3.632 deadline; Internet; TEI $$ (125)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Tue, 24 Oct 89 18:05:13 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 632. Tuesday, 24 Oct 1989.

(1) Date: Mon, 23 Oct 89 21:55:20 CDT (17 lines)
From: "Kevin L. Cope" <ENCOPE@LSUVM>
Subject: MPA Deadline Approaching

(2) Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 08:39:10 CDT (45 lines)
From: Charles Bailey <LIB3@UHUPVM1.BITNET>
Subject: Internet OPAC List

(3) Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 11:56 EST (42 lines)
From: NANCY M. IDE (914) 437 5988 <IDE@VASSAR>
Subject: Good news from the TEI

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Date: Mon, 23 Oct 89 21:55:20 CDT
From: "Kevin L. Cope" <ENCOPE@LSUVM>
Subject: MPA Deadline Approaching

HUMANISTS should be reminded that the dadline for the submission of papers
for presentation at the next conference of the Mississippi Philological
Association (Starkeville, MS, January 26-27, 1990) is fast approaching.
That deadline is November 6. Papers, poems, and prose pieces--and for that
matter any type of humanistic performance, including ones involving computers--
should be directed to Prof. Harry Donaghy, Dept. of English, Mississippi
State University, Starkeville, Mississippi, U. S. A. Past MPA conferences
have been nothing short of fabulous! So lively, intelligent, and fun!
See Kevin Cope, Natalie Maynor, and perhaps even Doanld Mabry! See one of
the finest nodes in the world! The MPA is also an excellent first conference
for budding graduate students. And it publishes an excellent journal,
POMPA (Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association), which is
indexed in the MLA. Be there!
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Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 08:39:10 CDT
From: "Charles Bailey, University of Houston" <LIB3@UHUPVM1.BITNET>
Subject: Internet OPAC List

[This afternoon, using an Internet address from the document cited here,
I searched the holdings of the library at the University of California
at Berkeley for a few things. If you do not know how to use Internet,
you'll have to ask your local experts, but my brief experience suggests
to me that it's worth the trouble. --W.M.]

Dr. Art St. George has created an updated list of addresses and access
instructions for a number of online catalogs and databases on Internet.
What is Internet?

The Internet is an internetwork of many networks all running
the TCP/IP protocol suite, connected through gateways, and sharing common
name and address spaces. . . . The Internet is very large, not only
covering the United States, but also extending into Canada, Europe,
and Asia (the Philippines, Korea, and Japan). . . . Estimates of
numbers of hosts range from 40,000 to 500,000 and of numbers of users
from 500,000 to more than a million. There are at least 400
connected networks.

Source: John S. Quarterman, The Matrix: Computer Networks and
Conferencing Systems Worldwide (Bedford, MA: Digital Press, 1990),

To get the list, send the following e-mail message to


You will receive an e-mail message describing the processing of your
request. The file, which is 1236 lines long, will be sent to your
account. The commands that you will use to view, print, or download
the file are specific to your computer system. If you don't know
how to perform these tasks, ask your computer center for help.

If you would like to have your OPAC or database added to the list,
send this information to Dr. St. George at STGEORGE@UNMB. Please
send all questions about the list to Dr. St. George.

| Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Phone: (713) 749-4241 |
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Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 11:56 EST
From: NANCY M. IDE (914) 437 5988 <IDE@VASSAR>

WITH $100,000 GRANT

The Association for Computers and the Humanities, the Association for
Computational Linguistics, and the Association for Literary and
Linguistic Computing are pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation has awarded a two-year $100,000 grant to support the Text Encoding
Initiative (TEI). The TEI, which is jointly sponsored by these three
organizations, is a major international project to develop guidelines for the
preparation and exchange of machine-readable texts for scholarly research and
to satisfy a broad range of uses by the language industries.

The project is being undertaken in response to the pressing need for a common
text encoding scheme, demonstrated by the present chaotic diversity of formats
now in use. The availability of these guidelines will make it possible for
research groups to share data collections, which are both costly and
time-consuming to develop.

Over 50 scholars from North America, Europe, and the Middle East are involved
in TEI's effort to create sets of tags for marking features of texts. The tag
sets, coded in the framework provided by the Standard Generalized Markup
Language (SGML), will provide the means to mark physical features of text such
as character sets and page layout. They will also provide discipline-specific
tag sets to mark the results of research on the text, such as the analysis of
sentence syntax or the identification of the metrical structure of verse.

Representatives of 15 scholarly and professional organizations form an Advisory
Board for the TEI, in order to ensure that all of the needs and interests of
the research community are adequately addressed.

The planning phase of this project was inaugurated by a $20,000 grant from the
United States National Endowment for the Humanities, which later awarded a
$185,000 grant to implement the first two years of a four-year work plan to
produce the encoding guidelines. The TEI has also received a $100,000 grant
from the European Economic Community.