Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 89.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 08:44:13 +0100
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <email@example.com.Virginia.EDU>
Subject: Re: 17.087 streaming video for lecture series?
I agree with Patrick Durusau wholeheartedly; what's more, in most cases,
I think audio alone is probably sufficient. The Electronic Literature
Organization's recent "e(X)literature" conference on preserving
technologically endangered works of electronic fiction and poetry
(co-sponsored with the University of California's Digital Cultures
project) adopted just such an approach, with complete MP3s of all the
talks, including speaker introductions and audience Q&A:
In most cases full-text papers or slides are available too. We've
already heard from people who have used and appreciated these resources
who were not able to be at the event in person.
Obviously this kind of documentation imposes more technological overhead
on those running an event, but think of the possibilities: computing
humanists could trade their favorite conference mixes with one another
and we could all walk around listening to great talks on our iPods. Matt
> Sounds like a great group of lectures. Any chance that they will be
> recorded and made available over the WWW as streaming video?
> One of the most pressing needs of humanists is to overcome the requirement
> for travel to enjoy the benefit of such events. I think computing humanists
> should take the lead in demonstrating a solution to that particular
> problem. Not a deep theoretical problem concerning the use of computers in
> the humanities but not every worthy problem has that status.
> Hope you are having a great day!
> Patrick Durusau
> Director of Research and Development
> Society of Biblical Literature
> Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
> Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!
> [In response to the above: we're grateful for the suggestion and will see
> if this cannot be done. --WM]
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