10.0825 scanning Greek? labs/classrooms?

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 21:56:22 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 825.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (52)
Subject: Paedeia project

[2] From: Joel Elliott <elliott@email.unc.edu> (35)
Subject: Q: tech. & teaching labs/classrooms

Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 17:09:27 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Paedeia project

The following query, which came to me privately, gives us the opportunity to
review progress, if any, in OCR software and scanning techniques. As far as
I know the answer to the first question, what to use to OCR Greek, is
trainable software such as OmniPage Pro, equating alpha to a, with an acute
accent to a/ and also with a smooth breathing to a/), beta to b, and so
forth. I'm less sure about an answer to the second question, how physically
to handle fragile materials.

Please send your observations and comments both to Humanist and to Costas


>Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 17:05:58 GMT
>From: spectre@palmyra.dartmouth.edu (Pat Korsnick)
>To: willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk
>Hello Dr. McCarty,
>My name is Costas Korsnick and I'm an undergraduate student working with
>Professor Fillia Makedon on a project in conjunction with the Foundation for
>the Hellenic World. As you probably know, we are setting up a website to
>illustrate "paedeia" or education in ancient Greece. So far it is going very
>well, but we had a few questions that we thought you might be able to help us
>First of all, a major area of our site will be an interface that will allow the
>user to compare different translations of ancient texts (the Iliad for example)
>to the original and to other translations. In order to expedite the setting up
>of this area, we are searching for "optical character recognition" (OCR)
>software that can `read` Greek. So far we have not been able to find a program
>that would make this task possible. But perhaps you could propose this
>question to your discussion group and see if any leads turn up?
>Also, we encountered a problem when trying to scan content from rare books.
>Because they are so brittle, scanning rare books on traditional equipment is
>not possible. Could you also ask if anyone knows of any products that permit
>rare books to be scanned without damaging them?
>We would greatly appreciate any help or advice that you can give. Thank you.
>Costas Korsnick
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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 18:39:21 -0500 (est)
From: Joel Elliott <elliott@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Q: tech. & teaching labs/classrooms

hello all:

i'm trying to locate other innovative classrooms or teaching
centers that attempt to employ contemporary technologies in the
service of teaching and learning. i'm interested in learning how
other educational institutions have experimented with
alternatives to the traditional classroom and computer lab. i'm
especially interested in how others have incorporated or
accomodated different technologies in the architectural design
and spatial arrangement of their teaching labs / classrooms,
studios, etc.

i have especially enjoyed viewing the web site designed for
stanford's "flex-lab" at address:

Linkname: Welcome to the Flexible Class-Lab Site! [Stanford]
URL: http://www-leland.stanford.edu/group/ct/flexlab.html

that site also has a list of related sites at address:

Linkname: Links to Other Sites
URL: http://www-leland.stanford.edu/group/ct/links.html

i've heard that arizona state, MIT, and UCLA have designed
interested teaching & technology spaces, but i've yet to locate
any resources on the WWW about them.

i'd love to know of any resources you think might be relevant to
these issues of teaching, technology and classroom design.

thanks for suggestions,


Joel Elliott
Department of Religious Studies / CB #3225
University of North Carolina / Chapel Hill, NC 27599
MAILTO: elliott@email.unc.edu
URL: http://www.unc.edu/~elliott