Thursday, July 24, 2008

television history in Europe - call for articles

Video Active is a large EU funded project that will create online access to over 10,000 items of digitised television content from broadcasters and archives across Europe from the last fifty years.

As well as creating unique access and developing an innovative metadata scheme that allows searches for television content across countries, the project will provide a wide range of articles and contextual information to promote understanding of the online content and to foster a comparative approach to European television history.

We are therefore seeking a range of short articles to appear online that explore the history and dynamics of television programming, institutions, technologies and cultures across Europe. The articles can focus on an aspect of television at a national level or draw together discussion and compare television from a number of countries.

The project is aimed at researchers, teachers, students, journalists, industry professionals and also broader publics that include cultural heritage tourists and television aficionados, so the articles should be concise, around 1,000 words long, and scholarly, with proper referencing and bibliography. Each article will be peer reviewed by members of the Video Active editorial team,
constituted by the academic project partners, the University of Utrecht and Royal Holloway, University of London, and by a range of other scholars working in the area of European television history.

Articles should be on the project countries listed below, and academic colleagues are invited in the first instance to submit a 100-150 word proposal (together with name and institution) for articles they would like to write. This should be sent to . This is an open-call for proposals and the deadlines for articles will be rolling. Proposals should be
submitted in English, and final articles should be supplied in both English and the original language for online publication.

The first official public launch of the portal will be at the end of August/beginning of September this year, and further details of the project can be found at

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information, and we hope you will be interested in participating in this exciting and important initiative in European archive access and television history. Please pass this call on to any other colleagues or networks you think might be interested or relevant.

Participating broadcasters and archives:

BBC (UK); Danmarks Radio (Dk); Deutsche Welle (De); INA (Fr); Istituto Luce (Ita); NAVA (Hu); Moving Image Communication (TV AM) (UK); Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Nl); NTUA (including Greek National Audio-Visual Archive) (Gr); ORF (Aut); RTBF (Be); SLBA (Swe); Televisio de Catalunya (Spain); VRT (Be).

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 1st workshop on Social Data on the Web (SDoW2008)

1st Social Data on the Web workshop (SDoW2008)

co-located with
7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2008)

October 26th/27th, 2008, Karlsruhe (Germany)


The 1st Social Data on the Web workshop (SDoW2008) co-located with the 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2008) aims to bring together researchers, developers and practitioners involved in semantically-enhancing social media websites, as well as academics researching more formal aspect of these interactions between the Semantic Web and Social Media.

Important dates
* Submission deadline: Aug 04, 2008
* Notification of acceptance: Sep 05, 2008
* Camera-ready paper submission: Sep 26, 2008
* Camera-ready proceedings: Oct 03, 2008

Since its first steps in 2001, many research issues have been tackled by the Semantic Web community such as data formalism for knowledge representation, data querying and scalability,
or reasoning and inferencing. More recently, Web 2.0 offered new perspectives regarding information sharing, annotation, and social networking on the Web. It opens new research areas
for the Semantic Web which has an important role to play to lead to the emergence of a Social Semantic Web that should provide novel services to end-users, combining the best of both Semantic Web and Web 2.0 worlds. To achieve this goal, various tasks and features are needed from data modeling and lightweight ontologies, to knowledge and social networks portability as well as ways to interlink data between Social Media websites, leveraging proprietary data silos to a Giant Global Graph.

This workshop is intended to bring together people and organisations interested in applying Semantic Web technologies to social media sites.

Topics of interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Creating RDF-based knowledge using social media services

* Data Portability and Social Network Portability

* Emerging semantic platforms for the Social Web

* Enriching Social Web with semantic data: RDFa, microformats and other approaches

* Linked Data on the Social Web: providing linked data from social media sites

* Ontologies for the Social Web: developing, using and extending lightweight ontologies for social media sites

* Querying and mining social semantic data

* Policies, authentication, security, and trust within collaborative scenarios

* Producing Semantic Web data from social software applications

* Reasoning for Social Web applications

* Semantic blogging, wikis and social networks

* Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities (SIOC)

* Social and semantic bookmarking, tagging and annotation

* Social Semantic Web: combining Web 2.0 and Semantic Web strategies and technologies

The following types of contributions are welcomed:

* Full technical papers, up to 12 pages.

* Short technical papers and position papers, up to 6 pages.

* Posters and Demos, 2-3 pages with a description of the application, ideally accompanied with a link to an online demo.

Workshop Chairs

* John Breslin, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland

* Uldis Bojārs, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland

* Alexandre Passant, LaLIC, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

* Sergio Fernández, Fundación CTIC, Spain

Program Committee

* Benjamin Nowack, Appmosphere/Semsol, Germany

* Chris Bizer, Free University Berlin, Germany

* Christoph Görn, #B4mad.Net Network, Germany

* Dan Brickley, FOAF Project, World

* Denny Vrandecic, DFKI, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

* Diego Berrueta, Fundación CTIC, Spain

* Eyal Oren, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands

* Eric Prud'hommeaux, MIT/W3C, USA

* Fabien Gandon, INRIA, France

* Frederick Giasson, Zitgist, Canada

* Harry Halpin, University of Edinburgh, UK

* Ivan Herman, CWI/W3C, Netherlands

* Jie Bao, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

* Jose E. Labra, University of Oviedo, Spain

* Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

* Martin Dzbor, KMi, Open University, UK

* Michael Hausenblas, Joanneum Research, Austria

* Paul Miller, Talis, UK

* Richard Cyganiak, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland

* Sebastian Dietzold, University of Leipzig, Germany

* Sofia Angeletou, KMi, Open University, UK

* Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany

* Steve Harris, Garlik, UK

* Susie M. Stephens, Eli Lilly and Company, USA

* Stefan Decker, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland

* Tom Heath, Talis, UK

Further information
Updated information about the workshop can be found on the workshop website:

For further information, please send an email to

Registration open - ASIST 2008 Annual Meeting

People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People
October 24-29, 2008, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

The Sunday, October 26 plenary will be an interactive session featuring

- Geneveive Bell, director, User Experience Group Intel Digital Home Group
- Howard Rheingold, author, editor and lecturer at UC Berkeley and Stanford University
- Andrew Keen, host of AfterTV and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

Plenary on Wednesday, October 29 will be Dr. Connie Yowell, Director of Education grantmaking
at MacArthur, and runs MacArthur's $50 million digital media and learning initiative.

Meeting will feature 36 panels, 60 contributed papers, and over 90 posters or short papers
covering the full gamut of what is current in information science practice and research.

NEW POLICIES: We are now including a year’s membership with every full conference,
non-member registration. And we are extending a $100 discount to all attendees who are not from the US or Canada.

Pre Conference Sessions include

- The Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Knowledge Management

- User Studies with MORAE

- The Sense-Making Methodology Approach to Interviewing for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

- The social analysis of computing

- Information Architecture 3.0

- Classification and the Arts: enduring practice, alternative strategies, and contrasts with other domains.

- Personal Information Management as a Study and a Practice

- Getting Started with User-Centered Taxonomy Design

- Putting Your Taxonomy to Work

- Information Behavior in design & the making of relevant research

- Human Computer Interaction in Interactive Information Environments with a focus on Groups

Tuesday, July 22, 2008



2008 Conference of the CMCL-Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne Law School
20-21 NOVEMBER 2008


- Prof KATHY BOWREY, Law, University of NSW

- Asst Prof CHERIAN GEORGE, Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

- JONATHAN GRIFFITHS, Law, Queen Mary, University of London

- Prof PETER JASZI, Law, American University, Washington DC

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Partner, Webber Wentzel

- Dr KATHARINE SARIKAKIS, Communications Studies, University of Leeds

Proposals for papers or panels are now invited from researchers in law, media studies and related fields for this international conference.


- Content creation, use and re-use

- Copyright law, technology and control

- Defamation and public debate

- Digital worlds and publics

- Free speech and media access

- Futures of television

- Journalism and popular media

- Media representations of law

- Privacy and publicity

- Public interest in law and practice

- Public media and public knowledge

- Reporting courts

- Trademarks and speech

- User-generated content

For DETAILS of submission process and future publication possibilities, see

Open Access and Research Conference 2008

Open Access and Research Conference 2008

The way we create and disseminate knowledge has undergone profound change over the last ten years. The capacity of ICT and the rise of a rich text, highly interactive, user generated and socially active Internet (Web 2.0) has seen linear models of knowledge production giving way to more diffuse open ended and serendipitous knowledge processes.

As a response we have seen a worldwide move towards establishing frameworks in which we can optimise access to and reuse of research especially that which is publicly funded. This has been supported by the development of open access repositories, new publishing tools and models and more strategic management of copyright at the individual and institutional level.

QUT along with many other institutions throughout the world has been a pioneer in putting in place the management practices and necessary infrastructure to promote access and innovation. We are proud to announce what we believe will be a truly landmark conference that will draw on experts from Australia and around the world speak on a range of topics such as evolving publishing models,repository management, e-Research, policy development, and legal and technical issues.

Mobile Music Searches for Hit Formula

The music industry is learning a hard lesson: The mobile platform works better as a marketing and customer relationship tool than it does as a retail sales channel.

"Bands and artists are increasingly using mobile to form direct relationships with their fans that are then monetized through other means, such as tickets to live shows, merchandise and fan clubs," says John du Pre Gauntt, senior analyst at eMarketer and author of the new report, Mobile Music: Ads to the Rescue. "In addition, given consumers' reluctance to pay for music on their phones, marketers are finding new opportunities to partner directly with carriers, labels and even music artists themselves."

It's not that there won't be mobile music sales, they just won't be as large as many in the industry hoped for.

eMarketer forecasts worldwide mobile music retail revenues will grow from $2.4 billion in 2007 to over $13 billion by 2012.

To replace the drop in CD sales, alternate revenue streams must be developed.

"Marketers will account for a greater proportion of that overall spending as the ad-supported model for mobile music gathers steam," says Mr. Gauntt.

eMarketer expects marketers will spend over $1.5 billion in 2012 to subsidize or sponsor mobile music to targeted customer demographics, up from $42 million in 2007.

[for the full article with graphs and stats click here]

Videogame Nations - call for papers

Videogame Nations - Call for Papers

Seeking submissions for a panel entitled VIDEOGAME NATIONS at the 2009 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Tokyo, Japan (May 21-24, 2009)

Videogames are clearly a global phenomenon, yet they emerge from within national contexts and are always informed by nation-specific discourses. This panel will question the relationship between videogames and nation.

We seek papers that consider videogames in national and international terms, from social, political, cultural, historical, and industrial perspectives. We are interested in papers that treat videogames as situated by national discourses, as well as papers that consider how videogame representations work to construct nationhood and/or national identity. We are thinking primarily of addressing U.S., Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and French national contexts, but are open to other considerations.

Specific topics that would fit this panel include:

-videogames and national traumas

-videogames as national scapegoat

-national identity formation and videogames

-national and international gamer communities

-MMORPGs and videogames played (and played out) on an international stage

-videogame auteurs

-representations of national and international conflict in videogames

-international translations of videogames (linguistic and otherwise)

-the Nintendo Wii and Japanese videogame aesthetics in a Western context

Please limit abstracts to between 300 and 400 words, and send to Harrison Gish at

Please visit the SCMS website for more details about the 2009 conference:

Premier of Queensland’s National Art Award in New Media

Premier of Queensland’s National Art Award in New Media

Nine artists have been short-listed for the inaugural $75 000 Premier of Queensland’s National Art Award in New Media.

Peter Alwast (QLD), Julie Dowling (WA), Anita Fontaine (QLD/NL), David Haines and Joyce Hinterding (NSW), Natalie Jeremijenko (QLD/ USA), Adam Nash (VIC), Sam Smith (NSW), John Tonkin (NSW) and Mari Velonaki (NSW) are the artists short-listed for the inaugural award.

On 31 October 2008 the Award will be presented to one of these exhibiting artists.

The exhibition and Award will be presented every two years and the award-winning works will become part of the Queensland Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Accompanying the Award is the $25 000 Premier of Queensland’s New Media Scholarship, to be presented to an emerging Queensland-based new media artist to support travel and study.

Expressions of interest for the travel and study scholarship are available at and can be lodged until 5 September 2008.

The 2008 selection committee comprises Tony Ellwood, Director, Queensland Art Gallery; Dr Melinda Rackham, Executive Director, Australian Network for Art and Technology; and Caroline Farmer, Executive Director, Experimenta Media Arts.

The Hon. Anna Bligh, Premier of Queensland, will announce the Award and scholarship recipient on 31 October 2008.

The Award exhibition will be on display in GoMA’s new media gallery from 1 November 2008 to 8 February 2009.

PhD research studentships - Coventry University UK

Three fulltime PhD research studentships
Coventry University UK

Applications are invited for three three-year, fulltime PhD research studentships for a study funded by The Leverhulme Trust. The study seeks to explore ‘The socio political impact of virtual world learning on higher education’ .

This study will use participatory action research to examine staff and students from a wide range of disciplines in Higher Education Institutions across the UK. It will investigate their conceptions of and decisions about the way in which they teach and learn at the socio-political boundaries of reality.

This study will focus on the exploration of three main themes and a studentship will be attached to each theme

1. Students’ experiences of learning in immersive worlds.
2. Pedagogical design.
3. Learner identity.

Candidates will have a degree in education, social science or a related discipline. For further enquiries and early discussion of your research proposal please contact the Director of the Learning Innovation Research Group, Professor Maggi Savin-Baden (

The bursary will be £12,600 per annum in 2008/09; tuition fees will be met in addition to this sum. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake a taught course in qualitative and quantitative research methods and key research skills if required. A Masters degree or a First or Upper Second Honours Degree is required.

How to apply:

A full application includes:

1. An application letter

2. CV (including details of education, qualifications, research and other relevant experience)

3. An outline of how you would add address one of the research themes (maximum of 2,000wds)
4. The names of two academic referees

Professor Maggi Savin-Baden
Director of The Learning Innovation Research Group,
Charles Ward Building
Room CW205
Coventry University
Priory Street
Phone 02476 887045

It is likely that interviews will take place on the 4th or 8th September, with commencement of the studentship as soon as possible thereafter. Closing date for applications - 31 August 2008.

New Issue of +Liminalities: A Journal of Performace Studies+

We invite you to spend some time with the latest issue of +Liminalities+:

This issue includes two web-based projects that both document performance praxis and enact performances in their own rights, two critical essays, an award-winning audio performance, a performance script, and a book review.

Web Projects:

"13 Ways to Kill a Mockingbird"
by Patricia A. Suchy

by Aimee Meredith Cox, Tiye Giraud, Anita Gonzales, Petra Kuppers, Carrie Sandahl, and Jay Steichmann


"Breaking Trances and Engaging the Erotic: The Search for Queer Spirituality"
by Karma Chávez

Performance & Pedagogy:

"Resistant Privilege and (or?) Privileged Resistance: Navigating the Boxes of Embodied Identity"
by Jason Zingsheim


"Operation Free Cheese"
by Faust Radio

Performance Script:

"Bible Beater/Bra Burner"
by Jennifer L. Frietag

Book Review:

+Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare+ (edited by Scott L. Newstok)
by David Payne

Up next in 2008 is a special issue on "Paradigms of Performance Studies," edited by Craig Gingrich-Philbrook of Southern Illinois University.

+Liminalities+ is an open-access peer-reviewed journal for performance studies, theory and praxis. Our goal is to embrace the possibilities for presenting performance studies work by exploring and exploiting the "staging" potential of digital media. We publish essays, aesthetic works, digital media projects, documentaries, book reviews, interviews, and works about pedagogy & performance.

For more journal information, visit