eHRAF trial

(trial successfully completed, and database licensed in Spring 2004)

26 October 2003
We need to figure out what the pedagogical uses of eHRAF could be, and how to make sense of spending the money... I'm starting to think about the elements of that, and about what we might want to add. Example: I don't see any very good way to access things geographically (no online map that has geographical coordinates for each of the included ethnic units...). Here are some of the things I found while searching:

HRAF's Complete Collection List includes the subset that are in eHRAF --it's saved in Excel format at /hraf/HRAFCollectionList2003.xls --also extracted ehrafsubset.xls (geographical coordinates could be added pretty easily...)

eHRAF User Guide

Outline of Cultural Materials by Subject and by numerical category

Some useful links:

Ethnographic Atlas

Cross-Cultural Research: A Cumulative Database and its Uses (William Divale, Patrick Gray and Douglas White, Editors 2002)

Studies published in World Cultures, using Murdock’s Data or Murdock and White’s Standard Sample, providing new codes, new explanations of existing codes; and software programs for Cross-Cultural analysis

Ethnographic Archives list from Smithsonian