21.359 ELO and Library of Congress to archive 300 works of E-Lit

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 09:12:30 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 359.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 08:00:45 +0000
         From: "Matt Kirschenbaum" <mkirschenbaum_at_gmail.com>
         Subject: ELO and Library of Congress to archive 300 works of E-Lit

---------- Forwarded message ----------

The United States Library of Congress is archiving 300 electronic
literature web sites in collaboration with the ELO (Electronic
Literature Organization) and archive-it.org. To participate in this
project, please see


(and note there is a FAQ linked on that page,


If you have further questions, please use the contact page at the main ELO URL,

For more information on the archive itself, please contact ELO
Director Joseph Tabbi (jtabbi_at_gmail.com) or Patria Tomaszek


Electronic Literature: Collections of Works: Sites that aggregate
works of electronic literature by multiple authors, such as online
journals and anthologies.

Electronic Literature: Individual Works: Individual works of
electronic literature and collections of works by a single author, as
opposed to collections of works by multiple authors.

Electronic Literature: Context: Sites related to the critical,
theoretical, and institutional contexts of electronic literature.

Criteria for submission

This style guide is meant to provide general guidelines for drafting
archive-it description entries.

Contributions should be submitted directly on: http://eliterature.org/wiki/

All contributions should include the title of the work and the URL
where it resides. All contributions should name the entity that is
primarily responsible for making the work (name of Editor, Author or
other Creators). Please name the language that is used and the
publisher (the entity that makes the work available; i.e. name of a
person, organization or a service).

Additionally, you should provide a brief and substantial (1-3
sentence) description of the work, following these guidelines:

* You might want to identify the site's purpose, its content, its
creators and its aesthetic.
* You should focus on the work itself and its mode of presentation
(not the awards won or the influence exerted by the author or
* Evaluative statements and self-evaluations ought to be avoided.
* Avoid stating quotes (i.e. comments on a work) or reproductions of
reviews and blurbs written for promotional purpose.
* Information on technique, software and programming should not
precede or obscure descriptions of what a work is about.
* Important dates like the foundation of the site or journal should be
added in the description. Provide information on how often a journal
is published and what it is focusing on.
* Please include ISSN numbers in your description.

Mark Marino
Electronic Literature Organization

Writing Program
University of Southern California
Matthew Kirschenbaum
Associate Professor of English
Associate Director,
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
301-405-8505 or 301-314-7111 (fax)
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