1995 Fall - Europe in Bits & Bytes
Europe in Bits & Bytes
Column Editor: Gail Hueting
Fall 1995, Vol. 19, no. 1Association of College & Research Libraries
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WESSWeb, the Western European Specialists Section's own home page on the World Wide Web, has grown considerably since it was introduced in the Spring 1995 newsletter! Jim Campbell (ViU), the coordinator of WESSWeb, sent these comments: "We've updated the information about WESS and the links to European literature, newspapers, and library catalogs on the Internet, and also added specialized sections on French Studies, coordinated by Kurt De Belder (NNU), and German Studies, coordinated by Reinhart Sonnenburg (CU-S). The WESS resource guides are aimed at an audience of American faculty, students, and librarians, but until we have WESSWeb pages in place for all countries, we're providing links to selected other resource lists. We've also put up the last two issues of this Newsletter and hope to have future issues up a few weeks after print publication. That will let you recycle those old issues, but it also gives you a version of this column with links you can follow and the chance to search through the book reviews by keyword. Please come by and take a look: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/. Please think, too, about helping out. If you run across a good Web resource, let the person who is responsible for that section know about it. If you have a special interest, volunteer to put together a page about it, or volunteer to take on a section of WESSWeb. Just send a note to email@example.com."
The WESSLinks section of WESSWeb now features has the following choices:
European Studies Regional Resources
Links to other pages covering Western European countries
Selected Newspapers and News Services
European Union and Internet (from University of Helsinki)
European Legal Sources (from Washburn University School of Law)
Online Text Collections in Western European Literature
EuRoDoCs, developed by Richard Hacken (UPB).
Guides to Library Resources
European Library Catalogs
Union List of Selected West European Newspapers and Newspapers in New York Metropolitan Libraries
Western European Studies Home Page (from University of Pittsburgh).
Three national or regional union catalogs have become available via the Internet. WESSWeb contains links to all of them in its European Library Catalogs section. The two German-language catalogs can be searched by an interface on the World Wide Web. Jim Campbell (ViU) notes, "Searching a Web catalog is much faster for casual use, since you don't have to make a telnet connection and don't waste time sitting in front of the screen scratching your head and trying to remember how to do a title search."
BIBOS, the union catalog of the Austrian research libraries, is an especially useful catalog. To search the holdings of all the libraries in the network, the address is: http://www.infosys.tuwien.ac.at/BIBOS-2/Search.html.
Another useful WWW gateway is the one for the database of theSüdwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund (SWB), which includes Saxony in addition to Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, and Rheinland-Pfalz. It has a total of four million records for about 1,000 libraries. It is at: http://www.swbv.uni-konstanz.de/CGI/cgi-bin/opacform.cgi. A list of the other services of the SWB is at: http://www.swbv.uni-konstanz.de:7000/wwwroot/s10000_d.html. This home page includes a directory with addresses, fax numbers, etc. for the libraries.
Jeffry Larson (CtY) obtained information on the Internet version of PORBASE, the Portuguese National Bibliographic Database, at the Biblioteca Nacional in Lisbon. According to the news release, "PORBASE is currently the largest Portuguese bibliographic database, reflecting the holdings of the National Library plus 99 other libraries of all types and sizes, both public and private. ... The size of the database is presently about 730,000 bibliographic records, corresponding to more than one million holdings. PORBASE is daily updated, and the average growth is between 120,000 and 150,000 records annually. ... The database also includes CIP records, which are searchable in the OPAC before the books are published." The way to access PORBASE is: telnet porbase.ibl.pt. The home page of the Biblioteca Nacional is at: http://www.ibl.pt/ibl.
Scott Stebelman (DGW; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) is the listowner of two new electronic discussion groups that may be of interest to WESS members. The first is the discussion list for the English and American Literature Section. If you would like to subscribe to this list, send a message to: email@example.com the message: subscribe ealsl (your name). To send a message to the discussion group itself, the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Scott has also announced: "The MLA International Bibliography in Academic Libraries Discussion Group now has an electronic list to which people can subscribe. To subscribe, send this message: mlaib (your name)to: email@example.com. To send mail to the discussion group, the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. "This list is intended to promote discussion of the MLAIB as a research tool. Questions or comments dealing with pedagogy, the structure of the bibliography, database vendors, search techniques, etc. are quite welcome. The list will also serve an administrative function, to share information about our upcoming ALA Conference meetings, or programs at other conferences that might interest our members. It is hoped people representing a variety of backgrounds, from librarians and literature professors to independent scholars, will contribute to it."
Three German newspapers began to appear on the World Wide Web last spring. This information, with the addresses, was provided to GermanE by Jim Campbell (ViU). pop.de/bda/nat/hn/svz.html The Schweriner Volkszeitung may have been the first to have an "official" edition on the Web. The address is: http://www.hamburg. pop.de/bda/nat/hn/svz.html. taz came up about the same time and is one of the few newspapers on the net that puts up the complete text of each issue. It is at: http://www.prz.tu-berlin.de/~taz/. In May the major German daily Die Welt introduced its online edition at: http://www.welt.de. Die Welt offers a simple and effective program for searching its archives; this could be especially useful to language students writing on current topics. These newspapers join the first German-language daily to be on the Web, Der Standard (Vienna), which was mentioned in the Spring, 1995 WESS Newsletter. It's at: http://www.derstandard.co.at/DerStandard.
A new journal for classical studies, Arachnaion, now appears on the World Wide Web. It intends especially to act as an electronic voice for European classical scholarship, but the editors hope to have this supplemented by a vigorous international input. Arachnaion joins Electronic Antiquity and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review as an electronic classical journal. The editors are Maurizio Lana (CISI of Torino) and Emanuele Narducci (University of Florence). The URL is: http://www.cisi.unito.it/arachne/arachne.html.
There are new developments for two major CD-ROM databases for classical studies. Theodore F. Brunner (CUI) commented on the next release of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) : "The TLG is beginning to consider the production of a new CD-ROM (to be released in perhaps a year or so), and would like to solicit opinions about the organization of the data in this release. ... We now estimate that a new TLG CD-ROM consisting of all corrected texts (approximately 72 million words), the canon, and the indices will comprise approximately 590 Mbytes of data. Current CD-ROM technology does allow the creation of a disk of so large a capacity; however, we also suspect that many TLG licensees do not have in place the hardware and system software resources necessary to make use of so capacious a disk (early generation CD-ROM players, still employed by many of our licensees, were limited to 540 Mbytes of data). Thus, we are contemplating the following future scenario: When ready to do so, the TLG will generate two separate CD-ROM `packages': (1) One single disk (`E') containing all TLG texts, the canon, and a single `master-index' to all of the text material on the disk. This single disk package would most likely be the one chosen by licensees who have up-to-date hardware and system software resources in place. (2) A two-disk package. One of these disks (`E1') would contain all authors and texts deriving from the Homer-A.D. 600 era, plus post-600 scholia and lexicography; it would also contain the TLG canon and an index limited to the text material on `E1'. The other ("E2") would contain all other post-600 authors and texts, the TLG canon, and an index limited to the text material on `E2.' This two-disk package would most likely be of interest to those TLG licensees who do not have access to up-to-date hardware and system software resources." Theodore F. Brunner (CUI; e-mail email@example.com).
Dee L. Clayman (NBC; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) has provided information on the Database of Classical Bibliography: "The Scholars Press is now shipping the DCB.v1, twelve years of the Année Philologique (vols. 47-58, 1976-1987) on CD-ROM. It is equipped with its own retrieval software for Windows 3.1 and up and Macintosh system 7 and up. Searching is done through eighteen indexes including a full-text index for subject searching ('chariots' in Homer, 'imagination,' 'women AND religion') in all relevant languages including Greek, and an index of modern languages ('Homer' in Japanese, "gardens" in German). ... The DCB will be updated annually with 3-5 additional volumes of the APh moving backwards and forwards in time. ..." The price for institutions varies according to the size of the LAN; for four or fewer hookups it is $340.00 per volume. Orders and inquiries should be directed to the Scholars Press: 404-727-5198; fax: 404-727-2348.
Many WESS members are beginning to mark up their own HTML documents for the World Wide Web and need a way to learn something about it. Kurt De Belder (NNU) offers the following: "As promised during the WESS Research and Planning meeting in Chicago, I have made available the [http:// www.nyu.edu/pages/htmlworkshop Basic HTML Workshop] (which was distributed in print) to the outside world. URL: http:// www.nyu.edu/pages/htmlworkshop. This workshop is a basic and practical introduction to HTML. It takes approximately two hours to go through it, and it should allow you to start marking up documents in HTML."
Jim Campbell (VU) has noted the availability of papers from a German librarians' conference: "Some of the talks from the 1995 Bibliothekartag are being published on the Internet at: http://www.rz.uni-duesseldorf.de/WWW/ulb/goett.html."
Two new books on electronic resources:
Marcos Marín, Francisco. Informática y humanidades. (Manuales). Madrid: Gredos, 1994. Mainly concerns digital resources and includes a chapter on the full-text Spanish CD-ROM database, Admyte.
Bremner, Joe. Guide to Database Distribution. Philadelphia, PA: National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, 1994. Intended to bring producers of electronic information products up to date on methods for protecting their intellectual property in an electronic environment.
Editor: Marje Schuetze-Coburn
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