Expand the role of Academic Computing and academic computing to further the teaching, research, and service goals of the University of Vermont.
There were 10 Noon on the Net classes and 9 Web Developers classes (6 hours each). They were consistently filled to capacity with substantial waiting lists. I-LEARN, unfortunately languished due, in large part, to a conscious decision on my part. I felt that, given UVM's current widely divergent computing infrastructure, some of the postings would generate confusion and would produce an added support burden on other areas within CIT. Now that certain aspects of computing support have been formalized and are more stable it may be worthwhile to revisit the I-LEARN concept.
Laurel Broughton's site is continuing to grow.
One of the largest projects in this category was digitizing the Ambrose Collection. Z. Philip Ambrose of the Classics Department has a 250+ slide collection of classics materials. These were transferred to PhotoCD, processed and made available on the web. The project participants continue to refine the web pages related to this collection by linking it to his course calendar, etc.
Currently underway is a funded project being developed by the Historic Preservation department to create a state-wide database and web site for historic buildings and sites in Vermont. I will be technical advisor. (More on that in the 96-97 report.)
I worked with the students of ART 295 Cultural Transformations who created a web site for the source materials they used to create their class projects. Drawn from the Fleming Museum and built on the A&S server, the final projects were animations of the objects. Unfortunately, due to concerns from the Fleming, these web pages are not publicly accessible at this time.
Many of the people who attended the WWW short courses are developing their web sites, though, so far, these tend to include only course syllabi and links to related web resources.
Again, an idea just ahead of its time for UVM. Another approach will be tried for 96-97.
This area saw much activity as can be seen from the list in 95-96 Activites. The courses were primarily web-related, although there was a demand for word processing workshops. These will henceforth be undertaken by Client Services. (see below)
WP-CAP is over. Corel has bought WordPerfect. Word Processing support has now moved to Geoff Duke of Client Services.
Much work has been done on the Godey's Lady's Book Web, including experiments with digitizing these problematic texts. Over forty people have contacted me about this project and it is now linked to many sites across the web.
The Ovid Project has also generated more scholarly interest and is linked through sites as "far away" as Oxford and Germany. An example of cross-web collaboration: Willard McCarty, reknowned classics scholar and editor of HUMANIST, was having difficulty obtaining the engravings in an edition of the George Sandy's translation of Ovid for use in his class. UVM owns a copy, so, after his enquiry, I scanned the engravings and added them to the web site. His response was gratifyingly enthusiastic.
UVM, through a joint venture between CIT and the Libraries, is now the recipient of a grant from Electronic Book Technologies that provides us with their SGML suite of electronic text tools (valued at $179,000). We will be receiving the software in August and will go for training shortly thereafter.
I decided not to pursue this at this time.
Our panel was chosen for the closing plenary session, was well-attended, and well-received. (some slides)
I also presented a session titled The Immovable U Meets the Irresistable Web that was quite well-received!
Done. OK. Conference as a whole was not that wonderful.
I will be leading one of three VISMT Summer Institutes for 1996. The week-long program will be devoted to teaching 20 K-12 teachers how to develop web sites. They will, in turn, become webmasters for their schools.