Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 435.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 07:19:34 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While I take Patrick Durusau's point in Humanist 16.417, that centrally
organized and indexed self-archiving is better than the individual, the
latter is immediately possible at minuscule expense of time and effort.
Doing the latter does not rule out the former -- indeed, it might stimulate
demand for a humanities (computing) version of the arXiv.org e-print
archive (http://arxiv.org/) or Cogprints (http://cogprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/).
Various people have noted, some with alarm, the tendency of students
nowadays to look *only* on the Web for their research materials. Making
sure that the right stuff is online to be found may be the only practical
response to the growing trend.
I understand that in arXiv.org particle physists, for example, tend to rely
heavily on the archive, astronomers not so much. It seems unlikely that our
colleagues in other fields of the humanities will accept self-archived
writings on anything like the same footing as conventionally produced ones.
But we could continue to submit to the journals *and* self-archive in an
organized way. I continue to be not a little bemused that we in humanities
computing, as a whole, are not among the most radical experimenters. We
were once with e-mail discussion groups.
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