczek
University of Saskatchewan

         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:36:32 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: call for papers: Digital Americanists at the
American Literature Association's annual meeting

The Digital Americanists--a new professional organization created to
support the study of American literature and culture using digital
media--invite proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented at the
American Literature Association's annual meeting in Boston, MA, May 24-27,

Panel Title: The Changing Profession in the Digital Age

As scholars become increasingly interested in using digital media to do
innovative research, and as humanities funding agencies begin to
prioritize digital publications, the study of American literature is
increasingly becoming an electronic enterprise. And yet, the
institutional infrastructure necessary for practioners of digital
research, one which encourages collaborative teams and rewards young
scholars who concentrate on such research, does not exist on most
campuses. This panel invites proposals that reflect on how the
professional study of American literature will or should alter in this new
publishing environment. Proposals may reflect on professional practices,
theoretical shifts, or any other pervasive impact digitization has on
American literary study; proposals grounded in personal experience with
digital research--either as a user or a creator--are particularly welcome.

Some sample topics include: the users of digital technology--both
sophisticated and unsophisticated--and the impact on traditional print
research; the challenge of peer reviewing digital research; the shift from
the autonomous scholar to the research team; the reformation of the canon
in the digital age; or rethinking textual scholarship within the

Proposals should take the form of a 250-500 word abstract submitted
electronically (as an email attachment in Word or RTF format) to Amy
Earhart, Texas A&M University, aearhart_at_tamu.edu and Andrew Jewell,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ajewell2_at_unl.edu

Deadline for proposals is December 20, 2006; acceptances will be finalized
by the end of January 2007.

         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:37:00 +0000
         From: Lisa Spiro <lspiro_at_rice.edu>
         Subject: De Lange Conference on Emerging Libraries

De Lange Conference on Emerging Libraries

Dates: March 5-7, 2007
Host: Rice University
Web site: http://delange.rice.edu/conferenceVI.cfm

The traditional concept of a library has been rendered obsolescent by
the unprecedented confluence of the Internet, changes in scholarly
publication models, increasing alliances between the humanities and
the sciences, and the rise of large-scale digital library projects.
Such rapid and overwhelming changes to a millennia-old tradition pose
significant challenges not only to university research libraries but
also to every citizen. More information has been produced in the last
several years than in the entire previous history of humanity, and
most of this has been in digital format. Libraries are not storage
places any more; they are less and less a place. If the traditional
library is undergoing a profound metamorphosis, it is not clear what
new model will take its place. The critical issues now include: How
can information be efficiently accessed and used? How do we extract
knowledge from such an abundance of often poorly organized
information? How might enormous digital resources affect our concept
of identity, our privacy, and the way we conduct business in the new
century? Insight from many disciplines and perspectives is requisite
to begin to understand this phenomenon and to identify ways to help
chart a future course. The De Lange Conference on Emerging Libraries
will examine the transformations that libraries are undergoing. The
conference will feature presentations by and dialogue with leading
thinkers, including:

     * Noha Adly, Director, Information and Communication Technology
       Department and the International School of Information Science
       Bibliotheca Alexandrina

     * Daniel E. Atkins, Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure,
       National Science Foundation

     * James Boyle, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

     * Lynne J. Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library

     * John Seely Brown, formerly Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation
       and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); author,
       Digital Age

     * James Johnson Duderstadt, founder, Millennium Project; President
       emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering,
       University of Michigan

     * Paul Ginsparg, Professor, Physics, Cornell University and creator
       of arXiv.org

     * Brewster Kahle, founder, director, digital librarian of the
       non-profit Internet Archive

     * Michael A. Keller, Director, Academic Information Resources,
       Stanford University

     * Donald Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief, Science; President emeritus and
       Professor emeritus, Stanford University

     * Steve Kessel, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Media,

     * Neal Lane, Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Senior Fellow,
       James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, professor,
       Department of Physics
       and Astronomy, Rice University

     * David Leebron, president, Rice University

     * Deanna B. Marcum, Associate Librarian, Library Services, The
       Library of Congress

     * Michael S. Turner, Professor, Department of Astronomy and
       Astrophysics, The University of Chicago

     * Harold E. Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
       Center and Co-founder, PLoS

     * William A. Wulf, President, National Academy of Engineering

More information is available at http://delange.rice.edu/conferenceVI.cfm.
This conference is supported by the De Lange Endowment at Rice
University, given by C. M. Hudspeth and wife, Demaris, in memory of
her parents, Albert and Demaris De Lange.

Conference Co-Chairs (Rice University):
Charles J. Henry, Vice Provost & University Librarian, Fondren
Library and Moshe Y. Vardi, George Professor, Computational
Engineering, Director, Computer & Information Technology Institute
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