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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 18:54:45 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 340.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Matt Kirschenbaum (107)
Subject: Blake Archive's January Update

[2] From: "M. Salimian" <salimian@ENG.MORGAN.EDU> (51)
Subject: Announcing Multimedia Instructional Design Course

[3] From: Doug Beeferman (69)
Subject: Announcement: Lexical FreeNet 2.0

Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 15:11:28 -0500 (EST)
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk3k@jefferson.village.virginia.edu>
Subject: Blake Archive's January Update

13 January 1999

The editors of the William Blake Archive
<http://www.iath.virginia.edu/blake/> are pleased to announce the
opening of a major new wing of the site, devoted to documentation and
supplementary materials "About the Archive." Available as the first
entry on our main table of contents page from the URL above, the "About
the Archive" materials consist of:

A brief overview of the Archive for first-time or hurried users,
entitled The Archive at a Glance;

A statement of Editorial Principles and Methodology;

A Technical Summary of the Archive's design and implementation;

A Frequently Asked Questions list;

A reference page listing articles by members of the project team,
as well as reviews and notices of the Archive by others;

An updated and expanded version of the article-length Plan of the
Archive, providing additional detail about our intentions with regard to
Blake's non-illuminated works.

Also included is information about the editors, an account of the
Archive's collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Technology in
the Humanities, and a link to our extensive Help documentation. In
addition, we will shortly be adding a Tour of the Archive to these
materials (combining textual narration, graphical screenshots, and
suggestions as to how to use the Archive).

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce the Archive's
recently convened Advisory Board and to thank those who have agreed to

Ann Bermingham
Professor of the History of Art and Architecture
University of California, Santa Barbara

David Bindman
Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art
University College London

Frances Carey
Associate Keeper, Department of Prints and Drawings
British Museum, London

Ruth Fine
Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Nelson Hilton
Professor of English
University of Georgia

Steven Jones
Associate Professor of English
Loyola University, Chicago

Karl Kroeber
Mellon Professor of the Humanities
Columbia University

Alan Liu
Professor of English
University of California, Santa Barbara

Jerome J. McGann
John Stewart Bryan University Professor of English
University of Virginia

Morton D. Paley
Professor in the Graduate School (English)
University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Pitti
Project Director
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia

Duncan Robinson
Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge, England

G. Thomas Tanselle
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

John Unsworth
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia

We have an ambitious publication schedule planned for the spring,
focused on adding additional copies of the illuminated works already
available in the Archive. In the immediate future we plan to publish the
_Songs of Innocence and of Experience_ (copies C, F, and L) and _The
Marriage of Heaven and Hell_ (copies C and F), followed by multiple
copies of _The Book of Urizen_, _America: A Prophecy_, _Europe: A
Prophecy_, _The Book of Thel_, and _Visions of the Daughters of Albion_,
as well as further copies of the separate and combined _Songs_ and the
_Marriage_. We hope to follow these works with _Jerusalem_ copy E by the
summer, thus completing the illuminated canon. This spring we will also
be releasing the electronic Erdman edition in beta form and publishing
detailed lists documenting the complete contents of the various U.S. and
U.K. Blake collections (now nine of them) contributing works to the

Finally, we list below the electronic editions already in the Archive
(26 copies of 16 separate illuminated books) for the benefit of those
teaching Blake in the spring semester.

_All Religions are One_, copy A
_There is No Natural Religion_, copies B, C, G, and L
_The Book of Thel_, copies F, H, and O
_The Marriage of Heaven and Hell_, copy D
_Visions of the Daughters of Albion_, copies C, F, and J
_America: a Prophecy_, copies A and E
_Songs of Innocence and of Experience_, copy Z
_Europe: a Prophecy_, copies B and E
_The First Book of Urizen_, copy G
_The Song of Los_, copy B
_The Book of Los_, copy A
_The Book of Ahania_, copy A
_Milton, a Poem_, copy C
_On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil_, copies B and F
_The Ghost of Abel_, copy A
_Laocoon_, copy B

Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, Joseph Viscomi, Editors
Matthew Kirschenbaum, Project Manager
The William Blake Archive

Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 15:14:20 +0000
From: "M. Salimian" <salimian@ENG.MORGAN.EDU>
Subject: Announcing Multimedia Instructional Design Course

Greetings and Happy New Year

I would to share with you the following is a short announcement for the
Multimedia Instructional Design course offered through the Department of
Industrial Engineering at Morgan State University. I would appreciate if
you could make the announcement available to your students in case they
were interested in participating in the course. I would also dearly
welcome your participation in the current course, your advice or possible
co-operation for a joint course in this area on a distant learning basis.

Masud Salimian,PhD
Interim Director, Center for Multimedia Instructional Technology & Design
Department of Industrial Engineering
School of Engineering

Tuesday 5:00pm-7:50pm

In response to a petition by a large number of students to the Dean of
Engineering and the Chairperson of the Industrial Engineering Department,
the Multimedia Instructional Design course has been added to the Spring
1999 semester.

The course is most useful for undergraduate, or graduate students as well
as faculty in a variety of technical and/or multidisciplinary fields
including those who plan to use computer based training or Internet in
their careers. Teachers, researchers, trainers, graphic designers, media
specialists, and a whole array of other multidisciplinary fields can
benefit from the course.

Although many different techniques will be introduced in the class, the
main theme of all of them is "how to better present your work such that a
wide variety of audience with different learning styles can learn from it"

The main medium of communication in this course is World-Wide Web. The
course will be offered to audiences around the world that may chose to
participate on an active/interested distance learning basis. Morgan
students require the permission of their advisors and the course instructor
to register in
the class for credit. Faculty are most welcome to participate in the
course either by attending the classes or on a distance learning basis.
All other participants will participate in the course on a non-credit basis.

To see part of the work that students did in the class last semester,
please check:
and select the link to Fall 98 Multimedia Class. Then click on Active
Participants' link. At the active participants' page, click on the
thumbnail pictures of the participants to visit their individual pages.

Internet Explorer 4.0+ or Netscape Navigator 4.0+ with 800x600 resolution
will give you the best results when browsing the Web pages.

To participate in the course, please contact Dr. Masud Salimian at the
Department of Industrial Engineering, Morgan State University,
443-885-3135, or send email to salimian@eng.morgan.edu.

Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 00:20:03 -0500
From: Doug Beeferman <Doug_Beeferman@cuff.link.cs.cmu.edu>

Lexical FreeNet 2.0
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Announcing an update of Lexical Freenet, the Web-based thesaurus and
word discovery/connection program:


Lexfn 2.0 incorporates several features suggested in feedback over the
last year, including:

- - New relations. New "biographical relations" describe and connect
the lives of over 27,000 famous people from the past and present.
Based on data provided by s9.com, these relations deal with the
occupations, nationalities, birth and death dates, eponyms, and
collaborations of famous scientists, politicians, artists,
authors...you name it, they're in there. They sit on top of the
existing semantic relations in Lexical Freenet to make a wide variety
of connections possible. Ever wanted to know exactly which people
were born in 1902 and died in 1974? Probably not, but now you can.
And maybe you *did* want to know what Albert Einstein had to do with
mozzarella. Or how he was influenced by Oliver Heaviside. Or what
his relationship was with Michele Besso. Or which famous directors
are Australian.

- - New search functions. Find words reachable within a specified
number of links using a specified subset of lexical relations.
Shortest path queries now output multiple results at a time, and you
can view as many as you like. Intersection queries can be
parameterized by a search depth. New substring queries can be used to
find biographical names and other phrases covered by the database.

- - New search constraints. Include or exclude obscure words and
various parts of speech from your searches to allow you to focus in on
specific intended uses of the system when part-of-speech ambiguity
interferes with your success, or when you get back words that are just
too weird.

- - Improved interface. Simplified front page and results presentation,
with ubiquitous cross-referencing. "Show related" function links to
dictionary, picture, and biographical info lookups when applicable.
Clicking on trigger pairs yields a Web search that often helps explain
them. Search constraints chosen at the front page persist as you
navigate the semantic net.

- - Improved speed and coverage. There are now over 250,000 lexical
types (nodes) and over 8.2 million links in the base graph.

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Thanks to those who have provided feedback over the last year about
their applications of the program. A special thanks to Eric
Tentarelli and others at s9.com for generously providing me with data
from the Biographical Dictionary, and to Mike Turniansky for his
continued testing and bug reports.

Slated future work
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- - New "emitpath" games parameterized by the biographical relations.
e.g. try the following URL to generate a game in which you must
guess the common death year of two famous people:


- - Fresh triggers, derived from the Web
- - Constrain triggers by "strength"
- - Phrasal triggers and phrasal phonetic links
- - Refresh of Cinema Freenet database

Mailing List
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Let me know if you'd like to be taken off this announcement list.
(There probably won't be more than one message every few months).

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Lexical Freenet is free software, an academic project. Contact me if
you would like pieces of the source code or data for research
purposes. All of the data is in the public domain except the
biographical data from s9.com, for which I received special permission
to include in the program.

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