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Internet Guide for China Studies Newsletter
http://sun.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/ignew.htm
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19.10.1998

New in IGCS - Geography:

The Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)

Ed./Corp.:  coordinated at University of California, Berkeley, USA
URL: http://www.ciolek.com/ECAI/ecai-home.html
Language: English.
Description: Self description: "ECAI is an international research project
aimed at the creation of spatially referenced, GIS-style cultural databases
which can be accessed seamlessly across the Internet from a common
front-end software. The interlinked and metadata tagged ECAI databases will
seamlessly combine: (1) mapping [physical, political, administrative,
topographic etc]; (2) physical features [climate, animals, soils,
vegetation]; (3) demographical features [populations, births, deaths,
genders, classes, cohorts, categories, occupations]; (4) historical
features [contacts, interchanges, treaties, wars, conquests, journeys of
discovery, colonisations, diasporas]; (5) cultural features [people,
ideologies, languages, beliefs, behaviors, artifacts, styles]; (6) visual
materials [art, photographs, drawings, plans]; (7) virtual reality
reconstructions [objects, places, landscapes]; (8) animated simulations,
interpolations and what-if-experiments; (9) numeric/statistical information
[tables, correlations, online calculations and charts]; (10) timelines,
concordances, and timemaps [e.g. spread of civilisations, languages,
technologies]; (11) hypertext links to related non-ECAI online resources
[web sites, vrml environments, ftp archives, databases, library catalogs];
(12) texts - I [studies, documents and bibliographies]; (13) texts - II
[gazetteers, thesauri and dictionaries]."

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With kind regards,

Hanno Lecher

INTERNET GUIDE FOR CHINA STUDIES -- editor
http://sun.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/

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