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From: Hugh W. Jarvis [mailto:hjarvis@...]
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2000 3:13 PM
Subject: Master Class announcement (fwd)
Forwarded by request. Details below. Cheers, Hugh.
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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.
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
University of Kent at Canterbury
UK CT2 7NS
Eliot Annex Rm: L24
Tel: 01227-764000 Ext: 3948
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