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  • Dianne C
    Thought y all might be interested in this correspondence regarding AnthrosSource. -- Dianne
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 22, 2005
      Thought y'all might be interested in this correspondence regarding
      AnthrosSource. -- Dianne

      >From: "Kim Baker" <kbaker@...>
      >To: "Alan Goodman (E-mail)" <agoodman@...>,"Andrea Wiley
      >(E-mail)" <wileyas@...>,"Bennett, Linda (E-mail)"
      ><Lbennett@...>,"Crumley, Carole (E-mail)" <crumley@...>,"Dan
      >Segal (E-mail 2)" <dan_segal@...>,"Dan Segal (E-mail)"
      ><dsegal@...>,"Deborah Heath (E-mail 2)"
      ><deborah_heath@...>,"Deborah Heath (E-mail)"
      ><heath@...>,"Elizabeth Brumfiel (E-mail)"
      ><ebrumfiel@...>,"George Marcus (E-mail)"
      ><marcus@...>,"Jason Gonzalez (E-mail)" <jayce@...>,"Judy Tso
      >(E-mail)" <judytso@...>,"Leith Mullings (E-mail)"
      ><lmullings@...>,"Linda Wolfe (E-mail)" <wolfel@...>,"Mac
      >Marshall (E-mail)" <mac-marshall@...>,"Peter Allen (E-mail)"
      ><pallen@...>,"Tony Paredes (E-mail)" <tony_paredes@...>,"William
      >Beeman (E-mail)" <William_Beeman@...>,"Alice Kehoe/Paul Doughty
      >(E-mail)" <doughty@...>,"Bennetta Jules-Rosette (E-mail)"
      ><bjulesro@...>,"Bill Irons (E-mail)"
      ><w-irons@...>,"Catherine Lutz (E-mail)"
      ><lutz@...>,"Christa Craven (E-mail)"
      ><christa.craven@...>,"Craig Janes (E-mail)"
      ><craig.janes@...>,"Dianne Lynn Chidester (E-mail)"
      ><dianneky@...>,"Dorothy Holland (E-mail)"
      ><dholland@...>,"Gabriela Vargas Cetina (E-mail)"
      ><gabyvargasc@...>,"Jafari Sinclaire Allen (E-mail)"
      ><jsallen@...>,"Jeanne Simonelli (E-mail)"
      ><JeanneSimonelli@...>,"Jenny B White (E-mail)"
      ><jbwhite@...>,"John Baker (E-mail)" <johnbaker@...>,"John R Bowen
      >(E-mail)" <jbowen@...>,"Joseph (Pat) Gray (E-mail)"
      ><jpgray@...>,"Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt (E-mail)"
      ><katieal@...>,"Laura Miller (E-mail)" <lmille2@...>,"Leanne
      >Hinton (E-mail)" <hinton@...>,"Lee D Baker (E-mail)"
      ><ldbaker@...>,"Leslie Lieberman (E-mail)"
      ><llieberm@...>,"Mari Lyn Salvador (E-mail)"
      ><msalvador@...>,"Mary K Anglin (E-mail)" <manglin@...>,"Meg
      >Conkey (E-mail)" <mconkey@...>,"Michael Lambek (E-mail)"
      ><lambek@...>,"Micki Iris (E-mail)"
      ><miris@...>,"Miriam Chaiken (E-mail)"
      ><chaiken@...>,"Murray Leaf (E-mail)" <Mjleaf@...>,"Paule Cruz
      >Takash (E-mail)" <paulect69@...>,"Pauline Turner Strong (E-mail)"
      ><pstrong@...>,"persephone Hintlian (E-mail)"
      ><phintlia@...>,"Peter Biella (E-mail)" <biella@...>,"Peter
      >Brown (E-mail)" <antpjb@...>,"Robert Hayden (E-mail)"
      ><RHayden@...>,"Rudy Gaudio (E-mail)"
      ><rudolf.gaudio@...>,"Susan Greenbaum (E-mail)"
      ><greenbau@...>,"Tom Sheridan (E-mail)" <tes@...>
      >Subject: A message from the AnthroSource Steering Committee
      >Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 13:56:44 -0500
      >For your information, the following is a letter from the AnthroSource
      >Steering Committee in response to issues raised last week by Polly Strong.
      >Dear Polly Strong,
      >Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your concerns regarding
      >AnthroSource . On behalf of the AnthroSource Steering Committee (ASSC), I
      >can respond regarding the AnthroSource essay contest and the use of images
      >on the site. Digital revenue allocation issues fall outside of the direct
      >purview of the AnthroSource Steering Committee and are better addressed by
      >others within AAA.
      >The contest and prize money were conceived as a means to expand
      >participation in the development of AnthroSource by seeking ideas from a
      >wide array of users. We are seeking essays describing creative or
      >innovative ideas about the ways in which AnthroSource could shape
      >anthropological research-- which could include concerns about possible
      >negatives and suggestions as to how to address them. The prize is to
      >encourage contributions from those who might not otherwise find time to
      >participate. We chose to publish the essays in Anthropology News as a
      >means of sharing with the larger AAA community ideas we received about
      >developing AnthroSource. This type of prize offering and publication is
      >common in academia and we believe it is an appropriate means for involving
      >the larger community of anthropologists in the development of AnthroSource.
      >Regarding the use of images on AnthroSource, I can assure you that this
      >topic has generated much debate among ASSC members. At one point, when the
      >site did not have any images, it was criticized for not evoking
      >anthropology. The current images were added with the knowledge that we
      >would have to take up the matter more thoroughly in our planned review of
      >the design of the site. The use of images also clearly has repercussions
      >for the entire project to put past and future publications online, and you
      >rightly observe that it calls for the explicit participation of AAA members
      >with expertise in cultural representation. I accept your offer to provide
      >names of AAA members who might advise in this area and hope you will
      >forward names to me so that I can work toward incorporating this expertise
      >into the design review process.
      >Finally, I very much appreciate your contacting the ASSC with your concerns
      >as I believe that AnthroSource will be a more viable resource if we work
      >collaboratively on the sticky and complex issues that are involved in
      >developing the portal as a robust and vital resource for anthropological
      >research. I trust we will be able to work toward a resolution of the
      >issues you have raised so that you will be able to recommend AnthroSource
      >to your students, colleagues and librarians.
      >Best regards,
      >Suzanne Calpestri
      >Suzanne H. Calpestri
      >The John H. Rowe Librarian
      >and Director
      >The George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library
      >230 Kroeber Hall
      >University of California
      >Berkeley, California 94720-3710
      >phone: (510) 642-5339
      >fax: (510) 643-9293
      >email: scalpest@... <mailto:scalpest@...>
      >-----Original Message-----
      >From: Pauline T Strong [mailto:pstrong@...]
      >Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 10:10 AM
      >chan@... <mailto:chan@...>:
      >dan_segal@... <mailto:dan_segal@...>; Stacy Lathrop;
      >bgrant1@... <mailto:bgrant1@...>;
      >burciuol@... <mailto:burciuol@...>;
      >anagnost@... <mailto:anagnost@...>;
      >farquhar@... <mailto:farquhar@...>;
      >pstrong@... <mailto:pstrong@...>;
      >rftr@... <mailto:rftr@...>;
      >lrofel@... <mailto:lrofel@...>; mfischer@...
      ><mailto:mfischer@...>; alonso@...
      ><mailto:alonso@...>; Marisol de la Cadena
      >Subject: Re: How will AnthroSource Transform Anthropological Scholarship?
      >Dear Leslie Chan and AnthroSource Steering Committee:
      >As the President of a journal-producing section that is still waiting for a
      >fair and equitable revenue-sharing formula, I object strongly to the use of
      >AnthroSource funds as incentives for authors to contribute to the
      >Anthropology Newsletter. In developing its business model, AnthroSource
      >must stop taking its "content providers" for granted.
      >As a user of AnthroSource I also strongly object to the objectifying use of
      >cultural images on the site. If the AnthroSource Steering Committee does
      >not have expertise in cultural representation, I would be happy to suggest
      >some names from among the contributors to Cultural Anthropology. I would
      >also be happy to write a column for AN on this problem (for free!). I find
      >it so embarrassing and inappropriate that I am refusing to refer students,
      >colleagues, and librarians to the site until the problem is remedied.
      >I look forward to your response on these two issues. I am copying this
      >note to the members of the SCA Board, AN editor Stacy Lathrop, and Dan
      >Segal, Convernor of the Section Assembly.
      >Yours sincerely,
      >Pauline Strong, President,
      >Society for Cultural Anthropology
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