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Towards a Global
Electronic Literature
Collection
Leonardo Flores, PhD
Professor of English @ UPR: Mayagüez
Treasurer @ El...
The Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3
http://collection.eliterature.org/3
Questions raised by ELC3
• What is the mission of the
Electronic Literature Collections,
in general, and specifically Vol....
Mission
What is the mission of the
ELC3?
• Assemble valuable works and
resources for its audience.
• Snapshot of the field...
Reach
How far can the ELO’s network
reach when making a call for the
Electronic Literature Collection?
• Facebook Group
• ...
Standards
Are there universal standards to
assess the quality and/or
importance of the submissions?
• Quality standards va...
Selection
How do we strike a balance
between inclusiveness and
standards in our selection?
1. Initial quality assessment
2...
The ELC3 at a glance
• Total Number of Works: 114
• Main: 73
• Taroko Remixes: 16
• Renderings: 14
• Bots: 11
• Countries ...
The Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3
http://collection.eliterature.org/3
Special Collections
• Document project, genres,
phenomena.
• They’re best appreciated
collectively.
ELC3 Author Distribution
ELC3 Author Distribution
Language Distribution
Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 1
(2006)
Multilingual or Non-English: 7 (11%)
Authors living outside North America:...
Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 2
(2011)
Works not in English: 14 (23%)
Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3
(2016)
Works not in English: 42 (37%)
Authors living outside the US: 77 (58%)
Future ELCs
• More e-lit created as new generations become
increasingly “digitally native.”
• More e-lit communities aroun...
Internet Users in the World
Internet Users by Region
Countries by Internet Usage
www.internetlivestats.com
Points of Entry for
Electronic Literature
• Media: visual, audio, video, digital
• Programming: code literacy, platform li...
Improving Conditions for
Electronic Literature
• Advanced Literacy: digital, code, platform
• Audience: scenes, disseminat...
Thank you!
Leonardo Flores, PhD
• blog: leonardoflores.net
• e-mail:
leonardo.flores@upr.edu
• Twitter: @leonardo_UPRM
• P...
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Towards a Global Electronic Literature Collection

  1. 1. Towards a Global Electronic Literature Collection Leonardo Flores, PhD Professor of English @ UPR: Mayagüez Treasurer @ Electronic Literature Organization Twitter: @leonardo_UPRM
  2. 2. The Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3 http://collection.eliterature.org/3
  3. 3. Questions raised by ELC3 • What is the mission of the Electronic Literature Collections, in general, and specifically Vol. 3? • How far can the ELO’s network reach when making a call for the Electronic Literature Collection? • Are there universal standards to assess the quality and/or importance of the submissions? • How do we strike a balance between inclusiveness and standards in our selection?
  4. 4. Mission What is the mission of the ELC3? • Assemble valuable works and resources for its audience. • Snapshot of the field: • platforms • internationalization • historically important works • emergent genres
  5. 5. Reach How far can the ELO’s network reach when making a call for the Electronic Literature Collection? • Facebook Group • E-mail, mailing lists • International Consultants • Communities Result: 500+ submissions
  6. 6. Standards Are there universal standards to assess the quality and/or importance of the submissions? • Quality standards vary by community. • ELO Community: • Engagement with media • Innovation • Significance
  7. 7. Selection How do we strike a balance between inclusiveness and standards in our selection? 1. Initial quality assessment 2. Prioritize new voices 3. Revisit quality works from underrepresented: • countries • languages • platforms
  8. 8. The ELC3 at a glance • Total Number of Works: 114 • Main: 73 • Taroko Remixes: 16 • Renderings: 14 • Bots: 11 • Countries Represented: 26 • Languages: 13
  9. 9. The Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3 http://collection.eliterature.org/3
  10. 10. Special Collections • Document project, genres, phenomena. • They’re best appreciated collectively.
  11. 11. ELC3 Author Distribution
  12. 12. ELC3 Author Distribution
  13. 13. Language Distribution
  14. 14. Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 1 (2006) Multilingual or Non-English: 7 (11%) Authors living outside North America: 16
  15. 15. Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 2 (2011) Works not in English: 14 (23%)
  16. 16. Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3 (2016) Works not in English: 42 (37%) Authors living outside the US: 77 (58%)
  17. 17. Future ELCs • More e-lit created as new generations become increasingly “digitally native.” • More e-lit communities around the world result in more international submissions to ELCs. • Digital divides across countries, languages, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic classes erode. • New platforms emerge, existing ones mature (and fade). • Obsolescence continues, as do preservation efforts.
  18. 18. Internet Users in the World
  19. 19. Internet Users by Region
  20. 20. Countries by Internet Usage www.internetlivestats.com
  21. 21. Points of Entry for Electronic Literature • Media: visual, audio, video, digital • Programming: code literacy, platform literacy • Platforms: software, devices, interfaces • Videogames: play, cheating, hacking, creation • Networks: net art, social media, mobile
  22. 22. Improving Conditions for Electronic Literature • Advanced Literacy: digital, code, platform • Audience: scenes, dissemination • Community: collectives, organizations • Scholarship: history, discourse, analysis • Publication: publishers, market, profit
  23. 23. Thank you! Leonardo Flores, PhD • blog: leonardoflores.net • e-mail: leonardo.flores@upr.edu • Twitter: @leonardo_UPRM • Project: iloveepoetry.com

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