8.0154 R: Multimedia Research (1/27)

Thu, 25 Aug 1994 20:44:25 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0154. Thursday, 25 Aug 1994.

Date: Wed, 24 Aug 1994 21:44:16 -0400
From: jdg@oz.plymouth.edu (Dr. Joel Goldfield)
Subject: Re: 8.0151 Rs: Multimedia Research (1/34)

I read with interest Robert Brisson's posting. There is one particular
passage I can't help but accentuate as a thought which we in computer-
assisted literary research (stylometry, computational thematics, etc., where
electronic texts are usually indispensable) have been trying to
put across to colleagues who use traditional tools in their literary research:
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0151. Wednesday, 24 Aug 1994.

Date: Fri, 12 Aug 1994 09:38:57 +0600
From: rob@PSULIAS.BITNET (Roger Brisson)
Subject: Re:Future of Multimedia Research?
[...] I believe that
having this primary source material at one's fingertips will revolutionize
scholarly research in the humanities and social science. [...] It didn't
take long to recognize what Perseus would do to the study of Classical Greece!
At the very least it will allow us to find material much more quickly than
in the past, But it will also do more: as searching software becomes more
sophisticated, as Windows allows us to organize and structure this material
in an increasingly complex manner, we will be able to compare material and
to establish relationships that no one previously suspected. We will be
able to visualize the past in ways that could only have been dreamt of by
earlier generations of scholars.

Joel Goldfield
Fairfield University (CT)