If you're like me, then you know that there is a virtual (no pun
intended) cornucopia of digital writing projects out there on
the web. But if you're like me, you're not really sure how many,
where they are, what they're doing, and such. You might ask your
friends and get a few tips or even an address or two, and if you
visit a site, you might find a link to another, and so on. Or,
maybe you put forth a few questions in a MOO, get a few more addresses
and names, and you head for those. Perhaps the occasional helpful
e-mail or listserv comes through with a bit more. However, when
it's all said and done, you find that you still only have about
fifty percent of the information you want.
But, take heart! Kairos decided that a section detailing
the projects and reporting updates on their progress would be
a valuable resource for folks who want to know, but are having
trouble finding out. After all, the web is vast, and one can easily
get lost on it if trying to search alone through the misty digital
fog. Here at Kairos you'll be able to find those projects.
In this issue, we are going to look at some of the major projects on writing in the webbed environment. First, we'll look at the venerable but endangered Project Gutenberg, which has been quietly converting print texts to electronic format since 1971. Next we'll look at three of the many online writing projects funded by Annenberg/CPB, which have many exciting results to report: the Epiphany project, the Composition in Cyberspace project, and the Crossroads project. We'll also take a look the Derry-Dublin-Poughkeepsie Hyperfiction Narrative Workshop, which began in late January 1997. Finally, since MOO projects have become an increasingly important part of the computers in composition scene, we'll check in with the Netoric project and the Jesters MOO project, both of which are paving the way for MOO use in computer assisted pedagogies. Click on any of the links in this paragraph to read reports about the project. You may also click on the links below to see the report, or to visit that project's site.