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Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Sun, 19 Nov 89 22:28:58 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 761. Sunday, 19 Nov 1989.

(1) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 01:50:49 EDT (14 lines)
From: "Matthew Gilmore, Special Collections GW" <LIBRSPE@GWUVM>
Subject: correction

(2) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 03:07:00 EST (7 lines)
From: Espen Ore <espeno@navf-edb-h.uib.uninett>
Subject: Sanskrit etc.

(3) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 00:39:56 -0500 (50 lines)
From: bobh@phoenix.Princeton.EDU (Robert Hollander)
Subject: US Center for Machine Readable Texts

(4) Date: 16 November 89, 14:27:44 EMT (71 lines)
From: Kristin Natvig 047 05 212954 FAFKN at NOBERGEN
Subject: Norwegian Wittgenstein Project Report

(5) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 10:34:00 EST (17 lines)
From: JLD1@phoenix.cambridge.ac.uk
Subject: HUMANIST: text database program

(6) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 12:30:09 PST (20 lines)
Subject: Hypertext Workshop

(7) Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 17:48:22 PST (35 lines)
Subject: Copyright: Robert John Kost, "Useright"

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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 01:50:49 EDT
From: "Matthew Gilmore, Special Collections GW" <LIBRSPE@GWUVM>
Subject: correction

[Apparently the notice about the Hypertext Standardization Workshop was
damaged in transit. Please note the following correction. Strangely, my
files show the correct address. --W.M.]

Vol 3 No. 752 of Humanist has an error worth correcting.
The address of the contactee for the Hypertext Standardization
Workshop is gallagher@ise.ncsl.nist.gov.
Without that last v mail goes nowhere (I tried).

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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 03:07:00 EST
From: Espen Ore <espeno@navf-edb-h.uib.uninett>
Subject: Sanskrit etc.

In the posting from Lars Martin Fosse yesterday my E-mail
address was wrong. This is the correct one:
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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 00:39:56 -0500
From: bobh@phoenix.Princeton.EDU (Robert Hollander)



Rutgers and Princeton Universities have received grants from the National
Endowment for the Humanities (Program for Research Tools, $30,000),
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($50,000), and the New Jersey Committee
for the Humanities ($10,000) to undertake jointly the planning for a
Center for Machine-Readable Texts in the Humanities. Project staff
include Marianne Gaunt (Director), J. Penny Small, Kathleen Ciociola
(Rutgers); Robert Hollander, Judith Rowe (Princeton); Leslie Hume
(Research Libraries Group). Members of the Advisory Board for the
planning process are Nancy Ide, Vassar College; Robert Kraft, University
of Pennsylvania; Michael Sperberg-McQueen, University of
Illinois-Chicago; Donald Walker, Bellcore.

During the course of the planning period project staff will be
investigating issues related to the establishment of a cooperative center
which will act as a central source of information on humanities datafiles
and a selective source of datafiles themselves. The initial goals of the
Center as outlined in the project proposal are: the continuation of an
on-going inventory of machine-readable texts; the cataloging and
dissemination of inventory information to the broader scholarly
community; the acquisition, preservation and servicing of textual
datafiles which would otherwise become generally unavailable; the
distribution of such datafiles in an appropriate manner; and the
establishment of a resource center/referral point for information
concerning other textual data. Organizational issues, technical issues,
intellectual ownership, access and dissemination, and physical
facilities are broad areas of investigation during the planning process.

The Center does not propose to duplicate the archives and repositories
that already exist for the collection and dissemination of textual data,
but rather to complement existing collections and to bring bibliographic
controlto existing datafiles. To that end project staff will be
networking with existing projects/centers to establish appropriate means
of collecting inventory data for the cataloging of archival holdings.

Progress reports will be sent to publications of scholarly associations
and announced on HUMANIST. A listserver has also been set up
for communication among those interested in the project and invites
inquiry and advice. Bitnet communications may be sent to
Gaunt@Zodiac.Rutgers.edu or to BobH@Phoenix.Princeton.edu. Mail addresses
are: Marianne Gaunt, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, College
Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. 08903; Prof. Robert Hollander, Dept. of
Comparative Literature, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08544.
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Date: 16 November 89, 14:27:44 EMT
From: Kristin Natvig 047 05 212954 FAFKN at NOBERGEN

(in English)

A 282-page report on the Norwegian Wittgenstein Project has
recently been published by the Norwegian Computing Centre for the

The aim of the Norwegian Wittgenstein Project (NWP) is to
register in machine-readable form the Austrian philosopher Ludwig
Wittgenstein's posthumous works, comprising approximately 20,000
pages, and to develop tools for computer-assisted research and
analysis of the texts.

The project was started in 1980. It is a co-operative venture
between the departments of philosophy at Norway's four
universities and the Norwegian Computing Centre for the
Humanities. It has been funded exclusively from Norwegian
sources, mainly by the Norwegian Research Council for the
Humanities. By the end of 1987, the NWP had transcribed
approximately 3,250 pages.

In order to transcribe Wittgenstein's extremely complex writings,
it has been necessary to devise a special code system. Computer
programs for code syntax check, transcription support, indexing,
and print outs have been developed. The basic idea behind the
system is to allow for different "views" to the writings, by
offering various "filtering profiles" for the presentation of
texts, indexes, frequency word-lists, and the like. A prototype
of a free text retrieval program offering the same choice of
filtering profiles has also been developed.

By the end of 1987, the project was suspended, basically for two
reasons: (1) The NWP has no formal agreement with Wittgenstein's
literary executors which allows for the distribution of copies,
and without such an agreement it has proved difficult to find
anyone who will finance a completion of the project. (2) In 1984,
the NWP received copies in the excess of 4,000 pages of
additional transcriptions from one of the leaders of a similar
project in Tuebingen, which was discontinued in 1980. The NWP's
right to receive and possess this material has been disputed.
Members of the project are still trying to solve these problems,
so that the work may continue.

"The Norwegian Wittgenstein Project Report 1988" costs 150 NOK
(about $21 or 13 pounds sterling) plus postage. Postage rates: Europe:
surface mail - 34 NOK, air mail - 60 NOK. Overseas: surface mail - 34
NOK, air mail - 60 NOK. Postage rates for 2 or more copies supplied on

Orders must be pre-paid by cheque to cover the cost of the
report(s) plus postage and made out in Norwegian currency.

When ordering, please supply your name (signature + in block
capitals), address, and date of order. Indicate whether you want
the report(s) sent by surface mail or air mail.

Please send your order + cheque to:

The Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities
Postboks 53 - Universitetet
N-5027 Bergen

Tel.: + 47 5 212954
Fax: + 47 5 322656
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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 10:34:00 EST
From: JLD1@phoenix.cambridge.ac.uk
Subject: HUMANIST: text database program

Readers may be interested in a program called MUSCAT (standing for
MUSeum CATaloguing program) which is a free-format textual database
program allowing arbitrary-length fields in any order, and also allowing
for absence of particular fields. The input file is an ordinary
readable, editable ASCII text, with fields marked by *letter or *word,
and structured fields are possible. There is also a built-in subset
called MUSCATEL, which makes life easier for elementary use. The output
formatting facilities are superb (the text-format input has to be
converted into an internal structured form before processing, of
course), and retrieval requests can be quite complex. The program is
available for PC-compatibles and for some mainframes, from Dr Martin
Porter, 137 Rupert Street, Norwich NR2 2AX, UK. Phone: (0603) 665002.
Price unknown.
John Dawson (University of Cambridge Computing Service)
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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 12:30:09 PST
Subject: [DCGQAL]A0234!Hypertext Workshop

On the Hypertext Standardization Workshop...

The coincidence of dates (although the month is unspecified) and the
organizing association would suggest that the hypertext workshop might be
planned to take place in conjunction with the International Conference on
Electronic Publishing: Document Manipulation and Typography, scheduled
for 18-20 September 1990 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology in
Gaithersburg, M.D.

Further information may be had by calling Lawrence A. Welsch (301)


Chet Grycz
Scholarship and Technology Study Project
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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 89 17:48:22 PST
Subject: Copyright: Robert John Kost, "Useright"

I'm pleased to have received permission from Robert Kost to share with
you the text of the paper he presented to the members of the Library of
Congress Network Advisory Committee on the subject of copyright. Kost
is counsel for "Prodigy Services Company," and can be reached at the
following address. I would be happy to forward comments from HUMANIST
that his article might generate.
Czeslaw Jan Grycz
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[This paper is based on a presentation given on March 24, 1988, at the
meeting of the Library of Congress Network Advisory Committee. The
opinions expressed herein are the author's and do not necessarily
reflect those of either the Office of Technology Assessment or Prodigy
Services Company. The author would appreciate the courtesy of
notification of any use or reproduction of this paper.]

[A complete version of Kost's lecture is now available on
the file-server, s.v. COPYWRIT LECTURE. A copy may be obtained
by issuing the command -- GET filename filetype HUMANIST -- either
interactively or as a batch-job, addressed to ListServ@UToronto and
*not* to Humanist. Thus on a VM/CMS system, you say interactively:
TELL LISTSERV AT UTORONTO GET filename filetype HUMANIST; to submit
a batch-job, send mail to ListServ@UToronto with the GET command as
the first and only line. For more details see your "Guide to Humanist".
Problems should be reported to David Sitman, A79@TAUNIVM, after you
have consulted the Guide and tried all appropriate alternatives.]