There's a lot going on the digital and literary worlds, as you'll see when you visit the sites highlighted below. If you're looking for a more exciting virtual experience, stop off for an Extreme Planet Makeover.
✭ A new blog, Digital Collaboration, is providing a one-stop location for digital librarians, archivists, museologists, and computer scientists to share resources. Spend a few minutes here and you'll find there's much of interest to explore, from cloud computing forecasts and information visualization to crowdsourcing, to digital preservation of museum and other collections.
✭ Brian Moss, director of worship, music, and arts at Seattle's John Knox Presbyterian Church, is presenting his "experiment in prayer and music" at the Prayer Book Project. His idea is to write and record songs inspired by the Psalms and has set as his goal 15 songs a year for 10 years. His music is available via iTunes and myspace.
✭ Ever get a hankering to escape Earth and create your own planet? Well, now you can at Extreme Planet Makeover. Using the tools at the site, calculate distance from stars, planet size, star type, and planet age and then click the camera icon to download an image of your custom world. The site is the imaginative product of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
✭ PennSound Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania, has launched in collaboration with Double Change a site for film and audio recordings in Paris. The audio and video recordings of poetry were made between 2006 and 2010. Details about this marvelous resource are here.
✭ The Center for Fiction, the only nonprofit in the United States dedicated to celebrating fiction, has launched an online magazine, The Literarian. Visit to find not only original work by and interviews with such admired writers are Cynthia Ozick but also fiction by emerging writers, as well as a monthly sampling of literary journals from around the world. Submissions from new voices are welcome. Be sure to take a tour of the center's site; it offers a wonderful array of resources.
✭ A new site to be devoted to electronic literature is being developed by the literary journal Prairie Schooner and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln. The project, to go live this fall, will feature collaborations between authors and artists, hypertext projects, and literary multi-media artwork. Submissions of digital projects from visual and video artists, programmers, and filmmakers are due by March 15. Queries should be directed to Web editor Timothy Schaffert at firstname.lastname@example.org.