Friday, September 15, 2017

CFP: HathitTrust Research Center UnCamp 2018 (Berkeley CA January 2018)

HathitTrust Research Center UnCamp 2018                   
January 25-26, 2018 - Berkeley, CA
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October 15, 2017 - Call for Proposals Priority Deadline
November 22, 2017 - Notification of Acceptance
November 29, 2017 - Deadline for Early Bird Registration
January 25-26, 2018 - HTRC UnCamp

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) invites proposals for the 2018 HTRC UnCamp to be held from January 25-26th, 2018 at the University of California, Berkeley. Proposals for panel presentations, lightning talks, and posters may address any aspect of digital text collections, computational text analysis, copyright and open access, digital pedagogy, and related topics, especially as these relate to the HTRC.

Priority Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

Computational Text Analysis
Possible areas: Computational Text Analysis (CTA) basics, Visualizing HathiTrust data, Tools and methodologies for CTA in HathiTrust, Using Bookworm, CTA and HathiTrust case studies

Worksets and Corpus Creation
HathiTrust as a corpus or data for CTA, How to create, reuse, or publish a focused corpus/workset from HathiTrust, Research reproducibility and sharing text as data

Digital Pedagogy and Text Analysis Curricula
Possible areas: Teaching Computational Text Analysis, HathiTrust & HTRC in the classroom, Instructional case studies

Fair Use, Copyright, and Non-Consumptive Research in HathiTrust
Possible areas: Copyright and fair use issues related to non-consumptive research, Orphaned works, HathiTrust Data Capsule, Case studies

Demystifying HathiTrust Metadata
Possible areas: Introduction to HathiTrust metadata, Future directions for HTRC metadata, Leveraging HathiTrust metadata for analysis and corpus building, Metadata tools

HathiTrust Development, News, and Updates
Possible areas: Developing tools and uses for HathiTrust, Future directions for HathiTrust, What's new in HathiTrust, HathiTrust community, Case studies of tool development

Proposals may include the following formats:

  • 15-minute Panel presentations (with 5 minutes for discussion) that are relevant in areas of new frontiers for tools, services and policies related to non-consumptive research, or that showcase work being conducted using the HathiTrust corpus as source material.
  • 5-minute Lightning Talks that briefly showcase research projects using HTRC; the development, extension, or implementation of HTRC and related tools; library and campus support of HTRC; or instances of HTRC in the classroom. Projects in development are encouraged. Projection will be available for slides and demos.
  • Posters that address topics of interest to the HTRC community (e.g., computational text analysis, open access, digital humanities, digital pedagogy) and do not need to relate to HTRC directly. Poster authors will have an opportunity to brief attendees on their work immediately prior to a networking reception where the posters will be displayed.

About the HathiTrust Research Center and the HTRC UnCamp:
The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

In years past, the HTRC UnCamp has brought researchers, developers, instructors, and information professionals together to showcase innovative research, participate in hands-on coding and demonstration sessions, and build community around themes of computational text analysis, digital humanities, and digital pedagogy.

Submission Guidelines
Proposals should be submitted through EasyChair.

Please create an account at EasyChair first if you do not have one already at

EasyChair Link for HTRC UnCamp Submissions:

The following information should be included in proposals:
  • Format (panel presentation, lightning talk, or poster)
  • Title of the presentation/poster
  • Presenter name and affiliation
  • Co-presenters and affiliations (if applicable)
  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Keywords
  • Any special requirements (e.g., technology needs other than larger monitors/screens)