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Subject: Define state of the art of computer applications in specific field

P. Denley, London

Person to be contacted
Name: P Denley
Institute: Queen Mary & Westfield College
Address: Department of History
Place: Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: p.r.denley@qmw.ac.uk

Status of workshop between Graz (1993) and Nijmegen (1994) conference: Active

Date: 1-3 July 1994
Place: London
Institute: Queen Mary & Westfield College
Country: United Kingdom
Organiser: P R Denley
Address: Department of History, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, U. K.
E-mail: p.r.denley@qmw.ac.uk
Participants: c. 60

A volume will appear in 1994

Report on the 1994 activities

This workshop evolved as a project of tripartite co-operation, between the AHC, the journal History of Universities, and the Humanities Computing Centre of Queen Mary and Westfield College which acted as host to the first meeting. The aims of this initiative were slightly different from those of other AHC workshops. While most of these involve international "leading- edge" research or comparative work specifically on aspects of historical computing, in this case the intention was specifically to examine computing techniques as applied in a definable area of historical research. The number of historians of universities who use computing techniques to handle and analyse large quantities of information, mostly prosopographical, is undoubtedly growing. However, it could not be said that the computing techniques they are using display a coherent or directed approach, and the participants of the workshop were the first to point out that the field is marked not only by healthy variety and eclecticism but also by considerable haphazardness and "reinvention of the wheel".

The stated agenda of the workshop was to bring together international scholars working in this area in order to

In the event, over thirty people from eight different countries attended the workshop, at which 21 papers were given. The event was certainly highly useful at an individual level; clearly many scholars came away having learnt a great deal about practices elsewhere, and having made valuable contacts. The three central themes were also addressed effectively, though perhaps also inconclusively D which is unsurprising in a sense, given that this was the first meeting of the workshop. One practical proposal which emerged specifically from among the many medievalists present was for the creation of a corpus of electronic editions of university statutes, for lexical and comparative analysis. This and other developments will be presented for discussion when the workshop reports to the AHC.

The present booklet includes the conference programme, the list of participants and the abstracts of the papers given. Three of the participants were in the event unable to attend, but in two cases their papers were presented in absentia, and will be published. The proceedings of the workshop will be published later this year in the Halbgraue Reihe zur historischen Fachinformatik. As with the other AHC workshops, participants of the International Conference will receive copies free of charge. A full report will also appear in the 1995 volume of History of Universities. Plans are also in hand for a further meeting of the workshop, to be held in Vienna in 1995. For further information, contact Dr Albert Müller, Ludwig-Boltzmann- Institut für Historische Sozialwissenschaft, Heinrichsgasse 4/2/8, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.
Peter Denley
Department of History/Humanities Computing Centre
Queen Mary & Westfield College
University of London

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