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We are pleased to invite you to:

High Throughput Humanities

A satellite meeting at the European Conference on Complex Systems 2010 organized by Maximilian Schich, Sune Lehmann, Riley Crane, and Gourab Ghoshal

Lisbon University Institute ISCTE in Lisbon, Portugal
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The High Throughput Humanities satellite event at ECCS'10 establishes a forum for high throughput approaches in the humanities and social sciences, within the framework of complex systems science. The symposium aims to go beyond massive data aquisition and to present results beyond what can be manually achieved by a single person or a small group. Bringing together scientists, researchers, and practitioners from relevant fields, the event will stimulate and facilitate discussion, spark collaboration, as well as connect approaches, methods, and ideas.

The main goal of the event is to present novel results based on analyses of Big Data (see NATURE special issue 2009), focusing on emergent complex properties and dynamics, which allow for new insights, applications, and services.

With the advent of the 21st century, increasing amounts of data from the domain of qualitative humanities and social science research have become available for quantitative analysis. Private enterprises (Google Books and Earth, Youtube, Flickr, Twitter, Freebase, IMDb, among others) as well as public and non-profit institutions (Europeana, Wikipedia, DBPedia, Project Gutenberg, WordNet, Perseus, etc) are in the process of collecting, digitizing, and structuring vast amounts of information, and creating technologies, applications, and services (Linked Open Data, Open Calais, Amazon's Mechanical Turk, ReCaptcha, ManyEyes, etc), which are transforming the way we do research.

Utilizing a complex systems approach to harness these data, the contributors of this event aim to make headway into the territory of traditional humanities and social sciences, understanding history, arts, literature, and society on a global-, meso- and granular level, using computational methods to go beyond the limitations of the traditional researcher.

Selected papers will appear in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal (MIT Press).

Programme: ^
In addition to a number of keynotes and invited speakers the programme includes a number of TED style contributions in relation to High Throughput Humanities.

9:00 - 9:15 – Introduction

9:15 - 10:00 – Alan Mislove: Keynote: Leveraging online social networks for large-scale population demographics.

10:00 - 10:30 – coffee-break

10:30 - 11:00 – Juyong Park: Invited talk: The Network of Contemporary Musicians.

11:00 - 11:30 – Sebastian Ahnert: Invited talk: Mapping Flavour Space.

11:30 - 11:45 – Coco Krumme: How Predictable: Mining Consumer Transaction Data to Explore Human Economic Trajectories.

11:45 - 12:00 – Charles Loeffler: Urban Migration Patterns from Residential Street Directories.

12:00 - 12:15 – Michael Szell, Renaud Lambiotte, and Stefan Thurner: Multi-relational social dynamics in a large-scale online game society.

12:15 - 12:30 – Lorenzo Zolesio, Vincenzo De Leo, Alessandro Chessa, Gianni Fenu, Michelangelo Puliga, and Luca Secchi: Complex Network Analysis on a Cloud Computing Architecture.

12:30 - 14:00 – lunch, posters and demos

14:00 - 14:30 – Sang Hoon Lee, Pan-Jun Kim, Yong-Yeol Ahn, and Hawoong Jeong: Invited talk: Googling Social Interactions: Web Search Engine Based Social Network Construction.

14:30 - 15:00 – Alexander Mehler: Invited talk: Generating Linguistic Networks Based on Large Corpora of Linguistic Data.

15:00 - 15:15 – Leif Isaksen, Elton Barker, and Eric C. Kansa: GAP: A NeoGeo Approach to Classical Resources.

15:15 - 15:30 – Almila Akdag Salah, Cheng Gao, Krzysztof Suchecki and Andrea Scharnhorst: The Need to Categorize: A Comparative Look at Categorization in Wikipedia and the Universal Decimal Classification System.

15:30 - 15:45 – Paul Scheding and Sebastian Cuy: Image_grid. The Big Metadata of Arachne. Context, Communication and Complexity of Big Data in Archaeology.

15:45 - 16:00 – Daniel Martin Katz and Michael Bommarito: A Mathematical Approach to the Study of the United States Code.

16:00 - 16:30 – coffee-break

16:30 - 17:00 – Luis EC Rocha, Fredrik Liljeros, and Petter Holme: Invited talk: Networks of Internet mediated prostitution.

17:00 - 17:30 – Lev Manovich: Invited talk: How to read 1000000 Manga pages? – Visualizing patterns in games, comics, art, films, TV, animation, and print media.

17:30 - 17:45 – Bosiljka Tadic, Marija Mitrovic and Georgios Paltoglou: Collective Emotional Behavior on Blogs: Data-Driven Modeling and Theoretical Survey.

17:45 - 18:00 – Alexy Khrabrov and George Cybenko: Mind Economy: Modeling Influence in Communication Networks with Social Capital.

18:00 - 18:15 – Ben Miller: 06.213: Attacks with Knives and Sharp Instruments // Quantitative Coding and the Witness to Atrocity.

18:15 - 18:30 – Katalin Orosz, Andras Vicsek, and Peter Pollner: Information Spreading on Social Networks

Organizing Committee: ^
Maximilian Schich, CCNR Northeastern University, USA.
Sune Lehmann, IQSS Harvard, USA.
Riley Crane, MIT Media Lab, USA.
Gourab Ghoshal, CCNR Northeastern University / DFCI Harvard, USA.

Confirmed Programme Committee Members: ^
Albert-László Barabási, CCNR Northeastern University, USA.
Guido Caldarelli, INFM-CNR Rome, Italy.
Gregory Crane, Tufts University, USA.
Lars Kai Hansen, Technical University of Denmark.
Bernardo Huberman, HP Laboratories, USA.
Martin Kemp, Trinity College, Oxford, UK.
Roger Malina, Leonardo/ISAST, France.
Franco Moretti, Stanford University, USA.
Didier Sornette, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Important Dates: ^
The deadline for submissions was April 30, 2010.
Notifications of acceptance have been sent out by May 31, 2010.
The meeting takes place on September 15, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Submissions: ^
The call for papers is closed. Submissions were to be submitted to the EasyChair system as a one page PDF, consisting of an abstract, not exceeding 300 words, a striking figure, and preferably a link to a relevant website.

Registration: ^
Attendees must register for ECCS'10 – European Conference on Complex Systems at

Links: ^
High Throughput Humanities

The video introduction features the slides and live audio track of a talk that we have presented to an awesome audience of 400 people [Thank you!] at the O'Reilly Global Ignite Boston 7 event on March 4, 2010 at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Contact: ^
You can contact us via mail. If you would like to be added to the list of interested people, please drop us a mail with the subject "Please add me to the High Throughput Humanities list" at

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