4.0725 Ns: Personal & Place Names; CAI Anthro; REACH (3/151)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 20 Nov 90 22:15:51 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 0725. Tuesday, 20 Nov 1990.

(1) Date: Fri, 16 Nov 90 15:58:50 PST (23 lines)
From: hcf1dahl@UCSBUXA.BITNET
Subject: REACH newsletter

(2) Date: Wed, 14 Nov 90 20:13:00 EST (92 lines)
From: Julie Still <STILL@URVAX.BITNET>
Subject: cai anthro

(3) Date: Thursday, 15 November 1990 2040-EST (36 lines)
Subject: Information Sources, Personal and Place Names

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Date: Fri, 16 Nov 90 15:58:50 PST
From: hcf1dahl@UCSBUXA.BITNET
Subject: REACH newsletter

The Humanities Computing Facility of the University of
California at Santa Barbara publishes a periodic
newsletter called REACH, Research and Educational
Applications of Computers in the Humanities.

Some HUMANISTS, I know, are already on the mailing
list. If there are others who would like to receive
it, just send me a note to that effect and I'll put
you on the mailing list. There is no subscription
charge for the publication.

Eric Dahlin
Humanities Computing Facility
4421 South Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


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Date: Wed, 14 Nov 90 20:13:00 EST
From: Julie Still <STILL@URVAX.BITNET>
Subject: cai anthro

Forwarded by from Anthro-L by "ROBERT T. TROTTER II"

Some time ago I posted a message requesting recommendations on/
experience with computer assisted instruction in anthropology. Several
people responded, most asking me to post the responses I received.
My apologies for taking so long to do so.

A search through the conventional sources revealed that little had
been published on the subject, most of that in the _Social_Science_

Two programs that were mentioned by anthro-l users were Fugawiland,
which simulates field and analysis experience in archaeology, the other
was Tally which is designed for ethnographic data analysis. Fugawiland
is available from National Collegiate Software (Duke University Press);
Tally from Jeffrey Bowyer, White Mountain Software, Inc. (jbowyer@nauvm).
Another anthro-l reader suggested review issues of the Chronicle of
Higher Education which has a "new software column."

Sources I came up with include _The_Software_Catalog:__Microcomputers_)
which comes out several times a year and is divided by broad subject
category. It listed several anthropologically related packages suitable
for varying ages. Among the college level were:

The Diffusion Game (role of change agents in diffusion)

Mangry ("manipulate cultural characteristics whithin in a human society
and observe the impact of such changes")

Native Americans and Their Culture

Non-Western Cultures

World Cultures Package

National Collegiate Software (Duke University Press) has a nice (free)
catalog of their software (National Collegiate Software/Duke University
Press/6697 College Station/Durham, NC 27708). Other possibilities
include contacting the following:

The Academic Software Library
Box 8202
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8202
(919) 737-2524
(handles software for the Center for applied Linguistics)

The Clearinghouse for Academic Software
Computation Center
297 Durham Center
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-0323

ISAAC (information System for Advanted Academic Computing)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-5604
isaac@uwaee (bitnet) isaac@uwaee.engr.washington.edu (internet)

Academic Computing Center
University of Wisconsin at Madison
1210 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wis 53706
(800) 543-3201

After checking into all the software packages we have decided that
perhaps the HRAF files on cd-rom would be worth pursuing as well.
It is available from Silver Platter (800) 343-0064. I have more
info on the HRAF files on cd rom is anyone is interested.

Sorry again for the delay in posting this information. Thanks to all
who responded.

Julie Still
Boatwright Memorial Library
University of Richmond, VA 23173

still@urvax.urich.edu (internet)

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Date: Thursday, 15 November 1990 2040-EST
Subject: Information Sources, Personal and Place Names

Kevin Cope recently inquired about 18th century cartographers
and about Admiral De Fonte, and other HUMANISTs occasionally
seek information about particular named individuals of various
sorts. Two possible sources of pertinent information occur to
me: (1) the archival and other collections available through
RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network), which often
include strange and wonderful stuff -- consult with your
librarian about whether and how to access this resource; and
(2) the vast resources of the genealogical research world,
for which there is a very active discussion group called
ROOTS-L@NDSUVM1.bitnet (unmoderated) -- the ListServer is
full of lists of names being researched by someone or other,
sources for genealogical information, etc.

Also of great potential interest to humanists is the
Geographic Name Server maintained by Tom Libert (LIBERT@
EECS.UMICH.EDU) on the internet. If you can get to the
Internet, try to
telnet martini.eecs.umich.edu 3000
Make sure to include the port parameter (3000), which
should get you right to the query about the locale in
which you are interested (e.g. Ambler, PA). Information
supplied includes county name, telephone area code,
elevation, latitude & longitude, 1980 census population,
time zone, and zip code(s). Unfortunately, for the large
population centers there are sometimes so many zip code
entries that all the earlier information zips right off
the screen before you can examine it with care -- try
New York, NY as an example!! But in general, it is a
marvelous source of such basic information.

Bob Kraft, U Penn