Bentham Transcription Project

I thought this was a very interesting announcement.  It came through on a Digital Humanities list.

The Bentham Project at UCL seeks the assistance of willing participants
in an initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of philosopher and
reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).

Today sees the launch of the Transcribe Bentham Transcription Desk, an
online tool designed to harness the efforts of all Bentham fans –
whether schoolchildren, history enthusiasts, academics or armchair
philosophers – to bring his work into the digital age and the world at
large.

The Transcription Desk allows participants to transcribe material from
facsimile images of Bentham’s previously unpublished manuscripts. The
resulting transcripts will be included in a freely-accessible database
of Bentham’s Manuscripts at UCL, and will assist in the preparation of
future printed volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham at the
Bentham Project.

For further information on Transcribe Bentham, visit:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/transcribe-bentham/
To start transcribing, visit the Transcription Desk:
http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/

Transcribe Bentham is a joint initiative of the Bentham Project, UCL
Centre for Digital Humanities, University of London Computer Centre, and
UCL Library Services, and is supported by the AHRC.

— Dr Justin Tonra Research Associate, Bentham Project University College London +44 (0)20 7679 3607

LabSTOR launched

For about a year now, I have been working with three other CIOs on a project we call LabSTOR.  Rick Holmgren (Allegheny), Mike Roy (Middlebury), Pam McQuesten (Occidental) and I all wanted to find a way to get access to the kind of remote computing services provided by North Carolina State’s Virtual Computing Lab (VCL).  The service allows people to use specialized software without having to install it on their local machine and without having to visit a lab.

NC State Virtual Computing Lab

At the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) conference in June 2009, we tested the waters for interest and came away confident that we should move forward with a pilot project.  After a good deal of research, we contracted with NITLE to help manage the project and with Longsight for the infrastructure.  We recently announced the initiative and called for twenty schools to commit funding for a three year pilot.  Within a day of the announcement we had fourteen commitments! See the map below for a snapshot of schools that have joined.

Here at CIS, we are thinking of use cases that would make sense in LabSTOR.  If you know of a piece of software that is installed, say, in only one lab, but which you think ought to be available remotely to anyone on campus, drop me a line.

The LabSTOR web page is http://labstor.blogspot.com.  And You can view a screencast of the NC State VCL at http://www5.hmc.edu/vcldemo.html

Sakai Fellows Program 2010

From the Sakai listserv….
Nominations for the Sakai Fellows Program for 2010 are now open.  Up to six fellows will be chosen by the selection committee.  We are seeking nominees who have advanced the goals of the Sakai Community by their innovative work, leadership and/or advocacy.  The nomination form is attached and eligibility requirements are listed below.  You are encouraged to submit more than one nomination and you are free to nominate yourself.
PURPOSE
The Sakai Fellows program seeks to foster community leadership and contributions by recognizing and supporting active contributors. Fellows enrich the community in a variety of ways, including technical expertise, teaching and research practices and community organization, support and leadership.  Fellowship awards recognize such contributions and support the efforts of the Fellows with a modest stipend.
AWARD AT A GLANCE
Total: up to six Fellowships will be awarded
Term: 1 year from date of award
Stipend: $2500.00 (USD); Sakai 2010 Denver conference registration fees will also be waived.
ELIGIBILITY
All members of the Sakai Community are eligible for nomination subject to the following limitations:
1. A nominee must not have held a fellowship awarded in the previous year.
2. A nominee cannot be a member of the Sakai Board, Sakai Foundation staff or Sakai Fellows Selection Committee
DUE DATE
Friday, 7 May 2009, Midnight EDT
Please return completed forms to Anthony Whyte at arwhyte@sakaifoundation.org
MORE INFORMATION
PREVIOUS WINNERS

Digging into data

From the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities blog at http://www.neh.gov/ODH/

The Digging into Data Challenge

The Digging into Data Challenge is an international grant competition sponsored by four leading research agencies, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the United Kingdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from Canada.

What is the “challenge” we speak of? The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to answer the question “what do you do with a million books?” Or a million pages of newspaper? Or a million photographs of artwork? That is, how does the notion of scale affect humanities and social science research? Now that scholars have access to huge repositories of digitized data — far more than they could read in a lifetime — what does that mean for research? Check out the competition website: http://www.diggingintodata.org/.

Teaching with Sakai awards

Instructors: Teaching Award Opportunity

Instructors making innovative use of Sakai, HMC’s course management system, have the opportunity to apply for the 2009 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award. This award goes to an instructor making exceptional use of Sakai in the areas of

  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Learning Materials
  • Learning Outcomes & Assessment
  • Course Look and Feel and Usability
  • Learner Support

For more information on each requirement, see the Application Rubric (http://openedpractices.org/twsia/rubric).

Last year’s winner Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad taught a graduate level biomedical engineering design course at University of Michigan. After listening to a series of lectures by guest physicians on clinical challenges in their field, students used Discussion and Wiki tools to self-organize on which problems they wanted to address. They used Materials to share whiteboard snapshots of their brainstorming sessions. They later used those same tools to discuss and document the best solutions to those problems.

Second place winner Salim Nakhjavani used Sakai to teach international law at University of Cape Town, South Africa. His class simulated what it would be like to work as a legal advisor for ten African states in small group sections, and used Forums to share their group discussions. Students used Chat to organize their country groups as well as to ask questions of lecturers and TAs. Rather than requiring students to purchase a printed casebook, they published an e-casebook using Sakai’s Wiki. All assignments and tutorial preparation questions were delivered and completed online, freeing up class time.

Visit the TWSIA Web site (http://openedpractices.org/twsia/) to learn more about the award and view Huang-Saad and Nakhjavani’s applications. You can also see a Real Player video of their inspiring presentations (rtsp://video.cpm.jussieu.fr/Archive/visio/sakai/ad080702_1.rmvb) at the 2008 Sakai Conference in Paris.

Applications for the TWSIA must be made electronically by February 27 at the TWSIA Web site. Winners will be flown to Boston this July to address attendees of the 2009 Sakai Conference in Boston.

HASTAC competition

An announcement from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) came in this morning. It may be of interest to HMC students. With sponsorship from the MacArthur Foundation, they have announced a digital media and learning competition.

The website is http://www.dmlcompetition.net/

Here’s the announcement that came via email:

An announcement from HASTAC.org

We want to hear your ideas about how you can make new technologies enable and enhance learning. This year the $2 million Digital Media and Learning Competition has special awards for those aged 18-25, to help you take your innovative ideas from the garage to implementation. Young Innovator awards range from $5,000-$30,000. Focus: Participatory Learning. Deadline: October 15, 2008. Find out more at http://www.dmlcompetition.net

—PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY—

DIGITAL MEDIA AND LEARNING COMPETITION 2008
Looking for Young Innovators
$2 Million Competition

Focus: Participatory Learning
Application Deadline: October 15, 2008
Full information at: www.dmlcompetition.net

Digital Humanities Fellowship

The Stanford Humanities Center has announced a Digital Humanities Fellowship for 2009-2010:

The Stanford Humanities Center seeks to award one Digital Humanities Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010 to a junior or senior scholar.

The Digital Humanities Fellowship reflects the Stanford Humanities Center’s commitment to supporting new directions in humanities research. The fellowship is intended for humanities scholars whose research methods are critically shaped by information technology. Projects should be oriented to producing new research outcomes rather than focusing primarily on the creation of archives or software. Appropriate projects will approach significant questions in humanistic study with the aid of new research tools or methodologies.

Deadline is October 15, 2008. Full details at http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/digital_hum.htm