11.0407 on WWW: SPARC, EDSITEment

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:23:18 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 407.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Alex Ross <alexr@leland.Stanford.EDU> (5)
Subject: better URL for SPARC

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (56)
Subject: EDSITEment Is Live

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 09:32:42 GMT
From: Alex Ross <alexr@leland.Stanford.EDU>
Subject: better URL for SPARC

[The following refers to The Scholarly Publishing & Academic
Resources Coalition site, most worthy of your visit. --WM]

Prof McCarty,
I couldn't get the URL in the message (no. 405 [1]) about the ARL SPARC
initiative to work. However, one that does is

Alex Ross
Stanford Univ Art Library

Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 11:55:46 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: EDSITEment Is Live

>> From: "Caroline Eisner" <ceisner@cgcs.org>

Do you remember hearing about EDSITEment last spring? Well, the EDSITEment
web site is now live on the web (http://edsitement.neh.fed.us), and we'd
appreciate if you would take a look at it.

In case you haven't heard about EDSITEment, it is a new web site created and
sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the
Great City Schools, MCI Communications Corp., and the National Trust for the
Humanities, and serves as a gateway to what we consider to be the best
humanities-related educational content on the Internet.

Last spring we asked you to nominate web sites to be used in EDSITEment and,
out of the more than 300 sites you suggested, our Blue-Ribbon Panel, using
the national merit review process developed by NEH, selected 20 sites to be
included in EDSITEment.

Once again, we are in the process of selecting new sites for EDSITEment and
am asking your help in identifying web sites in the humanities of particular
excellence that would be especially useful in classrooms. We are not
interested at this juncture in comprehensive bibliographical web sites that
offer numerous linkages to a variety of other related sites. Rather we are
seeking sites that are
themselves content-rich and designed to engage students in a significant
body of knowledge and in intellectually worthwhile activities.

As you survey the particular sites that you find most useful and
interesting, we would ask you to consider the following questions:

Intellectual Quality: Does the site provide rich, deep, and multilayered
humanities content? Does it provide the student access to authentic,
worthwhile materials with precise references and clear qualifications? Is
the information accurate, balanced, and updated frequently? Is this site
unique, or is the material more easily available elsewhere?

Web site Design: Is the site user-friendly and attractive graphically? Is
it easy to access information at different parts of the site? Does the site
provide for more than a one-dimensional exposition, allowing students to
experience a continuum of working with the materials towards greater
sophistication and creativity? Does the site allow for an active,
constructive relationship to the
material? If teacher guides or exercises are available, do they tap the
resources of the site deeply? (Note: such resources are not a requirement.)
Does the site require additional hardware or software? Are links to other
related sites easy and accessible? Does the site have any special features
to attract or engage users?

Web site Impact: Can this site serve multiple audiences or is it highly
specialized? Are you aware of any particular uses it would have in the
curriculum of a school or college? Does the content relate to education
standards developed by your state? If you use this site in your teaching,
for which courses and what kinds of assignments or student projects is it
most useful? Does the site engage students and encourage them to develop
active interest and mastery of the subject area? Is this the best or one of
the best sites that you know of in this subject area?

Our deadline for nominations is December 1. To nominate a site, or to
contact us, send an e-mail message to ceisner@cgcs.org, or use the "Talk to
Us" function on EDSITEment (http://edsitement.neh.fed.us). You need only to
send the URL and any comments that would be helpful. We are grateful for
your help and will send you the results of our survey within the next few

Thanks again for your help,

Caroline Eisner
Program Director

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