Digital Humanities 09 Conference #dh09

As we wrote before, Digital Humanities Conference 2009 started yesterday and will run until thursday, at University of Maryland, USA. Even if you couldn’t attend, you can still follow the conference due to the efforts of the organizers and participants. have set up a discussion forum, that is open for everyone and invites users to share their thoughts. You can read a summary of some of the keynotes presented in this conference.

The Digital Library Blog at Boston University is doing live blogging, and you can follow it  at Digilib.

If you prefer more immediacy, you can follow Twitter hashtag #dh09, to know what is being discussed. Don’t forget to insert #dh09 in your tweets, in order to join the discussion.

Thank you to all the participants that are sharing their thoughts (via Forum, Twitter or Live Blogging) on this conference with those who couldn’t attend.

Digital Huamnities 09 Conference on Twitter

Digital Humanities 09 Conference on Twitter

Incunabula online by Cambridge University Library

From Keio University Website

From Keio University Website

According to BBC, the Cambridge University Library will produce detailed online records about their collection of pre-1501 printed books, in the next five years thanks to a £300,000 grant.

The project includes a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and the first printed edition of Homer’s works. According to History Today, “the project does not involve a complete page-by-page digitisation of the Library’s incunabula”.

Nevertheless, Gutenberg Bible is already online on Keio University, both Keio University copy and Cambridge University Library copy. You can compare the two of them, using the website zoom tools.

Tool: Omeka 1.0 released

Omeka 1.0, a project of the Center for History and New Media, was released yesterday.

Omeka is a free and open source collections based web-based publishing platform for scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, educators, and cultural enthusiasts. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. – in Omeka Website

Omeka is design to be easy to install and to use. You can create rich collections adhering to Dublin core standards with items like still images, moving images, documents, sound, interactive resources ou even lessons plans. You can choose from several themes and use several plugins like the Geolocation plugin or the Coins plugin that adds metadata to item show pages, making them Zotero compatible. Check the plugins page at Omeka website to see other type of add-ons.

In the Omeka about page you have several options on how to use Omeka, whether you are a scholar, a museum professional, a librarian, an archivist, an educator or an enthusiast.

You have detailed instructions on how to install Omeka on your web server here.

Omeka on your Desktop

If you do not have access to a web server or if you want to install it in your local computer to try and you use Ubuntu as your desktop operating system, you can follow these instructions.

A small note on the instructions: in step 6, instead of running the command “a2enmode rewrite” you should run “a2enmod rewrite“. (UPDATE: The instructions were already corrected)

I am using the latest release of Ubuntu as my desktop on my laptop and just easily installed Omeka, following those instructions.

Screenshot of Omeka

You can see several websites that are running Omeka in the showcase.

The Center for History and New Media, that provides Omeka, Zotero and other resources, is asking for donations, if you want to help, you can do it here.

Digital Humanities in 2008, by Lisa Spiro

Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, made a three posts series on her blog about the developments on Humanities in 2008.
The first post talks about the emergence of Digital Humanities, about the several essays and dialogues that try to define this field and the efforts to achieve collaboration and coordination in Digital Humanities.
The second post focus on digital scholarship, open access and resistances. The third article discusses the developments in Digital Humanities research.
The posts have many links to articles, essays and projects that gives us a very good overview of the Digital Humanities developments and are a worthwhile reading.
Thanks to Lisa for this great review.

Digital Humanities in 2008, Part I

Digital Humanities in 2008, II: Scholarly Communication & Open Access

Digital Humanities in 2008, III: Research

5th International Conference on e-Social Science

at Maternushaus, Cologne (Germany)

Conference co-chairs: Rob Procter (NCeSS) and Ekkehard Mochmann (GESIS).

The conference is held in collaboration with the German Social Science Infrastructure Services (GESIS). GESIS provides information, consultation and data services to support and facilitate scientific work at every stage of the research process.

Latest News: We are pleased to announce that all three keynote speakers for the conference have now been confirmed.  For more details, please visit our keynotes page.
Conference Aims

The aim of the annual international conference on e-Social Science is to bring together leading representatives of the social science, e-Infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities in order to improve mutual awareness and promote coordinated activities to accelerate research, development and deployment of powerful, new methods and tools for the social sciences and beyond.

We invite contributions from members of the social science, e-Infrastructure, cyberinfrastructure and e-Research communities with experience of, or interests in:

* exploring, developing, and applying new methods, practices, and tools afforded by new infrastructure technologies – such as the Grid and Web 2.0 – in order to further social science research; and
* studying issues impacting on the wider take-up of e-Research.

Contributions from professionals working in and with data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences are especially welcome.

Submission categories include: full and short papers, posters, demos, workshops, tutorials and panels.
Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

* Case studies of the application of e-Social Science methods to substantive social science research problems
* Case studies of e-Research, including benefits and problems in collaboration across organisational, disciplinary and geographical boundaries
* Case studies of ‘Open Access Science’, social networking and ‘Science 2.0′
* Best practice examples of social research data infrastructure, including virtual distributed databases, open access repositories, self-archiving
* Advances in tools and services for data discovery, harmonization, integration, management, annotation, curation and sharing
* Challenges of exploiting new sources of administrative, transactional and observational data, including security, legal and ethical issues in the use of personal and sensitive data
* Advances in analytical tools and techniques for quantitative and qualitative social science, including statistical modelling and simulation, data mining, text mining, content analysis, socio-linguistic analysis, social network analysis, data visualisation
* Case studies of collaborative research environments, including user engagement, development and use
* User experiences of e-Research infrastructure, services and tools
* Factors influencing the adoption of e-Research, including technical standards, user engagement and outreach, training, sustainability of digital artefacts, IPR and ethics
* New methods, metrics and tools for measuring the adoption and impact of e-Research and for informing policy-making
* The evolving research infrastructure technology roadmap, including grids, cloud computing and web 2.0
* National e-Infrastructure development programmes, international cooperation in e-Infrastructure development

For further detail please visit

Handheld Conference Online

Despite having been introduced more than 50 years ago, audio tours have never quite gained the status of an indispensable part of the visit to museums and cultural sites. They tend to be a ‘nice-to-have’ rather than a have-to-have, and many cultural professionals and members of the public remain downright hostile to the platform.

By contrast, in the past decade, one new technology after another has been heralded as a revolutionary tool for the next generation of museum interpretation: multimedia tours, phone tours, podcasts and downloadable audio tours; even text-message tours have all come on the scene amid high expectations, but have so far failed to transform significantly the traditional museum landscape of wall labels and catalogues. in Conference Website

The Handheld Online Conference takes place June 3, 2009 and includes three live online events. Each session features a brief presentation by each of two speakers, followed by discussion among the presenters and participants. in Conference Program

The Handheld Conference will take place online June 3, 2009. You can make your registration here.

Conference: Cultural Heritage online

The conference Cultural Heritage online Empowering users: an active role for user communities wil be hosted by Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Italy, 15-16 December 2009.

The second day of the conference seeks to encourage critical discussion on a number of relevant themes relating to opportunities, challenges and obstacles faced by the digital libraries applications that support an increasingly active role of the user communities. – in Conference website

The Call for Paper’s deadline is June 15th, 2009.

Topics to be addressed within the Call for Papers are:

1. The evolution of the Web and collaborative tools:
- Cooperative web tools: opportunities and limits for the cultural heritage sector
- Users and cultural content production on the Web
- Users’ access to the digital heritage in the Internet era
- Psychological aspects of acting in the social-cultural Web
2. Humanities computing:
- The organisation of knowledge in a digital environment
- ALM towards a convergence of techniques and cultures
3. Long term management of digital memory:
- Appraisal and long term preservation policies
- Responsibility for long term access of web resources
- Economic/organisational models for preservation

Details about Call for Papers here.

You can already check the conference draft programme here.

The conference is organized by Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali and the Library of Congress.

THATCamp2009 and Digital Humanities 09

THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp) is a BarCamp-style, user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities. it is organized and hosted by
Center of History and New Media of George Mason University, USA.


Following the spirit of BarCamp, helded around the world since 2005, THATCamp is an informal conference where “participants are expected to present their work, share their knowledge, and actively collaborate with fellow participants rather than simply attend.” [THATCamp 2009 website]

THATCamp 2009 will happen in June 27–28, but you should aplly until tomorrow (1st of April), due to restrictions of space.

You can read about last year’s THATCamp at Found History’s blog.

THATCamp 2009 will follow Digital Humanities 09 (dh09) conference, that will be hosted at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, in June 22-25. Registrations for dh09 will be open until June 14.

More information:

- THATCamp Twitter

- Registration on Digital Humanities 09

Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence

In Rotterdam, The Netherlands

for more informations please visit the official website

IADIS International Conference

“The IADIS Informatics 2009 shall host fundamental topics on Informatics. In addition, its scope is not just limited to fundamental theory, but it should also cover the impact of Informatics on society and human life, and it shall furthermore complement theory foundations with technical considerations and practice.”

More info at