12.0105 text-analysis; conference papers

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 16:26:10 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 105.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: John Bradley <john.bradley@kcl.ac.uk> (26)
Subject: A Text Analysis Software BOF

[2] From: Charles Ess <DRU001D@VMA.SMSU.EDU> (28)
Subject: summary paper available

Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 14:35:55 -0400 (EDT)
From: John Bradley <john.bradley@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: A Text Analysis Software BOF

Some readers of this list who are also attending the ALLC/ACH
conference in Debrecen might be interested in this meeting,
which will be held during the conference:

Text Analysis Software: Birds of a Feather Session

Text analysis software forms one of the foundations of Humanities
Computing. The most commonly used general purpose programs have been
OCP, Tustep, TACT and WordCruncher. More recently other pieces of
software have been developed; ranging from straightforward programs
such as MonoConc to sophisticated systems such as Cellar, Sarah and

This BOF session will provide an opportunity for those involved in TA
development to describe what they are doing to a potentially significant
part of the community, and for everyone interested in the development of text
analysis software and techniques to discuss current developments and
to express their views.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th, from 5:30 pm
through 7:00 pm -- location yet to be announced, although it will be
in one of the conference rooms. The BOF meeting has been organised by
Harold Short and me, and Harold will chair it.

My apologies to those see this more than once from different lists.

John Bradley

Date: Mon, 29 Jun 98 07:14:56 CDT
From: Charles Ess <DRU001D@VMA.SMSU.EDU>
Subject: summary paper available

Forgive the immodesty - but in preparation for the upcoming conference on
Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (Science Museum,
London - 31 July - 3 August), I have developed an introductory summary
and list of tentative generalizations to be drawn from the conference
papers and research abstracts.
This paper (in either html or PDF format) is linked from the conference

The CATAC conference has drawn papers on the complex interactions between
culture and computer-mediated communication from Australia, Austria, Germany,
India, Israel, Japan, Mexico and Latin America, Norway, Russia, South Africa
Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, and the US (including Hispanics and
Native Americans). Out of this array of widely diverse "computing
(my term) some intriguing patterns emerge concerning how far computing
technologies embed and impose culturally-specific values - and how far
these technologies may be localized for the sake of preserving distinctive
cultural values and communication preferences.
Even the striking absences - China, most of the Francophone and Arabic/Muslim
countries - are telling: insofar, for example, as Arabic/Muslim cultures
are documented as "high context/low content" in communication preference,
while extant CMC technologies reflect their origins and extensive use in
"high content/low context" cultures - perhaps the lack of reportage from
these domains reflects to some degree a clear cultural mismatch between
distinctive communication preferences and current CMC technologies?

HUMANIST readers are cordially invited to read and reflect. Comments and
suggestions very much welcome.

Charles Ess
Conference co-chair, CATAC'98

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