By using the flexibility of electronic publication and by exploiting the growing reach of the World Wide Web, authors can create documents that contain first-rate ideas but that can
also break out of the narrow confines of a scholarly readership, serving both specialists and a more general audience. Such a broadening of audience is important for all areas of learning but especially for the humanities, which depend upon reaching a wide segment of the population for their continuing vitality. The Internet gives us a chance to break out of our scholarly isolation. FIPSE support will help us to pull together a great deal of work already underway so that we can make far more progress than would otherwise be feasible. With FIPSE support, we will be able to provide publication models that have the potential to exert broad influence throughout the humanities.
We propose to contribute to a fundamental change in the relationship between what humanists write and what the general public reads. We already have in place a sophisticated and growing digital library, developed continuously over the past ten years, on one domain in humanities, ancient Greco-Roman culture. Building on this foundation of data and expertise, and by collaborating with other colleagues who have taken the lead in developing WWW based tools for classics, we propose to develop a new model for publication that will serve the immediate needs of learners at various levels and that will stimulate further work not only in classics but in other areas of the humanities. FIPSE support will allow us to (1) develop exemplary new materials, each reviewed and stamped with the imprimatur of an editorial board, (2) evaluate our work, and (3) establish a trained body of editors who can help others develop materials of wide utility and high scholarship for this new medium, (4) publish standards and "style-sheets" that new authors can use as models as they create their own materials. These products are designed to further our overall goal, i.e. to help change the culture of publication in the humanities. We propose to combine the best features of traditional and new electronic modes of publication by providing the quality control of editorial review to publications that can freely move about the Internet. We thus address the problem of what happens after the nations' educational institutions have access to the Internet.
F1PSE support thus allows us (1) to improve productivity, by restructuring academic writing to strengthen the ties between teaching and learning on the hand and publication, (2) to use the internet to broaden the audience of our publications and thus to increase the links between schools and colleges, (3) to help faculty develop their careers by helping them publish high quality materials aimed at a wide audience, and (4) to serve as a readily accessible, well evaluated models that will help disseminate specific innovations made possible by the new electronic medium.