[GeoHumanities SIG] A note from your GeoHumanities SIG Co-chairs

Carmen Brando carmen.brando at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 17:55:36 CEST 2017

Dear all,

Thank you Karl and Kathy, once again, for the help in setting up the
APlace4Places workshop last year in Krakow. A forthcoming special issue on
semantic historical gazeteers and related NLP applications will be
published this summer. We are grateful for the contributions we received
and for the SIG support through Kathy.

I agree with Patricia to the idea of a rotating steering committee. Such
group may start to envisage the developpement of some of the suggestions
made by the SIG community in response to the survey. I would be glad to
help and to be involved in the SIG activities.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to join you this time in Montreal.

Enjoy the meeting!

Best wishes,
Carmen Brando

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:49 PM, Karl Grossner <karl.geog at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear GeoHumanists,
> It's coming up on four years since we co-founded the GeoHumanities SIG of
> ADHO in 2013. In that time, the SIG has begun fostering community amongst
> those digital humanists whose research is geographically focused or
> inflected. Our efforts to that end have included: convening workshops and
> hosting dinners at DH conferences, launching a web site and coordinating
> associated initiatives (GIS project list, GeoDiRT), publicizing
> community-related events and projects with our Twitter account
> (@GeoHum_SIG) and email list, and advocating for an enhanced role for SIGs
> in ADHO and in DH conference programs (in 2016 Kathy took on the newly
> developed role, SIG Convener’s liaison to ADHO Executive Committee).
> Although we can count several successes, there remains significant
> untapped potential for the GeoHumanities SIG. We have no governing bylaws,
> but now seems a good time to rotate some new members into leadership roles,
> and possibly to make some significant changes to leadership organization.
> After this year's DH conference in Montreal, Karl will step away from his
> co-chair role. Kathy will continue participating in some capacity into the
> next year to transition new leadership.
> We would like to begin a discussion amongst all our members (several
> hundred list subscribers and Twitter followers) about what happens next. A
> first question might be whether members want to continue with a co-chair
> leadership structure or possibly extend it to a steering committee?  Is
> there a need for an Advisory Committee, or could that be disbanded? As part
> of the transitions, we should consider working up some long term goals  We
> received lots of great suggestions in response to the survey we conducted
> in 2016, Is there a way forward on some of the initiatives that were most
> strongly supported (http://geohumanities.org/survey-results)?
> At the Montreal meeting we will organize our usual SIG dinner, and we'd
> also like to arrange a meeting of the minds about the group's organization.
> Let's arrive in Montreal with some discussion under our belt via this email
> list (a good way to provide input whether attending DH2017 or not). Please
> help us get the ball rolling by responding to this message!
> best regards,
> Kathy Hart Weimer
> Karl Grossner
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