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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 181-193

On-line disciplines: Computer-mediated scholarship in the humanities and social sciences

  • Teresa M. HarrisonAffiliated withDept. of Language, Literature & Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • , Timothy StephenAffiliated withDept. of Language, Literature & Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Abstract

The recent creation of global-area computer networks invites the development of tools and resources that can reap the scholarly advantages of such technology. In this paper, we discuss prospects for the productive use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) for scholarly interaction. We begin by describing the technology used to deliver information over academic networks and the kinds of disciplinary services that the technology enables. In the second half of the paper we consider factors that bear upon the development of CMC-based disciplinary centers and we call attention to their potential to create a highly interactive form of scholarship.

Key Words

computer-mediated communication conferencing COMSERVE dialogic texts networks