Humanities Computing Resources

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 1996
From: Barbara Diedrichs
Subject: Humanities Computing Resources

Internet Book Shop opens for trade

A new service has been set up to allow you to browse / buy books online.

It is totally free to users, and represents all of the information that book publishers would normally put into their catalogs.

So far, Blackwell Publishers (Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA) have agreed to start the ball rolling, and their entire geography catalog has been mounted for you to look at. There are 120 books and journals dealing with ecology, pollution, land formations etc. If you would like to check it out, then access via WWW to:

The Blackwell's Book Sale Catalogue before me says that the email address is "". They offer a subscription to their catalogue by contacting "" with the message "SUBSCRIBE ACADEMIC BOOKSALE". The Web address they suggest is "". I hope this is of some use to those seeking contact with Messrs Blackwell.

We've set up a new WWW site for finding LISTSERV lists. It is part of the project and is located at:

It is a heirarchically organized index to LISTSERV lists, grouped by name, topic, settings, etc, with a free-text search ability (via freewais-sf). also has indices to all Usenet groups, FTP sites, and computer products vendors. is available at:


John Buckman - - (301) 718-7840 Walter Shelby Group Ltd. - Internet Software Publishers -

HUMBUL - The Humanities Bulletin Board (Report)

As part of the growing need for gateways to other resources, I have established the HUMBUL Gateway which provides a means of accessing international resources applicable to the humanities with relative ease. The address is:

Dr Stuart Lee
Research Officer
CTI Centre for Textual Studies
Oxford University Computing Services
13 Banbury Road

Dear Scholars,

I am writing to inform you of the existence of a unique Macintosh Users group whose members are academics in the social sciences and humanities: the History and Macintosh Society. The group's title was bestowed by its founder, Joe Coohill, a historian, but in reality HMS can focus on uses of the Macintosh and Macintosh software in most fields except the sciences. Our main activity is the composition of a quarterly newsletter with articles on Macintosh news, software reviews, academic computing information, etc. While originally there were membership dues which covered the costs of printing and mailing a quarterly newsletter, this newsletter is now distributed electronically at no cost to all who desire to receive it. This is one of the advantages of membership in HMS; another is that we can request free copies of software for review by HMS members.

Department of French and Italian     |   Marc Bizer
University of Texas at Austin        |   1603 Woodlawn Blvd. Apt. 4
Austin, TX 78712-1197                |   Austin, TX 78703-3350
(512) 471-5531                       |   (512) 322-9845

Alex: A Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet July 23, 1994

This is to announce the available of a new service, "Alex: A Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet." Alex can be found at gopher://, or by pointing at, choosing "The World", then "Gopherspace", and then "Alex".

Alex allows users to find and retrieve the full-text of documents on the Internet. It currently indexes over 700 books and shorter texts by author and title, incorporating texts from Project Gutenberg, Wiretap, the On-line Book Initiative, the Eris system at Virginia Tech, the English Server at Carnegie Mellon University, and the on-line portion of the Oxford Text Archive. For now it includes no serials. Alex does include an entry for itself.

New publications at the sites above will be detected>automatically. However, pointers to other sites, specific suggestions for additions to the catalogue, and notifications of errors are welcome, particularly those with full bibliographic information and URLs. The email address for Alex is

Hunter Monroe


The Association of Research Libraries announces the availability by gopher of its innovative Directory of Electronic Journals and Newsletters, listing 440+ titles in the current version.


Later this year, WAIS- searching and WWW access will be provided.

Since 1991, ARL has published a printed version of the e-journals and newsletters directory. The printed book also includes the definitive directory of academic. This work has been available on the Internet throughout its existence and can be retrieved from the listserv@kentvm or listserv@kentvm.kent edu. You may also retrieve it via anonymous ftp to:

Now in its fourth edition, the printed Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and Academic Discussion Lists is an unrivalled source of information for high quality academic resources on the Internet. If you are interested in obtaining it, please message ARL's Office of Scientific and Academic Publishing:

We do invite you to offer the ARL e-journal directory through your local or wide area network by pointing your gopher to *We would appreciate knowing you are doing so, to give us a sense of how wide the use of the e-version is.* We welcome any comments you may have. Please direct them to Ann Okerson (, the project coordinator for ARL. The gopher file was created by Dru Mogge, ARL's Electronic Services Coordinator.


Keeping such a resource current is a constant responsibility. To facilitate this, we have also created the list:

which publishes announcements of new electronic journals as they become available. To subscribe, send mail to with nothing on the Subject: line and the single message SUBSCRIBE NEWJOUR-L. We welcome your postings to this moderated list. The postings in turn inform our database.

We thank the many contributors and commentators who make this project possible. Ann Okerson
Office of Scientific & Academic Publishing Association of Research Libraries
Washington, DC

(Postings for NEWJOUR may be sent to me directly or to the list address -- all postings moderated.)

Ann Okerson

Name=NewJour (A Listing of New Electronic Journals) Path=1/Journals, Newsletters and Publications/newjour
Admin=Gopher Admin +1 215-898-9892 ModDate=Tue Mar 14 15:59:16 1995 <19950314155916>

gopher:// /newjour
To subscribe to NEWJOUR, send e-mail to with nothing on the Subject: line and the simple message SUBSCRIBE NEWJOUR. To unsubscribe, do likewise, but the message should read UNSUBSCRIBE NEWJOUR. Do NOT put your NAME or ADDRESS anywhere in the message: it confuses the majordomo program and slows processing of your request. In case of list-management difficulties, send e-mail to Jim O'Donnell:

NewJour, the Internet list for reporting and announcing new on-line electronic journals, announces a major improvement in its archive. The result is an important new tool for those who track the explosive growth in on-line Internet serial publishing, or simply for those who wish to see what is available in particular subject areas. The URL is simple:

*The archive is maintained by mhonarc software which not only displays the entries in HTML, but takes all URLs in the messages and turns them into links, so when you read an entry describing a journal that offers a URL, you can immediately click and go to the site described. There is searching software and a reverse chronological index to let visitors check the newest material first. (Suggestions for other ways to improve the presentation are very welcome.)*

As of 3 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, October 22nd, 1995, the NewJour archive contains 975 items.
To subscribe to NewJour, send e-mail to: with no Subject

The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities Publishes it First and Second Series of Research Reports: the following reports are available via the World-Wide Web, at

WWW: Postmodern Culture: An Electronic Journal of Interdisciplinary Criticism

The World-Wide Web version of this issue of Postmodern Culture, with full hypermedia capabilities, is available on a server run by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, at:

The issue is also available by gopher, ftp, and electronic mail:


To automatically receive the table of contents each time a new issue is published, send an email message to the internet address with the one and only line:

subscribe pmc-list [your name]

To retrieve the items listed in the table of contents, send a mail message to, containing as its one and only line the command

get pmc-list [fn.ft]

(replace [fn.ft] with the filename and filetype for the file you want to receive, as listed in the table of contents). There should be no blank lines, spaces, or other text preceding this line--however, you can type more than one get command in your mail to listserv, as long as each command is on its own line.

More detailed Listserv instructions are available in the file NEWUSER.PREFACE: to retrieve this file, send mail to with the command

get pmc-list newuser.preface

Subject: new bibliography of humanities computing

eHumanists will be interested to note the publication of a new bibliography, Giovanni Adamo, Bibliografia di informatica umanistica;, Informatica e discipline umanistiche (Roma: Bulzoni Editore, 1994), 420 pp. It is organized by author but has indexes by subject, by person, and interestingly, a chronological index. According to the copy I have, it costs L. 58.000. Work done in the major languages is recorded. It looks very good.

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One useful place to look for reasonably current listings of SGML software is the Whirlwind Guide to SGML Tools, maintained by Steve Pepper. Copies may be found at the following ftp sites (inter alia):

Another excellent source of SGML information on the Web is Robin Cover's magnificent SGML homepage:

(But beware: this is a very large file, which can take a long time to download)
There is also what looks like the beginnings of an interesting SGML home page at

I have a few such things collected. By anon-ftp check out, /pub/cch/shareware/internet/; by gopher,, Centre for Computing in the Humanities / Humanities computing resources / Software / Internet software.

Introducing CHORUS

        A WWW Resource for Academic and Educational
              Computing in the Arts/Humanities

               Sponsored by PEINet, Canada

Please contact Todd Blayone (Project Coordinator, McGill University) at CHORUS is made possible through the sponsorship of PEINet, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Scholar as follows: sub scholar Firstname Lastname .

Preprints in Philosophy
The IPPE's WWW service is available by opening the URL using Netscape, Mosaic, Lynx, or any other WWW browser (we recommend Netscape).

Allow me to take the opportunity of Humanist's revival to announce the homepage for the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, University of Toronto, at the URL Like all such things, it is alive so long as it is changing, which it does almost daily. Its architect and chief builder is learning and will welcome suggestions for improvement.

Ian Graham, The HTML Sourcebook(John Wiley and Sons, March 1995), 411 pp.

The Association of Research Libraries announces publication of the 5th Edition of the hard-copy standard reference work for serials on the Internet: the Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and Academic Discussion Lists.

The extraordinary rate of expansion of microcomputers and linked networks as vehicles for scholarly exchange, along with growth in the rate of the use of the Internet, does not abate. The number of journals, newsletters, and serial-like academic publications continues to increase daily and scholarly communication expands in exciting new ways. Many journals, newsletters, and scholarly lists may be accessed free of charge through Internet and affiliated networks, along with those that are increasingly available via paid online subscription. Nonetheless, it is not always simple to find what is available.

The new edition of the Directory is a compilation of entries for nearly 2500 scholarly lists and 675 electronic journals, newsletters, and related titles such as newsletter-digests -- an increase in size of over

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In the last two years (which goes back to the time I first became interested in the TEI) SGML software has advanced by leaps and bounds. There is now a wide range of editing, searching and managment tools for SGML, and most of the ones that I've looked at will handle the TEI dtd, thought sometimes they require some coaxing.

The best place to find out what's available is Robin Cover's list of public and commercial software, which can be found on the SGML Home Page:

If you're interested in how some of these behave with the TEI DTD, you may want to look at our bi-annual newsletter. The last two issues contained reviews of some editing software. The upcoming issue will have a review of SoftQuad's Explorer, an electronic publishing software. The newsletter is free - send mail to

Gregory Murphy, Text Systems Manager CETH (The Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities) E-MAIL: WEB PAGE:

There are lots more editors, see the SGML "Whirlwind Guide" to tools at

import stuff into their own formats. My own SGML2TeX ( works, just, but needs some

Computers and the humanities
For information on subscribing to the journal or purchasing the book, contact:

directory of scholarly electronic conferences Team Compiler, _Directory of Scholarly E-Conferences_ The Directory is available from or gopher:// Information/Directory of Scholarl

The full text of a report by Lou Burnard and Harold Short entitled AN ARTS AND HUMANITIES DATA SERVICE is now available from the URL

This report, commissioned by the JISC last year, sets out a scheme for the establishment of a distributed Arts and Humanities Data Service within the UK. Its proposals are now being implemented within the framework of the Electronic Libraries Programme. This version of the report is identical to the printed text published earlier this year by the Office for Humanities Communication at Oxford, being derived automatically from the same SGML source. The SGML original uses the TEI Lite dtd, and can also be accessed using SGML-aware browsers such as Panorama, from the URL

A new and improved version of the report, including direct links to many of the Resources and Services discussed in it, will be made available by UKOLN later in the year.

Lou Burnard

Announcing the availability of Ejournal SiteGuide : A MetaSource

This new reference work provides description, annotation, and evaluation for links to thirty selected sites for finding electronic journals on the internet. It is designed as a beginning point for finding any information in this area, and as a convenient path to regularly visited sites. Three distinct views of the information are offered.

Apart from content, the SiteGuide is an essay in what a hypertext reference work should look like. It is an attempt to move beyond the familiarity of print, the mechanical amassing of links, and the complementary scattergun of keyword searching.

are extraordinarily powerful. Imagine a library that indexed every word in a new acquisition within hours of it being put on the shelf! The Editor has already mentioned the Open Text service, which is extremely fast and usually all you need. But if you want a choice of engines, spiders, wanderers and robots, you could explore these sites (I list only a few of those known to me):

CNN Webspace Search Engine




Open Text Web Index

Search Engines



If you have a few minutes to spare, why not get the software to search several index sites while you make a coffee?

Meta Crawler

Or perhaps have an "agent" recommend new sites based on your past preferences?


For these lists, send subscribe to:

  1. Literatura literatura en general
  2. Beliar linguistica en general
  3. Filosofia filosofia en general

Universidad de Buenos Aires

                                   Analia Zygier

The editors are pleased to announce a new bilingual publication series of refereed online articles, TCH Working Papers (Toronto Computing in the Humanities Working Papers). TCHWP addresses computer-assisted research in all fields of the humanities. Its papers are a vehicle for an intermediary stage at which questions of computer methodology in relation to the corpus at hand are of interest to the scholar before the computer disappears into the background.

Some of the articles first appeared in print in TCHWP's predecessor, CCH Working Papers, published by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities of the University of Toronto. Others are being published for the first time in electronic form. Each article is accompanied by an abstract in both English and French.

Currently there are 10 articles online at the URL

We welcome comments and cordially invite submission of materials within the scope of the series. We are especially interested in essays that exploit the possibilities of the online medium.

Russon Wooldridge
Willard McCarty
1 December 1995


Russon Wooldridge, Willard McCarty

Editors, CHWP

Russon Wooldridge, Department of French, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 1H8, Canada Tel: 1-416-978-2885 -- Fax: 1-416-978-4949 E-mail:

There are those that say (Willard? Geoff Nunberg? me? I keep forgetting) that the new e-text world shares a lot in common with the medieval manuscript culture. So now, the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu NM has its web page offering, among other things, the services of for those who want help in designing imaginative and artistic web pages. See

Jim O'Donnell
Classics, U. of Penn

HUMANIST readers who wish to know more about Ian Lancashire's objections to SGML and TEI may read a paper submitted by him to the Electric Scriptorium conference. The title of the paper is: "Early Books, RET Encoding Guidelines, and the Trouble with SGML." The document is dated November 11, 1995. The URL for the online document is:

what I'm talking about is my very imperfect implimentation of this idea at the Electric Scriptorium
"" (where you can see the other very fine papers presented at the conference) or at "".

Enough said

Gary W. Shawver
University of Toronto\E-Mail:\ WWW:

Perseus Project Home Page (

Information about Prolog programming language and (free) implementations URL=

Exemplaria is pleased to announce the first in a series of electronic pre-prints of essays from its forthcoming issues. From October 23 through December 31, 1995, Susan Schibanoff's essay, "Worlds Apart: Orientalism, Antifeminism, and Heresy in Chaucer's <i>Man of Law's Tale</i>" will be available on the <i>Exemplaria</i> homepage, URL

Hypermail is a program that takes a file of mail messages in UNIX

mailbox format and generates a set of cross-referenced HTML documents. Each file that is created represents a separate message in the mail archive and contains links to other articles, so that the entire archive can be browsed in a number of ways by following links. Archives generated by Hypermail can be incrementally updated, and Hypermail is set by default to only update archives when changes are detected.

Many Humanists will be interested in Charles W. Bailey's online bibliography, "Network-Based Electronic Publishing of Scholarly Works: A Selective Bibliography" from <t>The Public-Access Computer Systems Review</t> 6, no. 1 (1995), last updated 1/26/96. It can be found at the

According to the Introduction, "This bibliography presents selected works, published between 1990 and the present, that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. It does not provide detailed coverage of the substantial body of literature that deals with general electronic publishing topics."

a service called Submit-It!, a web-based service which takes your input and submits the details to fifteen different search engines, allowing them to come and index your site and more importantly publicise it to the rest of the search-engine-using internet public.

In addition to this, you might also consider posting details to a usenet newsgraoup called comp.infosystems.www.announce, which exists solely for the purpose of distributing the details of new sites. A comprehensive FAQ is often posted there, if you have questions about using the service.

The url for Submit-It! is, by the way.

From: Alan B. Howard <>

The American Studies Programs at the University of Virginia now has a homepage at:

This page includes hypertext syllabi, student and faculty projects, hypertexts of Crevecoeur's Letters, de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Henry Adams' Education, four Twain novels, and a good deal more. Please take a look.

Seminar prospectus:

     Electronic Text: Selective Annotated Bibliography:

     A collaborative student project, describing more than a
     hundred works, on paper and on line, that discuss the nature
     of electronic text.

     Seminar papers:

     Paper titles, some abstracts, and one full text (see below).

     Jean Jacobson, "Some Considerations for the Use of Lists as
     Hypertextual Devices on HTML WWW Pages":


Chorus is an eclectic resource for computing in the humanities. It currently features the _Humanities Computing Review_, and several special sections and mirror sites.

The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities is pleased to announce the availability of two new software products, Inote and Mu, programmed by Mark Ratliff and Dan Ancona, respectively:

Inote is a Java-based program for image annotation; it can be run through the web or stand-alone (with the Java developer's kit). Demonstrations, further information, source code, help documents, and an email/hypermail list for bug reports and developers, are all available at:

MU is a perl-based program that builds fill-out forms for SGML editing, based on simple templates. It supports lock files (for networked workgroups), and it is distributed with a TEI-lite template. Demonstrations, source code, help files, and an email list for bug reports and developers are available at:

A book entitled "Survey of the State of the Art of Human Language Technology" is now available at .

The survey consists of articles by 97 authors

MtScript - The Multext multi-lingual text editor We are pleased to announce an alpha release of the multi-lingual text editor developed within the MULTEXT project, which provides facilities for creating and
saving files in a wide variety of languages and corresponding character sets. MtScript provides the following main capabilities:

COPAC: British online catalogue
A WWW Interface available at:

A footnote to Larry's remarks about rtf2html: I've written a front-end for rtf2html which allows you to process files using the file upload feature in netscape 2.0 or better. Visit

This script will join rtf2html's separate endnote files to the bottom of your paper, producing a single document with footnotes as inline hyperlinks.

In the same directory you'll also find file upload interfaces to

  1. makemark, my program for converting Netscape bookmark files into publishable html documents, complete with hyperlinked Table of Contents. (The file upload version reflects a single document with an in-line TofC; the command line version, available at the same location, generates multiple files with 'next,' 'prev,' and 'up' links.)
  2. splitlines, a program which wraps lines in a text file at the blank space closest to a user-specified number of columns. In short, this is word wrap for text files you want to upload.

All of the above is 'helloware,' which is to say that it would be nice to hear from anyone who happens to use it.

Eric D. Friedman

(or under heading: professional assiciations) The Association for Computers and the Humanities is an international organization for academic professionals that use computer technology in Humanities disciplines. ACH is the sponsoring organization for HUMANIST. Membership costs $65 US per calendar year, which inculdes a subscription to our "Computers and the Humanities" journal. The association also co-sponsors an annual conference and is involved in a number of other initiatives in the field. See the ACH WWWeb page ( for more details and information how to join.

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