Launch of DH Answers Q&A Board

The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), together with ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education, is happy to announce the launch of “DH Answers,” a community-based question-and-answer board:

DH Answers is designed to be a friendly and inviting space where we can help each other with questions about languages, tools, standards, best practices, pedagogy, and all things related to scholarly activity in the digital humanities. No question is too small, or too simple, or, for that matter, too broad or difficult.

We identified a need for DH Answers in observing the helpful digital humanities community growing on Twitter — and the frequency with which answers to questions exceeded the 140-character limit for tweets, or required sharing of a code snippet or reference to an extended and hard-to-capture conversational thread.  We also noted that many questions were a bit more specific (or basic!) than one might feel comfortable posing on Humanist or specialist mailing lists for software or standards.

We hope that DH Answers, with its Twitter integration (follow @DHanswers or tweet questions from your own account!) will hit a sweet spot and prove to be a useful tool at a time in which many of us are thinking about big tents and the panopticon of the digital humanities.

Further information about DH Answers appeared today in the Chronicle’s ProfHacker column:

Please visit the site at to ask your questions and share hard-won experience with colleagues around the world!

On behalf of the ACH and the whole DH Answers team,

Bethany Nowviskie

Request for Proposals: Host Institutions

The Text Encoding Initiative requests proposals from institutions interested in becoming Host Institutions. Host Institutions are major supporters of the TEI and provide financial support to the Consortium as well as technical and administrative support and resources on an in-kind basis.

Currently there are five hosts: Brown University and the Universities of Nancy, Oxford, Lethbridge, and Virginia. The terms of Brown, Nancy, Oxford, and Virginia expire at the end of 2010. The term of Lethbridge expires at the end of 2011. All terms are open to renewal. The usual term for a host is four years.

The Board is in the process of proposing a major restructuring of its operations and by-laws (the current by-laws, including those applying to host institutions, can be found here). Under the proposed by-law changes, institutions wishing to become a host must be (or become) Division 0 members of the TEI and agree to donate an annual minimum of $5000 in in-kind services or support activities to the TEI during their term. In exchange, hosts will receive all the benefits of institutional membership, are identified as major supporting institutions on the TEI website, and advise the Board of Directors through participation in its deliberations and meetings. The dues for a Division 0 member in a high wage economy (including most of Western Europe, Japan, and North America) is $5000 per annum. Division 0 membership is discounted for lower wage economies as defined by the World Bank.

Typical in-kind services include development and supply of publicity materials, contributions to TEI financial or membership administration, developing technical infrastructure, hosting work group meetings, and similar activities. The TEI Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that proposals from potential hosts match the needs of the organisation, are appropriately valued, and cost effective.

As part of this RFP, the TEI is looking for institutions willing to provide specific administrative and technical services but is also very willing to consider proposals from institutions with other strengths that would contribute to the success of the TEI’s mission. Specific services of interest include:

  • Development and operation of membership and subscription management software
  • Accounting services (accounts receivable, accounts payable, credit card acceptance, banking services, etc.)
  • Administrative and technical support for the TEI Council, Special Interest Groups, and other activities
  • Technical infrastructure services (e.g. tools to create, validate, and manage distribution of new versions of the TEI Guidelines, tools to customize and make best use of the modular nature of the TEI Guidelines — e.g. Roma, Vesta etc., development of TEI-friendly generic application software tools)
  • Web hosting, design, and maintenance
  • Secretarial and general administrative support

Beyond these specific services, the TEI is also interested in expressions of interest from prospective hosts in other areas of its mandate, including:

  • Education and mentoring
  • Tool development
  • Development and leadership of special interest groups and other community activities
  • Outreach and Recruitment Activities

All of the above are suggestions and the TEI is happy to consider proposals from hosts that combine suggestions or introduce completely new ideas or approaches.

Proposal from potential hosts are due by November 20th, 2010, with successful applicants identified by December 31, 2010.

If your institution is interested in becoming a host of the TEI, please contact the Chair of the TEI or any Board member to discuss ways of fashioning a successful proposal. We are very interested in developing successful proposals from a variety of different institutions.

Grant Call for TEI Special Interest Groups

Grant Call for TEI Special Interest Groups
Proposals Due 22 October 2010
Total Call: $4,500

The TEI Board is delighted to announce a second call for proposals for 2010.
Projects proposed should support the goals of the TEI, the objectives of the SIG, and should be carried out within one year of the date of the award. Any of the nine SIGs that have been approved by Council are eligible to apply:

1. Correspondence
2. Education
3. Libraries
4. Manuscripts
5. Music
6. Ontologies
7.Scholarly Publishing
8. Text and Graphics
9. Tools

Applications will be adjudicated according to the following criteria:

• activity contributes to the promotion and development of the TEI;
• activity is broadly in line with the goals and objectives of the SIG;
• the SIG is judged able to carry out the proposed activity;
• deliverables are realistic and can be accomplished within the budget and time period proposed.

Although there is no upper amount for any individual proposal, applicants should bear in mind that the total amount for this grant call is $4,500. Applications must be submitted by the SIG Chairs (although the grant can be originated by any SIG member). No more than one application per SIG will be accepted.

Proposals should be no longer than three pages (ca. 750 words) and should contain the following information:

1. Name and contact details of proposer
2. SIG name
3. Narrative addressing the criteria above.
4. Amount requested. Please indicate if it would be possible to carry out the activity with less funding, and if so, how that would change the nature of the proposal.
5. Date for final report

Please send submissions to Susan Schreibman susan.schreibman AT 

The adjudication committee is comprised of

Brett Barney (Council Rep)
Lou Burnard (Board Rep)
James Cummings (Council Rep)
Susan Schreibman (Board Rep and Chair)

ARPN Journal of Systems and Software Call for Research Papers

ARPN Journal of Systems and Software Call for Research Papers

Dear Sir/ Madam,

ARPN Journal of Systems and Software is a scholarly online, open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary and fully refereed journal, dedicated to the latest advancement of all theoretical and scientific aspects of Systems and Software engineering. The objectives of the journal are to promote and publish original high quality research and to provide a forum to the researchers and industry practitioners for exchanging ideas, knowledge, and experience. We welcome original research and industry experience papers. Submitted papers should meet the internationally accepted criteria and manuscripts should follow the style of the journal for the purpose of both reviewing and editing. All the submissions will be published *free of cost* after peer-reviewed by the panel of experts associated with journal.

Scope of ARPN Journal of Systems and Software:

  • Methodological Issues
  • Model-based Software Engineering
  • Model Composition and Transformation
  • Software Architecture and Design
  • Software Testing, Diagnosis, and Validation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Engineering
  • Software Tools and Development Environments
  • Software Security, Safety and Reliability
  • Software Economics, Policy and Ethics
  • AI and Knowledge Based Software Engineering
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Embedded and Real-time Software
  • Internet and Information Systems Development
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Methods and Practices
  • Web-Based Tools, Systems, and Environments
  • System Development and Deployment
  • Formal Methods / Models

Kindly follow the instructions at:

You are requested to circulate this message among your colleagues and college/university fellows.

Sincerely Yours, Editor ARPN Journal of Systems and Software



Launch of Transcribe Bentham Transcription Desk

The following announcement may be of interest to the TEI community: at the Transcribe Bentham crowdsourcing project, we are encouraging users to add minimal TEI markup to their transcriptions of Jeremy Bentham’s manuscripts. Feel free to join the cause!

The Bentham Project at UCL seeks the assistance of willing participants in an initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).

Today sees the launch of the Transcribe Bentham Transcription Desk, an online tool designed to harness the efforts of all Bentham fans – whether schoolchildren, history enthusiasts, academics or armchair philosophers – to bring his work into the digital age and the world at large.

The Transcription Desk allows participants to transcribe material from facsimile images of Bentham’s previously unpublished manuscripts. The resulting transcripts will be included in a freely-accessible database of Bentham’s Manuscripts at UCL, and will assist in the preparation of future printed volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham at the Bentham Project.

For further information on Transcribe Bentham, visit:
To start transcribing, visit the Transcription Desk:

Transcribe Bentham is a joint initiative of the Bentham Project, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, University of London Computer Centre, and UCL Library Services, and is supported by the AHRC.

Dr Justin Tonra

W3C Workshop: The Multilingual Web

Dear TEI folks,

On behalf of the program committee, I would like to bring your attention to a W3C Workshop that has been announced recently, entitled “The Multilingual Web – Where Are We?”, to be held in Madrid on 26-27 October, 2010.  We think that, given your area of expertise, you may be interested in participating in the workshop, and would like to extend to you a personal invitation to attend.

The key objective of the workshop will be to survey and introduce people to currently available best practices and standards that are aimed at helping content creators, localizers, tools developers, and others meet the challenges of the multilingual Web. We will also try to identify gaps. The workshop is part of the European Commission funded MultilingualWeb project, which is coordinated by the W3C.  For more information, see the Call for Participation.

We hope that people from the TEI community will be able to attend.

If you are interested in also speaking at the workshop (which we would welcome), we encourage you to send an expression of interest as soon as possible for consideration by the program committee.  For information about how to send an expression of interest, and the type of talk we are looking for, please see the Call for Participation.  The program committee will evaluate your proposal against the needs of the program and let you know if your proposal was accepted by 15 September. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Ishida (

Thank you for your attention, and hoping to see you at the workshop.

Felix Sasaki

New release of TEI stylesheets (release 5.40)

With apologies for inflicting another release so soon, I have put out version 5.40 of my family of TEI-related XSL in all the usual places (Sourceforge, TEI web site, Debian packages). The reason for the immediate release was to correct an error before the next release of oXygen, which includes these stylesheets. As before, nearly all fixes related to ODD and to ePub and Word conversion.

On the plus side, those of you who care about TEI -> OpenOffice will find several errors fixed and features improved (now generates files which OO 3.2 eats without complaint), and those of you at the cutting edge of ODD will definitely want to get the latest fixes to the ODD-processing tools. Thanks to the Music Encoding Initiative people for pushing this forward with their demanding and ambitious spec.

Add in a trial TEI to NLM script from Martin Holmes and what’s not to like, as the cant phrase has it?

Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@OUCS.OX.AC.UK>

Annual Meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing

Annual Meeting

The Association for Documentary Editing’s Annual Conference is just around the corner!

This year we head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 15 – 17, 2010, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Are you interested in women’s lives through non-epistolary evidence, editing wartime correspondence, editing native American documents, editing music sources, educating editors, or the challenges of documentary editing in the twenty-first century? Then this conference is for you! We welcome new members and curious prospective members to join us.

For a registration form and program details, go to the ADE Web site:

**Pre-registration deadline is 22 September.**

Digital Humanities 2011 Call for Posters, Short Papers, Long Papers, and Sessions

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Digital Humanities 2011
Call for Papers
Hosted by Stanford University

19-22 June 2011

Abstract deadline:  November 1, 2010 (Midnight GMT).

Please note:  The Program Committee will not be offering an extension to the deadline as has become customary in recent years. The deadline of November 1 is firm. If you intend to submit a proposal for DH2011, you need to submit it via the electronic submission form on the conference website by November 1

Presentations include:

  • Posters (abstract max of 1500 words)
  • Short papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
  • Long papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
  • Multiple paper sessions, including panels (overview max of 500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement

I. General Information

The international Program Committee invites submissions of abstracts of between 750 and 1500 words on any aspect of digital humanities, from information technology to problems in humanities research and teaching.  We welcome submissions particularly relating to interdisciplinary work and on new developments in the field, and we encourage submissions relating in some way to the theme of the 2011 conference, which is Digital Humanities 2011: Big Tent Digital Humanities. With the Big Tent theme in mind, we especially invite submissions from Latin American scholars, scholars in the digital arts and music, in spatial history, and in the public humanities. The conference web site is in development at will be developing over the next few weeks.  The program committee aims for a varied program and for that reason will normally not accept multiple submissions from the same author or group of authors for presentation at the conference.

Proposals might, for example, relate to the following aspects of digital humanities:

  • research issues, including data mining, information design and modelling, software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital medium;
  • computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship. Some examples might be text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered languages;
  • the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media, and related areas;
  • the creation and curation of humanities digital resources;
  • the role of digital humanities in academic curricula;

The range of topics covered by digital humanities can also be consulted in the journal of the associations:  Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press.

The deadline for submitting poster, short paper, long paper, and sessions proposals to the Program Committee is November 1, 2010.  Since the deadline is firm, we urge you to begin preparing your proposals before the submission form is ready.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance on February 15, 2011.  The electronic submission form will be available on the conference site the beginning of October 2010. See below for full details on submitting proposals.

A separate call for pre-conferences and workshops will be issued by the Program Committee next week.  In addition, proposals for non-refereed or vendor demonstrations should be discussed directly with the local conference organizer, Glen Worthey, as soon as possible.  His email address is All other proposals should be submitted to the Program Committee through the aforementioned electronic submission form on the conference web site.

For more information on the conference in general, please visit the conference web site.

II.  Types of Proposals

Proposals to the Program Committee may be of four types:  (1) poster presentations; (2) short paper presentations; (3) long papers; and (4) sessions (either three-paper or panel sessions).  This year, the committee is approaching submissions in a different way.  The type of submission preferred should be specified on the application; however, the committee may accept the application in another category based on the number of proposals and the nature of the abstracts.  In part this addresses the incredible response to recent calls and in part recognizes that all applications are refereed and that the types of presentations are therefore equal in importance.

Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

1)  Poster presentations

Please submit an abstract of 750 to 1500 words.  Poster presentations may include any work in progress on any topic of the call for papers as outlined above, computer technology, project demonstrations, and software demonstrations.  Posters and software demonstrations are intended to be interactive, with the opportunity of the presenter to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees and to discuss their work in detail with those most deeply interested in the same topic.  Presenters will be provided with board space to display their work, computer connections may be available, and presenters are encouraged to provide a URL, business card, or handouts with more detailed information. Posters will be on display at various times during the conference, and a separate conference session will be dedicated to them when presenters should be present to explain their work and to answer questions.  Additional times may be assigned for software or project demonstrations. Poster sessions may showcase some of the most important and innovative work being done in the digital humanities.  In recognition of this, the Program Committee will award a prize for best poster.

2)  Short papers

This is a new category of presentation, allowing for up to five short papers in a one-hour session, with the length held to a strict ten (10) minutes each in order to allow time for one to two questions per paper.  Short paper proposals (750 to 1500 words)  are appropriate for reporting shorter experiments; describing work in progress; and  for describing newly conceived tools or software in early stages of development.   At the behest of the Program Committee, short papers may be presented as both a short paper and as a poster session.  For research or projects further along in development, presenters should consider applying for a long paper presentation.

3)  Long Papers

Proposals for long papers (750-1500 words) are for reporting substantial, completed, and previously unpublished research; the development of significant new methodologies or digital resources; and/or rigorous theoretical, speculative, or critical discussions.  Individual papers will be allocated twenty (20) minutes for presentation and ten (10) minutes for questions.

Proposals about the development of new computing methodologies or digital resources should indicate how the methodologies are applied to research and/or teaching in the humanities, what their impact has been in formulating and addressing the research questions, and should include some critical assessment of the application of those methodologies in the humanities.  Papers than concentrate on a particular application or digital resource in the humanities should cite traditional as well as computer-based approaches to the problem and should include some critical assessments of the computing methodologies used.  All proposals should include relevant citations to sources in the literature.

4) Multiple Paper Sessions (90 minutes) are either:

  • Three long papers.  The session organizer should submit a 500-word statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750-1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session;


  • A panel of four to six speakers.  The panel organizer should submit an abstract of 750-1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session.

The deadline for session proposals is the same as for proposals for papers, i.e. November 1, 2010.

Several points about the sessions papers:  papers that are submitted as parts of special sessions may *not* also be submitted individually for consideration in another category. Session proposers should justify bundling the three papers into a special session, i.e., explaining the added value of the special session as opposed to including the papers separately, particularly how the special session addresses the conference theme.

III.  Format of the Proposals

All proposal must be submitted electronically using the online submission form, found at the conference web site at beginning October 1, 2010.  Anyone who has previously used the confTool system to submit proposal or reviews should use their existing account rather than setting up a new one.  If anyone has forgotten their user name or password, please contact  As noted above, the electronic submission form will be available on the conference site the beginning of October 2010.

IV.  Information about the conference venue
Situated on the peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Stanford University is in the heart of Silicon Valley, not far from magnificent redwood forests and the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Stanford has a special culture and history to offer the Digital Humanities, sharing both rich traditions in the humanities, arts, and sciences, and a deep kinship with the world of computing, beginning well before the late 1930s founding of Hewlett-Packard by two recent Stanford graduates in a Stanford professor’s now-legendary garage, and continuing through the founding of Google by two other Stanford graduate students in the late 1990s.  We welcome new pioneers of DH2011 to Stanford.

V.  Bursaries for young scholars

A limited number of bursaries for young scholars will be made available to those presenting at the conference by the Association of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO).  Young scholars who wish to apply for a bursary will find guidelines on the ADHO website later this fall (roughly November 1st).  More details will be issued about this subject in the next few weeks.

VI.  International Program Committee

Arianna Ciula (ALLC)
Dominic Forest (SDI-SEMI)
Cara Leitch (SDI-SEMI)
John Nerbonne (ALLC)
Bethany Nowviskie (ACH)
Daniel O’Donnell (SDI-SEMI)
Dot Porter (ACH)
Jan Rybicki (ALLC)
John Walsh (ACH)
Katherine Walter (ACH: Chair)