Electronic Information Service

CORPORA@HD.UIB.NO (last updated 6 May 1994)

The CORPORA list is open for information and questions about text corpora such as availability, aspects of compiling and using corpora, software, tagging, parsing, bibliography, etc.

The list is unmoderated, but if necessary, it may be moderated in the future.

It is now possible to unsubscribe/subscribe by sending commands to


Send one of the following lines in the body of the letter:

unsub corpora sub corpora firstname lastname

Please note that this is only a mail responder for subscribing and unsubscribing, the Bitnet LISTSERV commands can not be sent to this responder!


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ + + + If you have problems with unsubscribing through the LISTSERV etc., + + send administrative messages to: CORPORA-REQUEST@HD.UIB.NO and NOT + + to the list. + + ********************************************** + + + + The address CORPORA@HD.UIB.NO should only be used for messages + + to the whole list, NOT for retrieving files etc (see below how + + this is done) + + **************************** + ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The list will be logged on the machine nora.hd.uib.no, see below how to access the log files.

It will be possible to upload files, either by mail to corpora-request (text files and binhex/uuencoded files) or by FTP. Files can also be sent on diskettes.

The list is hosted at the Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities in Bergen, Norway. Information stored at our machine nora.hd.uib.no can be accessed in several ways:



The machine nora.hd.uib.no has been established as a mail based server for the Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities. Information is grouped in different directories, some of which have information in Norwegian only.

Some of the available directories:

corpora       Information from the distribution list CORPORA, log files etc.

icame International Computer Archive of Modern English

info Information on texts, projects etc., mostly in English

konferanser Information on conferences

mac Macintosh programs

ncch Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities Information in English

nettinfo Information on network resources, mostly in English

nlb Nordic Linguistic Bulletin

pc MS-DOS programs

unix Unix programs

The server is called FILESERV and runs the DECWRL archive server. FILESERV accepts three types of commands; several commands can be placed in the body of the mail message. However, the results will be sent in one file, so do not request several large files in one message. The commands are:

Help                        Help file
Index                       Top level index
Index <directory>           Index for a directory
send <directory> <filename> Fetch a file in a directory


You want to get the index for the CORPORA and the KONFERANSER directories and the file log.started.920918 in the CORPORA directory.

Send the following two notes ("index" and "send" commands cannot be put in the same message, the "send" commands will then be ignored):


To: fileserv@nora.hd.uib.no Subject: whatever

index corpora index konferanser


To: fileserv@nora.hd.uib.no Subject: whatever

send corpora log.started.920918


Other log files available:

log.started.921006 log.started.921116 log.started.930113 log.started.930528 log.started.930831 log.started.931217



The files are also available via anonymous FTP from nora.hd.uib.no (

To make use of this server, you must have access to a machine connected to Internet with TCP/IP and a program running the FTP protocol.


To get the directories of the server write the following:

ftp nora.hd.uib.no anonymous your-e-mail-address cd pub dir

The server has a directory for uploading, this is writeable but not readable.

cd incoming (binary) (if transfer of programs or 8-bit data) put xx-program.zip

Please send a note and a description to CORPORA-REQUEST if you upload any files!

Other commands:

get <file> mget <dir-mask> (to get several files, example: mget *.ex) cd <directory> (change directory) cd .. (up on level in the directory tree) binary (set binary transfer, for transfer of programs or 8-bit files) ascii (set transfer of 7-bit text data)



The information is now also available through our Gopher server at nora.hd.uib.no (port 70). If you are connected to the Internet (with TCP/IP protocol), you can get client versions of Gopher for MS-DOS, Macintosh and Unix. Gopher is a tree structured menu system and several hundred servers are connected.

Main menu on the nora.hd.uib.no machine:

Internet Gopher Information Client v1.12S Root gopher server: nora.hd.uib.no --> 1. About this Gopher at NCCH-Humanistisk datasenter. 2. Andre Gopher tjenere (Other Gophers)/ 3. Archie (search for files in FTP archives) <TEL> 4. Corpora (distribution list)/ 5. Distribution list log/ 6. Electronic journals/ 7. Forskjellig (various) Info/ 8. Humanistisk datasenter/ 9. ICAME (Text Corpora)/ 10. Konferanser (Conferences)/ 11. NCCH file servers. 12. Nettverk (Network) Info/ 13. Nordic Linguistic Bulletin/ 14. Norwegian Computing Centre for Humanities/ 15. Programs/ 16. The International White Pages (X.500 directory) Service <TEL> 17. Veronica (search in most of Gopherspace file/dir names) / 18. X.500 catalogue, University of Bergen <CSO> Press ? for Help, q to Quit, u to go up a menu Page: 1/2

World-Wide-Web (WWW) server


We have started a WWW server with URL:


Questions about these services can be directed to: Knut Hofland (knut.hofland@hit.uib.no)

Humanistisk datasenter,
Norwegian Computing Centre for the Humanities,
Allégt. 27,
N-5007 Bergen, Norway

Phone +47 55 582954/5/6 Fax: +47 55 58 94 70