10.0072 text analysis software; COPAC

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Fri, 31 May 1996 20:25:05 -0400 (EDT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 72.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: "Espen S. Ore" <Espen.Ore@hd.uib.no> (23)
Subject: Re: 10.0054 text analysis software for the humanities

[2] From: "H-CLC (BD)" <bdiederi@artsci.wustl.edu> (89)
Subject: COPAC: British Online Catalogue

Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 13:01:58 +0100
From: "Espen S. Ore" <Espen.Ore@hd.uib.no>
Subject: Re: 10.0054 text analysis software for the humanities

At 17:31 24-05-96, Susan Hockey wrote:
>For some time, those of us active in humanities computing have felt
>the need for better and/or more widely accessible text analysis software
>tools for the humanities. There have been informal discussions about


>For this effort to succeed, it must involve the participation of
>the relevant user communities as much as possible. This announcement
>is the first step to inviting that participation. In the next few months
>a form must be found for organizing work in this area, and support
>found to co-ordinate it and keep it moving on an international basis.
>For the time being HUMANIST will be used to disseminate information
>and act as forum for discussion related to the effort.

This initiative will be presented at the ALLC-ACH '96 conference in Bergen.
A presentation is scheduled for Wednesday June 26 at 4PM. There are rooms
available for BOF-sessions, and this might be a candidate.

For further information about the ALLC-ACH '96 (and a registration form for
those who have not yet registered), see:


Espen Ore

Espen Ore Tel: + 47 55 58 28 65
Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities Fax: + 47 55 58 94 70
Bergen, NORWAY Espen.Ore@hd.uib.no

Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 08:14:37 -0400
From: "H-CLC (BD)" <bdiederi@artsci.wustl.edu>
Subject: COPAC: British Online Catalogue

>>Date: Tue, 28 May 1996 14:31:46 +0100 (BST)

>COPAC: a new national Online Catalogue
>What is COPAC?
>COPAC is a new nationally accessible Online Public Access
>Catalogue. Based at the University of Manchester, COPAC provides
>searchers with centralised access to the online catalogues of some of
>the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland. COPAC
>is normally available 24 hours a day 365 days a year and access is
>free of charge.
>What does COPAC contain?
>The COPAC database currently contains approx. 2.7 million
>records. These represent the merged online library catalogues of:
>Cambridge University
>Edinburgh University
>Glasgow University
>Leeds University
>Oxford University
>The records from a further nine university library catalogues will be
>added during 1996/97 and there are plans for the incorporation of
>material from further libraries in the future.
>These large research libraries have many older documents, specialist
>collections and particular strengths, such as foreign language
>materials, which make COPAC a very valuable resource for the
>researcher. COPAC contains records for materials ranging from 1100 to
>current. At the moment approx. 3% of the database consists of
>materials published pre-1900 and the proportion of older materials is
>growing. Similarly, whilst the English language predominates, some 27%
>of COPAC records represent foreign language materials, including
>minority languages such as Welsh. This proportion is increasing as
>records for foreign language collections are brought online.
>Most of the COPAC records are for books, reports etc. but there are
>increasing numbers of records for other materials such as printed and
>recorded music, and video. Records for journals and other periodicals
>make up some 4% of the COPAC database.
>COPAC: database updating
>The COPAC database is continually growing as libraries add new records
>on a regular basis. In addition, as the libraries' collections
>change, records are deleted and corrections to existing records are
>made, ensuring the maintenance of database currency and quality.
>How do you access COPAC?
>Two easy to use interfaces are available for accessing COPAC:
>1. A WWW Interface available at: http://copac.ac.uk/copac/
>2. A Text Interface:
> Telnet to: copac.ac.uk
> username: copac
> password: copac
>Searching is possible using title words, author and organisation
>names, subject words, date and language. Results can be displayed and,
>in the text interface, records can be emailed to your local system in
>a format which can be accepted by personal bibliographic software.
>Help and Advice
>Online search assistance is provided on both the VT100 and Web Interface.
>Postscript versions of the User Guides for both interfaces are
>available for downloading at:
> http://copac.ac.uk/copac/userguide/
>The Web User Guide is also available as a Web page at:
> http://copac.ac.uk/copac/webug.html
>For further assistance or information contact:
> The COPAC Helpdesk:
> Tel: 0161 275 6037
> Fax: 0161 275 6040
> Email: copac@mcc
>COPAC Help Desk (copac@mcc.ac.uk)
>CURL OPAC Project
>National Services Group, Manchester Computing,
>Computer Building, University of Manchester,
>Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom
>Fax: 0161 275 6040 Tel: 0161 275 6037