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April 20, 2004

Conference asks what the humanities can learn from the open-source computing world, April 26


Open Source Models in the Humanities: From HyperNietzsche to Hyper-Learning

HyperNietzsche: Frequently Asked Questions
Hyper-Learning: Project Description
"Ecce HyperNietzsche: It's not Just the Philology of the Future Anymore", by Thomas Bartscherer
Open Source Models in the Humanities: From HyperNietzsche to Hyper-Learning
Monday, April 26, at 4:00 PM in the Regenstein Library A-11

Open Source Models in the Humanities will feature presentations by Paolo D'Iorio, the director of the HyperNietzsche and Hyper-Learning projects, and Michele Barbera, the projects' web architect.

HyperNietzsche is the model for a research hypertext that enables a delocalized community of specialists to work in a cooperative and cumulative manner and to publish the results of their work on the internet. Hyper-Learning seeks to use the Web not merely as a source of information, but also a medium for the training and daily work for all researchers, teachers, and students in the humanities. To develop and enhance critical thinking skills, the Project will use a semantically structured web-based e-learning system, distributed as open-source software.

In the open-source model, rather than a company providing a proprietary finished product, programmers distribute their code with a license that allows a user to use, read, modify, and redistribute the software as they see fit. While this would seem as vocationally perilous as a chef sharing a signature recipe with the world, open source actually promotes software reliability and quality by supporting independent peer review and rapid evolution of source code.

The presentations will address the theoretical, technological, legal, and administrative issues confronting the development of advanced electronic research and educational projects.

After the presentations, Paula Barker Duffy, Director of the University of Chicago Press, will begin the discussion.

A broad cross section of new media specialists at the University of Chicago are expected to be on hand, including representatives from ARTFL, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Chicago Media Initiatives Group, and the Digital Library Development Center.

Webmasters to neophytes, hypermediacs to sedate traditionalist, whether partisan, skeptical, or just curious - all are welcome to join the conversation.

Sponsored by ARTFL, the Chicago Media Initiatives Group, the Digital Library Development Center, the France-Chicago Center, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact the organizers at 773.643.1304.
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