Archive for the 'Digital Humanities' Category

Grants: Digging into Data Challenge from JISC, NEH, NSF, and SSHRC

Posted in Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries, Grants on January 20th, 2009

The Joint Information Systems Committee, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have announced The Digging into Data Challenge.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Digging into Data Challenge encourages humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis, challenging scholars to develop international partnerships and explore vast digital resources, including electronic repositories of books, newspapers, and photographs to identify new opportunities for scholarship.

Applicants will form international teams from at least two of the participating countries. Winning teams will receive grants from two or more of the funding agencies and, one year later, will be invited to present their work at a special conference. These teams, which may be composed of scholars and scientists, will be asked to demonstrate how data mining and data analysis tools currently used in the sciences can improve humanities and social science scholarship. The hope of this competition is that these projects will serve as exemplars to the field and encourage new, international partnerships among scholars, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians, and others. . . .

In order to apply, interested applicants must first submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2009. Final applications will be due July 15, 2009.

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    Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research Version 1.4.0

    Posted in Digital Humanities on January 19th, 2009

    The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research version 1.4.0 has been released.

    Here's an excerpt from the home page:

    Developed in partnership with humanities scholars, SEASR enhances the use of digital materials by helping scholars uncover hidden information and connections. SEASR supports the study of assets from small patterns drawn from a single text or chunk of text to broader entity categories and relations across a million words or a million books. SEASR will support numerical, categorical, text, and audio-based analysis and will continue to evolve to include processing of images and other multimedia data formats.

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      Interview Podcasts from the Coalition for Networked Information's Fall 2008 Task Force Meeting

      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Humanities, DSpace on January 14th, 2009

      Gerry Bayne has made available podcast interviews with selected participants at the Coalition for Networked Information's Fall 2008 Task Force Meeting.

      Here are three of podcasts of special interest:

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        Call for JISC-NEH Transatlantic Digitization Grants Will Be Issued This Month

        Posted in Digital Humanities, Digitization, Grants on December 8th, 2008

        JISC and the National Endowment for the Humanities have announced that they will fund a new group of transatlantic digitization grants. The call will be issued in mid-December, with an early March 2009 closing date for applications.

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          Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation White Papers

          Posted in Digital Humanities on December 5th, 2008

          White papers used in the Promoting Digital Scholarship: Formulating Research Challenges in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computation symposium are now available.

          A draft of a symposium summary is also available.

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            Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships Available

            Posted in Digital Humanities on October 30th, 2008

            The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities has announced the availability of 2009 Winnemore Digital Humanities Dissertation Fellowships. The fellowship is:

            Intended for students whose dissertations engage the intersections between new media and the traditional concerns of the Arts and Humanities, the Winnemore Fellowship will provide a stipend of $9,570, plus full benefits and tuition remission up to five credits.

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              Presentations from eResearch Australasia 2008

              Posted in Cyberinfrastructure/E-Science, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Humanities, Digital Repositories on October 24th, 2008

              Presentations from the eResearch Australasia 2008 conference are available.

              Here's a brief selection:

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                New Digital Humanities, Arts, and Social Science MetaBlog: Planet DHASS

                Posted in Digital Humanities, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 20th, 2008

                Kevin Franklin, Executive Director of The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science, has announced the creation of a new metablog (i.e., blog of blogs) called Planet Digital Humanities, Arts and Social Science (Planet DHASS).

                DigitalKoans is among the blogs chosen for inclusion in Planet DHASS.

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                  Report on Rutgers' Digital Humanities and the Disciplines Symposium

                  Posted in Digital Humanities on October 12th, 2008

                  Dan Cohen, Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, has blogged a two-part report on Rutgers' Digital Humanities and the Disciplines Symposium.

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                    Scholarly Communication Institute 6: Humanities Research Centers, University of Virginia, July 13-15, 2008

                    Posted in Digital Humanities on September 30th, 2008

                    The Scholarly Communication Institute has released Scholarly Communication Institute 6: Humanities Research Centers, University of Virginia, July 13-15, 2008.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    In SCI 6, participants undertook an exploration of humanities research centers and their potential to advance technology-enabled scholarship. . . .

                    SCI 6 was designed to determine what collaborative actions a group of humanities centers might undertake that would promote technology-enabled scholarly communication. Though we are particularly interested in how new technologies can advance scholarship, the goal of this meeting was to engage centers organized in a variety of models and with differing orientations towards technology. . . .

                    A wide spectrum of research centers were represented at this institute: local, campus-based centers that serve all humanities and social science faculty; discipline-specific centers; a national center of excellence that formed around a rich collection of rare primary-source materials; a digital humanities center housed within an academic department; a digital humanities center that constitutes an academic department; a campus-based center that supports experimental work in digital humanities; and an international institute that relies on digital technologies to share multilingual resources and maintain an international network of collaborators. Also represented were several centers still in the development phase with explicit plans to focus on new technologies.

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                      History 2.0: The History Engine Relaunches

                      Posted in Digital Humanities, Social Media/Web 2.0 on September 4th, 2008

                      Noted digital historian Edward L. Ayers, whose The Valley of the Shadow project has been very influential, became the President of the University of Richmond last July, and now the innovative History Engine project has moved with him from the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia to Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab.

                      Here's an excerpt from the "What is the History Engine?" page:

                      The History Engine project aims to enhance historical education and research for teachers, students, and scholars alike. The Engine allows undergraduate professors to introduce a more collaborative and creative approach to history into their classrooms, while maintaining rigorous academic standards. The core of the HE project is student-written episodes—individual snippets of daily life throughout American history from the broadest national event to the simplest local occurrence. Students construct these episodes from one or more primary sources found in university and local archives, using historical context gleaned from secondary sources to round out their analysis. Students then post their entries in our cumulative database, giving their classmates and fellow participants around the country the opportunity to read and engage with their work.

                      Read more about it at "The Little Engine That Can."

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                        Dartmouth Appoints Its First Digital Humanities Chair

                        Posted in Digital Humanities, People in the News on September 2nd, 2008

                        Dartmouth University has appointed Mary Flanagan as the first endowed chair holder of the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities.

                        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                        Before joining Dartmouth's faculty, Flanagan was a professor of contemporary digital arts, culture and technology at Hunter College in New York City. . . .

                        Flanagan has published two co-edited books with MIT Press, Reload: rethinking women + cyberculture (2002) and Re:skin (2007) and is the author of the forthcoming book Critical Play. She is also the founder and director of the Tiltfactor Laboratory, which researches and develops computer games and software systems focused on science, math, applied computer programming, literacy and social values.

                        Flanagan received an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa in 1994 and a PhD in Computational Media and Game Design from the University of the Arts, London in 2006. She was named a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2007, a Fulbright Scholar in 2000 and twice received the City University of New York's Outstanding Scholar award in 2004 and 2007.

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