7.0517 OFFLINE 44 -- the abridged version (1/137)

Wed, 23 Feb 1994 22:56:08 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0517. Wednesday, 23 Feb 1994.

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 1994 01:42:17 -0500 (EST)
From: kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (Robert Kraft)
Subject: OFFLINE 44

<<O F F L I N E 4 4>>
full version, coordinated by Robert Kraft
[11 January 1994 draft, copyright Robert Kraft]
[Religious Studies News 9.1 (February 1994)]
[CSSR Bulletin 22.2 (April 1994)]
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April 1994 marks the tenth anniversary of OFFLINE, if the initial
column "In Quest of Computer Literacy" is included in the series.
With regard to the original aims of the column, much has changed
in that decade, and much remains the same. The number of
"literate" scholars has increased tremendously, and the
requirements for "literacy" have changed significantly.
Nevertheless, there is still a great need to provide information
and encouragement concerning the use of computers in religious
studies at a variety of levels. Relative newcomers still need
basic orientation, while those further advanced look for ever
expanding levels of information. Noone controls it all.

As for myself, ten years at the helm is enough. If you have been
alert with respect to recent columns you will have noted the
overwhelming dependance on the Internet and its resources. That
somewhat onesided emphasis has been born of necessity -- most of
my electronic life is spent on the Internet, and that has become
my primary source of relevant information. I have little time
anymore to take a more balanced stance. Yet there is more, and
readers of OFFLINE are entitled to know about it.

Thus this seems an appropriate time to pass the responsibility
for OFFLINE to new hands. At long last, formal steps are being
taken to reshape the steering committee and explicit orientation
of the (originally SBL) Computer Assisted Research Group (CARG)
to represent both the AAR and SBL in all their various interests.
An aspect of this restructuring effort involves finding effective
ways to integrate OFFLINE as fully as possible with the
reconceived CARG mission to provide information and guidance to
the constituencies of the sponsoring scholarly societies.
Discussions are underway to facilitate a smooth transition to a
new coordinator of OFFLINE. I look forward to sharing with that
person whatever experience and insights might be useful.

On the whole (except for the deadlines!), I have enjoyed the
decade of involvement in this endeavor. And I wish for my
successor the same cooperation and good will I have experienced
from all of you during that period. It has been greatly
appreciated! Those wishing to contribute to the transition with
suggestions or offers of more concrete support are invited to
contact the RSN editor at bmackie@unix.cc.emory.edu (Beth Mackie,
Editor; Religious Studies News; P. O. Box 15399; Atlanta, GA
30033-0399). The AAR and SBL executive offices will be working
together with the CARG steering committee to chart the future of
the group and of OFFLINE.

Once again, this OFFLINE column is created from the world shaped
by the Internet -- a world of discussion lists and their
"servers," of gophers and WAIS, of WWW and Mosaic and all the
rapidly evolving rest. In its early days, OFFLINE began a
glossary of special terms used in the computing world. Many of
the current "hot" terms are different from those, but the need
for definitions still exists. Fortunately, there seem to be more
guides (printed and electronic) available now to provide such
information. And that is perhaps a good place to begin the solid
part of this column. Then, after a long section on exploiting the
Internet resources, attention will be given to some new software
products of note, and finally to various issues and resources
that emerge from the production and use of electronic data. Don't
miss Jim Marchand's contribution to this final section, on
inexpensive CD-ROM sources and on connecting various peripherals
through your computer's parallel port! Thanks once again for
sharing your experiences, Jim. In the printed form of OFFLINE 44,
only a skeleton outline of some of the topics can be presented.
Fuller details are available in the electronic version, which
will also be archived (see the endnote to the column).

Table of Contents: OFFLINE 44

<h>Mapping the Internet</>

Guides to Internet
new topical Internet guides available
Internet Guide to Book Discussions and Book Reviews
Internet Advertising
Mac Internet book
Int Bus Journal
Internet Business Journal Gopher

<h>New Electronic Lists and Publications

list of lists
list of lang lists
Public Dialup Access System
Brittanica CD-ROM
Public Accessible E-literature, e.g., Plotinus
DScriptorium (Medieval Studies)
Int philosophy preprint exch


a new list CAAL (ancient languages)
archaeology WWW
Announcing The Archaeological Data Archive Project
ASOR eNewsletter

<h1>Biblical and Jewish Studies

french judaism-l

<h>Software Developments</>

bibliog software
Mosaic for Mac
AcCordance = Gramcord for Mac
CELEX Ling Soft
Announcing the release of the English version of Kleio

<h>Working with Electronic Resources</>

inexpensive CD-ROMs (Jim Marchand)
using your parallel port for peripherals (Jim Marchand)
corpus related resources
foreign language etexts
citing etexts
Demotic coding

To retrieve the complete version of OFFLINE 44,
telnet gopher.upenn.edu
choose Penn gophers, ccat.sas
choose Electronic Publications, OFFLINE