Vol. X, No. 2

Fall, 1997

Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting items

CSA Director Harrison Eiteljorg, II, will host a workshop again this year at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. The meeting will be in Chicago, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The workshop will be held on Sunday, December 28, in the Technology Showcase area, from noon until 1:30 p.m.

As has been the case for the last two years, the focus will be on CAD and surveying for the first half of the session, and on electronic publishing in the second half.

A lunchtime session at the AIA annual meeting was arranged last year by the Committee on Computer Applications and Electronic Data. Scholars were invited to demonstrate current computer-based projects in the Technology Showcase during the noon hour. There were five scholars scheduled for 1996, and the response encouraged the committee to arrange such a session again this year. The presentations will be in the Technology Showcase, on Monday, December 29, between noon and 1:30 p.m.

The schedule is not yet fixed, but one of the demonstrations will be of a database project. J. Penny Small, Professor of Art History at Rutgers, CSA Adjunct Professor, and author of "How to Transfer Your DOS Database into a Windows 95 Database in 659 Easy Steps" (in this issue), will demonstrate Sibyl, the sophisticated database system mentioned in that article.

There was a session on pottery catalogs at the AIA meeting last year. During that session, there was some discussion of using computers for catalogs, but, given dabates about the nature of computer-based catalogs, a concrete example seemed to be needed. As a result, CSA Director Harrison Eiteljorg, II, has been constructing a demonstration catalog for the meeting this year (see "A Catalog Is Not a Database," CSA Newsletter, Spring, 1997). The result of that experiment will be shown either during Mr. Eiteljorg's workshop or at the session of the Computer Applications and Electronic Data Committee. The database Mr. Eiteljorg will demonstrate will not be complete, but it should show how a computer-based catalog differs from a standard paper catalog, offering improved capabilities to combine, search, sort, order, and share the data.

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