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How the EServer Is Different


A short description of how the EServer differs from other web publishing ventures.

The EServer's strengths lie in our public collections, which are designed to be useful resources for arts and humanities research. This site brings together a diverse body of scholarship, art, journals, novels, and collections of texts. It is also a community space that readers can become part of.

The EServer provides a means of communicating with and linking up to a number of groups and organizations—for example, via lists and conference lines. Unlike many other online humanities collections, the EServer allows you to contribute your own work or become an editor of a collection. That is, you can submit articles, fiction, poetry or other work, or act as "curator" of a collection. Because we are not a commercial enterprise, you retain control and ownership of the work you do.

Lastly, because the EServer is a collective managed by many of its 226 active members, it's not nearly as bureaucratic as most larger corporate and official academic websites. It's run as a labor of love by people genuinely interested in the academic collections we manage.

Today there are various "free" hosting sites available on the Internet. Some of these, such as GeoCities? and Tripod, generate profit by attaching advertising to the information that volunteer editors post on their websites. Other sites collect detailed marketing information in exchange for hosting sites. And a few actually have agreements in which people who post their works free actually sign over part or all of their intellectual property rights to the works.

We don't do that.

Every EServer member has an unquotaed private, personal space to store her/his work. Members may also easily publish works to individuals, private groups, the Iowa State University campus or to the Internet work of university, corporate and public-access computer networks.

Copyright for the texts and collections published on the EServer are held by their authors. The EServer does not charge its readers for access to our texts, and although contributions are always welcome, our site exists because of the volunteer labor of our writers, editors and administrative board.