15.484 Text-Analysis Portal; digital preservation

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty (w.mccarty@btinternet.com)
Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 05:03:29 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 484.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Stefan Sinclair <ss@huco.lang.arts.ualberta.ca> (30)
             Subject: TAPoR (Text-Analysis Portal for Research)

       [2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (102)
             Subject: Digital Preservation Collaboration Announced

             Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 09:56:43 +0000
             From: Stefan Sinclair <ss@huco.lang.arts.ualberta.ca>
             Subject: TAPoR (Text-Analysis Portal for Research)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Many of us involved with Humanities Computing in Canada are celebrating
    today as we received news that the "Text Analysis Portal for Research"
    (TAPoR) project has received substantial funding from the Canadian
    Foundation for Innovation (CFI) <http://www.innovation.ca/>. The total
    budget for the project is $6,784,740 (a portion of which comes from CFI).
    This is obviously a significant vote of confidence for our activities in
    Humanities Computing.

    Geoffrey Rockwell headed the application team with much help from
    colleagues across Canada. The following is a brief description adapted
    from the application:

    TAPoR will build a unique human and computing infrastructure for text
    analysis across Canada by establishing six regional centers to form
    one national text analysis research portal. This portal will be a gateway
    to tools for sophisticated analysis and retrieval, along with
    representative texts for experimentation. The local centers will include
    text research laboratories with best-of-breed software and full-text
    servers that are coordinated into a vertical portal for the study of
    electronic texts. Each center will be integrated into its local research
    culture and, thus, some variation will exist from center to center.

    The institutions (regional centres) involved are the University of
    Victoria, University of Alberta, University of Toronto, McMaster
    University, Universit de Montral, and the University of New Brunswick.

    Yours very happily,


    Stefan Sinclair, University of Alberta
    Phone: (780) 492-6768, FAX: (780) 492-9106, Office: Arts 218-B
    Address: Arts 200, MLCS, UofA, Edmonton, AB (Canada) T6G 2E6
    M.A. in Humanities Computing: http://huco.ualberta.ca/

             Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 09:58:26 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Digital Preservation Collaboration Announced

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    January 31, 2002

                     New Digital Preservation Collaboration Announced
         UK's Digital Preservation Coalition and National Library of Australia
                           Sign Memorandum of Understanding
    To assist the invaluable summary and digest of digital preservation
    resources, events, news, etc., available on the National Library of
    Australia's PADI web site, an agreement has been made with the UK Digital
    Preservation Coalition to increase the flow of information between the two
    organizations. Readers may sign on to the PADI listserv or receive
    announcements as they come via the NINCH-Announce list. We look for a
    similar agreement with a US-based organization.

    David Green

    From: Hilary Berthon <hberthon@nla.gov.au
    To: "'padiforum-l@nla.gov.au'" <padiforum-l@nla.gov.au
    Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 13:54:11 +1100
    Reply-To: padiforum-l@nla.gov.au
    Press Release 31 January 2002
    Collaboration announced between Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and
    National Library of Australia (NLA)

    The DPC and NLA are pleased to announce that they have signed a memorandum
    of understanding to work collaboratively on digital preservation activities.

    The parties recognise that the facilitation of the long-term preservation
    of digital heritage is a shared goal of the DPC and NLA, which can be
    enhanced by working together.

    As a new product of this collaboration, the DPC and NLA will jointly
    compile a 'What's New in Digital Preservation' electronic digest of
    selected new items added to PADI and to the JISCmail Digital-Preservation
    list. The digest will be compiled as a quarterly list and as an annual
    edition containing an evaluation of the year's additions in review.

       Users of PADI will also now have access to resources relating to digital
    preservation initiatives and events in the United Kingdom contributed
    directly to PADI by the DPC. This will provide comprehensive UK input to
    the database and direct UK support for this international resource. In
    addition to pointing to padiforum-l, PADI's own discussion list for the
    exchange of news and ideas about digital preservation issues, PADI will
    also provide a direct link to the Digital-Preservation list archive from
    its News and Discussion area.

       The Preservation Management of Digital Materials handbook - a selective,
    peer-reviewed, cross-sectoral introduction and guide to best practice in
    digital preservation - was published in October 2001. The DPC will shortly
    provide and maintain an electronic edition online. This will include the
    PADI search function. Users of both PADI and the Preservation Management of
    Digital Materials will benefit from the shared expertise of the NLA and DPC
    in writing and reviewing selected topics of interest to both resources.

       The NLA currently coordinates and maintains the PADI safekeeping
    initiative to promote the permanent preservation of selected significant
    digital preservation resources. As part of this initiative, the DPC will
    work to ensure long-term preservation of the archives of its
    Digital-Preservation list and the DPC web pages. It will also contribute to
    the shared annual selection of new digital preservation resources for this

       Both organisations will provide appropriate acknowledgements to each
    other for contributions made under our MOU.

       1.The Digital Preservation Coalition was established in 2001 and includes
    18 major organisations involved in digital preservation in the UK and
    Ireland. Further information on the Coalition is available from

       2. The PADI subject gateway (http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/) has been
    developed by the NLA with the guidance of an international advisory group.
    With the implementation of PadiUpdate (http://www.nla.gov.au/padiupdate/)
    in 2001, registered contributors from around the world can now enter data
    onto PADI.

       3. The Digital-Preservation list on JISCmail is a moderated announcement
    list covering key digital preservation news items in the UK and
    internationally. It reaches over 750 list members worldwide. Further
    information on the Digital-Preservation list is available from

       4. Preservation Management of Digital Materials: A Handbook, was written
    by Neil Beagrie and Maggie Jones and published by the British Library in
    October 2001. The handbook was developed from research and testing
    conducted over an 18 month period with funding from Resource:the Council
    for Museums, Archives, and Libraries, and the British Library Collaboration
    and Partnership Programme. An international advisory group including staff
    from the NLA contributed to its development and peer review.

       5. Commenced in mid-2001, the safekeeping project aims to cooperatively
    build a distributed and permanent collection of digital resources from the
    field of digital preservation. All resources incorporated in this project
    have been selected from the PADI subject gateway. This project has received
    financial support from the Council on Library and Information Services
    (CLIR). Its website is located at:


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