About The Conference

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August 25, 2014

Dear Colleague,

The ninth annual meeting of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) will be hosted by Northwestern University on October 23-24, 2014.

The DHCS Colloquium has been a lively regional conference (with non-trivial bi-coastal and overseas sprinkling), rotating since 2006 among the University of Chicago (where it began), DePaul, IIT, Loyola, and Northwestern. At the first Colloquium Greg Crane asked his memorable question “What to do with a million books?” Here are some highlights that I remember across the years:

  1. An NLP programmer at Los Alamos talking about the ways security clearances prevented CIA analysts and technical folks from talking to each other.
  2. A demonstration that if you replaced all content words in Arabic texts and focused just on stop words you could determine with a high degree of certainty the geographical origin of a given piece of writing.
  3. A visualization of phrases like “the king’s daughter” in a sizable corpus, telling you much about who owned what.
  4. A social network analysis of Alexander the Great and his entourage.
  5. An amazingly successful extraction of verbal parallels from very noisy data.
  6. Did you know that Jane Austen was a game theorist before her time and that her characters were either skillful or clueless practitioners of this art?

And so forth. Given my own interests, I tend to remember “Text as Data” stuff, but there was much else about archaeology, art, music, history, and social or political life. You can browse through some of the older programs at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/dhcs/.

The papers for this year’s program have now been chosen, and you can look at the paper titles, grouped by rough categories, at http://dhcs.northwestern.edu/papers/. For a schedule of DHCS events, click here.

This year’s colloquium will partly overlap and share some programming with the annual members meeting and conference of the Text Encoding Initiative, which will be hosted by Northwestern University, October 22-24. Topics of special interest to both the TEI and DHCS conferences include research projects that make special use of the digital “affordances” created by the Hathi Trust, the Hathi Trust Research Center, and the TEI-encoded texts created by the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) from books on Early English Books Online (EEBO).

For a joint summary schedule of the TEI Conference and the DHCS Colloquium click here.

Visitors to the DHCS Colloquium may be interested in the five post-conference TEI workshops offered on Friday afternoon, October 24, and Saturday , October, 25, They offer general and hands-on introductions to nachine learning and to a variety of text and music encoding issues. Look for more information at the workshop section of the TEI site.

With best wishes for your success in the new academic year

Martin Mueller
Chair, Program Committee DHCS 2014
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University