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Digital Humanities Forum 2011

Representing Knowledge in the Digital Humanities 

Related Links: DH Forum 2011 Workshops | THATCamp Kansas 2011

Representing Knowledge in the Digital Humanities was a one-day conference held at the University of Kansas on September 24, 2011, allowing KU and non-KU faculty and graduate students to explore the theory and practice of knowledge representation, broadly conceived, and to showcase their digital humanities projects and methodologies. The keynote speaker was C. M. Sperberg-McQueen. The conference was part of our 3-day Digital Humanities Forum, which included hands-on workshops and THATCamp Kansas.

Scholars utilize computationally-assisted methods to view, analyze, classify, and comment on sources of knowledge, and to illustrate the dynamics between these sources and their commentaries, both current and prior. Knowledge representation–the theory and methodology of modeling knowledge using computer technology–is becoming a key dimension of Digital Humanities. Many disciplines are adapting long-established conventions from the print realm for representing knowledge in digital contexts, or they are developing new ones altogether; these involve visual and textual epistemological models, information design, bibliographic tools, and visual representations. For example, there are established and emerging conventions for the description and display of textual evidence. When only part of a musical, visual, or written text is preserved, conventions exist to supply missing evidence and express levels of (un)certainty, and there are emerging tools and methods to enable and describe the citation of intellectual contributions to electronic texts by authors, annotators, translators, and analyzers. In general, humanists are increasingly evaluating and making use of DH methodologies and projects, as well as evaluating the impact of technology on research in the humanities.


The Hermeneutics of Data Representation
Michael Sperberg-McQueen (Black Mesa Technologies) Slides


XML as a tool for domain-specific languages
Michael Sperberg-McQueen (Black Mesa Technologies) Slides

Sounding it out: modeling orality for large-scale text collection analysis
Tanya Clement (University of Texas)


The Graphic Visualization of XML Documents
David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh)

Making the most of free, unrestricted texts–a first look at the promise of the Text Creation Partnership
Rebecca Welzenbach (University of Michigan)  Slides(pdf) | Presentation Text (pdf)


Employing Geospatial Genealogy to Reveal Residential and Kinship Patterns in a Pre-Holocaust Ukrainian Village
Stephen Egbert (University of Kansas); Karen Roekard (independent scholar) Slides (pdf)


The Atlanta Map Project: Modeling the History of the City Using Library Resources
Randy Gue, Michael Page, Stewart Varner (Emory University Libraries)

From Uncertainty to Virtual Reality: Knowledge Representation in Rome Reborn
Phil Stinson (University of Kansas)


Prosopography and Computer Ontologies: towards a formal representation of the ‘factoid’ model
John Bradley, Michele Pasin (King’s College London)  Slides (slideshare)

Exploring Issues at the Intersection of Humanities and Computing with LADL
Gregory Aist (Iowa State University)

Breaking the Historian’s Code: Finding Patterns of Historical Representation
Ryan Shaw (University of North Carolina)

Viral Venuses: The Potential of Digital Pedagogy in Feminist Classrooms
DaMaris Hill (University of Kansas) Slides (prezi)


Fan Curation on the Internet
Nancy Baym (University of Kansas)

Materiality and Meaning in Digital Poetics
Julianne Buchsbaum (University of Kansas) Handout: Digital Poetics Practices (pdf)