Humanities and Arts (harts)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of that in effect at the time of the 38th IETF Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. It may now be out-of-date.


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Janet Max <>

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Description of Working Group: 

In building a bridge between the Internet Engineering community and the Humanities and Arts' Research and Engineering communities, the HARTS Working Group has identified three goals to be pursued. The first goal is development of a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding value and role of the arts in the Internet. Tasks for this include development of a document summarizing current issues regarding the arts community Internet with an accompanying survey designed to identify needs and concerns from the arts and humanities community. Survey results will be used to develop the FAQ. 

The second goal is to define tools for artists' organizations on the Internet which will focus on creating, viewing, and storage formats for arts humanities resources. This will include contributions regarding text, sound, still and motion images. It will address different operating systems, glossary of basic terminology and a bibliography. The third goal is to further define issues surrounding copyright and intellectual property, funding, and other support for arts humanities participation and any other needs identified by the survey.

Goals and Milestones:

Jul 95 

Prepare outline and draft summary of document and survey for the FAQ, as well as securing a site and pointers to manage the survey process.

Jul 95 

Review final FAQ and HARTS-Tools document and submit for publication as FYI RFC.

Dec 95 

Working Group review and approval of final draft of summary document survey.

Dec 95 

Develop initial framework for HARTS-Tools document.

Mar 96 

Review survey results and set up a plan for incorporating into a FAQ.

Mar 96 

Review first draft of HARTS-Tools document and identify further priorities based on survey results.


· Humanities and Arts: Sharing Center Stage on the Internet

No Request For Comments 

Current Meeting Report

Minutes of the Humanities and Arts (HARTS) Working Group 

This HARTS session focused on the final review of the Internet-Draft, draft-ietf-harts-guide-01.txt, "Humanities and Arts: Sharing Center Stage on the Internet." The attendees reviewed each section of the document and identified any gaps or omissions. 

Janet Max will update this draft, with the drop deadline of May 30. After that date, a new version will be posted as an updated I-D in the Internet-Drafts repository. The HARTS group will have a final review before the document is sent to the IESG for approval. 

The meeting of the HARTS working group was called to order with a very small attendance. The document on which we've been working is being obsoleted by books and periodicals as we speak, and we have decided to lower our expectations and get it to RFC while it can still have a useful life. Therefore, many of the more ambitious sections are being removed with hearty agreement from the group. 

We reviewed the document, currently Internet-Draft, draft-ietf-harts-guide-01.txt, "Humanities and Arts: Sharing Center Stage on the Internet," section by section, identifying items to be removed, items to be added, and volunteers. We also identified a few major unresolved issues, which follow. 

Issues which required resolution included where we could and could not mention trademarked names in the document, where and how to discuss viruses, what really goes in the "resources" section for this document, and what really belongs in the glossary, if anything. 

We agreed that we need some sort of glossary in this document. We will be adding many terms which are not found in standard dictionaries, due to their being very Internet specific, but it will be kept brief, and will include a pointer to the Internet Users Glossary document. 

We agreed not to use trade names except in Section 4.3 where we list platforms and operating systems, such as Microsoft and Apple. 

We found Sections 2.4 and 2.6 to be somewhat redundant, and will be moving the "sharing" part of 2.4 to 2.6 (reworded where necessary) and changing 2.4 to simply collaborating while adding more about networked projects. 

We found many typos that will be fixed but need not be mentioned here. Everyone is encouraged to send in any typos found so that we don't miss any. 

Sepi has volunteered to add to Sections 3.1.3 on Local Newsgroups, 3.2.1 on Webchat, and 3.2.3 on CUSEEME video-conferencing. 

For Section 3.3.2, I will add an explanation of why Magellan's search hit numbers are so different from the others. (When you do a this+that search on Magellan, it looks for all instances of This AND all instances of That rather than the standard response of only documents that contain both This AND That.) 

The part of Section 4 that describes a URL will be rolled into Section 1.3 where we define URLs. 

The first two paragraphs of Section 4.1 Getting Started, relate to creating content and therefore belong in Section 5 Creating Content. (We also need to define IETF prior to that section.) Also, references to specific magazines will be removed and generalized, and we will be adding an addendum providing a large listing of generally available magazines. 

In Section 4.2, the IANA will be defined and its subsection delineated. In Section 4.3, reference will be made to the section on viruses. In Section 4.4, Scanners, Recorders, and Encoders will be moved to Section 5. 

In Section 5.2 we'll need to define and describe a Thumbnail, as well as discussing "grain" and "pixelation" as they apply to images. 

Section 5.6, Content Design Issues, will focus on making your content more available to the masses with regard to number of pixels/colors, tool friendliness, and kid-friendly content (which will also reference Section 6). 

Section 5.7, Publicizing Your Work, will focus on advertising on the net and refer to Sally's Ad-Netiquette doc. 

Section 6, Issues and Challenges, needs to be written into something that is specifically vague with many loud suggestions that people seek more current help in this area. We will also reference all relevant IETF documents throughout the section. 

When the document is nearer to completion, we will find all words which are not adequately defined, where used in the document, and provide brief definitions in Section 7 Glossary, which will also point to the User's Glossary document. 

Before submitting to the RFC editor, I will need to ensure that the information provided in the Appendices is not already obsolete, and that every instance of reference to the Internet is capitalized. 

Notice will be sent to the HARTSí list requesting assistance on missing information with a deadline of May 31st, after which time I will be finishing the document for submission to the RFC editor for publication prior to the next meeting. 

Having concluded the mission of the charter of this group, the HARTS working group will then close. 


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