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FYI: ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure


Author: Joan mailing

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the formation of a Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences
http://www.acls.org/cyberinfrastructure/cyber.htm

The Charge to the Commission
As scholars in the humanities and social sciences use digital tools and technologies with increasing sophistication and innovation, they are transforming their practices of collaboration and communication. New forms of scholarship, criticism, and creativity proliferate in arts and letters and in the social sciences, resulting in significan
new works accessible and meaningful only in digital form.
ACLS is sponsoring a national commission to investigate and report on these issues. The Commission will operate throughout 2004, and is charged to:
I. Describe and analyze the current state of humanities and social
science cyberinfrastructure
II. Articulate the requirements and the potential contributions of
the humanities and the social sciences in developing a
cyberinfrastructure for information, teaching, and research
III. Recommend areas of emphasis and coordination for the various
agencies and institutions, public and private, that contribute to
the development of this cyberinfrastructure
Among the questions to be explored in pursuing these three goals are:
I. Describe and analyze the current state of humanities and social
science cyberinfrastructure.

II. Articulate the requirements and the potential contributions of the humanities and the social sciences in developing a national cyberinfrastructure for information, teaching, and research.

III. Recommend areas of emphasis and coordination for the various agencies and institutions, public and private, that contribute to the development of humanities cyberinfrastructure.

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