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October 20, 2017

Friday Feature

By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman

TGIF! Welcome back to the blog. It’s time for another Friday Feature where we highlight tenure-track, administrative, fellowship, grant, and conference opportunities for those interested in the digital humanities.


1. Position: The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

Deadline: November 1, 2017 ASAP
Institution: The Rare Book School

Overview: “The Society invites applications for the Junior Fellows program from early-career scholars and researchers from all fields, with preference given to first-time Rare Book School participants. We welcome applications from tenure track faculty, Ph.D. candidates, curators, librarians, those in postdoctoral research and teaching positions, and independent scholars. We ask that applicants be Ph.D. candidates or possess the terminal degree appropriate to their field (Ph.D., M.L.I.S., &c.). The Society especially encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, individuals from under-resourced institutions, and individuals working on topics currently underrepresented in the fields of book history and bibliography. Each year, ten Junior Fellows are selected to join the Society through an open application process. After two years of membership in the Society, Junior Fellows in good standing become Senior Fellows. Program activities for Junior Fellows include:

-Two Rare Book School courses
-Seminars on critical bibliography
-Symposia on critical bibliography
-Bibliographical field school.”

Application: “Applicants must be available for an orientation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on 23 and 24 May 2018. Applicants must commit to participating in two RBS courses before 31 December 2019. The following classes of applicants are not eligible for membership in the Society of Fellows: scholars who received their terminal degrees (Ph.D., M.L.I.S., &c.) ten or more years prior to the fellowship application deadline; students and faculty from institutions located outside the United States; tenured faculty; tenured scholarly professionals, and professionals hired at equivalent levels (e.g., full-time professional curators, associate directors of institutes, &c.); and individuals who have served on RBS’s full-time, year-round staff. Applications are now available and are due on 1 November. To begin the application process, please log into your myRBS account(or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have trouble with myRBS, see the FAQ page or email”


2. Position: Digital Humanities Administrative Coordinator

Posting Date: 10/18/2017, open until filled
Institution: University of South Carolina

Position Overview: “The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at the University of South Carolina is an interdisciplinary research hub where faculty, staff, and students at USC collaborate on digital research in the humanities. (Learn more about us at The CDH Coordinator will oversee day-to-day operations of the Center while coordinating individual projects, often working closely with faculty and student programmers. The Coordinator will supervise all aspects of student work — setting goals and deadlines, assigning responsibilities, and monitoring progress — while maintaining clear communication with the director and co-directors. The Coordinator also works with campus support services required for events hosted by the Center and generally assists in promoting and organizing meetings. The coordinator must communicate across disciplines, facilitating discussion between student programmers and faculty project leads. Towards this end, the Coordinator must be willing to learn and speak about technologies commonly used in digital research, to understand digital humanities as a research and teaching field, and to serve as an enthusiastic and effective advocate for the Center.”

Qualifications: “Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience in business management, public administration, or administrative services; or equivalency. Experience working on digital humanities projects; coursework in or related to digital humanities; working familiarity with database design, XML and HTML, and server management; familiarity with digital humanities scholarship. Some knowledge of web maintenance and social media preferred. Ability to operate within a complex work environment, working both independently and within a team setting; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to coordinate diverse administrative functions; ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of student personnel.”


3. Position: Instructor, Digital Cultures

Deadline: December 15, 2017
Institution: Seattle University

Overview: “The School of New and Continuing Studies at Seattle University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track instructor. The appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal, beginning September 1, 2018. The interdisciplinary B.A. in Digital Technology and Cultures focuses on humanistic inquiry into digital culture and applied technology skills. Though the degree is offered in online and hybrid format for post-traditional students, the successful candidate must relocate to the Seattle area. The Instructor of Digital Technology and Cultures will be responsible for developing course content in online and hybrid formats, teaching, faculty advising, and service. The ideal candidate will have a teaching/research specialization in the theory and production of digital, new, and emerging media, with expertise in teaching digital cultural studies, new and social media production, digital storytelling, and history of text technologies.”

Qualifications: “Minimum Qualifications:  A doctoral degree and/or MFA and academic expertise in one or more of the following fields: Digital Humanities; Cultural Studies with a focus on technology; New Media; Digital Arts, or a related field. The candidate must be able to teach media production classes in digital imaging, data visualization, and 3D modeling using media production tools like Adobe Creative Suite, Tableau, and Unity. Preferred Qualifications:  In addition, the candidate will possess a combination of these qualifications: experience creating courses and teaching in online and hybrid formats, and a demonstrated record of excellence as a teacher.”


4. Position: Project Manager – Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities 

Deadline: November 15, 2017
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Overview: “The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Project Manager to be responsible for coordinating, managing and supporting the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists (TDMH) pilot program, and other IPRH initiatives as needed. Focus and training in digital humanities methods is imperative to the success of the eligible incumbent for this position. The Project Manager will accomplish strategic objectives by overseeing multiple project activities, provide effective coordination of the unit’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies and initial and ongoing coordination of the TDMH pilot program and other IPRH academic and curricular projects as they arise.”

Qualifications: “Receipt of PhD in a humanities field. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in digital humanities or digital methods through either academic training or career development. Proven record of developing successful professional collaborations. Work experience in a higher-education environment. Strong project-management skills, time management, detail orientation, and capacity to work independently. Effective interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively and foster mutually beneficial partnerships. Robust writing, research, and communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.”

5. Position: Assistant Professor (Public History/Digital Humanities)

Deadline: November 27, 2017
Institution: University of Cincinnati

Overview: “The Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in public history, with expertise in digital humanities.  The person selected for this position would start August 15, 2018.  Area of historical expertise is open, but candidates with specialities in the history of health, medicine, or a related field are especially encouraged to apply. Duties will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in public history and in the candidate’s field of expertise.  The position includes service as Director of the Public History program in the Department of History, which includes arranging and supervising student internships, advising and supervising students in the graduate and undergraduate public history tracks, organizing outreach events, and grant writing.  Digital humanities activities may include training students in digital research methods, creating public humanities projects with students, faculty and/or community partners, and working with other UC public humanities initiatives.  The teaching load is 3 courses annually under a semester system in conjunction with service as Director of Public History and digital humanities activities.”

Qualifications: “A Ph.D. in history (in hand by August 14, 2018), with graduate work and/or professional work experience in public history and digital humanities is required.”


6. Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

Deadline: December 15, 2017
Institution: Northwestern University

Overview: “The Alice Kaplan Humanities Institute invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Digital Humanities, to run from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020. Applications are welcome from scholars who bring to research and teaching the theoretical, methodological, creative, and/or technical practice of digital technologies. We welcome applications from scholars who engage with emerging digital cultures from a humanities perspective (including, for instance, innovative work on the digital publication of scholarly research; inquiry into the intellectual, methodological, and theoretical challenges posed by the emerging field of digital humanities; studies of digital knowledge platforms as they pertain to humanistic research; or research in a traditional field that employs computational approaches to interpretation or new work in digital visualization). The Fellow must be prepared to teach courses that reflect expertise in the digital humanities as well as in another substantive field. The fellow will contribute scholarly expertise to initiatives in the Digital Humanities and will be an active participant in collaborative projects. Fellows typically teach two courses (one of which may be a workshop series for faculty and/or students over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year). The fellow will also give one public lecture or presentation per year. This position is a two-year, full-time fellowship with benefits.”

Qualifications: “Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before August 31, 2018, and be no more than 4 years past their Ph.D. at the time of the fellowship start date. Fellows should also not have started a tenure track position at the time of application.”


7. Conference: Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Deadline: Registration is Open and Ongoing (courses fill quickly, so register ASAP)
Institution: University of Victoria

Overview: “The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach. A time of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures, participants at DHSI share ideas and methods, and develop expertise in using advanced technologies. Every summer, the institute brings together faculty, staff, and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives communities as well as independent scholars and participants from areas beyond.”

Scholarship Applications: “Thanks to the exceptional generosity of our sponsors and partners, we are able to offer a number of scholarships for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. These scholarships are open to all, and cover course costs with the exception of a small, non-refundable administration fee (students $150, non-students $300). The application process for DHSI scholarships typically opens early in the Fall term, announced via the DHSI e-mail list and DHInstitute on Twitter; sometimes, we’ll be able to soft-launch earlier. Scholarship applications will be accepted until 14 February.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, evaluated with attention to need, merit, and course availability at the time of evaluation. Note: You can apply for, and are eligible to receive, scholarship spots in each, either, and both of the DHSI weeks. Please submit a separate application for each of the week-long sessions you are considering. Scholarships can take a number of weeks to process. If you are hoping for a spot in a particular course that has limited room remaining, we recommend considering the fee reductions available to students and members of sponsoring and partner organizations and registering directly.”


8. Position: Department of English, Assistant Professorship in Digital Humanities/Big Data

Deadline: Applications being considered as of October 1, 2017—apply ASAP
Institution: Texas Christian University

Overview: “The English Department at TCU, which offers Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees within a teacher-scholar model, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Digital Humanities/Big Data. Rank assistant professor. Candidates who combine digital humanities (e.g., distant reading, big data analysis, GIS) with secondary expertise in American literature or Global literature are especially welcome. We seek scholars with a developed research agenda, a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and the desire to join colleagues within the department and beyond in contributing to new programs in big data and the digital humanities. Current DH work in the department is supported by a New Media Studio and by DH/IT library staff who are committed to working with academic departments. The English Department values diversity, interdisciplinary research, and the intersections of literature and technology. TCU’s college of liberal arts is reinforcing these departmental values by hiring a cluster of big data specialists across disciplines.”

Qualifications: “PhD in English or related field by August 1, 2018.”

October 16, 2017

DIY Training: Learning DH by Attending Workshops

By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman

Welcome back to the DH@UO Blog! First up on the blog, we are featuring three workshops that DH@UO is hosting this fall. Then, we will highlight the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), which has just released its summer 2018 course offerings. If you haven’t heard of DHSI and you are interested in the digital humanities (DH), you’ll want to read on. 

On Friday, we are holding our first hands-on DH workshop of the academic year. Professor Heidi Kaufman will lead a workshop on WordPress, one of the most popular publishing platforms in the world. The University of Oregon supports WordPress blogs, making the service free for UO students and faculty. Our WordPress workshop will show you how to build a website on which to feature your portfolio or blog. Teachers can also learn how to incorporate WordPress into their classes such as having their own students create a WordPress site as part of a course project.

One of the advantages of WordPress is its popularity. Students who build projects in your class can continue to develop them once the class ends. And they can even use their class project as part of their portfolio when the move on to graduate programs or careers. Please RSVP to the workshop here. If you have a computer and power cord please bring them with you. And if you need to borrow one just let us know. We’ll be happy to provide a loaner for the duration of the workshop. Contact Hayley for details about a loaner computer:

Mark your calendars! We have two more workshops scheduled for fall term. We’ll be circulating details soon. In the meantime, save the date:

Workshop: Omeka (A publishing platform, similar to WordPress, where you can create a scholarly website)
Date: October 31, 2017
Time: 3:00-4:30
Place: LIB 41
Presenter: Professor Heidi Kaufman

Workshop: Gephi (A network visualization tool)
Date: November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00-2:30
Place: LIB 41
Presenter: Professor Ryan Cordell

We hope to see you there! And don’t forget to check out the UO Library’s workshop series, which offers additional Workshops for classroom and research projects.

Now, let’s shift our attention to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute’s (DHSI) 2018 Workshops Schedule.

Victoria, BC (Photo Source: Creative Commons)

Every June, hundreds of DH learners of every level from around the world flock to the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia for DHSI’s famous workshops. The Institute is divided into two sessions: June 4-8 and June 11-15. Participants can enroll in a single course for one session or they can stay for two weeks for two sessions. Each intensive course meets daily for one week, during which attendees work closely with the workshop instructor and other students. DHSI is also providing “short workshops,” or single-day workshops on smaller topics. This year the short workshops take place on June 10 and enable participates to stay an extra day or come a day early to learn something new. During the evenings, attendees can attend symposia and a speaker series to learn even more about the growing field of DH.

This year, DHSI is offering twenty-six courses during the first session and twenty-six courses during the second session, each course unique from the others. Twenty short day-long workshops are offered on June 10. Be sure to sign up SOON for a course at your level. Lower-numbered courses tend to be more entry-level workshops whereas the higher-numbered courses are designed for more advanced DH training. But courses fill up fast, so if you think you may be interested you’ll want to sign up soon.

Inexperienced and experienced DH scholars can find a course that fits their needs. For those new to the DH field, check out those courses that say “Foundations” next to the title; these courses are geared toward beginners with some basic knowledge of computers. Advanced courses such as “Web APIs with Python” or “XPath for Document Archeology and Project Management” are geared toward more experienced DH scholars. If you feel like getting creative, then many of DHSI’s 2018 courses offer cutting edge and essential methodologies including courses like “Sound in the Digital Humanities” and “Queer Digital Humanities: Intersections, Interrogations, Iterations.”

Image source: DHSI website

Each course description will indicate the level of DH skill an enrollee should have before taking the course. Unsure of which course you should take? You can always contact the Institute directly for advice: email or call 250-472-5401.

DHSI isn’t only about the classes, though. It’s also about networking with hundreds of other DH enthusiasts, many of whom will share meals, stay in inexpensive campus housing (single rooms, apartments, etc.), and participate in courses and symposia.

Heidi Kaufman, creator of DH@UO, professor of English, and Digital Scholarship Center’s Fellow in the Humanities, has attended five DHSI workshops. Heidi writes, “This is a great way to set aside time to learn a skill set. The atmosphere is friendly and courses are geared to help people at every stage and level of interest—from super beginner (as I was when I took my first TEI course at DHSI) to super advanced (as I hope to be some day), and everything in between. ”

DHSI facilitates a community of scholars who are building their digital pedagogy and research. Have we convinced you yet that you should attend DHSI? If so, enroll now! If you are in need of funding, DHSI also provides scholarships to attendees. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply early!

October 13, 2017

Friday Feature

Dear DH@UO Blog,

Every Friday, in the “Friday Feature” we’ll post DH job and grant opportunities around the globe.  Some of the following listings have deadlines that are approaching very quickly, so take heed! Good luck and happy DH hunting.


Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman


  1. Position: Gerda Henkel Fellowship for Digital History

Deadline: October 15, 2017 (ASAP!)

Institution: German Historical Institute, Washington DC


Position Overview:

“With the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute (GHI) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at the George Mason University (RRCHNM) invite applications from postdoctoral scholars and advanced doctoral students for a 12-month fellowship in digital history.  The fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for the recipient to work on his or her research project at RRCHNM, where she/he will be in residence for one year. We welcome applications from scholars who are seeking seed-funding in order to develop a thrilling idea into a new project and/or funding proposal as well as from scholars who wish to pursue fully-fledged research projects. Funding will be provided for a 12-month stay for postdoctoral scholars as well as advanced doctoral students, who are currently affiliated with a European research institution. The monthly stipend will be € 3,400 for postdoctoral scholars at €2,000 for doctoral students. The fellow will also receive reimbursement for his or her round-trip economy airfare to the U.S. and a grant for travel to other North American institutions up to € 5,000.”

Application Process:

“To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently earned degree, the names and contact details of two referees, and a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max.). The proposal should outline a research question, the main sources to be used, and ideas about what digital tools and methods could be used to analyze those sources. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents as a single PDF file to:”


2. Position: Visiting Lecturer in Digital Humanities

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Institution: University of Tartu



Position Overview: “The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Tartu welcomes applicants for short-term visiting lectureships in digital humanities or any field of quantitative humanities studies. The University of Tartu will offer three new positions in digital humanities for one semester (5 months) each, during the period 2018–2019. The purpose of these semester-long positions is to extend, develop and diversify the curricula and local research potential in various areas of digital humanities in Estonia via exchange of knowledge, skills and teaching experience. The monthly salary will be 2400–2800 EUR (after all tax reductions appr. 1900–2200EUR for Estonian tax residents). The salary is negotiable, depending on the competence and experience of the applicant, as well as the exact period of work. The candidate is required to be a resident of a country other than Estonia, and to not have been an academic employee in Estonia for more than 10 months in total, after 30.10.2010.
The position is financed by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund).”


3. Position: Digital Archivist

Posting Date: September 18, 2017 (no deadline listed)

Institution: Carnegie Mellon



  • Develop a born-digital program that includes policies and procedures for ingesting, preserving, and managing electronic records.
  • Develop procedures and workflows for describing born-digital records within hybrid collections.
  • Identify and acquire born-digital records from offices and departments on campus.
  • Coordinate with Digital Strategies staff and repository managers to develop digital preservation policies and procedures.
  • Process born digital collections.
  • Assist in the development of archival policies and workflows.
  • Assist in the creation and management of digital collections.
  • Advise on the appropriate use of metadata.
  • Collaborate on the management and development of the Archives’ web presence.
  • Assist in outreach activities, including the creation of exhibits.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills and problem solving skills, combined with attention to detail.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program with a concentration in archival studies, or other relevant degree.
  • 1-3 years professional experience working in an archive or a comparable environment.
  • Experience arranging, describing, and preserving archival and manuscript collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing techniques and standards for born-digital records.
  • Experience applying standards and schemas such as DACS, EAD, MARC, PREMIS, METS, and MODS for descriptive, structural, and preservation metadata.
  • Familiarity with processing tools used for born-digital records.


4. Position: Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist

Posted: Sep 13, 2017, Open until filled

Institution: Bucknell University



Overview: “As a member of the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Group, the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to utilize technological solutions in the fulfillment of teaching, learning and research objectives. They contribute to faculty and staff development by organizing events such as workshops, learning communities, and seminars on digital topics of relevance to the Bucknell community, as well as by vetting new technologies and communicating their findings to the University. This position leads the department’s efforts in implementing an internal and external communications plan that highlights and shares the work being done across campus in digital pedagogy & scholarship.”

Minimum Qualifications:

  • master’s degree or equivalent experience in Higher Education
  • 2-3 years of demonstrated work experience with technologies related to teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • ability to write clear, accurate communications, and other documentation
  • experience in developing instructional resources
  • ability to set priorities and manage work and deadlines independently
  • experience planning and executing workshops or evidence of instruction and/or teaching
  • evidence of pedagogical collaborations
  • effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.


5. Grant: The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library

Deadline: November 17, 2017

Institution: The British Library


Overview: “The aim of the Programme is to contribute to the preservation of archival material worldwide that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. The endangered archival material will normally be located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are lacking or limited.

The Programme’s objectives are achieved principally by awarding grants to applicants to locate relevant endangered archival collections, where possible to arrange their transfer to a suitable local archival home, and to deposit digital copies with local institutions and the British Library. The digital collections received by the British Library are made available on the Programme’s website for all to access, with over 6 million images and more than 25,000 sound recordings available online. Pilot projects are particularly welcomed, to investigate the survival of archival collections on a particular subject, in a discrete region, or in a specific format, and the feasibility of their recovery

To be considered for funding under the Programme, the archival material should relate to a ‘pre-modern’ period of a society’s history. There is no prescriptive definition of this, but it may typically mean, for instance, any period before industrialisation. The relevant time period will therefore vary according to the society.”


6. Position: Digital Content Editor

Deadline: Not Stated

Institution: City of Los Angeles


Overview: The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) seeks a temporary full-time Digital Content Editor with an excellent eye for detail and experience proofing, editing, and writing multi-lingual content for use across a range of media that will be produced for the Promise Zone Arts (PZA) initiative, a DCA-led cultural asset mapping project focused on the neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Hollywood, Koreatown, Pico/Union, Westlake, and Wilshire Center. Working as an independent contractor, the Digital Content Editor will work with the PZA team to 1) develop narrative-based content for use on the initiative’s website; 2) work in collaboration with the PZA video editor to produce the audio/visual materials generated from PZA field observations and survey research 3) and support in the publishing of produced content.

The successful candidate will have the following experience and skills.

  • Experience working in a content development, management, and editing, with a demonstrable track record in writing for different media and audiences.
  • Experience using web content management systems to publish and update online content. Experience with WordPress is preferred.
  • Understanding of digital imaging and visual document preservation.
  • Ability to repurpose technical information – ethnographic and geospatial data, etc. – and present it in a narrative, easy-to-understand and user-friendly form.
  • Experience with web publishing and web standards related to UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) is preferred.
  • Experience with project management and coordination between multiple organizations
  • An understanding of how to maximize social media engagement is highly desirable.
  • Ability to adapt writing style to suit different target audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to produce precise, detail-oriented work.
  • Bilingual: Fluency in one of the Promise Zone area languages (Spanish, Korean, etc.) is strongly preferred


7. Call for Papers: Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing, and Social Justice

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Institution: Lehigh University


Overview: “We are calling on scholars, media makers, public historians, artists, designers, technologists, and social justice activists to submit a session proposal for the Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  April 20-22, 2018.

Sessions may be proposed under one of the conference’s six tracks.  A track is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme; in this case,

  • Digital Scholarship
  • Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Valley (pertaining to the Lehigh Valley)
  • Vidas Digitales (Spanish-language)
  • How-to Workshops & Trainings
  • Digital Futures Kids & Youth
  • Public Humanities & Documentary Storymaking

You may also propose a lunch caucus for Saturday, April 21st 12:30-1:30.  These are informal self-organized meetups for groups or individuals with common interests.  We can help you find a space for your caucus group but lunch will not be provided.”


October 10, 2017

Scholarly Website Showcase: Dawnland Voices

By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman

In honor of our fall DH@UO Speaker Series, today on the blog we are featuring the work of Siobhan Senier, our first speaker. Professor Senier is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. She is also the program coordinator and a member of the core faculty in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire.

In 2014, Professor Senier co-edited a book entitled, Dawnland Voices: Indigenous Writings from New England. The anthology features literary work from indigenous scholars located throughout New England. As a companion to the book, Senier and a team of colleagues also developed the website to showcase the ongoing work of indigenous writers. has two major features. The first is called Dawnland Voices 2.0: Indigenous Writing from New England and the Northeast, an online literary magazine that features a broad array of indigenous work including poetry, art, fiction, non-fiction, songs, and reviews. Four issues of the literary magazine are available online, each visually rich with photographs and artwork.

The second component of the website is a digitization project called Indigenous New England Digital Collections. Here tribes or individual writers can submit their own archival sources to be cataloged on the site. This online collection process is a creative form of archival crowd sourcing that draws in the public visitor while simultaneously cataloging significant indigenous sources.

Visitors can search individual archival items based on their location on a map or by their tribal source. Alternatively, has already curated several online exhibits. One interesting exhibit is “Along the Basket Trail,” which discusses the significance of baskets in New England indigenous societies. is digital humanities at its best. The website provides a museum, an archive, and a scholarly magazine—all in one place. The beautifully designed site is rich with content, imagery, and dynamic tools. It marks an important shift in the way scholars are using digital tools and platforms to create and disseminate their research. While it contains scholarly writing, it’s multi-modal format invites other forms of documentary evidence, participation, and debate. At the same time, Dawnland Voices speaks to academic and non-academic audiences alike. It’s a noteworthy example of the way digital scholarship is forging new methods of engaging with the public.

We hope you will join us for Professor Senier’s lecture on October 26, 2017 3:30-5:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The title of her talk is “Low-Budget Electronic Archiving for Student and Community Engagement,” a topic we can see reflected in the Indigenous New England Digital Collections portion of the website. If her talk is anything like, we can expect a presentation as dynamic as her digital scholarship. We hope to see you there!




October 2, 2017

New Year, New Opportunities!

Authors: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman


Welcome to the Digital Humanities (DH) blog! We are eager to begin the 2017-2018 academic year with a fresh series of speakers, workshops, blogs, and podcasts. In this blog post, we want to share a number of announcements. Before we do that, first, an exciting introduction.

Hayley Brazier, a PhD candidate in the History Department, will serve as the new Digital Humanities Program Coordinator.

Hayley studies US environmental history and brings tremendous experience working with public humanities non-profits and environmental advocacy groups. Hayley and I will collaborate on weekly blog posts. Please feel free to reach out to us with news, events, or questions:

Hayley Brazier

Heidi Kaufman


And now for the blog post…

1) The 2017­–2018 DH Speaker Series

2) The Fall 2017 Hands-On DH Workshops

3) DH partnership with the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC)!


  1. The 2017–2018 Speaker Series

During the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 terms, the DH@UO is excited to host four scholars who are leaders in the field of digital humanities. All faculty, staff, students, and members of the public are welcome to attend these events.

Siobhan Senier

Professor of English, Program Coordinator & Core Faculty in Women’s Studies  University of New Hampshire
“Low-Budget Electronic Archiving for Student and Community Engagement.”
October 26, 2017
Browsing Room, Knight Library



Ryan Cordell
Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University, and & Core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks
“A Pre-History of Fake News: Virality, Authority, and Nineteenth-Century Newspapers.”
November 9, 2017
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Browsing Room, Knight Library




Joint Talk

 Shelley Fisher Fishken
Professor of English and Joseph S. Atha Professor in the Humanities
Stanford University
“Seeing Absence, Listening to Silence: The Challenge of Reconstructing Chinese Railroad Workers’ Lives.”





Gordon H. Chang
Professor of American History and Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities Stanford University
“History Without Documents: Multidisciplinarity and Digital Possibilities in Recovering the History of Chinese Railroad Workers in 19th-Century America.”


February 15, 2018
Browsing Room, Knight Library


  1. Fall 2017 Hands-On Workshops


Have you heard about an interesting digital tool, but haven’t been able to try it on your own? Do you have a project in mind but need some help getting started? One of our workshops may be perfect for you! Attendees will receive step-by-step instruction from a specialist. UO students, faculty, staff, and interested community members are welcome, whether you’re just starting out or looking to build your skills.

Workshop: WordPress for DH

Date: October 20, 2017

Time: 3:00-4:30

Place: LIB 41

Presenter: Heidi Kaufman


Workshop: Omeka

Date: October 31, 2017

Time: 3:00-4:30

Place: LIB 41

Presenter: Heidi Kaufman


Workshop: Gephi

Date: November 10, 2017

Time: 1:00-2:30

Place: LIB 41

Presenter: Ryan Cordell


Digital Scholarship Services will host other workshops throughout the year. Head over to the DSS website or follow our twitter handle, @OregonDH, for event updates.


  1. A New Year, a New Partnership

 DH@UO has developed an exciting new partnership with the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) on the first floor of Knight Library. The DSC supports and advances UO’s teaching, learning, and research in the digital humanities and digital social sciences by providing access to an array of academic and library technology services and resources, and by creating a focused collective of faculty experts using digital methods and technology to transform their work.

We are happy to announce the arrival of Franny Gaede who has recently joined the UO Libraries as the Head of Digital Scholarship Services. Franny oversees work at the Digital Scholarship Center and will be working closely with Heidi Kaufman, the 2017–2019 DSC Fellow in the Humanities. They’ll collaborate on expanding DH at UO by consulting with faculty, overseeing a new grant program (details forthcoming), and by supporting the growth of digital scholarship across campus. Franny can be reached at

Franny Gaede

If you’re interested in developing a digital scholarship project, UO faculty, staff, and students can schedule a consultation discuss their ideas. Projects featuring DSC contributions can be explored in the “Digital Projects” tab [shown below]. The UO Libraries are developing a faculty grant program to support digital scholarship projects; keep an eye on the DH blog for an update in the near future.

The DSC’s website features recent digital projects

UO Libraries have made great strides in recent years to develop digital scholarship resources. While the DSC offers technology and consulting support, the Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library offers additional digital tools and project development opportunities in the PSC Visualization Lab and the DeArmond MakerSpace. The “Viz Lab’s” 50-million-pixel screen with 24 HD tiled displays that is available for classroom use and scholarly projects.

The Viz-Lab’s 50-million-pixel screen

The DeArmond MakerSpace offers a variety of tools, including a 3D printer and laser cutter, and workshops where you can learn to use them. Soon to come is a new Academic Design and Innovation (ADI) Lab in Knight Library, where UO faculty, staff, and students will have a dedicated space to facilitate continued integration and expansion of digital scholarship and educational technology services for the University.

We’re looking forward to a new year of continued growth of our DH community. Please be sure to subscribe to our weekly DH@UO Blog and bookmark our Events Calendar to learn about DH events across campus.

June 9, 2017

Friday Feature

In this, our last Friday Feature of the academic year, we have nine opportunities to share. Have a wonderful summer, and happy DH-ing!

1. Deadline: 13 June, 2017

An absolutely critical project is starting up at HU Berlin to begin exploiting annotated corpora to rebuild the way our students can learn Latin. There is no greater challenge before Latin or any other historical language — this is where our best people should devote their energies if we are to survive. The use of corpora in smart ways is essential to any strategy. Latin has the biggest student population (>600,000 in Germany last time I checked) but the same methods are relevant to Greek and all historical languages.

This is a big opportunity for Latin and other languages — and we can’t expect this level of funding in the US and probably no place outside of Germany.

Clearly this position requires a high level of German. More information available here.

2. Deadline: 30 June, 2017

The European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) seeks applicants for one Communications Fellowship.

Working together with the Communication Coordinator, the fellow will write news releases, maintain EADH’s website, update its slider with new project descriptions, and disseminate news through our social media channels. The fellow should anticipate spending approximately 2-3 hours per week on the position. The fellowship comes with a small annual stipend of € 600 (£ 500). As the selected candidate will start working in the middle of the year the stipend for the first year will be € 300 (£ 250). The role is well suited for young scholars and academic professionals who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities in Europe and gain professional experience in social media and communications.

Desired skills include:
– attention to detail
– some knowledge of digital humanities communities in Europe
– excellent written communication skills in English and in a second
European language
– experience creating and publishing content (Drupal or WordPress)
– experience with social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook)
– skills in graphic design (Photoshop, GIMP)
To apply, submit a CV or résumé and a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Antonio Rojas Castro, Communication Coordinator (

Read the announcement online:

3. Deadline: 30 June, 2017

2017 SIGCIS Conference
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | October 29, 2017

The Special Interest Group in Computing, Information, and Society [SIGCIS] welcomes submissions to their annual conference


Computers are instruments of action. They are made to measure, model, and mix; count and aggregate; save and surveil; pick, parse, and select; and in a world of embedded systems, they are even designed to listen, wait, and relay. In many instances, these actions involve the computational transformation of other social and technological processes: from software that compiles the census to the suites of code assisting in the digital manipulation of sound and image. In other cases, computers register and create information at scales and speeds we have only begun to grasp: artificial intelligence, machine learning, and “big data” in all its local forms. And while often leveraged as democratizing, computers have long been known to amplify structural inequality, map over difference, and jettison “noise” that cannot be translated into a specific form of information.

Measure, Model, Mix invites scholars and independent researchers across the disciplinary spectrum to explore the historical conditions of computation.

Areas of engagement may include:

– How have bureaucratic, scientific, and aesthetic computational instruments eroded, produced, and reproduced biopolitical and epistemological realities, past and present?
– How can we analyze the relationships between computing and identity categories such as race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity?
– What are the historical foundations of computing’s contemporary capacity to recognize information?
– How have cultures, subcultures, political systems and identity groups mobilized computational techniques for their own ends?

SIGCIS is especially welcoming of new directions in scholarship. We maintain an inclusive atmosphere for scholarly inquiry, supporting both disciplinary and theoretical interventions from beyond the traditional history of technology, and with respect to promoting diversity in STEM. We welcome submissions from: histories of technology, computing, and science; science and technology studies; studies of women, gender, and sexuality; studies of race, ethnicity, and postcoloniality; film, media, and game studies; software and code studies; network and internet histories; music, sound studies, and art history; and all other applicable domains.

The annual SIGCIS Conference begins immediately after the regular annual meeting of our parent organization, the Society for the History of Technology [SHOT]. SIGCIS welcomes everyone, inclusive of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, age, appearance, race, nationality or religion. We are committed to fostering a positive, productive space for all participants.


SIGCIS welcomes proposals for individual 15-20 minute papers, 3-4 paper panel proposals, works-in-progress (see below), and non-traditional proposals such as roundtables, software demonstrations, hands-on workshops, etc.


We are pleased to announce a new format for the 2017 SIGCIS Works in Progress (WiP) session. This year, participants will not deliver presentations on their WiP, and there will not be an audience. Instead, the session will serve as a workshop wherein participants will discuss the works in small group sessions.

We invite works in progress — articles, chapters, dissertation prospectuses — of 10,000 words or less (longer works must be selectively edited to meet this length). We especially encourage submissions from graduate students, early career scholars, and scholars who are new to SIGCIS. Authors who submit a WiP will also commit to reading (in advance) two other WiPs, discussing them in a very small group setting, and providing written feedback on one of those WiPs. Scholars who would like to participate in this session without submitting their own WiP are certainly welcome; we ask that they commit to reading (in advance) at least two of the WiPs.

Submissions for WiP only require a 350-400 word abstract, but applicants should plan to circulate their max-10,000-word WiPs no later than October 8, 2017. Scholars who would like to be a reader of WiPs, please email a brief bio or 1-page CV, along with your areas of interest and expertise, to Gerardo Con Diaz [].


Submissions are due June 30, 2017. Applicants should download, fill out and follow the instructions on the application cover sheet at All submissions will require:

– 350-400 word abstract (full panel proposals should additionally include a 300-word panel abstract in addition to 3-4 paper abstracts)
– 1-page CV or resume

Please Note: Individuals already scheduled to participate on the main SHOT program are welcome to submit an additional proposal to our workshop, but should make sure that there is no overlap between the two presentations. However, SIGCIS may choose to give higher priority to submissions from those not already presenting at SHOT. Questions regarding submission procedure should be sent to Kera Allen [].


The top financial priority of SIGCIS is the support of travel expenses for graduate students, visiting faculty without institutional travel support, and others who would be unable to attend the meeting without travel assistance. The submission cover sheet includes a box to check if you fall into one of these categories and would like to be considered for an award. These is no separate application form, though depending on the volume of requests and available resources we may need to contact you for further information before making a decision.

Any award offered is contingent on registering for and attending the SIGCIS Conference. Please note that SHOT does not classify the SIGCIS Conference as participation in the SHOT annual meeting, therefore so acceptance by SIGCIS does not imply eligibility for the SHOT travel grant program.

Details of available awards are at ** .

4. Deadline: 5 July, 2017

The University of Graz (Austria) is offering a Tenure-track professorship in Digital Humanities with a focus on Museology.

For details please see:

– initially with a limited term of 6 years as Assistant Professor with Qualification Agreement.
– career goal is a transition to an open-ended employment relationship as Associate Professor
– 40 hours per week
– to be occupied in winter semester 2017/18
– reference number: KS/7/99 ex 2016/17

If you are interested, please submit your application documents in accordance with the general application guidelines (which can be found at within the deadline. Your application documents should include the reference number of the position and be sent by email to:

5. Deadline: 10 July, 2017

Workshop on Language, Ontology, Terminology and Knowledge Structures (LOTKS – 2017)

In conjunction with the 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS), 19th September, 2017 Montpellier (France)


Workshop Description

This workshop, the second of a joint series, will bring together two closely related strands of research. On the one hand it will look at the overlap between ontologies and computational linguistics; and on the other the relationship between knowledge modelling and terminologies — as well as the many points of intersection between these two topics.

Languages and Ontologies:

Formal ontologies are taking on an increasingly important role in computational linguistics and automated language processing. Knowledge models and ontologies are of interest to several areas of NLP including, but not limited to, Machine Translation, Question Answering, and Word Sense Disambiguation. At a more abstract level ontologies can help us to model and reason about natural language semantics. They can be also used for the organisation and formalisation of linguistically relevant categories such as those used in tagsets for corpus annotation. At the same time, the fact that formal ontologies are being increasingly accessed by users with a limited or with no background in formal logic has led to a growing interest in the development of front ends that allow for the easy editing, querying and summarisation of such resources; it has also led to work in developing natural language interfaces for authoring and for evaluating ontologies. Another area that is now beginning to receive more attention is the application of ontologies and taxonomies to the annotation and study of literary texts, as well as of texts more generally in the humanities. This is closely related to the ontology enhanced modelling of lexicographic resources, another topic which is gaining in popular.

This brings us to the field of terminology as a linguistic field, where in recent years there has been a shift from merely compiling specialized lexicographic resources to exploring terminology as a tool for structuring knowledge in a given domain. As such, this has led to more intelligent ways of accessing, extracting, representing, modelling, visualising and transferring knowledge. Numerous tools for the automatic extraction of terms, term variants, knowledge-rich contexts, definitions, semantic relations, and taxonomies from specialized corpora have been developed for a number of languages and new theoretical approaches have emerged as potential frameworks for the study of specialized communication. However, the building of adequate knowledge models for practitioners (e.g. experts, researchers, translators, teachers etc.), on the one hand, and for use by NLP applications (including cross-language, cross-domain, cross-device, multimodal, multi-platform applications) on the other, still remains a challenge. LOTKS will provide a forum for discussion on how to best bridge these two sets of requirements.

Motivation and Topics of Interest

This workshop welcomes contributions from researchers in fields such as linguistics, terminologies, and knowledge engineering, whose work fits in with our topics of interest as well as interested industry professionals. Building on the success both of the 1st LangandOnto workshop (co located with ICWS 2015) as well as last year’s joint LangandOnto/TermiKS workshop (co-located with LREC 2016), this workshop aims to create a forum for open discussion that will help to highlight the common areas of interest in the different fields concerned, as well as fostering dialogue between the various different approaches taken by each discipline. And therefore we particularly welcome approaches with a cross-language, cross-domain and/or cross-interdisciplinary scope.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

— NLP-driven ontology modelling
— The use of ontologies to structure linguistic tagsets
— Natural language interfaces to ontologies
— Ontologies for NLP tasks (e.g. textual entailment, summarisation, word
sense disambiguation) and Information Retrieval
— Lexical Ontologies
— The use of ontologies in analysing/studying literary texts
— Ontology-driven natural language generation
— Linguistic, cognitive, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, computational
and hybrid approaches to knowledge modelling
— Construction of terminological knowledge bases
— Terminology modelling for MT
— Knowledge extraction from user-generated content
— Frame-based approaches to knowledge extraction and representation
— Building knowledge resources for less-resourced domains and languages
— Visual components of specialized knowledge bases
— Visualisation techniques for knowledge representations
— Term variation and knowledge representations
— NLP applications for terminology management
— Terminologies in the Digital Humanities


We invite proposals in the form of abstracts of up to 6 pages (up to 4 pages of text +2 pages for references) for short papers, or up to 8 pages (up to 6 pages of text+ 2 pages for references) for long papers. Accepted workshop papers will be published together with the general program papers.

Follow the formatting guidelines for the IWCS general program, which can be found at:

Submission via Easychair at

Camera ready – Requirements

Final paper format: up to 10 pages (8 pages of text + 2 of references).

Accepted workshop papers will be published together with the general program papers.

Important dates

Paper submissions due: 10th July 2017
Paper notification of acceptance: 31st July 2017
Camera-ready papers due: 4th September 2017
Workshop: 19th September 2017

For all enquiries please contact:

6. Deadline: 15 July, 2017

4th Workshop on Computational History (HistoInformatics2017) –
November 6, 2017, Singapore

Held in conjunction with the 26th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2017), 6-10 November, Singapore.

The HistoInformatics workshop series brings together researchers in the historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well as the cultural heritage sector. Historians, like other humanists show keen interests in computational approaches to the study and processing of digitized sources (usually text, images, audio). In computer science, experimental tools and methods stand the challenge to be validated regarding their relevance for real-world questions and applications. The HistoInformatics workshop series is designed to bring researchers in both fields together, to discuss best practices as well as possible future collaborations.

Traditionally, historical research is based on the hermeneutic investigation of preserved records and artefacts to provide a reliable account of the past and to discuss different hypotheses. Alongside this hermeneutic approach historians have always been interested to translate primary sources into data and used methods, often borrowed from the social sciences, to analyze them. A new wealth of digitized historical documents have however opened up completely new challenges for the computer-assisted analysis of e.g. large text or image corpora. Historians can greatly benefit from the advances of computer and information sciences which are dedicated to the processing, organization and analysis of such data. New computational techniques can be applied to help verify and validate historical assumptions. We call this approach HistoInformatics, analogous to Bioinformatics and ChemoInformatics which have respectively proposed new research trends in biology and chemistry. The main topics of the workshop are:(1) support for historical research and analysis in general through the application of Computer Science theories or technologies, (2) analysis and re-use of historical texts, (3) analysis of collective memories, (4) visualizations of historical data, (4) access to large wealth of accumulated historical knowledge.

HistoInformatics workshops took place thrice in the past. The first one ( was held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Social Informatics in Kyoto, Japan in 2013. The second workshop ( took place at the same conference in the following year in Barcelona. The third workshop ( was held on July 2016 in Krakow, Poland in conjunction with ADHO?s 2016 Digital Humanities conference.

For Histoinformatics2017, we are interested in a wide range of topics which are of relevance for history, the cultural heritage sector and the humanities in general. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

-Natural language processing and text analytics applied to historical documents
-Analysis of longitudinal document collections
-Search and retrieval in document archives and historical collections, associative search
-Causal relationship discovery based on historical resources
-Named entity recognition and disambiguation
-Entity relationship extraction, detecting and resolving historical references in text
-Finding analogical entities over time
-Computational linguistics for old texts
-Analysis of language change over time
-Digitizing and archiving
-Modeling evolution of entities and relationships over time
-Automatic multimedia document dating
-Applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to History
-Simulating and recreating the past course of actions, social relations, motivations, figurations
-Handling uncertain and fragmentary text and image data
-Automatic biography generation
-Mining Wikipedia for historical data
-OCR and transcription of old texts
-Effective interfaces for searching, browsing or visualizing historical data collections
-Studies on collective memory
-Studying and modeling forgetting and remembering processes
-Estimating credibility of historical findings
-Probing the limits of Histoinformatics
-Epistemologies in the Humanities and Computer Science

Practical matters

Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2017 (23:59 Hawaii Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance: August 12, 2017
Camera ready copy deadline: August 19, 2017
Workshop date: November 6, 2017

Submissions need to be:

– formatted according to ACM camera-ready template (
– submitted in English in PDF format at the workshops Easychair page (

Full paper submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not currently under review elsewhere. Long papers may consist of up to eight (8) pages of content including references and figures. Short paper submissions must describe small and focused contribution. Short papers may consist of up to four (4) pages (including references and figures). Accepted papers will be published on CEUR Workshop Proceedings (

7. Deadline: 1 August, 2017

10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age
November 2-4, 2017
Intertwined Worlds

In partnership with the Rare Book Department <> of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS ) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Despite the linguistic and cultural complexity of many regions of the premodern world, religion supplies the basis of a strong material and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries between communities. This year’s theme, “Intertwined Worlds,” will highlight the confluence of expressions of belief, ritual, and social engagement emerging in technologies and traditions of the world’s manuscript cultures, often beyond a single religious context. It will consider common themes and practices of textual, artistic, literary, and iconographic production in religious life across time and geography, from ancient precedents to modern reception and dissemination in the digital age.

For more information, go to: . Registration opens in August.

8. Deadline: 20 August, 2017

*** Digital Culture Seminar in Pisa – Call for Proposals ***

The Digital Culture Seminar  ( ) is a seminar course, coordinated by Enrica Salvatori and Maria Simi, compulsory for all the students of the Master Degree in Digital Humanities of the University of Pisa. It consists of 18-20 seminars, lasting 2 hours each, on relevant topics for Digital Humanities, held by scholars and experts from research institutions or professionals from companies operating in this field. It wants to be an opportunity to deepen the discipline and direct students to work and research in the Digital Humanities.

The course takes place throughout the academic year with a weekly meeting, typically on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.

In order to organize the course of the next academic year (September 2017-May 2018), scholars and professionals of the Digital Humanities are invited to propose themes and lectures using the form at

Recommended topics:

Digital Culture – Digital Libraries and Archives – Electronic Publishing- Digital art, graphics, design – 3D modeling, virtual environments – Web design and programming – Digital History – Computational linguistics – E-learning – Web marketing, e-commerce – Distant reading – Geographical Information Systems – Big Data – Intangible cultural heritage

Requests will be evaluated by the organizers (Maria Simi and Enrica Salvatori) and the selected speakers will then be notified privately. Expenses are reimbursed.

9. Deadline: 9 September, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the 5th conference of DH in the German speaking regions: “Kritik der digitalen Vernunft” / “Critique of digital reason”. The conference will take place in Cologne, 26th February to 2nd March.

The official language of the conference is German, but papers, posters and presentations in other languages are welcome. Please find the Call for Papers on the conference website at

June 5, 2017

The DiRT Directory: Part III


By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

This is my final blog post for the DH Blog here at UO, and our last installment of our series on the DiRT Directory. I’m very pleased to have been able to spend the year writing about the digital humanities, and I look forward to staying involved next year, even though I’ll be back in the classroom! But today, I wanted to wrap up with my final thoughts on the DiRT Directory and DH in general.

Last week I promised to reveal my final visualizations, and how a little practice helped me make the most of the directory’s resources. If you haven’t read our first two entries on DiRT, check them out here and here.

After realizing that HT-Bookworm wasn’t the right tool for my project, I went back to the drawing board. I’m working with a relatively small sample set – a handful of South Asian postcolonial authors and their bodies of contemporary work – and it became apparent that it made the most sense to mine their data manually. I own all of the texts as e-books already, since that’s my preferred reading method and many of the texts are not readily available in the U.S., so it was easy enough to search each one for keywords. I started with “pollution” and its variants (pollute, polluted, polluting… you get the idea). My thought was that once I had a decent quantity of data, I would find a graphing tool in the directory and make a really cool visualization.

Once I organized my findings in Microsoft Excel, I started searching for an appropriate digital tool. This time I used the search bar and typed in “graphing,” since I had a pretty good sense of what I wanted to create. The search returned three options: Excel, Gephi, and Ptolemaic. Excel felt too boring – I wanted flash! And Ptolemaic is, according to the description, “a computer application for music visualization” which wouldn’t work for this at all. Instead I turned to Gephi, which is described as “graphing software that provides a way to explore data through visualization and network analysis.” It sounded ideal.

An image of the DiRT homepage searching for graphing tools







When I downloaded the application, however, I felt instantly lost. I could import a CSV file, but my data wasn’t complete or organized appropriately. I could add nodes manually, but that, too, felt confusing. What was a node? I realized I needed more to get started, and watched a series of YouTube tutorials.

Gephi graphs are beautiful, and are a useful way to analyze complex data. Take, for example, this graph of the Modernist journal The New Freewoman, showing the network and communities of authors involved in its production.

A gephi visualization of networks defined by the Modernist journal the New Freewoman. Although the graph is largely unreadable here (it is meant to be interactive and this is a still frame), some famous names (like Ezra Pound) are visible. Green, red, and blue lines connect dogs of various sizes, each one representing a person. The more the person has published the larger their dot.

Posted by user pauloshea86 here.











But after looking at the visualizations, I realized that my data isn’t there yet, and would best be served by a simple bar graph, easily made in Excel or Numbers.

A bar graph reveals that Mohsin Hamid's 2000 novel Moth Smoke never mentioned pollution, The Reluctant Fundamentalist did once, and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Exit West each did three times.









There’s nothing flashy about this visualization, and it probably won’t stay this way. For now, I need a simple, visual way to keep track of my simple raw data while I’m gathering it, and this works best for me. But I don’t regret the time I spent exploring the DiRT Directory, and I’m grateful to have discovered Gephi. Once I have a better sense of the nodes and networks I’m trying to assemble, I’ll probably revisit it, and now I have a sense of what type of data I would need to do so.

Sometimes, digital humanities projects get mired down with flashy tools and new technologies. This experience taught me that it’s not necessary, and can even inhibit the natural line of your inquiry. Above all else, the project and data should drive the technologies used in any DH project. I’m glad I realized that and stopped trying to force something to work where it simply shouldn’t. That said, I look forward to the day a project offers me the opportunity to play with some of the flashier tech on the DiRT Directory, and when that day comes, I’ll know where to learn all about it.

June 2, 2017

Friday Feature

This week we have 18 exciting DH opportunities to share.

1. Deadline: 7 June, 2017

The University of Victoria is seeking a Digital Scholarship Librarian. This position is situated within the Digital Scholarship and Strategy unit of UVic Libraries and reports to the Head, Library Systems. The full job description can be found at

For more information on negotiated benefits, see:

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names of three (3) references by noon, June 7, 2017 to: Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries,

2. Deadline: 7 June, 2017

CFP: Advancing Linked Open Data (LOD) in the Humanities

Monday, August 7, 2017 @DH2017, Montreal

This is a call for participation in a half-day workshop on Advancing Linked Open Data (LOD) in the Humanities that will take place on the on August 7, 2017, one day prior to the start of Digital Humanities 2017, in Montreal, Canada. The workshop seeks to bring together a wide selection of LOD scholars, researchers, and advocates to share ideas for future LOD tools or initiatives.

Prospective participants should submit the following:

  1. A summary (500-word maximum) of your work in LOD to date, with an emphasis on current projects, including a statement of the institutional position and affiliation of the submitter(s), if relevant.

  2. A position paper (500-word maximum) that outlines gaps or opportunities related to current LOD tools and/or suggests ideas for new ways to take advantage of the growing body of LOD in the humanities.

Submission will be via a Google form by June 7th: Images can be referenced in the form of external links.

The submission form requests permission to make your submission part of an openly available online resource with a CC-BY-NC licence. Projects or researchers unable to participate are invited to submit a summary for inclusion in this resource (see below).

Successful submissions will be shared with all participants in advance of the conference. Participants will rank the position papers with a view to their potential to advance work in the field if taken up by the LOD community.

The authors of the four top-ranked proposals will be asked to present a short pecha-kucha-style talk to kick off the workshop. After a short discussion period, participants will then divide into working groups to strategize about how the ideas might be advanced and come back to the larger group with next steps. All participants will regroup for a final discussion and future planning.

3. Deadline: 10 June, 2017

Beyond Editing: Advanced Solutions and Technologies

Summer School
Prague: 4-8 Sept. 2017

Organised by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague, and CNRS CIHAM UMR 5648, with the support of DARIAH’s Humanities at Scale programme

Call for Applications

This Summer School targets Humanities scholars, librarians and students who have already acquired a working knowledge of digital scholarly editing, especially TEI encoding, and wish to go further. If the encoding is a crucial step, that translates the modelisation of a text or document into a computer-readable form, scholars need to put this encoding to good use by displaying, processing and analysing it. To this end, it is necessary to master other technologies, which are often more difficult to learn, with much rarer training opportunities.

During this week-long school, the participants will learn how to display, transform and process a scholarly XML edition, with the aim of becoming able to work on their own editions with the latest digital methods.

The week will be organised as follows:

a “main course” (all the morning sessions), centered on XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformation), a powerful language especially designed to work with XML; a few “sides”, or workshops, will be offered during the afternoon sessions, to introduce the participants to more specialised technologies and solutions allowing them to enhance a scholarly edition (geographical data, linguistic tools, network analysis, etc.) We invite applications from scholars, students (Master level and beyond), librarians, archivists and other research professionals involved in the production and valorisation of scholarly digital editions. The selection committee particularly invites applicants from Central and Eastern Europe.


The participation in the Summer school programme is free, and in addition, selected applicants will receive a bursary: DARIAH?s Humanities at Scale programme will cover the cost of their travel and accommodation, up to a maximum of 500 EUR (participants will be refunded, up to 500 EUR, after the training school and upon presentation of the receipts).


The Summer school will be hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, in the historical centre of Prague.

How to apply?

To apply, please fill in this online form:

Applications are welcome until 10 June 23:00 GMT

4. Deadline: 13 June, 2017

Job Opportunity at The National Archives

Head of Digital Research

About the role

The National Archives has set itself the ambition of becoming a digital archive by instinct and design. The digital strategy takes this forward through the notion of a disruptive archive which positively reimagines established archival practice, and develops new ways of solving core digital challenges. You will develop a research programme to progress this vision, to answer key questions for TNA and the Archives Sector around digital archival practice and delivery. You will understand and navigate through the funding landscape, identifying key funders (RCUK and others) to build relations at a senior level to articulate priorities around digital archiving, whilst taking a key role in coordinating digitally focused research bids. You will also build key collaborative relationships with academic partners and undertake horizon scanning of the research landscape, tracking and engaging with relevant research projects nationally and internationally. You will also recognise the importance of developing an evidence base for our research into digital archiving and will lead on the development of methods for measuring impact.

About you

As someone who will be mentoring and managing a team of researchers, as well as leading on digital programing across the organisation, you’ll need to be a natural at inspiring and engaging the people you work with. You will also have the confidence to engage broadly with external stakeholders and partners. Your background and knowledge of digital research, relevant in the context of a memory institution such as The National Archives, will gain you the respect you need to deliver an inspiring digital research programme. You combine strategic leadership with a solid understanding of the digital research landscape as well as the tools and technologies that will underpin the development of a digital research programme. You will come with a strong track record in digital research, a doctorate in a discipline relevant to our digital research agenda, and demonstrable experience of relationship development at a senior level with the academic and research sectors.

Join us here in beautiful Kew, just 10 minutes walk from the Overground and Underground stations, and you can expect an excellent range of benefits. They include a pension, flexible working and childcare vouchers, as well as discounts with local businesses. We also offer well-being resources (e.g. onsite therapists) and have an on-site gym, restaurant, shop and staff bar.

To apply please follow the link:

Salary: £41,970

Closing date: Tuesday 13th June at Midnight

5. Deadline: 15 June, 2017

Letters 1916-23 is delighted to announce three job openings: two postdocs and one research assistant. This is a unique opportunity to join a vibrant public engagement project as we enter a new phase of research.

Funding from the Irish Research Council is allowing the project to expand its scope through 1923, covering the Anglo-Irish War, Irish independence, and the Irish Civil War. It is also funding the construction of a new technical framework, from ingestion of new letters to publication to new modalities of text analysis and visualisation.

Be part of one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects in the digital humanities. Further details are available here:

For an informal conversation please contact

6. Deadline: 15 June, 2017

ERC “NOSCEMUS – Nova Scientia: Early Modern Science and Latin” / Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies

Advertisement of a position for an information scientist (MA) / a philologist (MA) with excellent IT skills

The ERC Advanced Grant programme “NOSCEMUS – Nova Scientia: Early Modern Science and Latin” led by Martin Korenjak (Univ. of Innsbruck) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (Innsbruck) led by Florian Schaffenrath are advertising one position for an information scientist (MA, 50%, 01/10/2017–30/09/2022).

Context, tasks and working conditions

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies (LBI) is among the biggest research organisations dedicated exclusively to the study of early modern Latin worldwide. The ERC Advanced Grant programme NOSCEMUS is a five-year project funded by the European Union aiming at a reassessment of the role of Latin in early modern natural science. Both entities will work in close cooperation.

In this context, the main tasks of the information scientist will include the following:

  • establishment, development and management of a database for early modern authors, texts and secondary literature (including back-end and front-end)
  • digitisation, conversion into machine readable formats and online presentation of early modern texts in cooperation with the Institute for Digitisation and Electronic Archiving of the Univ. of Innsbruck (DEA)
  • management of the homepages of the LBI and NOSCEMUS
  • preparation of long-term storage of the results of the LBI and NOSCEMUS

The gross salary will be at least € 1365,50 per month (14 times).


Candidates should have a MA in informatics / a MA in classics combined with extraordinary IT skills. A background in the humanities or a strong interest in this field is important since the main challenge of the work will consist in adapting electronic tools to the needs of projects from this area. For the same reason, a strong capacity for teamwork is required. Candidates must be fluent in English in word and writing.

Applications should be sent, together with a CV and a letter of motivation, by email to Martin Korenjak (

For further information, please contact Martin Korenjak.

7. Deadline: 15 June, 2017

The Oxford Internet Institute is looking for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the ethical challenges posed by digital technologies (digital ethics).

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be a member of the Digital Ethics Lab, will elaborate new analyses and hypotheses, review the literature, and publish the results, in collaboration with other members of DELab. The selected candidate will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through presentations, the organisation of workshops, participation into conferences, and social media.

For more information about DELab and its current projects please see

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate on any relevant discipline, especially philosophy, ethics, law, and sociology. The list is not exclusive and a degree in computer science, AI, machine learning, economics, STS, and geography (this list is only indicative) is also relevant, if combined with a proven interest (e.g., publication, organisation of workshops and panel, and talks) in ethical, legal, or social impact analysis of digital technologies.

For more information about the position and on how to apply please see

8. Deadline: 16 June, 2017

Canada Research Chair: Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture Tier 2 (SSHRC). The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites a highly engaged academic to join our research team in the role of Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture. The successful candidate for this position will have a program of research that fits within the broad, interdisciplinary category of the Social Studies of Science; they will have extensive and varied experience with digital humanities tools (including GIS or alternative mapping software), both within their own scholarly work and within the classroom; they will have a strong record of teaching communication and leadership to undergraduate and graduate students, and a clear understanding of how their own academic research intersects with their teaching of these subjects. Preference will be given to those candidates who have developed a research profile that suggests obvious future collaboration with members of the UPEI research community.

Visit the UPEI Human Resources Academic Positions web site for the link to the Canada Research Chair in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture posting:

Review of applications will begin on 16 June 2017 and will continue until a nominee is selected.

9. Deadline: 25 June, 2017

The First International Workshop on Resources and Tools for Derivational Morphology (DeriMo2017) will be held in Milan (Italy) on 5 and 6 October 2017, at the Universit? Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (

DeriMo2017 concludes the Word Formation Latin (WFL) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement No 658332-WFL. The project is based at the Centro Interdisciplinare di Ricerche per la Computerizzazione dei Segni dell Espressione (CIRCSE:, at the Universit? Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.

Submissions are invited for presentations featuring high quality and previously unpublished research on the topics described below. Contributions should focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational.

Proceedings will be published, open-access, in time for the workshop.


Until very recently, in the areas of Language Resources and Natural Language Processing (NLP), derivational morphology has always been neglected if compared to inflectional morphology. Yet the recent rise of lexical resources for derivational morphology have demonstrated that enhancing textual data with derivational morphology tagging can lead to strong outcomes. First, it organises the lexicon at higher level than words, by building word formation based sets of lexical items sharing a common derivational ancestor. Secondly, derivational morphology acts like a kind of interface between morphology and semantics, since core semantic properties are shared at different extent by words built by a common word formation process.

In the lively area of research aimed at building computational resources and tools for ancient languages, the WFL project fills a gap in the variety of those available for Latin, connecting lexical items on the basis of word formation rules. For a work-in-progress version of the resource, please visit

This workshop wants to be both an opportunity for the presentation of WFL to the wider community, and a place where confrontation with other scholars engaged in the treatment of derivational morphology for different languages (either modern or ancient) can arise, and potentials for the cross-linguistic sharing of techniques and methods can be discussed.


The Workshop on Resources and Tools for Derivational Morphology aims at covering a wide range of topics.

In particular, the topics to be addressed in the workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:
– resources for derivational morphology
– connecting the derivational morphology level of annotation in language resources with other levels of linguistic analysis (e.g. semantic, syntactic?)
– (NLP) tools for the semi-automatic creation of resources for derivational morphology
– (NLP) tools including components of derivational morphology
– empirically based comparative and multilingual studies on derivational morphology
– empirically based diachronic studies on derivational morphology
– query tools for derivational morphology resources
– theoretical issues in derivational morphology.


We invite to submit long abstracts describing original, unpublished research related to the topics of the workshop. Abstracts should not exceed 6 pages (references included). The language of the workshop is English. All abstracts must be submitted in well-checked English.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format only. Submissions have to be made via the EasyChair page of the workshop at Please, first register at EasyChair if you do not have an EasyChair account.
The style guidelines to follow for the paper can be found here:

Please, note that as reviewing will be double-blind, the abstract should not include the authors’ names and affiliations or any references to web-sites, project names etc. revealing the authors’ identity. Furthermore, any self-reference should be avoided. For instance, instead of “We previously showed (Brown, 2001)…”, use citations such as “Brown previously showed (Brown, 2001)…”. Each submitted abstract will be reviewed by three members of the programme committee.

The authors of the accepted abstracts will be required to submit the full version of their paper, which may be extended up to 12 pages (references included).


The oral presentations at the workshop will be 30 minutes long (25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).

10. Deadline: 30 June, 2017

The Department of English and Theatre at Acadia University seeks applications for a 9.5-month contractually limited position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Literature to begin 1 August 2017. The successful candidate will teach an upper-level course in the Literature of Australia and New Zealand as well as courses in introductory English, and will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life and service work of the department. More information available here.

11. Deadline: July 9, 2017

Three (3) new postdoctoral researcher positions are now open at HELDIG — Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (, at the University of Helsinki, Finland:

Further information about the positions can be obtained from Professor Mikko Tolonen, mikko.tolonen at

12. Deadline: July 15, 2017

Call for Papers: Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge, Conference, Princeton University, 7-10 June 2018

Organized by Angela Creager (Princeton University), Mathias Grote (Humboldt University Berlin), Elaine Leong (MPI for the History of Science, Berlin)

Supported by German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. and Princeton University (the Center for Collaborative History, the International Fund, and the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council)

Often overlooked, handbooks, protocols, and manuals are key tools in the making, preserving, and sharing of knowledge. Across editorial offices, artisanal workshops, religious schools, culinary institutes, and biomedical laboratories, instructional and reference texts codify the knowledge of a working community, with an eye to communicating what a new practitioner needs to know. This conference will address how handbooks, protocols, manuals, catalogues and related instructional or reference media have contributed to the standardization, codification, transmission, and revision of knowledge in diverse fields. How are practices and protocols written down, distributed or preserved, and how are objects or processes named, registered or classified? What kind of credit accompanies the development or compilation of methods or reference literature? When and why do certain books become commercially successful or canonical, and others obsolete? How does their circulation relate to the commodification of required materials, or to more informal forms of exchange? Possible fields and sites of scrutiny will range from the alchemical workshop to the 20th century laboratory, or from the maintenance of technologies to medical diagnosis, language acquisition, government regulation, natural history writing or museum inventories, but is by no means restricted to these examples.

We invite proposals from the history of science and knowledge broadly construed as well as from science and technology studies, the history of arts and crafts, the history of the book and media or related fields. Contributions will cover a wide geographical and temporal range ? from antiquity to the 20th century ? in order to sound out, put simply, how knowledge relates to texts, and writing, reading and learning to doing. To broaden the scope of an existing core group of scholars, we are particularly interested in case studies from humanities, technologies, applied sciences or manufacture and industry, as well as in those with a scope reaching beyond North America and Europe. Titles and abstracts of max. 400 words should be sent to and by July 15th, 2017. We expect to be able to cover transportation and accommodation costs of conference participants.

13. Deadline: August 14, 2017

Lecturer/Asst Professor (tenure-track/tenured)
Information Management
Dalhousie University

The Dalhousie School of Information Management (SIM) seeks a dynamic and innovative colleague to join our team. SIM invites applications for a probationary tenure-track, tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, commencing January 1, 2018 (negotiable).

This position combines teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities. The School seeks candidates with a strong interest in, and capacity for, interdisciplinary research. Candidates will be expected to teach in at least two programs at the graduate or undergraduate levels. Professional information management experience will be an asset.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or ABD status) in information management or a related discipline, with research expertise and/or teaching experience in one or more of the following areas:

* Data management: analytics and visualization, curation,
* Information risk management
* New and emerging media
* Other relevant areas including digital transformation,
organizational learning, collaboration, and knowledge management

The SIM ( offers two graduate programs: the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program, and the mid-career blended learning Master of Information Management (MIM) program. At the undergraduate level, the School provides core and elective courses in the Bachelor of Management program, delivered collaboratively with the three other schools in the Faculty of Management. The School also participates in Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program.

The SIM is part of the interdisciplinary Faculty of Management (, which also includes the School of Public Administration, the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, and the Rowe School of Business. The Faculty of Management’s mission is to collaboratively advance management knowledge and practice, and its vision is inspiring managerial solutions to transform lives. We seek an additional colleague who will contribute to, and thrive in, this environment.

Dalhousie University ( is one of Canada’s leading teaching and research universities, with four professional faculties; a Faculty of Graduate Studies; and a diverse complement of graduate programs. Inter-faculty collaborative and interactive research is encouraged, as is cooperation in teaching. Dalhousie University inspires students, faculty, staff and alumni to make significant contributions regionally, nationally, and to the world.

Dalhousie University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Halifax is a vibrant capital city and is the business, academic, and medical centre for Canada’s east coast.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of past teaching evaluations, and statements of teaching philosophy and of research interests. (Each statement should be approximately one page.) Applications must also include a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at Applications should be directed

Ms. Kim Humes
School of Information Management
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Fax:  902-494-2451 <(902)%20494-2451>
Voice:  902-494-3656 <(902)%20494-3656>

Electronic applications are preferred.

14. Deadline: August 17, 2017

We are happy to announce ISCOL 2017, the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Seminar on Computational Linguistics. ISCOL 2017 will be held on Monday, September 25 in the Computer Science Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at the Edmond Safra Campus in Givat Ram.

Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing are active research and development fields in Israel today, both in academia and industry. ISCOL is a venue for exchanging ideas, reporting on work in progress and established results, forming cooperation, and advancing the collaboration between academia and industry. ISCOL is also a friendly stage for students for their first appearance in this community.

We invite presentations on recent work in all areas of computational linguistics, natural language processing and closely related fields. We accept work underway, provided that it represents recent and original work of interest to our audience.

Please submit your extended abstracts (up to 2 pages, including references) through EasyChair here:<>

More information can be found here:<>

15. Deadline: October 8, 2017

Workshop on Corpus-based Research in the Humanities (CRH) with a special focus on space and time annotations —-
** Vienna (Austria) January 25-26, 2018 **


The Workshop on “Corpus-based Research in the Humanities” (CRH) brings together those areas of Computational Linguistics and the Humanities that share an interest in the building, managing and analysis of text corpora. The edition of this year has a specific focus on time and space annotation in textual data, backed by a keynote speaker with special interest in this aspect of corpus management.

The second edition of CRH will be held in Vienna (Austria) on January 25th-26th 2018 and will be hosted Austrian Academy of Sciences, University of Vienna and Technische Universitaet Wien.

The series of the CRH workshops continues that of the workshop on “Annotation of Corpora for Research in the Humanities” (ACRH), the three editions of which were held respectively in 2011 (Heidelberg, Germany), 2012 (Lisbon, Portugal) and 2013 (Sofia, Bulgaria). The first CRH was held in Warsaw (Poland) in 2015.

Submissions of long abstracts for oral presentations and posters (with or without demonstrations) featuring high quality and previously unpublished research are invited on the following TOPICS:

– specific issues related to the annotation of corpora for research in the Humanities (annotation schemes and principles), with special interest in space and time annotations
– corpora as a basis for research in the Humanities
– diachronic, historical and literary corpora
– use of corpora for stylometrics and authorship attribution
– philological issues, like different readings, textual variants, apparatus, non-standard orthography and spelling variation
– adaptation of NLP tools for older language varieties
– integration of corpora for the Humanities into language resources infrastructures
– tools for building and accessing corpora for the Humanities
– examples of fruitful collaboration between Computational Linguistics and Humanities in building and exploiting corpora
– theoretical aspects of the use of empirical evidence provided by corpora in the Humanities

This year, CRH will have a SPECIAL TOPIC concerning time and space annotation in textual data. Submissions with this focus are especially encouraged.

Contributions reporting results from completed as well as ongoing research are welcome. They will be evaluated on novelty of approach and methods, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational.

The proceedings will be published in time for the workshop. They will be co-edited by Andrew Frank, Christine Ivanovic, Francesco Mambrini, Marco Passarotti and Caroline Sporleder.

Research in the Humanities is predominantly text-based. For centuries scholars have studied documents such as historical manuscripts, literary works, legal contracts, diaries of important personalities, old tax records etc. Large amounts of such documents exist and are increasingly available in digital form. This has a potentially profound impact on how research is conducted in the Humanities.
Digitised sources allowing scholars to analyse texts quicker and more systematically.

Digital data can also be (semi-)automatically mined: important facts and interdependencies can be detected, complex statistics can be calculated. Analysis of locations and time in documents is often crucial to understand and visualize trends. Results can be visualised and presented to the scholars, who can then delve further into the data for verification and deeper analysis.

Digitisation encourages empirical research, opening the road for completely new research paradigms that exploit `big data’ for humanities research. Digitisation is only a first step, however. In their raw form, electronic corpora are of limited use to humanities researchers. Corpus annotation can build on a long tradition in (corpus) linguistics and computational linguistics but the true potential of such resources is only unlocked if corpora are enriched with different layers of linguistic annotation (ranging from morphology to semantics, including location and time).

The CRH workshop aims at building a tighter collaboration between people working in various areas of the Humanities (such as literature, philology, history, translational studies etc.) and the research community involved in developing, using and making accessible different kinds of corpora. A gap exists between computational linguists (who sometimes do not involve humanists in developing and exploiting corpora for the Humanities) and humanists (who sometimes just aren’t aware that such corpora do exist and that automatic methods and standards to build and use them are today available). Over the past few years a number of historical annotated corpora have been started, among which are treebanks for Middle, Early Modern and Old English, Early New High German, Medieval Portuguese, Ugaritic, Latin, Ancient Greek and several translations of the New Testament into Indo-European languages. The experience of these ever-growing set of projects can provide many suggestions on the methodology as well as on the practice of interaction between literary studies, philology and corpus linguistics.

We invite to submit long abstracts describing original, unpublished research related to the topics of the workshop as PDF. Abstracts should not exceed 6 pages (references included) and written in English.
Submissions have to be made via the EasyChair page of the workshop at (requires prior registration with EasyChair).
The style guidelines can be found here:

Reviewing will be double-blind; therefore, the abstract should not include the authors’ names and affiliations or any references to web-sites, project names etc. revealing the authors’ identity. Furthermore, any self-reference should be avoided. For instance, instead of “We previously showed (Brown, 2001)…”, use citations such as “Brown previously showed (Brown, 2001)…”. Each submitted abstract will be reviewed by three members of the program committee.

Submitted abstracts can be for oral or poster presentations (possibly with demo). There is no difference between the different kinds of presentation both in terms of reviewing process and publication in the proceedings (the limit of 6 pages holds for both abstracts intended for oral and poster presentations).

The authors of the accepted abstracts will be required to submit the full version of their paper, which may be extended up to 10 pages (references included).

The oral presentations at the workshop will be 30 minutes long (25 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion).
Depending on the number of submissions, a poster session might be organised as well.

16. Deadline: ASAP

The 51st annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) will be hosted by Simon Fraser University Library next month (right after DHSI) and may be of interest to some of you. Carto 2017: Digital Revolutions | Analog Renaissance will take place at SFU Vancouver June 20-23, 2017, with a banquet at the SFU Burnaby campus on June 22.
Registration is available here.

17. Deadline: ASAP

Digital Humanities Developer – Center for Digital Humanities – Princeton University Library


The Digital Humanities Developer will work as part of the CDH’s Development Team to implement innovative digital humanities projects in a collaborative environment that includes fellow CDH staff, humanities faculty and graduate students, and other relevant campus partners.  This position will have an emphasis on the front-end component of CDH projects, particularly working with JavaScript and data visualization in order to make CDH projects more dynamic and interactive.   This position will report to the CDH Lead Developer.

The DH Developer will follow development best practices established by the Lead Developer and Development Team, including unit testing, documentation, and version control to ensure that projects developed at CDH are released with stable codebases and clear documentation.   The DH Developer will contribute to team best practices for frontend testing and selecting a recommended JavaScript framework and establishing guidelines for when it should be used by projects.  The DH Developer will also participate in code reviews, both having their own code reviewed by other members of the CDH Development Team (as well as external collaborators, when appropriate) and reviewing work by other team members or other code written for CDH sponsored projects.  The DH Developer may also serve as Technical Lead on CDH projects that align with the DH Developer’s expertise.

The DH Developer will promote the work of CDH through workshops and other outreach activities including attending national and international conferences on Digital Humanities and relevant technologies.

This position qualifies for 20% R&D time on a project chosen in consultation with the Lead Developer.


  • Build, test, debug, and document software designed to support research in the digital humanities.  Estimate effort on software projects.  Serve as technical lead on CDH projects as appropriate to skills and expertise.
  • Hold consultations with members of Princeton community to scope work and suggest technologies for non-CDH project work.
  • Teach workshops, write blog posts, and promote the work of CDH to Princeton campus and larger DH communities.
  • Work on research and development projects related to pushing the boundaries of digital humanities development.  Projects to be chosen in consultation with CDH Lead Developer.



  • expertise in web application development (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3)
  • Knowledge of frontend testing frameworks
  • experience with version control
  • ability to write clear documentation
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college or university
  • Knowledge of template frameworks and styling tools (such as SASS/Bootstrap/Bourbon)


  • Experience with data visualization and JavaScript libraries such as d3.js
  • Experience with JavaScript mapping libraries such as leaflet.js
  • Familiarity with Python or another high-level scripting language
  • Familiarity with web frameworks such as Django or Ruby on Rails
  • Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks such as EmberJS, Angular, or React
  • Experience with RESTful APIs and various data stores and tools such as: relational databases, XML databases, graph databases; Solr or elasticsearch; RDF and XML
  • Experience working on and contributing to open source software projects
  • Familiarity with humanities research

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

AIT, 030

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


18. Deadline: ASAP

Summer Assistants-Shakespeare Website

To apply for these student summer project positions, please submit a current resume or CV (curriculum vitae) to Professor Lara Bovilsky via email, at the address provided below. Review begins immediately, but the positions will remain open until filled.

Department: English

Institution: University of Oregon

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lara Bovilsky (

Prof. Bovilsky is looking for 2-4 assistants to help develop a digital teaching tool.  Students would be needed for a period of intensive work and limited project duration from June 17-June 27.

Students will work as much as 40 hours/week during this period, possibly including some weekend times.

Two types of assistant are needed:

(1) Website Development Assistant

Students with DH background or interest: Students with some background in DH and/or web design will help build, expand, and potentially migrate the website.

While anyone with strong interest and some experience in DH may apply, preference will be given to applicants either possessing familiarity with or an interest in web design and in Omeka’s features including, for example, Bulk Metadata Editor, Collection Tree, Digital Object Linker, Exhibit Builder, and Neatline. Ability to pursue self-directed study of Omeka tutorials is required, as the Website Development Assistant will be learning about and employing new plugins. The Website Development Assistant will find and take online tutorials, and share knowledge with Professor Bovilsky and any other collaborators working on the teaching tool. Successful applicants will be detail oriented and able to troubleshoot inevitable technical challenges with grace. The Website Development Assistant may be asked to maintain timely and organized correspondence with libraries and archives as rare books are scanned and their images invested with metadata and incorporated into the teaching tool.

This project based student worker position will pay $14/hour.

(2) Website Content and Copyright Assistant

An additional student or students are needed to help undertake correspondence with copyright holders of materials of interest to obtain publication permissions for the website. A Copyright Assistant will be asked to maintain timely and organized correspondence with libraries, archives, presses, individuals, and other copyright holders to help obtain both images of rare books and other materials and permission to publish those materials on the website.

Preference will be given to applicants with some familiarity with Shakespeare and his reception AND/OR to applicants with experience related to copyright permissions.

This project based student worker position will pay $12/hour.

Project Background:

This project is sponsored by a grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library. The website helps undergraduate and high school students learn about the history of Shakespeare after his death, emphasizing the many historical and literary changes that led to waves of rewriting of Shakespearean texts and that produced radically different assessments and uses of Shakespeare over the centuries. It reflects diverse global understandings and power structures impacting Shakespeare’s use and texts. The tool was piloted in multiple classrooms at three universities during Academic Year 2016-17 and is now being expanded and further developed.

Email Prof. Bovilsky with any questions:

May 30, 2017

The DiRT Directory: Part II

By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

This week we continue our exploration of the DiRT Directory, but first a quick announcement.

Please join us and University of Oregon Libraries for the last event of the school year, on Wednesday, May 31, from 3-5 p.m., in Knight Library 117 for “OpenRefine for Digital Humanists” with Digital Collections Metadata Librarian Sarah Seymore. Do you have unruly data that you need to clean up? Or, are you looking for tools to assist in extracting data from other sources for your research? Or, do you need to convert your data into another format? Come to the next workshop on Open Refine to find out answers to these mysteries! Open Refine is a tool gaining popularity by digital humanists. It’s used for those who have a data set but need help curating, storing, and using that data in productive ways. This workshop will introduce users to Open Refine’s interface, basic editing and data transformation, and some methods for data enhancement. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here:

A note from the presenter:
1. Bring your own laptop
2. Download OpenRefine here beforehand:
3. Register for a Google Maps API key here beforehand:
4. Be prepared to follow along!

Also, more information here:


If you missed last week’s blog post on The DiRT directory, please check it out here! A story’s never as much fun without a beginning, after all.

As I mentioned last week, I’m working on a project that charts the evolution of environmental concern related to industrialization and development in South Asia. And my goal is to find a way to use one of the tools on the DiRT directory to help me develop this project. I’m going to begin my project with some distant reading, and I’d like to know if authors invoke certain keywords related to climate change and environmental degradation with greater frequency in more recent novels.

On the home page for the DiRT Directory, I’m asked to identify what I need my digital tool to do. For me, this was one of the most challenging steps in this process. As someone who works with words, I could think of many ways to describe my project: I wanted to “Analyze Data” from novels… but I didn’t necessarily want my tool to do the work for me. I wanted to “Find Information” related to literary trends, too. But I ultimately decided that the closest action was to “Capture Information” from a body of writing.

A screenshot of the DiRT Directory splash page







Once I clicked on “Capture,” I was faced with yet more search options. I could select my platform, cost preferences, choose to exclude certain tools, such as software that was in Beta testing or no longer supported, pick which type of license I preferred, pick my research object, and sort and order the results to my preference. Initially, I left nearly all of the search terms blank, hoping that I could come up with a wealth of tools. Platform was easy – I use a Mac computer. My research object was “literature.” But when I entered those search options, I was only offered a single program – Calibre – which is an ebook library management application that didn’t sound like it would help my project much at all. I was disappointed. So I went back, removed my “platform” selection, leaving only my research object criteria, and tried again. This time my search turned up three possibilities, and one, HT-Bookworm, sounded intriguing.

The Directory entry for HT-Bookworm describes it as “a tool that visualizes language usage trends in repositories of digitized texts in a simple and powerful way. It is a tool for culturomic exploration through the observation of chronological trends for words and phrases in large digitized collections of textual documents with metadata facets.” If some of that sounds like Greek to you, and you aren’t a humanist who reads Greek, you aren’t alone. Nevertheless, a tool that could help me look at chronological trends in word usage sounded like a great way to frame my more specific findings regarding the novels and authors I was examining. You can select the dates you’d like Bookworm to search, the metric you’d like it to use, and whether or not the search is case-sensitive: then you just need to input your search term and it instantly generates an attractive line graph. I started exploring.

I reasoned that I should look by words per million from 1750-2015, and I chose to keep the search case insensitive. I started by searching for terms related to vague environmental anxieties: water, air, trash. Based on my reading, I expected these terms to increase in popularity as anxieties surrounding them increased. The graphs consistently followed my expectations into the 1970s, only to plummet past that point. I decided to try terms that I associate with the environmental movement, and which I imagined would have had little traction before the ‘60s and ‘70s. Industrialization, environment, climate, smog, pollution (the program doesn’t seem to allow two-word searches, frustrating my efforts to search for “climate change” or “air quality,” etc.): all followed similar arcs. As revealed by a quick search of DHCommons, one major limitation of Bookworm is that the current iteration only searches 250,000 out-of-copyright volumes, and although later versions of the program intend to “ingest the entire HathiTrust corpus,” including books under copyright, that’s not an option yet. When I confine my searches to 1750-1923, the last year for which most books are out of copyright, the graph reveals a strictly upward trajectory on nearly every term as anticipated.

A blue line graph: the vertical axis reads "words per million" and the horizontal "1750-2015." The graph depicts a nearly steady upward trend until 1923, but then becomes erratic, showing a major decrease by 2015.

Graph of the term “water,” through 2015









A blue line graph: the vertical axis reads "words per million" and the horizontal "1750-1923." The graph depicts a nearly steady upward trend.

Graph of the term “water,” through 1923










HT-Bookworm isn’t the perfect tool for my project: I work mostly with contemporary texts, and searching for environmental trends only up to 1923 has limited use for my project. Nevertheless, my experience finding and exploring HT-Bookworm on the DiRT directory helped me realize what I needed to do to find better data, and how I wanted to visualize that data. In next week’s blog post, I’ll reveal my final visualizations, and how a little practice helped me make the most of the directory’s resources.

May 25, 2017

Friday Feature

This week we have seven exciting DH opportunities to share, but first an announcement. Please join us and University of Oregon Libraries on Wednesday, May 31, from 3-5 p.m., in Knight Library 117 for “OpenRefine for Digital Humanists” with Digital Collections Metadata Librarian Sarah Seymore. Do you have unruly data that you need to clean up? Or, are you looking for tools to assist in extracting data from other sources for your research? Or, do you need to convert your data into another format? Come to the next workshop on Open Refine to find out answers to these mysteries! Open Refine is a tool gaining popularity by digital humanists. It’s used for those who have a data set but need help curating, storing, and using that data in productive ways. This workshop will introduce users to Open Refine’s interface, basic editing and data transformation, and some methods for data enhancement. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here:

A note from the presenter:
1. Bring your own laptop
2. Download OpenRefine here beforehand:
3. Register for a Google Maps API key here beforehand:
4. Be prepared to follow along!

Also, more information here:


1. Deadline: May 26, 2017

CFP: The Digitisation Days aim to present an up-to-date vision of the most
recent advances in technology for the digitisation of text, to showcase successful experiences in their application and to explore the challenges for the near future of digitisation. It comprises the DATeCH International Conferencethat is conceived as forum to present, discuss and showcase latest techniques in digitisation and related fields.

The Digitisation Days and the DATeCH International Conference are supported by the Impact Centre of Competence and organised by the Göttingen State and University Library and the University of Göttingen.

The Digitisation Days will take place in Göttingen at the facilities of the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, Historical Building (Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen) on 1-2 June 2017.

Latest possible registration: 26th May, 2017 11:59 PM

Please, visit

2. Deadline: June 11, 2017

For those attending DHSI this year, please consider joining Jason Boyd, James Howe,  and Bonnie Ruberg for their “Intersections of DH and LGBTTIQ+ Studies” workshop. The workshop runs from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday, 6/11. It is free and open to all those who are taking courses in either DHSI 2017 session. Here is the link with info on how to register (scroll down to course #60):
And here is the workshop description:
This workshop will consist of pre-selected and participant-selected discussion of ‘keywords’ of relevance to DH and LGBTTIQ+ scholarship. Possible keywords include: access, activism, archives, classification & metadata, community engagement, cultural/social critique, encoding, gaming, intersectionality, methodology, pedagogy, programming, storytelling. The final portion of this workshop will be dedicated to designing a DHSI course on “Intersections of DH and LGBTTIQ+ Studies,” with particular emphasis on mixing discussion with hands-on, skill-based learning activities.

3. Deadline: June 30, 2017

CFP: Knowledge Resources for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities

September 7, 2017 – Varna, Bulgaria

The Knowledge Resources for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities  workshop will be held in conjunction with the 11th biennial Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing conference (RANLP 2017) which will take place in September 4-8, 2017, in Varna, Bulgaria.
The KnowRSH workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers working on the integration and creation of knowledge resources for Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities applications. In particular, KnowRSH aims at bringing together NLP researchers with historians, political scientists, philosophers, and researchers from infrastructure communities, such as CLARIN and DARIAH, ISKO and COST ENeL.

The workshop is endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on Language Technologies for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (SIGHUM), DARIAH-EU Working Group for Lexical Resources as well as COST ENeL .

Big cultural heritage data present an unprecedented opportunity for the humanities that is reshaping conventional research methods. However, digital humanities have grown past the stage where the mere availability of digital data was enough as a demonstrator of possibilities. Knowledge resource modeling, development, enrichment and integration is crucial for associating relevant information in pools of digital material which are not only scattered across various archives, libraries and collections, but they also often lack relevant metadata. Within this research framework, NLP approaches originally stemming from lexico-semantic information extraction and knowledge resource representation, modeling, development and reuse have a pivotal role to play.

From the NLP perspective, applications of knowledge resources for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities present numerous interesting research challenges that relate among others to the development of historical lexico-semantic sources and annotated corpora, addressing ambiguity and variation in historical sources and the development of knowledge resources for NLP tool adaptation purposes, using NLP techniques for semantic interlinking, mapping, and integration of existing knowledge resources. Moreover, a recently renewed interest in linguistic linked data approaches to language resources presents both a challenge and an opportunity for NLP researchers working in the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities domains, for linking cultural heritage and humanities data sources to linguistic linked data information.

More information available here.

4. Deadline: July 1, 2017


1 – 3 November 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

For postindustrial societies the future has turned into a space of risk and construction of expectations. The future exists in the present as a discourse and rhetoric, as a competition of visions and agendas that shape the potential of future innovations. Scenarios of the future are transformative since they direct scientific practices, influence political and economical decisions, and focus stakeholders’ interests.

The conference will highlight processes of knowledge production about technologies of the future as a central sociocultural aspect of technological development. The participants are invited to consider the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries (Sheila Jasanoff) as a set of cultural practices applied by communities in order to construct shared meanings of desired futures – and to reflect on the role of technology in them. These practices involve not only experts such as scientists and engineers, but also politicians, public intellectuals, writers, journalists, artists. Success of innovations and the design of particular technologies depend on the cultural legacy shared by these people, as well as detailed consideration of social, legal, ethical and aesthetic aspects. This perspective emphasizes the ways through which technologies and societies are co-constructed, and how cultural meanings and power relations are embedded in science and technology.

To discuss these questions we invite theorists and practitioners whose work touches upon sociocultural aspects of technological change, including the fields of media and arts, foresight and policy, philosophy and cultural studies, history and sociology, linguistics and communication.

The conference welcomes papers that address the following topics:

* Philosophy of science and technology: The future as an epistemological problem, philosophy of technological utopias

* Methods of future studies: STS (Science and Technology Studies), sociology of expectations, sociotechnical imaginaries; forms of “working with the future” through foresight, strategic planning, scenarios analysis, role playing

* The language of technical change and futurology, history of concepts, descriptions of the unknown

* Sociology of innovation: The politics of the production of novelty and relevance; social and psychological aspects of information and communication technologies as sites for imagined interactions

* Ethical aspects of emerging technologies: Bioethics, roboethics, information ethics

* Aesthetic dimensions of technological change: Science art, news media; representations of science and technology in literature and art, visual images of the future

* Cultural history of technology: Technology and national identity; technologies as media of cultural transfer; sociocultural aspects of users’ interaction with technology; appropriation and domestication of novel technologies

* Digital Humanities: Making the human past fit for future generations

* Archives of the future: Historical experience of forecasting and designing the future, museum exhibits, industrial heritage, industrial archaeology, buried and forgotten futures

Publication: Conference materials (short papers and extended abstracts) will be published prior to the conference.

Working languages of the conference are English and Russian.

Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Organizer: Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University

Co-organizer: Society for the History of Technology

To apply:

* Send an application to<>  containing the title of the paper, your personal data (name, surname, institutional affiliation, telephone, and e-mail) and a short abstract up to 150 words by 1 July 2017. Participants will be notified on the status of their application by 15 July 2017.

* Full text (10000 to 20000 printed characters) should be sent before 10 September 2017, tables and illustrations may be attached if needed.

5. Deadline: July 8, 2017


What are your goals for the summer?

Do you want your research to reach more people but don’t know how?

Perhaps you need help telling the story of yourself as a scholar and curating your online presence.

Or maybe you need a primer on new forms of publication, how they are assessed, and their role in promotion and tenure?

Or are you curious about open peer review, open annotation, and open access, and their benefits for students and faculty alike?

If so, consider joining us at the FORCE 11 SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS INSTITUTE in seaside La Jolla, CA.

July 31 – August 4, 2017.

University of California, San Diego.


Join colleagues, librarians, and students for an intensive five days of scholarly communication summer camp. Learn about the changing world of academic publishing, the importance of a professional digital presence for yourself and your work, and the advantages of creating publicly accessible scholarship. Take advantage of the opportunities to network with colleagues from your own and other disciplines, learn from librarians and expert faculty in the field, and enjoy inclusive programming and community conversations all week long.


— To Understand the Changing World of Publishing: From open access to altmetrics, you?ll be thoroughly immersed in new modes and forms of academic publishing and communication.

— To Pass It On: Bring back your newfound knowledge to your peers and students, and help them be better prepared for the job market, whatever their chosen career.

— To Gain a Support Network:  Take advantage of brainstorming sessions, plenaries, and downtime to interact with faculty practitioners in the field of scholarly communications and discuss ideas with colleagues who share your interests and concerns.



6. Deadline: July 16, 2017

CFP: DADH 2017 – The 8th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities

Conference Theme: Digital Humanities Evolving: Past, Present, and Future

Venue: National Chengchi University, Taipei
Dates: November 29 – December 1, 2017


7. Deadline: July 20, 2017

The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program, with a deadline of July 20, 2017.  With maximum award amounts ranging from $50,000 (planning) to $350,000 (implementation), these grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture.  Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities.  Eligible activities are wide-ranging, often involving the use of digital methods.

HCRR includes a new opportunity in 2017 to encourage collaboration between smaller and larger institutions.  This Partnership/Mentorship Opportunity provides up to $60,000 for planning and pilot-level projects that could help to propel lasting collaborative relationships.  These awards might be especially well suited for community-based cultural heritage initiatives but are not limited in geographic or topical scope.

Further details, including links to the application guidelines and other resources, are available via the following Web article<>.


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