Sydney 2014

Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age:
Emerging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices

An INKE-hosted Birds-of-a-Feather Gathering
8 December 2014| Sydney, Australia
Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of New South Wales |Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

*If you are joining us in Australia from another country, please keep in mind that Australia requires travel visas for business travel from many countries (including Canada).

Registration (please register by October 15th to confirm your participation):

Please click here to download a password-protected PDF of the papers accepted to this gathering. These papers are not for circulation outside of participant group.

Tentative Schedule
(Updated 4 December 2014; subject to change)

8.30am to 9.00am: On-site registration
9.00am to 9.30am: Welcome talks by Ray Siemens (U Victoria; INKE) and Paul Arthur (Digital Humanities Research Group, U Western Sydney)
9.30am to 10.10am: Opening keynote lecture
Chair: Ray Siemens (U Victoria; INKE)

  1. Christian Vandendorpe (U Ottawa), “Wikipedia and the Ecosystem of Knowledge”

10.10am to 11.10am: Lightning paper session 1 & Discussion
Session 1: Reading Technologies, Digital Production, & the Social
Chair: Jon Bath (Digital Research Centre, U Saskatchewan; INKE Modelling & Prototyping)

  1. John Maxwell (Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, Simon Fraser U), “In Praise of Web-native Production Architectures.”
  2. Tully Barnett (Flinders U), “Platforms for Social Reading.”
  3. Suzana Sukovic (St Vincent’s C), “Transliterate Reading.”
  4. Daniel Powell (King’s C London; Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, U Victoria), “Social Knowledge Creation and the Retransmission of Cultural Materials.”

11.10am to 11.25am: Coffee break (provided)

11.25am to 12.25pm: Lighting paper session 2 & discussion
Session 2: Collaboration: Tools, Platforms, & Examples
Chair: Brian Owen (Simon Fraser U Library; Public Knowledge Project)

  1. Jon Bath, Federica Gianelli, Jade McDougall, Benjamin Neudorf, Sheheryar Sheikh, James Yeku, Xiaohan Zhang, & the INKE Research Team (Digital Research Centre, U Saskatchewan; INKE Modelling & Prototyping), “Sustaining Collaboration Through New Research Environments.”
  2. Bill Bowen (Iter; U Toronto-Scarborough; INKE Modelling & Prototyping), Connie Crompton (U British Columbia-Okanagan; INKE Modelling & Prototyping), Matthew Hiebert (Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, U Victoria), & Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U), “The Facilitation of Online Communities: Iter Community.”
  3. Elisabet Brynge (State Library of NSW), Holly Case (Redhill Library), Ellen Forsyth (State Library of NSW), Gary Green (Redhill Library), & Ulf Hölke (Dept. of Culture and Museum, Västmanland County Council), “Libraries – Sustaining the Digital Reader Experience.”
  4. Daniel Powell (King’s C London; Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, U Victoria) & Matthew Hiebert (Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, U Victoria), with Ray Siemens (U Victoria; INKE), and Bill Bowen (Iter; U Toronto-Scarborough; INKE Modelling & Prototyping), “Designing Holistic Environments for Humanistic Research: The Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN) and the Challenges of Integration.”
  5. Lynne Siemens (U Victoria; INKE), “’INKE-cubating’ Research Networks and Projects: Reflections on INKE’s Fifth Year.”

12.25pm to 1.25pm: Lunch (provided)

1.25pm to 2.25pm: Lightning paper session 3 & discussion
Session 3: Analysis & Experimentation
Chair: Rowland Lorimer (Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, Simon Fraser U)

  1. Jennifer Roberts Smith (U Waterloo), “Augmenting Interfaces.”
  2. Stan Ruecker (Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design; INKE Interface Design), Peter Hodges (Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design), Nayaab Lokhandwala (Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design), Szu-Ying Ching (Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design), Jennifer Windsor (U Alberta), and Antonio Hudson (Illinois Institute of Technology), “Experimental Interface Priorities and the Application Programming Interface.”
  3. Jon Saklofske (U Acadia, INKE Modelling & Prototyping) & the INKE Research Group, “Connecting the Dots: Promoting the Integration of Modularity and Narrativity in Digital Scholarship.”
  4. Claire Timpany (U Waikaito), “Headings for Visual Search of Digital Documents.”
  5. Jack Elliott (U Newcastle), “Whole Genre Analysis.”

2.25pm to 2.40pm: Coffee break (provided)

2.40pm to 3.40pm: Lightning paper session 4 & discussion
Session 4: Multimodal Knowledge Environments & Communities
Chair: Jennifer Roberts-Smith (U Waterloo)

  1. Jason Ensor (U Western Sydney) and Belinda Barnet (Swinburne U of Technology), “Towards A Networked Post-Print Ecology of Digital Scholarship: An Experiment in Academic Publication using Bi-Directional Linking, Parallel Literature and Transclusions via Project Xanadu.”
  2. Michael Walsh (Centre for Australian Languages, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies), “Australian Aboriginal Narrative and Song: Challenges of Experiencing, Transmitting, and Disseminating ‘Traditional’ Information.”
  3. Hart Cohen (U Western Sydney) & Rachel Morley (U Western Sydney), “The Visual Re-mediation of a Complex Narrative: Re-publication of TGH Strehlow’s Journey to Horseshoe Bend.”
  4. Brent Nelson (INKE Modelling & Protoyping), “The Museum as Knowledge Environment.”

3.40pm to 4.20pm: Wrap-up keynote lecture
Chair: Lynne Siemens (U Victoria; INKE)

  1. Sydney Shep (Victoria U of Wellington), “From Storythinking to Storymaking: Reimagining Narrative in the Academy.”

~4.20pm to 4.45pm: Closing comments by Ray Siemens (U Victoria; INKE)

7.00pm+: Opt-in Dinner at Athenian Greek Restaurant, located at 11 Barrack Street, Sydney NSW 2000. If you are interested in joining us for dinner, please RSVP to Alyssa by November 21.

Call for Proposals
Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Emerging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices
An INKE-hosted Birds-of-a-Feather Gathering
8 December 2014| State Library of New South Wales | Sydney, Australia

Proposals due: 15 September 2014

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, leading toward:

  • theorizing the transmission of culture in pre- and post-electronic media;
  • documenting the facets of how people experience information as readers and writers;
  • designing new kinds of interfaces and artifacts that afford new reading abilities;
  • conceptualizing the issues necessary to provide information to these new reading and communicative environments;
  • reflecting on interdisciplinary team research strategies pertinent to work in the area;
  • and much more.

Presentations addressing these and other issues in relation to emerging and/or transforming (digital) infrastructures, in regional, national, and international contexts are welcome.

We invite paper proposals that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area.  Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (of approximately 250 words, plus list of works cited), and the names, affiliations, and website URLs of presenters; fuller papers will be solicited after acceptance of proposals, for circulation in advance of the gathering to registered participants. We are pleased to welcome proposals in all languages in which our community works, and note that the chief working language of past gatherings has been English. Please send proposals on or before 15 September 2014 to Alyssa Arbuckle at alyssaarbuckle [at] gmail [dot] com.

Sponsors of the gathering include the University of Western Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group, the State Library of New South Wales, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research group, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Earlier gatherings of this group include:

  • New York, September 2013 (sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), SSHRC, and INKE);
  • Havana, December 2012 (in conjunction with the THATCamp Caribe group and Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD), the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne pour les humanités numériques (CSDH / SCHN), and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP); sponsored by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), INKE and SSHRC);
  • Kyoto, November 2011 (in conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures and sponsored by the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, the Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures at Ritsumeikan U, INKE, and SSHRC);
  • The Hague, December 2010 (in conjunction with Texts and Literacy in the Digital Age: Assessing the Future of Scholarly Communication conference and sponsored by the National Library of the Netherlands, the Book and Digital Media Studies department of Leiden U, INKE and SSHRC);
  • U Victoria, October 2009 (sponsored by INKE and SSHRC).