ELMCIP Knowledge Base

ELMCIP's Electronic Literature Knowledge Base is a open acess research resource documenting activity in the field of electronic literature. It provides cross-referenced, contextualized information about authors, creative works, critical writing, and practices. The ELMCIP Knowledge Base depends on the active participation of a community of international researchers and writers working in and around the digital literary arts.

To join us in building the Knowledge Base and the e-literary field, email the editor, Eric Dean Rasmussen, at kb_editor@elmcip.net. Include a brief description of your research or writing interests in electronic literature so he can set you up with an account. Please indicate whether you would like to sign on as a submitter, which enables you submit new records, or a contributor, someone can both create new records and edit and enrich existing information in the knowledge base.

The Electronic Literature Knowledge Base is part of the trans-European digital humanities project Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP), which is funded by a Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) grant.


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Here are a few areas where ELMCIP is seeking partners with specific technical skills who can help us build the Electronic Literature Knowledge Base: 1. Drupal: In 2011 completed a major platform migration from Drupal 6 to 7. We want to connect with Drupal developers and work with Drupal users who can share insights about managing and customizing the system and implementing themes. 2. Interoperability: We've made agreements to share data with several other e-lit-related databases from around the world, as well as libraries. We seek technical advice on implementing the record sharing. 3. Interface design: Our contributors are asked to input a wide range of data. How can we make our interface more user friendly? 4. Data visualization: How can the KB be data mined to create visualizations, graphs, timeline, etc. that will help to contextualize and historicize the field of electronic literature? Ideally, we'd like to develop open-source modules for Drupal that enable visual representations of social networks, and geographic and temporal clustering of record types and keywords within our data set. 5. Distant reading: We seek collaborators who can help us develop "distant reading" methodologies for analyzing the history of the field of electronic literature. And here are more general opportunties for digital humanists -- reasearchers and teachers at all levels -- interested in the digital literary arts and new media writing and technology. We invite participation from language and literary scholars and creative writers who are interested in using the KB for research and teaching. 1.Teaching e-lit: We seek teachers of literature, digital culture, new media writing, and other fields who integrate e-lit in their courses and want to document their important work, including syllabi and multimodal teaching resources, and share ideas with their colleagues. Inasmuch as the KB archives educational activity in e-lit, we want it to become an essential pedagogic component of their language, literature, and new media writing and production courses. 2. Translators: We are looking for recruit scholars and teachers fluent in non-Englisn languages who are interested in writing, editing, and translating entries for the KB and can help us make the site a more multilingual resource, one that better represents the transnational character of the e-literary field. 3. Multimedia production: We seek producers and editors who will make screencasts, video clips, and other multimodal productions that document, explain and critique electronic literature.
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