a. CDL’s eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) 1.8 Now Available

Version 1.8 of the CDL’s eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) is now available for download from SourceForge: http://xtf.sourceforge.net.

In addition to minor bug fixes and features, this release contains two major new features specifically for the XTF community:

  • New stylesheets that support not only TEI, but now EAD, PDF, HTML, and Text files. Meta-data indexing is enhanced and simplified to look for a *.dc file, and if not found, to look inside EAD and TEI files.  The EAD support is very simple, just using one of the stylesheets from the EAD 2002 cookbook.  Still, the framework is in place.
  • XTF’s old non-standard whitespace stripping is now disabled by default.  Things should operate much more like command-line Saxon now.

New sample data that demonstrates the new simplified directory structure can also be downloaded along with the application.

b. Historical Statistics of the United States, Earliest Times to the Present, Millennial Edition

By Linda Kennedy (UC Davis), Head, Government Information and Maps Department, Shields Library

The CDL has acquired perpetual access rights to Historical Statistics of the United States, Earliest Times to the Present, Millennial Edition, published by Cambridge University Press.  Campuses will pay the modest annual access fee; CDL funded the perpetual access.

Historical Statistics of the United States (HSUS) is a long awaited new (4th) edition of the landmark U.S. government reference work (last revised in 1975).  When the U.S. Census Bureau elected not to update the 1975 edition, a group of scholars, largely from UC, stepped in to undertake a revision project spanning more than a decade.  Susan Carter and Richard Sutch from UC Riverside, and Alan Olmstead and Scott Gartner from UC Davis are four of the six Editors in Chief for the project. Faculty from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA and UC Riverside served as editors and contributors; additional UC faculty were consultants.

This expanded digital edition (available also as a five-volume print edition) updates and expands the original tables and introduces dozens of new topics.  HSUS was culled from more than 1,000 sources to produce nearly 2,000 tables containing some 37,000 time series covering virtually every quantifiable dimension of American history—agriculture, population, the economy, government, welfare and work. Some data from the 1975 edition have been extensively revised, and data determined to be unreliable or inaccurate have not been included.  Each series is fully documented and placed in historical context by a scholar expert in the field; the essays and references accompanying the tables are valuable resources on their own.  UC government information and history bibliographers strongly supported acquisition of HSUS.

Access HSUS at:

http://hsus.cambridge.org/HSUSWeb/ (via IP address recognition). The site is in full production, although there will be some further changes to the interface, such as the creation of a separate subscriber site.  Tables may be downloaded and viewed, as well as graphed and merged into custom tables. Saving tables across sessions and creating custom tables requires registration (a free feature of our subscription).