Scandinavian Discussion Group Minutes – 2017 Midwinter

ALA Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta

Joint Meeting of the Classical Medieval and Renaissance Discussion Group and Scandinavian Discussion Group
Saturday, January 21, 2017
3:00 – 4:00pm
Westin Peachtree Hotel, Piedmont Room 3


I. Presentation: New Initiatives at Brill Publishing

  • Jennifer Pavelko, acquisitions editor for Classical studies at Brill, gave a half-an-hour presentation on new initiatives at Brill Publishing.
    • She discussed Brill’s new Program Director for Digital Humanities, Marti Huetink. In Novemeber 2016 Huetink, who had been Publishing Director of the History Program at Brill, started “coordinating all business development activities of the company in the area of Digital Humanities.”
    • His title now includes Program Director Digital Humanities.
    • Marti’s role is to monitor new initiatives in DH, develop expertise in DH and create partnerships with leading DH centers.
    • In addition, Brill is now using various DH tools in designing their online tools, such as using spatial software and GIS, pattern and image recognition, and semantic technologies and statistical analysis.
    • To be better informed about DH matters, last year Brill did extensive research on DH, compiling its findings in a internal 60-page document.

II. Presentation: Brill’s Application of Digital Humanities Tools

  • Ms. Pavelko presented examples of Brill’s application of DH tools to database creation.
    • For example, developed at the University of Groningen MONK, allows for machine reading of handwriting and thus allows for searching across manuscript materials, such as is found in Brill’s Greek inscription database Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (published Greek inscriptions).
    • Another project is Naturalis, a collection of Dutch-language travel journals.
    • Both projects are part of the Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives, which is a joint project with the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS), Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the universities of Groningen (ALICE), Leiden (LIACS) and Twente (STePS), and Brill. Brill will use the project to strengthen its DH profile.

III. Brainstorming Session: Upcoming Symposium: “New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships.”

  • Symposium will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the German National Library during the Frankfurt Book Fair.