Gender bib 3.1

Thu, 14 Apr 1994 09:47:57 EDT

This is a revision of the previous announcement.


HRAF Member Services TEL: (203) 777-2334, 1-800-520-4723
P.O. Box 2054 Y.S. FAX: (203) 777-2337

This listing describes the ELECTRONIC HRAF as of April 12, 1994.
It supercedes all previous descriptions.

The ELECTRONIC HRAF is a full-text database that provides
primarily descriptive information on the cultures of the world. The
first installment will be issued on CD-ROM in December 1994;
subsequent installments will be issued on an annual basis. These
installments will begin to replace and update the information
currently available in the microfiche version of the HRAF database
and will eventually replace it entirely.

Annual Installments

Annual installments will contain 50,000 or more pages of text on
fifteen or more cultures. In addition to the text, indexed by the
Outline of Cultural Materials, the ELECTRONIC HRAF will also
contain bibliography for each culture and a cultural summary. Each
installment will cover both North American ethnic groups and a
sample of cultures from around the world. About 20,000 pages each
year will be new material not already in the database. The
additional 30,000 pages will be material already in the microfiche
version that has been converted. Some new material will be included
for all cultures in the ELECTRONIC HRAF. This means that from now
on all cultures will have more current information and each
installment will contain 2.5 times more text than an annual
microfiche installment.

Installment 43, to be issued in December 1994, will cover the
following cultures:

Cajuns (North America)
Chinese Canadians (North America)
Chinese Americans (North America)
Tzeltal (North America)
Andamans (Asia)
Taiwan Hokkien (Asia)
Iban (Asia)
Trobriands (Oceania)
Tikopia (Oceania)
Highland Scots (Europe)
Mbuti (Africa)
Shluh (Africa)
Lozi (Africa)
Aymara (South America)
Yanoama (South America)

Installment 44, to be issued in December 1995, will cover the
following cultures:

Irish Americans (North America)
Jewish Americans (North America)
Iroquois (North America)
Copper Inuit (North America)
Saami (Lapps) (Europe)
Chukchee (Asia)
Khasi (Asia)
Twi (Africa)
Maasai (Africa)
Kurds (Middle East)
Aranda (Australia)
Lau Fijians (Oceania)
Bororo (South America)
Ona (South America)

Membership Dues

$2900 per annual installment for active member institutions. An
active member institution is one that has all 42 installments of
the HRAF database on paper and/or microfiche

$3900 per annual installment for all other institutions


In accord with the following fee schedule, institutions may load
and deliver the ELECTRONIC HRAF on either a Local Area Network
(LAN) or a Wide Area Network (WAN). A LAN is defined as a network
whose boundaries do not exceed a single, contiguous campus. A WAN
is defined as a network whose boundaries do not exceed a single
state or province. A consortium within a state or province is
considered a WAN.

Those interested in networking the ELECTRONIC HRAF should keep in
mind that in comparison to bibliographic databases that are now
commonly networked, the ELECTRONIC HRAF is a very large and
complex database. Thus, it should not be assumed that existing
networking software will accommodate the ELECTRONIC HRAF.

Networking fees are as follows:


$200 for second station
$100 for each additional station
Maximum LAN fee is $1000


35% discount on dues for each additional site, from 2-20
50% discount on dues for each additional site, 21 or more

System Requirements

IBM PC and Compatibles:
386 chip and above
4 Meg RAM
VGA Monitor
MicroSoft Windows 3.x

Hard Drive:
At least 2 megabytes of free space plus additional space to
accomodate temporary Windows swap files

CD-ROM Drive
ISO 9660 compatible

These are minimum systems requirements. The use of more powerful
chips and/or increased RAM will enhance performance.

Search and Retrieval Software

DynaText System will be licensed from Electronic Book Technologies,
Inc. and adapted for the ELECTRONIC HRAF. It will be supplied with
the CD-ROM at no additional cost along with supporting

Navigation and Searching

The ELECTRONIC HRAF combines the traditional features of searching
by query with features of full-context hypertext browsing in a
model called the electronic book. Users can still search the
database in the traditional manner, relying on the controlled
vocabularies of the Outline of Cultural Materials and Outline of
World Cultures and on time and place coverage. At the same time,
the context and structure of the documents is also brought to bear
in information searching. Typical elements such as author names,
titles, chapter titles, and footnotes are fields for searching and
stepping stones to navigation through the database. In addition to
Boolean and proximity searching, navigation can be accomplished
through expanding and collapsing Tables of Contents, by choosing
portions of the text to retrieve, by hyperlinking between different
sections of the text such as references and footnotes, by entering
bookmarks and notes, and even by recording and playing-back
navigation routes and search techniques.

User Support

Technical and user support will be provided by HRAF. The database
will contain on-screen help and will be supported by a hardcopy


HRAF as an organization is involved in the preparation and
publication of a number of reference resources. There is some
confusion about what these are and how they relate to each other
and the ELECTRONIC HRAF. Hopefully the following will help sort
this out.

CROSS-CULTURAL CD--A text database on CD-ROM consisting of ten
smaller databases. Each smaller database is composed of text from
the HRAF database on a specific topic for a sample of sixty
cultures. Eight of these--Sexual Behavior, Marriage, Family, Crime
and Social Problems, Old Age, Death and Dying,
Childhood/Adolescence, and Socialization/Education are now
available. Religious Beliefs and Religious Practices will be
available in July 1994. The database is published for HRAF by
SilverPlatter Information, Inc.

database on CD-ROM containing citations to books, articles,
documents, etc. on Native Americans, indexed by subject, author,
and ethnic group. The database contains about 60,000 citations and
is updated annually. It is published for HRAF by ABC-CLIO.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD CULTURES--A ten-volume reference work
containing descriptive summaries of about 1500 cultural groups
around the world. Each volume covers of region or regions. The
first six volumes--North America, Oceania, South Asia, Europe, East
and Southeast Asia, and Russia and Eurasia/China are in print.
Volume 7 covering South America will appear later this year and the
final three volumes (Middle America and the Caribbean, Africa and
the Middle East, Compilation and Indexes) in 1995. This work is
published for HRAF by G.K. Hall/Macmillan.

covering frameworks, theories, concepts, methods, regional foci,
controversies, and organizations in cultural and social
anthropology and related topics in other fields. This work is being
produced for HRAF by the American Reference Publishing Co. and will
be published in 1995 by Henry Holt, Inc.