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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
 
Digital Openness and Biblical Studies (post-CARG post #1) ::

[Nb. this post should have gone up this morning Philly time, but my hotel had an Internet blackout, following the hot water drought the day before, so I am sending it off this evening!]

Following the much blogged about CARG Biblioblogger session at SBL, amid the buzz of a dozen other conversations (that we'd all have loved joining also) a group of us talked about the openness thing.

It wasn't world shattering. We haven't solved the funding of the Disseminary, or even recruited a dozen authors for them, nor have we all agreed to put our shoulders to any other wheel (though several of us are busy inventing "wheels")... But we did decide - at least that's my memory of it, do correct me or add what I've forgotten - that we need to create a climate in which openness in Biblical Studies is on the agenda.

By "openness" we mean (some or all of these things, and perhaps others):To work to create such a climate in which openness in Biblical Studies is on the agenda - remember the discussion was at SBL - we talked of asking for a new program group on "Openness in Biblical Studies". I was deputed to begin rolling this ball, so if you are interested join in...

[PS after writing the above I attended the CARG business meeting, the "openness" thing is on the list of possible sessions for 2006, I also (before that) had a chat to Kent Harold Richards, so my suggestion is that we wait a week or two til the CARG list is finalised, and only if "openness" is absent we move further in proposing a group... sorry, none of you was around to consult with!]

As I wrote the above I began to reflect more on the sort of summary statement we will need to propose such a group, and I am convinced that:So, the issue is do we go on developing within CARG (despite the name) a session on issues of digital culture and Biblical Studies, or should we (instead of proposing an openness group - however named) propose that like an amoeba CARG split into CARG (focusing on computer assisted research - as the name implies!) and DC a "digital culture and biblical studies" group...

[The above paragraph should be rewritten in the light of the comment above, but what the one below expresses is still my view!}

I wish we'd had the time to work through all this yesterday!


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