IEEE BigData Oct. 2014: Workshop Call for Papers

Saturday, August 30, 2014 (All day)

The 2nd IEEE Workshop on “Big Humanities Data” will be held in conjunction with the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2014), which takes place between 27-30 October 2014 in Washington DC, USA, and which provides a leading international forum for disseminating the latest research in the growing field of “big data”.

This workshop will address applications of “big data” in the humanities, arts, culture, and social science, the challenges and possibilities that such increased scale brings for scholarship in these areas.

The use of computational methods in the humanities is growing rapidly, with the increasing quantities of born-digital primary sources (such as archives of emails and social media) and the large-scale digitisation programmes applied to libraries and archives. This has resulted in a range of experiments with new methodologies and new applications. At the same time, humanities and culture research is itself challenged by interpretative issues raised by applying such data-driven methods for answering humanities research questions.

Moreover, the questions and concerns raised by the humanities themselves have consequences for the interpretation in general of “big data” and the uses to which it is put, and the challenges of producing quality – meaning, knowledge and value – from quantity. The workshop will thus also address complementary research that uses the humanities and its methods to provide a critical appraisal of “big data” in other areas, both inside and outside academia.

Research topics covered:

Topics covered by the workshop include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Text- and data-mining of historical and archival material.
  • Social media analysis, including sentiment analysis
  • New research objects for humanities analysis such as digital music, film
  • Cultural analytics
  • Social analytics
  • Crowd-sourcing and big data
  • Cyber-infrastructures for the humanities (for instance, cloud computing)
  • NoSQL databases and their applications in the humanities
  • Big data and the construction of memory and identity
  • Big data and archival practice
  • Corpora and collections of big data
  • Linked Data and Big Data
  • Constructing big data for research in the humanities

Paper Submission:

Important dates:

Aug 30, 2014: Due date for full workshop papers submission
Sept 20, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance to authors
Oct 5, 2014: Camera-ready of accepted papers
October 27-30, 2014: Workshop [exact date TBD]

Program Chairs:

Dr. Mark Hedges
Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London, UK

Dr. Tobias Blanke
Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London, UK

Prof. Richard Marciano
College of Information Studies – “Maryland’s iSchool”
University of Maryland, USA


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