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Europe in Bits & Bytes

Column Editor: Jennifer Vinopal

WESS Newsletter
Fall 1998, Vol. 22, no. 1

Association of College & Research Libraries
©American Library Association

WESSWeb has received more glowing reviews. Stephen Lehmann (PU), WESS chair, announced:

Thanks to Tom Izbicki for pointing out the very strong review given to WESSWeb in the August, 1998 Choice special supplement on electronic resources (pp. 159-160). The same issue includes a rave review of Reinhart Sonnenburg's German page at UCSD (pp. 88- 89). And Dick Hacken's EuroDocs gets a positive write-up (by Tom Izbicki) (p. 159). There are links to all the sites reviewed in the supplement at URL <http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice>

In the past this column has usually relegated mention of WESS's electronic communications to the end. This time there so many new developments that they go right to the top.

Beau David Case (OU) announced: The WESS Special Topics Discussion Group now has its own homepage! <http://aleph.lib.ohio-state.edu/~bcase/wesssthome.html> The Scandinavian Studies Web is now available at URL: <http://www.library.yale.edu/wess/scand/index.html> Marianna McKim (CtY) is in charge of this section. Sam Dunlap (UCSD) has revised the Social Sciences and History web page at URL: http://gort.ucsd.edu/sdunlap/ssh.html These page all have links from WESSWeb, which is at URL <http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/>

Three of the electronic discussion groups that are loosely affiliated with WESS discussion groups have changed their distribution methods or names in recent months. Most subscribers have been moved to the new servers. German-E, which reflects the interests of the Germanists Discussion Group, is now distributed by majordomo@virginia instead of informally by Jim Campbell. Messages may be sent to virginia.edu german-e@ virginia.edu. Jim remains the listowner.

CMR, the discussion list of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Discussion Group, now called WESSCMR-L, has moved to listserv@postoffice.cso.uiuc.edu, where Bruce Swann (IU) is the new listowner. Messages may be sent to wesscmr-l@postoffice.cso.uiuc.edu. The discussion group of the Social Sciences and History Discussion Group has changed its name to WESS-SSH. The subscription address remains [mailto: listproc@lists.nyu.edu listproc@lists.nyu.edu]. Messages should go to [mailto: wess-ssh@lists.nyu.edu wess-ssh@lists.nyu.edu]. Ann Snoeyenbos (NNU) remains the listowner.


German Web Search Engines

John B. Rutledge (NcU) highlights several German web search engines: Fireball is a new search engine specifically for searching in Germany and in German. This is fast and good! I've found stuff easily with this engine that I could not find any other way. URL: <http://www.fireball.de>

I discovered a German-language index to the web and search engine called Bellnet. It is limited to German-language sites. The opening page organizes the world into distinct categories, more or less the way that Yahoo does: Wirtschaft, Essen & Trinken, Sport, Sonstiges, Medien, Private Homepages, etc. URL: http://www.bellnet.com/suchen.htm

Try this new search engine: Inference Find. This engine utilizes multiple search engines simultaneously, then organizes the results according to source or theme eliminating duplicates in the process). And it's fast! This machine is svelte, and the display is minimalist but very effective. You can search in French or German as well as English. URL: <http://www.infind.com/>

Rutledge also noted Search & Find, a free monthly German-language newsletter with web searching tips. To subscribe send email to: netguide@iprolink.ch with the subject line Anforderung Ihres Gratis-Service. Each issue contains more than a hundred practical searching tips and techniques, thematic lists, and specialized search services. There is also a web page at URL: <http://wwwplus.pctip.ch/finden>

John and Hiddy Morgan (NcCuW) both called attention to an article by Axel Schmetzke, "The Utility of German WWW Search Services for North American Users," RSR: Reference Services Review, 1998 (26), p. 43-50.

Jim Campbell noted Paperball, a new service that allows searching of newspapers from Germany. I particularly liked the fact that it allows you to choose a broad subject area (e.g., Kultur) and see the top stories in that area from eight or nine papers. URL: <http://www.paperball.de>

Paperboy is a similar service that includes many non-German papers and also some news services. It gives you a bigger pool for your search and also has a feature that allows you to choose topics, save them, and in effect create your own newspaper. I prefer the browsing capabilities of Paperball to having a personalized newspaper, but there's no denying the greater range of Paperboy. To use Paperboy in German, choose the address URL: <http://www.paperboy.net/index.de.html> For an interface in English, try URL: <http://www.paperboy.net/index.en.html>

Preservation in Europe

This announcement about preservation news from Europe comes from ALCTS Network News (AN2), vol. 15, no. 16, April 23, 1998: The European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA) presents "The Preservation Map of Europe," a virtual directory of organizations working in the preservation field within Europe. This map includes detailed information about preservation practice in European countries and can be found at EPIC, the internet site of the ECPA. The map now includes: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Work on the project continues and the missing countries will be included as soon as possible. With a special ECPA search mode viewers can get answers to their specific questions about preservation in Europe. URL: <http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/ecpatex/map>

Union Catalogs

This update on COPAC, which was mentioned briefly in the Spring 1998 column, was forwarded by Sam Dunlap (UCSD): COPAC is a new internationally accessible catalogue. Based at the University of Manchester, COPAC provides unified access to the consolidated online catalogs of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland. COPAC is normally available 24/7, and access is free of charge.

The COPAC database currently contains approximately five million records. These represent the merged online library catalogues of: Cambridge University, Edinburgh University, Glasgow University, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Leeds University, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin, University College London, and University of London Library. The records from a further twelve university library catalogues will be added in due course.

As well as providing general coverage of a very wide range of subject areas, these large research libraries have many older documents, specialist collections and particular strengths, such as foreign language materials, which make COPAC a very valuable resource for the researcher. Records for materials published pre-1900 make up ca. four percent of the database and the proportion of older materials is growing. Some 27% of the records represent foreign language materials, including minority languages such as Welsh. Again, this is increasing. Two easy to use interfaces are available, a web interface: URL: <http://copac.ac.uk/copac/> and a text interface: Telnet: copac.ac.uk (username: copac, password: copac)

There are several new developments in German union catalogs as well. Tom Kilton (IU) found the catalog of the Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund especially easy to use, reliable, and comprehensive. It includes the holdings of libraries in Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, and Thuringia. It also provides links to other German regional catalogs and Die Deutsche Bibliothek. URL: <http://www.brzn.de/>

Reinhart Sonnenburg (UCSD) was enthusiastic about the Karlsruher virtueller Katalog, especially in view of the decentralization of the German library scene. At this point it allows for simultaneous searching of five German regional union catalogs and the Austrian union catalog (as well as the Deutsche Bibliothek, and more). URL: <http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/kvk.html>

Resources in Various Areas

R.L. Hunsacker (University of Amsterdam) wrote about two resources for classical studies: For antiquity and later, there's TOCS-IN. URL: <http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/amphoras/tocs.html> Totally free, with input from more than twenty volunteers in various parts of the world. No controlled subject vocabulary, though. For antiquity and Byzantine there's Gnomon Online put together by the folks at Eichstätt, at URL: <http://www.gnomon.ku-eichstaett.de/Gnomon/Gnomon.html> Also free, and searchable via an extensive thesaurus. Another version of this database (with more older material and more functions) can be bought on CD-ROM (yearly updates).

Ann Snoeyenbos (NNU) forwarded information on the launch of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UK). It will provide members, prospective members and the public with information on the association, UACES news, membership including sample newsletters, conference programs and registration forms, publications and useful links to other sites. URL: <http://www.uaces.org/u-info/>

Ann Snoeyenbos also forwarded an announcement from Richard Lindemann (UCSD): "They Still Draw Pictures," a digital archive of Spanish children's drawings made during the Spanish Civil war is now available. The site includes a digital reproduction of 609 drawings that were collected from throughout Spain, and from refugee colonies in southern France, under the auspices of the Spanish Board of Education and the Carnegie Institute of Spain. The drawings were brought to America for exhibition, and a few of them were published in the book They Still Draw Pictures (New York: Spanish Child Welfare Association of America for the American Friends Service Committee, 1938). URL: <http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/tsdp/index.html>

This archive of children's drawings forms a portion of the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection, held by the Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego. A description of that collection is also available online at: URL: <http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/collects/southw.html>

From Linda Defendeifer (IU) comes this announcement of a source for foreign law documents: The University of Illinois College of Law Library proudly announces a new Web page by Reference Librarian Jane Williams, Sources of International & Foreign Law in English. It includes links for many European countries. For a brief description of the page, go to: URL: <http://www.law.uiuc.edu/library/netsourc/foreignr.htm> To visit the page, go to URL: <http://www.law.uiuc.edu/library/netsourc/for_l_jw2>

Roger Brisson (PStU) wrote: I received a message from Dierk Hoeppner, the developer of the University of Braunschweig's version of the World Biographical Index. They are actively adding to the database as new parts are completed by Saur Verlag, and this month they have added the American Biographical Archive, Parts I and II. As the archive continues to broaden its scope internationally, it should become a valuable resource not only for scholarship generally, but in particular for general reference in academic libraries. URL: <http://www.biblio.tu-bs.de/acwww25u/wbi_en/>

Jeffry Larson (CtY) wrote: Portuguese book trade statistics are available at the web site of APEL, the Portuguese book trade association. URL: <http://www.apel.pt/outra-info/estatisticas1996/estatisticas.htm>

Sam Dunlap relayed information from Herbert Marcuse about a source for historians: , part of a site called Nachrichten für Historiker, based at the University of Augsburg, is a listing of hyperlinks to articles with historical topics available in the online versions of German-language newspapers (from Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Zeit, Berliner Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, Salzburger Nachrichten, Neue Zuricher, Passauer NP, Nürnberger Nachrichten, Badische Nachrichten, and on and on [FAZ is missing because they don't publish on line]). There are usually only a dozen or so articles each day, and the headlines are in a neat list, so you can select what interests you. Go to this site and click "Presseschau" URL: < http://www.crispinius.com/nfh2/basis/index00.htm> or go directly to the list of today's articles: URL: <http://www.crispinius.com/nfh2/news/news_01.htm>

Elisabeth Angele announced that the Goethe-Institut New York Library has created a Showcase for New Books on the web. The selected books (about fifty) cover German literature and history. Each book is introduced with a summary of its contents in English. Books published in German, as well as in English are featured. All books have received special attention or critical acclaim in Germany and in the United States. URL: <http://www.goethe.de/uk/ney/showcase/enbsc00.htm>

A reminder from Reinhart Sonnenburg of a site mentioned in the Spring 1998 column: Of interest to those who participated in the discussion of German-American cooperation at ALA (or those who simply want to find out more about the structure of the German academic library system): On the Library Catalog section of the German Studies Web, I have added a link to WEBIS, a project at the SUB Hamburg that provides an overview of the Sondersammelgebiete areas of special emphasis) in German academic libraries(includes links to the participating libraries, descriptions, contacts, etc.). This link had been hiding on the Information Technology & Librarianship page. URL: <http://webis.sub.uni-hamburg.de/>

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