Panel of Funders
Roundtable Discussion: New Directions in Digital Funding
A featured roundtable, New Directions in Digital Funding, chaired by Harold Short (head of CCH, King's College London) will include representatives from major funding agencies, projects and institutions:
- Helen Cullyer, Mellon Foundation, U.S.
- Julianne Nyhan, European Science Foundation (ESF), Europe.
- David Robey, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), U.K.
- Laurent Romary, Max Planck Society (MPS) and Institut National de Recherche en Informatique (INRIA), Germany and France.
- Dirk Roorda, DANS, Netherlands.
Helen Cullyer holds a PhD in Classics from Yale University, and is currently Associate Program Officer in the Scholarly Communications Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in January of this year, she taught at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and then at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was Director of the inter-disciplinary graduate program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science.
Julianne Nyhan's background is in Humanities Computing and she cut her teeth in the Corpus of Electronic Texts, University College Cork where she completed her PhD on the application of XML to the historical lexicography of Old, Middle and Early modern Irish. CELT is a freely available online textbase of some 11.1 million words of Irish history, politics and literature that is fully TEI-conformant. Her primary research interests are in the application of XML to historical Dictionaries; electronic text theory; and the history and development of information ordering and presentation in lexicographical works from medieval to modern times. At present she at work on a TEI conformant version of Patrick S. Dinneen's Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla (An Irish-English Dictionary) and is the book Review editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.
David Robey is half-time Director of the ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme of the Art and Humanities Research Council and Professor of Italian in Reading University's School of Modern Languages. Formerly Professor of Italian at Manchester University, he is also Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He has published on 15th-century Italian humanism (educational and poetic theory), language and style in Dante and Renaissance narrative poetry, the computer analysis of literature, and modern critical theory. He is author of a computer-based study on Sound and Structure in Dante's Divine Comedy (Oxford University Press, 2000), and is currently extending this work to include the major narrative poems of the Italian Renaissance. He was also joint editor of the The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature, now translated as the Enciclopedia Oxford/Zanichelli della Letteratura Italiana.
Born in 1964, Laurent Romary got his PhD in computational linguistics in 1989 and his Habilitation thesis in 1999. Chargé de Recherche at CNRS then Directeur de Recherche at INRIA, he conducted various research activities on man-machine dialogue, multilingual document management and linguistic engineering. He has participated in several national and international projects related to the representation and dissemination of language resources and on man-machine interaction, and in particular coordinated the MLIS/DHYDRO, IST/MIAMM and eContent/Lirics projects. He has been the editor of ISO standard 16642 (TMF – Terminological Markup Framework) and is the chairman of ISO committee TC 37/SC 4 on Language Resource Management and member (2001-2007) then chair (2008- ) of the TEI council. After establishing and leading the Scientific Information directorate at CNRS, he is currently the director of the Max-Planck Digital Library.
Dirk Roorda holds a PhD in Mathematical Logic from the University of Amsterdam. Now he is employed by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, whose mission is to enable long term access and re-use of scholarly data. He carries out three roles: managing the DANS's programme in the field of language and text resources, leading a three year software project in Digital Preservation, coordinating the ICT resources for DANS. In the past he has taken a three year break in order to study field linguistics, anthropology and the Hebrew language, after which he has worked ten years as a software engineer in the publishing industry, with a focus on SGML and XML.