Humanities Computing Repository Now Available

Encourages Collaboration Between Researchers

As its names suggests, the Humanities Computing Repository is a database of various resources available in humanities computing. Its main goals are to encourage collaboration between researchers, to minimize needless repetition of work, and to facilitate work for students and newcomers to humanities computing.

The Repository, now available at http://qsilver.queensu.ca/QI/HCR/ came into being on the days leading up to and including the 1997 joint ACH/ALLC conference at Queen's University in Kingston (UK). The database and discussion areas use relatively simple Perl script, but the real strength of the HCR resides in the entries that individual researchers have taken the time to add (entries were added by those involved in the project, not by the HCR).

Beyond the searchable database of the HCR, there are also two discussion areas. The Announcements area is intended for short-term purposes, conference announcements, calls for papers, recent publications, etc. The discussion area has a more general purpose for whatever particular subject that individual wish to discuss relating to Humanities Computing.

The Repository is a dynamic database that allows researchers to add entries for their work. Since these entries are available through the World Wide Web, they are easily accessible to all who might be interested. The Repository has very recently been made available, so please take a few moments to add an entry if you have worked on or are currently working on any project that you think may be of use to others. These projects include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles and journals, computer programs and databases.

The interest and usefulness of a central repository for applications in humanistic computing need surely not be insisted upon. We look forward to seeing a description of your work in the Humanities Computing Repository.

KAIROS Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
Vol. 2 No. 2 Fall 1997