1995 Spring - Europe in Bits & Bytes
Vol. 18, No. 2 (Spring, 1995)
New Haven, Connecticut
Europe in Bits & Bytes
Column Editor: Gail Hueting
NOTE: links are those in effect at the time of print publication and are not systematically updated.
Contributions welcome ([editors.html#hueting address on page 2])
WESS is constructing its own home page on the World Wide Web! The WESS Internet Publications Committee under the leadership of James Campbell (ViU) has been planning this resource, which now has the name WESSWeb, since last summer. The University of Virginia Library is providing technical support. The URL for WESSWeb is http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess. Try it out!
Its purpose is stated in the preliminary version of WESSWeb as follows: "WESSWeb has two goals: to provide its members with easy access to information about the Section and to provide librarians and other Western Europe specialists with information about European information. WESSWeb does not intend to replicate the excellent guides prepared in Europe, but to supplement them and make links among them from an international perspective."
The organizational information that will go into WESSWeb includes an introduction to WESS, current WESS officers and committees, the WESS Directory, the WESS Officer's Manual--History and Procedures, the WESS Newsletter, and Guides to Information about Europe (to be established for the various language areas).
One especially organized component of WESSWeb will be abstracts of reviews published in Germany, the IFB Abstracts. Stephen Lehmann (PU) has provided a description of this project: "Some thirty 30 German-reading American WESS members (and two British colleagues) are busily abstracting the reviews of the new German reference book/bibliography review journal, Informationsmittel für Bibliotheken, for availability on WESSWeb. The IFB ([reviewed by Steve in our Fall 1994 issue and] itself available on the World Wide Web at the URL http://www.swbv.uni-konstanz.de:7000/depot/i_menu/3421308w.html) is published by the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut in Berlin and is a spin-off of the renowned review section of the Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie that appeared for twenty years under the editorship of Klaus Schreiber, founder and editor of the IFB. In 1994 it contained
reviews of 574 books. Abstracts are being written for all of 1994's reviews of non-English language books. The WESS-produced abstracts are intended to facilitate the work of librarians who do not read German in their selection of European reference tools. IFB-ABSTRACTS is edited by Heidi Hutchinson (CU-Riv) and Stephen Lehmann."
Christine Jewell (CaOWtU; e-mail: email@example.com) has announced the Scholarly Societies Project: A webbed version of the Scholarly Societies Project is now available. URL = http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/society/overview.html. It is a set of webpages designed to facilitate access to various kinds of electronic resources maintained by or for scholarly societies across the world. The set includes links to over 70 webpages and over 100 gophers associated with scholarly societies. A collection of 29 subject guides groups together gophers and webpages by broad discipline. It also includes a set of links to full-text archives of over 40 serial publications by scholarly societies, because we believe that archives such as these will play a critical role in transforming the nature of scholarly publication.
One of the home pages included in the Scholarly Societies Project is that of the American Dialect Society, which offers information on linguistics. Other useful resources for linguistics are Foreign Languages Resources on the World Wide Web, the Human-Language Page and the Less Commonly Taught Languages Gopher.
Foreign Languages Resources "aspires to lend starting points mining the WWW for foreign language/culture specific resources. This is a `quality-only' index. In other words we have sought to include only the best of the foreign language (`foreign' for native speakers of English) Web sites out of the many that exist." This page, maintained by Steve Thorne (CU), is at URL http://www.utp.berkeley.edu/~thorne/humanresources.html.
Tyler Jones (OrSaW; e-mail:
tjones @willamette.edu) has developed a home page for resources (information, lessons, and texts) in many different languages, including all the major Western European languages, The Human-Language Page. The URL is: http://www.willamette.edu/~tjones/Language-Page.html.
Louis Janus of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the (MnU; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) describes the Less Commonly Taught Languages Gopher as follows: "A new gopher has been established that you or your colleagues might be interested in. Its aim is to present information on where all Less Commonly Taught Languages (all except English, French, German, and Spanish) are taught at North American two- and four-year colleges and universities. Included is information on contact people at each institution (addresses, phone and fax numbers). At present we have about 250 languages (from Afrikaans to Zulu, with entries for Cherokee, Evenki, Lao, Early Welsh, Middle Turkic, Japanese, and Old Norse, to name a few). The gopher is available at URL gopher://lctl.acad.umn.edu.
News from German-speaking countries is available with astonishing speed from several sources. The following was picked up by the discussion list 9nov89-l and then WESS's German-E. The table of contents and selected articles with illustrations from the weekly German news magazine Der Spiegel appear at the URL http://spiegel.nda.net/nda/spiegel. There are also one-paragraph summaries of each of the major stories in English. The new issue appears each Monday. German-E also announced two Austrian news services. Austria Presse Agentur has a headline news service at http://www.apa.co.at which also includes a graphic and a picture of the day. The newspaper Der Standard (Vienna) provides selected articles from the current edition at http://www.DerStandard.co.at/DerStandard. Daily news summaries in German have been transcribed from radio broadcasts in southwestern Germany by a student team led by Rainer Mallon for over a year now. There is a link to them from the Human-Language Page, and direct access on WWW is through the URL karlsruhe.de/misc/germnews http://www.rz.uni-karlsruhe.de/misc/germnews. Gopher access is possible through BUBL (gopher://ukoln.bath.ac.uk), but it is slow and somewhat inconvenient. However, it is also distributed by direct subscription. To subscribe send a message to email@example.com with the message SUB GERMNEWS (your name) for the German-language version or SUB DE-NEWS (your name) for an English-language version.
The Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut in Berlin has several databases searchable by telnet, called dbilink. The search system is in English. The address is: telnet://184.108.40.206 (or dbi.x29-gw.dfn.de). The search commands are in English. At "Please enter net command" enter: o dbilink. At "UserID:" type dbilink. There is a database for periodical articles and one for medieval manuscripts. For the Zeitschriftenaufsatzdienst enter base zadd, for the database of manuscripts enter base hand. To search either database use the expression find with a term (name or titlewords), to look at the results type show, and to exit type stop.
IU has just received this article on French resources: Jack Kessler, "A Resource List of French Materials Online," Texte: Revue de Critique et de Théorie Littéraire, 13-14 (1993), p. 323-350.
Blake Landor (FU; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) has created three Subject Alcoves in Gator Pond, the University of Florida Libraries' WWW home page.
Of immediate interest to WESS members is the Classics Alcove (URL: http://nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu/~blaland/Class.html). Landor notes: "Under "Guide s" is included my "Burrowing in Classical Antiquity: A Selective Guide to Internet Resources," which I handed out at the CMR meeting in Miami and is now formatted as hypertext." His other two Subject Alcoves are for Philosophy and Religion (URLs: http://nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu/~blaland/phil.html and http://nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu/~blaland/relig.html, respectively). He comments further: "Your readers might be interested to know that Beau Case, a Classicist-cum-Library LTA and Selector for Classics at Indiana University, has also produced a Classics Home Page at Indiana University. The URL for that is http://bronze.ucs.indiana.edu/~bcase/class/classics.html."
Fred Jenkins (ODaU) notes the following article, which is a useful supplement to the list of resources for classics listed in the Fall 1994 "Bits and Bytes" column: Maria Pantelia has updated her 1994 article on electronic resources for classicists. The version is "Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation," New England Classical Newsletter and Journal 22.3 (Feb. 1995): 117-127. This journal is rather hard to find; fortunately the text of the article is also available on the Internet at: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/texts/pantelia.html.
Be sure to attend the WESS program, "European Connections: Electronic Resources for Western Europe," at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!
Editor: Jeffry Larson
Association of College & Research Libraries
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