[KS] full-text services

Walraven, B.C.A. B.C.A.Walraven at hum.leidenuniv.nl
Thu Jun 20 08:52:29 EDT 2013

Dear all,

Some years ago AKSE has talked to representatives of the database
services, but the response was rather negative. Apparently they wanted
to stick to delivery to specific IP addresses, rather than committing to
make data available to people scattered all over Europe. Anyway, nothing
came of it.

I have the impression that the situation in Europe is improving
generally, with more universities subscribing to such services. 


Boudewijn Walraven

-----Original Message-----
From: Koreanstudies [mailto:koreanstudies-bounces at koreaweb.ws] On Behalf
Of Frank Hoffmann
Sent: woensdag 19 juni 2013 9:08
To: koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
Subject: Re: [KS] From Brother Anthony

Two thoughts and comments about two of Brother Anthony's notes below:

(2) At least half of the subscribers to this list maybe in the same
situation Brother Anthony describes. Although, I think if you are in
Korea and associated with a larger university there, then that
description does not even fully apply, because leading universities
there, same as in the U.S., subscribe to all the major online
bibliographic and full-text services, and students and faculty does have
access to that as long as they are logged into their university campus
network. In many ways the situation at Korean institutions is actually
better than anywhere else, as these universities subscribe to U.S. *and*
Korea services. Those on the dark site of the moon are actually the
institutions in Europe, with the exception of some private universities
(but most universities in most European countries are public
What would be really really really nice would be if AKSE or any other
group or institution would be able to work out some sort of access to
major U.S. and Korean bibliography and full-text networks--maybe on a
paid subscription basis, if pricing is not too outrageous. 

Related to above, but coming to one of the other points Brother Anthony
"An actively updated open-access online bibliography of Korea-related
publications": that, I would suggest, is by now not anymore all too
useful and is not really necessary. *Annotated* bibliographies are
certainly still useful, especially when looking over the rim of our own
coffee cup from time to time. But bibliographies as such ... haven't
they been replaced nicely by those extensive online full-text and
traditional bibliographic-only and library catalog services? You can
easily create your very own, always up-to-date, bibliography on any
given topic by just doing some low-level user programming of EndNote or
similar programs, as long as you are one of those privileged ones having
access to above mentioned sources. But even that is really a pretty
outdated concept nowadays--to "import" work relevant bibliographic
information and entire texts to your own computer. Both, publications
and information about publications (bibliographies), as well as access
(reading) is done more and more remotely, without ever importing
anything. I do not think that in five years any student will still have
any texts on their own computer, not even their own ones. I therefore
suggest, as I and others did several years ago already, that AKSE (can't
think of a better organization for that) would look into ways to provide
access to bibliographic and full-text sources. Would that not be one of
the most logical tasks to do if it comes to research? 

Frank Hoffmann

On Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:46:18 +0900 (KST), Brother Anthony wrote:
> Three things:
> 1. I think members of this list should read the interview by James 
> Blake Wiener of the Ancient History Encyclopedia with Dr. Mark 
> Byington, Founder and Project Director of the Early Korea Project at
> the Korea Institute, Harvard University; it is very interesting   
> http://www.ancient.eu.com/news/3755/    In this connection, I would 
> be glad to hear privately from any who use Vimeo regarding its 
> advantages and possible limitations as a platform for our RAS lecture 
> videos.
> 2. We who live in Korea would like to encourage members to post on the

> List indications of significant recent publications in the field of 
> Korean Studies. Scholars are often shy about advertizing their own 
> publications, which is why their admirers should do it for them.  How 
> else are we going to find out about them? This was prompted by 
> surprise at a mention of Henry H. Em's recent publication The Great
> Enterprise: Sovereignty and Historiography in Modern Korea at Duke UP.

> I do not recall seeing anything about it on this list? And there are 
> many others. Retired amateurs (of which I am one) do not have easy 
> access to scholarly journals carrying reviews.
> More broadly, is there an actively updated open-access online 
> bibliography of Korea-related publications? In particular, various 
> museums from time to time publish sumptuous volumes as catalogues for 
> special exhibitions. There are significant distribution problems 
> concerning them and we are not clear whether anyone in Korea or 
> elsewhere is listing or stocking such publications so that 
> institutional libraries, at least, can obtain them.
> 3. The Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch is beginning to construct an

> e-book library, using some of my own materials, and including access 
> to the Martin Uden collection. See 
> http://www.raskb.com/content/welcome-ras-korea-e-book-library
> Brother Anthony
> President, RAS Korea

Frank Hoffmann

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