Job in Cologne: Software Developer/Digital Humanist

Dear colleagues,

*** Apologies for cross posting ***

The Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) at the University of Cologne (Germany) is offering a position for a

Digital Humanist / Software Developer
(3 years, TV-L 13, full-time with part-time option, starting 1 January 2015)

Tasks
Collaboration on different projects; among others an international EU-funded project aiming at providing access to archival material for academics and the public:
– implementation of open-source Web 2.0 features and tools
– usability of technical tools in the environment of digital archival material
– crowdsourcing tools for indexing and transcription on the basis of a web-based XML WYSIWYM
– gamification features
– development / enhancement / implementation of tools for image cropping, text image linking, image annotation (supported by tagging taxonomies, vocabularies and folksonomies)
– information enrichment (e.g. named entities) with authority files,

Required skills
– x-technologies (XML, XSLT, XQuery, XML-DB)
– web technologies (including deeper understanding of JavaScript)
– software development experience
– experience in distributed collaboration using git and issue tracking software
– dissemination & communication skills

Desirable skills
– additional programming languages (e.g. Java/C++, Ruby, Python, PHP)
– data and metadata standards in the Digital Humanities (CEI/TEI, EAD)
– digitization of cultural heritage objects (artifacts / images / texts)
– understanding humanities concepts and finding ways to realize them as technical solutions

A working knowledge / understanding of German should be acquired within 1 year.

Application Deadline: 17 November 2014

Applications should include a brief cover letter and a CV and may include links to projects. Applications must be sent electronically to info-cceh@uni-koeln.de.

For further information or in case of queries contact Dr. Patrick Sahle at info-cceh@uni-koeln.de.

http://www.cceh.uni-koeln.de/node/565
Please circulate widely!


Dr. Franz Fischer
Cologne Center for eHumanities
Universität zu Köln, Universitätsstr. 22, D-50923 Köln
Telefon: +49 – (0)221 – 470 – 4056
Email: franz.fischer@uni-koeln.de

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Announcing TAPAS launch

Dear colleagues,

We are very happy to announce the public launch of the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service. TAPAS is now available to the TEI community and the public. TAPAS offers a low-cost solution to the long-term archiving and publication of TEI data, with special emphasis on the needs of smaller projects and individual scholars. You can visit the project at:

http://tapasproject.org

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CFP for joint ADE STS Conference

Call for Papers – the Joint Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing

CONVERGENCES AND DIVERGENCES

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 17-20, 2015

Program Organizers: Andrew Jewell, Amanda Gailey, Elizabeth Lorang, Kenneth M. Price

Deadline for Proposals: January 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Jerome McGann

The Society for Textual Scholarship and Association for Documentary Editing announce a historic joint conference of the two organizations to be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an international hub for digital editing. Home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and numerous print and digital editing projects, UNL is located in the capital of Nebraska and offers opportunities for exploring the history and geography of the Great Plains.

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Elections: Deadline VERY soon!

Dear All,

The TEI Members meeting has just kicked off in sunny Evanston.
I’m just reminded that the closing time for our elections is fast approaching, but only a third of our electors have expressed their vote as to last night. Voting is a very important way to influence the life and the future direction of the TEI
This is a call to action:
- If you are a voter, individual or institutional, please vote NOW
- If you are not a voter but know someone that is, please make them to vote
- If you are part of an institution that is a TEI member, please check with the designed voters if they have voted
- If you are part of an institution that is a TEI member, but you don’t know who is the designed voter, please ask us and we will be able to help you to locate them
Vote! Vote! Vote!
Thank you :)
Elena
Elena Pierazzo
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
King’s College London
Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5RL
Professor of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities
Bureau F307
Université de Grenoble 3 ‘Stendhal’
BP 25 38040 Grenoble Cedex 9
Tel. +33 4 76828032

REMINDER: TEI Board/Council voting deadline is October 24

Dear colleagues,

Reminder emails have just been sent via opavote.org to registered electors in the TEI Board and Council elections who have not yet cast their votes. Voting will close at about 15:00 UTC on Friday, October 24 (the TEI Members meeting for business starts at 14:00 UTC, 9 a.m. Chicago time, and voting will be closed at the point in the agenda where results are to be announced).

Refer to http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2014/mm70.xml for candidate statements and information.

Please take the time to vote if you are eligible–the TEI Board and Council together determine the policies, focus, and technical details of the TEI Consortium and the Guidelines.

On behalf of David Sewell, election manager.

Yours in social media,
Paul O’Shea

Digital Humanities Quarterly Issue 8.3

Dear colleagues,

The DHQ editorial team is pleased to announce the official publication of Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.3. You can find the issue on the DHQ website: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/8/3/index.html

Best wishes from your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea

Paul O’Shea BA, MA,

Social Media Coordinator for the TEI
PhD Researcher
University College Cork
Ireland

+353(0)874123826

Announcing a digital humanities project in descriptive bibliography (long)

Dear members of Exlibris-L, SHARP-L, and TEI-L

As many of you know, I have researching the writings of Edmond Hoyle for several years with the expectation of publishing a descriptive bibliography. It will include descriptions of approximately 200 books and a number of essays in bibliography and book history relating to Hoyle’s work.

Recently I decided that I wanted to publish the descriptions incrementally on the web before publishing the book. The decision led me to launch an ambitious digital humanities project:  I have started to encode book descriptions in TEI-like XML files. The XML files are transformed both into HTML and into word processing documents. Thus, I can publish incrementally on the web while having all the work available for later print publication. Importantly, each time I create a handful of new descriptions, I run programs to regenerate all the indices and book lists for both the web site and the print version.
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Career Opportunities at the MLA

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Career Opportunities at the MLA

http://commons.mla.org/careers

Open Opportunities

Director of Information Systems

The Modern Language Association seeks a Director of Information Systems to establish and oversee the association’s technical vision. Under the supervision of the executive director, the director manages the operating environment and drives operational efficiencies, collaborates with colleagues on new product innovation and development, and aligns the association’s technology strategy with its mission by implementing and managing reliable and scalable technology infrastructure, applications, and processes. The director also establishes and manages key metrics for analyzing user experience and for measuring and optimizing user satisfaction.
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Maynooth University hiring a Technology Officer

Excellent opportunity for a talented and committed developer to join a growing team at Maynooth University’s Digital Humanities centre, An Foras Feasa. The successful candidate will play a central role on a variety of digital humanities projects, including Letters of 1916 and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

We seek a team player who would like to work with a variety of creative people who are committed to promoting and extending digital scholarship. Many of our projects use TEI. More details about the position are available here http://humanresources.nuim.ie/vacancies.shtml

and I would be delighted provide any interested candidates with more information about the position and the centre.

with all best wishes

susan

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

 

Call for participation: 2nd DTA- & CLARIN-D-Conference and Workshop on Text Corpora in Infrastructures, November 17th/18th, 2014

Dear members,

we would like to invite you to the second joint DTA- & CLARIN-D-Conference on “Text Corpora in Infrastructures for the Humanities and Social Sciences” and the associated second CLARIN-D/WP5 workshop on CLARIN-D’s Language Resources and Services.

The events will take place on November 17th/18th, 2014, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jägerstr. 22/23, Berlin (Germany), Einsteinsaal.

For further information see below and: http://www.deutschestextarchiv.de/veranstaltungen/DTAClarinDConf2014

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TEI Tweet Chat

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Dear colleagues,

On behalf of myself and the convenors of the Special Interest Group on Correspondence, Peter Stadler, Sabine Seifert, and Marcel Illetschko, you are cordially invited to attend our first TEI Tweet Chat, which will take place on Twitter on Thursday, 09 October, 2014 at 16:00 (GMT+2).

The official hash tags for our TEI Tweet Chat are: #AskTEI and #TEIChat.

Please follow the TEI Consortium (@TEIConsortium) on Twitter if you have not done so already.

We look forward to what will be an engaging discussion with you online.

With best wishes from your social media coordinator,
Paul O’Shea
(@pauldoshea)

Digital Scholarly Editions Infrastructure Survey

Dear all,

A heartfelt thank you to all who took the time to respond to the survey. Special thanks for the insights and personal opinions provided.

For those who didn’t take it yet, please consider spending your coffee break ticking the boxes and boasting your projects. The more, the better :)

The survey 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.

Best regards,

Magdalena Turska

[CSDH/SCHN Exec] Call for Nominations: CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities

Call for Nominations

CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities

The CSDH/SDCH Award for Outstanding Achievement, Computing in the Arts and Humanities acknowledges a Canadian researcher or a researcher at a Canadian institution who has made a significant contribution, over an extended career, to computing in the arts and humanities, whether theoretical, applied, or in the area of community building.  The recipient will be invited to accept the award and to address the society in a plenary session of the annual conference at Congress, which will be held in Ottawa in the spring of 2015.

TEI elections 2014: candidates statements and voting procedures

Dear TEI Community,

We have just sent out the ballots for the 2014 TEI elections. Election information, including the list of the standing candidates is at http://www.tei-c.org/Membership/Meetings/2014/mm70.xml. We are very thankful for the outstanding candidates that have accepted to stand for election, this shows the vitality of our growing community.

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Online & offline panel: “Technology & Tradition: A Synergic Approach To Deciphering, Analyzing And Annotating Epigraphic Writings”

Dear colleagues,

Tomorrow, at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris, the International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World, organized by the EAGLE project(#eagle2014) will host the panel

“Technology & Tradition: A Synergic Approach To Deciphering, Analyzing And Annotating Epigraphic Writings”

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CFP, “Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production”

Call for Proposals

Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production

An INKE-hosted gathering

27-28 January 2015 | Whistler, BC, Canada

 

Proposals Due: 1 October 2014

 

Scholarly communication practices are rapidly changing, and this time of transition indicates an opportunity to shape the future of scholarly production in open, flexible, and productive ways that serve the needs of many. As professional work becomes increasingly enmeshed with and supported by digital technology, practitioners have begun to explore different venues and modes for sharing knowledge. Recent scholarly communication developments, including open peer review systems and online academic publishing platforms, reflect this transitional period. For instance, in Planned Obsolescence Kathleen Fitzpatrick considers ways of “opening ourselves to the possibility that new modes of publishing might enable, not just more texts, but better texts, not just an evasion of obsolescence, but a new life for scholarship.”

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Call for Contributions: ELO 2015 Conference – Bergen, Norway

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

http://eliterature.org/2014/09/2676

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.

DEADLINES

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

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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.

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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.

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PostDoc opportunity at Maynooth University

PostDoc in Irish History with Digital Humanities
An Foras Feasa
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University is delighted to announce an opening for a PostDoc in Irish History (ideally of the revolutionary period) with an expertise in Digital Humanities. The successful candidate will join a dynamic interdisciplinary team creating the first crowdsourced digital humanities project in Ireland, Letters of 1916. The
successful candidate will take a lead role as we prepare for the 2015 launch of the project, which has a significant TEI component. This position is funded by the Digital Repository of Ireland

For further details about the position, please visit
http://humanresources.nuim.ie/vacancies.shtml

For further information or an informal conversation, please contact Susan Schreibman at the email address below.


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

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

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 Octoberhttp://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 Octoberhttp://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

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.
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REGISTRATION: http://ow.ly/B65by
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://ow.ly/B65OM
CONFERENCE DATES: 8-11 October 2014
CONFERENCE VENUE: 
   AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center,
   University of Texas at Austin campus
CONFERENCE THEME:
   Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory
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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.
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The Indiana Magazine of History now in Open Journal Systems

Dear Colleagues,

Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History (IMH,http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/imh) is one of the nation’s oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. The IMH online provides free online access to all but the most recent two years of the journals with release of new content scheduled annually in March. For access to the journal’s most recent issues, you may subscribe directly to the IMH through the journal’s website: http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/home/subscriptions.html.

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.

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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
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LOCATION: Austin, Texas, USA
VENUE: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center (http://www.meetattexas.com/)
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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/

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ETCL Web Developer / Programmer Job Posting

The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria is looking for a full-time (35 hours per week) web programmer to work with its team on several initiatives, including:

• developing digital humanities projects within an academic
framework, and

• assisting in the development of plugins and features for an online
journal environment.

The ETCL is a leading-edge Humanities research lab, working on a variety of exciting projects. Self-motivated personalities are essential. Individual development and new ideas are encouraged. Read more about us at

http://etcl.uvic.ca.

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Call for application — internship/position on LMF-TEI

Short-term research internship/position — Comparing and Improving Lexical Representation Standards

Inria is looking for a highly motivated young researcher (PhD or PhD Student) to provide an in-depth analysis of the ISO 24613 (Lexical Markup Framework – LMF) and its current application in both the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines and the W3C OntoLex initiative.

The researcher’s background and skills should comprise:

- Research interest in lexical information (from a lexicographic, corpus linguistic or computational linguistic viewpoint). The researcher may work on his/her own data.

- Understanding of data modeling in XML and/or OWL, with basic skills in XSLT. Experience with XML schema languages is a plus.

The core activity of the short research stay will be to examine how well the LMF meta-model is reflected in the TEI guidelines and the current OntoLex specification, in order to create a customisation of the TEI guidelines that has at least the same coverage as the Ontolex specification. The work will include gathering lexical samples that could serve as a proof of concept for this customisation.

Salary: may range from 1100€ to 2100€ (after deductions) depending on status and experience

Duration: 5-month employment, starting as soon as possible

Location: Berlin (Germany) with the work contract established in France. Depending on the current location and constraints of the applicant, the precise organisation of work can be subject to further agreements.

Contact: application comprising research CV and motivation letter should be sent tolaurent.romary@inria.fr

Background reading:

Laurent Romary. TEI and LMF crosswalks. Stefan Gradmann and Felix Sasaki. Digital Humanities: Wissenschaft vom Verstehen, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, to appear —http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00762664

Laurent Romary, Werner Wegstein. Consistent modelling of heterogeneous lexical structures. Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, TEI Consortium, 2012 —http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00704511

Lothar Lemnitzer, Laurent Romary, Andreas Witt. Representing human and machine dictionaries in Markup languages. Ulrich Heid. Dictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography. Supplementary volume: Recent developments with special focus on computational lexicography, Mouton de Gruyter, 2014 —http://hal.inria.fr/inria-00441215

John McCrae, Dennis Spohr, Philipp Cimiano, “Linking Lexical Resources and Ontologies on the Semantic Web with Lemon”, in The Semantic Web: Research and Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 6643, 2011, pp 245-259

Call for Nominations

Dear members of the TEI community,

The Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C) invites nominations for election to the TEI-C Board (4 positions available) and Technical Council (5 positions available).  Following the recent revision of the bylaws, 5 positions are vacant on the Council and 4 positions are available on the TEI-C Board. Nominations for these should be sent to the nomination committee at nominations@tei-c.org by August 30, 2014.  The elections will take place via electronic voting prior to the annual Members’ Meeting in October 2014.

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3 Open DH Positions in Berlin

Dear Colleagues,

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) is looking for three Digital Humanities specialists.
Further information (in German) can be found in the detailed job descriptions:

TELOTA (The electronic life of the academy) – full time, fixed-term until 31/12/2015
http://www.bbaw.de/stellenangebote/ausschreibungen-2014/2014-06-30_Ausschreibung_TELOTA_wiMi.pdf

Person data repository – part time, fixed-term for one year
http://www.bbaw.de/stellenangebote/ausschreibungen-2014/2014-06-30_Ausschreibung_PDR_wiMi.pdf

Music Migrations in the Early Modern Age – part time, fixed-term until 31/08/2016
http://www.bbaw.de/stellenangebote/ausschreibungen-2014/2014-06-30_Ausschreibung_MusMig-AV-10-2014_2.pdf

Best regards,
Alexander Czmiel

TEI Members Meeting, 2015 : call for bids

Dear Community,

Arrangements for this year’s annual TEI Members’ Meeting, to be hosted by Northwestern University, in Evanston Illinois, October 2224, 2014 are now well in hand. (see http://tei.northwestern.edu/ for details). The TEI Board is now therefore  starting the planning process for next year’s meeting, to be held some time in the autumn/fall of 2015.

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TEI Hackathon: Report by Elli Bleeker

Name: Elli Bleeker

Twitter: @ellibleeker

Email: elli.bleeker@uantwerpen.be

 

Working group project: ODD visualization

 

Contribution to group project: in comparison with the other participants, my experience with and knowledge of ODD and JSON was limited. Since it is very useful for anyone working with TEI XML to have at least a basic understanding of these concepts, I was happy to join this working group. At first, my contribution was mainly asking -perhaps obvious- questions about ODD. I’d like to think however that these questions helped to narrow down our goal. At least it was necessary to clearly describe the present state-of-the-art, what is missing, and why an ODD visualizer would be a welcome addition. During the workshop, I assisted with the creation of test data (several project-specific ODD, their transformation to flat ODD and subsequently to JSON); contributed on the design of the treemap and participated in the group discussions.

 

Methodology

The general idea and necessity of an ODD visualization was quickly explained, so the group focused on what exactly needs to be visualized and especially, how. The current ODD visualizer of Byzantium does not show the amount of customization. Moreover, it is useful to see on which specific areas the ODD focuses. We were quick in dividing into three smaller groups, each with specific assigned roles depending on our pre-existing knowledge and capabilities.

We decided upon a D3 zoomable treemap for the visualization of the amount of customization. The treemap shows how elements are grouped as well as –by their size or color- to what extent the elements are customized. The zoomable option could also allow to ‘zoom in’ on the customized elements to see the exact changes made.

 

Final Product

For all the deliverables (Google doc, Github, demo…), see the reports of the other group members.

 

Learning Outcomes

It was a very useful experience for me to work on this project. Although from time to time intimidating, the immediate jump from theory to practice was the best way to learn the concept (ODD, flat ODD, TEI schema, JSON, etc…) and to understand the workflow of the different processes. Having to think about the visualization of something that I was not familiar with helped me a great deal in understanding it. Whether the resulting visualization is as clear and useful for others remains to be tested. Nevertheless it is clear that this could be a necessary tool for users of TEI, regardless of their level of experience.