The American Association for History and Computing (AAHC) announces its most recent publication of Volume IV, Number 1 of the Journal of the American Association for History and Computing (JAHC). Our journal begins it's fourth year of publication and it is the largest issue we have ever published.
Included in this issue:
George S. Vascik, "Computer-Assisted Plotting and Analysis of Village Returns in German National Elections, 1893-1912." George uses GIS techniques to produce new information on a well-studied topic, introducing new dimensions to it as he does so. In addition, of course, we also publish studies that explore entirely new areas within the field of history and computing. In this issue, we have Terry DuBose presenting the "Polybiography of Diagnostic Medical Sonography" which discusses computer-aided dissemination of materials in a relatively new and important medical field.
Jason Lantzer offers "The World Wide Web and a World Wide Church: The Use of Email Surveys in Studying the Anglican Communion. " This article presents a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of electronic communications for the Anglican church world-wide. We are particularly pleased to publish this piece because Jason published earlier a Work in Progress with us, “Electronic Episcopalians?: The Results of the Episcopal Email Survey of 1999.” Jason's new piece shows not only a significant increase in his coverage of the topic begun in 1999, but also a new maturity in his scholarship, illustrating the important of a venue such as the JAHC where scholars can try out their ideas and analysis as Works in Progress prior to later publication.
In another of our pieces, Anne Rothfeld of the U.S. Mint gives us in her article, "History meets Marketing: Imaging the U.S. Mint’s Historical Collection," a new multi-media approach to one of history's oldest fields, numismatics.
But in addition to such treatments as those listed above, our success comes in great part from our exploration of the significance of the computer, and particularly of the Internet and the World Wide Web for history and for historians. In this issue we publish , Jeffrey R. Yost's piece, " Overcoming the Discipline Divide: Knowledge Networking and the Advancement of the History of Software." In this piece Jeffrey studies both the historic and contemporary disparity between the use of networking technology to advance scientific and engineering fields relative to areas in the humanities and the general failure to capitalize on interdisciplinary research opportunities made possible by the Internet.
Two of our editors, Deborah Lines Andersen and Dennis A. Trinkle in an extensive research report entitled “One or Two is not a Problem” Technology in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process A Survey of Current Practices in U.S. History Departments" give us what we so often lack, hard information on the use of computers by historians and the consequences of such use (or lack thereof) in the assessment processes usually encountered in our academic institutions.
Another reason for our success has been our willingness, and ability, thanks to electronic communications, to reach out to new audiences, including the K-12 audience, and non-North American scholars at all levels. In this issue, for example, our indefatigable K-12 editors D. Antonio Cantu and Mark Newmark . present "A Web-Based Left & Right Brain 4MAT Approach to Teaching Middle and High School History", and "Some Appetizingly Straight-forward Uses of Technology." Respectively. Martine Cocaud, Maître de conférences en Histoire Contemporaine at the Université Rennes 2, France, presents a bilingual piece, "From the Text to the Data Base: the Libriciel as a Tool for Producing and Diffusing Scientific Texts. A Case Study of Breton Hagiography." This case study is of an innovative French project, the aim of which is to preserve the traditional methods of text writing while at the same time gaining the advantages of electronic media distribution.
More information about the JAHC and the AAHC can be found at our organizations web site: http://www.theaahc.org
We congratulate our editor, Dr. Jeffery G. Barlow, and his staff of talented editors.
Ken Dvorak, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Educational Technologies
Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan 48901
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