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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 05:05:26 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 221.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk@pop.uky.edu> (46)
Subject: announcing LOOKSEE

[2] From: JA de Beer <jennifer@grove.uct.ac.za> (15)
Subject: Internet Resources concerning Renaissance Topics

[3] From: Ross Scaife <scaife@pop.uky.edu> (36)
Subject: [STOA] waypoints

[4] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (20)
Subject: Live Art Archive; Digital Performance Archive

[5] From: "Charles W. Bailey, Jr." <cbailey@UH.EDU> (53)
Subject: Version 27, Scholarly Electronic Publishing

[6] From: Nobel Foundation WWW Server (9)
From: "Jan-Gunnar Tingsell <tingsell@hum.gu.se>" ( )
Subject: Nobel Prize award

[7] From: "Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D." <bralich@hawaii.edu> (20)
Subject: Review of all Parsers

[8] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (14)
Subject: uses of the Web

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:46:52 +0100
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk@pop.uky.edu>
Subject: announcing LOOKSEE (for Humanist)

Announcing LOOKSEE: Resources for Image-Based Humanities Computing


LOOKSEE is intended as a community focal point for discussion and
development of next generation image-based humanities computing projects.
Although the term "image-based" humanities computing has been in circulation
for some time, we are now approaching a watershed: a number of pioneering
projects (many of them begun in the early nineties) whose promise could
heretofore be discussed only in speculative terms are now coming to
fruition, while new software tools and data standards are poised to redefine
the way we create, access, and work with digital images. All of this
activity, moreover, is transpiring at a moment when there is an
unprecedented level of interest in visual culture and representation in the
academic humanities at large.

At present, LOOKSEE consists of:

1. The Web materials at the URL above, collecting resources ranging from
computer science to medical informatics to art history in order to create a
kind of sketchbook of image-based humanities computing.

2. A listserv discussion forum, chaired by Matthew Kirschenbaum.
Subscription details are available at the URL above (all are welcome to
join; the list already includes many of the persons behind the current
generation of image-based humanities computing projects). Though the list is
unmoderated, it will be run as a structured discussion in which topics will
be brought forward at set intervals for the participants' consideration. The
first discussion, to begin shortly, will revolve around humanities
applications of techniques in medical imaging and image processing (examples
to be provided); the second discussion will feature Johanna Drucker's
Wittgenstein's Gallery, a series of over one hundred conceptual drawings
constituting a working model of vision, perception, and (re)cognition. (We
will use Drucker's work as the basis for a discussion of computer-assisted
image analysis.) Later discussions will be given over to producing specs for
a suite of open source image analysis tools which, taking advantage of
emerging data standards such as JPEG 2000, will attempt to do for images
some of what has already been done for text-based computing.

3. The LOOKSEE Web site will expand to include source code, demos, and

LOOKSEE is hosted by the collaboratory for Research in Computing for
Humanities, at the University of Kentucky: <http://www.rch.uky.edu/>.

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Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Research in Computing for Humanities Group
University of Kentucky

Technical Editor, The William Blake Archive


Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:54:13 +0100
From: JA de Beer <jennifer@grove.uct.ac.za>
Subject: Internet Resources concerning Renaissance Topics

Dear Humanists,

Herewith the URL for a new E-mail discussion list re the above.
See <http://www.phil-hum-ren.uni-muenchen.de/Web4Ren/>

Jennifer de Beer


Jennifer de Beer - Project Assistant
Cape Library Cooperative (CALICO) & INFOLIT
c/o the Adamastor Trust
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 686-5070 Fax: +27 (0)21 689-7465
E-mail: jennifer@grove.uct.ac.za
CALICO: http://www.adamastor.ac.za/Academic/Calico/portal.htm
INFOLIT: http://www.adamastor.ac.za/Academic/Infolit/default.htm

All writing is useless that does not contain a stimulus to activity - Nietzsche

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:54:36 +0100
From: Ross Scaife <scaife@pop.uky.edu>
Subject: [STOA] waypoints

The Stoa electronic publishing consortium would like to announce the
availability of the Stoa Waypoint Database (http://www.stoa.org/stoagnd/).

The database is designed to serve as an archive of geographic data
(longitude and latitude coordinates) for ancient sites, buildings, objects,
geographic features, archaeological excavations, etc. Our goal is to
provide a freely accessible source of geographic data that can be used by
the widest possible audience. We hope that this data will be useful, for
example, in GPS units and GIS software for archaeologists in the field,
students working on research projects, and digital map makers, or anyone
else engaged in study and research.

All the data in the database may be browsed and searched on the web, and it
is also freely available for downloading into a generic comma-delimited
text file.

In addition we hope to grow the database through contributions of
geographic data from students, scholars, or anyone else who is interested.
All contributions are welcome. If you would like to contribute geographic
data, please refer to the Stoa's Guidelines for Recording and Submitting
GPS Waypoints (http://www.stoa.org/guides/gps.shtml) for more information.

For more information about the database please feel free to contact Robert
Chavez (rchavez@perseus.tufts.edu) or Ross Scaife (scaife@pop.uky.edu). We
welcome all comments, suggestions or questions.

Robert Chavez
Perseus Project

The Stoa: A Consortium for Electronic Publication

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:54:56 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Live Art Archive; Digital Performance Archive

According to a deliberately tangential, open-ended definition (if that's
not a contradiction in terms), "live art" is "work that broadly embraces
ephemeral, time-based visual and performing arts events that include a
human presence and broaden, challenge or question traditional views of the
arts". More enlightening is the online Live Art Archive at
<http://art.ntu.ac.uk/liveart/>, based at Nottingham Trent University
(U.K.), in the Performance Practice Unit, Department of Visual and
Performing Arts of the Faculty of Art and Design,
<http://art.ntu.ac.uk/vpa/reshome.htm>. The Archive "holds information
about existing Live Art / Performance Art materials, records and
publications primarily in England and the UK".

The same unit is also responsible for the newly funded Digital Performance
Archive, <http://art.ntu.ac.uk/dpa/>, "a major collection and analysis of
digital performance events and developments".


Dr Willard McCarty / Centre for Computing in the Humanities /
King's College London / Strand / London WC2R 2LS U.K. /
voice: +44 (0)171 848-2784 / fax: +44 (0)171 848-2980 /

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:56:01 +0100
From: "Charles W. Bailey, Jr." <cbailey@UH.EDU>
Subject: Version 27, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Version 27 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
is now available. This selective bibliography presents over
1,000 articles, books, electronic documents, and other sources
that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet and other networks.

HTML: <URL:http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.html>
Acrobat: <URL:http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.pdf>
Word 97: <URL:http://info.lib.uh.edu/sepb/sepb.doc>

The HTML document is designed for interactive use. Each
major section is a separate file. There are live links to
sources available on the Internet. It can be can be searched using
Boolean operators.

The HTML document also includes Scholarly Electronic Publishing
Resources, a collection of links to related Web sites:


The Acrobat and Word files are designed for printing.
Each file is over 250 KB.

(Revised sections in this version are marked with an asterisk.)

Table of Contents

1 Economic Issues*
2 Electronic Books and Texts
2.1 Case Studies and History*
2.2 General Works
2.3 Library Issues
3 Electronic Serials
3.1 Case Studies and History
3.2 Critiques
3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals
3.4 General Works*
3.5 Library Issues*
3.6 Research*
4 General Works*
5 Legal Issues
5.1 Intellectual Property Rights*
5.2 License Agreements*
5.3 Other Legal Issues
6 Library Issues
6.1 Cataloging, Classification, and Metadata*
6.2 Digital Libraries*
6.3 General Works*
6.4 Information Conversion, Integrity, and Preservation*
7 New Publishing Models*
8 Publisher Issues*
8.1 Electronic Commerce/Copyright Systems
Appendix A. Related Bibliographies by the Same Author
Appendix B. About the Author

Best Regards,

Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Assistant Dean for Systems,
University Libraries, University of Houston, Houston, TX
77204-2091. E-mail: cbailey@uh.edu. Voice: (713) 743-9804.
Fax: (713) 743-9811.


Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 17:01:32 +0200
From: Nobel Foundation WWW Server <nobelsrv@server1.nobel.se>

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced on Thursday,
September 30, at 1 p.m. (= 11 a.m. GMT)

The Announcement and the Press Release will be distributed on the www
server at The Swedish Academy
(http://www.svenskaakademien.se/) and The Nobel Foundation
(http://www.nobel.se/). The Announcement will also be mirrored to our
permanent mirror in North America (http://nobel.sdsc.edu/) as well as
temporary sites around the world (choose mirror at

Webmaster of The Nobel Foundation (webmaster@www.nobel.se)

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:58:27 +0100
From: "Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D." <bralich@hawaii.edu>
Subject: Review of all Parsers

-Karen Smith, an employee here at Ergo, has put together a very nice
web based guided tour of the parsers of the world which makes it easy
to find and try all the different parsers of the world. It is also a very
convenient way to compare parsers and make notes about their
various strong and weak points. The site also contains a section
with sample sentences chosen from the domain of practical
applications and a set of standards for evaluating parsers. Both
are available at http://www.ergo-ling.com. The parser tour is under
the heading "Parsers of the World" and the sample sentences and
standards are under "Parsing Contest".

I highly recomend this site for anyone with an interest in NLP.

Phil Bralich

Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Ergo Linguistic Technologies
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808)539-3920
Fax: (808)539-3924

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:55:40 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: uses of the Web

Occasionally I encounter a site that causes me to stop a moment for
reflection on the sort of communication that is now possible. One such is
The Hunger Site, <http://www.thehungersite.com/>. The homepage displays a
map of the world on which a country chosen by algorithm goes dark every 3.6
seconds to indicate a death by hunger according to the calculated
statistic. One can compare that view of things with, say, a
turn-of-the-century American small-town newspaper, in which a "World News"
column could be found perhaps on the back page.

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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
voice: +44 (0)171 848 2784 fax: +44 (0)171 848 5081
<Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> <http://ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/>
maui gratia

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