Continuing the discussion

  • From: Matthew Roberts <mroberts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Supreme Court Archive <scotus_archive@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 19:33:47 -0500


Well, our discussion seems to have dropped off lately.  At the same time,
we've had a large number of new members join the list.  Perhaps with their
presence we should continue the conversation.

We seem to be in general agreement about what kind of features a potential
online archive should have; what seems to be holding us up right now is the
matter of implementation:  who's going to be responsible for this beast and
where it will be housed.

Many have volunteered the services of their department or institution.  The
question is how the final decision will be made--whether someone will simply
begin the archive on their own, or whether we the interested community
should somehow come to a consensus on the best home for this archive.  Since
the ultimate content of the site will be a community product, I think the
latter option best. the spirit of that body we study, I suggest that potential hosts use
this listserv to provide their oral arguments, a chance to "make their case"
for why they could provide a good home for our archive-to-be.  In pleading
their case, individuals might want to consider factors such as:

    * Technical resources available, whether personal or those of staff who
could develop and support the archive (e.g. web development skills, server
space to host a potentially large archive, plain old time to work on such a
    * Potential sources for funding (e.g. long-term and/or short-term grants
available for faculty to work on technological projects)
    * Degree of institutional interest in/support for such a project
    * Any complicating factors (e.g. short-term likelihood of leaving parent
institution and abandoning the archive to less interested successors)

I look forward to our next steps...
Matthew Roberts (mroberts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
   Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Political Science
   Departmental Webmaster
   Instructional Technology Fellow
   University of Minnesota

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