11.0699 Computing in the academy; ACLS/CLIR Task Forces

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 10:59:10 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 699.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (27)
Subject: Computing in the academy

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (42)
Subject: ACLS/CLIR Task Forces on Scholarship and Technology

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 09:59:50 +0100 (BST)
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Computing in the academy


Computing in the academy
A one-day colloquium at King's College London
on the acceptance of computing in humanities scholarship

Barry Ife, Cervantes Professor of Spanish and
Vice-Principal, King's College London

Stanley N. Katz, Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School,
Princeton University, and
Director, Princeton Center on Arts and Cultural Policy

John Laver, Professor of Phonetics, Edinburgh, and
first Chairman, Humanities Research Board,
British Academy

Antonio Zampolli, Professor of Linguistics, Pisa, and
Director, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale,
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

for more information, please see


Dr. Willard McCarty
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
+44 (0)171 873 2784 voice; 873 5081 fax

Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 16:00:09 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: ACLS/CLIR Task Forces on Scholarship and Technology

April 16, 1998


As reported by James M. Morris in the first two numbers of "CLIR Issues,"
the Council on Library and Information Resources has organized, with the
American Council of Learned Societies, a series of task forces on the
opportunities and challenges of technology for scholarship.

The task forces comprise scholars, librarians and administrators and have
been organized by media, as follows: area studies materials; audio
materials; manuscripts; monographs and journals; and visual materials.
Although the primary focus is on the impact on librarians of the needs of
scholars in an electronic environment, the effects on teaching and
scholarship will also be considered. For a list of the task force members,
see <http://www.clir.org/issues/issues01a.html>.

The articles by James Morris indicate some of the highlights of the
meetings held to date. Some of the needs that participants have articulated
include the following: an overall strategy for the provision and discovery
of digital materials; more finding aids for digital material and the
greater integration or cross-referencing of those finding aids; new methods
for scholarly certification (beyond print journals); moving beyond the
current limitations of the Web; easier electronic provision of material in
other than Roman script (the Area Studies group was especially concerned
about the marginalization of the study of non-Western cultures); and
greater collaboration between institutions--including the development of
distributed models for collecting material.

CLIR will issue a summary report of the deliberations of the task forces.
Meanwhile you might check future numbers of "CLIR Issues" for the progress
of the task forces.


David L. Green
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