Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices

Fundamentos para el entendimiento del libro y la lectura en la era digital: Lectura, escritura e investigación e/mergentes

Hotel Parque Central, Havana, Cuba.

NKE 2012 Birds-of-a-Feather Gathering

11-14 December 2012

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Program Chairs: Ray Siemens (U Victoria), Constance Crompton (U British Columbia, Okanagan)
Special Local Organisation, including UnConference: Sandra Alvarez (Havana, NegraCubana), Alex Gil (Columbia U), Constance Crompton (U British Columbia, Okanagan)
INKE Coordination: Daniel Sondheim (U Victoria)

Organisers, Sponsors, Allies, and Partners: The gathering is organised and sponsored by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at U Victoria, the international Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO); it takes place allied with activities of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN), the THATCamp Caribe group, EcuRed, Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD), as well as the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), and is presented in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).


11 December, UnConference Activities:

  • 10.00: meet in the Hotel Parque Central, Monseratte Room; introductions and agenda formation
  • 11.00-: Academic site visit, on foot, past the National Library, the University of Havana, and the Casa de las Americas. Participant costs associated with these visits include transportation, lunch, and the like, as they arise.

12 December: Birds-of-a-Feather structured presentation and discussion sessions (as below)
13 December, UnConference Activities:

  • 9.00-Noon: UnConference discussions, Hotel Parque Central, Neptuno Room
  • Independent, participant-organised activities and meetings
  • 14 December: independent, participant-organised activities and meetings

Digital technology is fundamentally altering the way we relate to writing, reading, and the human record itself. The pace of that change has created a gap between core social/cultural practices that depend on stable reading and writing environments and the new kinds of digital artefacts – electronic books being just one type of many – that must sustain those practices now and into the future.

This gathering explores research foundations pertinent to understanding new practices and emerging media, specifically focusing on work in textual and extra-textual method, in itself and via exemplar, leading toward [1] theorizing the transmission of culture in pre- and post-electronic media, [2] documenting the facets of how people experience information as readers and writers, [3] designing new kinds of interfaces and artifacts that afford new reading abilities, [4] conceptualizing the issues necessary to provide information to these new reading and communicative environments, [5] reflecting on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area, and beyond. Presentations addressing these and other issues in relation to emerging / transforming (digital) infrastructures, in regional, national, and international contexts are also most welcome. Centrally proximate to all the Americas and in the midst of a renaissance, Havana has been selected as an ideal locus for address of these issues by those across the Americas, the Caribbean and adjacent regions.

Earlier gatherings of this group have taken place in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures (Kyoto, November 2011; sponsored by the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures at Ritsumeikan U, INKE, and SSHRC), the conference Texts and Literacy in the Digital Age: Assessing the Future of Scholarly Communication (The Hague, December 2010; sponsored by the National Library of the Netherlands, the Book and Digital Media Studies department of Leiden U, INKE and SSHRC), and at U Victoria (October 2009; sponsored by INKE and SSHRC).

Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices

Fundamentos para el entendimiento del libro y la lectura en la era digital: Lectura, escritura e investigación e/mergentes

12 December 2012. Hotel Parque Central, Havana. Prado Room. Diciembre 12, 2012. Hotel Parque Central, Habana. Sala Prado.

  • Please note:
    • Format: The format for our gathering is not that of a traditional conference in which full papers are presented/read and then discussed; rather, it that of a ‘birds-of-a-feather event’, which at its core embraces fast-paced discussion of ideas treated in close proximity at the event, after having considered those ideas in advance of the gathering via pre-circulated papers. With the exception of the plenary session, all papers have circulated in advance to registered participants, and individual presentation and discussion slots listed below consist of up to a 2 minute argumentative overview followed by up to 8 minutes of discussion, question and answer (for a total of 10 minutes per slot); pre-organised focus panels follow the same principles, and may include a demonstration component.
    • On-site internet and data-projection: We are informed by the hotel that a data projector and screen can be expected for presentation, though a steady wireless connection may not be possible.
    • Group Dinner: For those who wish, there will be a no-host group dinner outing on the evening of the 12th.
  • Panel plenario de apertura / Opening Plenary Session
8.30-10.15 (incluye desayuno ligero coffee / tea and light refreshment available during this session) Ray Siemens (U Victoria) and Alex Gil (Columbia U), Presiden / Co-Chairs

    • Plenaria / Plenary Address (8.30-9.10)

1. Victor Fowler (Cubarte). “Lectura y tecnología: futuros probables” / “Reading and Technology: Probable Futures.”

  • Perspectivas: De frente al saber electronico / Perspectives: Engaging Electronic Literacy

2. (9.15-10.15; presentaciones de 10 minutos / 10 minute presentations)
“Periodismo de datos: transformando la forma en que la ciudadanía lee los numerous.” / “E- Journalism: Transforming the Way our People Read Issues.” Elaine Díaz (Facultad de Periodismo).
3. “Voces femeninas en la blogosfera cubana. ¿Cambió algo más que el soporte?” / “Female Voices in the Cuban Blogosphere: Has Something Changed Besides the Medium?” Yasmin Silvia Portales Machado (Cubarte).
4. Trascendencia de nuevas prácticas de lectura en Maestría de Educación a Distancia soportada sobre MOODLE.” / “The Significance of New Reading Practices in Distance Education on the MOODLE Platform.” Tito Díaz Bravo (Centro de Innovación y Calidad de la Educación de la Universidad de Ciencias Informáticas).
5. “Literatura y nuevas tecnologías. La otra lectura.” / “Literature and New Technologies: The Other Reading.” Pablo Rigal (Cubaliteraria).

  • Reading, In Context(s) / Leyendo en Contexto(s) 10.30-11.15. Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), Chair / Preside.

6. “Far From the Maddening Crowd: Digital Projects and the Ethics of Popular Knowledge Mobilization.” / “Lejos del mundanal ruido: Proyectos digitales y la ética de la movilización del conocimiento popular.” Daniel O’Donnell (U Lethbridge), Catherine Karkov (Leeds U), and Heather Hobma (U Lethbridge).
7. “The Future of the Book isn’t Bound: Post-artifact reading and writing.” / “El futuro del libro no viene en caratula: La lectura más allá del artefacto.” Tom Abba (U West England)
8. “Children of the Screen.” / “Hijos de la pantalla.” Sol B. Gaitán (Dalton School, New York).
9. “The Digital Commonplace Book.” / “El libro de recortes digital.” Scott Schofield (U Toronto) and the 
INKE Textual Studies Research Group.

  • Community, Collaboration / Comunidad, Colaboración 11.30-12.05. Daniel O’Donnell (U Lethbridge), Chair / Preside

10. “From Broadsides to Blogs: The Evolution and Future of Communications Media in New England.” / “De los carteles a los blogs: La evolución y el futuro de los medios de comunicación en New England.” Sara Sikes (Mass. Historical Society).

11. “The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC): Creating a Shared Research Foundation.” / “La Biblioteca Digital del Caribe (BDdC).” Laurie N. Taylor (U Florida), Brooke Wooldridge (Florida International U / dLOC), and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt (U Florida / dLOC).

12. “Towards a New Caribbean Philology: Two Steps and a Leap.” / “Hacia una nueva filología del Caribe: Dos pasos y un salto.” Alex Gil (Columbia U)

  • Perspectives and Practices: Focus Panels, Pre-Organised / Perspectivas y Practica: Mini-Paneles pre- organizados (Includes informal light lunch, discussion / incluye almuerzo ligero)
    • Transnational Digital Humanities: Digital Tools for Social Justice, Research and Communication to Broad Audiences / Humanidades Digitales en plano Transnacional: Herramientas digitales para la justicia social, la inverstigación y la comunicación en masa
 12.30-12.50. Patricia O’Neill (Hamilton C), Chair / Preside

13. “The Digital Archive as Intervention in Literary Cosmopolitics.” / “El archivo digital como intervención en la cosmopolítica literaria.” Patricia O’Neill (Hamilton C).
14. “Textual Ethics: Visualizing the Interface of Witness, Archivist, and the Digital Reader.” / “Etica textual: Visualizando el interfaz del testigo, el archivista y el lector digital.” Doran Larson (Hamilton C).

  • JUXTA and the Practice of Online Textual Collation: Three Case Studies by Members of NINES / JUXTA y la colación de textos en linea: Tres casos del grupo de NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth- Century Electronic Scholarship)
1.00-1.30. Andrew M. Stauffer (U Virginia), Chair / Preside

15. AndrewM.Stauffer (UVirginia).

16. Alex Gil (Columbia U).

17. SarahStorti (UVirginia).

  • Addressing the Scholarly Edition, in Context / La Edición Académica Digital 1.45-2.30. Stéfan Sinclair (McGill U), Chair / Preside

18. “Beyond Browsing and Reading: The Open Work of Digital Scholarly Editions.” / “Más alla del hojeo y la lectura: El trabajo abierto de las ediciones académicas digitales.” Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), Jake Bruce (Acadia U), and the INKE Modeling/Prototyping Research Group.

19. “Reading Environments for Genetic Editions.” / “Medios ambientes de lectura para las ediciones genéticas.” Malte Rehbein (U Nebraska).

20. “Understanding the Social Edition Through Iterative Implementation: The Case of the Devonshire MS (BL Add Ms 17492).” / “Comprendiendo las ediciones sociales a tavez de las implementaciones iterativas.” Constance Crompton (U British Columbia, Okanagan) and Ray Siemens (U Victoria).

21. “Toward Tool Integration in a Digital Scholarly Environment.” / “Hacia la integración de las herramientas en medios ambientes académicos digitales.” Stéfan Sinclair (McGill U), Stan Ruecker (Illinois Institute of Design), Andrew Macdonald (McGill U), Geoffrey Rockwell (U Alberta), Milena Radzikowska (Mt Royal U), Teresa Dobson (U British Columbia), Ann Blandford (University College, London), Susan Brown (U Guelph/Alberta), and Brent Nelson (U Saskatchewan) with Daniel Sondheim, Mihaela Ilovan, Jennifer Windsor, Mark Bieber, Sara Faisal, Alejandro Giacometti, Piotr Michura, Luciano Frizzera, Kamal Ranaweera, Carlos Fiorentino, Omar Rodriguez, Brooke Heller, Geoff Roeder, and the INKE Research Group.

  • Reading Tools and Pertinent Applications / Herramientas de lectura y aplicaciones pertinentes 2.45-3.30. Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), Chair / Preside

22. “ScalableReading,ProjectBamboo’sTextShop,andNewHumanitiesScholarship.”/“Lecturaaescala, el TextShop del proyecto Bamboo, y los nuevos estudios humanistas.” Neil Fraistat (U Maryland).

23. “Cracking the Agrippa Code: Creativity Without Destruction.” / “Solucionando el codigo de Agripa: Creatividad sin destrucción.” Isaac Quinn Dupont (U Toronto).

24. “Automatic Analysis of Gender Variation in Language via Conjecture Generation.” / “Analysis automatico de la variaciones de genero en el lenguaje con el uso de la generación de conjeturas.” Patrick Juola (Duquesne U).

25. “Reading Thomas Jefferson with TopicViz: Towards a Thematic Method for Exploring Large Cultural Archives.” / “Leyendo a Thomas Jefferson con TopicViz: Hacia un metodo temático de exploración de grandes archivos culturales.” Lauren Klein (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jacob Eisenstein (Georgia Institute of Technology).

  • Next Steps, Looking Forward (Pragmatic and Otherwise) / Proximos pasos, con vista al futuro (Pragmatica y demás) 3.45-4.30. (reception to ~5.30)
Constance Crompton (U British Columbia, Okanagan), Chair / Preside

26.  “Minimalist Architectures: Re‐designing the eBook for Small Reading Surfaces.” / “Arquitecturas minimalistas: Rediseñando el eLibro para superficies de lectura pequeñas.” Brent Nelson (U Saskatchewan), Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), Robert Imes (U Saskatchewan), and the INKE Textual Studies Research Group.

27. “E/Merging Models for the Production of Online Research through Linked Data.” / “Modelos E/mergentes de la producción de la investigacion en linea con Datos Enlazados.” Susan Brown (U Guelph/Alberta), Harvey Quamen (U Alberta), John Simpson (U Alberta), Jon Bath (U Saskatchewan), Lisa Goddard (U Alberta), Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), Jentery Sayers (U Victoria), Adèle Barclay (U Victoria), Alex Christie (U Victoria), Mandy Elliott (U Saskatchewan), and the INKE Research Group.

28. “INKE at the Midterm Review.” / “INKE y el reporte de mediados de termino.” Lynne Siemens and the INKE Research Group.

29. Closing Comments / Comentarios de clausura: “Considering Ways to Approach Scholarly Books and Professional Reading in the Digital, Social Age.” / “Considerando, caminos hacia los libros académicos y la lectura profesional en la era digital y social.” Ray Siemens (U Victoria), and the INKE Research Group.

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