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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 22:09:11 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 351.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: GOODMAN RICHARD <goodma@COOPER.EDU> (81)
From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (9)
Subject: New listserv for graphic design

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (107)
Subject: NARA Strategic Plan: why we should listen

[3] From: "J. Trant" <jtrant@archimuse.com> (26)
From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (12)
Subject: AMICO University Testbed: Information Session

[4] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (93)
Subject: The "New" Fair Use Symposium

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 1997 13:31:41 -0400
Subject: New listserv for graphic design

This is to introduce NGDA-L, a new listserv to discuss the National
Graphic Design Image Database at The Cooper Union. What follows is a
brief description of the database along with instructions on how to join.

The National Graphic Design Image Database at Cooper Union was developed
at The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, a division of
the Cooper Union School of Art is designed to electronically preserve and
disseminate material related to the history and theory of graphic design.
The software, entitled CUIMAGE, enables students, designers and artists
to access and input images and analysis from web sites worldwide. NGDA-L
is intended to promote discussion on visual analysis issues related to
the NGDA Image Database. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
(NEA), the project aims to build a virtual visual encyclopedia through an
electronic community of educators. Additional information on the project
is available at www.cooper.edu/art/lubalin/.

To subscribe, send a message to Majordomo@cooper.edu with the following
message in the body of your message:

subscribe ngda-l your name

Public Access:

Public access to the National Graphic Design Image Database at Cooper
Union is available at http://ngda.cooper.edu. The public access version
displays data for all the records, but access to images is currently
restricted to select items and those created before 1920.

Test Sites: Comprehensive Access

Educators interested in accessing the unrestricted version of the
Database, should send e-mail to Lawrence Mirsky, director of the The
Herb Lubalin Study Center and the NGDA Image Database, at
mirsky@cooper.edu or Richard Goodman, Visual Analyst/Cataloger, at
goodma@cooper.edu. Please enter "NGDA Access Request" in the subject
heading. In your request for access please include your name, title,
institution, IP address, e-mail address, physical location of the
computer (to verify on-campus use) and a statement explaining the purpose
for accessing the Database. The IP address is the unique identifying
number for a computer's internet connection. Please ask your network
administrator for assistance.

Software Details:

CUImage Web System Highlights

1. Supports Multiple, Concurrent Users for
Queries and Cataloguing from Web Sites

2. Supports Comprehensive Import and Export

3. Offers Flexible Hierarchies for Relating Images

4. Runs Client Software on all Major Platforms

5. Integrates Film,Video and Multimedia Formats

The system currently supports images (GIF and
JPEG format), motion pictures and sound
(QuickTime format and Macromedia Director) and
text. New media formats may be added through the
component template system.

6. Incorporates Visual Identity Programs

The user interface of the system is based upon user
defined sets of HTML template files. The system can
use any graphics created for the web and provides
full support for all features of HTML allowing users
the flexibility to establish their visual identity.

An arbitrary number of user defined interfaces may
be created and can coexist with one another through
a single computer serving the Database. Interfaces
can be constructed for specific uses and access points
in a collection.

7. Customizes Cataloging for Cross-Disciplinary

The data structures used are generic enough to be
useful for use in engineering, technical and
comercial visual database applications. Standard
vocabularies for other disciplines can be imported
into the system and coexist with the AAT (or any
other hierarchy).


David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 11:09:01 -0400
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: NARA Strategic Plan: why we should listen

October 21, 1997


"Impressive developments in technology for creating records have not been
matched by technological developments for managing them"
<http://www.nara.gov/nara/vision/naraplan.html#1.3>. This statement in the
recently released NARA Strategic Plan speaks to the concerns of many of us
on this list and justifies our consideration of the applicability of its
concerns to our broader community.

In particular, the aspects of the plan that should interest many here
involve NARA's comments on its approach to electronic records and to
finding aids. As the Update below highlights:

a) Government agencies do not follow standardized procedures for archiving
electronic records. NARA plans to develop and implement advisory guidelines
with the goal that by the year 2007 50% of agencies will "incorporate the
NARA record keeping requirements in the design, development, and
implementation of their automated systems."

b) Only 20% of materials in the National Archives have sufficient finding
aids. Here the performance goal is to have "85% of all NARA records
holdings described at the series or collection level and have the finding
aids available Online by the year 2002, with the goal of 100% by 2007."

David Green



NCC Washington Update, vol. 3, #43, October 21, 1997
by Page Putnam Miller, Director of the National Coordinating
Committee for the Promotion of History <pagem@capaccess.org>

1. National Archives Releases Strategic Plan
With Performance Targets

1. National Archives Releases Strategic Plan With Performance Targets--
On October 3, U.S. Archivist John Carlin submitted the National Archives'
strategic plan to the President, the Congress, and the American public.
"Ready Access to Essential Evidence : The Strategic Plan of the National
Archives and Records Administration 1997-2007" is a 48 page booklet that
includes the specifics lacking in earlier drafts. The performance
indicators for the section titled "How will we know we have succeeded?"
flow from the National Archives' four mission goals -- identifying and
appraising federal records, making records easily accessible, preserving
records, and making the changes at the National Archives necessary to
realize the vision. Under each goal there are performance targets that
establish benchmark percentages and dates.

One strength of the plan is that it realistically evaluates the current
situation. The discussion of archiving electronic records systems, for
example, recognizes the Archives' current deficiencies. The report states
that "the absence of standards and guidelines for electronic record
keeping threatens the Government's ability to ensure access to records
generated and maintained in electronic formats." The targeted goal is to
develop the guidance that agencies need in archiving electronic records,
conduct pilot projects on the feasibility of the guidance, and by 2007
have 50% of all federal agencies incorporate the NARA record keeping
requirements in the design, development, and implementation of their
automated systems. Some view this goal as disappointing, focusing on the
50% of agencies that will not have incorporated the Archives' guidance and
on the electronic records that may be lost due to the slow implementation.
Yet others note the considerable difficulty the Archives has had in
dealing with electronic records during the past decade and wonder if this
goal isn't overly ambitious.

The plan recognizes that one of the key aspects of making records more
accessible is having good finding aids. Currently about 20% of the
records at the National Archives do not have adequate finding aids. This
means that users have to rely on staff who are already overburdened to
assist them in locating records. The strategic plan has set as a goal
having 85% of all NARA records holdings described at the series or
collection level and the finding aids available OnLine by the year 2002,
with the goal of 100% by 2007. It is doubtful, however, that this
ambitious task that requires intensive work can be accomplished without
the infusion of a considerable amount of additional resources and staff.

Many recognize the need today for catchy slogans; however, the plan's
title "Ready Access to Essential Evidence" is troubling for some
historians. Access should be easy for a genealogist seeking a particular
piece of information about a great-great uncle or for a veteran seeking
information from a personnel file. However, scholars who wish to
understand the activities and policies of the federal government will
continue to have to visit research rooms and to confront the immensity of
the National Archives' holdings -- equivalent to a 230 mile long shelf of
records. Serious archival research is by its very nature labor intensive
and anything but easy. But it is this research that delivers the
treasures of the Archives to the American public in the form of
documentary films and prize winning books. The term "essential evidence"
is also discomforting. Much of the richness of the current holdings are
in records that have informational value and do not provide "essential
evidence." Many scholars fear that beneath the phrase "essential
evidence" will be a tendency to use a more limiting approach to the task
of deciding which records will be retained and which will be destroyed.

Despite whatever short comings there may be in the Archives' new strategic
plan, the central thrust of the plan -- focusing on the life cycle of
records -- sets the National Archives in an important new direction. Many
observers of the National Archives see much that is positive in the plan's
emphasis on working more closely with agencies to promote what the plan
refers to as "front-end records management." This approach involves
dealing with records at the time they are created, which is particularly
crucial in dealing with electronic records. How the ambitious goals set
forward in the plan can be met within the current budget and staff remains
problematic. Thus supporters of the National Archives must stand ready
when the next appropriations bill comes forward to inform Congress of the
Archives' backlogs and the need for additional resources to enable this
agency to meet its legally mandated mission of identifying, preserving,
describing, and making available federal records that document the
activities and policies of the federal government.

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Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:54:45 +0000
From: "J. Trant" <jtrant@archimuse.com>
Subject: AMICO University Testbed: Information Session

Twenty-three of North America's largest art museums have founded the Art
Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) to make multimedia documentation of their
collections available for educational use. AMICO is a not-for-profit
consortium open to institutions with collections of art.

The AMICO digital library will initially be distributed in the academic
year 1998/1999 in a university testbed project. A Call for Participation
will solicit interest from institutions willing to play an active role in
evaluating the use of multimedia museum information. Twenty universities
will be selected based on their proposed contribution to the testbed project.

An Information Session for potential testbed participants will be held in
conjunction with the upcoming Coalition for Networked Information Meeting.
(A general project briefing will be given during the CNI Program.) The Call
for Participation will be distributed at this time, and the Goals and
Objectives of the Testbed will be presented and discussed.

AMICO University Testbed Briefing
Minneapolis Marriott
Elk Lake Room
Sunday, October 26, 1997
9:30 - 12:00
[remember this is the morning after Daylight Savings Time ends]

Please RSVP to J. Trant (jtrant@archimuse.com) so that we make sure there
is enough coffee and pastry for everyone.
J. Trant
Partner and Principal Consultant
Archives & Museum Informatics

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 13:14:12 -0400
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: The "New" Fair Use Symposium

October 21, 1997



The "New" Fair Use:
Fresh Perspectives on Technology for Teaching and Research

Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM * 12:00 PM EST


This program at Indiana University is now booked to capacity and organizer
Kenny Crews informs us that the satellite videoconference will only be
available within Indiana (downlink sites available at

A videotape of the program is being considered and would be available for
purchase at a reasonable rate for nonprofit institutions. Those interested
should send a message to <copyinfo@iupui.edu>. A more widely available
telecast is planned for 1998.

David Green


>October 20, 1997
> ******************************
> The "New" Fair Use:
> Fresh Perspectives on Technology for Teaching and Research
> Thursday, November 6, 10:00 AM * 12:00 PM EST
> Moderated by Kenneth D. Crews, Director, Copyright Management Center
>Panelists include:
> Thomas Ho, Chairman and Professor of Computer Technology, IUPUI
> http://www.engr.iupui.edu/~ho
> tho@iupui.edu
> Ken Barger, Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI
> kbarger@iupui.edu
> Suzanne Thorin, University Dean of University Libraries, IU
> thorin@indiana.edu
> Michael Klein, Associate University Counsel, IU
> kleinm@indiana.edu
>In an era of multimedia, web sites, videotapes, and digital scanners, each
>member of the university community is increasingly responsible for
>understanding the basics of copyright and fair use, and must know how to
>deploy them for advancing our educational mission. Too often we see
>copyright law as a barrier to our pursuits, but the law in fact provides
>crucial opportunities and rights for creative uses of educational
>materials. This lively and informative discussion will examine important
>and recent developments in fair use and will give direction for their new
>meaning throughout the academic community.
> ******************************
>Sponsored by the IUPUI Office of Faculty and Senior Staff Development and the
>Copyright Management Center, this live videoconference will be available
>via the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS)
> ******************************
>A downlink of this videoconference is available at all IHETS sites by
>contacting the IHETS regional coordinator at the site desired. To locate a
>particular coordinator, contact Regina Mack at IHETS (263-8929,
>rmack@ind.net), the CMC (274-4400, copyinfo@indiana.edu), or consult the
>IHETS web page <http://www.ind.net>.
> ******************************
>Questions will be accepted in advance of the program via fax (317/278-3301)
>or e-mail <copyinfo@indiana.edu>. Senders should clearly indicate that the
>question is for the program. Questions may be submitted during the program
>to phone and fax numbers that will be announced on air.
> ******************************
>For more information, contact the Copyright Management Center:
>Phone: (317) 274-4400
>E-Mail: copyinfo@iupui.edu or copyinfo@indiana.edu
>Surf: http://www.iupui.edu/it/copyinfo
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
> Judy Homer - Copyright Management Center
> Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
> 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195
> (317) 274-4400 - Fax (317) 278-3301
> http://www.iupui.edu/it/copyinfo
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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