18.150 The Wiki as journal; Stoa Image Gallery

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 07:04:03 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 150.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: Gerry Mckiernan <gerrymck_at_IASTATE.EDU> (37)
         Subject: The WIKI as The New Age Scholarly Journal?

   [2] From: Ross Scaife <scaife_at_UKY.EDU> (66)
         Subject: icon.stoa.org -- new Stoa Image Gallery

         Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 06:38:09 +0100
         From: Gerry Mckiernan <gerrymck_at_IASTATE.EDU>
         Subject: The WIKI as The New Age Scholarly Journal?


In my literature search about WIKIs [
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikis ] earlier this week, I learned of
a Most Interesting Letter in BMJ titled "It's a Wiki Wiki World" [
http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/326/7395/932/a ]

"The future belongs to Lisa. Smart and articulate, she will thrive in a
milieu that she manipulates so that useful information will flow towards
her. By participating in her online communities and achieving status in
these groups, she will be the one who knows (or at least who knows who
knows) the required information.


Fortunately the internet has given us the answer_one_ the Wikipedia
concept, which has developed as a result of the open source software
model using free (wiki) software (www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine). The
essential features are a revision control system, unrestricted editing
of articles on the wiki by any registered member, unrestricted
membership of the wiki, and the ability to fork articles (or see current
versions at the same time). In addition, no copies are deleted and the
newer versions of an article comprise the original article with all
additions made cumulatively.

This Letter was in response to a Most Entertaining and Informative
article titled "Four Futures for Scientific and Medical Publishing"
[ http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/325/7378/1472 ] that
provides a profile of various publication models
through the Simpson Family Characters (Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa)

I'd appreciate ANY and ALL reactions to The Letter and/or The Article!

[BUT, Don't Have a Cow, Man]
[http://animatedtv.about.com/cs/faqs/a/simpsonbios_2.htm ] [:-)


Gerry McKiernan
Most Entertaining and Informative Librarian
Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011


         Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 06:37:40 +0100
         From: Ross Scaife <scaife_at_UKY.EDU>
         Subject: icon.stoa.org -- new Stoa Image Gallery

Stoa Image Gallery

What it is...

This machine, icon.stoa.org, is a dedicated image-server maintained by
the Stoa Consortium for the use of scholars who would like to share, on
an Open Access basis, their digital photographs and digital videos
related to Classics, Classical Archaeology, and the classical
tradition. To that end we have installed Gallery image-management
software. "With Gallery you can easily create and maintain albums of
photos via an intuitive interface. Photo management includes automatic
thumbnail creation, image resizing, rotation, ordering, captioning,
searching and more. Albums can have read, write and caption permissions
per individual authenticated user for an additional level of privacy."
The web interface is extremely simple and includes numerous alternative
methods for uploading images and videos. Even more efficient methods
allow direct exports to Gallery albums from within OS X iPhoto or from
a Windows XP album.

Open, open, open...

The Gallery software bears the GNU General Public License, and that
allows us to implement it (and even modify it, as needed) without
charge. In that same spirit of unfettered collaboration, we ask that
any publically available images archived here carry a Creative Commons
license so that others may freely reuse them for non-commercial
purposes related to their teaching and research. In making this request
we are following the fine example set by Kevin Glowacki for his Ancient
City of Athens publication, which is entirely covered by a Creative
Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 license.

Getting started...

If you wish to publish images and/or video here, please contact one of
the Stoa co-editors, Ross Scaife or Anne Mahoney, for a user ID and
password that will permit you to log in to the system and begin setting
up your album(s). We have plenty of storage space and we can get more
as needed but for the sake of the audience we suggest that you exercise
reasonable selectivity in what you choose to archive. What that means
for a given collection you can best judge for yourself.


Note that the Gallery software allows users to search the captions and
keywords so the more information you can put into those descriptions,
the more likely it is that users will find the images and videos they
want. The owner of any given album may add as many fields for
description as he or she chooses, via the "Properties" menu. The
priority for this project lies in collecting and preserving
high-quality images and video with at least minimal metadata, more than
in setting the bar for metadata acquisition so high that people who
might otherwise contribute are put off.

Where it is...

You will find the gateway to the Stoa Image Gallery at


We express our continuing gratitude to the Center for Computational
Sciences at the University of Kentucky for lending us a spare machine
(and physical space for it), as well as offering us useful hosting
services, including nightly backup.

Last modified: 19 August 2004

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