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Electronic Publishing in the UMass Amherst Libraries

The Texts

Greek Color Theory and the Four Elements, by J.L. Benson. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, 2000. [Available: http:www.library.umass.edu/benson/jbgc.html]

Greek Sculpture and the Four Elements, by J.L. Benson. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, 2000. [Available: http:www.library.umass.edu/benson/jbgs.html]

About the Project

In the Summer of 1998, Professor Emeritus of the UMass Art History Department J. Leonard Benson offered the UMass Amherst Libraries publication rights to a set of two scholarly works, entitled Greek Color Theory and the Four Elements and Greek Sculpture and the Four Elements. In accepting these monograph-length manuscripts, the UMass Amherst Libraries recognized an opportunity to explore the new role of electronic publisher that other research libraries, such as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Virginia, have entered.

The two texts, published in May 2000 by the Digital Initiatives Team, added a new and valuable resource to the Libraries' collections while allowing the Digital Initiatives Team to investigate new technologies that may well become central to information organization, access and exchange in a Web environment.

After extensive research on electronic text publishing in other libraries, including markup and software choices, and emerging on-line publication standards, the markup structure XML (extensible markup language) was selected for this project. XML is a still-developing standard with the support of the World Wide Web Consortium, widely predicted to be the future publishing format for electronic information, replacing both SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) and HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language). For more information on XML, see C. Hope's XML: Promise and Problems, appearing in in the Web publication Tech Corner, published by the Information Technology Interest Group of ACRL/NEC.

For more information, explore the project overview.