15.501 a poisoned e-chalice?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty (w.mccarty@btinternet.com)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 03:22:40 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 501.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 08:07:30 +0000
             From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)
             Subject: Machines, Archives and the Hidden


    Gene Bridwell in _Open Letter_ Fall 1998 describes a gift to Simon
    Fraser University. It may be of interest to subscribers to Humanist to
    note that poet bpNicol's Apple IIe computer with manuals and disks has
    been acquired by Simon Fraser's Special Collections and Rare Books.

    I am curious about analogous gifts to other institutions.

    I am also interest on how researchers would exploit reference material
    found on the disks (floppy or hard drive) of such a resource. How does one
    cite such sources?

    As well how do archivists ensure access to the material and secure
    (against inadvertant erasure and or misplacement of electronic files)?

    Has there been a panel discussion or a paper published which considers the
    ethical aspects of retrieving deleted files from the hard drive of such a


       -- Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
    per Interactivity ad Virtuality via Textuality

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