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Edited by James Daly

9 10 June 1992

Library of Congress Washington, D.C.

Supported by a Grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation




Proceedings Welcome Prosser Gifford and Carl Fleischhauer

Session I. Content in a New Form: Who Will Use It and What Will They Do? James Daly (Moderator) Avra Michelson, Overview Susan H. Veccia, User Evaluation Joanne Freeman, Beyond the Scholar Discussion

Session II. Show and Tell Jacqueline Hess (Moderator) Elli Mylonas, Perseus Project Discussion Eric M. Calaluca, Patrologia Latina Database Carl Fleischhauer and Ricky Erway, American Memory Discussion Dorothy Twohig, The Papers of George Washington Discussion Maria L. Lebron, The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials Discussion Lynne K. Personius, Cornell mathematics books Discussion

Session III. Distribution, Networks, and Networking: Options for Dissemination Robert G. Zich (Moderator) Clifford A. Lynch Discussion Howard Besser Discussion Ronald L. Larsen Edwin B. Brownrigg Discussion

Session IV. Image Capture, Text Capture, Overview of Text and Image Storage Formats William L. Hooton (Moderator) A) Principal Methods for Image Capture of Text: direct scanning, use of microform Anne R. Kenney Pamela Q.J. Andre Judith A. Zidar Donald J. Waters Discussion B) Special Problems: bound volumes, conservation, reproducing printed halftones George Thoma Carl Fleischhauer Discussion C) Image Standards and Implications for Preservation Jean Baronas Patricia Battin Discussion D) Text Conversion: OCR vs. rekeying, standards of accuracy and use of imperfect texts, service bureaus Michael Lesk Ricky Erway Judith A. Zidar Discussion

Session V. Approaches to Preparing Electronic Texts Susan Hockey (Moderator) Stuart Weibel Discussion C.M. Sperberg McQueen Discussion Eric M. Calaluca Discussion

Session VI. Copyright Issues Marybeth Peters

Session VII. Conclusion Prosser Gifford (Moderator) General discussion

Appendix I: Program

Appendix II: Abstracts

Appendix III: Directory of Participants


I would like to thank Carl Fleischhauer and Prosser Gifford for the opportunity to learn about areas of human activity unknown to me a scant ten months ago, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for supporting that opportunity. The help given by others is acknowledged on a separate page.

19 October 1992


The Workshop on Electronic Texts (1) drew together representatives of various projects and interest groups to compare ideas, beliefs, experiences, and, in particular, methods of placing and presenting historical textual materials in computerized form. Most attendees gained much in insight and outlook from the event. But the assembly did not form a new nation, or, to put it another way, the diversity of projects and interests was too great to draw the representatives into a cohesive, action oriented body... Continue reading book >>

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