Call for papers Symposium Corpora Ethnographica Online, September 26-28, 2012
By now projects of digitization rank among everyday business in cultural sciences, but so far there are no substantial experiences in digitizing large collections and their efficient utilization on the internet. Special problems arise with digitization of handwritten ethnographical collections based on the results of vast field research activities. These huge amounts of documents are barely manageable and often in danger of decay. They need to be long-term preserved, digitized, and sustainably made accessible online by intelligent and efficient content management and retrieval techniques.
The theme of the international symposium, which will be held at the University of Rostock between September 26 and 28, 2012, includes strategies for digitization and presentation of cultural − especially ethnographical − collections and their online presentation. In the context of the project “WossiDiA”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the symposium's hosts are currently preparing the archive of Richard Wossidlo (1859-1939) for it’s complete online presentation. The Wossidlo archive consists of historical documents about folk culture and the dialect of Mecklenburg, including more than two million handwritten notes which are highly interconnected with each other in a complex filing system.
The symposium is meant to offer a forum for discussion and exchange of experiences with other projects facing similar challenges. It attempts to bring together archives, libraries, and museums with the computer science and the disciplines of cultural sciences, such as Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology, Volkskunde/European Ethnology, Linguistics/Dialectology, and Regional History. Moreover the symposium is intended to promote digitization efforts for cultural collections and their online publication.
Interested parties are invited to submit their proposals for presentation. Please send an abstract of no more than one page in length in English or German no later than March 15, 2012 to Dit emailadres is beveiligd tegen spambots, u heeft javascript nodig om het te kunnen bekijken
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