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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Hugh W. Jarvis [mailto:hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU] Sent: Friday, August 11, 2000 3:13 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: Master Class
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 14, 2000
      FW: Master Class announcement (fwd)

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Hugh W. Jarvis [mailto:hjarvis@...]
      Sent: Friday, August 11, 2000 3:13 PM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: Master Class announcement (fwd)

      Forwarded by request. Details below. Cheers, Hugh.

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 10:30:01 +0100
      From: Stephen M. Lyon <S.M.Lyon@...>
      Subject: Master Class announcement

      We've organised a series of master classes for the coming academic year and
      it would be a great help to us if you'd post the following announcement on
      Anthro-L.  Many thanks for your help.

      Steve Lyon


      Master Class in Applied Computing and the Social Scientists.


      The University of Kent Department of Anthropology and DICE and the Centre
      for Social Anthropology and Computing invite you to participate in a series
      of one day master classes to learn new software being developed for social
      science problems.  For more information please see our website or email
      Steve Lyon at mailto:S.M.Lyon@... .

      1. Saturday 9 December 2000 Dr. Fergus Sinclair Knowledge elicitation and
      expert system development

      2. Saturday 17 February 2001 Dr. Michael Fischer Fieldnotes and other field

      3. Saturday 12 May 2001 Dr. Nick Ryan Hand held mobile computing

      Kent is one of the pioneers in combining computing with social
      anthropology. Since the introduction of the World Wide Web and the
      popularity of the Internet more and more departments seem to be jumping on
      the bandwagon and contributing to studies of 'virtual societies' or making
      use of the internet for information dissemination. While we see these
      activities as very positive, we believe they are not taking full advantage
      of what the computing revolution has to offer to social science analyses.
      In the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing we are fortunate to
      have several researchers actively involved in either developing software or
      making use of software as an integral part of analyses (Dr. Michael
      Fischer, Dr. David Zeitlyn, Dr. Janet Bagg, Dr. Nevill Colclough, Mr. Alan
      Bicker). In other parts of Europe and in North America, anthropologists
      have been developing software to deal with specific problems they have

      However there are no forums where others may learn about this software. It
      is not commercially produced, there is therefore little information to
      support it - other than the cryptic notes that may be embedded within the
      source code. A 'Master Class' series would therefore address the growing
      need of anthropologists to utilise computing tools while recognising that
      there is already a body of existing materials which will serve some of that

      The first Class will take place on the 9th of December, 2000. Dr. Fergus
      Sinclair, from the University of Wales at Bangor will instruct participants
      in software he developed to elicit knowledge

      The second Class will be in February, with Dr. Michael Fischer from UKC and
      CSAC. He will be discussing Fieldnotes and other field media: Qualitative
      content coding, extracting information, analysis and report writing.

      The final Class for the academic year will take place at the start of the
      Summer term, 5th of May 2001, with Dr. Nick Ryan, from the UKC Computing
      Department. Weather permitting, this class will involve actual field
      practice around the campus of the University of Kent.

      You do not need to be a programmer or advanced user to attend and benefit
      from these classes, although there may be designated specific sections
      which are intended for the more advanced. Some familiarity with either
      Macintosh or Windows operating systems is strongly recommended.
      Participants should leave the Master Classes with a working knowledge of
      the software and a copy of the software.


      Stephen M. Lyon
      Department of Anthropology and DICE
      Eliot College
      University of Kent at Canterbury
      Canterbury, Kent
      UK  CT2 7NS

      Eliot Annex Rm:  L24
      Tel: 01227-764000  Ext: 3948
      Fax: 01227-827289


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