The AAHC, as constituted, promotes the use of computers used in historical studies, in both teaching and research. Helping the AAHC reach, this goal is our E-Journal, The Journal of the Association for History and Computing, under the editorial guidance of Dr. Jeffrey G. Barlow, Professor of History, Pacific University. This issue finishes the third consecutive year of publication for the JAHC and is a tribute to our editor and his growing national and international editorial team.
With this issue we inaugurate two new features, each of which we believe will be of interest to many readers. The first of these is "Global Computing," written by our colleague from the World Languages Board of the JAHC, Marin Dacos of the Centre Pierre Léon d'Histoire économique et sociale, University Lumière Lyon II. Marin, writing in his native French, ( with an English translation forthcoming) discusses the current state of history and computing in France.
Our second new feature is "Archives and Museums" prepared by two new editors, Jennifer Utter and Anne Wynne. This feature will regularly examine sites maintained by archives and museums, assessing them in light of our own standards for electronic documents as set forth in Project Épée. This, in turn, will be a step toward creating a "ring" of sites of a high level of authority and legitimacy for the use of students and teachers desiring assurance of quality control in the materials which they encounter. The first example of "Archives and Museums" begins by examining sites in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Other notable features in this issue:
"The Spread of Knowledge" by Harlan Cleveland who was our keynote speaker at our last national convention held at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
Robert K. Morse offers an interesting article titled "The Mission is Our Future: Defining a Californian Identity on the Historical Memory of the Missions."
"Creating a Database of British Public Library Annual Reports, 1850-1919" authored by two British scholars, G.K. Peatling and Chris Baggs, on the process of creating a huge database on British Public Library Reports.
The Association for History and Computing, working with the Modern Language Association and the American Political Science Association, has prepared a draft of
"Suggested Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Media Activities in Tenure, Review, and Promotion". We hope that you will consider these with care and find them useful in considering such standards at your institution.
David Staley, our indefatigable editor of the feature "Reviews of Printed Resources", challenges us with a largely visual article. He discusses both his own approach to visualizing qualitative information in a graphical form, and discusses elements of his teaching style in "Historical Visualizations."
Also in this issue, A. Paul Kubricht, Professor of History-Political Science at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas, reflects on teaching international Cold War history online in his piece in "teaching practices". An additional piece on teaching, this at the K-12
level, is "Getting Beyond The West: The Internet and World History" by our editorial colleague, Mark Newmark of Cary Academy.
Dennis Trinkle, recently an inaugural Frye Fellow, as well as the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing, writes a guest editorial, "The Challenge of the Uni-versity, Re-Imagining Our Communities." Dennis challenges us to ask the question "What type of university communities are appropriate for the twenty-first century?" In addition, we present our usual reviews of important sites, recent publications, and e-journal articles.
For ease of reading the JAHC now offers an easy downloadable PDF format for all articles appearing in the Journal including translations in German, French, Spanish and Russian. Coming soon article translations will be available in Chinese and Japanese.
For more information concerning the JAHC and the AAHC including our upcoming 2001 annual conference consult our web page at http://www.theaach.org/
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