IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems (IEEE DEST 2009) eHumanities Research Tutorials

Announcement of eHumanities Research Tutorials at the IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems

As the humanities increasingly rely on digital ecosystem for their research, the development and provisioning of a suitable infrastructure and of tools that can serve as habitats and agents for the various research communities in the humanities has emerged as one of the challenges for the eHumanities field.

We announce two tutorials at the IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems that demonstrate recent research results and applicationss both in the area of repositories in the humanities and in the use of grid and service technologies as a collaboration platform for scholars. These tutorials are complemented by the special session on eHumanities Research at the IEEE DEST conference. Please refer to the separate call for papers for details on the special session.


Conference information:
Conference: IEEE Conference on Digital Ecosystems
Date: May 31st (tutorials) and June 1st?3rd, 2009
Location and Venue: Harbiye Military Museum , Istanbul, Turkey
Conference homepage:
Tutorial on Data ecosystems Repositories
in Digital Ecosystems

The tutorial is motivated by the potential of a cluster of related technologies that address the management of digital assets in digital libraries or repositories within digital ecosystems, and by the benefits that will be obtained by increasing interaction and cooperation between researchers and practitioners in these fields. The digital material generated from and used by researchers is to an increasing extent being held in formal data management systems; these systems are variously categorised as digital repositories, libraries or archives, although the distinction between them relates more to the sort of data that they contain and the use to which it is put, rather than to major differences in functionality. In this tutorial we will present the general model of repository applications and will demonstrate several systems that use these principles to enable exploration of large data sets. The tutorial will cover the state of the art in this rapidly growing area of research. Several real world applications will be presented, which take first steps towards a data ecosystem for research and business.

Presenters' Biographies

Tobias Blanke is a Research Fellow at the Centre for e?Research of King's College London. He leads the technical work package for DARIAH, a large European project to create an integrated research infrastructure and digital repository for arts and humanities and cultural heritage data. Prior to joining CeRch, he was working for an International investment bank, where he was lead developer in a project to migrate a data warehouse reporting application. In his research, Tobias specializes in data and information management, digital libraries and information retrieval.

Mark Hedges is Deputy Director of the Centre for e?Research (CeRch) at King's College London, and formerly of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), which was also hosted at King's. He has managed a number of R&D projects in the fields of digital repositories, information modeling, and data grids. Current activities include: a project to identify and specify common interfaces for repository interoperability; an EPSRC Network Grant addressing digital repositories in e?Science; and the development of a comprehensive, cross?disciplinary research infrastructure for KCL. Prior to becoming involved in the fields of digital repositories and research infrastructures, he worked for 17 years in the software industry. His academic background is in mathematics and philosophy, and, more recently, in Byzantine studies.

TextGrid Tutorial: Abstract

TextGrid, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aims to create a community grid for the collaborative editing, annotation, analysis and publication of specialist texts. Building on existing eScience expertise and advancing towards the Semantic Grid, TextGrid is developing a comprehensive toolset for researchers in philology, linguistics, and related fields. Reaching out to the academic community, the project establishes a digital ecosystem for eHumanities research that is both part of the larger German D?Grid initiative and linked through open interfaces to other eHumanities frameworks around the globe. The TextGrid tutorial will give an overview on the infrastructure of the TextGrid ecosystem, followed by a hands?on introduction to the development of new agents, the integration of new datasources and the use and population of service registries. As such this tutorial will not only be relevant to eHumanities researchers, but also to other disciplines that want to study the practicalities of the design of a domain?specific digital ecosystem that is still part of a larger ecosystem of ecosystems.

Presenters' Biographies

Andreas Aschenbrenner is a researcher on cultural heritage technologies at the State and University Library Goettingen. Since completing his masters in computer science he has been working in various research contexts on topics including digital preservation, social software, and repositories. In TextGrid he served as technical architect and facilitator for an outstanding team of experts from diverse backgrounds.

Thorsten Vitt is a researcher at the Department for Linguistic and Literary Studies of the Darmstadt University of Technology. He holds a diploma in computer science from the Humboldt University Berlin. As a member of the TextGrid team, his main interests include user interface design, the Eclipse based TextGrid client and querying and retrieval.


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