11.0378 user survey; LDC corpus; preservation film; map

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 378.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (55)
Subject: Universal Preservation Format User Survey

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (60)
Subject: A New Corpus from the Linguistic Data Consortium

[3] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (24)
Subject: preservation film screening

[4] From: Tony.Campbell@mail.bl.uk (Tony Campbell) (41)
From: Germaine Warkentin <warkent@chass.utoronto.ca> (11)
Subject: Machine-readable map of historic English Parish

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 10:21:46 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Universal Preservation Format User Survey

October 29, 1997


The UPF Project is eager to incorporate the needs of potential users into
the development of a platform-independent Universal Preservation Format
that will ensure the accessibility of a wide range of data types, but
especially video formats, into the future. To do this the project has
devised a survey to canvas the needs of a range of potential users. The
survey, along with information about the UPF is available at

David Green


The Universal Preservation Format User Survey is now available on-line via
the UPF homepage: http://info.wgbh.org/upf

Anyone involved or interested in digital archives or digital libraries is
welcome to fill out this form. The information collected from this survey
will be presented at the next meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and
Television Engineers (SMPTE) Study Group for the Universal Preservation
Format will be held on Tuesday, December 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Sony
Corporation in San Jose, CA.

It is crucial that those who establish technical standards hear from those
who will be most affected by them. Our proposed standard will not only have
an impact on video and film collections, but on all materials that are
digitized for the purpose of preservation.

To access our survey, just click on the "User Survey" link on our homepage,
fill out the form, and click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the
page. You will then be prompted to return to the UPF homepage. If you
haven't had the opportunity to look at the information on this site, please
think about doing so now. In particular, download some of our colorful
presentations in Adobe Acrobat format.

If you have trouble accessing our survey or web pages, please send me email
at thom_shepard@wgbh.org .

Thom Shepard
UPF Project Coordinator


The UPF project is sponsored by the WGBH Educational Foundation and funded
in part by a grant (97-029) from the National Historical Publications and
Records Commission of the National Archives for the purpose of advocating
"the need for a platform-independent Universal Preservation Format,
designed specifically for digital technologies, that will ensure the
accessibility of a wide range of data types into the indefinite future."


David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 15:56:26 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: A New Corpus from the Linguistic Data Consortium

>> From: LDC Office <ldc@unagi.cis.upenn.edu>

Announcing a NEW CORPUS from the

North American News Text Corpus

The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) announces the availability
of a corpus of North American news text. This corpus is a
collection of journalistic text in English from newswire and
newspaper sources in the United States.

The North American News Text corpus is composed of news text
that has been marked using SGML. The text is taken from the
following sources:

Source Dates Aprox. #Words
Covered (Millions)
- -------------------------------------------------------
Los Angeles Times & 05/94-08/97 52
Washington Post

New York Times News 07/94-12/96 173

Reuters News Service 04/94-12/96 85
(General & Financial)

Wall Street Journal 07/94-12/96 40
- -------------------------------------------------------

Both the New York Times and the L.A.Times/Washington Post services
actually include a range of other newspaper sources in their
syndicated newswires. The L.A.Times/Wash.Post material will be found
to include the following sources (in lesser amounts) in addition to
the two predominant sources:

The Baltimore Sun
The Hartford Courant

The New York Times material will be found to contain the
following sources (in lesser amounts), but N.Y. Times articles

Bloomberg Business News
The Boston Globe
Los Angeles Daily News
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Cox News Service
The Arizona Republic
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
San Francisco Examiner
Houston Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
Economist Newspaper Ltd.
Hearst Newspapers

Both of these newswire services also include small numbers of
articles from a larger set of miscellaneous sources. The ones
listed above appear with some frequency on a daily basis.

Because of restrictions imposed by the copyright holders of the
news text, this corpus is available to 1995, 1996 and 1997 LDC
members only. Members who wish to receive this corpus must
sign the North American News Text user agreement. This
agreement is available on the Linguistic Data Consortium WWW
Home Page at URL


If you would like to order a copy of this corpus, please email
your request to ldc@unagi.cis.upenn.edu. If you need additional
information before placing your order, or would like to inquire
about membership in the LDC, please send email or call (215)

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 11:44:37 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: preservation film screening

October 30, 1997


Perhaps marginally off-topic, but reflecting my interest in the
preservation of moving images as prelude and parcel of networking them,
here is an announcement from Steve Leggett at the Library of Congress of a
new film on film preservation.

David Green


The Library of Congress during November will hold several screenings of the
excellent new Time Warner/Turner Entertainment Co. 57-minute documentary on
film preservation, "The Race to Save 100 Years".

Screenings will take place in the intimate 64-seat Mary Pickford Theater
(Library of Congress James Madison Bldg, 3rd floor; Street Address: 101
Independence Avenue SE; Metro Stop: Capitol South) on the following
Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.;
Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.;
Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

David Francis, Chief of the LC Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded
Sound Division, will introduce the 7 p.m. screening on November 20.
Admission is free, but reservation are recommended. To make reservatiosn,
call the Mary Pickford Theater voice mail at 202/707-5677. If anyone has
other questions, please contact me at 202/707-5912 or via email at
sleg@loc.gov. Thanks, Steve Leggett

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 13:47:11 GMT
From: Germaine Warkentin <warkent@chass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: Machine-readable map of historic English Parish

[Cross-posted from Ficino, with thanks. --WM]

The following will be of interest to FICINIANS:

> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 02:33:56 -0800
> From: Tony.Campbell@mail.bl.uk (Tony Campbell)

[cross posted by: tony.campbell@bl.uk]





I am pleased to announce that the UK Economic and Social
Science Research Council has agreed to fund the above
project at Exeter. Dr Richard Oliver will be employed as
research fellow from 1st January 1998. The following is a
copy of the ESRC press release:

"This project will reconstruct and make available in
electronic map form the boundaries of all the pre-1850
parishes, townships and other local administrative districts
of England and Wales (the so-called 'ancient' or 'historic'
parishes). A comprehensive gazetteer recording the archival
provenance of all the boundaries will accompany the map.
The need of such a map has been long-felt but its production
has only become realistic at relatively modest cost by the
completion of recent Leverhulme Trust and ESRC funded work
at Exeter University on tithe surveys (compiled after 1836
in the process of reforming the wqy that the Church of
England was financed) and on enclosure maps (used to record
land ownership as the process of enclosure brought about the
change from communal to individual exploitation). These
projects provide us with about 85 per cent of 'ancient
parish' boundaries. We will fill this gap by reference to
other sources, compile a complete map on a National Grid
base, and publish the map and accompanying gazetteer as a
CDROM. This will serve both users who wish to download
boundaries into a GIS platform and those who want to print a
paper copy of the boundaries in a particular locality."


Roger Kain
Department of Geography,
University of Exeter,
EXETER EX4 4RJ, United Kingdom

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