News

2 Apr 2015

The deadline to apply for the ADHO Communications Fellowship has been extended to April 8, 2015.  Please see our original announcement for more details about the fellowship.

2 Apr 2015

centerNet’s nominations committee prepared a balanced ballot based on geography, gender and language for the centerNetInternational Executive Council elections, currently in process.  The Nominations committee members were Jean Bauer (Chair, Princeton), Claire Clivaz (UNIL), Charles Muller (U of Tokyo), Walter Scholger (Graz) and Paul Spence (KCL).
 
centerNet’s website has been recreated in Drupal, with many thanks to Quinn Dombrowski (UC-Berkeley—special appreciation!), David Rettenmaier (MITH), Jean Bauer (Princeton) and Karin Dalziel (Nebraska).   Other content and functionality will be added in coming months.   The new URL is  http://www.dhcenternet.org/
 
In September, Bruce Janz (U of Central Florida), Brian Rosenblum (Kansas U) and Dean Rehberger (Michigan State) met with Iryna Kuchma of eIFL (http://www.eifl.net/) of Addis Ababa and Neil to discuss DH workshops in Africa and possible co-sponsorship.
 
At DH2015, centerNet and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) provided joint funds to assist 10 graduate students  to attend a New Scholars Seminar (NSS), a one-day event immediately preceding DH 2015 at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Sydney, Australia next July. It is designed to help new scholars affiliated with CHCI centres develop a shared vision of the next generation of digital humanities research and encourage the networked research collaborations that will help bring that vision about.  Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta) has worked with Paul Arthur (UWS) and with CHCI to make this possible.
 
At DH 2015, the centerNet meeting will take place from 9am-3pm on Monday 29 June, in EA building room EA 2.02. This is a room on the top floor of the main building where the parallel conference sessions will be held.  Then at 6:30 p.m. at Bar 30 at the Park Royal Hotel, we have the centerNet centre directors’ drinks, co-sponsored by the Australasian Consortium for Humanities Research Centres (AHCRC).

30 Mar 2015

The Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) has announced the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities winner is Dr. Chad Gaffield, Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa. See the full news release here.
 
Cross-posted from http://csdh-schn.org/category/news/

30 Mar 2015

The Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) has announced that the joint program for the Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Digital Humanities Conference 2015 is now available: https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-ach-2015/index.php?page=browseSessions&presentations=show
 
The conference will be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, Canada, June 1-3, 2015. The conference will run four parallel sessions, with some seventy seven papers, seven panels, and twelve demos, including joint sessions with the Canadian Game Studies Association, Canadian Communication Association, Association of Canadian Colleges and University Teachers of English, with a keynote by Amy Earhart and an award plenary by Chad Gaffield.
 
The program is available online and in PDF format.

16 Mar 2015

The DiRT directory and centerNet are pleased to announce that the DiRT directory has been adopted as the newest centerNet initiative. As a directory of tools for digital research, maintained by an international community of volunteers, DiRT will benefit from closer ties to centerNet’s member centers around the world, as well as to centerNet’s DHCommons project directory.

As a first step towards integrating DiRT and DHCommons, each site is deploying a new feature that pulls in information from the other. “People visit DHCommons to explore the digital projects that have been developed in their field,” explained Ryan Cordell, co-founder of DHCommons and co-editor of the DHCommons overlay journal. “By displaying information from DiRT about the tools that make up these projects, along with a link to where scholars can learn more about those tools, DHCommons will facilitate the development of new initiatives that build upon prior work.” According to DiRT Director Quinn Dombrowski, the integration with DHCommons fills an information gap on DiRT. “We used to have an ‘I use this’ button on DiRT in order to capture how many people use a particular tool, but we found that individual tool users weren’t engaging with DiRT that way. By pulling in information about tool use directly from project profiles, DiRT can show which tools are in use in the digital humanities community without requiring people to do extra data entry. The DHCommons integration is even better than a simple user count. DiRT now displays links directly to the projects where the tool is being used, which provides important context for how, and in which disciplines, the tool is used.”

centerNet board Co-Chair Neil Fraistat sees the integration of DHCommons and DiRT as an important step towards strengthening the network of projects and organizations within ADHO. “DiRT and DHCommons are both widely-used resources, but not all users of one are familiar with the other,” he said. “Providing contextually relevant information drawn from other ADHO projects is an effective way to introduce people to projects they might not explore as part of a list of initiatives.”

A new requirement that centerNet members maintain current listings of their projects and locally-developed tools will contribute to the ongoing maintenance of DiRT and DHCommons alike. centerNet will be represented on DiRT’s steering committee, and the DiRT Director will serve as an ex officio member of the centerNet board. DiRT, DHCommons and other centerNet initiatives will participate in semiannual strategic planning meetings to explore additional opportunities for integration and exchange across projects.

Cross-posted from http://dirtdirectory.org/dirt-becomes-centernet-initiative.

27 Feb 2015

The ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee now invites proposals to host the following two DH conferences, in 2017 and 2018.
 
Digital Humanities (DH) is the annual international conference of ADHO, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations: http://www.adho.org. ADHO's constituent societies are the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH), the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH), centerNet, and the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH). Our next joint DH conference will be held at the University of Western Sydney, Australia (http://dh2015.org/), 29 June–3 July 2015, and DH 2016 will be in Kraków, Poland, hosted by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków, 10-16 July 2016.
 
Traditionally, the DH conference alternated only between North America and Europe, but a new protocol is meant to broaden the geographical distribution of ADHO events. DH 2015 is the first ADHO joint conference to be held in another region of the globe, and the 2016 conference will return to Europe. We therefore solicit proposals to host:
 
DH 2017 anywhere in the United States and Canada; and
DH 2018 anywhere in the world, but with a strong preference for sites outside Europe and the US or Canada.

We are particularly interested in proposals from areas where developed or developing digital humanities communities and organizations have not previously hosted a DH conference. But please note that the local organizers must be members of one of the ADHO constituent organizations, listed above.

The conference regularly attracts approximately 500 attendees, with 3-4 days of papers and posters. There are normally 4-6 parallel sessions per time slot, and a small number of plenary presentations and receptions. Meetings of the committees of the constituent organizations precede the conference, and lunchtime slots are normally used for member meetings of ADHO organizations.

The peer-reviewed academic program is developed by an international Program Committee appointed by ADHO constituent organizations. Local organizers at the host institution are responsible for the conference web site, provision of facilities, the production of a collection of abstracts, a conference banquet, and any other social events that the local hosts think appropriate. The conference is entirely self-financed through conference fees and any other financial contributions that the local organizer is able to arrange. ADHO expects no payment from the local host in the event that the conference makes a profit, but no financial support is provided for the conference by ADHO or its constituent organizations, except in relation to ADHO awards, such as named prizes or bursaries. ADHO does offer local organizers a modest incentive to ensure that the membership status of registrants is validated. In consultation with the ADHO Program Committee, the local organizer may suggest plenary speakers whose travel, subsistence, and registration must be funded from the conference budget.

The local organizer is expected to set (and verify) three levels of registration fees: for members of ADHO constituent organizations, for non-members, and for students. The difference between the fee levels for members and non-members should make becoming a member of one of our organizations cost-effective.

ADHO uses the conference management system Conftool, and the ADHO Infrastructure and Conference Coordinating committees provide support for this system, including access to data from previous conferences. Local organizers are required to use the Conftool system for registering participants and including them in special events such as the banquet, but actual credit card payments may be processed outside Conftool, by the local organizer.

Proposals should include:

an overview of facilities at the host institution;
a summary of local institutional engagement and support for the organizer, and contingency plans in case of problems;
possible arrangements for social events, to include the conference banquet;
options for accommodation (with provisional costs, and attention to low-cost student housing);
travel information and advice for participants;
a provisional budget, with an estimated registration fee;
options for payment (credit card, foreign currency etc) by participants; and
any other information that will help the ADHO Steering Committee make a selection.

Proposers must be prepared to give a short presentation and to answer questions at the ADHO Steering Committee meeting at the DH2015 conference in Sydney, Australia. Both the 2017 and 2018 hosts will be selected in Sydney, and the 2019 (European) host will be selected in Kraków.
Potential organizers are invited to discuss their plans informally with the chair of the ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, Bethany Nowviskie (bethany [at] virginia [dot] edu) and with vice-chair and former local organizer Claire Clivaz (claire [dot] clivaz [at] unil [dot] ch). Protocols, guidelines, information about past conferences, and a memorandum of understanding between ADHO and local organizers can be found here: http://adho.org/conference. Sample budgets and other information may be available for planning purposes on request.

Proposals should be submitted to Nowviskie and Clivaz in draft form by late May.
Rev. 3/3/15 LMS

17 Feb 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2015-2016 Communications fellowship. Working on a small team, the fellow will write news releases, blog posts and announcements about ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community; monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence; maintain its web site; help to develop and implement ADHO’s outreach strategy; and perform other communications-related responsibilities. The Communications fellow should anticipate spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on the position. The fellowship comes with a small annual stipend of 600 Euros. It is well-suited for graduate students who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities, contribute to an important digital humanities professional organization, and gain experience in social media and communications.

Desired skills and qualifications include:

  •     fluency in more than one language
  •     excellent written communication skills
  •     knowledge of the digital humanities community
  •     expertise in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
  •     experience creating content using Drupal or another content management system
  •     good graphic design and multimedia editing skills
  •     ability to work with minimal supervision
  •     attention to detail

To apply, submit a CV or résumé, a brief writing sample, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Lisa Spiro, chair of ADHO’s communications committee: lisamspiro@gmail.com. The application deadline is March 30, 2015 April 8, 2015. Two positions will be available. The fellowship will run from June 15, 2015 to June 15, 2016.

4 Nov 2014

November 4, 2014
 
The ADHO Awards Committee has selected the joint CSDH/ACH Conference as the venue for the the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize for 2015. 
 
The prize will be awarded in recognition of a young scholar who makes a significant contribution to scholarship using digital technology at the 2015 Joint CSDH/ACH conference.
 
The Joint Conference between the Canadian DH (CSHN-SCHN.org) and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH.org) will be held at the University of Ottawa, Ontario from June 1st through the 3rd of 2015. See the Conference’s website for further details: http://ach.org/2014/10/20/joint-ach-canadian-dh-conference-2015/.

21 Sep 2014

The late EADH chair (2010-2012), Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen, attended conferences not only in the digital humanities but also in other disciplines. She was invariably interested in and encouraging of young scholars in particular, and she also spent a great deal of time in informal conversation with a wide range of colleagues. The Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize was established in 2013 to honour her memory. The LLOH Prize is awarded to early-career scholars, that is, students, graduate students, or postdoctoral researchers at different conferences each year.

Any individual member of any of the ADHO constituent organizations may submit proposals to the Awards Committee chair for conferences taking place in the following year. This call is specific to conferences in 2015. Individual members are encouraged (but not required) to seek the endorsement of a constituent organization.

Proposals should clarify why the conference is likely to include contributions to digital humanities. Eligible conferences may include sub-disciplines in which digital techniques have not been achieved widespread acceptance. Special consideration should be given to proposals that encourage a diverse pool of applicants, addressing matters of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and gender diversity. Proposals may ask for funding for one or two prizes and, additionally, a reception at which the prizes are awarded. At the reception, the history and sponsorship of the prizes should be explained.

The proposal should identify the conferences (dates, venue, web site), the sort of contribution which is to be recognized (paper, poster, etc.), how the winner or winners are to be selected, who will present the award and explain its background, and the total budget. The budget may not exceed €1500 in total if two prizes are to be awarded or €750 if one prize is to be awarded. The budget includes €500 for each winner to defray the costs of travel, lodging and conference registration and up to € 250 (one prize) or € 500 (two prizes) for a reception. The awards committee selects the single best proposal for awarding the prize(s) at a given conference. The committee will give preference to proposals from constituent organizations that have not recently been awarded a LLOH Prize.
 
The 2014 LLOH Prize was awarded at the Methods in Dialectology XV conference: http://methodsxv.webhosting.rug.nl

More information about the prize can be found at the webpage of the ADHO Awards Committee: http://adho.org/awards/lisa-lena-opas-hänninen-young-scholar-prize

Please feel free to write to the committee chair with any enquires:oyvind.eide@uni-passau.de
 
Deadline: 10 October 2014

15 Sep 2014

Prof. William Kretzschmar, Jr. presented the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen awards for best poster by a young scholar at the Methods in Dialectology XV banquet on Thurs. Aug. 14, 2014. The prize competition and reception were generously sponsored by the Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations; the competition was open to students or scholars whose Ph.D. was earned less than three years earlier. The choice was determined by a three-member jury, chaired by Bill Kretzschmar, based on the poster's graphic quality and on its contribution to dialectology, i.e., on the cogency and clarity of the argument, the importance of the issue involved, on the innovation the poster represents.

The 2014 winners were Stephanie Leser & Lea Schäfer (Marburg) for "Imitation as a method of measuring salience and borrowing" and Martijn Wieling (Groningen) for "Validating and using the PMI-based Levenshtein distance as a measure of foreign accent strength".

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