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Fons Luminis Call for Papers: “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia”

Fons Luminis, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal edited and produced annually by graduate students at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto provides a forum in which to address, challenge, and explore the content and methodologies of our various home disciplines. We invite current graduate students to submit papers relating in some way to the 2015 journal theme, “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia.”

Since the mid-twentieth century, computing has been and continues to be a major factor in the medievalist’s research. From Father Busa’s creation of the Index Thomasticus in the 1940’s to current library and archival digitization projects, computational methods are essential aspects of the medievalist’s occupation. Papers are encouraged to address: medievalist use of digitally stored information; social scientists and librarians as creators and/or curators of knowledge about the Middle Ages; future directions of digital humanities; the importance of digital humanities to work in paleography, codicology, diplomatics, and text editing.

Articles may also focus on topics including (but not limited to) mapping and space, the impact of digitization on concepts of the archive, and digital tools in teaching.

Contributions may take the form of a scholarly essay or focus on the study of a particular manuscript. Articles must be written in English, follow the 16th edition (2010) of The Chicago Manual of Style, and be at least 4,000 words in length, including footnotes. Quotations in the main text in languages other than English should appear along with their English translation.

As usual, we continue to accept other submissions on any aspect of medieval studies and welcome longer review articles (approximately 1,500 words) on recent or seminal works in medieval studies. Submissions must be received by July 1, 2014 in order to be considered for publication. Inquiries and submissions (as a Word document attachment) should be sent to edsfl@chass.utoronto.ca.

Seminar: On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014
Friday June 6 at 16:30 in room 103 (Holden Room), Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Ségolène Tarte (Oxford)
On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts

ALL WELCOME
Scholars studying Ancient Textual Artefacts endeavour to create knowledge through the decipherment, transcription, transliteration, edition, commentary, and contextualization of textual artefacts, thereby transforming data and information into knowledge and meaning.  Their task is hence intrinsically interpretative, and relies heavily on the mobilization of both perceptual and conceptual cognitive processes. This talk will present a number of conceptual and perceptual processes that were identified through ethnographic studies of scholars at work and linked to the cognitive sciences literature. Some show embodied cognition at work, others show the role of unconscious knowledge in the act of interpretation of Ancient Textual Artefacts.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

See the full programme for this summer’s seminars at <http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2014.html>

DM Byelaws Vote

A final proposal to emend the Byelaws is here presented to the Community for vote (according to §9.4 below). The changes are the same as those reported previously (see Proposed Change to Byelaws), the essence of which is to remove references to ‘wiki’ in order not to be dependent on any single technology, since this will necessarily become outdated in time. The Community is now requested to vote on these changes. If passed by a two-thirds majority of voters then  the Byelaws will be emended according to §9, below. Voting should be conducted by clicking on the ‘Click Here to Vote’ button below. Voting closes at midnight GMT on 11 June 2014.

1 Preamble

  1. The name of this organisation is ‘Digital Medievalist’ (hereafter abbreviated ‘DM’).
  2. The primary purpose of DM is to be an international community of practice supporting ‘digital medievalism’, which is understood to be an interest in the creation, use of, or research using digital objects relating to the Middle Ages.
  3. DM will have other purposes and objectives as decided by the DM Board. These include:
    1. To provide an online mailing list (dm-l) as a forum for members of DM to discuss digital medievalism.
    2. To publish a free online open-access peer-reviewed journal entitled ‘Digital Medievalist’ as a high quality publication of work of interest to digital medievalists.
    3. To host a wiki to record information  online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
    4. To organize events of interest to digital medievalists. For example, occasional conferences sessions as an outlet for scholarly discussions of interest to digital medievalists.
    5. To undertake other activities relating to its purposes and objectives or the promotion of DM as a community.
  4. DM shall be a non-profit organisation, any funding received will be used to enable DM to further its purposes and objectives.

2 Membership

  1. Membership in DM is open to anybody interested in its goals.
  2. Membership is conferred by subscription to DM mailing list (dm-l).
  3. Subscription to the DM mailing list, and therefore membership in DM, may be suspended or revoked by the Director or his/her delegate (subject to confirmation by the DM Board) for inappropriate behaviour on the list. A person whose membership has been suspended or revoked for cause must reapply to the board for readmittance.
  4. Individual members have the right to vote in DM elections and such issues as the board shall decide to poll the membership on.
  5. Members who meet additional eligibility criteria (see below) may stand for positions on the DM Board.

3 DM Board

3.1 Organization and Responsibilities

  1. DM will be governed by a Board elected by its membership. [See also now Election Procedures, which provide guidance on this but which are not part of the Byelaws.]
  2. The DM Board shall elect a Director annually from its ranks (see below), and appoint subcommittees and officers as necessary for the efficient running of the project.
    1. Under normal circumstances, these subcommittees and officers should include:
      1. A moderator/moderators for the dm-l listserv.
      2. An editorial committee responsible for the production of the DM journal.
      3. An editor or editors responsible for overseeing the operation of the DM wiki online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
      4. An organiser/organisers for planning conference and poster sessions.
    2. Membership on these committees need not be exclusive: individuals may serve on more than one committee and the board may assign all tasks to a single executive committee if it sees fit.
    3. The DM Board may delegate these tasks to participating members and others if it sees fit, although it shall retain final responsibility for all decisions.

3.2 Term

  1. The DM Board shall consist of eight members, with each member elected for a two year term.
  2. Terms on the DM Board shall be staggered so that four positions are open for election each year.
  3. Elections shall be held annually. Any ties in voting shall be decided by the existing DM Board members excluding any who are standing for re-election.
  4. No member may be elected to the DM Board for more than three consecutive terms (six years). After three terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election to the DM Board.
  5. DM Board members may resign from their commitments at any time but are expected to give adequate notice.
    1. If the resigning member has served less than 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board shall hold a special election.
    2. If the resigning member has served at least 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board at its discretion may decide
      1. to hold a special election;
      2. appoint a replacement;
      3. leave the position vacant.
    3. Members appointed or elected to replace a resigning member will serve for the remainder of the original member’s term, at which point they will be eligible for re-election.

3.3 Eligibility

  1. In order to stand for election, candidates for the DM board must fulfil two conditions:
    1. They must be members of DM.
    2. They must have made a demonstrable contribution to the project or the field within the previous year. Such contributions might include:
      1. Non-trivial editing or page creation for the DM wiki online information resources.
      2. Inclusion in a sanctioned DM event (such as presenting in a conference session sponsored by DM).
      3. Publishing of an article in the DM Journal.
      4. Equivalent contributions (to be considered at the time of candidacy).
  2. Potential candidates are responsible for providing evidence of appropriate contributions to the project if requested by the DM Board.

4 Director

4.1 Election

  1. The DM Board will elect a Director annually from among its members at the first meeting after the annual elections.
  2. Re-election is permitted, though no member may be elected as Director for more than six consecutive terms (six years). After six terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election as Director.
  3. A vote of non-confidence in the Director requires a two-thirds majority of the entire DM Board. After a successful vote of non-confidence, a new Director shall be chosen to serve out the remaining term from the DM Board membership.
  4. A vote of non-confidence in the Director does not affect his or her membership on the DM Board.

4.2 Duties

  1. The Director will convene, determine the agendas for, and chair meetings of the DM Board and its subcommittees. He or she will also be a member ex officio of all such sub-committees as the DM Board shall constitute. The Director may delegate these tasks.
  2. Executive decisions made by the Director can be overturned through a two-thirds vote of the DM Board.

5 Mailing List

  1. There shall be an e-mail mailing list hosted by DM which shall serve as a forum for discussion by those interested in digital medievalism.
  2. The DM mailing list shall be open to anyone interested in digital medievalism.

6 Journal

  1. There shall be a journal of record overseen by the DM editorial committee which shall publish worthy articles of note.
  2. The focus of the journal shall be of research in the use of digital media that is of interest to medievalists, regardless of whether this research is focussed specifically on medieval projects.
  3. The editorial committee will be appointed by the Director on the advice of the board.

7 Wiki Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki online information resources hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership. These may be implemented in the form of a wiki, blog, or other technology as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki information resources as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki information resources will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki content will be settled by the wiki administrators of the resources and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

7 Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki will be settled by the wiki administrators and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

8 Events

  1. DM will organise events befitting its mission, such as conference sessions at important relevant conferences.
  2. DM should not be held responsible for any financial obligations resulting from the organisation of such events.
  3. Although events will usually be organised by members of the DM Board, the DM Board may appoint delegates for particular events.

9 Amendments

  1. Amendments to these bylaws can be composed by the DM Board and become proposed amendments with a simple majority of the total DM Board membership.
  2. Proposed amendments will be published on the DM mailing list (dm-l) and the DM website with a minimum 10 day period requesting comments by the DM membership.
  3. The DM Board will discuss comments on the proposed amendments received from the DM membership incorporating changes agreed by a simple majority of the DM Board.
  4. The agreed version of the amended bylaws will be presented as a whole to the DM membership for voting over a minimum 7 day period. The amended version of the bylaws will pass with a two-thirds majority of votes recorded during the voting period.

Vacancy: Programmer Analyst, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Programmer Analyst, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

With a growing collection of over 215,000 records representing approximately 100,000 manuscripts, the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM) is the largest freely available repository of data on manuscript books produced before 1600. The SDBM, maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to redevelop the SDBM into a global, open-access, collaborative tool for researching the historic and current locations of the world’s manuscript books produced before 1600. The successful outcome of the project has the potential to impact research processes and the discoverability of primary source documents throughout the cultural heritage sector on an international scale.

Penn Libraries is seeking to fill a three-year, full-time, NEH-funded Programmer Analyst position to lead the redevelopment of the SDBM. Working directly with the project manager and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Digital Content Programmer, the PA will build a crowd-sourced application providing web, mobile, and application interfaces for the discovery, access, and entry of manuscript data, using web development frameworks such as Django, jQuery, and Bootstrap. The PA will also work with the library’s Information Technologies and Digital Development (iTaDD) department’s Digital Library Architecture (DLA), which will provide core data access API’s for the SDBM.

Required are: a Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree in computer science, information science, or relevant discipline with at least 1 year experience with web application development for publicly accessible, interactive websites; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should also possess the following:

  • Proven development skills, including developing rich interactive websites
  • Experience working with SQL databases
  • Experience working with source code version control systems, such as Git, Subversion, or Mercurial
  • Experience with unit and integration testing practices
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with stakeholders and work collaboratively with technical staff
  • Demonstrated capacity to learn new methods and processes

Not required, but desirable are:

Knowledge of HTML5, mobile application development, document databases, Linked Open Data (LOD), and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines, and experience working in a Digital Humanities environment

Salary range: $39–$60,000

To apply, go to: https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/4129

Proposed Change to Byelaws

A proposal to emend the Byelaws is here presented to the Community (according to §9.2 below). The essence of the change is to remove references to ‘wiki’ in order not to be dependent on any single technology, since this will necessarily become outdated in time. The existing bylaws are reproduced below with changes indicated in red. Changes are in §1.3.3, §3.1.2.3 and §3.3.1.2.1, and throughout §7. Comments are requested preferably to be sent openly to the DM list for discussion, or directly to the Board or any members thereof. Any comments should be received before the next meeting of the Board on 2 June 2014 at 4pm London time (GMT+1).

1 Preamble

  1. The name of this organisation is ‘Digital Medievalist’ (hereafter abbreviated ‘DM’).
  2. The primary purpose of DM is to be an international community of practice supporting ‘digital medievalism’, which is understood to be an interest in the creation, use of, or research using digital objects relating to the Middle Ages.
  3. DM will have other purposes and objectives as decided by the DM Board. These include:
    1. To provide an online mailing list (dm-l) as a forum for members of DM to discuss digital medievalism.
    2. To publish a free online open-access peer-reviewed journal entitled ‘Digital Medievalist’ as a high quality publication of work of interest to digital medievalists.
    3. To host a wiki to record information  online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
    4. To organize events of interest to digital medievalists. For example, occasional conferences sessions as an outlet for scholarly discussions of interest to digital medievalists.
    5. To undertake other activities relating to its purposes and objectives or the promotion of DM as a community.
  4. DM shall be a non-profit organisation, any funding received will be used to enable DM to further its purposes and objectives.

2 Membership

  1. Membership in DM is open to anybody interested in its goals.
  2. Membership is conferred by subscription to DM mailing list (dm-l).
  3. Subscription to the DM mailing list, and therefore membership in DM, may be suspended or revoked by the Director or his/her delegate (subject to confirmation by the DM Board) for inappropriate behaviour on the list. A person whose membership has been suspended or revoked for cause must reapply to the board for readmittance.
  4. Individual members have the right to vote in DM elections and such issues as the board shall decide to poll the membership on.
  5. Members who meet additional eligibility criteria (see below) may stand for positions on the DM Board.

3 DM Board

3.1 Organization and Responsibilities

  1. DM will be governed by a Board elected by its membership. [See also now Election Procedures, which provide guidance on this but which are not part of the Byelaws.]
  2. The DM Board shall elect a Director annually from its ranks (see below), and appoint subcommittees and officers as necessary for the efficient running of the project.
    1. Under normal circumstances, these subcommittees and officers should include:
      1. A moderator/moderators for the dm-l listserv.
      2. An editorial committee responsible for the production of the DM journal.
      3. An editor or editors responsible for overseeing the operation of the DM wiki online information resources of use to digital medievalists.
      4. An organiser/organisers for planning conference and poster sessions.
    2. Membership on these committees need not be exclusive: individuals may serve on more than one committee and the board may assign all tasks to a single executive committee if it sees fit.
    3. The DM Board may delegate these tasks to participating members and others if it sees fit, although it shall retain final responsibility for all decisions.

3.2 Term

  1. The DM Board shall consist of eight members, with each member elected for a two year term.
  2. Terms on the DM Board shall be staggered so that four positions are open for election each year.
  3. Elections shall be held annually. Any ties in voting shall be decided by the existing DM Board members excluding any who are standing for re-election.
  4. No member may be elected to the DM Board for more than three consecutive terms (six years). After three terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election to the DM Board.
  5. DM Board members may resign from their commitments at any time but are expected to give adequate notice.
    1. If the resigning member has served less than 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board shall hold a special election.
    2. If the resigning member has served at least 50% of his or her original term, the DM Board at its discretion may decide
      1. to hold a special election;
      2. appoint a replacement;
      3. leave the position vacant.
    3. Members appointed or elected to replace a resigning member will serve for the remainder of the original member’s term, at which point they will be eligible for re-election.

3.3 Eligibility

  1. In order to stand for election, candidates for the DM board must fulfil two conditions:
    1. They must be members of DM.
    2. They must have made a demonstrable contribution to the project or the field within the previous year. Such contributions might include:
      1. Non-trivial editing or page creation for the DM wiki online information resources.
      2. Inclusion in a sanctioned DM event (such as presenting in a conference session sponsored by DM).
      3. Publishing of an article in the DM Journal.
      4. Equivalent contributions (to be considered at the time of candidacy).
  2. Potential candidates are responsible for providing evidence of appropriate contributions to the project if requested by the DM Board.

4 Director

4.1 Election

  1. The DM Board will elect a Director annually from among its members at the first meeting after the annual elections.
  2. Re-election is permitted, though no member may be elected as Director for more than six consecutive terms (six years). After six terms, the member must wait at least one year before becoming qualified for re-election as Director.
  3. A vote of non-confidence in the Director requires a two-thirds majority of the entire DM Board. After a successful vote of non-confidence, a new Director shall be chosen to serve out the remaining term from the DM Board membership.
  4. A vote of non-confidence in the Director does not affect his or her membership on the DM Board.

4.2 Duties

  1. The Director will convene, determine the agendas for, and chair meetings of the DM Board and its subcommittees. He or she will also be a member ex officio of all such sub-committees as the DM Board shall constitute. The Director may delegate these tasks.
  2. Executive decisions made by the Director can be overturned through a two-thirds vote of the DM Board.

5 Mailing List

  1. There shall be an e-mail mailing list hosted by DM which shall serve as a forum for discussion by those interested in digital medievalism.
  2. The DM mailing list shall be open to anyone interested in digital medievalism.

6 Journal

  1. There shall be a journal of record overseen by the DM editorial committee which shall publish worthy articles of note.
  2. The focus of the journal shall be of research in the use of digital media that is of interest to medievalists, regardless of whether this research is focussed specifically on medieval projects.
  3. The editorial committee will be appointed by the Director on the advice of the board.

7 Wiki Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki online information resources hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership. These may be implemented in the form of a wiki, blog, or other technology as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki information resources as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki information resources will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki content will be settled by the wiki administrators of the resources and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

7 Information Resources

  1. There shall be a wiki hosted by DM in order to act as a repository of information collected and edited by the membership.
  2. The Director will appoint administrators for the wiki as and when they are needed.
  3. Anyone wishing to provide useful contributions to the wiki will be allowed to.
  4. Disputes concerning edits of the wiki will be settled by the wiki administrators and by appeal if necessary to the DM Board, whose decision will be final.

8 Events

  1. DM will organise events befitting its mission, such as conference sessions at important relevant conferences.
  2. DM should not be held responsible for any financial obligations resulting from the organisation of such events.
  3. Although events will usually be organised by members of the DM Board, the DM Board may appoint delegates for particular events.

9 Amendments

  1. Amendments to these bylaws can be composed by the DM Board and become proposed amendments with a simple majority of the total DM Board membership.
  2. Proposed amendments will be published on the DM mailing list (dm-l) and the DM website with a minimum 10 day period requesting comments by the DM membership.
  3. The DM Board will discuss comments on the proposed amendments received from the DM membership incorporating changes agreed by a simple majority of the DM Board.
  4. The agreed version of the amended bylaws will be presented as a whole to the DM membership for voting over a minimum 7 day period. The amended version of the bylaws will pass with a two-thirds majority of votes recorded during the voting period.

Manipulus florum Colloquium / Colloque Manipulus florum: 16-17 May/mai 2014

“New Perspectives on Thomas of Ireland’s Manipulus florum / Nouvelles Perspectives sur le Manipulus florum de Thomas d’Irlande” is a two-day colloquium that will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University on May 16-17, 2014, with funding support from SSHRC and the WLU Office of Research Services. The sessions will be provided live online as a webcast and virtual participants will be able to offer comments and ask questions via Twitter, Facebook and a dedicated email address. Further information, including social media links and the list of speakers and paper titles, as well as abstracts in both English and French, is provided on the colloquium webpages: http://web.wlu.ca/history/cnighman/page15.html.

El’Manuscript 2014 : Submission deadline extended

Abstract submission deadline: 14 April 2014  (extended)

Notifications of acceptance sent by 15 May 2014

The conference will be held in Varna Bulgaria, 15-20 September 2014.

Conference website: http://textualheritage.org

Call for papers:

We are pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for the El’Manuscript-2014 international conference on the creation and development of information systems for storage, processing, description, analysis, and publication of medieval and early modern hand-written and printed texts and documentary records. Any person involved in the creation or analysis of these resources is welcome to participate.

El’Manucsript-2014 is the fifth in a series of biennial international conferences entitled “Textual Heritage and Information Technologies” (http://textualheritage.org). The programme of the conference traditionally includes tutorials, lectures, and computer classes for young scholars and students. The working languages of the 2014 conference are English, Bulgarian and Russian, and papers presented at the Conference will be published in a volume of proceedings and on the http://textualheritage.org website. Selected papers in English will be published in a special issue of the Digital Medievalist Journal (http://digitalmedievalist.org/journal) and, if written in Bulgarian, English or Russian, Palaeobulgarica

The fifth conference is a joint event of the Textual Heritage and Digital Medievalist scholarly communities. It is co-organized by Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia) and the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and supported by the Sustainable Development of Bulgaria Foundation.

Postdoctoral Research Position “Medieval Spanish Literature and Latin”

The MSH offers a postdoctoral research position in medieval Spanish language and literature and Latin − a temporary contract (12 months) as part of an ANR funding (MSH Lorraine – INALCO – CNRS ATILF).

The contract begins on October 1st 2014.

Description of the research project framing the position and main focus of the postdoctoral researcher

ALIENTO (Linguistic and intercultural analysis of short sapiential statements and of their transmission East/West, West/East) is a research project whose aim is the creation of a database about the sources, transmission, circulation and posterity of sapiential statements of the Iberian Peninsula (from the ninth to the sixteenth century) between the Three Cultures: Jewish, Christian, Islamic. It is an interdisciplinary innovative research project which fits in the new field of the Digital Humanities. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together scientific practices and knowledge implemented by literary scholars, linguists, paremiologists, computer scientists. The dialogue of disciplines on a common object (the circulation of medieval sapiential brief units) provides new methodological and conceptual research perspectives. In this regard, ALIENTO is central in scientific and methodological treatment of sapiential texts, both by the nature of the corpus and the way of dealing with it, the management of multilinguism, the reflexion on textual encoding as well as by the originality of its qualitative approach of corpora exploration (interoperability man-machine).

Aims of the research project

The aim of the ALIENTO project is to elaborate a software transferable to other similar texts, from a significant referencial body consisting of 8 related texts having circulated in the Iberian peninsula in the Middle Ages ( Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and Catalan), that is 582 pages and about 9570 brief sapiential statements, in order to
− extract knowledge from the annotated corpora on the sources, the transmission, the circulation and the posterity of the sapiential statements of the Iberian peninsula (9th-16th centuries) between the three cultures;
−work out concordances, even partial, close or distant connections,
− reassess inter-textual relations by comparing a great quantity of data and by interconnecting encoded texts written in different languages.

The steps to be followed are:

1. Accurate annotation using an XML/TEI tagging system on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement found in eight texts from a reference corpus (Arabic, Spanish, Hebrew, Catalan and Latin). The point is to link the brief sapiential statements (about 9,570 items) and, by means of a close collaboration between experts, develop a robust tagging protocol for this type of items which can be transferable to other corpora (formalisation, normalisation, creation of a common ontology to this type of statements).
2. Cooperatively create a piece of software capable of matching items and displaying a trilingual interface that will allow the monitoring of results, i.e. the links created between the brief sapiential statements.
3. Analysis of the matching results and production of scientific results in the field of humanities: study of the circulation of brief sapiential statements, their transformation and their degree of acculturation according to their own intertextuality.
4. Creation of a library of medieval sapiential texts accessible on-line by means of standardised meta-data in TEI format and accompanied by data on the text, authors, translators, compilers and references

The current research project ANR ALIENTO is the result of four consecutive years of research. For further information: http://www.aliento.eu

Focus of the postdoctoral researcher:

The postdoctoral researcher must have an extensive background in Castilian, medieval literature and Latin as well as solid technical know-how in computing. Knowledge of Arabic would be an asset. As a specialist of Spanish texts s/he will have to tag with precision the brief sapiential statements with compatible XML/TEI annotations on the sense, the form, the structure and the moral of each brief sapiential statement to be found in the books of sayings such as: Libro de los cien capítulos, flores de filosofía, Vida y costunbres de los viejos filósofos, Libro de los doce sabios, Poridat de las poridades, Secretum secretorum….
S/he will work in Nancy (MSH Lorraine) in close collaboration with the research group ALIENTO (Paris − Nancy).
S/he will take part in the research meetings and workshops co-organised with the ATILF and will contribute with her/his expertise in medieval Hispanic texts and language.

Background

- Doctorate in medieval Spanish language, literature and culture.
– Extensive knowledge of the circulation of sapiential texts in the Mediterranean area. – Good knowledge of Latin
– Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.

Terms of contract

Length: 12 months
The postdoctoral researcher can be of any nationality. English may be used as the working language for researchers not speaking French. The contract begins on October 1st 2014.
Applications must be submitted before August 31st 2014.
The net salary will be about 2,100 euros per month.

Please send a curriculum vitae, a summary of your dissertation and a letter of application to the following email addresses: Marie-Sol Ortola at marie-sol.ortola@univ-lorraine.fr and Varol@noos.fr. frederique.bey@univ-lorraine.fr.

Posted by: Marie L’Etang (marie.letang@univ-lorraine.fr).

CFP El’Manuscript: Textual Heritage and Information Technologies (Varna, Bulgaria, 15-20 Sept. 2014)

[Apologies for cross-posting!]

Conference website: http://textualheritage.org/en/2014.html

Submission deadline : 1 April 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2014
Conference dates: 15-20 September 2014
Venue: Varna, Bulgaria

Call for papers :

We are pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for the El’Manuscript-2014 international conference on the creation and development of information systems for storage, processing, description, analysis, and publication of medieval and early modern hand-written and printed texts and documentary records. Any person involved in the creation or analysis of these resources is welcome to participate.

El’Manucsript-2014 is the fifth in a series of biennial international conferences entitled “Textual Heritage and Information Technologies” (http://textualheritage.org). The programme of the conference traditionally includes tutorials, lectures, and computer classes for young scholars and students. The working languages of the 2014 conference are English, Bulgarian and Russian, and papers presented at the Conference will be published in a volume of proceedings and on the http://textualheritage.org website. Selected papers in English will be published in a special issue of the Digital Medievalist Journal (http://digitalmedievalist.org/journal/) and, if written in Bulgarian, English or Russian, Palaeobulgarica.

The fifth conference is a joint event of the Textual Heritage and Digital Medievalist scholarly communities. It is co-organized by Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia) and the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and supported by the Sustainable Development of Bulgaria Foundation.

For more information, please visit the conference website: http://textualheritage.org/en/2014.html.

Posted by: Alexey LAVRENTEV (alexei.lavrentev@ens-lyon.fr).

Training School: Creation and Use of Medieval Textual Corpora (16-24 Sep. 2014)

TRAINING SCHOOL
Creation and Use of Medieval Textual Corpora
16th-24th september 2014
Ciutadella, Menorca (Spain)

Scientific programme: Bruno BON (CNRS-IRHT, France), Krzysztof NOWAK (IJP-PAN, Poland). Local organiser : Susanna ALLÉS TORRENT (CSIC-IMF, Barcelona).

Teachers : Renaud ALEXANDRE (France), Maciej EDER (Poland), Alain GUERREAU (France), Nicolas PERREAUX (France), Bénédicte PINCEMIN (France).

The COST “Medioevo Europeo” (http://www.medioevoeuropeo.org) Working Group 3
(Dictionaries and texts) is organising a six-day training school that will provide an introduction to
the creation and use of textual corpora in the historical and linguistic research.
This summer school is intended for all students and researchers working on medieval textual data,
with a (limited) knowledge of IT tools. The purpose of our training school is to show, in theory
and practice, how to assemble, encode and analyse digitised medieval texts.

The first day will provide an overview of the Linux environment, and will be followed by a full day on the creation of an annotated textual corpus (day 2). The third and fourth days will be devoted to textual
analysis, followed by a day on statistical analysis tools (day 5). The last day will focus on the relationship between corpora and lexicography and related issues (day 6).
Participants should bring their own personal computers (with at least 20 Gb of free space), and a
digital copy of the texts they plan to work on. Most courses will be taught in French, but technical
support will be offered in other European languages (German, English, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian and Polish) as well.

Application and Enrollment: Scientific committee will select max. 20 students (Note: Students
must be citizens of one of COST Countries (http://www.cost.eu/about_cost/cost_countries).
Please send applications consisting of a cover letter and a CV to Susanna Allés Torrent
(susannalles@imf.csic.es – subject: “Registration Training School”) before March 31th 2014. The
courses will be free of charge, but transport and accommodation are to be paid by the trainees;
accommodations up to 40 € per night are available. With the European COST funding, ten participants are eligible for a grant of about 600 €.
URL : http://www.glossaria.eu/minorque

Posted by: Dominique Stutzmann (dominique.stutzmann@irht.cnrs.fr).

Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA)

Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA) 28 April – 2 May 2014, Cambridge and London

With apologies for cross-posting, we are very pleased to announce the fifth year of this course, funded by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and run by DiXiT with the Institute of English Studies (London), the University of Cambridge, the Warburg Institute, and King’s College London. For the first time, the course will run in two parallel strands: one on medieval and the other on modern manuscripts.

The course is open to any arts and humanities doctoral students working with manuscripts. It involves five days of intensive training on the analysis, description and editing of medieval or modern manuscripts to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. Participants will receive a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience in cataloguing and editing manuscripts for both print and digital formats.

The first half of the course involves morning classes and then afternoon visits to libraries in Cambridge and London. Participants will view original manuscripts and gain practical experience in applying the morning’s themes to concrete examples. In the second half we will address the cataloguing and description of manuscripts in a digital format with particular emphasis on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). These sessions will also combine theoretical principles and practical experience and include supervised work on computers.

The course is free of charge but is open only to doctoral students (PhD or equivalent). It is aimed at those writing dissertations relating to medieval or modern manuscripts, especially those working on literature, art or history. Some bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation. There are eighteen vacancies across the medieval and modern strands, and preference will be given to those considered by the selection panel likely to benefit most from the course. Applications close on 14 February 2014 but early registration is strongly recommended.

For further details see dixit-mmsda.

- Please circulate widely! -

Posted by: Peter Stokes (peter.stokes@kcl.ac.uk).

EpiDoc Workshop, London, April 28-May 1, 2014

We invite applications for a 4-day training workshop on digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts, to be held in the Institute of Classical Studies, London, April 28-May 1, 2014. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (KCL), Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig) and Charlotte Tupman (KCL). There will be no charge for the teaching, but participants will have to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a set of guidelines for using TEI XML (tei-c.org) for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient documentary texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, the US Epigraphy Project, Vindolanda Tablets Online and the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions in TEI, as well as use of the tags-free Papyrological Editor (papyri.info/editor).

No technical skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek or Latin, epigraphy or papyrology and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors or professionals.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email charlotte.tupman@kcl.ac.uk with a brief description of your reason for interest and summarising your relevant skills and background, by Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Posted by: Gabriel BODARD (gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk).

Marie de France

Marie de France – Manuscript Sources
http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/vlibrary/mdfrancemss.shtml

was just launched. The purpose of this page is to present a number of links to medieval manuscript facsimiles containing Marie’s work, some illustrated, accompanied by other relevant resources. It is part of the Andy Holt Virtual Library’s “Manuscripts of Medieval France with Vernacular Texts”, a collection of over 1000 links to manuscript facsimiles, which will include nearly all of the French medieval literary canon, and much more.

TennesseeBob (busker & song writer)

PS. I would appreciate corrections and additions

Posted by: Robert D. Peckham (bobp@utm.edu).

Edition of the Registers of the counts of Holland 1299-1345

Recently a digital edition has been completed of the registers made by the clerks of the counts of Holland and Zeeland in the first half of the fourteenth century. This concerns 25 volumes, together counting some 2000 pages, in which mainly charters issued by the count were registered, but also other documents. In this publication, made by J.W.J. Burgers, one finds not only the edition of all 3515 texts, written in Dutch, Latin or French, but also a complete set of images of the registers.

http://www.historici.nl/Onderzoek/Projecten/RegistersVanDeHollandseGrafelijkheid1299-1345

Posted by: Jan Burgers (j.w.j.burgers@uva.nl).

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor in Late Latin Studies at the University of Iowa

The Department of Classics at The University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Late Latin Studies (2nd Century CE through 9th Century CE) with a demonstrated interest in digital Humanities, to begin in August 2014. For more information, please see https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/63236

Posted by: Craig Gibson (craig-gibson@uiowa.edu).

TEI Conference and Members Meeting 2013: programme

Dear all,

The programme for the “TEI Conference and Members Meeting 2013″ (October 2-5, Rome, Italy) is now available at http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/teiconf2013/program/.

Tutorials and workshops are offered prior to the conference while Special Interest Groups activities will take place on Thursday 3 October (http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/teiconf2013/program/sigactivity/).

Soon each session in the programme will point to relevant abstracts.

In the meantime, please take a look at the programme, plan your trip if you haven’t yet and register!

Registration (http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/teiconf2013/registration/) is filling up quickly and it will be a disappointment not to see you in Rome!

For any queries, don’t hesitate to contact us at meeting@tei-c.org.

Best regards,
Arianna Ciula (Programme Committee Chair) and Fabio Ciotti (Local Organisation Committee Chair)

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto.rossellidelturco@gmail.com)

Digital Classicist seminar: Neel Smith: Scholarly reasoning and writing

Digital Classicist seminar

Neel Smith (Holy Cross): Scholarly reasoning and writing in an automatically assembled and tested digital library
Friday August 2 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Follow or discuss the seminar on Twitter at #DigiClass

ALL WELCOME

For more than 30 years, computer scientists have discussed “literate programming,” an approach that treats computer programs as works of literature, as well as sources for machine instructions. I propose an approach to writing in the humanities that inverts that model, and treats scholarly prose as a source for machine-actionable citations, as well as a logical argument. I will draw illustrations from the Homer Multitext project, and will briefly survey how all of the information in its editorial work on Homeric manuscripts is translated into hundreds of thousands of RDF statements with citable URNs as their subject.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact Gabriel.Bodard@kcl.ac.uk, Stuart.Dunn@kcl.ac.uk, S.Mahony@ucl.ac.uk or Charlotte.Tupman@kcl.ac.uk, or see the seminar website at http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Stuart Dunn (stuart.dunn@kcl.ac.uk).

Teaching with the Perseids Platform (seminar)

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013
Friday July 26 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Marie-Claire Beaulieu (Tufts)
Teaching with the Perseids Platform: Tools and methods

ALL WELCOME

The Perseids online collaborative environment offers a new pedagogical model for Classics in which students participate directly in the creation of knowledge. This presentation will detail two uses cases of Perseids. The first use case, in which a class collaborates to edit, translate, and annotate documents offers students an occasion to step out of the traditional Classical canon to process materials such as manuscripts and inscriptions. The second use case, dynamic syllabi using managed resources, lets professors assign texts for students to read and annotate, design tests, and gather data for student evaluation. This use case will be demonstrated for a language class and a Classical Mythology course.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact Gabriel.Bodard@kcl.ac.uk, Stuart.Dunn@kcl.ac.uk, S.Mahony@ucl.ac.uk or Charlotte.Tupman@kcl.ac.uk, or see the seminar website at http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Gabriel BODARD (gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk).

Seminar: An Integrated System For Generating And Correcting Polytonic Greek OCR

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013
Friday July 19 at 16:30 in room S264, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Federico Boschetti (Pisa) & Bruce Robertson (Mount Allison)
An Integrated System For Generating And Correcting Polytonic Greek OCR

ALL WELCOME

The digital books revolution has left behind scholars working with ancient Greek: the most important impediments to digitizing polytonic Greek have been the lack of a high-quality optical character recognition for this script, especially under open-source licenses, and an assisted editor for polytonic Greek proof-reading. We present a integrated system that fills these critical gaps, making it possible for polytonic Greek texts to be digitized en masse by Rigaudon OCR, a complete suite of scripts, python code and data required for producing polytonic Greek OCR. The output provided by Rigaudon OCR is post-processed and piped to the CoPhiProofReader web application.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact Gabriel.Bodard@kcl.ac.uk, Stuart.Dunn@kcl.ac.uk, S.Mahony@ucl.ac.uk or Charlotte.Tupman@kcl.ac.uk, or see the seminar website at http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Stuart Dunn (stuart.dunn@kcl.ac.uk).

Toronto 2014 – Digitizing the Medieval Archive

Digitizing the Medieval Archive
An International Conference
Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto March 27–29, 2014

Keynote speakers:
David Greetham (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Stephen G. Nichols (Johns Hopkins University)
Caroline Macé (KU Leuven)
Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University Library)

As the question of how medievalists may work within a digital environment becomes an increasingly more widely discussed topic, we invite scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences to convene in Toronto to consider and discuss the possibilities of the digitized medieval archive. This conference sets out to explore ways in which medievalists might harness the vast, digital possibilities for a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary medieval archive. Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Implications of digital archives for the editing of medieval texts Methodologies and/or ideologies behind digital archivization The archivization of already existing digital databases
Digitized archives/collections as enabling or limiting research The digital (re)construction of medieval collections
Compilation and order of medieval texts
Textual forms / reading methods
Fluidity of the medieval text and the Internet
The digital conglomeration of visual and narrative data
Digital visualization of medieval documents, art and literature

Please submit a short C.V. and abstracts of 250 words to digitizingmedievalarchive@gmail.com by October 1, 2013 for consideration.

Website:
http://digitizingmedievalarchive.wordpress.com

Posted by: Leah Faibisoff (leah.faibisoff@utoronto.ca).

The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (seminar). London, July 5

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013
Friday July 5 at 16:30 in room S264, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania)
The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance: a federated platform for discovery and research
ALL WELCOME

The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is an international community of scholars, projects, institutions, and organizations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MESA makes recommendations on technological and scholarly standards for electronic scholarship, aggregates data from digital projects, and provides an interface for scholars to discover and repurpose this data. The seminar will focus on how MESA serves the “traditional” medievalist who is interested in finding and using digital resources. Starting with a history of medievalists and their interactions with digital technology, the seminar will finish with a demonstration of MESA.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact Gabriel.Bodard@kcl.ac.uk, Stuart.Dunn@kcl.ac.uk, S.Mahony@ucl.ac.uk or Charlotte.Tupman@kcl.ac.uk, or see the seminar website at

Posted by: Gabriel Bodard (gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk).

VOTE NOW: DIGITAL MEDIEVALIST BOARD ELECTIONS for 2013

Voting will be OPEN until TUE 9th JULY, GMT midnight.

To vote in the election you must be one of the subscribers to the Digital Medievalist mailing list, <dm-l@uleth.ca> (Follow <http://digitalmedievalist.org/mailing/&gt; to join). The survey used to vote asks for your email address for this purpose solely, it is only seen by the returning officers and no other use is made of it.

Board positions are for two year terms and incumbents may be re-elected. Members of the board are responsible for the overall direction of the organisation and leading the Digital Medievalist’s many projects and programmes. This is a working board and candidates should be willing and able to commit time to helping Digital Medievalist undertake some of its activities (such as hands on copy-editing of its journal).

Information about Digital Medievalist is available at its website. See especially:

* <http://digitalmedievalist.org/about/>
* <http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/bylaws/>

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

The following biographical candidate statements (alphabetical order by surname) are intended to help you decide for whom you may wish to vote. There are 4 positions available and so you may cast a total of up to 4 votes. After voting please remember to click DONE!

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BENJAMIN ALBRITTON

Benjamin Albritton works as the digital medieval program manager at Stanford University Libraries. In that role, he oversees the Parker on the Web project (<http://parker.stanford.edu>), the preservation of Walters Art Museum digital manuscript content in the Stanford Digital Repository (<goo.gl/GvCba>), and ongoing content collaborations with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the University of Pennsylvania, and others.

In addition to content-based projects, he coordinates the Mellon-funded Digital Manuscript Technology program: an international manuscript interoperability project dedicated to cross-repository collaboration. This effort, shared by many collaborators, has spawned SharedCanvas (<http://www.shared-canvas.org/>) and the International Image Interoperability Framework (<http://lib.stanford.edu/iiif>). The primary aim of the project is increased access to distributed resources and tools for medieval scholars in order to enable comparative work across manuscript collections.

Benjamin is committed to bringing content owners, software developers, and scholars together to further research in medieval topics. In addition to his digital library work, he remains active as a musicologist. Current projects include: “Machaut in the Book” (co-PI), an interdisciplinary and collaborative study of the role of Guillaume de Machaut as author in the surviving witnesses to his works, with particular focus on poetic miscellanies; and “A Comparative Kalendar”, a nascent tool for navigation across digitized manuscripts that contain liturgical calendars.

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SUZANNE PAUL

Suzanne Paul is the Medieval Manuscripts Specialist at Cambridge University Library (<http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/>). She is currently developing a new online catalogue of the library’s medieval manuscripts using TEI and participating in the ongoing digitisation of the collection in the Cambridge Digital Library (<http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/>). From 2007 to May 2013 she was sub-librarian at the Parker Library (<http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/about-us/parker-library/>), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with particular responsibility for creating and updating metadata in XML and database formats for Parker on the Web (<http://parkerweb.stanford.edu/>). She has extensive experience of collaborating with researchers and other librarians on digital projects.

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PHILIP SHAW

I am a medievalist with around ten years’ experience in digital humanities. My first academic post was on the Partonopeus de Blois Electronic Edition Project (<http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/partonopeus/>), where I worried about the textual difficulties of an Old French romance alongside straightening out the project’s automated text processing needs. Since then I’ve developed a tool for gathering linguistic data from Twitter, used by Ruth Page in her _Stories and Social Media: Identities and Interaction_ (Routledge, 2012), have created tools for generating the indices of the Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060-1220 project (<http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/>), and was part of the team responsible for HALOGEN (<http://halogen.le.ac.uk>). I am currently working on software tools for comparison across Middle English texts with divergent orthographic forms and on the application of cluster analysis to historical onomastic data. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the running of Digital Medievalist as an Executive Board member.

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PETER STOKES

I am currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. I have a degree in Classics and English Literature and another in Computer Engineering, as well as a PhD in Anglo-Saxon palaeography. I have worked as Research Associate, Analyst and/or Developer on the LangScape (<http://langscape.org.uk/>), Anglo-Saxon Cluster (<http://ascluster.org/>), and Electronic Sawyer (<http://esawyer.org.uk/>) projects at King’s. I have also held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on computer-based methods in palaeography, and was awarded a major research grant for DigiPal (<http://digipal.eu/>), which I lead as Principal Investigator. I lecture in Digital Humanities and in palaeography, I advise on external digital projects, and I am Principal Coordinator of Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA; <http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/study-training/research-training-courses/medieval-manuscripts-digital-age>), a five-day training programme for PhD students.

A full CV is available at <http://peterstokes.org/cv/>.

I have served on the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist and been Associate Editor of the Journal since 2009, and I have been Director of DM since 2012. In addition to these roles I have contributed to DM in many other ways, including updates, improvements and emergency fixes to the website; running conference sessions; helping introduce term limits for the Board; and co-acting as Returning Officer for the 2010 elections. DM’s membership has grown significantly during this time, increasing by more than 15% in the last year, so if re-elected my key goal will be to establish the expertise and infrastructural stability necessary to allow this growth to continue in the longer term.

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DOMINIQUE STUTZMANN

Stutzman, Dominique (2011-2013). After degrees in Classics, History and German studies at the Sorbonne, Dominique Stutzmann studied at the École nationale des Chartes (<http://www.enc.sorbonne.fr/>; archiviste paléographe, 2002), received a MLIS and worked at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (MSS Dept.) and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (<http://www.bnf.fr>; Digital Information Dept.). He completed a PhD on scribal practices of Cistercian communities in medieval Burgundy, for which he developed the statistical analysis of scribal profiles based on TEI encoding. Since 2007, he is lecturer of medieval paleography at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (<http://www.ephe.sorbonne.fr/>) and, since 2010, research fellow at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (<http://www.irht.cnrs.fr/>; CNRS). In the Graphem project (<http://liris.cnrs.fr/graphem/>; 2008-2011), he co-organized an international colloquium on computer-aided script analysis, categorization and classification (Paris, 14-15 April 2011). He is now principal investigator of the ORIFLAMMS project (<http://oriflamms.hypotheses.org/>; 2013-2016), joining Computer Vision, Linguistics and Palaeography (allographic transcriptions, ontology of forms) in study of the variety of medieval scripts and its factors (place, time, language, formality, function).

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SEAN SWANICK

My name is Sean Swanick and I am the Islamic Studies Liaison Librarian at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Since starting in 2009, I have, amongst my other duties of collection development, reference work and teaching, and related activities curated a number of exhibitions highlighting McGill’s rich manuscript collection. Noteworthy for the members of Digital Medievalist are the 2012 exhibition “Book Culture in the Medieval Mediterranean World” (co-curated with Dr. C. Hilsdale of the Art History department and Ms. J. Garland of Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill), the Shahnmeh exhibition of the famous Persian epic poem which was also an online exhibition (<http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/shahnameh/index.php>) and the Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī (1058-1111) exhibition and accompanying booklet. Through these efforts, I strive to combine research exercises with professors and students in order to highlight the rich collections of McGill University. In addition, I have co-curated an Islamic Calligraphy exhibition in 2010 which was later digitized (<http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/islamic_calligraphy/index.php>).

If elected, I will serve the community in engaging in scholarly activities and leading and ensuring that the overall direction of the organisation and the Digital Medievalist’s many projects and programmes remain a priority and continue to flourish.

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TEI Conference 2013: online registration opened

Dear Digital Medievalist members,

we are pleased to announce that online registration for the TEI Conference and Members meeting 2013 has now opened. This year’s TEI Conference is hosted at the University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy, with the support of AIUCD (Italian Association for Humanities Computing and Digital Cultures) and will take place from from 2 to 5 October. As usual the Conference is preceded by three days of workshops and tutorials from September 29 to October 2.

This year’s theme is: The Linked TEI: Text Encoding in the Web. The programme includes keynote lectures by Allen Renear (professor and interim Dean at GSLIS) and Marie-Luce Demonet (professor of French Renaissance literature and director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire), parallel sessions of papers, the annual TEI business meeting, a poster session/tools demonstration and slam, and special interest group (SIG) meetings. Details about the programme, as well as infos about accommodation and local attractions are available in the Conference website at http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/teiconf2013/.

The rates and the online registration facilities are available at

http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/teiconf2013/registration/

We hope to meet you all in Rome!

Cordially,

Fabio Ciotti & Gianfranco Crupi
Local organizers TEI Conference 2013

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto.rossellidelturco@gmail.com)

 

CfP: Blackburn’s Worthy Citizen: The Philanthropic Legacy of R. E. Hart

Blackburn’s Worthy Citizen: The Philanthropic Legacy of R. E. Hart 23 November, 2013 in the Senate House

R E Hart’s collection of about 800 items, including 400 incunabula and early printed books, as well as 22 medieval manuscripts, was donated to Blackburn Library in 1946, and has been part of Blackburn Museum’s collections since 1972. An AHRC-funded project to display ten of the most impressive manuscripts and early printed books at the Senate House, London, throughout November, will culminate in a colloquium on the past, present and future of the Blackburn collection, including a round table discussion on the role in general of collections such as Hart’s in local communities today.
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on the past, present and future of such collections in their contexts. Papers could explore late Victorian and early twentieth century collectors and their collections; they could also look at items or types of items present in Hart’s collection, including important 13th century psalters (the Blackburn Psalter and the Peckover Psalter), 14th and 15th century English, French and Flemish Books of Hours, as well as Incunabula. Finally, papers could address the future of small collections such as Hart’s, and their role in local communities in the digital era. How does the widespread digitation of larger collections affect smaller collections such as Hart’s?

Please email proposals of approximately 250 words to Courtnay Konshuh by August 15, 2013. We are offering Bibliographical Society Studentships for graduate students’ travel expenses– if you wish to apply for this, please indicate this in an email to us at hiddenhartbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

For more information on this project, the exhibition and its contents, please see blackhartbooks.wordpress.com

Posted by: Courtnay Konshuh (ckonshuh@gmail.com).

CFP: The Ten Commandments in medieval and early modern culture

International Conference
The Ten Commandments in medieval and early modern culture
Ghent University, Belgium
April 10-11, 2014

Key note speakers: Robert J. Bast (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) Uta Störmer-Caysa (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz)

Call for Papers
The Department of Literature at Ghent University is pleased to announce that it will host an international conference on the Ten Commandments in medieval and early modern culture on April 10-11, 2014. We kindly invite paper proposals exploring this theme from any field of medieval and early modern studies. Selected papers will be published in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed series Intersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture (Brill Publishers).
The rise to prominence of the Ten Commandments dates back to the 12th century. In that period exegetes such as Hugh of Saint Victor emphasized the importance of the Decalogue as a list of moral principles. A century later the Ten Commandments permeated scholastic learning as well as catechetical teaching. They became a useful instrument for the examination of conscience in preparation for the mandatory annual confession introduced by the Fourth Lateran Council (1215). By the second half of the 15th century, the Commandments were omnipresent in religious culture. Their diverse textual and visual manifestations were found in a variety of media, from manuscripts and printed books, to wall paintings and wooden panels. The prominence of the Decalogue continued amongst the Protestants, albeit with a different emphasis than in Catholic teaching.
The heterogeneity of the preserved Decalogue material inspires numerous research questions, many of which are vital and yet largely unexplored. It also poses methodological challenges to scholars who seek to explore and understand the role of the Ten Commandments within a broader context of medieval and early modern culture. Bearing this in mind, we would like to invite papers that elaborate on various aspects of textual – both Latin and vernacular – and visual manifestations of the Decalogue in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. It is particularly important that the proposed papers put emphasis on the broader cultural context in which the Decalogue functioned, as well as on the methodological and theoretical aspects of the discussed piece of research. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
The relationship (or lack of it) between scholastic and vernacular writings on the Ten Commandments. Recent research has shown that some vernacular writings on the Ten Commandments contain elaborate theological content. Which themes found their way from academic to vernacular theology? Were there independent developments within the vernacular writings on the Decalogue? In which milieus were the ‘learned’ vernacular treatises written and what was their audience?
The Ten Commandments in various textual genres. The typological diversity of writings on the Decalogue is astonishing. These Old Testament tenets were explored in scholastic summae, catechetical mirrors and sermons, put into simple rhymes, combined with images and even interwoven into stage plays. How did different genres treat the Commandments? Was there any genre-specific emphasis on certain aspects of the exegesis of the Decalogue?
The Ten Commandments in visual arts. The act of breaking or obeying the precepts was depicted in diverse media. Did the iconography and/or function of the Ten Commandments scenes change depending on the medium? Did the Reformation and Counter-Reformation affect the iconography of the Decalogue-scenes?
The Decalogue in medieval and early modern popular culture. The Ten Commandments, like other tenets, penetrated popular (religious) culture. How did the abundantly preserved Decalogue rhymes, some of which could in fact be sung, and cheap prints containing a combination of text and image function? Who used them?
The Ten Commandments in early modern theology. The Decalogue played a vital role in Protestant theology. Did the reformers postulate any major shifts in the interpretation of the Old Testament precepts? If so, did it cause any reaction by the catholic theologians?
Papers should be given in English and should be 20-25 minutes long. Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) accompanied by a brief CV before October 1, 2013 by e-mail to Marta Bigus (marta.bigus@ugent.be). Successful applicants will be notified by November 1, 2013.
We look forward to receiving your abstracts, and to a productive meeting on April 10-11, 2014. We hope that you will support our efforts by notifying your colleagues and students about the conference. You are most welcome to contact the organisers for further details.

Organising committee:
Marta Bigus, MA (marta.bigus@ugent.be)
Prof. dr. Youri Desplenter (youri.desplenter@ugent.be)
Prof. dr. Jürgen Pieters (jurgen.pieters@ugent.be)

Posted by: Marta Bigus (marta.bigus@ugent.be).

Digital Classicist seminar

This week’s Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies seminar.

Tom Cheesman (Swansea)
‘Putting Translations To Work: TransVis’

Friday June 21 at 16:30
Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This paper will discuss a proposed digital platform for exploring differences among translations, including proof-of-concept work on 37 German versions of Othello dating from 1766 to 2010: translations, adaptations, rewritings; reading editions, theatre scripts, student cribs. We shall next collect up to 180 versions of Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice in 12 languages, and develop a suite of analytic tools for explorative and educational uses. We shall also explore other sets of translations, including English and Czech versions of Euripides’ Medea. Alternative versions are not only of interest for studies of a work’s reception, of target cultures, and of translation or versioning processes; translations can also be mined to tell us things we did not know about the translated works themselves.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

All are welcome

The full 2013 programme and abstract is at http://digiclass.cch.kcl.ac.uk/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Simon Mahony (s.mahony@ucl.ac.uk).

Digital Classicist seminar

Announcing this week’s seminar in the Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies Summer seminars for 2013:

Valeria Vitale (King’s College London)
An Ontology for 3D Visualisation in Cultural Heritage

Friday June 14 at 16:30
Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Behind each scholarly 3D visualisation is a thorough study of records, iconography, literary sources, artistic canons and precedents. However, this research process is seldom visible in the final outcome to either the general public or the academy. This paper suggests the use of an RDF ontology to describe 3D models, identify relationships, and connect them to their diverse related sources (photographs, GIS coordinates, academic literature, etc.). If such an ontology can be derived and applied it will optimise the documentation process, and further, allow 3D visualisations to join and enrich the growing network of linked digital resources to study the past.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

All are welcome

The full 2013 programme is at http://digiclass.cch.kcl.ac.uk/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Simon Mahony (s.mahony@ucl.ac.uk).

PhD Scholarship in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies

2013/14 PhD programme in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, King’s College London. Deadline for applications – 1st July 2013.

To apply: CV, 600-word research proposal, academic transcript, sent to Michael.Broderick@kcl.ac.uk.

Applications are now being accepted for a PhD scholarship (value £24,500 to cover fees with the balance payable as a stipend in 12 equal monthly instalments; tenable for a three-year period) to be awarded competitively to a suitably qualified candidate. The applicant will be completing or have completed a Master’s level qualification, will have knowledge of Latin or at least one medieval language, and must have developed a research proposal relating to some aspect of medieval manuscripts and palaeography. Research students in King’s have access to advanced Latin and palaeography training, although it is expected that the successful candidate will have already gained experience of both disciplines.

London boasts unrivalled collections of Western manuscripts, in private as well as public hands, a large concentration of experts on medieval palaeography, numerous research seminars, including the London Palaeography seminar, and the extensive resources of the Senate House Palaeography Room as well as the British Library Manuscripts Reading Room. Postgraduate students at King’s belong to the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, one of the best-established interdisciplinary centres of its kind in the country, which brings together international scholars working at the forefront of their disciplines, as well as visiting academics from overseas.

Students within Palaeography and Manuscript Studies have the opportunity of co-supervision in a discipline appropriate to their research interests: Classics and Hellenic Studies, Digital Humanities, History, Literature (English, French, German, Occitan, Spanish), Music, or Theology and Religious Studies. Current major research projects hosted at King’s which involve the study of medieval manuscripts include Digipal, Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript, Medieval Francophone Literature outside France.

For further information please contact Julia Crick, Professor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies (Julia.Crick@kcl.ac.uk)

Posted by: Peter Stokes (peter.stokes@kcl.ac.uk).

Strumenti digitali per edizioni critiche a stampa – Vercelli, 13-14 giugno 2013

Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale – DigilibLT

Scuola estiva
Strumenti digitali per edizioni critiche a stampa
Vercelli, 13-14 giugno 2013
Corso Garibaldi 98
Palazzo Tartara – Sala delle Colonne

NB: la partecipazione è soggetta ad iscrizione; chi vuole partecipare deve scrivere info@digiliblt.unipmn.it per ricevere le informazioni necessarie

Programma

13 giugno
ore 9-9,15: saluti

ore 9,30-12,30: Raffaella Tabacco, Francesco Stella, Roberto Rosselli del Turco, Questioni e problemi aperti in filologia classica, medievale, digitale

ore 14,30-18,30: Wilhelm Ott, TUSTEP

14 giugno

ore 9 – 12,30: Guido Milanese, Script in LaTeX

ore 14,30 -18: Stefan Hagel, CTE

ore 18-18,30: Maurizio Lana, consegna attestati, saluti

I docenti

Raffaella Tabacco insegna letteratura latina all’Università del Piemonte Orientale ed è responsabile del progetto della biblioteca digitale digilibLT

Stefan Hagel, studioso di musica e strumenti musicali della Grecia Classica, è autore di CTE – Classical Text Editor

Guido Milanese insegna istituzioni di cultura classica ed europea, e linguistica computazionale all’Università Cattolica; sta per pubblicare un libro sull’uso di LaTeX per la produzione di edizioni critiche a stampa

Wilhelm Ott ha insegnato elaborazione dati per discipline umanistiche all’Università di Tubinga ed ha iniziato e diretto lo sviluppo di TUSTEP

Roberto Rosselli del Turco insegna filologia germanica all’Università di Torino e codifica di testi nel corso di laurea in Informatica Umanistica dell’Università di Pisa; dirige il progetto Vercelli Book Digitale (http://vbd. humnet.unipi.it/) e condirige il progetto Visionary Cross (http://www.visionarycross.org/).

Francesco Stella dirige il Master in Edizione digitale all’Università di Siena; ha curato nel 2007 il volume Digital Philology and Medieval Texts e coordina progetti e ricerche di informatica umanistica.

Per contatti e informazioni

Progetto digilibLT, diretto da Raffaella Tabacco (responsabile) e Maurizio Lana. Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale, Via Manzoni 8 – 13100 Vercelli, e-mail: progetto@digiliblt.unipmn.it con la collaborazione di
Dipartimento di Filologia, Linguistica e Tradizione Classica “A. Rostagni”, Università degli Studi di Torino Via S. Ottavio 20 – 10124 Torino

Posted by: Timoty Leonardi (timoty.leonardi@tesorodelduomovc.it).

New Bownde: New Scholarship in Early Modern Binding Folger Shakespeare Library, 15-€“16 August 2013

The Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) hosts a two-day, international conference to explore new tools for the study of English and Continental bookbinding and share new scholarship in the materiality of the book. Fifteen scholars from seven countries present papers on different aspects of bookbindings, and four international experts conduct workshops exploring new tools and instruments for the study of early modern bindings.

New Bownde: New Scholarship in Early Modern Binding marks the culmination of a two-year project to build an online database of binding images from the Folger collection.
The conference is preceded by a unique, free of charge workshop on Wednesday 14 August 2013 about “digital rubbings” of early modern bookbindings.

See the program on http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=4498

For more information or questions, please contact Goran Proot, gproot@folger.edu or 202-675 0356 (office hours)

Posted by: Timoty Leonardi (timoty.leonardi@tesorodelduomovc.it).

6a giornata nazionale per lo studio multidisciplinare dei manoscritti miniati

Codici miniati: incontro tra Arte e Scienza
6° giornata nazionale per lo studio multidisciplinare dei manoscritti miniati In codicibus cooperiendis doctos artifices. Materiali e tecniche della legatura

Venerdì 21 giugno 2013
Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense – Sala Maria Teresa
Via Brera, 28 – Milano

PROGRAMMA
9.30 Saluto del direttore Andrea De Pasquale

9.45 I sessione – La legatura: uno sguardo d’insieme

Giusi Zanichelli (Università degli Studi di Salerno): Visualizzare il codice: il ruolo della legatura nel sistema delle immagini

Frédéric Tixier (Ecole du Louvre, Paris): Les plaques de reliure en Opus Lemovicense: typologies, usages et collections

Franca Alloatti (Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense di Milano): Carte decorate nella legatura

Andrea De Pasquale (Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense di Milano, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino): Le legature editoriali

11.25 Coffee break

11.35 II sessione – Casi di studio

Timoty Leonardi (Biblioteca Capitolare di Vercelli): Legami tra cartolai e istituzioni locali: riuso di manoscritti smembrati a Vercelli

Saverio Lomartire (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale): Legature preziose nel Museo del Tesoro del Duomo di Vercelli

Chiara Maggioni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore): La Pace di Chiavenna

12.50 Buffet

Paola Venturelli (Museo Gonzaga di Mantova): L’evangeliario di Ariberto di Intimiano

Federico Macchi (bibliofilo): Biblioteca Palatina di Parma – Il censimento delle legature storiche – Sorprese e curiosità

14.50 III sessione – Indagini diagnostiche

Angelo Agostino (Università degli Studi di Torino): Metalli nobili sulle legature di Chiavenna, Milano e Vercelli

Gaia Fenoglio (Università degli Studi di Torino): Smalti e vetri sulle legature di Chiavenna, Milano e Vercelli

15.40 Coffee break

Maurizio Aceto (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale): Gli adesivi delle legature di Chiavenna e Vercelli

Pietro Baraldi (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia: Le placche in avorio dei codici antichi: colori e dorature

16.40 Conclusione dei lavori

La partecipazione al seminario è gratuita. Per l’iscrizione compilare il modulo online al sito web http://www.arc.unito.it. È prevista la pubblicazione online degli atti con accesso libero.
A richiesta, gli studenti e dottorandi di ricerca dei Corsi di Laurea in Scienze dei Beni Culturali o affini potranno ricevere un attestato di frequenza alla giornata da presentare alle loro Università per il rilascio di crediti formativi.

Per informazioni contattare:
Dott. Maurizio Aceto
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale
Viale T. Michel, 11 – 15121 Alessandria
Tel. 0131 360265
maurizio.aceto@mfn.unipmn.it

Posted by: Timoty Leonardi (timoty.leonardi@tesorodelduomovc.it).

Call For Nominees: DM Board

Dear colleagues,

Digital Medievalist will be holding elections at the end of June for four positions to its Executive Board. Board positions are for two year terms and incumbents may be re-elected (for a maximum of three terms in a row). Members of the Board are responsible for the overall direction of the organisation and leading the Digital Medievalist’s many projects and programmes. This is a working board, and so it would be expected that you are willing and able to commit a little bit of time to helping Digital Medievalist undertake some of its activities (such as helping to run its its journal, conference sessions, etc.). For further information about the Executive and Digital Medievalist more generally please see the DM website, particularly:

- http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/about.html
http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/bylaws.html

We are now seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for the annual elections. In order to be eligible for election, candidates must be members of Digital Medievalist (membership is conferred simply by subscription to the organisation’s mailing list, dm-l) and have made some demonstrable contribution either to the DM project (e.g. to the mailing list, or the wiki, etc.), or generally to the field of digital medieval studies.

If you are interested in running for these positions or are able to recommend a suitable candidate, please contact the returning officers, Orietta Da Rold (odr1@leicester.ac.uk) and Takako Kato (TakakoKato123@gmail.com) who will treat your nomination or enquiries in confidence. The nomination period will close at 0000 UTC on Tuesday June 19 and elections will be held by electronic ballot through the whole of the week starting 28 June, 2013.

Best wishes,

Orietta and Takako

Posted by: Takako Kato (TakakoKato123@gmail.com).

Digital Classicist seminar

The first of this Summer’s Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies seminars is this Friday.

Tom Brughmans (University of Southampton)
‘Exploring visibility networks in Iron Age and Roman Southern Spain with Exponential Random Graph Models’

Friday June 7 at 16:30
Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Are lines of sight between Roman towns important for explaining their location? Through a case study on visibility patterns between urban settlements in Iron Age and Roman Southern Spain, this paper will discuss how Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGM) can help explore hypothetical past processes of interaction and site location. With these models the frequency of certain subnetworks in random networks and the empirically attested network is compared, to examine the probability that the subnetworks might have emerged through random processes. This paper will critically evaluate the potential and limitations of such an approach for archaeology.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

All are welcome.

The full 2013 programme is at http://digiclass.cch.kcl.ac.uk/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Simon Mahony (s.mahony@ucl.ac.uk).

PhD thesis offer in graphical pattern spotting in historical documents

PhD studentship – Automatic graphical pattern spotting in historical documents starting September 2013

The aim of this thesis is to develop robust pattern spotting techniques for historical document images (medieval manuscripts or other types of old documents containing graphical parts, such as ornamental background or decorative letters). Pattern spotting consists in searching in a document image for occurrences of a graphical “object”, i.e. a pattern more or less complex such as a logo, a signature, a medieval letter, a symbol, a coast of arms, etc. The query is formulated by pointing in the image an example of the pattern to search for (image query). The interest of pattern spotting is to ease information indexation and retrieval in complex historical digitized documents such as medieval manuscripts for example. One efficient indexing method consists in describing the image using a bag of visual words, i.e. using a vector aggregating local descriptors according to a predefined vocabulary (codebook). Such a representation of the images is efficient for retrieving very la
rge image databases but spatial organization of the characteristics are lost. For pattern spotting in document images, this spatial organization is crucial, especially the spatial organization of colors in medieval illuminated manuscripts.
In this thesis, we wish to deeper explore the adaptation of the technique to the detection of patterns in document images such as medieval manuscripts. Our goal is to exploit color descriptors and the search for a sparse representation of visual word lexicon as well as integrating some mechanisms that enable to describe the spatial organization of the colors. The flexibility of the pattern spotting approach should eventually allow to generalize these works to the spotting of more complex objects like scenes in medieval manuscripts for instance.

About the LITIS Lab: The LITIS (Computer Science, information processing and systems) laboratory is the research unit in Communication and Information Sciences and Technologies of the Upper Normandy Region. Our lab gathers researchers from the three main Higher Education institutions of the region: Rouen University, Le Havre University and the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Rouen. The laboratory has 160 members, half of which are PhD students. The LITIS research topics cover a wide spectrum of Communication and Information Sciences and Technologies, from fundamental researches to applications, in particular to life sciences and humanities.

Candidate Profile: The PhD candidate should hold a Master of Science, in the field of computer science or computer engineering, with a major in signal and image processing. He/she should also have sound knowledge in pattern recognition (feature extraction, learning, and classification). Experience with document image analysis is an advantage.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a resume, a letter explaining why you are interested, transcripts of the candidate’s Master degrees, and the contacts of two references to: Laurent.Heutte@univ-rouen.fr, Stephane.Nicolas@univ-rouen.fr, Caroline.Petitjean@univ-rouen.fr Deadline: June 15th, 2013
Location : LITIS EA 4108, Université de Rouen, Technopole du Madrillet, 76821 Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, FRANCE
Advisoring : L. Heutte (Professeur), S. Nicolas (Maître de Conférences), C. Petitjean (Maître de Conférences)
Funding: The Upper Normandy Region offers a 3-year studentship of 1374,69 € per month (net income).

Posted by: Dr. NICOLAS Stéphane (stephane.nicolas@univ-rouen.fr).

One PostDoc and two PhD-students at Passau University

I am searching for a postdoctoral and two pre-doctoral research and teaching fellows to join the newly established Digital Humanities team in the beautiful city of Passau (Bavaria, Germany). I am offering a three-years full-time contract (with possible renewal, six years max.) for the postdoc and one-year 50% contracts (with possible renewal, three yers max.) for the PhdD-students. These positions offer the possibility to conduct your own research on fundamental methodology of DH. German is not a requirement for international candidates. You are welcome to apply and also to teach in English and contribute to Passau University’s growing international programme.

Have at look at the job postings for more detail: (http://www.uni-passau.de/fileadmin/dokumente/beschaeftigte/Stellenangebote/2013_04_Post-doctoral_Prof_Rehbein_engl.pdf and http://www.uni-passau.de/fileadmin/dokumente/beschaeftigte/Stellenangebote/2013_04_WM_Prof_Rehbein_Doktoranden_engl_1_1.pdf) and get in touch with me if you have any questions. Deadline for applications: 20 May (postdoc) and 27 May (predoc).

Posted by: Malte Rehbein (malte.rehbein@uni-passau.de).

Robbins Library Digital Projects

The Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) hosts a number of digital resources of interest to medievalists:

The Camelot Project (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm) The Robin Hood Project (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/rh/rhhome.htm)
TEAMS Middle English Texts Online (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/tmsmenu.htm)
The Crusades Project (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/crusadesproject/crusadeshome.htm)

All of our projects are now being translated into a new, more dynamic system which will go live before the end of the summer.

Alan Lupack

Posted by: Alan Lupack (alupack@library.rochester.edu).

Conference Automatic Pattern Recognition and Historical Handwritting Analysis

The number of historical documents which are available in digital form has dramatically increased throughout the last five to ten years. Consequently, there has also been a significant growth in the development of computerized tools for the support of the analysis of such documents. The project “Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of Highmedieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History”, which is funded by the e-humanities initiative of the German Ministry of Education, therefore organizes a international symposium. The aim of this symposium is to bring the world’s leading experts on historical document analysis from a diverse set of fields, such as Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Medieval History and Auxiliary Sciences of History together.
This inital point provide a compilation of results of single projects in order to focus on them in the future.

Program

June 14, 2013
Opening
8:00 Registration
8:30 Welcome
Joachim Hornegger
Vice-President of University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

8:45 Message from Chairs
Klaus Herbers, Irmgard Fees
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

9:00 Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of High Medieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History
Vincent Christlein
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

09:15 Presentation of the Papal Documents Database
Thorsten Schlauwitz
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Section I. Traditional Palaeography

09:30 Considerations of the Identification of Scribes: Aims and Methods of Traditional Palaeography
Martin Wagendorfer
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

10.10 Forensic Handwriting Analysis
Gudrun Bromm
Mannheim Laboratory for Script and Document Analysis

10:50 Break

Section II. Writer Identifcation

11:10 The Right Hand of the Pope: on the Authenticity of the Cardinal Signatures in Registers from the 12th and 13th Centuries
Werner Maleczek
University of Vienna

11:50 Role of Automation in the Examination of Handwritten Items: the Lindbergh Case
Sargur Srihari
University at Buffalo – State University of New York

12:30 The necessity of simultaneous multiple perspectives in digital identification of the hand
Lambert Schomaker
University of Groningen

13:10 Lunch Break

Section III. Digital Palaeography

14:10 The Evolution of Handwriting in the Papal Curia of the 15th Century
Thomas Frenz
University of Passau

14:50 In Meaning versus Mining, and Putting the Palaeographer in Charge
Peter Stokes
King’s College London

15:30 Break

15:50 Image Analysis and Clustering of Medieval Scripts: an Evaluation Protocol
Dominique Stutzmann
French National Center for Scientific Research

16:30 Handwritten Word Spotting in Historical Documents: the Project Five Centuries of Marriages
Josep Lladós
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

June 15, 2013

Section IV. General Document Analysis

8:30 Layout and Writer Identifcation
Otfried Krafft
University of Marburg

9:10 Multispectral Image Acquisition and Analysis for Manuscript Research
Robert Sablatnik
Vienna University of Technology

09:50 Break

Section V. Automatic Handwriting Recognition and Analysis

10:10 Diptychon: a Transcription Assistant System for the Separation of Glyphs in Medieval Handwritings
Björn Gottfried, Matthias Lawo
University of Bremen / Monumenta Germaniae Historica and Humanities

10:50 Searching Handwritten Manuscripts
Raghavan Manmatha
University of Massachusetts

11:30 Automatic Tools for Historical Manuscript Analysis
Lior Wolf
Tel Aviv University

12:10 Concluding Discussion
Kurt Gärtner
Union of the German Academies of Sciences

13:00 Lunch & guided tour in Bamberg

For further information please visit: http://www.aot.uni-erlangen.de/saot/events/workshops/workshop-20/workshophistoricalanalysis.html

Posted by: Viktoria Trenkle (Viktoria.trenkle@gesch.phil.uni-erlangen.de).

Computerised Management of Ancient Scripts: State of the Question and Perspectives

Despite twenty years of constant developments in the digital humanities field and, in particular, the decisive progress made by the MUFI, the encoding of ancient scripts is still extremely problematic. With a view to gaining a comprehensive view of the current situation and future perspectives, the CESR (Centre for Advanced Renaissance Studies, Tours) and the IRAMAT (Institute for Research on Archaeomaterials, Orleans) jointly propose to bring together diverse specialists (researchers in literature, the humanities, social science; professionals working in libraries and museums, as well as in the graphic arts and computing) for a two day study session programmed to take place at Tours (France), on the 21st and 22nd May 2013.

The program is available at the following link :
http://gieca.sciencesconf.org/conference/gieca/GIECA_programme_low_res.pdf

Free registration to attend the conference :
http://gieca.sciencesconf.org/registration/index

Posted by: Jimenes, Rémi (remi.jimenes@univ-tours.fr).

Workshop: XML-TEI for Ancient and Medieval Lexicographical Works

The Glossarium Mediae Latinitatis Cataloniae project (Milà i Fontanals Institution, CSIC – Universitat de Barcelona) has the pleasure to announce the “Workshop: XML-TEI for Ancient and Medieval Lexicographical Works”, which will take place from the 15th to the 17th May 2013 in Barcelona.
You can find all the information about our workshop by following the link: http://gmlc.imf.csic.es/2013/Workshop/ Kind regards,

Posted by: Susanna Allés Torrent (susannalles@imf.csic.es).

CMS Toronto Conference — Digitizing the Medieval Archive

Call for Papers: CMS Conference – Digitizing the Medieval Archive

Digitizing the Medieval Archive: An International Conference

Centre for Medieval Studies ⋅ University of Toronto ⋅ March 27-29, 2014

Keynote Speakers:
David Greetham (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Stephen G. Nichols (Johns Hopkins University)
Caroline Macé (KU Leuven)
Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University Library)

The discussion about the digitization of the Middle Ages, by its very nature, tends to be one that takes place in an online setting. As the question of how medievalists may work within this digital environment becomes an increasingly popular topic of Internet conversation, we invite scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences to come together in real time to consider and discuss the possibilities of a digitized medieval archive.

Click here
http://medieval.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Digitizing-the-Medieval-Archive.pdf
for the full call for papers and the check the conference website for more information. http://digitizingmedievalarchive.wordpress.com/
Please submit a short C.V. and abstracts of 250 words by October 1, 2013 for consideration. To contact the conference organizers write to digitizingmedievalarchive@gmail.com.

Posted by: Lisa Chen (lisa.chen@mail.utoronto.ca).

Biblioteca and Archivio Capitolare of Vercelli: Grant for Graduate Foreign Students 2013/2014

Guidelines for applicants

The Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare announces one short-term Library Research Grant, dedicated to The Memory of mons. Giuseppe Ferraris or to Vercelli Book and Anglo-Saxon Studies, for graduate students to promote scholarly use of its important collections.

This Library Research Grant, which has a value of up to € 2.000, is meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Vercelli during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month. Library Research Grant awarded in this year is tenable from June 2013 to May 2014 (except from 18th July to 4th September), and the deadline for applications is 15 May 2013. No applications will be accepted after that date.

Applicants are asked to complete an Application Form (visit the website) and submit a Word or PDF file (the latter is the preferred format) containing a Budget Form, a full Curriculum Vitae and a Research Proposal not exceeding one thousand words in length. Application should be sent by postal mail to the Library Research Grants Committee or by Email at the address given below. Applicants must also arrange for two Confidential Letters of Recommendation to be sent directly to the Library Research Grants Committee by postal mail or Email.

The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed research of unique resources found in the Biblioteca and Archivio Capitolare collections or in the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo collection (The Memory of mons. Giuseppe Ferraris Grant) or in the Biblioteca Capitolare collections (Vercelli Book and Anglo-Saxon Studies Grant). Prospective grantees are urged to contact the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books for detailed descriptions of the collections. The Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare reserves the right to have a copy of the research that the applicant will publish at the end of her or his studies.

A committee consisting of members by University of Piemonte Orientale, Turin, Gottingen and of the Library Management will award the grant on the basis of the relevance of the proposal to unique holdings of the library and museum, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications.

Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
piazza Alessandro D’Angennes, 5
13100, Vercelli – Italy
www.tesorodelduomovc.it

Dr Timoty Leonardi
Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books
timoty.leonardi@tesorodelduomovc.it
Tel. and fax: +39 0161 51650

Published by RRDT

Digital Classicist London 2013: Call for Papers

The Digital Classicist London seminar series, which provides a forum for research into the ancient world that employs digital research methods, invites submissions for Summer 2013.

We warmly welcome contributions from students as well as established researchers and practitioners. Themes could include digital text, semantics and linguistics, imaging and visualization, linked data, open access, geographic analysis, information science and serious gaming, although this list is by no means exhaustive. While we welcome high-quality application papers discussing individual projects and their immediate context, the series also hopes to accommodate broader theoretical consideration of the use of digital technology in ancient studies. Presentations should have an academic research agenda relevant both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, and to information specialists or digital humanists.

The seminars will run on Friday afternoons at 16:30, from June to early August in the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London. There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within the UK, but please enquire if you’re coming from further afield).

To submit a paper for consideration for the Digital Classicist London seminars, please email an abstract of 300-500 words to gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk, by midnight UTC on March 22nd, 2013.

More information will be found at http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2013.html

Posted by: Gabriel BODARD (gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk).

InScribe: Palaeography Learning materials, a new online training platform

InScribe is an online course for the study of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies developed by several of the institutes within the School of Advanced Study (including the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of English Studies), with support from the Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London), Senate House Library (London) and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. Devised by Prof Michelle Brown (IES) and Dr Jane Winters (IHR), InScribe aims to support the teaching of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies at a postgraduate level.

At present we are releasing the introductory module which introduces some basic notions about Palaeography and provides an overview of the evolution of script in the medieval period (with particular reference to the English context). Similarly, it gives students the chance to transcribe text from a selection of newly digitised manuscripts from Senate House Library and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. Later in the year, new modules will be released that will provide advanced training on Diplomatic, Script and Translation, Codicology and Illumination. The introductory module is free of charge.

To know more about InScribe click here (http://www.history.ac.uk/research-training/courses/online-palaeography).

Posted by: Francisco J Alvarez Lopez (francisco.alvarez-lopez@sas.ac.uk).

EpiDoc Workshop 22-25 April 2013

EpiDoc Workshop 22-25 April 2013

Applications are invited for a 4-day training workshop on digital text-markup for epigraphic and papyrological editing, to be held in the Institute for Classical Studies, London. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard (KCL), James Cowey (Heidelberg) and Charlotte Tupman (KCL). There will be no charge for the teaching, but participants will have to arrange their own travel and accommodation.

EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a set of guidelines for using TEI XML (tei-c.org) for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient documentary texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, the US Epigraphy Project, Vindolanda Tablets Online and Curse Tablets from Roman Britain, Pandektis (inscriptions of Macedonia and Thrace), and the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML and markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object description in EpiDoc as well as use of the tags-free Papyrological Editor too (papyri.info).

No technical skills are required to apply, but a working knowledge of Greek or Latin, epigraphy or papyrology and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors or professionals.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk with a brief description of your reason for interest and summarising your relevant skills and background, by Friday 1 March 2013.

Posted by: Gabriel BODARD (gabriel.bodard@kcl.ac.uk).

DM wiki updated

Dear DM subscribers,

The Digital Medievalist Executive Board is happy to announce a major update in the DM wiki website (http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/wiki). We have added a substantial amount of new content, and we have also revised the structure to make it easier to use for both readers and contributors.

To make browsing easier, we have added entries to the main navigation bar and refined the list of categories.

To help you share information on projects, conferences, software or any other relevant topic, we have created a number of templates for adding new pages.

We hope that the DM wiki will progressively become a powerful tool for the activities of our community. Of course, it all depends on your will to share and to look for information on this wiki. Please feel free to create or to edit pages on the DM Wiki. If you have any ideas on how to improve the main page or the navigation bar, or other aspects of the site, please use the page http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/wiki/index.php/WikiFix or write an email to board [at] digitalmedievalist.org. If you think material is missing then please go ahead and add an article yourself.

Best regards,

Alexei Lavrentiev on behalf of the Digital Medievalist Executive Board

Posted by: Alexei Lavrentiev (alexei.lavrentev@ens-lyon.fr).

Conference: First Meeting of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture

Definitive Programme of the First Italian Conference of Digital Humanities

Apologies for cross-posting, this is the definitive programme of the first Italian conference of Digital Humanities which will take place next week in Florence. Also thanks to the European Association for Digital Humanities for kindly supporting this event.

Un’agenda per l’informatica umanistica e la cultura digitale. I Convegno Annuale

13-14 dicembre 2012, Firenze Società Dantesca Italiana, Palagio dell’Arte della Lana, Via Arte della Lana 1

13 Dicembre

SESSIONE 1 - Infrastrutture e convergenza

Presiede la sessione Dino Buzzetti

9.00-9.30 Prolusione di Dino Buzzetti, La transizione al digitale: Il ruolo delle Digital Humanities
9.30-10.00 Giovanni Ragone (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”), L’esperienza DIGILAB
10.00-10.30 Maristella Agosti (DEI, Università di Padova), Biblioteche digitali tramodellazione, gestione e valutazione
10.30-10.50 Joris Van Zundert (Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands), “It’s live Jim, but not as we know it”. Coping with Living Data

10.50-11.10 Intervallo

11.10-11-40 Henk Harmsen (Universiteit van Amsterdam – UvA), DARIAH: The strength of building together. National vs. international infrastructures. Cultural vs. research needs
11.40-12.10 Carlo Meghini (CNR Pisa), Modeling foundations for a cross-domain, cultural heritage infrastructure
12.10-12.30 Andrew Ashton (Center for Digital Scholarship – Brown University, Providence, RI), The Brown Digital Repository: A platform for digital preservation and access

12.30-13.00 Dibattito

SESSIONE 2 – La ricerca, la valutazione e la diffusione dei risultati nell’informatica umanistica

Presiede la sessione Anna Maria Tammaro
14.30-15.00 Prolusione di Tito Orlandi, Problematiche aperte
15.00-15.20 Frédéric Clavert (Centre Virtuel sur la Connaissance de l’Europe), Piattaforme e infrastrutture per la certificazione e l’accreditamento
15.20-15.40 Giovanni Solimine, Chiara Faggiolani (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”), La valutazione della ricerca umanistica fra peer review e bibliometria
15.40-16.00 Gianluca Setti (Università di Ferrara), Gli indicatori bibliometrici ed il loro significato

16.00-16.30 Discussione e conclusioni

14 Dicembre

SESSIONE 3 – Progetti italiani ed esperienze di convergenza multidisciplinare

9.00-10.45 – Presiede la sessione Francesca Tomasi

Interventi di:

  • Pierluigi Feliciati, Convergere a valle. Lo studio del punto di vista degli utenti dei servizi digitali culturali nell’esperienza del progetto “Una Città per gli Archivi” (Bologna)
  • Maria Guercio, Cecilia Carloni, Livelli descrittivi, relazioni e contesti di produzione nella Sapienza Digital Library
  • Francesca Mambelli, Una risorsa online per la storia dell’ate: il database della fototeca Zeri
  • Maristella Agosti, Lucio Benfante, Nicola Ferro, Marta Manfioletti, Nicola Orio, chiara Ponchia, Gianmaria Silvello, L’apertura di uno strumento digitale per la ricerca umanistica ad un pubblico non specialista: il progetto CULTURA

10.45-11.00 Intervallo

11.00-13.00 – Presiede la sessione Fabio Ciotti

Interventi di:

  • Gioele Barabucci, Angelo Di Iorio, Fabio Vitali, Stemma codicum: analisi e generazione semi-automatica
  • Chiara Leoni, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco, Il progetto Visionary Cross: verso un’edizione digitale multimediale e distribuita
  • Paolo Monella, Più testimoni, più livelli: l’edizione critica digitale del Iudicium coci et pistoris iudice Vulcano di Vespa (Anth. Lat. 199 Riese)
  • Caterina Bernardini, Envisioning the Digital Future of Literary Translation. A Hands-on Experience at the Whitman Archive
  • Federico Boschetti, La localizzazione in lingua italiana dell’infrastruttura per lo studio dei classici greci e latini costituita dal Perseus Project

14.30-16.30 – Presiede la sessione Federico Meschini

Interventi di:

  • Antonella Ambrosio, Maria Rosaria Falcone, Il progetto ENARC. Attività didattiche innovative e creazione di archivi digitali
  • Maurizio Lana, digilibLT – digital library of late-latin texts / biblioteca digitale di testi latini tardoantichi
  • Michele Mauri, Paolo ciuccarelli, Ruolo dell’Information Visualization nella progettazione di interfacce per archivi digitali eterogenei
  • Marco Giunti, Giuliano Vivanet, Giuseppe Sergioli, Ontologia, semantica e rilevanza dell’informazione negli archivi della Bibliotheca Iuris Antiqui (BIA)

16.30 Trasferimento presso l’Auditorium Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Via Folco Portinari 5/r

17.00-19.00 Assemblea dei soci

Programma
Scarica il programma in formato .pdf

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto rossellidelturco at gmail com)

Conference: First Meeting of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture

An Agenda for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture

First Meeting of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture
Florence, 13-14 December 2012
Via dell’Arte della Lana, 1,
50123 Florence

The Italian Association for Digital Humanities and Digital Culture is passing through a crucial moment. After the important works and results reached by the first researchers in this field, there is now in Italy a wide and lively community who shares methods, theories and practices, both on a national and an international level. One year ago this community has organized itself and it is represented by a national Association. The aim of this first meeting is to present Digital Humanities and Digital Cultures as a fundamental component for the development of humanities research in Italy.

Goals

During the meeting the discussion will focus on some fundamental issues so to define an agenda of the priority activities.

The questions which will foster the discussion will be:

  • What are the infrastructure requirements? What are the current research centers, libraries, archives and other services supporting research and teaching in digital humanities?
  • What are the standards for the evaluation of digital publications in the humanities? And what about the evaluation of research in digital humanities?
  • How to stimulate multidisciplinary research experiences? How to create synergies with other academic communities, starting with the computer science one?

Attendance to the meeting is free, but registration by 10 December 2012 at http://aiucd.eventbrite.it/ is mandatory.

Provisional programme

13 December
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Infrastructures
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Research, evaluation and dissemination of results in digital humanities

14 December
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Italian projects and experiences of multidisciplinary convergence
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Members meeting

The definitive programme will be published on the Association website (http://www.umanisticadigitale.it) and on related mailing lists as soon as it will be available.

Call for Papers

The organizing committee is proposing a Call for Papers for the third session “Italian projects and experiences of multidisciplinary convergence”.

Abstract proposals (maximum of 500 words) should be sent by email by 15 November 2012 to cunsolo@rinascimento-digitale.it.

The authors of the selected proposals will receive the acceptance communication by the end of November 2012. Papers presentation should have a maximum length of 20 minutes, including Q&A. Papers will be published as conference proceedings.

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto rossellidelturco at gmail com)

In the Denver, CO, area? THATCamp in November

Hello,

Please join us for the Digital Humanities (DH) & Libraries THATCamp on November 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The DH and Libraries THATCamp will provide a venue to explore on-going conversations about strategic partnerships and services libraries are uniquely situated to offer to the digital humanities arena, moving away from a support model to a truly collaborative framework in which librarians foster and contribute to DH as experts and scholars in their own right. The format is wide-open, from demos and working sessions to discussions and strategizing sessions. Our hope is that we generate a diversity of session topics and session formats so that we can each walk away with something tangible to apply in our respective institutional context.

The DH and Libraries THATCamp is open to anyone interested in the intersection of libraries and digital humanities work. This can include librarians and library staff, IT professionals, and administrators, as well as faculty and graduate students in library school and the humanities. If your library supports digital humanities or is interested in doing so, we encourage you to hang out with us for the day.

The DH & Libraries THATCamp is hosted by the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and is part of the DLF Forum pre-conference series. The registration fee for the DH & Libraries THATCamp is $25 and will be collected at the door. If you are also interested in participating in the DLF Forum, and your institution is not a DLF member, you will qualify for the member discount rate: .

For more information, please visit: or follow the twitter hashtags: #thatcamp #dhlib2012. Feel free to send questions to: dhlibthatcamp2012@gmail.com.

Thanks,
Dot Porter

Posted by: Dot Porter (dot.porter@gmail.com).

Interdisciplinary Workshop “Scholarly Editions in the Digital Age: Text and Music”

31 August – 1 September

http://blogs.music.indiana.edu/chmtl/2012/08/16/interdisciplinary-workshop-august-31-september-1/

Digital editions have already begun to drastically change the work of scholars, but many questions of method, technology, academic recognition, remain open. This workshop will draw together scholars from a variety of fields to present and discuss their diverse experiences in digital scholarly publication, and aims to answer such questions as the following: what are the advantages of a digital edition, compared with a traditional one? How difficult is to create a digital edition today, and what type of collaboration between different scholars does it entail? Are the standard techniques used by scholars sufficient/suitable for all purposes? How are different fields (Literature, History, Music, etc.) benefiting or not benefiting from the possibilities of this new medium? Finally: are electronic editions advanced enough, and well-regarded enough by scholars and institutions to suggest that the age of printed editions is coming to an end?

The workshop, organized jointly by the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (CHMTL) and the Medieval Studies Institute (MEST) of Indiana University will have a special, albeit not exclusive, focus on medieval and Early modern themes and materials. During the workshop new initiatives of the CHMTL will be presented, stemming from one of the oldest projects of the center, the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum.

Posted by: Giuliano Di Bacco (gdibacco@indiana.edu).

Call for Papers: Cultural, Textual, and Material Heritage in the Digital Age: Projects and Practices

The twentieth International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 1-4 July 2013

The rise of the Digital Humanities as an international, cross-disciplinary approach to humanistic scholarship presents exciting new challenges and opportunities.

Perhaps one of the most exciting of these is the convergence of interest among textual editors, art historians, archaeologists, museum and library curatorial staff, government agencies, and commercial entities in what can be broadly described as issues in the representation and research of Cultural, Textual, and Material Heritage.

This call is for papers addressing current and future practices and opportunities in this area. What are the interesting projects? What are the interesting technologies, methodologies, and business models? How will this convergence play out in the short and medium term?

Our hope is that there will be enough interest in this topic to allow for a combination of long-paper sessions and a concluding round table. Potential speakers are invited to submit a brief abstract outlining their approach to these questions and whether they would be interested in participating in a long-paper session and/or a short-presentation round table.

Authors accepted into these sessions will be invited to submit their papers to an edited collection of papers we are putting together based on submissions at Leeds and the New Digital Paradigms in Anglo-Saxon studies panel we are proposing for ISAS 2013 in Dublin.

To propose a paper or participation in these session(s) or the round table, please contact Daniel O’Donnell (daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca). Paper proposals should include a short abstract (approx 500 words); expressions of interest in the round table, should be accompanied by a brief description of your interest and experience with the topic.

Submission due date: Midnight Sunday September 16, 2012.

The session(s) are being sponsored by the Visionary Cross Project, an innovative collection of 2 and 3D texts and objects concerned with the Visionary Cross cultural matrix in Anglo-Saxon England.

 

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto rossellidelturco at gmail com)