TITLE: Chorus: A Resource for Academic and Educational Computing in the Arts/Humanities

ACCESS: http://www.peinet.pe.ca:2080/Chorus/home.html

Chorus, according to its own introduction, "is a resource for academic and educational computing in the arts/humanities. (The terms 'arts' and 'humanities' are used to refer to the study of language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; philosophy; archaeology; religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those areas of education and social science which have humanistic content and/or employ humanistic methods; and, theology."

The project is coordinated by Todd J.B. Blayone, Faculty Lecturer and PhD candidate in Religious Studies at McGill University. His previous experience in presenting material of this type comes from a stint as guest editor for "Offline: Computer Research for Religious Studies."

Chorus is not envisioned as a serial publication, but as a site, in the true sense of a place, which will evolve and grow over time, and as more and more people contribute. The resource offers feature articles, software reviews, book reviews, and links to other resources in the fields of humanities and humanities computing, and is actively soliciting qualified contributors and section editors at present. The editorial team, as it stands, comprises an impressive array of personnel, including faculty from Yale, University of Connecticut, McGill, University of Durham, Notre Dame, and other schools.

The initial feature articles include "Electronic Shakespeare: Making Texts Compute" by Eric Johnson of Dakota State University, and "Towards a Virtual University" by L. Gregory Bloomquist of the University of Ottawa; both articles appeared previously in other publications.

This is a promising site, especially exciting in its incipient ability not only to describe, but to demonstrate, principles of computing applications vis-a-vis the humanities. The design of Chorus is professional and attractive as well as easily navigated. Care is given to the citation of sources, and of the credentials of the contributors.

David Dodd
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Feb. 1st, 1995

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