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This Call for Proposals is available on the workshop web page at:



Humanities scholars have historically used archives that include 
restricted or privacy-sensitive collections in order to conduct their 
investigations about sensitive topics. The recent developments in 
digitization and dissemination technologies present the possibility of 
making archival collections broadly available. Furthermore, collections 
of new, born-digital documents will be readily available to support and 
enhance scholarship. However, such access has also exacerbated threats 
to the privacy of individuals named in these records. Examples of such 
privacy-sensitive records include mental health institutional records, 
prison records, records of the Truth and reconciliation commissions, 
Nazi archives, and the Guatemalan national police archives. Access to 
paper records is protected by distance, physical barriers, and varying 
state and national policies and laws. In some cases, the legal 
frameworks for digital records are substantially less clear than those 
for physical records. Furthermore, the online availability of such 
records has a potential to stigmatize or embarrass the families or 
descendants of those named in the records when they bear no 
responsibility for the acts or health conditions of the named 
individuals, raising ethical issues in providing broad, open access to 
these records. In addition to scholars, demographics such as family 
members, journalists, social services providers, and policy makers can 
all benefit from access to these historical collections.


We invite scholars and practitioners who work with or are interested in 
issues surrounding humanities scholarship supported or enhanced by 
digital, privacy-sensitive collection to contribute to and participate 
in this workshop. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  * Digitization, curation, and preservation of privacy-sensitive
  * Theoretical and metadata models
  * Policies, workflows, and protections for accessing materials
  * Issues in using cloud services for privacy-sensitive materials
    storage and scholarship
  * Scholarly information behavior and needs
  * Models that recognize diverse user needs (for example, aggregate
    data, individual information)
  * Institutional and political negotiations surrounding access to
    privacy-sensitive collections
  * Mechanisms and models for data retrieval from handwritten documents
  * Privacy-aware digital repository architectures
  * Privacy-aware crowdsourcing and transcription methods
  * Privacy issues in designing user interfaces and data visualizations
  * Privacy mitigation in data analytics and presentation
  * Evaluation of existing software, infrastructure, and techniques
  * Social justice issues and non-scholarly outcomes of work with
    restricted collections

      Proposals: formats and submission

All contributions must be written in English.

We encourage you to submit proposals for:

  * *full papers (up to 3,000 words, exclusive of references)*:
    submissions that report on mature work or stake out a position in an
    area of interest
  * *work-in-progess papers (up to 1,500 words, exclusive of
    references)*: submissions that present early results or a nascent

Please submit papers via the workshop's*EasyChair submission 

      Important dates:

  * *May 15*: due date for all proposals
  * *May 31*: Notification of acceptance
  * *June 7*(expected): Early registration date for DH 2017 ends
    (workshop participants must register for both the conference and the
  * *August 1*: Submission of final, camera-ready papers
  * *August 7/8*: PC4DS 2017 Workshop

      Program Committee (evolving)

Donald Fyson, Département des sciences historiques, Université Laval
Pat Galloway, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
Unmil Karadkar, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin


Please contact us in case of questions.

Unmil Karadkar ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

King Davis([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin


The organizers are funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (grant number: 
11500653) under the scholarly communications program.

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