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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 534.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (50)
Subject: "Voices from the Dust Bowl"

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (98)
Subject: Web Indexing Prize 97 winners

[3] From: "David M. Seaman" <dms8f@etext.lib.virginia.edu> (49)
Subject: New Japanese Texts on the web

[4] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (33)
Subject: Mixed Reviews: New and Arriving

Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 17:28:21 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: "Voices from the Dust Bowl"

January 20, 1998


>Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 16:22:33 -0500
>>From: Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com>

The American Folklife Center and the National Digital Library Program at
the Library of Congress announce the release of the online presentation:

"Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant
Worker Collection," a multi-format ethnographic field collection from the
American Folklife Center's Archive of Folk Culture, has just been made
available through the National Digital Library Program of the Library of
Congress <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afctshtml/tshome.html>. This
collection documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security
Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and
1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript
materials, publications, and ephemera generated during two separate
documentation trips undertaken by Todd and Sonkin.

In addition, viewers may enjoy "Today in History," accessible through the
Library of Congress's main homepage (http://lcweb.loc.gov/). The entry
uses the fiddle tune "Eighth of January" as represented in "Voices from the
Dust Bowl."

The following materials on our website may also be of interest:

* "California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the '30s," another
ethnographic field collection from the American Folklife Center's Archive
of Folk Culture, continues to be available online
<http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/afccchtml/cowhome.html>. This elaborate online
collection includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and
manuscripts documenting the musical traditions of a variety of European
ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in California. It
comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing
185 musicians.

* "Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United
States," has been revised and expanded for 1997. Chapters include
directories for graduate programs, public sector folklore organizations,
archives, serial publications, and more. This edition will be available as
an online resource only. Please send updates on information in the
directory to Peter Bartis, peba@loc.gov. The URL for this publication is:

In addition, the Folklife Center's web pages
<http://lcweb.loc.gov/folklife/> include many popular publications, guides
to collections, information about projects to publish recordings from the
collections on CD, and the Folkline information service.

Posted by:
Tom Bramel
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
January 7, 1998

Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 10:38:15 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Web Indexing Prize 97 winners

January 20, 1998


An interesting announcement forwarded from the Visual Resources Association
about a web indexing prize organized by the Australian Society of Indexers.
Many readers might be interested in examining the websites organized by
the winners.

David Green

>Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 10:34:01 +1000
>Reply-To: Visual Resources Association <VRA-L@UAFSYSB.UARK.EDU>
>>From: Jennifer Brasher <J.Brasher@ins.gu.edu.au>
>Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 19:24:35 +1000
>From: Australian Society of Indexers Webmaster <aussi@zeta.org.au>
>Subject: Web Indexing Prize 97 winners

>The Australian Society of Indexers is proud to announce the winner of the
>1997 Web Indexing Prize as:
>Christobel Wescombe <c.wescombe@library.usyd.edu.au>
>Fisher Library, University of Sydney
>Faculty of Education Internet Guide
>Ann Treacy <atreacy@mr.net>
>Minneapolis, USA
>an index for Minnesota web sites
>Graham Greenleaf, Geoffrey King, Daniel Austin <graham@austlii.edu.au>
>AustLII, UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law, Sydney
>AustLII's World Law Index (including Project DIAL)
>Full details on all entries are available at:
>It was a very hard choice between high powered Web database engines and
>handcrafted annotated guides. There were some very good online book indexes,
>some very good site indexes and several database indexes such as for
>genealogy, computer crime and the FBI exceptional cases. The breadth
>included Transformer fanfic (fan written fiction), Western Australian
>aboriginal language handbooks, North Queensland special catalogue
>subheadings. There were sites on Australian current affairs with links to
>online newspapers, state library collations of links related to their state
>and recreational networks of outlets for the disabled. It took us hours to
>wade through them all!
>One thing is for sure: since last year there are many more sophisticated
>methods for searching out and indexing large amounts of online text. People
>are using databases and Web add-ons to their Word processing to create these
>huge databases. The sheer mass of information is making people either
>hand-sort the material using human intellect or use large search engines to
>tie in all the loose ends.
>I trust you will enjoy browsing through the many and varied ways indexes are
>coming to the fore these days in the online arena!
>Become part of Web indexing! Get in touch with AusSI to enter next year's
>The Judges:
>Dwight Walker (Webmaster, Australian Society of Indexers)
>Alan Wilson (Librarian, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, Australia)
>Dwight Walker
>Australian Society of Indexers, Sydney, NSW, Australia
>+61-2-98902691 (h) +61-(0)412-405727 (mobile), fax +61-2-97772058
>ICQ chat id wwwalker, no. 4631678 (www.mirabilis.com)
>URL: http://www.zeta.org.au/~aussi

Jennifer Brasher
Librarian (Slide/ Art Reference) EMAIL: j.brasher@ins.gu.edu.au
AUSTRALIA 07 3875 3130
Queensland College of Art Library *
Information Services *
Griffith University * *
Morningside QLD 4170 *``

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 06:40:36 -0500 (EST)
From: "David M. Seaman" <dms8f@etext.lib.virginia.edu>
Subject: New Japanese Texts on the web

New Online Japanese Texts Added to Web Site

The University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the
University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library are pleased to announce
additions to the Japanese Text Initiative (JTI), an ongoing
collaboration to make texts of classical Japanese literature available
on the World Wide Web. These searchable texts are in SGML-encoded
Japanese and -- often -- in an English translation. All versions
conform to the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines.

17 new Japanese texts are now available at the JTI Web site:


The additions to the site include

o new introductions to the JTI and to the Noh plays by Professor
Thomas Rimer.

o 13 Noh plays with furigana, together with one or more English
translations of each play by authors ranging from Pound and Waley to
Tyler, Brazell, and other recent translators: a total of 37 versions
of the 13 plays. Each play is displayed in frames with parallel
Japanese and English.
Markers in the texts allow you to locate a passage in the Japanese
version, click on a marker, and display the English translations
of the same passage in the other frames. For Hagoromo, for example,
you can compare the translations of Pound, Waley, and Tyler with the
original Japanese on the same Web page.

o an edition of Kokinshu edited from the Date Family manuscript
and with an introduction by Professor Lewis Cook.

o Japanese texts of Ise monogatari, Hojoki, and Yosano Akiko's

o an interactive search interface that lets you search online in
Japanese or English for any characters or words in individual
texts or in all the texts together. The interface also supports
proximity searching of kanji or kana: look for the kanji for "aki"
within 40 characters of the kanji for "kaze," for example, and
you will get 39 hits in Kokinshu, Matsukaze, Semimaru, Midaregami,
etc. An example of a hit is no. 781 from Kokinshu:

"fukimayou nokaze o samumi akihagi no utsuri mo yuku ka
hito no kokoro no"

o advice on how to read and input Japanese in Internet Explorer
4.0 and Netscape Communicator 4.0.

The Japanese Text Initiative is part of the online library of the
Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library. The E-Text
Center has on the Web thousands of texts in English, French, German, Latin,
Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and other languages. All of the texts are
tagged in SGML according to Text Encoding Initiative guidelines. For
Web display, PERL filters convert the SGML tags to HTML. Information
on the Center is available at


For further information on the Japanese Text Initiative, please e-
mail the Center (etext@virginia.edu) or the Initiative editors, Kendon
Stubbs (kstubbs@virginia.edu) or Sachie Noguchi (noguchi+@pitt.edu).

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 09:35:44 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Mixed Reviews: New and Arriving

>> From: Andrew Mactavish <Andrew.Mactavish@UAlberta.ca>


Mixed Reviews @ Chorus is pleased to announce the posting of five new
reviews on software and computing books of interest to humanities computing
folk. The latest reviews cover:

- SoftQuad Author/Editor 3.5 (Sue Fisher)
- SoftQuad Panorama Pro 2.0 (Gregory Murphy)
- Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 (Sean Lawrence)
- Director 6 Studio Skills (Susan Herrington)
- Teach Yourself Photoshop in 14 Days (Tom Green)

Many more reviews will be arriving over the next weeks and months covering
several web design packages, image editors, and books. Please visit Mixed
Reviews @ Chorus at:


Chorus is a rich, WWW-based publication that explores new media in the
arts and humanities. Developed and maintained by an independent committee
of scholars and new-media professionals, it features essays and reviews
related to computer-assisted language learning, textual analysis of the
bible, citation management and electronic research, and information
management. A new "Mixed Reviews" section will give special attention to
electronic publishing and the adaptation of literary and artistic culture
in electronic media. Finally, a writing and composition section is under

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Andrew Mactavish
Department of English, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Managing Editor, Mixed Reviews, Chorus

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