DRH96 : digital resources for the humanities

A Conference to be held at Somerville College, Oxford July 1-3 1996

Note: Submission date for proposals is now 8 January 1996

Sponsoring Institutions

The Centre for Humanities Computing, Oxford; CTI Centre for Textual Studies, Oxford; The Humanities Research Institute, Sheffield; The British Library; The Office for Humanities Communication, Oxford; The Institute for Electronic Library Research, De Montfort University; The Centre for Information Management and Technology for Scholarship, London Guildhall University.

The Conference Theme

Advances in computing affect all who work with the fundamental resources of humanities scholarship. Archivists are learning new ways to conserve their holdings of primary materials, ranging from manuscripts through electronic texts to video. Electronic materials are becoming increasingly important to librarians, who are developing new forms of structured access to them. Scholars explore these materials with new tools, and produce new kinds of scholarship with them. As electronic publication increasingly gives individual archives and scholars the power to publish, the traditional role of the publisher is also changing. Long-held paradigms of scholarly resources--their ownership, their use, their distribution--are being transformed. Archivists, librarians, scholars and publishers have to rework their relationships in this new information world, without losing sight of the traditional values of academic discourse.

The Conference

This conference will provide a forum for archivists, librarians, scholars and publishers to explore these changes, and to seek the best ways to exploit them together. The conference will have four strands, as follows:

Who should Attend?

All who are concerned with the impact of computing on work with the fundamental resources of humanities scholarship - traditional primary textual and still image material, and newer sound and moving image media also - will find this conference of interest. Some conference presentations will be addressed to those engaged in projects addressing large-scale scholarly resources. Other presentations will be addressed to those interested in the legal or cultural aspects of these developments. Others will be suitable for those seeking the best way to begin a project in this area.

Call for Proposals

Conference sessions will be of ninety minutes, with up to three sessions at once, and at least one plenary session on each of the three days of the conference. The conference will open and close with addresses from distinguished invited speakers. We invite proposals for the four strands of the conference outlined above, as follows:

A particular theme of the conference will be standards and their power to unite the worlds of archivists, librarians, scholars, and publishers. Papers, workshops or exhibitors focusing on standards and open systems will be especially welcome.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals should be submitted in the following form:

The Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Somerville College, Oxford. Somerville is situated just a few minutes from the centre of Oxford, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Oxford has excellent rail and road links, with frequent bus and train services to and from London and all other major cities in the UK. For international delegates, frequent coach services are available from the bus stations situated at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The journey from Heathrow Airport takes about one hour.

Accommodation and meals will be provided for all delegates at Somerville College. The accommodation will be in single study bedrooms which are comfortable, if unpretentious, with washbasin and shared bathroom facilities.

Conference & Accommodation Fee

The final cost has yet to be decided. The total charge is not expected to exceed 295 pounds.

Conference Organization

The conference is being organised by the Continuing Professional Development Centre of the University of Oxford. For further information, please contact:
	Anna Morris
	CPD Centre
	Oxford University Centre for Continuing Education
	67 St Giles
	Oxford OX1 3LU	

 Tel: +44 (1865) 288 169. Fax: +44 (1865) 288 163

The Programme Committee

This page created: 6 October 1995
Last updated: 24 November 1995
Maintained by Michael Fraser, CTI Textual Studies, University of Oxford

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