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Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities Symposium

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce its first initiative as part of its recently established partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which lays groundwork for the two institutions to cooperate on initiatives of common interest. Working in cooperation with the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland; and Research Councils UK, the NLM will be a part of “Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities,” an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the intersection of digital humanities and biomedicine.

Scheduled to take place April 10-12, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, Shared Horizons will be a unique forum, through which participants and their institutions will be able to address questions about collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this burgeoning area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship. Shared Horizons will create opportunities for disciplinary cross-fertilization through a mix of formal and informal presentations, combined with breakout sessions, all designed to promote a rich exchange of ideas about how large-scale quantitative methods can lead to new understandings of human culture. Bringing together researchers from the digital humanities and bioinformatics communities, the symposium will explore ways in which these two communities might fruitfully collaborate on projects that bridge the humanities and medicine around the topics of sequence alignment and network analysis, two modes of analysis that intersect with “big data.”

The Symposium’s Call for Papers is now available, with a submission deadline of November 10, 2012. Applicants will be selected by the Advisory Board, in consultation with the Shared Horizons Staff and Sponsors, based on the following criteria, with each area being weighted equally: scholarly engagement with sequence alignment and/or network analysis; quality of proposed paper; and collaborative potential. Notification of selection will be made by January 10, 2013.

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