Please Note: DHCS 2008 is now over. Please visit http://dhcs2009.iit.edu to learn about DHCS 2009 (Nov. 14-16th) organized and hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Welcome to the website of the third annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science which will take place on November 1–3, 2008 at the University of Chicago.

The goal of the annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) is to bring together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. The first DHCS Colloquium in 2006 (at the University of Chicago) examined the challenges and opportunities posed by the “million books” digitization projects. The second DHCS Colloquium in 2007 (at Northwestern University) focused on searching and querying as both tools and methodologies.

The theme of the third Chicago DHCS Colloquium is “Making Sense” – an exploration of how meaning is created and apprehended at the transition of the digital to the analog. Please follow the links below for more for more information about our keynote speakers, paper and poster sessions and pre-colloquium program.

Following tradition, DHCS 2008 is structured to allow participants to attend all paper presentations, poster sessions and keynotes (there are no parallel sessions) with generous time set aside for questions, informal meetings and networking between sessions, at the joint lunches and the colloquium banquet. DHCS continues to be a free event without registration fees. A small number of student grants are available to help graduate students presenting at DHCS cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

This year (inspired in part by the success of THATCamp) we’ve added time for participant organized workshops and informal, “birds-of-a-feather” meetings on the day before the colloquium. We envision workshops being used for seminars and/or tutorials on topics that will feature in the colloquium’s paper presentations and the BOF for informal exchanges on topics of common interest (e.g. “digital archaeology”).

To facilitate participation at the workshops and BOF, and to allow participants to get know each other’s interests and specialties in advance of the colloquium, we’ve opened the DHCS blog to anyone interested in attending the event. During registration, we will add an inital brief post introducing each person attending the colloquium, their background in the humanities and/or computer science and their professional interests and specialties. We also encourage all DHCS presenters to share drafts of their paper or poster presentations in advance of the colloquium on our Scribd group page. Comments and contributions on the blog about similar events, questions about possible workshops or possible BOF meeting etc. are of course all welcome. Finally, plans are in place to publish edited, final versions of presented papers, posters and keynotes from the colloquium in an online e-journal hosted and maintained by the University of Chicago.

Thank you for your interest in DHCS 2008! To keep in touch, please subscribe to the RSS feed for the colloquium blog, follow us on Twitter or email dhcs-conference@listhost.uchicago.edu.

If you’d like to help us spread the word about the colloquium, please use http://dhcs.uchicago.edu as the site URL and reference “dhcs2008″ as the subject tag on posts, delicious lists etc.

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