LINGUIST List 6.1498

Wed Oct 25 1995

Calls: Digital resources for the humanities

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  1. DRH96, Conference: DRH96

Message 1: Conference: DRH96

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 1995 10:25:23 Conference: DRH96
From: DRH96 <>
Subject: Conference: DRH96

A Conference to be held at Somerville College, Oxford July 1-3 1996=20

Sponsoring Institutions
 The Centre for Humanities Computing, Oxford; The Humanities Research
 Institute, Sheffield; The British Library; The Office for Humanities
 Communication, Oxford; The Institute for Electronic Library Research,
 De Montfort University; The Centre for Information Management and
 Technology for Scholarship, London Guildhall University

The Conference Theme
 Advances in computing affect all who work with the fundamental
 resources of humanities scholarship. Archivists are learning new ways
 to conserve their holdings of primary materials, ranging from
 manuscripts through electronic texts to video. Electronic materials
 are becoming increasingly important to librarians, who are developing
 new forms of structured access to them. Scholars explore these
 materials with new tools, and produce new kinds of scholarship with
 them. As electronic publication increasingly gives individual archives
 and scholars the power to publish, the traditional role of the
 publisher is also changing. Long-held paradigms of scholarly
 resources--their ownership, their use, their distribution--are being
 transformed. Archivists, librarians, scholars and publishers have to
 rework their relationships in this new information world, without
 losing sight of the traditional values of academic discourse.

The Conference
 This conference will provide a forum for archivists, librarians,
 scholars and publishers to explore these changes, and to seek the best
 ways to exploit them together. The conference will have four strands,
 as follows:
 * News from the front: papers and sessions on work done and in
 progress, focusing on innovation in resource handling,
 scholarship, and in delivery systems.
 * As we may think: papers and sessions on the intellectual
 framework, discussing (for example) issues of standards design,
 copyright and wider social implications.
 * Hard answers to practical problems: workshop sessions pitched at
 various levels, from novice to expert. Suitable workshop topics
 might include: project management, fund-raising strategies,
 encoding design, resource discovery, Internet publishing,
 digitization, copyright management, time-based media, image
 recognition, application of international standards.
 * For sale or rent: an exhibition of computer software and
 electronic publications.

Who should Attend?
 All who are concerned with the impact of computing on work with the
 fundamental resources of humanities scholarship =D1 traditional primary
 textual and still image material, and newer sound and moving image
 media also =D1 will find this conference of interest. Some conference
 presentations will be addressed to those engaged in projects
 addressing large-scale scholarly resources. Other presentations will
 be addressed to those interested in the legal or cultural aspects of
 these developments. Others will be suitable for those seeking the best
 way to begin a project in this area.

Call for Proposals
 Conference sessions will be of ninety minutes, with up to three
 sessions at once, and at least one plenary session on each of the
 three days of the conference. The conference will open and close with
 addresses from distinguished invited speakers. We invite proposals for
 the four strands of the conference outlined above, as follows:
 * Formal papers of 20-25 minutes for the News from the front and As
 we may think strands
 * Session proposals of 90 minutes length for the News from the front
 and As we may think strands
 * Workshop proposals for the Hard answers to practical problems
 * Exhibition proposals for the For sale or rent strand
 A particular theme of the conference will be standards and their power
 to unite the worlds of archivists, librarians, scholars, and
 publishers. Papers, workshops or exhibitors focusing on standards and
 open systems will be especially welcome.

Submission of Proposals

 Proposals should be submitted in the following form:

 Formal papers: abstracts of 500-1000 words

 * Session proposals: a session abstract of 500-1000 words, with
 session title; full details of all session participants with
 abstracts of their papers (where relevant)
 * Workshop proposals: a 500-1000 word summary of the workshop
 content together with the following: a 40 word short
 description; statement of prerequisite knowledge for workshop
 attendees; description of materials to be provided to
 attendees; who is to take the workshop and whether he or she
 has given this workshop before.
 * Exhibition proposals: exhibitors should describe what they
 wish to exhibit, detailing space and any other requirements
 (e.g. internet access).

 All paper, session and workshop proposals must be prefixed with:
 proposal title; proposer's name, academic affiliation and address,
 phone, fax and email.

 All proposals will be reviewed by the programme committee.
 Proposers are invited to submit names of one or more referees
 (with contact details) where they think this may help the
 programme committee reach an informed decision

 All proposals must be submitted by Friday 15 December. The
 programme committee will advise acceptances by Friday 15 March

 Submission, preferably by email, may be made to, or by post to:

 DRH96 Conference
 Oxford University Computing Services
 13 Banbury Road
 Oxford OX2 6NN, UK.

 The conference URL is

The Conference Venue

 The conference will be held at Somerville College, Oxford. Somerville
 is situated just a few minutes from the centre of Oxford, which is
 widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Oxford
 has excellent rail and road links, with frequent bus and train
 services to and from London and all other major cities in the UK. For
 international delegates, frequent coach services are available from
 the bus stations situated at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The
 journey from Heathrow Airport takes about one hour.

 Accommodation and meals will be provided for all delegates at
 Somerville College. The accommodation will be in single study bedrooms
 which are comfortable, if unpretentious, with washbasin and shared
 bathroom facilities.

Conference Organization

 The conference is being organised by the Continuing Professional
 Development Centre of the University of Oxford. For further
 information, please contact:

 Anna Morris
 CPD Centre
 Oxford University Centre for Continuing Education
 67 St Giles
 Oxford OX1 3LU

 Tel: +44 (1865) 288 169. Fax: +44 (1865) 288 163.


 * Norman Blake, University of Sheffield
 * Andrea Bozzi, CNR Pisa
 * Lou Burnard, University of Oxford
 * Vito Cappellini, University of Florence
 * Charles Chadwyck-Healey, Chadwyck-Healey
 * Mel Collier, De Montfort University
 * David Cooper, University of Oxford
 * Colin Day, University of Michigan Press
 * Marilyn Deegan, De Montfort University (Chair)
 * Robert Faber, University of Oxford
 * Richard Gartner, Bodleian Library Oxford
 * Susan Hockey, Rutgers University
 * Claus Huitfeldt, Bergen University
 * Mary Keeler, Indiana University
 * Donna Kurtz, University of Oxford
 * Stuart Lee, University of Oxford
 * Ann Leer, University of Oxford
 * Peter Lyman, University of California, Berkeley
 * Chris Mullings, Office for Humanities Communication
 * Charles Oppenheim, University of Strathclyde
 * Andrew Prescott, British Library
 * Julian Raby, University of Oxford
 * Peter Robinson, University of Oxford
 * Seamus Ross, British Academy
 * Andrew Rosenheim, Oxford University Press
 * Harold Short, Kings College London
 * Anthony Smith, University of Oxford
 * Geoff Tagg, Oxford Brookes University
 * Kevin Taylor, Cambridge University Press
 * Manfred Thaller, Max-Planck-Institut, Goettingen
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