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The Computer Retrieval Program of Professor Kagan We submit here a report on a computerized information retrieval program being carried out by Professor Kagan and Mr. Charles Brown of the University of Minnesota. This is especially interesting to us since it is designed to handle just the sort of information most of us will be seeking. Full computer retrieval of all our materials is still a dre,un of the future but now is the time to start taking concrete measures. Obviously we shall all be better off if some degree of uniformity could be instituted from the very beginning. The systematic recording of information suggested here could be adapted to serve us in our private card files or keysort indexes, before any of us as individuals may be ready to computerize our data. The point is that if we could start now trying to put some uniform kind of data-recording technique into general use, the standardization would improve our present exchange of information and would greatly simplify the process of feeding it to the machines. Sooner or later we will be forced to computerize a bibliography of all the various library and individual collections. Anything we do now will pay off in untold convenience in the future. Comments on this report are solicited. I I \ l. I ~ t ' l i I ' I University of :M:INNESOTA College of Liberal Arts Department of Music . Minneapolis, M.innesota 55455 ~'1.c1terials of Asian Per.forming Arts [nterirn Manual I Description, Classification, and Location The intent of this project is to use computers to create a union catalog of all primary source materials relevant to the study of the Asian musical cultures, to classify the materials, encode music and text, anil provide analysis programs. The first phase requires the creation of a descriptive catalogue as explained below. The computer language first selected was SNOBOL and several parts of the present input catalog were successfully progrannned for retriew1l. Other considerations prompt us to reprogram the input in FORTRAN language. This interim manual is meant to explain what we have done so far, what remains to be done, and U1e approximate order of progression towards. completion~ At this stage, the t:hing we need most is suggestion, both constructive and destructive. We do not know t:hc complete needs of this type of project !us:i.c Dept., Univ. of Minnesota April 15, 1969 t ! I I ! 1. 2. 3. 4. Key to the Data Carel Title of Piece - Romanization, followed by original form (e.g., Chinese characters). Folk Classification - Classifications as formulated by the society being described and given both in romanization and original language form. We can then generate a list of folk classifications from it. Ex. Ta Ku ( :f;Jy__ ) Geographical Origin - Country, etc,, Cultural areas; suggested use of Murdock, Outline of World Cultures. Genre - We should generate a list or provide one; however, neither of us has the nerve to attempt one. (;Perhaps the Library of Congress Subject List.) Compared with lt2, this should be an analytic classification--as a start I would suggest ,.1 division into 11 supragenres 11 (drama, opera) and "infragenres" (songs, ballads). 5. Language - Again we can generate or use a system. We had thought of using Voeglin' s list in Anthropological Linguistics. For purposes of oral literature, the dialect designation should be important. 6. Cultural Usage - This should be your own description, or apply the classification in Murdock, Outline of Cultural Materials. 7. Ouration - We have already decided that we should give it in minutes and tenths of minutes, i.e. 12'15" would be 12.25, or 12. 2. For the sake of the program you will r-ound off to the nearest tenth--5/100 becomes nothing if the preceding figure is even, and becomes 1/10 if it is odd. 8. Text motifs - You might want to write your own motif, from which we can gl~nerate or use a system. We have dottbts about limiting the program to the Stith-Thompson Motif Index. 9. Vocal and Instrumental Medium - Cive the instruments ,.md/or singing ranges and sex of voices. This must be followed in //10 by the performer's names...


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