14.0460 hypertext: bibliographical suggestions & pointers

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 460.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
       [1]   From:    Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@bowerbird.rmit.edu.au>   (37)
             Subject: Re: 14.0405 a complaint
       [2]   From:    Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@bowerbird.rmit.edu.au>   (60)
             Subject: Re: 14.0300 recommended readings?
             Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 08:36:28 +0000
             From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@bowerbird.rmit.edu.au>
             Subject: Re: 14.0405 a complaint
    At 7:53 AM +0100 24/10/00, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:
     >As far as I can determine the major
     >venue is the series of Hypertext conferences run by the ACM, whose
     >proceedings are online but kept under lock-and-key in the ACM's "Digital
     >Library", <http://www.acm.org/dl/>, "a vast resource of bibliographic
     >information, citations, and full-text articles" which costs $185/year to
     >have unmetred access to; without joining one can purchase individual
     >articles -- at $10 each (now THERE'S a risk). Hence, if you're not already
     >part of the sub-community that goes to the conferences and collects the
     >proceedings volumes, you're severely discouraged from finding out what it's
     >doing. Outside of this tightly controlled though not topically organised
     >resource, as far as I can determine there is no current academic
     >bibliography of research in the area.
    I don't maintain such a bibliography however the bowerbird project is
    specifically an attempt to index this material. it is located at
    http://bowerbird.rmit.edu.au:8080 (its currently being completely rebuilt
    so there are some gaps in its database) and it is what the ecommerce people
    now describe as a 'vortal' - a vertical portal. (their terminology, not mine.)
    basically bowerbird indexes web sites that deal with hypertext, it applies
    a set of filter words and only keeps pages that meet its criteria. in this
    way it has crawled approximately 200,000 pages across nearly 300 web sites
    but only indexes about 10% of these pages. this means that bowerbird, while
    perhaps not finding exactly your search term, usually lands you within a
    click or two (that is, a page or two) of what it is you actually want.
    Rosemary Simpson of Brown has sent her URL, which is the major effort in
    the area to provide a single portal into hypertext.
    I'd also have a look around http://www.hypertextkitchen.com/ which is an
    information source on hypertext. Its more a simple news source, but often
    has good links.
    adrian miles
    lecturer in cinema studies and new media rmit university.
    61 03 9925 3157
    hypertext theory engine http://bowerbird.rmit.edu.au:8080/
             Date: Thu, 02 Nov 2000 08:36:58 +0000
             From: Adrian Miles <adrian.miles@bowerbird.rmit.edu.au>
             Subject: Re: 14.0300 recommended readings?
    At 6:40 AM -0400 4/10/00, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:
     >I would be most grateful for recommendations of essays (online or
     >otherwise) on the following subjects:
     >1. the effects of hypertextual linking on compositional practice, by
     >which I mean, how using hypertextual links changes the way one writes
     >and esp how such linking influences or could influence the design of
     >scholarly forms, such as the critical essay, edition, commentary etc.
     >2. the design of more sophisticated linking than we currently have,
     >which is to say not merely named or typified links (as already
     >implemented in the old PARC NoteCards software) but links with other
     >attributes to indicate, for example, scope and what one might call
     >intensity or tentativeness. I would be esp glad to learn of an essay
     >based on a model for any conventional form, literary allusion being
     >perhaps the most comprehensive and difficult.
     >3. the discrepancies between scholarly forms in which reference is a
     >primary intellectual tool and anything we could conceivably do with
     >computing as we now have it.
    to those references already provided I would add:
    Bruce Ingraham's essay at:
    the work by Locke Carter (I'm off line as I write) which you should be able
    to find by searching bowerbird (http://bowerbird.rmit.edu.au:8080/) on the
    terms Locke Carter. his PhD thesis Arguments in Hypertext: Order and
    Structure in Non-Sequential Essays. from memory the essay is at
    There is Randall Triggs pioneering work located at:
    i would also do a search on bowerbird (link above) on terms like link rhetoric.
    There is my own work, one of which is a film studies essay written as a
    hypertext where the links are provided thematically. originally published
    in postmodern culture but mirrored at http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/singing/
    one subset of links in this essay touches on academic writing and hypertext.
    In addition there is another very brief essay on noise and academic writing
    available from http://cs.art.rmit.edu.au/enmeshed/ originally published as
    "Foreword: Writing in, Writing on (a Work in Progress)." Mesh.11 (1997):
    101-2. an Australian new media journal. this explores the distance between
    writing on the page and online and plays informally with one of the
    possibilities proposed by hypertext literature - a work of quotes assembled
    by readers.
    Tosca's earlier paper from Hypertext 99, "The Lyrical Quality of Links"
    which is available via the ACM web site or the ACM's digital library
    I have also written on hypertext links as performative speech acts (as per
    Austin) though this is more particularly in relation to cinematic links,
    not academic writing.
    Someone has mentioned the xLink specification, this has stronger support
    for link types, though most efforts to categorise link types tends to treat
    them as singular which doesn't work that well in the rub of things, for
    instance Trigg's typology has a series of rather caustic link types for
    academic argument but leaves out 'irony', and of course labelling a link as
    ironic sort of defeats the purpose really, unless you're marking an irony
    as a declarative fact rather than being ironic . . .
    adrian miles
    lecturer in cinema studies and new media rmit university.
    61 03 9925 3157
    hypertext theory engine http://bowerbird.rmit.edu.au:8080/

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