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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 470.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Eve Trager <etrager@umich.edu> (73)
Subject: The latest issue of The Journal of Electronic

[2] From: NINCH-Announce <david@ninch.org> (75)

[3] From: Costis Dallas <dallas@mail.hol.gr> (37)
Subject: Transforming the humanities through ICT

Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 22:20:22 +0000
From: Eve Trager <etrager@umich.edu>
Subject: The latest issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing


Guest Editor Lorrie LeJeune, one of JEP's original founders, sheds new light on
an old topic by bringing us a look at sister electronic industries as well as
our own. That orthogonal approach to intellectual-property issues is a mind
expander, and one that makes every article worth reading. But first, check out
Lorrie's introduction at

Copyright in a Time of Change
William S. Strong, a copyright lawyer, spoke about the then-current state of
online publishing in 1994. He brings that presentation up to date, reminding us
that we still don't have enough experience to make permanent policy about
copyright and fair use. Instead, he urges, let's be flexible and wait for the
market to sort itself out.

Electronic Rights Management and Digital Identifier Systems
Daniel J. Gervais of the Copyright Clearance Center surveys current systems for
managing electronic rights electronically, concluding that while they all
have a
long way to go, they show promise.

Giving It Away:
How Red Hat Software Stumbled Across a New Economic Model
and Helped Improve an Industry
Robert Young, CEO of Red Hat, the company that sells the Linux operating-system
software, proves that you can flout the first law of 42nd Street, selling what
others are giving away free -- and build a business.

Does Information Really Want to Be Licensed?
Pamela Samuelson, University of California at Berkeley, analyzes the proposed
changes in article 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code, and fears for the future
of scholarly publishing.

Do It Yourself:
A New Solution to the Journals Crisis
Mark Rambler, assistant editor of The American Lawyer, explains how SPARC lets
libraries become publishers. In his related article, 2B or Not 2B
<http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/04-03/ramblerside.html>, he explores UCC2B from
the point of view of the publisher.

Other articles in this issue:

Not Your Father's References:
Citations in the Digital Space
At a publishing conference in Paris, Lund University's Mats Lindquist offered
his appealing solution to the Internet-wide problem of citing often-ephemeral
electronic sources, and he agreed to write it up for JEP so that we could share
it with you.

Is EDI the Answer, or Part of the Problem?
James Lichtenberg subscribed to JEP just over a month ago, and volunteered that
as a consultant in the publishing industry he writes about the important
So we asked him to submit something to JEP, and he did: the inside skinny on
publishing's problems with enterprise-wide software.

Ready for Y2K
With all the worry about the year 2000 problem, we bring you Plan Nine
Publishing's unique approach. Perhaps other publishers will be inspired to
consider something similar.

Finally, we feature another fine piece by Contributing Editor Thom Lieb --
Copyright and Wrongs:
Putting Visitors on Notice
in which Thom offers advice about what to put behind that "Copyright" notice at
the bottom of your Web page. No copyright notice? Better read Thom's article
get moving.


Judith Axler Turner
The Journal of Electronic Publishing
(202) 986-3463

Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 22:20:41 +0000
From: NINCH-Announce <david@ninch.org>

March 1, 1999

Preservation of Library & Archival Materials: A Manual
edited by Sherelyn Ogden

In the revision of its manual, "Preservation of Library & Archival
Materials," the North-East Document Conservation Center has added some new
sections, including: "Digital Technology Made Simpler;" and "The Relevance
of Preservation in a Digital World," and with the help of grants from INLS
and the NEH has mounted the entire manual online.

David Green

www.nedcc.org: Available March 1, 1999

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) announces the on-line
availability of the third edition of its publication Preservation of
Library & Archival Materials: A Manual, edited by Sherelyn Ogden. The
updated and expanded version of the manual will be available March 1, 1999
on NEDCC^Rs Web site at <http://www.nedcc.org>. A desire to make current
information readily available at no cost prompted NEDCC to update the
manual, adding important topics, and to make it available on the Web. In
addition, if a user prefers the convenience of a book, a bound version will
be available through NEDCC later this year.

The manual is approximately 350 pages in length and consists of a series of
51 technical leaflets. The third edition contains eight new leaflets,
including Digital Technology Made Simpler; The Relevance of Preservation in
a Digital World; Preservation Assessment and Planning; An Introduction to
Fire Detection, Alarm, and Automatic Fire Sprinklers; Collections Security:
Planning and Prevention for Libraries and Archives; and more. In addition,
every leaflet from the first two editions has been updated to reflect new
information and changing opinions. The manual is one of few preservation
publications written in layman^Rs language that is an authoritative
reference source for up-to-date scientific research. Sections include
planning and prioritizing, the environment, emergency management, storage
and handling, reformatting, and conservation procedures. Professional
illustrations make the "how-to" leaflets easy to understand and use.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Federal agency that
fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, supported the
project to convert NEDCC^Rs preservation manual to electronic format for
Internet access. In addition, NEDCC receives major funding for its field
service program from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center is a nonprofit regional
conservation center specializing in the conservation of paper-based
materials including books, documents, photographs, architectural drawings,
maps, posters, wallpaper, and works of art on paper. It performs paper
conservation, book binding, preservation microfilming, and duplication of
photographic negatives. Its purpose is to provide the highest quality
conservation services and to serve as a source of consultation and training
for institutions that hold paper-based collections.

For information about ordering the printed version, contact Gay Tracy at
Northeast Document Conservation Center, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA
01810; phone (978) 470-1010 ext. 217; fax (978) 475-6021; or email

Gay S. Tracy
Public Relations Coordinator
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square
Andover MA 01810-1494
Tel 978 470-1010
Fax 978 475-6021

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

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Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 22:21:18 +0000
From: Costis Dallas <dallas@mail.hol.gr>
Subject: Transforming the humanities through ICT

[Apologies for cross-posting]

Dear colleagues and friends,

The European Technology Assessment Network (ETAN) has formed a WG to study
the potential of information and telecommunication technologies in
transforming European research, and to identify key issues which should be
taken into account in relevant European Commission research and development
funding policies. The report, which will be submitted to the EC in autumn
1999, will probably include sections on the technological and social
context of change introduced by ICT on the research environment,
organisational aspects of ICT in science such as e-publishing, archiving,
knowledge management etc., and the ensuing changing relations between
researchers and the outside world.

I was asked to participate in the Working Group, which is mostly composed
by experts from the sciences and technological disciplines, with a view to
introduce concerns specific to the arts and humanities. For this purpose, I
already presented a short draft paper in the WG's first meeting, and I will
present a revised version in the next meeting of 11-12 March 1999.

I have uploaded my draft contribution to the ETAN WG on the Entopia web
site, accessible at http://entopia.future.easyspace.com/ - there is a short
description and a link in the right column of the home page. I would be
grateful if you could read it and send me your comments and suggestions,
which I will take into account in the final text (please indicate if you
wish your comments to remain anonymous). I would, also, be grateful if you
could send me pointers to studies and resources which you consider useful
for the task at hand.

I hope I shall be able to benefit from your valuable comments, as they will
encourage the Working Group to allocate the importance due to the arts and
humanities in its final recommendation to the European Commission.

Best regards,

Costis Dallas

# Dr Constantinos Dallas, Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister Mr G.
# Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Suite #503, 1 Vassilissis Sophias Street,
Athens, Greece
# Visiting Professor, School of Communication and Mass Media, Panteion
# Tel. 301-3394075, Fax 301-3394195, mailto:dallas@mfa.gr

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