Publication in the Digital Age: Call for Contributions!
A feature series of short papers and notes discussing the philosophy
publication in the digital age is planned for issue 6 of Internet Archaeology. We want you to contribute!
In theory, archaeologists should already be using new media, especially hypertext, to create multiple, non-linear narratives from excavation records on a regular basis but this challenge does not seem to have been taken up by (m)any. Why is this, since
the steps we take to reach an archaeological understanding is such an obviously non-linear process?
We have secured 4-5 contributions from archaeologists who have written for the medium to relate their experiences but the resource will not work without your input. We would like to hear how you have adapted to the medium and how it w
orks for you. We intend the section to be an oft-updated and growing resource that develops into a truly interactive and valuable starting point for anyone thinking of publishing or archiving their work utilising the electronic medium. Do you have experie
nces to share with others? Have you carried out your own experimentations in hypertext? Perhaps you have a response, or counter-response, to what has been written already?
Lined up already for issue 6...
Ian Hodder (Cambridge) on the Catal Hüyük experience Martin Bell (Reading), Barbara Taylor and Heike Neumann (Lampeter) on developing a computer map and database into multimedia format. Mark Edmonds and Graham McElearney (Sheffield) on the Gardoms Edge project Cornelius Holtorf (Lampeter/Göteburg) on his experiences of producing a hyertext doctoral thesis
And as a taster, Powlesland, Clemence and Lyall have started the ball rolling in our current issue with how and why they produced an excavation archive for CD-ROM. Your responses to the ideas in this
paper will be published in the next issue *.
Have you experimented with hypertext in your work? What have you learnt from the experience?
What have you found to be the advantages and pitfalls of scholarly electronic archaeological publishing?
How is the powerful searching/linking ability/methods of data presentation of the Web changing the way your archaeological reports are written, presented and utilised?
Were you provided adequate training and support in the development of e-publishing projects?
Will the Internet change the ways archaeology is practiced or is it going to have more of an effect on how it is consumed by the public?
We want to hear from you!
Inspired to take up your virtual pen and contribute to the volume? Send it to the editor today. Deadine for submissions is 30th November 1998.