The 2009 Conference and Members’ Meeting of the TEI Consortium will feature the following keynote presentations:

Virtual Research Environments in the Humanities: Challenges and New Developments with a Focus on Europe

Elmar Mittler

Thursday, November 12 • 9:30–10:30 a.m. • Gallery, Hatcher Graduate Library North

The development of virtual research environments is rather advanced in the sciences, but there are great opportunities to improve research facilities for the humanities as well. Direct access to relevant resources such as digitized text, primary data, services, and tools opens new frontiers of research. Some examples from Germany and Europe will show the collaborative establishment and discuss the chances and challenges of the new generation of research facilities.

Elmar Mittler is emertius professor of book and library sciences at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He is former head of the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen [Goettingen State and University Library], a leading German academic library, where he founded two large-scale digitization efforts—the Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum [Center for Retrospective Digitization, Göttingen] (GDZ) in 1997 and DigiZeitschriften, the German digital journal archive—and organized transatlantic, European and national projects, mainly in the development of digital libraries and virtual research environments.

Prof. Mittler studied at the universities of Bonn and Freiburg/Breisgau and graduated in 1966. He has been deputy director of the university library in Freiburg/Breisgau (1970-1974) and head of the Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe (1974-1979) and the university library in Heidelberg (1979-1990) before he started his work in Goettingen in 1990.

He holds an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne and is honorary professor at the Institut für Buchwissenschaft (at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Prof. Mittler was president of the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER) / Association of European Research Libraries from 1999 to 2002 and one of the founders of Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation [German Initiative for Network Information] (DINI) in 2001. He is currently chairman of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).

Computational Work with Very Large Text Collections: Google Books, HathiTrust, the Open Content Alliance, and the Future of TEI

John M. Unsworth

Friday, November 13 • 9–10 a.m. • Gallery, Hatcher Graduate Library North

This talk will address the challenges, possibilities, implications, and possible unintended consequences of having very large text collections (on the order of millions of volumes) made available for computational work, in environments where the texts can be reprocessed into new representations, in order to be manipulated with analytical tools. Security and trust considerations, the roles of institutional partners, the impact on humanities (and other disciplines), and the opportunities for the TEI community will be touched upon, among other topics.

In 2003, John Unsworth was named Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with appointments as Professor in GSLIS, in the department of English, and on the Library faculty. During the previous ten years, from 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and a faculty member in the English Department, at the University of Virginia. For his work at IATH, he received the 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center. He chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science, on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies, and he has supervised research projects across the disciplines in the humanities. He has also published widely on the topic of electronic scholarship, as well as co-directing one of nine national partnerships in the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program, and securing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, IBM, Sun, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others. His first faculty appointment was in English, at North Carolina State University, from 1989 to 1993. He attended Princeton University and Amherst College as an undergraduate, graduating from Amherst in 1981. He received a Master's degree in English from Boston University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1988. In 1990, at NCSU, he co-founded the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture (now published by Johns Hopkins University Press, as part of Project Muse). He also organized, incorporated, and chaired the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, co-chaired the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions, and served as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and later as chair of the steering committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, as well as serving on many other editorial and advisory boards. He was born in 1958, in Northampton, Massachusetts; in 1978, he married Margaret English, with whom he has three children: Bill, Thomas, and Eleanor. Further information is at: