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		   What To Do With A Million Books:
     Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

DATES:  November 5-6, 2006

The University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Full Program Announcement Available: September 22, 2006

The goal of this colloquium is to bring together researchers and
scholars in the Humanities and Computer Sciences to examine the
current state of Digital Humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry
and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future

In the wake of recent large-scale digitization projects aimed at
providing universal access to the world's vast textual repositories,
humanities scholars, librarians and computer scientists find
themselves newly challenged to make such resources functional and
meaningful.  If we are to build systems to interrogate usefully
massive text collections for meaning (however defined), we will need
to draw not only on the technical expertise of computer scientists but
also learn from the traditions of self-reflective, inter-disciplinary
inquiry practiced by humanist scholars.

Digitizing "a million books" poses far more than just technical
challenges.  Tomorrow, a million scholars will have to re-evaluate
their notions of archive, textuality and materiality in the wake of
these developments. How will humanities scholars, librarians and
computer scientists find ways to collaborate in the "Age of Google"?

GREG CRANE, Professor of Classics at Tufts University and
   Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus Project
BEN SHNEIDERMAN, Professor in the Department of Computer Science,
   founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction
   Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer
   Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the
   University of Maryland.
JOHN UNSWORTH is Dean of the Graduate School of Library and
   Information Science and Professor of English at the University of
   Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and recipient of the Lyman Award for
   scholarship in technology and humanities.

Registration will open soon; attendance is free for all interested
persons.  For the reception and banquet, we ask for a contribution of
$20 to help defray our costs.

The Humanities Division and The Computational Institute
	University of Chicago
The College of Science and Letters and the Computer Science and Humanities  
	Illinois Institute of Technology

General Inquiries: [log in to unmask]

Organizing Committee:
Mark Olsen, [log in to unmask], Associate Director, ARTFL Project,
   University of Chicago.
Catherine Mardikes, [log in to unmask], Bibliographer for Classics,
   the Ancient Near East, and General Humanities, University of Chicago.
Arno Bosse, [log in to unmask], Director of Technology, Humanities
   Division, University of Chicago.
Shlomo Argamon, [log in to unmask], Department of Computer Science,
   Illinois Institute of Technology.

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