e-Humanities track at 5th IEEE International Conference on e-Science


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Call for Papers

Researchers in the Humanities have embraced digital technologies for decades and are continuing to do so in increasing numbers. Two workshops at earlier IEEE eScience conferences, along with numerous other  events, have given interesting insights into these activities. However, advances in the digital humanities have been rather fragmented, and have been tailored to specific research questions and methodologies. In an attempt to connect the digital islands that have thus emerged, this event will focus on applications and infrastructures for re-usability, integration and interoperability of research data for e-Humanities, addressing such issues as the interoperability of existing tools to enable more complex workflows, and shared virtual research environments for typical work environments of Humanities scholars.

A multiplicity of large initiatives have already started addressing the these issues, among them ANDS in Australia, Project Bamboo in the USA, as well as the -projects CLARIN and DARIAH in Europe, to name but a few. All these initiatives are facing the huge problem of fragmentation and heterogeneity in research in the Humanities, which has repercussions on formats and encodings for datasets, the ways of analyzing phenomena and the traditions of scholarly discourse. Not surprisingly these initiatives in particular try to get a deeper understanding of layers of abstractions required which might address the goal of harmonization on the one hand, without ignoring the specificities of the various Humanities disciplines on the other hand.

This e-Humanities track aims to showcase projects that contribute to e-Humanities, whether by providing integrated and interoperable infrastructures, or by offering new types of applications making use of such infrastructures and connecting the digital islands. At the same time this track aims to trigger critical discussion and to move us forward in our goal to establish an international e-Humanities debate. Submission of papers is invited from all stakeholders: humanities researchers, technologists, as well as cultural heritage institutions and e-Humanities/e-Infrastructure researchers.


Papers submitted for presentation on the workshop should report original research that has not been published elsewhere. The submission guidelines can be found at the official conference web-site: http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/ieee/call-for-papers

ESF Funding for Early Career Participants

The European Science Foundation Standing Committee for the Humanities (ESF/SCH) has generously offered to fund two participants in the e-Humanities track at the IEEE eScience conference.

The funding awarded should be used for travel and subsistence support for the active participation (i.e. with a paper) of early career European researchers (i.e, researchers affiliated to European universities
or research institutes in countries having agencies that are Member Organisations of the ESF; for a full list see http://www.esf.org/about-us/80-member-organisations.html) for a maximum 1000 EUR per person.

This application is closed.

Acceptance and Publication

All papers submitted for presentation in the workshop will be reviewed. At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop. Accepted papers will be published in pre-conference proceedings published by IEEE. Selected excellent work may be eligible for additional post-conference publication as extended papers in selected journals, such as FGCS. The organizers of the e-Humanities track are negotiating with publishers to take care that all accepted papers will be published in a suitable journal.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of papers: Friday, 7th August 2009
Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday 1st September 2009
Final submission of camera-ready papers: Friday 18th September 2009
Conference and Workshop: 9-11 December 2009


Chad Kainz Bamboo, Univ. Chicago
Heike Neuroth DARIAH, SUB Göttingen
Peter Wittenburg CLARIN, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Martin Wynne CLARIN, Oxford Text Archive
John Byron Australian Academy of the Humanities, Canberra

Programme Committee

Jost Gippert, Gerhard Lauer, Fotis Iannides, Erhard Hinrichs, Heike Neuroth, Andreas Aschenbrenner, Claus Zinn, Gerhard Heyer, Peter Wittenburg (Germany), Paul Doorenbosch, Peter Doorn, Marc Kemps-Snijders (Netherlands), Nuria Bel (Spain), Nicoletta Calzolari (Italy), Chad Kainz, Sue Ellen Wright, Helen Dry, Neil Fraistaat (USA), Stelios Piperidis (Greece), Sheila Anderson, Tobias Blanke, Martin Wynne (UK), Bente Maegaard (Denmark), Marko Tadic (Croatia), Tamas Varadi (Hungary), Gerhard Budin (Austria), Bruna Franchetto, Carlos Levinho (Brazil), Sven Strömquist (Sweden), Key-Sun Choi (Korea), Sadaoki Furui (Japan), Laurent Romary (France), Chu Ren Huang (Hong Kong), Linda Barwick, Steven Bird (Australia), Susan Schreibman (Ireland)

This conference is supported by the ESF

The European Science Foundation (ESF) provides a platform for its Member Organisations to advance science and explore new directions for research at the European level. Established in 1974 as an independent non-governmental organisation, the ESF currently serves 80 Member Organisations across 30 countries.



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