Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities
Providence, Rhode Island
March 14-16, 2012
The Centre for Digital Editions in Würzburg and the Brown University
Center for Digital Scholarship are pleased to announce a workshop
entitled “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities.”
This event, sponsored by a generous grant from the DFG/NEH Bilateral
Digital Humanities Program, brings together digital humanists,
humanities scholars, and information theorists to consider how digital
methods of knowledge representation in the humanities have developed
during the past thirty years. Through theoretical papers, case
studies, panel sessions, and discussion, the workshop will explore how
the various models now available to us shape and inflect the research
objects we create and the research we undertake with them.
For a full schedule, list of invited participants, and abstracts
please see http://datasymposium.wordpress.com.
Although the workshop itself is limited by time and space, we would
like to encourage virtual participation in several different ways.
Between now and the workshop event, we'll be highlighting each session
and its participants in turn on the workshop web site, inviting
questions and preliminary discussion. We also invite virtual
participation in the workshop via twitter and chat; more detail on
that will be forthcoming. All comments, questions, and contributions
will be of great value to us in writing the final white paper, which
(together with the presentations) will be published online.
To frame the presentations and discussion we will keep in mind a set
of larger theoretical and strategic questions, which will be the focus
of the white paper arising from the workshop:
• Why do certain ways of modeling humanities data feel natural to us,
and what hidden assumptions (about texts, artifacts, usage, and
scholarship) do they reflect?
• Do data models reflect real information structures or create them?
• What are the practical and strategic advantages of specific models
in specific contexts?
• What are the latent or explicit politics of knowledge
• What do we learn from changes in representational models over time?
• What new developments in information modeling might hold value for
• What are the most urgent and compelling research questions in
information modeling for the humanities? where are these being
• Where are information modeling issues visible in the work of
digital humanities scholarship? what is their practical impact and
where can insights into information modeling improve the effectiveness
or quality of these projects?
• How do information models and humanities scholarship intersect, and
where do we see them exerting mutual pressure on one another? what can
information modeling learn from humanities scholarship and vice versa?
We look forward to the discussion!
Julia Flanders and Fotis Jannidis