ELO and Library of Congress to archive 300 works of E-Lit

The United States Library of Congress is archiving 300 electronic literature web sites in collaboration with the ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) and archive-it.org. To participate in this project, please see


(and note there is a FAQ linked on that page,


If you have further questions, please use the contact page at the main ELO URL,

For more information on the archive itself, please contact ELO Director Joseph Tabbi (jtabbi@gmail.com) or Patria Tomaszek (tomaszek@fk615.uni-siegen.de).


Electronic Literature: Collections of Works: Sites that aggregate works of electronic literature by multiple authors, such as online journals and anthologies.

Electronic Literature: Individual Works: Individual works of electronic literature and collections of works by a single author, as opposed to collections of works by multiple authors.

Electronic Literature: Context: Sites related to the critical, theoretical, and institutional contexts of electronic literature.

Criteria for submission

This style guide is meant to provide general guidelines for drafting archive-it description entries.

Contributions should be submitted directly on: http://eliterature.org/wiki/

All contributions should include the title of the work and the URL where it resides. All contributions should name the entity that is primarily responsible for making the work (name of Editor, Author or other Creators). Please name the language that is used and the publisher (the entity that makes the work available; i.e. name of a person, organization or a service).

Additionally, you should provide a brief and substantial (1-3 sentence) description of the work, following these guidelines:

* You might want to identify the site’s purpose, its content, its creators and its aesthetic.
* You should focus on the work itself and its mode of presentation (not the awards won or the influence exerted by the author or institution).
* Evaluative statements and self-evaluations ought to be avoided.
* Avoid stating quotes (i.e. comments on a work) or reproductions of reviews and blurbs written for promotional purpose.
* Information on technique, software and programming should not precede or obscure descriptions of what a work is about.
* Important dates like the foundation of the site or journal should be added in the description. Provide information on how often a journal is published and what it is focusing on.
* Please include ISSN numbers in your description.

Mark Marino
Electronic Literature Organization