13.0103 new on WWW

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 19 Jul 1999 21:51:03 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 103.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Mark Davies <mdavies@ilstu.edu> (25)
Subject: Polyglot Bible

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (148)
Subject: AMICO University Testbed Report Available

[3] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (64)
Subject: MEP Prototypes for Historical Editions Online

[4] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (76)
Subject: D-Lib latest issue

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 21:33:38 +0100
From: Mark Davies <mdavies@ilstu.edu>
Subject: Polyglot Bible

Information for those who might be interested:

I have placed online a Polyglot Bible containing the entire Gospel of Luke
(1150+ verses) in thirty different languages (or historical periods of
languages), including Greek [Greek and Roman alphabet], Latin, Old Spanish,
Modern Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian, Old English, Middle
English, Early Modern English, Present-Day English, Gothic, German, Dutch,
Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Russian, Bulgarian, Finnish,
Hungarian, Albanian, Haitian, Indonesian, Cebuano, Maori, and Swahili.


Users can see a range of verses in up to seven different languages,
arranged verse-by-verse in parallel format. This means, for example, that
you can compare the same passages in different stages of the same language
(e.g. Old, Middle, Early Modern, and Present-Day English), or in related
languages (e.g. more than seven other Germanic languages). You can also
perform word and string searches on any one of the thirty languages, and
see how the word or string is expressed in up to six other languages.

I would welcome private email with any comments and/or suggestions.

Mark Davies
Illinois State University

Mark Davies, Associate Professor, Spanish Linguistics
Dept. of Foreign Languages, Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4300

Voice:309/438-7975 email:mdavies@ilstu.edu
Fax:309/438-8038 http://mdavies.for.ilstu.edu/personal/

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 21:34:04 +0100
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: AMICO University Testbed Report Available

>> From: "J. Trant" <jtrant@amico.org>


The report of the AMICO University Testbed Project, is now available on the
AMICO web site at http://www.amico.org. A narrative report summarizes the
University Testbed Meeting, held at Carnegie Mellon University in June. The
web site also includes many of the presentations made by participants at
that meeting which brought together the producers and users of the AMICO

For your convenience, the Executive Summary and outline of Lessons Learned
are reproduced below.

Best wishes,


J. Trant, AMICO Executive Director.

AMICO University Testbed Meeting
June 3-4, 1999

Executive Summary

The Art Museum Image Consortium was formed in October 1997 after six months
of planning by the staff of its twenty-three founding member museums. In
the same month, AMICO issued a call-for-proposals from Universities
interested in becoming test sites for research on the prototype AMICO
Library which was scheduled to be available for the 1998-99 academic year.
In January, 1998, the AMICO Board, acting on recommendations from its Users
and Uses Committee, accepted research proposals from 16 universities to
take part in the "AMICO University Testbed".

The University Testbed AMICO Library when released in July 1998 consisted
of documentation for almost 20,000 works of art. University Testbed
participants each made different kinds of uses of the AMICO Testbed
Library, and conducted different types of research on its uses. In the
spring of 1999, they were invited to propose papers on their experiences
for a research conference capping the testbed year. Papers were accepted
from eight Testbed Universities, and combined with a paper from AMICO on
its data processing, one from members on their methods, one from AMICO's
testbed Library distributor, the Research Libraries Group, and one from a
research team at Cornell University which had been hired by AMICO to
conduct an independent analysis of Library use. The conference program was
announced to coincide with the day before, and first day of, the AMICO
members meetings so as to encourage AMICO members to attend the meeting in
order to help shape the agenda for AMICO in 1999 and beyond.

Papers were delivered in six sessions over two days. The first day was
designed to give everyone a common sense of what had occurred in the
Testbed year on campus, online, and in the trenches where the AMICO Library
was made and delivered. In the first session, on Teaching with the AMICO
Testbed Library, Michael May (University of Alberta) and Jeffrey Howe and
Marc O'Connor (Boston College) illustrated two highly successful uses of
relatively small selected subsets of the AMICO Library in art history
(Canadian art) and general humanities (honors seminar) teaching by highly
motivated instructors. In the second session on Who Uses the AMICO Library,
researchers at CMU, Cornell University and AMICO reported on qualitative
interviews, quantitative surveys and focus groups that sought to find out
why users were using the Library and what they hoped to achieve. In the
third session, museum participants in AMICO reported on how they created
their AMICO contributed data, AMICO staff discussed the processing steps,
and Arnold Arcolio of the Research Libraries Group discussed the RLG
delivery system.

The second day began with a session on how Rochester Institute of
Technology, Washington University, Western Michigan University and the
University of Toronto encouraged faculty use of AMICO. The strategies were
different but the underlying problem was the same - faculty needed
considerable hands on help and even examples of uses, in order to
participate. In the fifth session, other uses beyond the classroom were
discussed. Eelco Bruinsma reported on the widespread effect of AMICO on
imaging and print work at the University of Leiden. Tammy Sopinski reported
on plans to integrate the AMICO Library into museum education in the state
of Minnesota. And June Ward reported on a project to exploit the AMICO
Library in K-12 education in greater Indianapolis. The day ended with an
open discussion of lessons learned and suggestions to AMICO members about
ways to strengthen the Library and its delivery.

The Presentation Slides used by many of the speakers can be found on the
AMICO Web site, linked to the formal meeting program. See
http://www.amico.org This summary highlights the issues dicussed and
themes explored.

Lessons from the AMICO University Testbed

* Interest in/uses for digital art images is strong beyond art history
* Focused study, using AMICO in assignments or projects is most effective
* Adequate local technological infrastructure is essential
* Publicity and administrative buy-in assist in AMICO adoption
* Technological training for faculty overcomes resistance to use
* When used, teacher and student response is positive - they want more.

User Studies
* AMICO adoption is slow within the University community as a whole
* Enthusiastic individuals made use of AMICO in many disciplines
* Users find it useful, like the functionality and information
* Art professionals want to integrate AMICO/content from other sources
* Non-art professionals more likely to use AMICO in classroom

Organizational Structure
* Cross-functional teams aid in establishing AMICO in a university
* Librarians, faculty from many departments, administration, technical
resources contribute to successful instructional use
* To insure success institution administrations need to:
- make a commitment to curriculum that uses resources like AMICO
- recognize faculty who invest in innovative teaching (esp. tenure)
- provide time and training to faculty

* Step by step training is essential for faculty adoption
* Documentation is important for self-tutoring and referral
* Students benefit from hands-on workshops and search criteria advice
* Need to tailor training to user needs

AMICO MEMBERS Perspectives
* AMICO members are still learning about effective multimedia documentation
of art
* AMICO members working to establish "best practices" to improve data
* Members want to incorporate AMICO into day-to-day processes
* K-12 curriculum development with AMICO is an exciting opportunity
* Opening up potential users of AMICO to a really wide population
* Different set of teacher and student requirements in the K-12 sector
* IUPUI project will look to set "best practices" for K-12 use of this digital
image resource


The AMICO University Testbed: Reflections, Results and Recommendations
A Special Issue of Archives and Museum Informatics: the cultural heritage
informatics quarterly.

In the 1998/1999 academic year a select group of university campuses had
beta access to the AMICO Library, a collection of museum multimedia
documenting the collections of 23 AMICO member institutions. Selected based
on a competitive call for proposals participating campuses pursued research
into the ways in which the AMICO Library could be used, and the issues and
opportunities presented by such a collection.

Papers that report on the experience of the AMICO University Testbed are
invited from both AMICO Members and Testbed participants. We are
particularly interested in explorations of issues involved in the creation
of the AMICO Library, reflections on the its delivery and reports on
patterns of adoption. Papers that explore effective models for integrating
museum multimedia into teaching and research at colleges and universities
are welcome, as are more forward-thinking reflections of methods to
encourage dialogue between museums and the users of museum multimedia

Selected papers will be published in Archives and Museum Informatics, the
cultural heritage informatics quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal from
Kluwer Academic Publishers. See http://www.kap.nl

Deadline for Submission: July 31, 1999.

Questions or Comments: Email Jennifer Trant, Executive Director, AMICO,

Guidelines for Authors can be found at
J. Trant 2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
Executive Director Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
Art Museum Image Consortium
http://www.amico.org Phone: +1 412 422 8533
jtrant@amico.org Fax: +1 412 422 8594

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 21:34:32 +0100
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: MEP Prototypes for Historical Editions Online

>> From: "David R. Chesnutt" <David.Chesnutt@sc.edu>

Model Editions Partnership Prototypes Online

The Model Editions Partnership (MEP) prototypes for scholarly editions of
historical documents officially went online July 4, 1999
(http://adh.sc.edu). The project's Markup Guidelines for Documentary
Editions are also online at the Web site maintained by the University of
South Carolina.

The Partnership is a consortium of seven documentary editing projects
headed by veteran scholar-editors who set out in 1995 to create a series of
intellectual frameworks which could maintain the current standards of
documentary editing. The seven projects include:

The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress
The Documentary History of the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights
The Papers of General Nathanael Greene
The Papers of Henry Laurens
The Legal Papers of Abraham Lincoln
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
The Margaret Sanger Papers

Editors of the seven projects served as the Steering Committee and also
developed the individual prototypes in conjunction with a central staff at
the University of South Carolina. Information on the Partnership is
maintained on the site (http://adh.sc.edu/mepinfo/mep-info.html).

In the last 50 years, scholars have published the seminal writings of
America's statesmen like Jefferson and Franklin, literary figures like
Emerson and Thoreau, scientists like Edison and Einstein, thinkers like
Santayana and James, reformers like Martin Luther King and Susan B.
Anthony--as well as the papers of ordinary Americans whose roles were no
less important in shaping the new nation.

Documentary editions are a combination carefully prepared texts (letters,
journals, public records and other primary documents) accompanied by
annotation, commentary and other editorial features to make the texts
understandable. These editions--now only in print or microfilm--have the
potential of becoming one of the most important sources of primary
materials in tomorrow's digital libraries.

The Partnership undertook the task of building a foundation on which to
base Web versions of documentary editions. That foundation is a markup
system based on extensions to the Text Encoding Initiative's markup scheme.
Both conform to the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), an
international standard for designing markup systems. Six of the prototypes
use the markup system; the Lincoln prototype is for a CD-ROM based edition
and a sample CD can be ordered at the Web site.

The six Web editions demonstrate a variety of frameworks which can be used
in delivering them. Although the content is sometimes identical to that in
a printed edition, the Web editions have a document-based organization.
Each document is like the hub of a wheel surrounded by the biographies,
chronologies, notes and other editorially supplied information.

The powerful publishing system donated by the Inso Corporation enables
users to take advantage of the markup to increase the precision of
searches. Search templates are used to combine the user's query with the
markup. Users need not understand the markup; the templates take care of
that. Each search results in a new view of the documents in an edition--a
subset based on the user's search criteria.

The Division of Library and Information Systems at the University of South
Carolina and from the National Historical Publications and Records
Commission (NHPRC) provide major support for the Partnership. NHPRC and the
National Endowment for the Humanities provide support for the on-going work
of the Partner projects. The University Presses of Johns Hopkins, North
Carolina, Rutgers, and South Carolina; the historical societies of South
Carolina and Rhode Island; and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
gave permission for publication of material under copyright.

David R. Chesnutt
Project Director
Model Editions Partnership

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 21:35:11 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: D-Lib latest issue

News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community

July 16, 1999

The July/August 1999 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available

The latest issue of D-Lib magazine includes the full list of awards under the
first phase of the DLI-2 as well as an article by Michael Lesk on the DLI-2

David Green

>Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 09:49:20 -0400
>From: Bonnie Wilson <bwilson@cnri.reston.va.us>
The July/August 1999 issue of D-Lib Magazine is now available at

This issue includes two articles about the Digital Libraries Initiative
- Phase 2 Program and three stories:

Perspectives on DLI-2 - Growing the Field
Michael Lesk, National Science Foundation

Digital Libraries Initiative - Phase 2: Fiscal Year 1999 Awards
Stephen M. Griffin, National Science Foundation

Reference Linking for Journal Articles
Priscilla Caplan, University of Chicago and William Y. Arms, Cornell

Creating a Large-Scale Digital Library for Georeferenced Information
Bin Zhu, Marshall Ramsey, Tobun D. Ng, and Hsinchun Chen, University of
Arizona; and Bruce Schatz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

A Report on the PEAK Experiment: Usage and Economic Behavior
Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason, Juan F. Riveros, Maria S. Bonn, and Wendy P.
Lougee, University of Michigan

The Featured Collection for July/August 1999 is the NACA Technical
Report Server
(Images and description of the collection contributed by Michael Nelson,
NASA Langley Research Center)

There are also several interesting items featured in the 'Clips and
Pointers' section, including:

The Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance
Contributed by Phyllis S. Mirsky, R. Bruce Miller, and Karl Lo,
University of California, San Diego

EQUINOX: Library Performance Measurement and Quality Management System
Contributed by Monica Brinkley, Dublin City University Library

JISC Requests for Proposals
Contributed by Chris Rusbridge, Joint Information Systems Committee

Government Recordkeeping Metadata Standard Issued in Australia
Contributed by Adrian Cunningham, National Archives of Australia

The Inventory of Canadian Digital Initiatives
Contributed by Ralph W. Manning, National Library of Canada

Dublin Core Directorate Announces Revised Element Definitions
Contributed by Stuart Weibel, OCLC Office of Research

Bonnie Wilson
Managing Editor
D-Lib Magazine
NINCH-Anounce is an announcement listserv, produced by the National Initiative
for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), a diverse coalition of arts,
humanities and social science organizations created to assure leadership from
the cultural community in the evolution of the digital environment.

The subjects of these announcements are not, unless otherwise noted, the
projects of NINCH; neeither does NINCH necessarily endorse the subjects of

We attempt to credit all re-distributed news and announcements and appreciate
reciprocal credit.

For questions, comments or requests to un-subscribe, contact the editor:

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

See and search back issues of NINCH-ANNOUNCE at

Humanist Discussion Group
Information at <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/>