21.300 events: DH2008; LIDA2008; ELPUB2008

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:34:53 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 300.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Espen S. Ore" <espen_at_espenore.tk> (155)
         Subject: CFP: Digital Humanities 2008, Oulu Finland

   [2] From: "marija dalbello" <dalbello_at_scils.rutgers.edu> (256)
         Subject: CFP: Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2008

   [3] From: Leslie Chan <chan_at_UTSC.UTORONTO.CA> (102)
         Subject: ELPUB2008 First Call for Papers: Open Scholarship,
                 Toronto Canada June 25-27, 2008

         Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:29:26 +0100
         From: "Espen S. Ore" <espen_at_espenore.tk>
         Subject: CFP: Digital Humanities 2008, Oulu Finland

Call for Papers
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Digital Humanities 2008

Hosted by the University of Oulu, Finland
25-29 June, 2008

Abstract Deadline: November 18, 2007 (Midnight Universal Time)

Presentations can include:

* Single papers (abstract, min. of 750 words, max. of 1500 words)
* Multiple paper sessions (overview, min. of 750 words, max. of 1500
* Posters (abstract, min. of 750 words, max. of 1500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement

I. General

The international Programme Committee invites submissions of abstracts
of between 750 and 1500 words on any aspect of humanities computing and
the digital humanities, broadly defined to encompass the common ground
between information technology and issues in humanities research and
teaching. As always, we welcome submissions in any area of the
humanities, particularly interdisciplinary work. We especially encourage
submissions on the current state of the art in humanities computing and
the digital humanities, and on recent and expected future developments
in the field.

Suitable subjects for proposals include, for example,

* text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing,
language learning
* creation, delivery and management of humanities digital resources
* collaboration between libraries and scholars in the creation,
delivery, and management of humanities digital resources
* computer-based research and computing applications in all areas of
literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including
interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship
* use of computation in such areas as the arts, architecture, music,
film, theatre, new media, and other areas reflecting our cultural
* research issues such as: information design and modelling; the
cultural impact of the new media
* the role of digital humanities in academic curricula

Proposals should report significant and substantive results and will
include reference to pertinent work in the field (up to 10 items) as
part of their critical assessment.

The range of topics covered by humanities computing can also be
consulted in the journal of the associations: Literary and Linguistic
Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press.

The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the
Programme Committee is November 18, 2007 (midnight Universal Time). All
submissions will be refereed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance
by February by 13, 2008.

The electronic submission form will be available at the conference site
from October 15th, 2007. See below for full details on submitting

Proposals for (non-refereed, or vendor) demos and for pre-conference
tutorials and workshops should be discussed directly with the local
conference organizer as soon as possible.

For more information on the conference in general please visit the
conference web site, at http://www.ekl.oulu.fi/dh2008/.

II. Types of Proposals

Proposals to the Programme Committee may be of three types: (1) papers,

(2) poster presentations and/or software demonstrations (poster/demos),
and (3) sessions (either three-paper or panel sessions). The type of
submission must be specified in the proposal.

Proposals to the Programme Committee may be presented in English and any
of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Conference presentations may be in these
languages as well, and the Programme Committee encourages presenters to
consider multilingual presentations (for example, a presentation in one
language with accompanying slides or handouts accommodating speakers of
another language).

1) Papers

Proposals for papers (750-1500 words) should describe original work:

either completed research which has given rise to substantial results,
or the development of significant new methodologies, or rigorous
theoretical, speculative or critical discussions. Individual papers will
be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.

Proposals that concentrate on the development of new computing
methodologies should make clear how the methodologies are applied to
research and/or teaching in the humanities, and should include some
critical assessment of the application of those methodologies in the
humanities. Those that concentrate on a particular application in the
humanities should cite traditional as well as computer-based approaches
to the problem and should include some critical assessment of the
computing methodologies used. All proposals should include conclusions
and references to important sources. Those describing the creation or
use of digital resources should follow these guidelines as far as

2) Poster Presentations and Software Demonstrations (Poster/Demos)

Poster presentations may include computer technology and project
demonstrations. The term poster/demo refers to the different possible
combinations of printed and computer based presentations. The
poster/demo sessions build on the recent trend of showcasing some of the
most important and innovative work being done in humanities computing.
By definition, poster presentations and project demonstrations are less
formal and more interactive than a standard talk. They provide the
opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees and to discuss
their work in detail with those most deeply interested in the same
topic. Presenters will be provided with about two square meters of board
space to display their work. They may also provide handouts with
examples or more detailed information. Poster/demos will remain on
display throughout the conference, but there will also be a separate
conference session dedicated to them, when presenters should be prepared
to explain their work and answer questions. Additional times may also be
assigned for software or project demonstrations.

There should be no difference in quality between poster/demo
presentations and papers, and the format for proposals is the same for
both. The same academic standards should apply in both cases, but
posters/demos may be a more suitable way of presenting late-breaking
results, or significant work in progress, including pedagogical
applications. Both will be submitted to the same refereeing process. The
choice between the two modes of presentation (poster/demo or paper)
should depend on the most effective and informative way of communicating
the scientific content of the proposal.

As an acknowledgement of the special contribution of the posters and
demonstrations to the conference, the Programme Committee will award a
prize for the best poster.

3) Sessions

Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:

Three papers. The session organizer should submit a 500-word statement
describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750-1500 words for
each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in
the session;


A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organizer should submit an
abstract of 750-1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be
organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each
speaker is willing to participate in the session.

The deadline for session proposals is the same as for proposals for
papers, i.e. November 18, 2007.

III. Format of the Proposals

All proposals must be submitted electronically using the on-line
submission form, which will be available from October 15th, 2007 at:


Those who registered as authors, reviewers or participants at the DH2007
conference are kindly asked to log on to their existing account (the one
used for the DH2007 conference) rather than making up a new account.

IV. Bursaries for Young Scholars

A limited number of bursaries for young scholars will be made available
to those presenting at the conference. If you wish to be considered for
a bursary, please refer to information about the bursary schemes
available from the Association for Computing in the Humanities
(http://www.ach.org/ach_bursary/) and the Association for Literary and
Linguistic Computing (_http://www.allc.org/awards/bursary.htm_).

Applications may be made to either the ACH or the ALLC, but not both

V. International Programme Committee

Jean Anderson (ALLC - University of Glasgow)
John Nerbonne(ALLC - University of Groningen)
Espen S. Ore (ALLC - National Library of Norway, Chair)
Stephen Ramsay (ACH - University of Nebraska)
Thomas Rommel (ALLC - Jacobs University Bremen)
Susan Schreibman (ACH - University of Maryland)
Paul Spence (ALLC - Kings College London)
Melissa Terras (ACH - University College London)
Claire Warwick (ACH - University College London, Vice Chair)
Espen S. Ore Lisa Lena Opas-H=E4nninen

Programme Chair Local Organizer
espen.ore_at_nb.no lisa.lena.opas-hanninen_at_oulu.fi=20

         Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:30:30 +0100
         From: "marija dalbello" <dalbello_at_scils.rutgers.edu>
         Subject: CFP: Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2008

Annual International Course and Conference

Dubrovnik and Mljet, Croatia
2-7 June 2008
Inter-University Centre (http://www.iuc.hr/ )
Don Ivana Bulica 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, and
Hotel Odisej, island Mljet, Pomena, Croatia (http://www.hotelodisej.hr)
Web site: http://www.ffos.hr/lida/
Email: lida_at_ffos.hr

The annual international conference and course Libraries in the Digital
Age (LIDA) addresses the changing and challenging environment for
libraries and information systems and services in the digital world. Since
its inception in 2000, LIDA has emphasized the examination of contemporary
problems, intriguing advances, innovative approaches and solutions. Each
year a different and =91hot=92 theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the
first part covers research and development and the second part addresses
advances in applications and practice. LIDA brings together researchers,
educators, practitioners, and developers from all over the world in a
forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by
being held in memorable locations.

Themes LIDA 2008
Part I: Education and training in digital libraries

In a relatively short period of time, spanning less than two decades or
so, digital libraries became a global phenomenon, characterized by an
accelerated, explosive growth. Digital libraries are a subject of great
many activities worldwide. These include diverse practical applications,
research and development (R&D) on many fronts, continuing innovation,
policy formulations, management changes, and more. A number of fields are
involved, among the most prominent being information science,
librarianship, and computer science.
Considerable and rapidly growing amounts of funds are spent on practical
applications in building and operating a variety of digital library
collections, components and service and on R&D in digital libraries. Many
commercial enterprises are providing digital resources and software for
digital libraries. This all creates demands for well educated and trained
professionals in these areas.
However, the education and training for digital libraries is most often
based on apprentiship and practical courses and conferences without
receiving the same attention (and resources) of digital libraries
applications and other areas mentioned. A number of institutions are
teaching digital libraries modules and courses, or beginning to, and
struggling with this relatively new and volatile educational area. Many
practitioners are finding it hard to learn more and to keep up.
The goal of the first part of LIDA 2008 is to explore efforts, concepts
and ideas related to education and training of professionals, dealing with
the academic quality standards and practical training requirements for
digital libraries and in variety of fields and contexts related to
knowledge, values and skills needed for digital librarians. The general
aim is to help further development of current efforts, as well as
development of frameworks within which diverse efforts could be compared,
evaluated, and improved.

Contributions are invited covering the following topics (types described
=95knowledge, values and skills of the digital librarian to be reflected in
educational offerings
=95conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches to digital library
=95instructional design, development, and evaluation of programs of study
and specialization for digital librarians in a variety of schools and on
different levels =AD existing and proposed
=95convergence and place of digital library education in broader curricula
of library and information science, computer science, and other fields;
impact of digital library education on other parts of the curriculum
=95examples of good practices of specific courses (or sequence of
courses)and programs related to various aspects of digital libraries and
digital library technology; examples of various modes of delivery
=95continuing education and training in digital libraries oriented toward
practicing professionals
=95student evaluation of digital library education, as well as expectations
and perceptions of professionals in continuing education courses and
=95international aspects and cooperative opportunities in digital library
=95benchmarking and evaluation of educational and training programs in
digital libraries
=95cultural and social elements in digital library education.

Part II: Reference in digital environments

As access to electronic information through library Web pages has
proliferated in recent years, an increasing number of libraries have added
digital reference assistance to their list of user services. E-mail
reference has become an expected venue for asking reference questions,
having been included among the suite of information services for over 20
years. Live chat reference services are relatively new-comers, but have
already been successfully operating for over 10 years. Information seekers
are increasingly turning to virtual reference (also known as digital
reference) for the anonymity and convenience of remote access and for the
extended hours of operation, since many services operate 24/7/365. An
increasing number of libraries and information centers are now
experimenting with Instant Messaging, Text Messaging (SMS), and other
emerging modes for offering reference services to increasingly tech savvy
library users. Web 2.0 applications are opening new vistas for digital
library services including reference blogs and wikis. Digital reference
desks are appearing in virtual worlds such as Second Life. Although the
proliferation of these alternative methods for service delivery highlights
the need for research focused on understanding users and staff behavior
and impact on issues of satisfaction and success, their assessment poses
new challenges for researchers.

The goal of the second part of LIDA 2008 is to explore the totality of the
virtual reference environment (including live chat, e-mail, IM, and Web
2.0 reference initiatives) and its relationship to digital libraries.
Special attention will be on the evaluation of virtual reference services
from a variety of research perspectives and approaches. The general aim is
to concentrate on scholarship that increases our understanding of the
needs, interests, and experiences of users as well as
librarians/information providers in the context of virtual reference.

Invited are contributions (types described below) covering the following
=95evaluation of various modes of digital library services
=95application of theories and models in study of users and use of virtual
=95application of theories and user information needs assessments for design
and development of digital reference systems
=95assessment of the decision making process for users who choose virtual
reference over other modes (e.g., face-to-face, phone)
=95advantages and disadvantages of different virtual reference modes =95the
role of knowledge databases in digital reference
=95sustainability and cost-effectiveness of virtual reference services
=95evaluation of virtual reference consortia and comparison of service
=95benchmarking service quality and development of evaluation standards in
virtual reference
=95evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of different virtual reference
=95assessment of the quality of interpersonal communication in virtual
=95studies of accuracy and efficiency in virtual reference
=95explorations of question negotiation in virtual environments
=95issues in archiving digital reference questions.

Types of contributions

Invited are the following types of contributions:
1. Papers: research studies and reports on practices and advances that
will be presented at the conference and included on the conference Web
site. Papers of up to 4000 words in length should be submitted, following
the American Psychological Association (APA) style, followed, among
others, by the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and
Technology (JASIST) and Information Processing & Management (IP&M). The
papers will be refereed. All accepted contributions will be published in
on-line proceedings, as well as provided in the conference kit.
2. Posters: short graphic presentations on research, studies, advances,
examples, practices, or preliminary work that will be presented in a
special poster session. Awards will be given for Best Poster and Best
Student Poster. Proposals for posters should be submitted as a short, one
or two- page paper.
3. Demonstrations: live examples of working projects, services,
interfaces, commercial products, or developments-in-progress that will be
presented during the conference in specialized facilities or presented in
special demonstration sessions. These should involve some aspect of users
and use. Proposals for demonstration should provide short description and
a URL address, if available.
4. Workshops: two to four-hour sessions that will be tutorial and
educational in nature. Workshops will be presented before and after the
main part of the conference and will require separate fees, to be shared
with workshop organizers. Proposals for workshops should include a short
description, with indication of level and potential audience.
5. PhD Forum: short presentations by PhD students, particularly as related
to their dissertation, in a session organized by the European Chapter of
the American Society for Information Science and Technology (EC/ASIST);
help and responses by a panel of educators.

Submissions should be sent in electronic format (as an email attachment)
to Prof. Tatjana Aparac at taparac_at_ffos.hr. Inquires can also be addressed
to the Co-Chair of the conference Prof. Tefko Saracevic and Program Chairs
(for Part I Prof. Jeffrey Pomerantz and Prof. Anna Maria Tammaro
. and for Part II Prof. Marie L. Radford). Full contact information is
provided below. All submissions will be refereed.
For papers and workshops: 15 January 2008. Acceptance by 15 February 2008.
For demonstrations and posters: 1 February 2008. Acceptance by 1 March
Final submission for all accepted papers and posters: 15 March 2008.

Invitation to institutions
We are inviting libraries, information agencies, professional
organizations, publishers, and service providers to consider participation
at LIDA by providing a demonstration, workshop, or exhibit about their
products, services or advances, or by presenting a paper or poster about
their activities, as related to themes. Sponsorship of an event is also
invited. Institutions can benefit as well: we will provide course
materials to participants so that they can communicate and transfer topics
of interest to their institution. Thus, we are organizing LIDA to reach a
wider audience.

Conference contact information

Course co-directors:
Department of Information Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy; J.J. Strossmayer University
31000 Osijek, Croatia
(contact for general correspondence)

School of Communication, Information and Library Studies; Rutgers
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 USA

Program chairs:
For Part I:
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360, USA

Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dello Spettacolo
Sezione di Beni Librari
University of Parma
43100 Parma, Italy
For Part II:
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies; Rutgers
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, USA

Organizing committee:
Department of Information Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy; J.J. Strossmayer University
31000 Osijek, Croatia

Local organizing committee:
Dubrovnik Libraries
20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia


The first part of LIDA 2008 will be held in Dubrovnik and for the second
part the conference will move to island Mljet, less than a two-hour ride
from Dubrovnik on a fast catamaran. Pre-conference workshops are planned
for 26 May 2008 in Dubrovnik and post-conference workshops for 31 May 2008
on Mljet.

Dubrovnik, Croatia is recognized as one of the World Cultural Heritage
sites by UNESCO. It is a walled city, preserved as it existed in medieval
times. A beautiful natural location on the Adriatic Sea, a lavish
architecture of squares, palaces, and churches, small, intriguing
hill-hugging streets, pedestrian-only traffic within the walls, outings to
the enchanting near-by islands - all these and more combine to make
Dubrovnik one of the most popular destinations in Europe. For Croatia see
http://www.croatia.hr/ and for Dubrovnik at

Mljet is one of the most enchanting islands in the Adriatic, a sea that
abounds with beautiful islands to start with. Hotel Odisej
(http://www.hotelodisej.hr) is in a small harbor. Near the hotel is the
entrance to Mljet National Park (http://www.np-mljet.hr/) with lush
vegetation surrounding three inland lakes, a small island with a monastery
in the middle lake, paths for walking, and spots for swimming in the blue
and green sea.
   Marija Dalbello, Ph.D.
   Associate Professor
   Department of Library and Information Science
   School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
   Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
   4 Huntington Street
   New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1071
   Voice: 732.932.7500 / 8215
   FAX: 732.932.6916
   Internet: dalbello_at_scils.rutgers.edu

         Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 06:32:15 +0100
         From: Leslie Chan <chan_at_UTSC.UTORONTO.CA>
         Subject: ELPUB2008 First Call for Papers: Open Scholarship,
Toronto Canada June 25-27, 2008

First Call for Papers ELPUB2008

Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web

12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing
25 to 27 June 2008, Toronto, Canada

Scholarly communications, in particular scholarly publications, are
undergoing tremendous changes. Researchers, universities, funding bodies,
research libraries and publishers are responding in different ways, from
active experimentation, adaptation, to strong resistance. The ELPUB2008
conference will focus on key issues on the future of scholarly
communications resulting from the intersection of semantic web technologies,
the development of cyberinfrastructure for humanities and the sciences, and
new dissemination channels and business models. We welcome a wide variety of
papers from members of these communities whose research and experiments are
transforming the nature of scholarly communications. Topics include but are
not restricted to:

-- New Publishing models, tools, services and roles
-- New scholarly constructs and discourse methods
-- Innovative business models for scholarly publishing
-- Multilingual and multimodal interfaces
-- Services and technology for specific user communities, media, and
-- Content search, analysis and retrieval
-- Interoperability, scalability and middleware infrastructure to
       facilitate awareness and discovery
-- Personalisation technologies (e.g. social tagging, folksonomies, RSS,
-- Metadata creation, usage and interoperability
-- Semantic web issues
-- Data mining, text harvesting, and dynamic formatting
-- User generated content and its relation to publisher's content
-- Usage and citation impact
-- Security, privacy and copyright issues
-- Digital preservation, content authentication
-- Recommendations, guidelines, interoperability standards

Author Guidelines
Contributions are invited for the following categories:
      - Single papers (abstract minimum of 1,000 and maximum of 1500 words)
      - Tutorial (abstract minimum of 500 and maximum of 1500 words)
      - Workshop (abstract max of 1000 words)
      - Poster (abstract max of 500 words)
      - Demonstration (abstract max of 500 words)

Abstracts must be submitted following the instructions on the conference
website <http://www.elpub.net>

Key Dates:
January 20th 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts (in all categories):

February 28, 2008: Authors will be notified of the acceptance of submitted
papers and workshop proposals.

April 11th, 2008: Final papers must be received. See website for detailed
author instructions.

Posters (A1-format) and demonstration materials should be brought by their
authors at the conference time. Only abstracts of these contributions will
be published in the conference proceedings. Information on requirements for
Workshops and tutorials proposals will soon be posted on the website.

All submissions are subjected to peer review (double-blind) and accepted by
the international ELPUB Programme Committee. Accepted full papers will be
published in the conference proceedings. Printed proceedings are distributed
during the conference. Electronic versions of the contributions will be
archived at:


The ELPUB 2008 conference will keep the tradition of the previous
international conferences on electronic publishing, held in the United
Kingdom (in 1997 and 2001), Hungary (1998), Sweden (1999), Russia (2000),
the Czech Republic (2002), Portugal (2003), Brazil (2004), Belgium (2005),
Bulgaria (2006) and Austria (2007), which is to bring together researchers,
lecturers, librarians, developers, business executives, entrepreneurs,
managers, users and all those interested in issues regarding electronic
publishing in a wide variety of contexts. These include the human, cultural,
economic, social, technological, legal, commercial, and other relevant
aspects that such an exciting theme encompasses.

Three distinguishing features of this conference are: broad scope of topics
which creates a unique atmosphere of active exchange and learning about
various aspects of scholarly communications and electronic publishing;
combination of general and technical issues; and a condensed procedure of
submission, revision and publication of proceedings which guarantees
presentations of most recent work.

ELPUB 2008 offers a variety of activities, such as workshops, tutorials,
panel debates, poster presentation and demonstrations. A variety of social
events and sight-seeing tours will be available to participants (at
additional costs). Please see the conference web site for details.

Conference Location: Toronto, Canada. Toronto is one of the most vibrant
cities in North-America. It has a large multicultural population, is the
largest city in Canada and the 5th-largest city in North America. There are
many world class galleries and museums across the city and you will find
authentic cuisines from around the world at reasonable prices.

Conference Host: Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), University of
Toronto. KMDI is a graduate research and teaching institute at the
University of Toronto, and an intellectual incubator fostering
cross-disciplinary initiatives across the university. The work of the
institute spans both the scientific study of the ways in which media shapes
and is shaped by human activity, and the practical work of founding an
interdisciplinary nexus for design and evaluation of both media and media
technologies. KMDI has acknowledged leadership, substantial research
programs and broad participation in three major areas: collaboration and
collaboration technologies, the phenomenon of openness and new forms of
knowledge production and dissemination, and public policy and citizen

General Chair: Leslie Chan, University of Toronto Scarborough

Programme Chair: Susanna Mornati, CILEA - Inter-Academic Consortium for ICT,
Italy mornati_at_cilea.it
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