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HASTAC 2010: Grand Challenges and Global Innovations Conference

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HASTAC is delighted to announce the HASTAC 2010: Grand Challenges and Global Innovations Conference. Held April 15-17, 2010 and hosted by the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at the University of Illinois, HASTAC 2010: Grand Challenges and Global Innovations will be a free, entirely virtual event held in a multiplicity of digital spaces instigated from sites across the globe.

This years event will focus on grand challenges and global innovations in the form of technologies, research, teaching, and inquiry that can be leveraged across personal, physical, geographical, institutional, disciplinary, and organizational boundaries.  HASTAC 2010 seeks to ask: what are the influence(s) of virtual spaces that can transcend boundaries to impact global innovations?  How will the next generation of digital technologies alter personal, physical, geographical, institutional, disciplinary, and organizational boundaries?  What are the grand challenges in humanities, arts, and sciences that will shape the next generation of global innovation?

In the spirit of including digital innovators from across the globe, HASTAC 2010 will feature:

Keynote events hosted at research centers from across the globe during the conference.  Confirmed virtual hub participants include: Georg-August-Universitt Gttingen (GAUG, Germany), Kings College London (KCL, UK),  Laboratrio Nacional de Computao Cientfica (LNCC, Brazil), the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Fusionopolis (Singapore), El Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnologa (CeNAT, Costa Rica), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA, USA), Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC, USA), the Center for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University (CCT, USA), the Center for Computational Sciences University of Kentucky (CCS, USA), the National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI, USA), Duke University (DU, USA), the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI, USA), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH, USA), the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC, USA), the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California (IML, USA), the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI, USA), the University of California, Berkeley Tele-Immersion Lab (UCB, USA) and the New York City College of Technology (CITYTECH, USA).  

To foster innovation in research, HASTAC 2010 will feature special sessions on:

Young scholars where undergraduate and graduate students can present works in progress and receive support and feedback from the HASTAC community.

Disciplinary pedagogy where participants can explore the meaning of global innovation with the teaching of digital humanities, arts, and sciences.

 

Points of Contact

Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1205 W. Clark St., MC-257

Urbana, Illinois 61820

guiliano@illinois.edu with HASTAC 2010 in the Subject Line

 

 

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HASTAC 2010 is growing!

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH, USA) has been added to the list of keynote virtual hubs for the upcoming HASTAC 2010 Conference. Welcome MITH!

 

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HASTAC 2010 is growing!

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH, USA) has been added to the list of keynote virtual hubs for the upcoming HASTAC 2010 Conference. Welcome MITH!

 

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That's great news, Jen.  When we circulate this, we'll add them.  And we should add John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, at Duke University, too.   We want the humanities component as strong as the supercomputing.  And it will be!   Many thanks.  This is going to be a stellar event.

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The University of California, Berkeley Tele-Immersion Lab (UCB, USA) and the New York City College of Technology (CITYTECH, USA) have been added to the list of keynote virtual hubs for the upcoming HASTAC 2010 Conference. Welcome Berkeley and Citytech!!

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The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University has been added to the list of virtual hubs for the upcoming HASTAC 2010 Conference. Welcome Berkman Center!!

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This is stunning news, Jens, so impressive and wonderful.  I hope Kevin has contacted CHE and other news media or that UIUC has.  You folks deserve huge credit.   If you would like me to pursue this, I can, but I do not in any way want to overshadow your accomplishment so it's best if you do.  It's fantastic.  I'm out of adjectives for how exciting this is.

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Beyond e-Science: Methodological Commons and Practical Applications for Advanced Computing in the Humanities 

Stuart Dunn

 Thursday, April 15, 9:30-10:45am

Abstract: The UK’s Arts and Humanities e-Science Initiative’s projects are now either finished or in their final research phases. This programme acted as laboratory environment for the collaborative application of advanced computational technologies across the arts and humanities domains (see http://www.ahessc.ac.uk/initiative-projects). In general terms, ‘e-Science’ broadly equivalent to ‘cyberinfrastructure’ in the US. Although broad conclusions inevitably risk oversimplification, it has become clear that if we are to move beyond the serendipity that usually characterizes successful e-Science applications in the Arts and Humanities (A&H), and embed advanced technology in every day research, then a formal means of expressing how the interaction works is needed. This double-headed presentation will offer a perspective on what common attributes – or ‘fundamentals’ – have emerged in this cross-disciplinary nexus, and how a formalized, ontological understanding of these can guide our approach to humanities research agendas in the future - an approach long recognized and used in the so-called Digital Humanities. The keynote will be comprise of a short presentation outlining this framework, which we have termed a ‘methodological commons’, and a demonstration of a project which demonstrates how such technologies are applied in practice. The event will be delivered from the surroundings of KCL’s Anatomy Theatre and Museum (http://www.anatomytheatreandmuseum.kcl.ac.uk/), a state of the art digital research and performance facility co-curated by KCL’s Centre for e-Research, and Department of English Studies; a space which itself exemplifies the coming together of technology and the humanities.  

 

 

Report on the panel discussion:

The ensuing discussion via Google wave essentially touched on three aspects of e-research. First, there was the question as to how e-science, a notion that originated in the natural sciences and that emphasizes data-intensive quantitative methods, relates to qualitative fields of research like the humanities. Stuart Dunn remarked that he sees the notion of e-research to be rather about “everyday research *and* generating new ideas and questions at the same time”, i.e. (if I interpret correctly) a more experimental way of applying digital tools to research than the mere processing of data that is at the heart of e-science per se.

Another thread of the discussion focused on funding. Asked about the differences in funding for e-science in the UK and the US, Stuart suggested that american policy aims at large scale infrastructural investments (cf. the american notion of cyberINFRASTRUCTURE) while British investments are more project-based. A problem symptomatic of project-based funding is that in spite of the talk about international collaboration that is prominent in the e-science discourse, individual digital humanities applications are often not interoperable. As Jennifer Giuliano remarked, “the continued emphasis on individual projects fails to take into account potential collaboration both intellectually and computationally.” The dependance of individual projects on the “whims of our paymasters”, as Stuart put it, makes international strategic co-ordination of e-research efforts impossible. Yet the project-based structure can also be a strength. The “newness and undeniable originality in approaches” that can be seen in e-research partly derives also from the coming together of researchers from different disciplinary and institutional backgrounds. E-research in that sense can be said to challenge the traditional institutional framework of humanistic research in a productive way.

This last point leads over to the third thread of the discussion, the question as to how e-research is related to changes in the disciplinary skill set required for a future e-research environment. E-research does not mean that humanists will need to have degrees in computer science to exploit the opportunities of digital applications, but they will have to possess elementary knowledge about the development of computational tools. In turn, programmers of applications will need to gain basic understanding of humanities research problems in order to formalize helpful algorithms etc. Again, communication between different fields, humanities and computer science as well as different fields within the humanities, is key.

 

 

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