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Call for Contributions: ELO 2015 Conference – Bergen, Norway


Call for Contributions: ELO 2015 Conference – Bergen, Norway
The End(s) of Electronic Literature


The 2015 Electronic Literature Organization conference and festival will take place August 5-7th 2015 . The conference website is at: http://conference.eliterature.org. The conference will be hosted by the Bergen Electronic Literature research group at the University of Bergen, Norway with sessions at venues including the University of Bergen, Det Akademiske Kvarteret, the Bergen Public Library, the University of Bergen Arts library, and local arts venues. Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city, known as the gateway to the fjords, a festival city and cultural center with a lively and innovative arts scene.


The deadline for submissions of research, workshop, and arts proposals is December 15, 2014.


The theme of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization conference and festival is “The End(s) of Electronic Literature.” This theme plays on several different meanings of “ends.” Topics the conference papers and works will explore include:

Is “electronic literature” a transitional term that will become obsolete as literary uses of computational media and devices become ubiquitous? If so, what comes after electronic literature?

We can also question in what sense electronic literature and digital writing practices are a means to an end. If so, what are the ends of electronic literature? What political, ideological, aesthetic, and commercial ends or purposes do works of electronic literature serve?

In recent years, projects such as the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base have sought to highlight the work of scholars and artists who have worked outside of the mainstream of electronic literature as it has developed as a field, for instance developing research collections based on Russian and Brazilian electronic literature. This conference will seek to shed further light on international communities and practices in electronic literature that have not been widely addressed in the critical literature of the field, those that are located at the “ends” or margins of critical discourse in the field.

Electronic literature is situated as an intermedial field of practice, between literature, computation, visual and performance art. The conference will seek to develop a better understanding of electronic literature’s boundaries and relations with other academic disciplines and artistic practices.

As a laboratory for future literary forms, the field of electronic literature must count the youngest readers among its most significant group of end-users. One strand of this conference will focus specifically on digital reading experiences made for children.


For the conference research program we welcome contributions that address the conference themes. Most proposals will likely describe a scholarly presentation suitable for delivery in about 20 minutes, with time for questions. However we also welcome propsals for other forms of talks. At the time of proposal submission, authors will asked identify one of following presentation formats:

Paper (20 minute presentation): a presentation of a single by one or more paper by one or more authors (500 word abstract)

Panel (75 minutes): a proposal for a complete panel including separate papers on the same general topic (250 word overview plus 3-4 500 word abstracts).

Roundtable (1 hour): a group presentation of a particular topic emphasizing free-flowing discussion and audience interaction (500 word abstract).

Lightning talk (5 minutes): a short paper for a session focused on the question “What comes after electronic literature?” (250 word abstract).

Proposers must attend the conference. Speakers may not present in more than two sessions.

Presentations may include elements of demonstration or performance, as part of a discussion that goes beyond the work itself. With this stipulation, proposers are welcome to address their own work.

Submissions for the research program will be accepted from September 15th-December 15th, 2014 on Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2015

Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Research Program Committee. Papers will be accepted on the basis of abstracts. Although we will not require, we will encourage authors of papers accepted for the conference to make full-text versions of their papers available on the conference site prior to the conference. Authors of selected full paper submissions may be invited to contribute to a book or special issue of a journal to be published shortly after the conference. This publication opportunity will not be available to authors who do not upload their full-text papers.


We welcome proposals for pre-conference workshops to take place on Tuesday, August 4th at the University of Bergen.

Workshop sessions are focused on hands-on group work on a given project. For instance, working with a particular platform to learn how to use it to create works of e-lit, documenting work in a given database, sharing pedagogical models, curating electronic literature, etc. Workshops sessions are generally half-day (3 hour) or full-day (6 hour) sessions.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop Program Committee and selected on the basis of their value to the e-lit community and available facilities to accommodate them.

Submissions for the workshop program will be accepted from September 15th-December 15th, 2014 on Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2015


The Arts Program provides an occasion for juried review, and extended display, performance, and presentation, of original works.

The Committee especially welcomes submissions from artists who are new to electronic literature or who are in the beginning stages of their e-literary artistic production.

The Arts program will feature several exhibitions and a performance program that coheres with the conference themes. Submissions are being accepted for the following parts of the exhibition and performance program:

Hybridity and Synesthesia: Beyond Peripheries of Form and Consciousness
This aspect of the program will emphasize works, particularly installations, that push at the edges of literature and other forms, and that appeal to other aspects of the sensorium than those we typically associate with reading. Works for example that involve haptic sensation, touch-based interactivity, innovative audio elements, interactive images, or locative technologies.

Interventions: Engaging the Body Politic
This exhibition will feature works that engage with contemporary cultural discourse and political reality, challenging audiences to consider digital artifacts and practices that reflect and intervene in matters of the environment, social justice, and our relation to the habitus.

Decentering: Global Electronic Literature
While there are strong centers of activity in electronic literature in North America and Western Europe, innovations in digital textuality are also taking place in Eastern Europe and in the Southern hemisphere. This exhibition will focus on these lesser-known phenomena.

Kid-E-Lit: Digital Narratives for the Young
The first generation of digital natives is finding a plethora of apps and interactive digital narratives made for their iPads and computers, perhaps learning how to think in a new digital vernacular. This exhibition will focus on innovations in digital reading experiences for children.

Screening Room: E-Lit Film Festival
The first ELO film festival will feature films that have been produced recently about electronic literature and related practices, and will also include screenings of types of digital literature that benefit from sustained watching, such as poetry generators and kinetic poetry.

End(s) of Electronic Literature Performances and Readings
This aspect of the program will feature live readings and performances of works of electronic literature. Authors are encouraged to think broadly about modes of performance, ranging from traditional readings to more theatrical styles of presentation, and to consider opportunities for site-specific interventions in public space.

Submissions for above parts of the Arts program will be accepted from September 15th- December 15th on Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2015

ELC3 Preview Exhibition
Volume 1 (2006) and Volume 2 (2011) of the Electronic Literature Collection have been influential anthologies that helped shape the field. Volume 3 (2016) is now open for submissions. This exhibition will feature selected works from the latest instantiation of this important publication. The editors of ELC3 will curate this selection. To submit work for the ELC3, see:http://eliterature.org/2014/08/announcing-the-elc3 (ELC3 submission deadline Nov. 5, 2014 )

Selections will be made via a two-step jury review process. Members of the arts program committee will first review submissions, and then curators for each track of the program will select works from among those ranked most positively by the committee. Final selections will depend on available resources and constraints of individual venues.


Conference Chair: Scott Rettberg

Research Program Chair: Jill Walker Rettberg

Arts Program Chair: Roderick Coover

Research Program Committee: Espen Aarseth, Daniel Apollon, Sandy Baldwin, Laura Borras Castanyer, Yra van Dijk, Maria Engberg, Nina Goga, Dene Grigar, Davin Heckman, Raine Koskimaa, Nick Montfort, Søren Pold, Øyvind Prytz, Hans Kristian Rustad, Jessica Pressman, Eric Dean Rasmussen, Scott Rettberg, Alexandra Saemmer, and Joseph Tabbi.

Workshop Program Committee: Deena Larsen, Marjorie C. Luesebrink, and Patricia Tomaszek.

Arts Program Committee: Simon Biggs, Philippe Bootz, Serge Bouchardon, Kathi Inman Berens, JR Carpenter, Roderick Coover, Mark Daniels, Anne Marthe Dyvi, Natalia Fedorova, Chris Funkhouser, Dene Grigar, Claudia Kozak, Talan Memmott, Maria Mencia, Judd Morrissey, Scott Rettberg, Stephanie Strickland, Rui Torres, Michelle Teran, and Jeremy Welsh.


If you know of friends, colleagues, or organizations not aware of ELO or this conference, please feel free to circulate this Call. A PDF version is available.

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Tenure-track position in data science or corpus linguistics at University of Nevada, Reno

Assistant Professor of English: Corpus Linguistics/Digital Humanities

The University of Nevada, Reno, Department of English announces an entry-level tenure-track position in corpus linguistics and/or digital humanities. Requisite experience is in big data and/or other data science methodologies. Desired sub-areas are literature, linguistics, rhetoric or composition. A demonstrable record of research is expected as well as experience and promise as an excellent teacher. The faculty member will join an interdisciplinary cluster of big data methodologists in the social sciences and humanities within the College of Liberal Arts. Faculty with interests in computational analysis of big data in social sciences and humanities are in place in the Departments of English, History, Political Science and Psychology. The faculty member should be able to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in data-intensive humanities research as the field is relevant to English, as well as courses in the area of specialization. All classes are offered within the English department and, in addition to English majors, should also appeal and be accessible to non-majors in fields such as psychology, history, political science, education and anthropology. Our tenure-track faculty who teach and mentor in the graduate program and engage in scholarly research typically teach a 2/2 load.

A record of research is expected as well as experience and promise as an excellent teacher. The faculty member should be able to develop and teach undergraduate courses and graduate courses in data-intensive humanities research as well as in his/her areas of specialization. Preferred areas of specialization are English literature, linguistics, rhetoric or composition, with big data methodological approaches to the area of specialization.  This position has a start date of July 1, 2015. Ph.D. in English literature, linguistics, rhetoric, or composition required byAugust 1, 2015.


Applications and required materials must be submitted electronically at:https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/16185.  All applications must be submitted no later than November 1, 2014.  The search committee will conduct interviews at MLA and LSA in January 2015.


The University of Nevada, Reno campus is located 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and four hours from San Francisco. The Reno and Tahoe areas provide opportunities for world-class snow and water sports, hiking, camping, and bicycling. Reno has a growing technology business sector and also boasts a vibrant arts and restaurant scene.

EEO/AA Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Call for Hosting Conferences: The LLOH Prize

Call for Hosting Conferences: The LLOH Prize (2015)

Deadline: October 10

Email address for proposal: oyvind.eide@uni-passau.de

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

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

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

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

The 2014 LLOH Prize was awarded at the Methods in Dialectology XV conference:http://methodsxv.webhosting.rug.nl

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

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

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PostDoc opportunity at Maynooth University

PostDoc in Irish History with Digital Humanities
An Foras Feasa
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
For further information or an informal conversation, please contact Susan Schreibman at the email address below.

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Cultural Literacy In Europe: submission deadline extended

Dear all,

In case you missed it, the deadline for submission of paper or project proposals for the first international conference on “Cultural Literacy in Europe” is extended to the 6th of October http://cleurope.eu/conference/call-for-papers/
An interesting set of keynotes are lined up to stimulate an interdisciplinary discussion around the themes of the conference: http://cleurope.eu/conference/programme/keynotes/
The call for bursary is also open until the 6th of October http://cleurope.eu/conference/bursaries/
Contributions around the concepts of textuality, fictionality, rethoricity and historicity seen from a digital humanities perspective are welcome!
Best regards,

Arianna Ciula (On Behalf of the Cultural Literacy in Europe Steering Committee)

Department of Humanities
University of Roehampton | London | SW15 5PH

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TEI Conference update

Dear Colleague,
I spent some time yesterday and today completing and updating the TEI 2014 Conference site at http://tei.northwestern.edu, and it should have everything on it now, except for links to the full abstracts, which will be added in early October. I’m a great fan of collaborative curation: if you find things that are wrong, unclear, or not there, tell me, and I’ll try to fix them.

If you have not yet registered or made hotel reservations, remember that Sunday, September 21 is the cutoff date for early registration and room discounts.
Do have a look at the program of the Chicago DHCS colloqium (http://dhcs.northwestern.edu). There is also a joint summary scheduleof the two events. I am not sure whether the links survive on the TEI-list, but here is the URL:
There are also several links to it from pages on the conference site.
I look forward to meeting many of you in late October.
With best wishes,
Martin Mueller
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University


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Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative: Authoring package

Hi all,

You will all have seen the recent announcement that John Walsh has taken over as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, and the publication of the Call for Papers for Issue 9, ‘TEI and Materiality’[1].

We would also like to announce the availability of a new Oxygen-based authoring package for anyone who would like to submit their article in TEI XML. Since the beginning of JTEI, article submissions have been accepted in TEI P5 XML. However, since everyone’s notion of how journal articles should be encoded in TEI is completely different, and the TEI Guidelines provide many different ways of encoding similar textual features, no two submissions have ever really resembled each other much, and every XML submission has needed substantial initial work to turn it into something our reviewers and copyeditors can work with. Now we are providing a set of schemas, along with helpful rendering tools, which should make the process of submission easier for authors using XML, and the processes of reviewing and copyediting much easier for us.

Details of the package, and a download, are available on the TEI wiki:


The package has been created by Ron Van den Branden, our Technical Editor, with some help from me. We view this as a “beta release”; we have been using the tools internally for some months, but this is the first time authors are being asked to use them, so please report any issues or confusion to myself or to Ron.

Martin Holmes
(Managing Editor, JTEI)

1. <https://textencodinginitiative.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/new-editor-of-jtei-and-cfp-issue-9/>

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Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy and Practices

The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University Libraries, and Washington University in St. Louis Libraries, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy and Practices.

This colloquium will bring together both faculty and librarians across disciplines to discuss instructional methodologies and strategies for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms. Our diverse group of presenters from institutions across the United States and Canada will be presenting on a wide range of topics:

  • collaborating with students on digital projects (e.g. digital archives, text mining, game design, GIS)

  • enhancing field research by using mobile applications for data collection

  • supporting faculty and student digital scholarship through libraries’ and specialized centers’ efforts

  • collaborations between faculty and librarians to support digital scholarship efforts in the classroom

The Colloquium will feature presentations, panels, and unconference sessions.  All activities will take place at the Kelvin Smith Library on Case Western Reserve’s campus.  For more information, and to register, please click here.

E. Leigh Bonds, PhD
Digital Research Services Librarian for the Humanities

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INRIA/Aviz Recruits an Engineer for the European Project Cendari

INRIA/Aviz Recruits an Engineer for the European Project Cendari.
Requirements: Python/Django, ElasticSearch, HTML5/JavaScript/D3
The Aviz group at INRIA (www.inria.fr) is seeking a talented and
motivated engineer to work on the European project Cendari
(www.cendari.eu). Cendari is an infrastructure project aimed at
supporting historians and archivists working on the European history
with a transnational approach (by opposition of a national approach).

The Aviz group, specialist in Visualization and Human-Computer
Interaction, is in charge of the Human-Computer Interfaces and
visualizations related to the Cendari project. To this aim, it seeks at
recruiting a motivated engineer proficient in the key technologies
chosen for the project: Python/Django, ElasticSearch, HTML5/CSS,
JavaScript and the D3 library, as well as semantic web technologies
(RDF, Triple-Store), web services, and standard back-end engines for
web-based systems.

The engineer will work in Orsay, France, inside a laboratory of INRIA,
the leading French Research Center in Computer Science, within the Aviz
group (see www.aviz.fr for a description of the research we conduct).

The engineer should be proficient in English, experienced in development
on the Linux operating system (Ubuntu), project management, Agile
software development, and development tools such as: git, wikis, issue
trackers, test suites, distribution and deployment of complex web-based
systems. Skills in visualization and HCI would be appreciated, as well
as understanding of XML, TEI, and EAD.
She/he will collaborate with other engineers at INRIA and partners of
the Cendari project throughout Europe (Ireland, Germany, UK, Italy, the
Netherlands, Czech Republic, Serbia, and France).

Contact: Jean-Daniel Fekete (jean-daniel.fekete@inria.fr) with a
motivation letter, a CV, and recommendations.

Position starting date: November 1st, 2014

Position duration: 1 year

INRIA (www.inria.fr) is among the most renowned research institution in
computer science worldwide. The Aviz group belongs to the INRIA Saclay
center (http://www.inria.fr/centre/saclay), located about 30km south of
Paris in the center of the “Plateau de Saclay”, an area dedicated to
research, especially in computer science, mathematics, physics, and
natural sciences. INRIA engineers earn 2100-3100 Euros monthly depending
on the level of skill and experience.

 Jean-Daniel Fekete      Jean-Daniel.Fekete@inria.fr
AVIZ Team Leader, INRIA                 www.aviz.fr
INRIA Saclay – Île-de-France    www.aviz.fr/~fekete
Bat 650, Université Paris-Sud   tel: +33 1 74854297
F91405 ORSAY Cedex, France      fax: +33 1 69154240

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TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.7.0 is released!

Today, Tuesday 16 September 2014, the TEI Consortium has released TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.7.0 (Codename: NinianTheEnlightener). This release introduces some additional recommendations (for example on text directionality) significant corrections to bugs, many publicly submitted feature requests, and especially inconsistencies of all sorts.

This release was done jointly by two release technicians: Elli Mylonas (Brown University) and Syd Bauman (Northeastern University). Although our release procedure documentation is very detailed (see http://www.tei-c.org/Activities/Council/Working/tcw22.xml), this release raised yet more possible clarifications which will be fed into this documentation for future release technicians. The minor problems were encountered during the release were overcome easily with the fortitude and perseverance we expect in our the release technicians and with the dedicated help of other members of your fully-elected TEI Technical Council, especially with the help of Martin Holmes, Hugh Cayless, and Peter Stadler.

As always, please do report bugs and make feature requests for changes to the Guidelines (via theSourceForge site <http://tei.sf.net/>) since this is how the TEI Guidelines continue to improve. The software of the TEI Consortium such as the Stylesheets and Roma are managed on GitHub at https://github.com/TEIC/Stylesheetsand any issues with those should be reported there. The updated version of the TEI Guidelines are available from all the usual places (such as the TEI websitehttp://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/en/html/index.html and theSourceForge site <http://tei.sf.net/>). The oxygen-tei package and TEI debian packages will be updated in due course separately. The TEI P5 version 2.7.0 release notes are below, but also available at http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/readme-2.7.0.html.

James Cummings
Chair, TEI Technical Council

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Training the Trainers for Linked Data (DC-2014 Full-day Workshop)

Training the Trainers for Linked Data
Full-day Post-Conference Workshop @ DC-2014
Saturday, 11 October 2014 – 8:30-5:00
  Austin, Texas, USA
  AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (http://www.meetattexas.com/)
  ( Saturday day-rate option available)

Workshop Abstract: 

Linked Data has gained momentum, and practitioners are eager to use its principles to derive more value from metadata. Available handbooks and training materials focus on an audience with a computer science background. However, people with a non-technical education find it hard to understand what Linked Data can mean for them. This full-day, hands-on workshop will provide an overview of methods and case studies from the handbook “Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums” (2014, ALA/Neal-Schuman). Using freely available tools and data, this workshop will teach you how to clean, reconcile, enrich, and publish your metadata. Participants will learn about concepts, methods, and tools that they can use on their own, or to teach others within their own institutions, to get more value from metadata.

Workshop Tutors:
SETH VAN HOOLAND  is an Assistant Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he leads the Master in Information Science. After a career in the private sector for a digitization company, he obtained his PhD in information science at ULB in 2009. He recently taught a special course on linked data at the Information School of the University of Washington. He is also active as a consultant for both public and private organizations.
RUBEN VERBORGH  is a researcher in semantic hypermedia at Ghent University – iMinds, Belgium, where he obtained his PhD in computer science in 2014. He explores the connection between semantic web technologies and the web’s architectural properties, with the ultimate goal of building more intelligent clients. Along the way, he has become fascinated by linked data, REST/hypermedia, web APIs and related technologies. He is the co-author of a book on OpenRefine and several publications on web-related topics in international journals.
Workshop Agenda:
- 08:30 : Coffee and welcome
- 09:00 : Introduction – data models and the role of RDF
- 09:45 : Data quality and cleaning
- 10:45 : Coffee break
- 11:00 : Hands-on cleaning (+ helping participants with install issues)
- 12:00 : Lunch
- 1:00 : Reconciliation – usage of RDF extension and LCSH endpoint
- 2:00 : Named-Entity Recognition – usage of NER extension
- 3:00 : Coffee break
- 3:30 : Sustainable publication – REST
- 4:30 Discussion regarding learning outcomes
You can register for the Workshop using the day-rate option to DC-2014 or join us for the full DC-2014 program at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014.
Don’t wait, register now! The number of people that can participate in the Workshop is limited. This Workshop and the DC-2014 Conference cap the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (http://www.aclfestival.com/) and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as the Conference dates approach.
Stuart Sutton
   DCMI Managing Director

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New Editor of JTEI and CFP Issue 9

Dear colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that John Walsh will be taking over from me as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the TEI. Many people will know John from his roles on the TEI Board and the TEI Council. John is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University and Editor and Project Director of the Algernon Charles Swinburne Project.

To mark this transition, John will be editing Issue 9 of the Journal, ‘TEI and Materiality’. The Call for Papers is below. I wish John and the other editors of the Journal, Martin Holmes and Ron Van den Branden the very best in the continuing success of the Journal.

* * * *

TEI and Materiality
CFP: Issue [9] of the Journal of the TEI
Submissions due 16 January

Much recent humanities scholarship expresses renewed interest and attention in material culture and the physical artifact. Recent literary and cultural studies are rich with articles and books focused on materiality or the “material turn” in humanities research. Since its earliest versions, the TEI Guidelines have provided mechanisms for recording details about the physical artifact–for example, the @rend attribute may used to record layout, design, typographic, and other graphic dimensions of the source artifact. However, with the release of TEI P5 in 2007 and in the ongoing development and refinement of P5, new and more robust mechanisms for recording details about the material artifact were introduced to the TEI Guidelines. The `rendition` element, along with the `@rend` `@rendition` and `@style` attributes provide a robust infrastructure for recording the graphic and design features of a document. The `msDesc` element and related elements and attributes provide mechanism
s for pro
viding extensive detail about the physical attributes of manuscripts, books, and other text bearing objects. The `facsimile` element and related features provide an infrastructure for fuller integration of facsimile images with the encoded text.

The editors of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, the official journal of the TEI Consortium, are delighted to announce a call for papers for a special issue that focuses on TEI and Materiality. For this issue we welcome articles that explore the relationship between the TEI Guidelines, the encoded document, and the material object.

Example topics that might be discussed include:

* Conceptual and theoretical discussions of the relationship between the encoded text and the material object
* Discussion of interfaces that present details about materiality (beyond the standard combination of encoded text and facsimile page image)
* Innovative uses of the TEI Guidelines to model material aspects of the document
* Proposed new features for the TEI Guidelines that would provide further support for modeling material aspects of the text-bearing object.
* The use of TEI in combination with other standards and technologies to support the investigation of materiality

Submissions are accepted in two categories: research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words and shorter articles reflecting new research or new tools/services of 2000-4000 words. Both may include images and multimedia content. Author guidelines are available at

The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, a peer-reviewed open-access publication hosted by Revues.org, is the official journal of the TEI Consortium. Closing date for submissions to this issue is [date] with publication expected [season year].

If you have any questions, please contact John Walsh <jawalsh@indiana.edu>

Susan Schreibman
Professor of Digital Humanities
Director of An Foras Feasa
Iontas Building
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Maynooth, Co. Kildare

email: susan.schreibman@nuim.ie
phone: +353 1 708 3451
fax: +353 1 708 4797

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DC-2014 Tutorial: RDF Validation in the Cultural Heritage Community

Tutorial: RDF Validation in the Cultural Heritage Community
Half-day Tutorial @ DC-2014
Wednesday, 8 October 2014 – 1:00-5:00
  Austin, Texas, USA
  AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (http://www.meetattexas.com/)
  (Wednesday day-rate option available)

Session Abstract: 
Resource Description Framework (RDF) does not natively provide rules for structuring descriptions or validating instance data. This tutorial will present the problems of data structuring and validation in RDF. There will be a discussion of current techniques that are being proposed as solutions (SPIN, Data Shapes, ICV, etc.). Using examples from the cultural heritage community (Europeana Data Model (EDM), Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Metadata Application Profile (MAP), etc.), speakers will present actual cases where validation and record-like structuring is needed. It will relate these efforts to the concept of application profiles, drawing on some existing examples, such as Dublin Core Application Profiles (DCAP) and BIBFRAME Profiles.
Learning Outcomes:
Attendees will able to:
  1. Understand why validation is a significant issue with RDF and OWL; and, how constraints in those languages differ from our usual concept of constraints;
  2. Identify and monitor today’s efforts, and those in development, to solve this problem of validation;
  3. Describe some of the specific validation issues with cultural heritage data; and
  4. Articulate the issues in their own cultural heritage context.
Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions of speakers with “real life” experience with linked data and the issues of validation.
NOTE:  This tutorial is especially recommended for DC-2014 delegates new to the topic and planning on attending the Thursday Special Session: RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control (http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/rdfAP).
Tutorial Planners/Presenters include:
  • Karen Coyle (Facilitator)—Consultant, USA
  • Tom Baker, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Kai Eckert, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Tom Johnson, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), USA
  • Stefanie Ruehl, SUB Göttingen, Germany
You can register using the day-rate option to DC-2014 or join us for the full DC-2014 program at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014.
Don’t wait, register now! This Tutorial and the DC-2014 Conference cap the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (http://www.aclfestival.com/) and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as the Conference dates approach.
Stuart Sutton
   DCMI Managing Director

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Open Access Repository Ranking

Dear Colleagues,

the Open Access Repository Ranking (OARR) was launched September 9, 2014
during the Open-Access-Tage conference.[1] It is the idea and goal of
OARR to show best practices and role models of the German repository
landscape so that other repository operators can learn from them and
improve their services step by step. OARR is a research project based at
the Information Management Department of Professor Peter Schirmbacher at
the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (BSLIS),
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and currently lists 152 open
access publication repositories from Germany according to an open
metric. Open metric means:

– all criteria and scores are transparent;
– the metric is developed together with the open access community to
improve OARR.[2]

Most of the criteria of the metric are derived from the “2014 Census of
Open Access Repositories in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.” We
encourage all repository managers, repository software developers and
repository funders to contribute their ideas to the draft of the 2015
OARR metric using the UserVoice tool (in the “Contribute tab).[3] The
ranking is planned to be published annually at the Open-Access-Tage
conference in September. The preceding January each open access
repository that meets the OARR definition will be contacted to submit
their data via an online form.[4]

For now OARR is a ranking limited to Germany. We are planning to make it
a global ranking as soon as possible. However, this depends very much on
the feedback of professionals from as many countries as possible to make
the OARR metric a reliable and truly bottom up global benchmark for open
access repositories. It is not clear yet whether the ranking should grow
country by country or right to global scale but we are open for your ideas.

We appreciate your questions, comments and feedback.

All the best from Berlin, Germany

Dennis on behalf of the OARR team

[1] http://repositoryranking.org
[2] http://repositoryranking.org/?page_id=660
[3] http://repositoryranking.org/?page_id=660
[4] http://repositoryranking.org/?page_id=1086

Dennis Zielke

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Arbeitsgruppe Elektronisches Publizieren
am Computer- und Medienservice (CMS)
Rudower Chaussee 26
D – 12489 Berlin

Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

Tel. +49(0)30 2093-70004


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Technology, Standards, Software Digital Scholarly Editions Survey

Dear all,

The requirements study for a publication architecture targeting multiple media is one of my research priorities for the DiXiT Network.

A survey that hopefully will help to assess the software and technologies used for creation and publishing of digital scholarly editions. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/publishing_digital_editions.

We are inviting scholars, young researchers, teachers and students involved in any part of the process of creation and publishing of editions to participate in this study. If you have doubts whether your project is an edition or archive project, please complete the survey anyway. If you feel you lack the technical expertise to answer all the questions, do it anyway as best you can and consider asking someone else to complete the survey as well.

We are primarily interested with the tools and workflows associated with processes of creation and publishing of digital scholarly resources. Therefore we are especially interested in descriptions of the bespoke tools and pipelines employed in your project so we’d appreciate answering the open questions as fully as possible. The results of the study will be used to help create requirements and develop tools for digital scholarly editions in particular and digital humanities in general.

The content written by you in the survey is strictly anonymous and your participation is entirely voluntary.
It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact me using the following details:

Magdalena Turska – University of Oxford
Researcher for Digital Scholarly Editions

This study is funded by the European Commission through DiXiT Marie Curie Actions research programme.

Kind regards,

Magdalena Turska
Researcher for Digital Scholarly Editions
University of Oxford


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DC-2014 early registration *DEADLINE EXTENSION* to September 20th

Dear colleagues,

The deadline for registration for DC-2014 has been EXTENDED to 20 September 2014 . All you have to do to get the Early Registration price is go to our registration page on the Conference website listed below and follow the simple instructions. If you work in metadata, you won’t want to miss DC-2014.
REGISTRATION: http://ow.ly/B65by
CONFERENCE DATES:  8 - 11 October 2014
   AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,
   University of Texas at Austin campus
   Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory

Metadata is fundamental in enabling ubiquitous access to cultural and scientific resources through galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). While fundamental, GLAM traditions in documentation and organization lead to significant differences in both their languages of description and domain practices. And yet, the push is on for radically open cultural heritage data that bridges these differences as well as those across the humanities and the natural sciences. DC-2014 will explore the role of metadata in spanning the archipelago of siloed cultural memory in an emerging context of linked access to data repositories as well as repositories of cultural artifacts.
This year, the DCMI Annual Conference and Meeting of DCMI (DC-2014) is being hosted by the Texas Digital Library and held in Austin on the beautiful University of Texas campus. Four days of exciting sessions have been planned. While early registration has been extended, please don’t wait until the last minute. The Austin City Limits Music Festival overlaps the conference dates and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce!
Won’t you join us in Austin?
Stuart A. Sutton
DCMI Managing Director

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Early Registration discount for TEI 2014 conference extended to September 19

We extended the deadline for early registration to September 19 so that it will coincide with the end of the hotel discount at the Hilton Orrington.  Do take advantage of it and remember that the hotel’s deadline is a very immoveable feast.
Register for the conference by going to https://www.conftool.net/tei2014.
Hotel information is found at http://tei.northwestern.edu/local-info/, but  for convenience sake I copy the main points below:

The TEI and DHCS conferences will be held at theHilton  Orrington  Hotel. A preferential room rate of $179.00 will be available if you reserve a room by Sunday, September 19, 2014

. If you make your reservation by telephone (1-800-HILTONS, 1-800-445-8667), identify yourself as an attendee of the TEI/DHCS Conference.You can also reserve a room on the hotel’s website at www.orringtonevanston.hilton.com. If you do so, enter the cod TEIDHC in the box markedd “Group/Convention Code.

The TEI program will start on Wednesday morning, October 22 , and will end with the Members Meeting on Friday morning, October 24 . Workshops will be held on Saturday October 25 .  The detailed schedule will be up by early next week. 

A list of the Chicago DHCS Colloquium papers is available at http://dhcs.northwestern.edu/papers/

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The Indiana Magazine of History now in Open Journal Systems

Dear Colleagues,

With funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the Indiana State Library, the Indiana University Libraries, in partnership with the editorial staff of the Indiana Magazine of History (IMH), launched an online version of the Indiana Magazine of History in 2008.


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TEI Simple

Northwestern University is pleased to announce a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the development of Tei Simple, which seeks to lower the entry barriers to working with TEI documents by combining a new highly constrained  and prescriptive subset of the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines with a  a “cradle to grave” processing model that associates the TEI Simple schema with explicit and standardized options for displaying and querying texts. A major driver for this project has been the imminent release into the public domain of some 25,000 TEI-encoded texts from Early English Books Online (EEBO), but  the project aims more broadly at creating a friendlier and more interoperable environment for working with digital surrogates of books in European languages from the Early modern period into the 20th century.

The grant of $51,500 matches contributions of $68,000 in time or money from the Centre for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Oxford, the TEI Consortium, and Northwestern University.

The principal investigators of the project are Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford), Brian Pytlik Zillig (Nebraska-Lincoln), and Martin Mueller (Northwestern).  The Advisory Committee for TEI Simple includes representatives from the German Text Archive, Text Grid, and the Bodleian Libraries.

The project  is scheduled for completion by August 2015. Once all its elements are in place, TEI Simple will be fully integrated into the TEI infrastructure,  and the TEI Council will be responsible for its maintenance and further development.


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Web service correspSearch (beta version) now online

Dear colleagues,

With the new web service “correspSearch” (http://correspsearch.bbaw.de) you may search within the metadata of various scholarly letter editions with regard to senders, addressees, as well as places and time of origin. For this purpose, a website and an application programming interface (API) are provided.

The web service assembles and analyzes data which is based on the projected TEI module “correspDesc” (proposed by the TEI SIG Correspondence). With correspDesc it is possible to record metadata of scholarly letter editions in a homogeneous way. It involves the usage of standardized ids (GND, VIAF etc.) for unambiguous referencing of persons and locations. This approach facilitates the interchange of data among letter editions. The proposal of the module “correspDesc” is currently being examined and evaluated by the TEI Council.

The data basis of this web service are digital indexes of letters provided by the hosts of printed or digital scholarly letter editions. Any printed or digital scholarly edition may register their indexes of letters in correspDesc format at the correspSearch web service. (see http://correspsearch.bbaw.de/index.xql?id=participate)

This web service is developed and provided by the TELOTA initiative at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in cooperation with the TEI SIG Correspondence and other scholars.

Please note that this web service is as “beta version” currently still under development.

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DC-2014 Special Session: RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control

RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control
Half-day Special Session @ DC-2014
Thursday, 9 October 2014 – 1:30-5:00
LOCATION: Austin, Texas, USA
VENUE: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (http://www.meetattexas.com/)
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014
REGISTRATION:  http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014 (Thursday day-rate option available)

Session Abstract: 
This session will focus on establishing requirements for implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers. In particular, our interests include the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages remain valuable in our context.
Scope and Motivation: 
Over the last fourteen years, the DCMI community has focused much of its efforts on the development of Application Profiles as a means to enable reuse of properties across multiple schemas, as well as constraint languages to express those profiles. Building on the DC-2013 special session Application Profiles as an Alternative to OWL Ontologies, this session will explore the requirements for defining and implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers and other implementers. In particular, our session will focus on the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages, such as Description Set Profiles and Shape Expressions/RDF Data Shapes, remain valuable in our context.
Confirmed Panelists:
  • Mark Matienzo (mark@matienzo.org), DPLA, USA (Facilitator)
  • Kevin Ford, Library of Congress, USA
  • Thomas Johnson, Oregon State University, USA
  • Eric Miller, Zepheira, USA
  • David Wood, 3 Round Stones, USA
Open Questions Guiding the Session:
  1. How can Application Profile-based validation provide meaningful feedback to a user editing a “record” or set of statements?
  2. From the perspective of an implementor, what do we mean by “validation,” and does this mean different things from the perspective of implementers building user-facing tools or automated systems to perform these checks?
  3. How are existing constraint languages valuable to implementers, particularly if the tools we are building cannot interpret or act on them natively?
  4. Should we prioritize developing tools that can interpret serialized constraint definitions, or ensuring that our tools and systems can serialize their constraints into one of these languages?
Special Session Sponsors:
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
  • DCMI Technical Board
You can register using the day-rate option to DC-2014 or join us for the full DC-2014 program at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014.
Don’t procrastinate, register now! The Conference discount hotel block rate at the AT&T Center ends 12 September . This Special Session and DC-2014 Conference cap the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (http://www.aclfestival.com/) and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as the Conference dates approaches.
Mark Matienzo
   Director of Technology, DPLA

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DC-2014 in Austin, Texas, USA–Early Registration closing soon

DC-2014: “Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory”
DATES:   8-11 October 20114
LOCATION: Austin, Texas, USA
It is just under two weeks until the closing of Early Registration for DC-2014, the International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications.  If you work or study in any sector of the metadata ecosystem, you will not want to miss DC-2014 in Austin, Texas.  In addition to an excellent set of peer reviewed full papers, project reports and posters, there is an an array of pre- and post-Conference tutorials and workshops, Conference Special Sessions and Best Practices Posters & Demonstrations:
Tutorials & Workshops:
  • Fonds & Bonds: Archival Metadata, Tools, and Identity Management  (full day workshop at the Harry Ransom Center)
  • Training the Trainers for Linked Data  (full day, hands-on workshop)
  • RDF Validation in the Cultural Heritage Community  (1/2 day tutorial)
  • Overview: Positioning DCMI & Dublin Core in the Metadata Ecosystem  (1/2 day tutorial)
Special Sessions:
  • RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control (sponsored by Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) & DCMI Technical Board)
  • Schema.org, SchemaBibExtend — Structured Data on the Web (sponsored by OCLC & Yandex)
  • BIBFRAME — Expressing and Connecting Bibliographic Data (sponsored by the Library of Congress)
  • DCMI Roundtable (experts on BIBFRAME, Europeana Data Model (EDM), DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP), Schema.org/SchemaBibExtend, and more — sponsored by DCMI/Technical Board)
The program is available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/program14 and the papers, project report and poster abstracts are available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/abstracts-2014.
Don’t procrastinate, register now! The Conference weekend caps the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (http://www.aclfestival.com/) and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as Conference time approaches.


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Register for TAPAS Workshop at TEI 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As you clarify your plans for attending the 2014 TEI Conference ( October 22-24 ), the TAPAS project team hopes you will consider attending our inaugural workshop on Saturday, October 25 as part of the conference’s annual workshop series (http://tei.northwestern.edu/workshops/).

This one-day workshop, led by Syd Bauman and Julia Flanders, will introduce participants to the full range of TAPAS services for archiving, sharing, transforming, and publishing TEI data. Conversations and hands-on activities will also focus on topics in metadata, TEI validation and troubleshooting, and incorporating TAPAS into TEI project workflows.

For more information on our workshop, please see our news writeup athttp://www.tapasproject.org/news/2014/07/09/inaugural-tapas-workshop-2014-tei-conference-northwestern-university-saturday.

To register, please email us at tei.publishing@gmail.com, with the subject line: Register | October 2014 TAPAS Workshop. Please be sure to include your full name and, if applicable, institutional affiliation.

Benjamin J. Doyle
English Department
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 439 Holmes Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 714.640.4798

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Early Registration Discount for TEI 2014 Conference Ends August 31st

Dear Colleague,

a quick reminder that the Early Registration discount of 20% for the 2014
TEI conference will end  August 31, 2014 .If you register before
that deadline you save yourself a little money, and you give the
conference organizers very useful information about how many people to
plan for. For your sake and ours, please take advantage of the discount
and register at https://www.conftool.net/tei2014/

Conference papers will run from Wednesday morning ( October 22 ) to Friday
noon ( October 24 ). The annual TEI members meeting is scheduled for Friday,
October 24, 9 am. A list of plenary sessions and  papers is available at
the conference web site http://tei.northwestern.edu/keynote-speakers and
http://tei.northwestern.edu/papers/. I expect to publish the actual
schedule in the second week of September.

In previous years, workshops have been held before the conference. This
year they will be held on Saturday, October 25 , following the conference.
For a list of the workshops and their times, consult the program at

For hotel information consult http://tei.northwestern.edu/local-info/.
Getting from O’Hare airport to Evanston is uncomplicated and usually a
matter of less than an hour. More details about this later.

Best wishes for what little remains of the summer.

Martin Mueller, Chair, Program Committee, 2014 TEI Conference
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University


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