10.0912 new on WWW

Willard McCarty (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 1 May 1997 20:43:50 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 912.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (43)
Subject: a virtual conference pre-handout

[2] From: boesh <Henrik.Boes@colorado.edu> (8)
Subject: New academic Internet site

Date: Thu, 01 May 1997 08:12:22 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: a virtual conference pre-handout

This is to announce the availability of a "virtual conference pre-handout"
intended to support a collaborative paper I am giving at the forthcoming
ACH/ALLC conference in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (see
<http://www.qucis.queensu.ca/achallc97/>). The paper, entitled "Theft of
fire: meaning in the markup of names" is about what happens when one imposes
a computational metalinguistic tagging scheme on a poetic text in order to
make a large subset of the data accessible to automatic processing. In
brief, it is about markup as an agent of perception and instrument of
thought. The paper is part of a session organised by Julia Flanders, on
"Applying the TEI: Problems in the classification of proper nouns". The
abstract for our paper, online with the others in its session, tells the
tale, at

The virtual pre-handout (at the moment, frames version only, with reason) is
available at the URLs

<http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/wlm/Onomasticon/tutorial/> (Europe)
<http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~mccarty/Onomasticon/tutorial/> (N America)

I devised this virtual handout as an experiment in using the online medium
to do something that if not utterly new at least lends a new aspect to an
old practice.

There are two basic problems the handout is meant to address: (1) how to
engage a keenly interested attendee at a conference in the substance of
one's paper, and (2) how to keep others informed about the progress of the
research. I realised in preparing material for the paper that time in the
session was far too brief for the "close reading" of Ovid's Latin text that
my subject actually requires -- to understand *what happens* during
intensive markup requires that one looks closely at what happens! If someone
planning to attend the conference were to have the time and inclination, he
or she could work through my examples and so come much better prepared to
ask some genuinely hard questions. More likely :-) someone who has heard the
paper can return to the subject and, with live data on hand, have some
chance of figuring out what was said. Even more likely (alas, it is true), a
person who could not afford to attend in the first place can get a detailed
look. Letting the world in on one's research, as it is happening, is new for
the humanities, and I for one am very interested in exploring the consequences.

The virtual handout is in the form of a hypertextual commentary, using the
"frames" feature of the more recent Web browsers. I would be very pleased
indeed to get reactions to the implementation as well as to the content.

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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
voice: +44 (0)171 873 2784 fax: +44 (0)171 873 5801
e-mail: Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk

Date: Wed, 30 Apr 97 23:12:57 -0600
From: boesh <Henrik.Boes@colorado.edu>
Subject: New academic Internet site

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From: boesh <Henrik.Boes@colorado.edu>

The concept formerly known as "journal."
A new academic Internet site of religion and culture
that challenges the boundaries
of research and writing.