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Call for Papers: The International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems(MEDES 2009)

Technically sponsored by both ACM SIGAPP and ACM Chapter
                           Technically sponsored by IEEE France & IEEE SMCS
                             with the cooperation of IFIP WG 2.6
                                     October 27-30, 2009
                                        Lyon - France

Description and Objectives

In the world of the Internet, the rapid growth and exponential use of digital medias leads to the emergence of
virtual environments namely digital ecosystems composed of multiple and independent entities such as individuals, organizations, services, software and applications sharing one or several
missions and focusing on the interactions and inter-relationships among them. The digital ecosystem exhibits
self-organizing environments, thanks to the re-combination and evolution of its digital components, in which resources provided by each entity are properly conserved, managed and used…

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Fellow in the History and Future of the Book (2009-10, renewable)

The Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project seeks a post-doctoral fellow in digital humanities with expertise in textual studies. This position is based in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria. The successful candidate is anticipated to work closely with team members at U Victoria, U Toronto, Acadia U, U Saskatchewan, U Western Ontario, and beyond.
The postdoctoral fellow will work with digital manifestations of historical textual features, collaborating with those associated with INKE's textual studies team and others, consulting with project stakeholders and potential stakeholders, and liaising with other INKE researchers located in North America and the UK.
The successful candidate will have skills and aptitudes in humanities-oriented research, textual studies and book history/bibliography, including training or demonstrated experience working with a variety of digital humanities resources, including digital archives, scholarly editions…

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 4nd International Workshop on Ontology Content

Special tracks on:
Business | Human Resources | eHealth | Web 3.0

Nov 6, 2009, Algarve, Portugal
Part of the OTM (OTM'09)
Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS

Call for Papers
In recent years the expectations of software technology based on social networking and social analysis have increased tremendously. Where the initial interest was focused on the Web community, reflecting the success of Web 2.0 applications and the growth of relevance of social  networks analysis. Today, however, this interest extends also to include business and government organizations. A major trend in many areas involves the creation of hybrids incorporating elements of both traditional knowledge management and business process management techniques. In this context the issues related to the quality of data representation acquire a new relevance. For the sorts of accurate and timely analysis of data needed by major organizations demand that data be formulated in ways that are expressi…

The May 2009 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The May 2009 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available.

Articles in this issue:

* Public Interest in Private Records
* State Partners Meet
* NARA Conference Explores a New Preservation Era
* International Intern at NDIIPP
* World Digital Library & other announcements

Butch Lazorchak
Digital Archivist
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
(202) 707-2603
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540-4604

Call for the nominations for the 2009 AATSEEL awards for teaching, service and scholarship

The Nominations and Awards Committee of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Language, invites nominations for the 2009 AATSEEL awards for teaching, service and scholarship. (A complete list of awards and past recipients 1991-2008 is on the AATSEEL web page at

Please send any and all nominations, or questions about the process or the awards, to any or all members of the committee:

Sibelan Forrester

Keith Langston

Boris Wolfson

Sibelan Forrester
Professor of Russian
Modern Languages and Literatures
Swarthmore College
(AATSEEL Past President, 2009-2010)

Fast Food

Dear Readers and Visitors

I have not posted blog notes of personal nature for the longest. However, today I came accross this videoclip and was kind of thoughtful about "the close reading" process that I am used to by now. I seem to find the clip on one hand offensive to many women, and on the other hand, I did not know that the fastfood has become a norm in the former CIS. Perhaphs, I am wrong? Please respond without personal attacks. Many thanks. Liladhar

Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects forGreat Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the GeorgianCrisis. (A 2009 free download E-book)

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, US

"Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis. [2009].
Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick. Russia and China have been reacting to the pressures of changing U.S.-Central Asia policy over the past 5 years as has the United States. In response to the 'color' revolutions, they achieved broad agreement on the priority of regime security and the need to limit the long-term military presence of the United States in Central Asia.
These are also two key areas -- defining the political path of Central Asian states and securing a strategic foothold in the region -- where the United States finds itself in competition with Russia and China. The Russia-China partnership should not be seen as an anti-U.S. bloc, nor should the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) be viewed as entirely cohesive. Alt…

Budget Related Message from the UCLA Chancellor Dr. Gene Block

UCLA Office of the Chancellor

To the Campus Community:
In the wake of last Tuesday's election, we are all greatly concerned about the budget deficit and its impact on the University of California and UCLA.  You may have read that the state Legislative Analyst's Office has increased, yet again, the projected budget shortfall — from $21 billion, contemplated at the time of last Tuesday's election, to $24 billion.
There will be three levels of decision-making in the coming months that affect the severity and nature of cuts to the university:  state government (legislature and governor), UC system (President Yudof and the Regents) and UCLA.  We do know that the cuts will be severe, and there is no question that we are facing difficult and painful choices.
We are in no position at this time, however, to predict the level and extent of cuts to the university that may impact our current planning levels.  Right now, I encourage you to visit…

Projecting Pyongyang: The Future of North Korea's Kim Jong Il Regime (a 2008 free download E-book)

Dear Readers,
Although this e book may not be directly related to the Slavic or Eastern European Studies, I would still recommend it to my readers due to its well balanced account. I believe that the remnants of the Cold War still remain in our global village. Many thanks. Liladhar

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, US

"Projecting Pyongyang: The Future of North Korea's Kim Jong Il
Regime. [2008]. Authored by Dr. Andrew Scobell.
The author seeks to assist planners and decisionmakers in thinking
about and preparing for possible future contingencies concerning
North Korea. He does not dwell on war or conflict scenarios involving
North Korea because military planners have already focused
considerable effort and attention on these. It is entirely possible
that the fate of the country as a political, territorial, and
juridical entity is intimately bound up with the fate of the Kim Jong
Il regime, but one should not assume this to be so. In …

Eleventh International Conference on Grey Literature

          Eleventh International Conference on Grey Literature
     Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA on 14-15 December 2009

               "The Grey Mosaic, Piecing It All Together"

C O N T E N T S:



Chair, Roberta Shaffer, Federal Library and Information Center Committee, FLICC/FEDLINK, United States

Keynote Address, Peter R. Young, Chief Asian Division, Library of Congress, United States

Opening Paper, The Grey System for Monitoring Self-Funded Research / Aleksandr Starovoitov, CITIS; Aleksandr Bastrykin , Yuri Bogdanov, and Leonid Pavlov, VNTIC, Russia



Chair, Michelle Springer, Office of Strategic Initiatives; …

Call for Papers at UCLA: Futurism: The Invention of a Primordial Tomorrow

University of California at Los Angeles, October 9th and 10th 2009
In 1909 on the front page of Le Figaro Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published the "Founding Manifesto" of Futurism, thus inciting the age of the European avant-garde. The consequences of a Futurist perspective were to be felt throughout the European cultural landscape, however Futurism's greatest contribution, arguably, (being the first avant-garde movement) was that of defining the scope, the means and the modalities of the avant-garde. As part of this definition, Futurists struggled with establishing genealogies and selecting posterity. On the one hand, Futurism rejected the literary tradition that preceded it, only sparing select cultural references; and on the other, Futurism addressed an audience not yet born, that the Futurists helped to create.
This conference intends to explore the relationship of Futurism with the traditional literary canon while also investigating the strategies…


The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
(NCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The Journal is refereed and published once a year.
Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages (all foreign languages except English, French, German, and Spanish). The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows:
a. Methodology and Technology,
b. Academia,
c. Beyond Academia,
d. Social Embeddedness
The first section shall include papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second section will encompass reports about research and teaching in academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third sec…

LECTURES- On Ethnography/Anthropology and on Secularism in Post-Soviet Caucasus

Within the framework of public lectures organized by the Center for Social Sciences at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Professor John Schoeberlein Director of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus under the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University (USA), will deliver two public lectures:
1) "Studying Caucasian Culture and Society through the Lenses of
Ethnography (in the Local Tradition) and Anthropology (in the Western
Tradition)" Wednesday, May 20, 2009 17.00 pm

2) "Considering Secularism in Post-Communist Caucasian Societies"
Thursday, May 21, 200916.00 pm

Attendance is free for all interested persons.
Working language is English.
Location: The Center for Social Sciences, at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State Unversity, II building. 3 Chavchavadze Avenue, IV floor, Room # 139.

Mako (Manana) Mikaberidze
Administrative Director
Center for Social Sciences
3 Chavchavadze Ave.
TSU II building, IV floor
Tbilisi 0128 G…

In Memoriam: Oleg Iankovskii

20.05.2009 Олег ЯнковскийУтром 20 мая 2009 года в Москве на 66-м году жизни скончался народный артист Советского Союза Олег Янковский. Он долго страдал от онкологического заболевания. Читать дальше

Summer 2009 Slavic Language Program at the University of Chicago

* Courses in Russian at the first-year and second-year levels
* Two 3-week courses in simultaneous interpretation in Russian<- >English (open to students at multiple levels)
* All courses run 6 weeks, June 22-July 31, 2009
* the 6 week course is equivalent to one year (3 quarters) of study in the University of Chicago program during the academic year
* courses will be supplemented by weekly lunches from area Slavic restaurants and possible field trips to Russian, Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian restaurants, shops, etc. in Chicago

Program descriptions are available at: and registration and tuition details are available at:

Social Science Research Council Job: Eurasia Program Officer/Director

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship, invites applications for a Program Officer/Director to the Eurasia Program. The Eurasia program works to develop new directions for scholarship on this region, and to provide opportunities for international networking and collaborative research.  Eurasia Program Title VIII-funded program activities are designed to support and strengthen the field of Eurasian studies. For more information about the Eurasia Program, visit our website: .  Please note, the hiring of an individual for this position is conditional upon the availability of full project funding.
The Program Officer/Director will supervise the program and its small team of dedicated professionals, and will be responsible for the overall management of the Eurasia Program, particularly the Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe an…

Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation Join Together to Create DuraSpaceTM Organization

Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation Join Together to Create DuraSpaceTM Organization

Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA --- Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have announced today that they will join their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.

The joined organization, named "DuraSpace," will sustain and grow its flagship repository platforms - Fedora and DSpace. DuraSpace will also expand its portfolio by offering new technologies and services that respond to the dynamic environment of the Web and to new requirements from existing and future users. DuraSpace will focus on supporting existing communities and will also engage a larger and more diverse group of stakeholders in support of its not-for-profit mis…

Announcement from “Cosmopolitan” Summer Language Camp

This is the last call for volunteers to come and participate in the Summer Language Camp that our Educational Center "Cosmopolitan" runs in delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the center of Russia. We have at least one volunteer vacancy at each of the four two-week sessions of the camp this summer and we would like to invite those of your students and colleagues who have just finalized their summer plans and schedules and will have at least two weeks during the summer to come and join our team.

Being comprehensive and unique, and offering very competitive prices, our program is an attractive option for your students whom we invite to participate as volunteer teachers of their language and as creativity workshop coordinators for the Russian children at the camp.
Our program is unique in bringing volunteer teachers and international students from all over the world to Siberia to live, work and study in…

Temporary Lecturer in Russian. BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. Fall, 2009.

One semester replacement position.

Non tenure-track. Teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Third Year Russian language courses.
M.A., native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English, proven excellence in undergraduate teaching, experience in Russia.
Applications reviewed immediately and accepted until the position is filled. Ph. D. candidates and ABD's welcome to apply. Please send cover letter, CV, transcripts and three letters of reference to Dr. Andrew Wisely, 1 Bear Place, Box #97391, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-7391. Baylor is a Baptist University affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Baylor encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

An announcement from DigitalPreservationEurope

As many of you will know DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE) are committed to making digital preservation materials available to the widest possible audience and to breaking down barriers to access. The release of a new series of short animations introducing and explaining digital preservation problems and solutions for the general public marks an important step reaching this goal.

We are delighted to announce that the first animation is now ready for viewing at

We believe these cartoons encapsulate complex digital preservation issues and problems and explain them in a funny and easy to follow plot. Please fee free to make use of these animations as part of your own work to raise awareness and understanding about digital preservation.

Future animations will be released on our You Tube Channel at

To learn more about DPE or to access our suite of preservation resources and tools, please go to http://www.digitalp…

In Memoriam: Скончался народный артист СССР Федор Шмаков

2.05.2009 Скончался народный артист СССР Федор ШмаковФедор Шмаков известен, в частности, исполнением роли В.И.Ленина в театральных постановках, сыграл около 30 ролей в кино. В 1959 году снялся в роли Андрея Разметнова в художественном фильме "Поднятая... Читать дальше