17.331 publication

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Oct 24 2003 - 01:47:23 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 331.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 06:23:42 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: Hinton on Lederberg on publication

    Norman Hinton, in Humanist 17.326, rightly points out that publication is a
    different affair for us in the arts and letters than Lederberg describes
    for the sciences. What I thought particularly relevant was his approach to
    electronic publication and the digital library issues that follow: begin
    with what one thinks to be the essential qualities and roles of publication
    for one's field(s) of study, then (and only then) consider what happens and
    could happen when it is done and housed digitally. In all too many
    instances, the so-called experts begin with an unexamined notion of
    e-publication or an equally unexamined idea of "the" digital library and
    then tell us what the future looks like. Unfortunately some of these
    experts have influence, and public policies are being made under it. I
    won't "name and shame", as we say in this country, but I will point to two
    other refreshingly intelligent pieces of work on the topic: David M. Levy
    and Catherine C. Marshall, "Going Digital: A Look at Assumptions Underlying
    Digital Libraries", Communications of the ACM 38.4 (1995): 77-84
    (www.acm.org/dl/ -- to which I hope you have access); Marilyn Deegan and
    Simon Tanner, Digital futures: Strategies for the information age (London:
    Library Association Publishing, 2002).

    I also deeply appreciate Lederberg's seriousness, his concern for what he
    does, concern that others take it seriously and do it right. One must, as
    he says, be able to say about one's work, "This, at least for now, is it.
    Let my reputation stand or fall by what I have said here." Even if in the
    very next publication one changes one's mind, as I seem constantly to be
    doing these days. Publication venues such as Humanist provide a good means
    of being less serious in some ways, sometimes. But, Lederberg is more or
    less saying, we need a publication venue as demanding on us as the gallery
    is to the artist or someone's house is to the builder who renovates it.



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