Conference sessions will be held in the Malka Brender Hall of Justice, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Trubowicz Building
The increasing role of computers and information technology in the use of cultural resources is creating new challenges for the liberal arts. Although traditionally Humanists have eschewed technology in their research and teaching, a tidal wave of digitization is transforming the texts, images, artifacts and manuscripts that are the basic materials of humanistic scholarship. Libraries, archives, museums and galleries can now be accessed electronically, and their most valuable holdings are being reproduced digitally. Ease of access, dissemination, and preservation are major advantages of the electronic format. The possibility of computer-assisted analysis and information retrieval from huge textual corpora are only possible for resources preserved or converted into an electronic format.
The purpose of this Conference is to place these developments into perspective, and to raise critical questions concerning the purposes, means and impact of this "revolution". The speakers, from the major Humanities computing centers and digitizing projects in Europe and the USA, will examine the impact of the information revolution and the new technology on research and teaching of our cultural resources.
The Conference is organized jointly by the Faculty of the Humanities Computing Initiative, Tel Aviv University, and the Office for Humanities Communication, Oxford University.
During the Conference, there will be a display of Israeli software and digitizationprojects that are relevant to Humanities research (in lobby of Carter building, adjacent to the Diaspora Museum)
MONDAY 5 JUNE SESSION 1: 9.00-11.00 THEMES AND ISSUES Welcome, Professor Anita Shapira, Dean Introduction: Themes and Issues Dr Ronald W. Zweig, Tel Aviv University Humanities Computing After 20 Years: the Perspective of a Computer Scientist Professor Ya'akov Choueka, Bar-Ilan University Looking and Knowing: Delivering Virtual Scholarship Professor Kathryn Sutherland, Nottingham University, UK Humanities Computing: What is It Exactly? Dr Allen Renear, Brown University, USA COFFEE 11.00-11.30 SESSION 2: 11.30-13.00 HUMANITIES COMPUTING CENTRES Advanced Scholarly Computing in the Humanities: the University of Virginia Approach Professor John Unsworth, University of Virginia The Electronic Scroll: Japanese Literature in a Digital Age Professor Andrew Armour, Keio University, Japan Projects and Prospects: the Oxford Centre for Humanities Computing Dr Marilyn Deegan, Oxford University, UK LUNCH 13.00-14.30 SESSION 3: 14.30-16.00 ARCHIVES Emerging Paradigms for Electronic Archives, the Future of the Archiving Profession and Historical Research, Dr. Edward Higgs, Oxford University, UK Retrospective Digitizing of Existing Archives: the Ben-Gurion Archives Project, Dr Tuvia Friling, Ben-Gurion University Electronic Records in Israeli Archives Mrs Edna Mokady, Israel State Archives An Underground in Modern Garb: New Technology in the Hagana Archives Dr. Irit Keynan, Hagana Archives RECEPTION AND DISPLAYS: 16:30 Display of Humanities Computing Projects and Israeli software products. (in lobby of the Carter Building, next to Diaspora Museum) TUESDAY 6 JUNE 1995 SESSION 4: 9.00-10.30 SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING The Publication of Large Corpora Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey, Chadwyck-Healey Ltd, UK University Presses and Electronic Publishing, Dr Ruth Glynn, Oxford University Press, UK Initiatives for Access: the Preservation and Distribution of Cultural Resources Michael Alexander, The British Library, UK COFFEE 10.30-11.00 SESSION 5: 11:00-12:30 ARTIFACTS AND MUSEUMS Computerizing Artifacts Dr Seamus Ross, The British Academy, UK Virtual Museums: The Foundation of the Hellenic World Project, Dr Costis Dallas, Director, Foundation of the Hellenic World, Athens Reclaiming Cyberspace for Scholarship: The Role of an Arts and Humanities Data Service Lou Burnard, Oxford University, UK Digitizing Large Textual Corpora Dr Yannick Maignien, Bibliotheque National de France Computerization and Preservation of the Jewish Artistic Heritage Prof. Bezalel Narkiss, Hebrew University, Jerusalem LUNCH 12.30-14.00 SESSION 6: 14:00-14:45 HUMANITIES COMPUTING AND THE UNIVERSITY Teaching the Disciplines Dr Peter Denley, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK New Partnerships for Humanities Computing Dr Deian Hopkin, London Guildhall University PANEL: 14:45-16:00 THE FUTURE OF HUMANITIES COMPUTING Deegan, Denley, Hopkins, Renear, Sutherland, Unsworth, Zweig